From left: Lauren Orsini, Conway Area Humane Society Volunteer Coordinator; Carla Murphy, Kennett High School student; and Liz Wehmeyer, Kennett High School Career Development Support Program. (COURTESY PHOTO)

CONWAY — Conway Area Humane Society has built numerous connections with Kennett High School over the past few months.

Many students are interested in working with animals and concerned with the humane treatment of them.

CAHS is the perfect organization to foster these interests and is always in need of more volunteers.

The collaboration started with CAHS Executive Director Tim Westwig and Volunteer Coordinator Lauren Orsini speaking with KHS’ football team about the humane treatment of animals before they headed to Camp Calumet for a day of community service.

The KHS football team behaved respectfully and were very engaged during that discussion.

Students in Kennett’s Career Development Support Program now will be volunteering regularly at CAHS along with job coaches from the school.

The students work on developing valuable job skills like animal care, cleaning and customer service.

CAHS’ volunteer coordinator also met recently with Kennett Extended Learning Opportunities Coordinator Christine Thompson, to continue growing the internship program between the two entities.

For example, Orsini recently interviewed a KHS student who is interested in interning for them because she is thinking about going to vet school.

Kennett’s Outing Club members also will be taking shelter dogs with them on day hikes soon. This falls under the shelter’s K-9 Adventure Program. The goal is to provide enrichment, exercise, training and adoption exposure to the dogs by getting them out of the shelter and into the community with their “Adopt Me” vests on.

Scholars for Collars is a new club started by longtime CAHS volunteer and Kennett senior Sam Hanson. The club will work to recruit volunteers and spotlight adoptable animals on its bulletin board at the school.

Students from Kennett’s Honor Society have also been logging many community service hours by volunteering at Conway Area Humane Society. Those students so far have walked dogs and volunteered at special events to benefit CAHS.

CAHS has also revived its Junior Board, a board of directors that consists of middle and high school aged children.

Undoubtably, some Kennett High School students with strong organizational and leadership qualities will be chosen for that board. In addition to helping at special events and advising the primary Board of Directors, the Junior Board will organize a Kids’ Club for younger children who love animals, family friendly fundraisers to benefit the shelter’s homeless animals and humane education efforts.

Conway Area Humane Society can be reached at (603) 447-5955. Their Volunteer Coordinator, Lauren Orsini, a volunteer herself, can be reached at Their website is

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