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Mayflower High School Service Club presents Mayor with microchip scanner
Mayflower High School Service Club presents Mayor with microchip scanner

The newly-formed Mayflower Animal Freaks, a school service club, elected officers just in time to present mayor Randy Holland with a state-of-the art microchip scanner at the last city council meeting of the year, which is Tuesday night.

The scanner with a retail value of over $350, will be logged in as city property and then go to the animal control department to help reunite lost pets with their owners. Mayflower doesn’t have a humane society, and the animal control officer position is part time. There was a great need, and the students formed the club to be of service to their community. Being able to quickly return pets to their owners will save the city money due to less time and expense housing lost pets.

According to Stacy Uptain, faculty sponsor of the club, “These great kids are going to spend part of their Christmas vacation raising funds to help pay for spay/neuter and microchipping services, which they hope to offer to the community free of charge.” This is a monumental endeavor in a community whose per capita income is less that $20,000.

These students love animals and chose the club name, Animal Freaks. Several of the club members plan to become veterinarians or vet techs. As more pets are microchipped, the reader will be become increasingly useful for lost pet recovery. Of course spay and neuter will decrease the number of unwanted animals in the community. It’s quite a challenge these students have undertaken. The club has short, medium, and long term goals, with an eventual long term goal of granting partial scholarships for animal-related career studies.

The club needs donated veterinary time and service, blankets and towels, collars, dog and cat food, toys, and treats. Monetary donations in any amount, including pocket change will help these deserving students achieve their goals. Anyone wishing to help the club should contact Stacy Uptain, faculty sponsor, at (501) 470-0521.