Lily Copenagle, Assistant Dean of Students for Student Services

Copenagle is a member of the Running with Dogs team at the Oregon Humane Society, a program that takes high-energy dogs out of the shelter and into the community to run off extra energy, build social confidence and acclimate them to new settings. While running, volunteers often observe characteristics of the dogs that aren’t apparent at the shelter and that can later provide valuable input for the adoption process. Though Copenagle admits that she doesn’t like to run, she runs because it makes such a visible difference for the dogs. “You can see it in their faces that this is so much fun for them. It helps them build trust, confidence, and patience, which gives them a better chance at being adopted, so I feel confident that the work I do there is directly helping dogs who are in need.”


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