Sierra’s Haven hosts adoption event at Shawnee State


By Ciara Conley - [email protected]



Student de-stresses with the help of furry friend.


Students from Shawnee State socialize with dogs from Sierra’s Haven.


Sierra’s Haven held an adoption event at Shawnee State University on April 21, 2016, bringing several of their dogs to the campus for a visit.

Sierra’s Haven is run by a group of volunteers working together to help find safe, loving homes for their adoptable pets.

The dogs that visited Shawnee State ranged from lazy, cuddly adults down to playful puppies.

“We did this last year and the students seem to just love the dogs, the big ones and the little ones,” said volunteer and retired SSU faculty member, Larry Lonney.

In 2015, Sierra’s saved the lives of 364 cats and 905 dogs.

The event went over well for both the students, and the dogs.

“I think it’s a great thing, I love my dogs at home and I think everybody needs a little stress reliever, especially with it being this close to finals week, seeing them just makes your day,” said Shawnee State Student, Ethan Lawson.

Volunteers from Sierra’s set up on the lawn between the University Center and the Advanced Technology Center.

They brought some of the dogs and puppies from the facility to socialize with the students and to see if they co uld find homes for them.

“A student will come over, and in a few seconds they’ve got a puppy in their arms or they’re walking a dog on a leash. We had one here with a pin in her leg from a car accident, and we still had people around petting her and showing her love, it’s just great,” Lonney explained.

The dogs were on campus from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Lonney says that they plan on staging the event again next year.

All pets from Sierra’s Haven are spayed or neutered, micro-chipped and are up-to date on their shots. Adoption fees go towards medical care, utility and operating expenses and continuing the services that Sierra’s provides.

If you cannot adopt a pet, but want to support Sierra’s Haven, you can donate to the “Save our Shelter Campaign” on their website or by volunteering at the shelter.

“We also want to remind those who wish to support us that they can enroll in the Community Rewards program with their Kroger card. This does not affect your fuel points and it’s a great way to help us out. If you’re already enrolled, we encourage you to check your account because Kroger wipes the system clean on April 1 and you will have to re-enroll for us to receive those benefits,” said volunteer Linda Cottle.

For more information or to see a list of adoptable pets, please visit their website at www.sierrashaven.org, or by call 740-353-5100.

You can also look up their Facebook page “Sierra’s Haven For New And Used Pets” to see videos, pictures and updates about events and fundraisers.

Student de-stresses with the help of furry friend.
http://portsmouth-dailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_20160421_162409842_iOS.jpgStudent de-stresses with the help of furry friend.

Students from Shawnee State socialize with dogs from Sierra’s Haven.

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Students from Shawnee State socialize with dogs from Sierra’s Haven.

By Ciara Conley

[email protected]

Reach Ciara Conley at 740-353-3101 ext 1932 or via Twitter @PDT_Ciara

Reach Ciara Conley at 740-353-3101 ext 1932 or via Twitter @PDT_Ciara

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