EPCC Biology Club donates to local pet shelter

November 3, 2015


The El Paso Community College Biology Club, along with EPCC students, came together to collect and donate pet supplies for a local non-profit, no-kill pet shelter. 



Photo by Vladimir Avina / Tejano Tribune

EPCC students and biology club members Amber Rivera, Lori Gutierrez and Gerardo Gonzalez push a cart with dog and cat food donations for Pet Guardian Angel animal shelter.


Pet Guardian Angel (PGA) received a large donation from the EPCC biology club of dog and cat food, bleach and towels among other pet supplies on Saturday, Oct. 31. 

“They rely a lot on donations,” Jessica Nelson, student and President of the biology club said. “Every semester the biology club participates to help professor Dominic Lannutti get more donations for the shelter.”

This was the largest donation the club gave this year. Previously, the biology club hosted another drive for PGA as well as a children’s toy drive. 

“We got quite a lot this semester, we are really happy,” Nelson said. “Last semester we also had the children’s toy drive and so it was difficult getting donations for both [drives], but this time it was just one so we ended up with a lot more donations.”

Items that students were asked to donate were bleach containers, dog or cat food, towels and blankets.
“That’s what they really need at the shelter and it is also a way to get closer to the community,” Oscar Perez, student vice president of the biology club, said. “We are a community college and it just keeps us closer with the community. We all learn to work together.”



This semester, the club raised a total of 158 containers of bleach, 88 bags of dog food and 18 bags of cat food along with blankets and towels. They hope to increase the numbers of donations in next year’s spring drive. 



Photo by Vladimir Avina / Tejano Tribune

EPCC students Fernando Saenz and Jennifer

Martinez carry dog food donations to the

storage trailer at Pet Guardian Angel.


Aside from helping animals in need, students who donated an item to the shelter received extra credit for their classes. Students also had the opportunity to see the needs of their community and what they could do to help. 

“I think they [students] need to be aware that there are things going on in the community, things that the student can support and at the same time receive credit for,” Laila Rajabi, biology professor and adviser said. “Exposing them [students] to needs in the community is part of our mission at EPCC.”
PGA, a local non-profit, no-kill shelter is dependent on donations like these to keep up with the needs of the animals being housed. 

“Everything you see here are things we would have to buy with our limited income,” Martha Williams, director of Pet Guardian Angel said. 

“What they [biology club] are donating here is well thought out, they are things that we need. Everything being unpacked is something that we are going to use.”

The shelter, currently housing 120 dogs and cats, is always accepting donations of all kinds but Williams wants to remind the community that food is not the only thing needed for in the shelter.

“We are a small group, we don’t get any free local advertising. A lot of people believe that we only need food and things like that but we have limited space to store all of that,” Williams said. 

“We have employees and bills to pay. We need some cash to get by and we appreciate that as much as any other donation.”

For more information on Pet Guardian Angel call  (915) 598-0411 or visit their website at www.pgawaep.org


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