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Puppies and Pesto: Nu Café Fundraiser a Howling Success

Sara Conroy, Scarlet Staff

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Last Friday, five Clark University students enrolled in Arts and Science of Management organized a fundraiser at Nu Café for Second Chance Animal Shelter. A core element of the course is working in teams to effectively engage in the Worcester community with the aim of creating change.

The endless possibilities of projects that groups could take on were daunting at first, and many ideas were bounced around. Liz Wong (’20) said that it took two to three weeks for their group to decide what their semester-long project would be.

Eventually, the group decided on a fundraiser for a fairly new local animal shelter, Second Chance Animal Shelter. Wong also stated they got to meet the head of the Worcester branch, which really solidified their commitment to their new plan.

Second Chance Animal Shelter recently opened a Community Veterinary Clinic in Worcester on Aug. 16. Second Chance is a nationally recognized organization that provides innovative programs and services to help animals.

Some of Second Chance’s mission statements include providing temporary shelter, preventing overpopulation through spaying and neutering programs, and providing low or no cost general veterinary services. They are a no-kill shelter that makes adoption affordable and practical for many people and families.

The students thought the best way they could help the animal shelter was to raise money for them to use on continued animal vaccination and care at a minimal cost. The shelter also needs to have funding for food, bedding, and toys for the animals at the shelters.

The way to every college student’s heart? Puppies and food. Clarkies came out in loads to support the cause.

Nu Café is a staple in many Clark students’ lives. Just one mile off campus, it is comfortable to walk to on a nice day, and a lightning-quick car or bike ride. Nu Café has been known for its connection to the Worcester community, and it is even a participating establishment on Group Raise, which allows people to find local establishments that will help raise money.

If you happened to make it to the event last Friday, then 20 percent of your bill went to the Second Chance Animal Shelter to aid in their mission.

Though the fundraiser is over, this is not the end of the road for the group’s plan to help out.

Nicolina Braccio (‘20) explained that there are plans to solicit help from local businesses to donate supplies to the shelter, and to go to the Worcester clinic and volunteer.

If you love animals and are looking to get involved in the Worcester community, you should think about engaging with the Second Chance Animal Shelter. They have information on volunteering and donations on their website:

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