College interns will provide the Houston Humane Society much-needed help today for the record number of animals packing the shelter since the economy's weakened. From downsizing homes to managing tight budgets, pet owners are struggling to make tough decisions during the sour economy, and the Houston Humane Society has seen a spike in the number of animals filling the shelter. With a 50 percent increase, the Humane Society has about 300 dogs crowding the kennels-about 100 more than last year.
The Humane Society is in need of volunteers to help care for the animals, and college students from the ExxonMobil Community Summer Jobs Program will spend the afternoon washing and exercising hundreds of dogs in need of a new home.
As part of the ExxonMobil Community Summer Jobs Program, the college students have dedicated their summer to help non-profit organizations like the Humane Society at a time when non-profit agencies are in most need. The students' summer internships are paid by the ExxonMobil Foundation.
Anyone interested in volunteering at the shelter or adopting an animal can go to the Houston Humane Society's website at wwww.houstonhumane.org for more information.