Pets on parade, orphaned dogs draw donations at college
Dec. 3, 2012 at 6:03 a.m.
His dark brown fingers shook through the dog's white, curly fur.
One arm over the animal and another on his waist, basketball player Jordan Winston spent time with a poodle before his basketball practice.
"I'd would like to take one home, but I don't think the dorms allow it," said the Jaguar Court resident.
Volunteers from the Dorothy O'Connor Pet Adoption Center held about five medium-sized dogs by the leash as part of a supplies and toy drive for the adoption center Monday.
Students passing through Victoria College's Sports Center stopped to play and greet the orphaned pups.
This was the center's first time to raise money and collect goods at the college, said Monica Medina, student activities coordinator.
"It's a good way to get students away from studying, to let them have a break," said Medina. "Hopefully, they'll walk away with a new friend."
Winston said he enjoyed rolling around on the tile floor with the puppy, but he misses his family dogs in New York.
Towering over most of the people in the room, the basketball player waved goodbye to his new furry friend, Frosty.
"This is great for the animals. Everybody needs time off," said the 21-year-old Brooklyn native. "It gives them an opportunity to build relationships with others."
Autumn Campbell, Hallettsville resident and center volunteer, moved to Texas from Michigan with her husband about 15 years ago.
Her bulldog, Cash, lay sprawled over the floor with his tiger-like coat showing.
Although Cash was not up for adoption, Campbell said she likes to bring him along to explain to prospective dog owners the aches and pains of caring for a high-maintenance dog.
"You have to learn your breed," Campbell said. "He behaves well in public but not at home."
The center volunteer said they raised about $10,000 last year in donations.
"It doesn't last all year," Campbell said. "Without donations, we wouldn't be able to exist."
Campbell pet her bulldog as a group of college girls approached Cash with wide, adoring eyes.