This is part of a series where we hope to feature some of the wonderful and impressive things our employees are a part of outside of their work and this campus.
Aislynn Schultz has been working for the University of Utah for 2 years in Campus Utility Services in administrative support with 10 years’ experience outside of campus. She is a passionate worker not just on campus but in her personal life as reflected in her participation in volunteering for CAWS (Community Animal Welfare Society).
Aislynn volunteer’s 64 hours a month with CAWS on average a month. She began to volunteer because she found out Utah is a ‘gas chamber state’. Most animal shelters in Utah have a gas chamber in them and most of them actively use the chambers to euthanize homeless cats and dogs. She was upset by this and decided she could not save every animal from this horrible fate, but she could try and save some of them and educating the public about adopting a dog versus the true cost of buying one along with spay/neutering animals is important as knowledge is power and that leads to change. When people buy a pet from a breeder, online seller or pet store they could be supporting the breeding of more pets, many of whom will wind up in shelters that are already overcrowded.
CAWS is a volunteer-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to work with the community to help animals. As one of Utah’s oldest Animal Rescues, CAWS’ ongoing rescue, foster, education and adoption programs helps animals whose time is up at shelters, those who are abandoned, and as their resources allow, those whom their owners can no longer keep. They are a No Kill organization.
They are part of the Best Friends Animal Society – the largest animal sanctuary in the USA, located right here in Kanab Utah. As part of the collation CAWS attends all of the Best Friends adoption events. Our next adoption event is Strut Your Mutt on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at Liberty Park from 8:30am-1:00pm. If you would like to join the CAWS dog pack and ‘Strut your Mutt’ use this link to register and join the CAWS dog pack: http://www.strutyourmutt.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.team&teamID=6027
CAWS does not have a facility. We are a 100% non-profit all volunteer organization. Our rescued cats and dogs live in foster homes. For example, I am a foster home for a dog. I take the rescue dog into my home from a Utah shelter and give the dog shelter, food and love. The dog lives with her until s/he is adopted into its forever home.
Adopt; Don’t Shop. Volunteer, Foster or Donate. If you’d like to make a tax deductible donation to CAWS, please use the following link to donate to Aislynn Schultz’s ‘Strut Your Mutt’ Fundraising Page. 100% of your donation goes to CAWS rescue to assist with homeless animals: http://www.strutyourmutt.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.participant&participantID=13422
CAWS website is: www.caws.org