Rent-A-Pup raises money, awareness for OCHS

Violet, one of the adoptable dogs from OCHS, napped and enjoyed stomach rubs from the group of students who rented her during Rent-A-Pup. (Photo by Mary Rumore)
Staff Writer

The Oktibbeha County Humane Society Student Chapter hosted Rent-A-Pup Thursday on the Mississippi State University Drill field to raise money for OCHS and socialize adoptable dogs from the shelter.

Students paid $5 to “rent” an adoptable dog from OCHS for 20 minutes and spend time with it on the Drill Field. OCHS Student Chapter president Kate Martin said this semester’s Rent-A-Pup raised $480 for OCHS.

Martin said Rent-A-Pup not only raises money, but it allows the dogs to socialize and students to interact with dogs who need homes.

“It’s really great for the dogs to get expo- sure, and for people to see how cute and happy the dogs that are available for adoption,” Martin said.

Martin said generally the dogs who participate in Rent-A-Pup get adopted quickly after the event, and many people showed interest in adopting them.

Martin said between 150 and 200 students participated in Rent-A-Pup this semester, and even more people showed interest in the dogs.

Martin said OCHS Student Chapter hosts a Rent-A-Pup each semester, and they will have Rent-A-Pup again in the spring semester.

“We do it close to exams each semester to help relieve stress for students because they get to see the dogs all over the Drill Field,” Martin said.