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Working at The HSUS: Young Intern Tells What It's Like

  • Colin and Chloe both enjoyed the two-week internship. Emily Spivak/The HSUS

Hi, I’m Colin. I’m 12 years old, and for two weeks I worked as an intern at The Humane Society of the United States.

It’s been a new experience but a good one. My favorite part was that I got to bring my dog, a black lab named Chloe, to work with me. Mainly what I’ve been working on is mailing, filing, making labels, etc. I have also been able to research and learn much more about this organization and what it’s fighting against.

I learned that animal cruelty is all around. I learned that buying a puppy from your local pet store can help keep puppy mills up and running. Puppy mills are one of our nation’s worst animal cruelties and need to be stopped. They require breeding dogs to stay in small cages. If you go to your local animal shelter there are plenty of loving dogs there looking for homes.

I also learned the secrets behind factory farming. Factory farms usually use what are called battery cages for egg-laying hens. Battery cages are very, very, very small cages that house several hens; they’re so small the chickens can't spread their wings. That is what I learned during my two weeks working at The HSUS. 

Colin O'Brien is a seventh-grader at The Field School in Washington, D.C.