Maral Cavner

A Versatile Leader and Community Activist

About Maral Cavner

A recent graduate of Emory University, Maral Cavner looks forward to a dynamic career in international relations and community leadership. Raised in Missouri, she attended Greenwood Laboratory School in Springfield, during which time she took courses at Missouri State University and completed a summer internship in the Missouri Attorney General’s Office. Graduating from Greenwood as class salutatorian in 2009, Maral Cavner subsequently enrolled at Emory, where she continued to build upon her impressive academic and extracurricular credentials.

Over the next four years, Maral Cavner played an active role in the greater campus community and beyond, notably volunteering her time to young people with Atlanta International School, Care to Learn, and Teen Challenge. In addition, Ms. Cavner fulfilled an internship with the International Campaign for Tibet, helped found the Route 66 No-Kill Animal Shelter, and proved an effective campus leader as alumni and public relations chair of Alpha Delta Pi, founding director of community building of the Emory Dream Project, and vice president of Emory’s Machik chapter. As a testament to her high academic performance, she was named to the dean’s list in 2010, 2011, and 2012, and she graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in sociology in 2013.

The Hunger Games Film Series

Maral Cavner graduated summa cum laude from Emory University with a BA in sociology. While there, Maral Cavner accepted roles in several major Hollywood productions, including three of The Hunger Games films.

Based on the popular young adult book series by Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games has emerged as one of the most successful film franchises of all time. The first film in the series came out in March 2012, opening at $152 million and going on to gross more than $408 million total. In November 2013 Lionsgate released the franchise’s first sequel, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which improved on its predecessor’s opening weekend and total gross, putting up $158 million and nearly $425 million, respectively.

The Hunger Games series continued its success one year later with the first installment in the franchise’s final chapter, Mockingjay. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 brought in over $337 million. Mockingjay Part 2, the franchise’s final film, became the fourth in a row to open at more than $100 million. To date, the four movies have made a total of $1.4 billion. Only nine film series have grossed more, and no franchise with four or fewer films has outperformed The Hunger Games.

The Emory Dream Project - Assisting Students with SAT Preparation

Maral Cavner is an Emory University graduate who earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology with highest honors. Maintaining a strong campus presence, Maral Cavner was active with the national leadership and service organization Omicron Delta Kappa and served as founding director of community building with the Emory Dream Project. She oversaw efforts to recruit approximately 100 members who undertook mentoring for students at North Druid Hills High School.

The specific focus of the project is to assist students in navigating the often complex university application process. As reported in the Emory Wheel, mentors are sent to the high school three times each week. With sessions set up to meet the specific needs of individual students, a full day is set aside for one-on-one SAT preparation. Four to seven student-mentor pairs typically work side-by-side in a classroom.

The Emory Dream Project also addressed issues of education inequality through facilitating a full roster of events, from a student panel discussion to a documentary on how students are pressured to do well academically.

How to Make An Easy DIY Dog Toy

Maral Cavner devotes much of her time to the wellbeing of animals. She is a founding board member of Route 66 Rescue in Nixa, Missouri. Maral Cavner and other volunteers have found homes for dozens of dogs so far.

Animal shelters always need new toys to keep dogs happy and entertained. Using just an old t-shirt, a tennis ball, and a pair of scissors, you can make inexpensive and safe tug and toss toys for local pups.

1. Cut the T-shirt into strips. Each strip should be roughly two inches wide by 20 inches long. You will need nine, and can mix and match fabric colors for an even cuter toy.
2. If the tennis ball you are using does not already have holes in it, you’ll need to cut them now. Carefully use scissors to poke and then enlarge two holes in the ball. You’ll want the holes to be slightly larger than a quarter.
3. Gather the T-shirt strips together, and tie a very tight knot in one end. Divide the nine strips into three sections, and braid them together tightly. Slip the tennis ball onto the braid, and then tie off the other end.

Five Points of Consideration when Adopting a Dog

A graduate of Emory University with a bachelor of arts in sociology, Maral Cavner possesses a diverse history of volunteer involvement with community and university groups. Maral Cavner also demonstrates a strong devotion to animal initiatives and especially enjoys working with shelter dogs. Animal shelters recommend that new dog owners prepare in advance for the arrival of their new companion and the following tips consist of a few significant considerations.

1. Do your research. Resist the urge to buy the cutest puppy you find, and consider your needs and limitations first. Talk to shelter staff about the backgrounds and temperaments of each dog if adopting from a shelter, and research the differences between breeds if adopting a purebred animal. Remember that each breed comes with its own distinctive energy levels, health concerns, and care needs.

2. Prepare your home in advance. Whether you adopt a puppy or an adult dog, dog-proof your home before your pet’s arrival by removing access to household chemicals, taping loose electrical cords, moving breakables, and installing baby gates if necessary. Additionally, set up crates if you plan on crate training, and decide where your dog will go to relieve itself.

3. Purchase the essentials immediately. You will need to buy a number of supplies immediately before or after bringing your new dog home. Essential supplies include a leash and collar, dog food, feeding and water dishes, and toys. You may also wish to purchase an identification tag as soon as possible in case your dog gets lost.

4. Establish rules early. Begin establishing household rules with your dog immediately in order to avoid forming unwanted habits. Preventing bad habits is easier than breaking already developed ones, and dogs generally feel more secure when they understand what you expect of them.

5. Socialization and training are critical. Some dogs need constant socialization at an early age, so establish a training and socialization regime early. If you decide to hire a trainer or take your dog to group training classes, remember to research the trainer and their methods first.

Why Declawing Cats is Inhumane

Emory University graduate and dedicated dog lover Maral Cavner has a long track record of helping animals in need. Though she is still pursuing her legal degree, Maral Cavner has already helped save the lives of hundreds of animals through her work founding the Route 66 No-Kill Shelter.

While many see declawing cats as an easy way to fix unwanted scratching and clawing, the practice can have permanent physical consequences for the cat. In many countries, declawing cats is completely banned and in the United States, animal welfare groups including the Humane Society, the ASPCA, and PETA all firmly oppose declawing.

The process of removing claws from a cat goes far beyond a simple manicure. When the claw itself is cut away, it will regrow time and again. To completely remove the claw, it is necessary to remove a small piece of bone as well. For humans, this would be similar to chopping off a little bit of bone on each finger.

Declawed cats are left unable to climb, stretch out, and defend themselves against attacks from other animals. The procedure can even lead to problems with biting. Declawed cats are especially vulnerable to infections, nerve problems, tissue death, numbness, and even chronic back pain.

The Disappearing Pangolin

Animal rights advocate and law student Maral Cavner helps animals everywhere through her support of the Animal Legal Defense Fund and her work raising awareness of current animal injustices. Maral Cavner is studying to become a lawyer and intends to work in animal law.

Sometimes called scaly anteaters, pangolins are armored mammals native to Asia and Africa. These solitary creatures are nocturnal, and they exist on a diet comprised of ants and termites. Pangolins are disappearing quickly, largely due to human activity. One of the world’s most commonly poached and trafficked animals, pangolins are in high demand for both their meat and their scales.

Thousands of pangolin products are brought into the United States each year. Only one of the eight species of pangolin is protected under the Endangered Species Act, though other countries and international organizations restrict the killing and sale of all eight types. Concerned groups are working hard to put pangolins on the endangered species list to help save them from extinction.

Walking Your Dog for Charity

A 2013 Emory University graduate with a highest honors bachelors degree in cultural sociology, Maral Cavner is currently pursuing a career in animal law. Also a passionate lover of dogs, Maral Cavner is a founding board member of Route 66 Rescue Inc., a no-kill dog rescue located in Nixa, Missouri. While you may not have the time to start your own dog rescue, you can still help your four-legged friends and your favorite animal organization with the Walk for a Dog mobile app.

Available for both Android and iOS, the free Walk for a Dog app donates to your animal organization of choice every time you walk your dog. If you’re not currently involved with any shelters or rescues, Walk for a Dog can check your location and suggest a local option from almost 6,000 participating organizations. The more you walk, the more they donate.

Whether you’ve only got the time to take the dog for a quick walk around the block, or you’re taking your pup on a miles-long hike, every walk counts. The app tracks how far you walk, making it easy to see how long each walk is.

Visit to get started. If you can’t find a local shelter you want to donate to, consider walking for Route 66 Rescue.

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