School forms organization to help pets

WARREN – Students at John F. Kennedy Catholic High School wanted to find a way to help animals and decided to form a new group called “Paws with a Cause.”

Club president and founder James Mitolo, a junior at the school, said he wanted to create an organization that would allow students to have a direct way to help animals in the Mahoning Valley.

Mitolo said he is an animal lover who currently has one rescue dog, Bexx, and has fostered 10 other dogs. He said he believes in fostering pets and values his job as a bridge for those pets to find a permanent family.

Mitolo credits his father, James, for being supportive of his passion to allow him to bring in the dogs in various states of need.

Along with club vice president, John Nader, and faculty adviser, Joy Huber, the club was started and has more than 40 members.

Mitolo said the organization aims to provide a better life for animals in need by putting forth time to volunteer at local animal rescues, educate local community on responsible pet ownership and donate needed items to institutions that provide care to homeless, sick and needy animals.

He said they provide volunteer partnership with animal rescue leagues in Trumbull and Mahoning counties.