Mitzvot from the heart: Jeremy Cohn

Jeremy Cohn

Jeremy Cohn

Congregation Shaare Emeth

Jeremy loves pets and understands the positive impact they have on our lives. Because he really enjoys the company of his own dogs, Maggie, a golden doodle, and Andy, a mini golden doodle, he was inspired to volunteer at the St. Louis County Pet Adoption Center, where he helped rescued dogs and cats become ready for adoption.

The St. Louis County Pet Adoption center rescues pets from a variety of situations and provides a safe and comfortable home for the animals, as they get ready for adoptions. It is housed in a modern facility in Olivette and has an on-site medical staff.

Son of Julie and Scott Cohn of Chesterfield, Jeremy started volunteering the year before his bar mitzvah and has continued to do so ever since. Because of his age, he had to have one parent with him at all times. Jeremy went through the required orientation with Lisa Langeneckert, volunteer coordinator of the St. Louis County Department of Public Health Vector & Veterinary Services. Langeneckert said that he was very well mannered, an asset to the shelter and provided much needed exercise and mental stimulation for the dogs and cats. “It was so nice having Jeremy and his parents here as volunteers,” she added. 

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 Jeremy mainly worked with dogs and but sometimes was able to interact with the cats. As a volunteer, he exercised the pets with walks and play and socialized with them to become more adoptable. “While this project was more about doing than giving, Jeremy also donated needed supplies to the adoption center from time to time, including toys, bones and treats,” said his mother.

A student at Whitfield School, Jeremy said he feels like he is doing a good deed for the animals and increasing their chance of being adopted through his work with the pets, whether it’s walking a dog or playing with a cat. “Socializing the pets makes them more adoptable and at only $40 per pet, each animal should be able to find a forever home,” he said.

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