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Coronavirus information

The university remains open, with emergency management protocols activated and operational modifications and precautions in place to support social distancing. In-person instruction has transitioned to a system of alternative course delivery. View the latest information on the App State Coronavirus Information website. Read the latest update posted 3/30/2020 at 5:31 p.m.

Read the Student Affairs Covid-19 Response. Updated March 31, 2020 at 9:20 a.m.

Spring Break Domestic Programs: Animals

Partners for Pets

Do you consider yourself an animal lover? From socializing with abandoned dogs, to sustaining the facilities and lending a helping hand, you will be sure to have a spring break of a lifetime at Horse Creek.

Peer Leaders: Kimberly Adair & Annesley Womble


Caring for Big Cats

Lions, tigers, and leopards - oh my! Spend the week volunteering with the Exotic Feline Rescue Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to caring for abused and neglected exotic felines. There is no doubt you will have a blast this spring break learning about these exotic felines and how they are fed and cared for. Bring your boots and gloves and get ready to give these cats a clean and comfortable home.

Peer Leaders: Hannah Johnson & Katie Sorrell


The Elephant Sanctuary

Join us as we volunteer at the nation’s largest natural habitat refuge for retired elephants. We will be working to help paint walls, gather food, and other exciting hands-on service. You will get first hand experience learning about captive and wild elephants!

Peer Leaders: Sophia Lewis & Wilder Kenzie


Farm Animal Friends

Love animals? Interested in learning more about how animals are impacted by factory farming, animal testing and how we impact one another? At Happy Trails Farm Animal Sanctuary you will spend your week helping formerly abused and abandoned animals adjust to their happier home. Join us as we learn about all the issues that face farm animals and how we as humans relate with these farm animals.

Peer Leaders: Madison Browne & Brendan Bethea

Contact Us

Rm. 134, Plemmons Student Union
263 Locust Street
Boone, NC 28608
Fax: (828) 262-8078

Summer Wisdom
Assistant Director

RaShaun Robinson
Graduate Assistant