Animal Welfare Issue Team

The Animal Welfare Issue Team raises awareness about animal cruelty and neglect in Upshur County and around the world. This group does all in their power to make a difference for otherwise helpless animals - one at a time.

The team's core events each year include:

  • Informative film screenings
  • Blessing of Animals through the Chapel Office
  • Bake Sales to benefit Upshur-Lewis Animal Control
  • Animal Food & Toy Holidy Drive


Animal Welfare Bake Sale Benefits Upshur-Lewis Animal Control

On October 29, 2011, the WE LEAD Animal Welfare Team held a bake sale fundraiser at the Buckhannon Walmart. The team raised over $400 for the local Upshur-Lewis Animal Control shelter. In addition to the cash donations, community members donated pet food, supplies, toys, and even a washer and dryer to the shelter. WE LEAD Animal Welfare Issue Team Organizers Kaitlyn Noe and Haven Clay were extremely grateful to the community for their support and to the members of Alpha Delta Pi, Zeta Tau Alpha, and Theta Chi who donated the baked goods to sell!


Animal Welfare Team Organizes Holiday Drive

The WE LEAD Animal Welfare team thought about our furry friends during the holiday season by collected old blankets, toys, and food for animals at the local Upshur-Lewis Animal Control shelter. In addition to the collection, they also took donations in exchange for students making a paw print to hang on a Christmas tree outside the dining center, raising $112 to support the shelter.


Animal Welfare Team and Chapel Office Bless Animals

Fifteen people braved a cold and rainy day for “The Blessing of the Animals” on October 1st. The event was held by the Chapel office with coordination from Haven Clay and Kaitlyn Noe, WE LEAD Animal Welfare Issue Team Organizers. Information from local veterinary clinics was available to any who wanted it. The team hopes to hold the event with the Chapel office again next year. They will be praying for better weather!


Animal Welfare Team Screens Earthlings

On September 29, 2011, eleven Wesleyan students, led by Animal Welfare team leaders Haven Clay and Kaitlyn Noe, watched Earthlings. The Earthlings website describes the documentary as follows: “Earthlings is an award-winning documentary film about the suffering of animals for food, fashion, pets, entertainment and medical research. Considered the most persuasive documentary ever made, Earthlings is nicknamed “the Vegan maker” for its sensitive footage shot at animal shelters, pet stores, puppy mills, factory farms, slaughterhouses, the leather and fur trades, sporting events, circuses and research labs.”
The students interested in Animal Welfare issues on campus had an engaging discussion following the movie. Several students are now volunteering at the local animal shelter, and student leaders are working with Aladdin food services on campus to promote “meatless Mondays.”