Men’s Golf volunteers at Humane Society of Washington County
The ETSU men's golf team assisted with a pet adoption at PetSmart on Saturday.
Men’s Golf volunteers at Humane Society of Washington County
Monday, May 2, 2016

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (May 2, 2016) – Fresh off its win at the Southern Conference Championship earlier in the week, the ETSU men’s golf team spent some time away from the course to volunteer at the Humane Society of Washington County over the weekend. 

The Bucs assisted with a pet adoption at PetSmart on Saturday, while helping the members at the Humane Society set up for the adoption on Friday. The golf team spent time on Friday afternoon cleaning pet carriers and loading supplies into vehicles, while also doing yard work around the facility. On Saturday, the entire golf team worked in shifts to help transport and showcase the pets during the adoption at PetSmart. 

When asked about taking time to volunteer with the pet adoption, sophomore Cayman Ratliff (Kingsport, Tenn.) said it’s always good to give back to the community and help others. 

“It’s nice to be able to come out here, be together with the team and do work to help out the community,” said Ratliff. “Being from Kingsport, it’s nice to get out in the community and help whenever we can. Our team was happy to play a part in helping with the pet adoption and we enjoyed our time assisting at the Humane Society.” 

For senior and two-time SoCon Player of the Year Adrian Meronk (Wroclaw, Poland), he enjoys helping out since it gives him and his teammates another opportunity to unite away from the course. 

“It’s always nice to get out in the community and show our support,” said Meronk. “We enjoy doing this and it’s good for all our teams to do volunteer work. It’s also good for our guys since it gives us another chance to unite and work as a team away from the golf course. I have a dog and a cat back home in Poland, so I always enjoy working with the pet adoptions.” 

This marked the second straight year the ETSU men’s golf team partnered with the Humane Society of Washington County for the pet adoption. 

ABOUT THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF WASHINGTON COUNTY

Our mission is to see Washington County become a no-kill community. Our efforts are always focused on saving the lives of animals. 

When you adopt a pet from the shelter or a foster home, you are emptying out a space in the shelter or opening a new slot for another animal to be placed in a home that is safe from euthanasia. Adopting our rescue animals decreases euthanasia of animals and adopters receive a pet that has been spayed or neutered.

As an organization, we need more foster homes for cats and dogs, supplies and donations. We get no financial assistance from our local government. We rely on volunteers for transporting animals, working adoption events and preparing animals for forever homes. 

We encourage everyone to become a member of the Humane Society of Washington County. 

Click here to learn more about the Humane Society of Washington County. 

Below are photos of the men's golf team assisting at the Humane Society of Washington County and at the pet adoption. 

The ETSU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics takes pride in its community service activities and strives for 100 percent participation from its student-athletes, coaches and administrators throughout the year. 

For more information on Buccaneer men’s golf, visit ETSUBucs.com and click on the men’s golf page.