If you would like to give to Avery after this project has ended, please click here: https://giveto.csulb.edu/OTHFMG10AF
Hi, I’m Avery. I’m a newcomer to The Beach, but I can already tell that I’m going to love it here. If you’re reading this, you probably love it, too. I’ll bet, though, that you and I see this place a little differently.
Most days, you probably find yourself rushing around campus as you do your job, or attend or teach classes. (You all look so busy!) This is a big place, with lots of people and activity, and everyone is focused on their work and on moving around as quickly as possible. I get it. There’s a lot to accomplish each day!
Me, on the other hand … well, I have a different perspective. All the sights, sounds, and smells that fade into the background as people zoom through campus, trying to get to a class or meeting on time (and maybe even return a few text messages while they’re at it!) — that background stuff IS my focus. It’s my job, actually.
As Long Beach State’s new explosives detection dog, I won’t be hitting the books, but I will be pounding the pavement, along with my handler, Sgt. Gonzalez, to sniff out suspicious packages or incidents on campus. I’ll also be doing some outreach and helping our community partners if there’s a need. In between assignments, I’ll be learning new things and making new friends on campus.
A generous donation brought me to The Beach. Now, the University Police, along with my BeachFunder pals, are hoping to raise an additional $5,000 to cover some of the ongoing costs — veterinary bills, additional training, equipment, etc. — of having a detection dog on campus. I hope you’ll consider making a contribution of any size. It’s a great investment, if I do say so myself. And, no matter what, I hope you’ll “paws” — sorry, couldn’t resist! — to say hello to Sgt. Gonzalez and me the next time you see us.
Thanks a lot!