adopt a cat through ve's meow program
by orenlla delos santos, '19
Valery the cat was happily adopted by Mr. Hickey through VE's MEOW Intiative
Selfie by Mr. Hickey
Selfie by Mr. Hickey
Virtual Enterprise’s new-found ‘MEOW’ program has been undeniably changing the lives of cats, allowing them to be adopted, cared for and finally be treated with the love and respect they deserve.
The purpose of the MEOW program is to use the virtual world of the Internet to connect and educate people in the real world on the unacceptable current situations of these animals, and to help them understand the benefits both they and the cats will derive from the adoption.
MEOW is advised by Virtual Enterprise and Ms. Gensler, who was inspired to make the MEOW program due to her prior knowledge and experience of loving cats. She stated, “Most people are dog lovers, but I myself have four amazing cats of my own. This program allows me to expand my own personal happiness to others, along with helping the animals I adore. I was inspired and determined to create a website where cats can find home and be taken care of.”
The website is a huge success and many of the cats have already have the life changing pleasure of already being adopted. You can view photos of the cats from North Shore Hospital, which Hillcrest has a partnership with. Hillcrest advertises these cats and portrays their irresistible characteristics as well as each one's unique individuality, which allows viewers to connect with each cat on a personal level. However, Hillcrest only showcases the cats. In order to fully adopt and bring your cat home, you must fill out all the information needed for payment. The website offers 50% off your purchase of the cat.
Mr. Hickey, ELA teacher, had been introduced to the website himself through Ms.Gensler and made a great purchase of his own - a cat in which he named “Valery.” Mr. Hickey has been a cat person since a young age describes his cat to be very “friendly, attentive, curious, attention seeking, lovable, and above all, playful.”
Students enrolling in the MEOW program have even purchased cats themselves! Alexia Forbes and Alie Alexandre adore their newfound pets as well, and stated that their roles in the program were to “do the same for others.”
The editing, organization, and advertising of the website and the cats was even left in the hands of students from the VE class. Not only does Ms. Gensler's humanitarian-based creation allow Hillcrest students to engage in their community, but it also teaches the importance of respect to all animals. By widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures, we are able to accept the fact that all animals, including humans, have a right to dignity and respect without forced intrusions.