Puppy Love: Owning A Dog During AmeriCorps

A VISTA Member with the College Health Corps, Aria, was given a great gift several months ago when she graduated from Winona State University: a 3.5 pound Mikapoo (Maltese-Poodle-Papillion-mix) puppy. While the puppy, Meekah, has brought Aria much joy, she can be quite costly.

Making the AmeriCorps living allowance work while having a pet comes with challenges. Specifically when it comes to dogs, the average cost of wo/man’s best friend is somewhere between $10,000 and $14,000 over the course of the animal’s life (source: American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals). You might be spending a significant amount during your AmeriCorps service on your pup! If you have your heart set on owning a dog, follow these cost-saving measures.

Addendum: Road Map To AmeriCorps Programs

Hello, AmeriCorps readers! Below you will find a general road map of AmeriCorps programs with emphasis on branches in Minnesota. We hope this will be a resource for you in understanding the layout of Corps programs in our state.

Road Map of AmeriCorps Programs in Minnesota

 There are so many incredible AmeriCorps programs that it is often difficult to keep them straight! At the highest level there are three distinct subsets under the “AmeriCorps” umbrella: VISTA, State and National, and National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC). All three of these AmeriCorps subsets operate nationally.