K9 Kisses For Cancer raises funds for Heartland Humane Society, American Cancer Society

Henry, an eight-year-old boxer lab mix sits in the Memorial Union quad on Sept. 27. Henry and the Heartland Humane Society were on campus to partner with the professional co-ed business fraternity Alpha Kappa Psi to raise funds for both Heartland and the American Cancer Society.

Riley Youngman, News Producer

Passerbys in the Memorial Union Quad today were greeted by Henry, an eight-year-old boxer lab mix, and Chase, a five year old mutt, as the two canines helped to raise funds for the American Cancer Society and the Heartland Humane Society.

Alpha Kappa Psi, a professional co-ed business fraternity on campus, along with the Heartland Humane Society partnered to raise funds for both organizations through donations gathered for petting the two dogs through the “K9 Kisses for Cancer” event.

“It’s a really great way for us to get out into OSU and meet students and let them know about our services,” said Hannah Agnew-Svoboda, who does outreach and development for Heartland. “We have info about what do to do if you find a stray, because we are the municipal shelter at Corvallis, and volunteering at our thrift shop—we really need volunteers right now.”

The Heartland Humane Society, which is located in south Corvallis, is an open door shelter that serves Benton County.

Fourth year electrical and computer engineering major Greg Hamlin, a member of Alpha Kappa Psi, said people were happy to be out with the dogs, and the fraternity was happy to have them.

“We have been volunteering with the humane society for a while, and we decided we had to get the dogs out here—not just to get them exposure to people around to see if they can get adopted, but also to raise money for their efforts,” Hamlin said. “We decided to couple it with the American Cancer Society. The more benefit that comes from it the better.”

In addition to fundraising, Alpha Kappa Psi invited Heartland to bring dogs to campus to help inform students on how to adopt from the shelter. Agnew-Svoboda provided those interested with information on how to get involved with Heartland and how to adopt.

Hamlin said the fraternity has raised money for the American Cancer Society in the past as well. For those that are interested in learning more about Alpha Kappa Psi, Hamlin and fourth year marketing major Caitlin Britch said students should reach out.

“If you love puppies and bettering yourself, and want to be surrounded by likewise individuals, check out Alpha Kappa Psi on campus,” Britch said.

Hamlin said that the fraternity will put on more events like this throughout the year. Alpha Kappa Psi at Oregon State can be reached at [email protected] The Heartland Humane Society’s website is heartlandhumane.org. Information on how to get involved and adopting can be found there.