I was so impawressed reading all of the entries we received for our annual Scholars Helping Collars scholarship contest and I couldn’t be happier to announce that we have selected Leah Pesso as our winner! Pesso wrote a moving and inspirational essay describing her family’s visit to Puerto Rico where she was introduced to “Dead Dog Beach”, a heart-breaking piece of land where people abandon their dogs because they no longer want them or are unable to continue providing care for them. Pesso not only adopted a puppy whom she named Taco and brought back home with her, she also dedicated a children’s book to her new furry friend that donates all its proceeds to the SATO project, an organization dedicated to providing a better life for the dogs in Puerto Rico. Although I was saddened to hear about this beach in Puerto Rico and the poor doggies that are suffering, I am happy knowing there are people like Pesso and those involved with the SATO Project who are willing to fight for my furry brothers and sisters so they can have better lives.
My team and I awarded Mia Franzoia second place after reading her essay where she describes her inspiration for starting the “Animal Student Allegiance Club” at her high school. With well over 500 hours donated to the shelter, Franzia realized she could increase her positive impact on this organization by getting other students, and even their parents, to volunteer as well. Danielle Johnson came in third with flying colors! I loved reading about how she used her position as a volunteer to not only benefit the animals but to educate people she interacted with through the store. I know I speak for all dogs and animals out there when I say we are proud to have someone like Johnson speaking up for us.
I am one happy dog to have had the chance to read all of these wonderful essays; they sure had my tiny tail waggin’! You won’t catch these knowledgeable ladies using the old “The dog ate my homework” excuse because they know the value of an education and are committed to pursuing careers dedicated to helping animals. Ready to find out what all the bark is about? Well prepare to be inspired and check out their pawsome essays here!
Pugs & Kisses,