LCC Honor Society Raising Awareness and Helping PALS

November 9, 2021


National Pet Adoption week is November 8-14 and the Labette Community College Phi Theta Kappa honor society is raising awareness while helping the Proud Animal Lovers Shelter (PALS) of Parsons. 

The Tau Theta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa has been working on its Honors in Action project and now needs the assistance of the community. 

Research was conducted as part of Phi Theta Kappa’s honors program, Honors in Action, and based on the topic, To the Seventh Generation: Inheritance and Legacy. The chapter’s focus was the impact of the shelter environment on animals.  Within the substantive research, the chapter found that shelters have changed over the years with a new emphasis of animal welfare and animal rights.  However, shelters can be stressful for animals and create poor behaviors which lead to them not being adopted as quickly. The research also pointed out ways to reduce this stress including providing toys and blankets as well as human interaction.

Therefore, Phi Theta Kappa reached out to PALS (Proud Animal Lovers Shelter) to gain more information to meet the community’s needed.  The chapter is encouraging the community to volunteer and hour a month at PALS. The volunteer form can be found at or by calling 620-421-0445. In addition, Tau Theta is collecting items for PALS through a donation drive.  

Items needed include:

  • Pedigree Dog Food
  • Pedigree Puppy Food
  • Purina Gentle Dry Cat Food
  • Milk Bone Dog Treats
  • Creamy Peanut Butter
  • Clay Cat Litter
  • Bottled Water
  • Liquid Laundry Soap (any brand)
  • Toilet Paper
  • Paper Towels
  • 13 Gallon Kitchen Trash Bags with Drawstrings (Glad or Hefty)
  • Vinyl Gloves
  • Postage Stamps
  • Copy Paper

Drop off items in the LCC Student Lounge in the LCC Student Union (corner of 13th and Broadway) or contact Tammy Fuentez, chapter advisor, at 620-820-1268 or to arrange for pick up.  The chapter is also interested in speaking to community groups or media about this project.  

Phi Theta Kappa is the honor society of the two year college. Each year the Tau Theta Chapter identifies a new Honors in Action topic which will positively impact the community. The yearly community enhancement initiatives by the honor society are what earned the organization the national recognition of Most Distinguished Chapter.

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Janice Reese

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