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Maryvale’s R.O.A.R. Gets Louder

Maryland SPCA in Baltimore.  Credit: mdspca.org

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Maryvale has a long list of unique clubs that include something for everyone, but one that seems to be of high interest among students is Representatives of Animal Rights (R.O.A.R.).

The club was started last year by then-sophomore Brooke Yanaga and hasn’t slowed down since. “I really wanted to diversify Maryvale’s clubs because we have a lot of academic clubs and we have a lot of creative clubs. But we didn’t have any clubs that really work with animals,” says Brooke. She realized that she was too young to do individual volunteer work at nearby animal shelters, but group volunteer work was a different story. As soon as Maryland SPCA gave approval of the idea, Brooke quickly got the club moving at Maryvale.

R.O.A.R. gives students who are truly passionate about animals, specifically dogs, the opportunity to volunteer and help out shelters. Volunteers walk the dogs, take them to the playground, and of course play with them with their toys. Being unable to attend because of studying isn’t a problem, because workers at the shelter encourage students to bring their materials and read aloud to the animals. This may sound strange at first, but it actually helps to better socialize them with humans and calm them down.

In its second year, the club is broadening its horizons to improve the overall experience. Because only ten students can go at a time, Brooke wanted to make sure that everyone can get involved, whether you’re in the club or not. R.O.A.R. is greatly expanding upon its fundraising this year. Fundraisers to bring in blankets, food, toys, and much more will be in Maryvale’s near future. Brooke explains “We can really give to the shelter things beyond our time and our effort to help them flourish.”

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