An eighth-grade student at Cannon School is raising money for Friends of the Animals, a nonprofit organization with plans to build a state-of-the-art regional animal adoption and education center in Mooresville.
Joanna Copio of Davidson is organizing "Pawz too Run," a public-education campaign to promote responsible pet ownership that will culminate with a 5k race in Davidson on April 2 to raise money for Friends of the Animals.
Last summer, Matt Rush, Cannon School's head of middle school, challenged students to develop ideas through which they could show leadership and better serve their communities during the school year.
Joanna responded by developing a plan to raise funds to benefit Friends of the Animals to help facilitate the adoption of homeless pets and provide low-cost spay/neutering of domestic animals.
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"My goal in coordinating this event is to provide public education on the proper care of domestic animals and to promote responsible pet ownership," said Joanna. "The money our community raises through Pawz too Run can help fund the building of a new facility where our community can adopt homeless pets and learn about how to care for them."
Friends of the Animals plans to build an animal adoption and education center with a spay/neuter clinic in Mooresville, at Interstate 77 Exit 31. The center will serve the region by caring for 150 adoptable dogs and cats.
"I chose to take this on because last year I helped clean cages in a local pet store, and for my history multimedia project in school I created a presentation about animal abuse throughout the world," said Joanna. "It was a real eye-opener for me."