It all started with Jenna Fincham's class speech about the humane society and why people should help out, and turned into a donation of $150 and 268 items for the Pratt Area Humane Society.
The Liberty Middle School student said after her speech, teacher Ron Hill suggested she develop it into a project. In other words, do what she said people should do. Her friend Alesha Bergner volunteered to help and the school responded.
The girls went to the animal shelter to take pictures of dogs available for adoption, and placed photos, along with donation boxes, around the school to allow students to vote for their favorites with coins. Then student advisor base groups were challenged to see who could come up with the most stuff — cleaning supplies, cat litter, paper supplies, pet toys — many of the items on the shelter's list of needed items.
Several of the dogs being voted on in the contest have already found homes, shelter manager Sandy Scarberry said. The dog population on Wednesday was just nine.
She has recently placed two dogs with rescue operations.
A veterinarian noticed that a beagle-mix had a damaged foot, either the result of a puppyhood injury or birth defect, that could only be remedied by surgery. The dog was sent to a rescue operation in Albuquerque, N.M., for surgery, and will be put up for adoption from there.
Another dog, taken in at the shelter after its human died, had difficulty adjusting, and was placed in a special needs situation.
"They're (homes for hard to place animals) out there, if you look," Scarberry said.