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Great work , Jeremy ! Jeremy Dixon just finished up a six-month social justice practicum at WSHS as part of his master ’ s program in Industrial and Organization Psychology at Adler University . For his project , Jeremy expanded our humane education programming to underserved children in our area . He worked with Christina Morrison , our Director of Development , and Carol Thygesen and Roberta Diehl , our Humane Education Managers , to develop a relationship with Metropolitan Family Services . Starting this Fall , WSHS will provide humane education to the families living in Metropolitan Family Services ’ emergency shelter . Jeremy also wrote the documents that secured funding for this program from The Collins Family Heritage Foundation .

Jeremy has an undergraduate degree in business administration , with a double minor in marketing and psychology , so while interning at WSHS , Jeremy joined our Marketing Advisory Group . Working with this group , he contributed to our corporate partnership program , our long-term lovable campaign , our popup merchandise store , and our marketing brochures . Jeremy also put in hours of online research to find financial resources for pet owners in need . His research is incorporated into a comprehensive document available on our website .
Jeremy was not anticipating extensive one-on-one time with the animals during his internship until he

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Volunteer Spotlight

offered to foster our three Coffee Shop puppies , Dunkin , Peet and Caribou . Jeremy ’ s coonhound mix Bella was the perfect puppy nanny , showing the foster puppies the ropes of being a family dog . Bella did such a good job that Caribou ending up staying , joining Bella and 10-year-old chocolate lab and WSHS alum Zeva in the Dixon family . Jeremy loved every bit of his three months with the puppies . Being able to watch the puppies learn and grow during this critical stage in their development was worth the hard work .
We have appreciated all that Jeremy has done for WSHS and our community ! Jeremy is grateful for the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of animals and individuals in the Downers Grove area . The best news is that Jeremy is not going anywhere ; he will continue to volunteer with WSHS ! Jeremy says , “ It is extremely motivating to have people around you with the same goal in mind of making a lasting impact on the lives of animals .” He ’ s thrilled to be working with other volunteers who share the same passion that he has for animal welfare .

Thank You to Our Corporate Partners

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