Student opinion on the “positive” mental and physical benefits of pet ownership and “checking out” shelter animals

Sarah Mountain Staff Writer The Pike County Animal Shelter is a great place for students to find a pet to conquer the first part of adulthood by “checking-out” rescued animals.  For students looking to provide an animal with a forever home, the shelter has extremely low prices on the adoption of animals. But for those not ready to commit to being a pet parent full time, the shelter also has a program where students can “check-out” rescue animals and take them out and about for the day. What students may…

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Campus cats captured

Bishal Niroula Staff Writer Since 2014, the Troy Animal Rescue Project (TARP) has trapped and safely relocated well over 100 stray cats on campus, according to Tiffany Howington, a 2011 Troy graduate and TARP’s founder and president. “Stray cats are just a problem everywhere in the city of Troy because for many years Troy didn’t have a shelter that would take cats,” Howington said. “I assume people tossed them out at the university thinking students would take them home.” Trent Russel, a sophomore math major from Helena and a resident…

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