Our university puppy raiser program has grown so much! We love hearing the stories of how each university chapter started! Puppy raiser Hayley Nagelberg shares her experience from the University of Illinois!
“As an animal sciences student at the University of Illinois, I received an email that a fellow student was hoping to start a chapter of 4 Paws for Ability on campus and was looking for students to help her start up the club with her. I instantly connected with the mission of 4 Paws and how much the organization aligned with my career goals. After a semester getting the club started, and another year on the executive board, I decided to apply to be a foster for my senior year. Puppy raising Santina (Cherry Pie Litter) was definitely one of the most rewarding experiences I had as a student. Santina not only became my constant companion through every class, meeting, meal and shift of work, but was the catalyst for so many more amazing moments. I got to educate so many students and faculty on what service animals are and how to interact around them, I became increasingly aware of accessibility matters everywhere I went, became more responsible with my time and energy, and was almost never found without a smile on my face. Seeing Santina learn a new command, succeed in an environment that once caused issues, have a full day of great behavior, or just cuddle up next to me at the end of a long day are memories I will always cherish. I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to teach her as much as I could, and to have learned from her each and every day.”
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