East PAWS Club hosts animal show event


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Students meet different animals in the courtyard.

The Pet and Animal Welfare for Students Club hosted their second event of the year on Monday, March 21, inviting all students to join and interact with the animals brought by the New Jersey Hog Wild HedgeHogs. Each student was asked to donate $2 for admission toward the pet adoption service. Over 25 students attended the animal show, raising $64 dollars in total.

Following the end of the school day, students gathered in the courtyard outside of Cafeteria 1 and were welcomed by Larla Prouls, owner of the Hog Wild Hedgehogs. The event began with the introduction of each animal as she provided much information regarding each mammal such as how the animal breeds, the proper way to hold it, and its behavioral background. The animals brought to show were a lionhead rabbit, chinchilla, snake, Sulcata tortoise, mallard lizard, bearded dragon, sugar gliders, and hedgehogs.

This event followed their winter activity of baking dog treats for the Voorhees Animal Orphanage. Following their first successful turnout, the club wanted to continue its service, expanding beyond pets to wildlife animals as well.

Founder and co-President, Dylan Baker (‘23) said, “Over the summer, I was planning to get the event initiated so I reached out [to Hog Wild Hedgehogs].”

Baker mentioned the months of planning, taking into account the weather, methods of transportation, and availability. With much communication and work, he says he was able to finalize the event to what became their second successful turnout of the school year. He recognizes Dr. Perry and all the advisers for their great help and the cooperation of New Jersey Hog Wild HedgeHogs.

“It was really successful. We hope to do it every year and show even more,” says Baker.