New York Chapter Helps Dogs Find Homes for the Holidays

 

unnamedSome 8 million homeless pets end up in animal shelters across the U.S. each year. Of those, 3.7 million are euthanized (according to American Human Association estimates). Those are depressing statistics, but the good news is that hundreds of rescue groups and nonprofits help at-risk pets get adopted—and the Texas Exes New York Chapter is helping, too.

On Dec. 8, the chapter partnered with Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue for an adoption event at My Two Dogs grooming center in Brooklyn. About 20 UT graduates joined other volunteers for the three-hour event, in which they gave the dogs one-on-one attention, talked with visitors to find dogs that fit their lifestyles, and helped sell fundraising merchandise. According to chapter officer Jennie Sanders, BA ’99, Life Member, a one-eyed pup named Popeye was the star of the day.

“Popeye was one of the first to arrive and everyone lit up as he romped around with one of the other dogs,” Sanders says. “He got adopted immediately and the UT volunteer who had been handling him jumped right in to see what else she could do.”

The dogs weren’t the only ones benefiting. For the alumni, the afternoon was also a chance to get to know fellow Longhorns. “The mix of volunteers at the event included new faces and more active members,” says chapter officer Neel Gupta, BBA ’05, Life Member. “We really value these events for getting new members active.”

Photo by Jennie Sanders.

 

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