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New Club Available for Animal Lovers

A biology teacher at Upper St. Clair High School started Cause for PAWS for students.

There's a new club available for animal-loving students at .

The one-month-old club is called Cause for PAWS, sponsored by teachers Laura Carlino and Monica Erwin.

Carlino said she started the club because she loves animals and a number of students expressed their love for animals as well.

The club has already gathered donations for ' food banks, and on Tuesday, listened to an Animal Friends volunteer and speaker, Dr. Bob Dell.

"I applaud you for starting this club. It's very cool. There's a need for what you're doing. Very few high schools have a program like this," said Dell, who is a retired band director.

Dell explained the ins and outs of Animal Friends and how you can tell if an animal—dog, cat or rabbit—is safe to approach.

However, the club members' favorite part of his presentation was his dog, Cooper, that he rescued from Animal Friends. Dell demonstrated how to train and play tricks with Cooper, and let the students try it out at the end of the meeting.

Taylor Grabowski, a freshman club member, said she joined the club for her love of animals and hopes to work with animals in her future career.

The new club already has 30 members, and Grabowski said she hopes it will continue to grow.

"I'd like it to get big. The more people, the more animals we can help. Plus, we can do more things once the club gets bigger," she said.

"The club opens up opportunities," said Ashlyn Conway, a freshman club member. "By junior year you could be an officer of the club and put it on your college resume."

Future plans for the club include raising funds and supplies for other local rescue leagues, underwriting adoptions, having a booth at , field trips and perhaps organizing a 5K.

"The kids are so energized about the club," Carlino said. "We hope to give the students a good experience with animals."

The club's next meeting is on Jan. 10. For more information, email Carlino at lcarlino@uscsd.k12.pa.us.

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