Sydney Robinson began volunteering with Mitchell County Animal Rescue last summer and enjoys the opportunity. She was introduced to the volunteer/job work through the Career College Program at Mayland Community College. Robinson said she had dreamed of attending college, and when she learned about the Career College Program at Mayland she knew it was a good fit for her needs.
“Sydney is a great asset to our work at the shelter,” said Executive Director of Mitchell County Animal Rescue Patricia Beam. “She is a hard worker and does a very good job. Sydney works with all the animals to make them ‘more adoptable.’”
Robinson helps by bathing and walking the dogs, no matter their size. She has proven to be dependable about cleaning the food and water bowls, and helps the other staff keep the shelter clean.
“I love working and playing with all the animals here at the animal shelter,” said Robinson. “I also volunteer at Waggin’ Tales Pet Grooming Spa in the Grassy Creek Shopping Center. I want to make something out of myself and be a good role model with a positive attitude. Helping care for pets is what I enjoy most; the animals love me because they can sense that I really do care about them. Career College has helped me to be able to do something I love.”
The Career College Program at Mayland provides training to assist students with disabilities or other employment barriers to gain workplace skills. The focus is on academic, interpersonal, and job readiness skills, and classes are held on Mayland’s Mitchell Campus in Spruce Pine.
According to Beam, the Mitchell County Animal Rescue has many dogs and cats ready for adoption. Those Interested can call 765-6952 for more information or drop by for a visit, the shelter located on Chalk Mountain. They also offer a low cost spay and neuter program.
For more information on the Career College Program at Mayland call 828-766-1321.
Pictured from left to right are Executive Director of Mitchell County Animal Rescue Patricia Beam, Buster (available for adoption at the Mitchell County Animal Rescue), and MCC Career College student Sydney Robinson.