Furry friends bark their way to students' hearts

April 24, 2018

The Animal Rescue of Community College held its 4th annual adoption event earlier this week at the Valle Verde campus. 


In partnership with the Humane Society of El Paso the group organized the event in hopes of pairing local rescue animals with permanent homes. 


“We bring eight or nine dogs from local shelters and try to get them adopted,” Barbara Williams, The Animal Rescue of Community College advisor, said. 

 

 

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Daphney Menefe, Animal Rescue of Community College President.
 


The group brought six dogs to campus and allowed students and faculty to play with them in the Valle Verde courtyard in hopes of finding potential homes.


Every fall and spring semester the Animal Rescue of Community College organization reaches out to local shelters and coordinates on campus adoption and fundraising events.

 
Each pet came microchipped and vaccinated. “It really is convenient. All of the vaccinations are taken care of so all students have to worry about is paying the adoption fee,” Daphney Menefe, Animal Rescue of Community College President, said. 


Of the six dogs in attendance, five were residents of the Humane Society’s shelter. Dottie was a member of the “Foster a Pet” program offered by the society.


“I’ve been fostering for about a year. I’ve had Dottie for about a week now. Foster parents save adoptable animals from being put to sleep. We hold on to them until we can find a family to adopt them,” Naomi Gonzalez, a foster parent for the program, said. 


The Humane Society is actively looking for new foster parents as well as permanent homes for rescued animals. 


“Our services aren’t only for dogs, we have tons of cats in need of homes as well,” Gonzalez added.
The event was successful as the club found a total of three pets a permanent home. 


Over the course of the last four events, the club is constantly learning and adapting new approaches to their cause.


 “I have advised the group and we have really evolved. We began small by fundraising and volunteering and now we can hold events like these, so we have really grown,” Williams said. 


If you are interested in joining the Animal Rescue of Community College club, contact Barbara Williams at           831-3381 or bwillia9@epcc.edu. 


For questions regarding adoption services or the “Foster a Pet” program, please contact the Humane Society at (915) 532-6971.
 

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