helping paws

Helping Paws

Helping Paws started when their founding president, Amanda, was finishing out a summer internship with the Greater Huntsville Humane Society. She realized how much help the local shelters needed and how educating people to be better pet owners could change the city. Amanda presented her idea to another UAH student and Greater Huntsville Humane Society volunteer, Amelia. The two worked together to fill the officer positions and start the first animal welfare club on UAH's campus.

Helping Paws has raised funds and collected items needed at many local shelters, such as the Greater Huntsville Humane Society, Huntsville Animal Services, The Ark, and A New Leash on Life. Helping Paws has been extremely involved on and off campus. Helping Paws has done educational outreach on topics such as the importance of spaying and neutering pets, vaccinating pets, and the dangers of heartworms and other preventable diseases. Helping Paws meets biweekly and volunteers for several hours at a local shelter at least twice a month.

Within the next year, Helping Paws will continue to educate students, faculty, and members of our community, have guest speakers present at meetings, and conduct a large fundraiser each semester. This semester, Helping Paws will be collecting donations and funds for Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary and will be delivering all the goods in person. Helping Paws will also be doing a Christmas Angel event where adoptable animals at local shelters will have pictures featuring a wish list hanging on small Christmas trees across campus. Join Helping Paws and become an animal welfare ambassador!

Helping Paws encourages new members with any interest in animal welfare!

How to Join

Email to join the mailing list and find out how you can become a member.


Erin Evans 
Martin Nguyen
Alexandra Garcia
Mason Holt
Maddie Green
Activity Coordinator 
Martin Nguyen 
Communications Director

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Get to know the Helping Paws Founders


amanda palazzo

Founder Spotlight

Amanda Palazzo

Major: Biochemistry

Interest: Pre-Veterinary Medicine

"My goals for Helping Paws is to bring awareness of the animal abuse that is prevalent in the community and get more people volunteering and adopting from shelters. If we bring up these topics and properly teach people how to positively impact the animal population, we can save thousands of innocent lives."

amelia clopp

Founder Spotlight

Amelia Clopp

Major/Minor: Biology/Chemistry & Spanish


"Many people assume I’m interested  in veterinary medicine because I’m a founder of Helping Paws. I have always had animals growing up and my  compassion for them has grown exponentially over the years, so starting this club with Amanda was a big deal. I want my peers and local community to understand the importance of proper animal care and what being a responsible owner means."