Biology club drive surpasses last year's record

October 1, 2014


Photos by George f. Stowe III



George F. Stowe III


The second annual drive for the animal shelter Pet Guardian Angel was held from Sept. 12 to 26 by the EPCC biology club and presented the goods on Sept. 27.


The club exceeded last year’s contributions for El Paso’s local non-kill animal shelter located in the Montana Vista region.


“It’s an amazing feeling going to see the dogs and knowing that our hard work and all the items that were donated are going to the animals. God is bountiful,” said Kyle Patrick, vice president of the biology club.



Kyle Patrick, VP of the biology club



Although it was a donation drive, all donations were not allowed at this non- kill shelter.


“The dogs are being fed on Pedigree already and when you change their food they experience intestinal distress which leads to diarrhea; if you’re a volunteer worker, you would have to clean those cages,” said Dominic Lannutti, biology instructor at EPCC and co-founder of the biology club.


“Most pet dogs are fed the same food their whole life and you’re not supposed to feed them corn-based food or you will have big fat diabetic dogs.”



Two trucks unloaded the charitable contributions to the animal shelter.


“I can’t believe this is happening, it is just unbelievable,” said Roy Pribble, administrative advisor of Pet Guardian Angel, as the goods were presented to the shelter.



Biology club President Laura Montes (L) and Secretary Guadalupe Peña Contreras with donations.



“It is beyond the word exceeding, these dogs will have enough food to last for quite a while.


“This means that we’re able to take our money donations and put them into areas we need more work with.”


Professional care is not voluntary, but it is vital to this nonprofit organization.


“Professional help is not volunteered, it’s all paid for and we have to pay for it,” Pribble said. “Just this last week we had our vets come in and spay/neuter 40 animals in one                          

This means the money that we would have had to spend on food, we can now spend to spay/neuter the animals.”


Giving back to the community brought a new meaning for one volunteer worker. 


“I’m an empty nester, my kids are already gone, and now it’s my opportunity to use my free time to do this,” said Dianna Rosemond, volunteer worker at Pet Guardian Angel.


“Animals to me are like therapy, they’re cheaper than a shrink and far better than Prozac.”


Check out a video of the delivery of the donations to Pet Guardian Angel at



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