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2018 Utah Trip “McCarthy Honors: Making a Difference in the Lives of Rescued Animals in Utah”

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Trip Theme: “Sally”
Deadline: October 15, 2018 @ 11:59 pm (or until we receive the first 40 applications, whichever comes first)
Trip Dates: Approximately March 9, 2019-March 16, 2019
Capacity: 10 students, 1 graduate assistant, and 1 advisor


This trip is for McCarthy Honors College residents only. Around the World, countless animals wander the streets homeless looking for food and shelter. Some establishments, like community animal shelters, provide temporary housing and attempt to find these animals permanent homes. But due to their large numbers paired with shelters’ lack of space and low funds, many animals face euthanasia. According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), approximately 2.7 million animals are euthanized each year in the US. That is approximately 7,397 adoptable cats and dogs that are euthanized every day- and that is just in the US! Organizations like the Best Friends Animal Society and other non-kill organizations provide safe homes for rescued and abandoned animals until they are adopted. 

Alternative Spring Break (ASB) Utah is a service-based trip that aims to address issues concerning animal rights. In partnership with the Best Friends Animal Society-Utah, the largest animal society in the nation which houses around 1,600 homeless animals, ASB Utah will have a chance to help the animals both directly and indirectly. Participants will do service projects like trail work, light landscaping, painting and cleaning dog and cat buildings as well as have a chance to work hands-on with the animals at the sanctuary. From walking dogs to brushing cats to giving pigs belly rubs, there are a variety of things to do for all animal lovers who want to make an impact! Best Friends’ Animal Sanctuary located in Kanab, Utah has 8 separate animal areas: Cat World, Bunny House, Parrot Garden, Dogtown, Piggy Paradise, Horse Haven, Rescued Village Rabbits, and Wild Friends designated to suit the needs of each and every animal. Each and every one of the animals at the sanctuary has his or her own unique personality and are waiting to find the perfect family to call their own. Apply to meet them all and to help make an impact on their lives! 

You will also have the chance to explore Kanab, Utah which is known for its beautiful scenery and outdoor adventures. Viewing the milky way at Bryce Canyon National Park and exploring the beauty of Zion Natural Park are just a few trips ASB Utah has in store! The trips costs include housing, meals, transportation, and cultural excursions. 

Watch this video from Best Friends Animal Society for more information:

Sally Behpoornia

Trip Leader:
Sally Behpoornia is the Residential College Coordinator for McCarthy Honors Residential College in the USC Village. She was born and raised in Southern California. Sally has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Master’s Degree in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs from the Rossier School of Education here at USC. She will be starting the Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership program at USC in Fall 2017. She was a graduate assistant in Residential Education for two years before joining the department full time in 2015. As a graduate student, Sally grew to love the Trojan Family and the amazing experience that comes with being a part of the Family. She is committed to providing an incredible residential experience to our students and wants to help students navigate a successful transition to college. Some of her passion areas outside of work include exploring different parts of Los Angeles, attending sporting events, watching movies, and spending time with family and friends.

Approximate Cost: Free – Note: this trip is reserved for McCarthy Honors College Residents (Cancellation Fee applies if you drop after drop deadline)