In the News: Augustana Students Foster 'Augie Doggies'

Augustana students fostered a dog and her puppies.

Augustana students Baylie Hilgenkamp, Kelsey Thorsness and Mady Johnson fostered a dog and her puppies in service to the Sioux Falls Humane Society.

Augustana students Baylie Hilgenkamp, Kelsey Thorsness and Mady Johnson have spent the last eight weeks fostering a dog and her puppies in service to the Sioux Falls Humane Society.

They talked with KELO News about how the experience has changed their lives.


College Students Foster 'Augie Doggies'

By Brady Mallory, KELO News

As if college wasn’t enough, three Augustana University students are finding themselves hounded with extra responsibility. Not that they mind. A number of Augie students live in what are called theme houses, and each house chooses a service project or nonprofit to support and works together throughout the year for that cause.

One of the projects is connecting three juniors to a special family.

In this house, three college students are focused on a lab. Unlike their classmates, this lab isn't the kind you study in. This is an actual Labrador mix. Volunteering to foster dogs brought man's best friend into the care of these young women.

"Eliza is the sweetest dog in the entire world," Augie junior Baylie Hilgenkamp said.

The world wasn't so sweet to Eliza. Hilgenkamp suspects someone abused the dog, and now the goal is to heal her.

"It's important to show her no matter what she lived through, there's still people who are going to love her," Hilgenkamp said. 

This is a labor of love. Speaking of labor, there's more to the story. When they took her in, Hilgenkamp and her friends knew she was going to have two puppies. That happened, and then ...

Read the full story and see the video from KELO News.