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A little generosity can go a long way

AUSTIN, Minn. (KTTC) -- Austin middle school students are proving that a little generosity can go a long way.

Thanks to them, the Mower County Humane Society is a little better off.

While the exterior of the Humane Society may look simple, inside it's purring with personality.

"They don't give you words, but they sure give you love," said Southland Middle School teacher, Lynn Wempner.

With more than 100 cats and nearly 20 dogs calling it their home, Southland students wanted to help out their furry four-legged friends.

"(We) had a fundraiser and we rose a lot of money and personal needs for the shelter," explained student participant, Anna Bruggeman.

The middle school's student council came up with the idea and asked the entire school to participate.

The response was remarkable.

"7-8-9 bottles of laundry detergent, a dozen boxes of dryer sheets, towels, collars, kongs, dog and cat food, cat litter. We just took their wish list and tried to get everything off of that," said Wempner.

The shelter is in constant need of donations and volunteers.

"We did it because a lot of our kids at Southland have pets and they really loved them, so they thought that it'd be good to help out with the humane society again, we did it two years ago," said John Heller, a student at Southland.

Students enjoyed volunteering with the pets and the response was unanimous.

"A lot of times they're really nice and if you had a bad day, you can always spend some time with them," stated Bodi Mortenson.

"If you love them, they'll love you ten times more," said Heller.


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