By Angela Alfano
LIU Post had an unusual visitor in Hillwood Commons on Tuesday Dec. 1 during common hour. Blossom, a four-legged representative from Northshore Animal League of America, stopped traffic of the second floor of the commons as students fell to their knees to entertain the almost 2-year- old pup.
Two graduate students, Tim Howe and Alyssa Gobetz earning their Masters in public administration with a focus in nonprofit organization, set up a fundraiser for Northshore Animal League.
Inspired by an assignment given by Professor Cathy Black, also the advisor for the College of Management, teamed up to sponsor an organization that they both feel is worthy of the attention and time.
According to Howe, North Shore is the biggest no-kill animal shelter in the world. This shelter will take in dogs from kill shelters and puppy mills when they have available space. The animal loving duo said they did not want to pass up the opportunity to raise awareness and funds for this organization.
North Shore appreciated their efforts and accepted their offer. Blossom and her rescuer were then sent to the campus.
“They’ve [Northshore] been trying to get the support of students so we reached out and they loved it,” Howe said. “They have been trying to get a hold of that demographic [students] and we gave them a really good opportunity they couldn’t resist.”
The team set a goal to raise $250. With bountiful family members on speed-dial, the two do-gooders managed to raise just over $365 for the adoption center from students and staff within the two hours Blossom was on campus. Those who donated $25 or more recieved a metal bracelet commeding them for their contribution.
“We managed to bring a bit of puppy love to Post,” said Howe. To donate to the organization and possibly provide a puppy with its forever-home, log onto: www.animalleague.org