Dogs at the Huckleberry Hound Dog Rescue of El Paso will have a fuller tummy this holiday season and into the new year thanks to donations from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center students and employees. More than 2,100 pounds of dog food were collected from mid-October to mid-November according to Brandy Mills, a Paul L. Foster School of Medicine student.
“This food drive was an incredible success,” said Mills. She and fellow medical student Ciara Wisecap began the dog food drive on campus because she said the stray dog population in El Paso is staggering. “Food and vet bills are the biggest expenses for dog rescues,” said Mills. “Holding food drives and having everyone give a little bit is a really great way to help these rescues thrive.” she said.
“Supporting local grass-root rescues such as Huckleberry Hound helps to keep these stray animals off the streets and into the loving homes they deserve,” added Wisecap.
The non-profit dog rescue, located in northeast El Paso, goes through about 250 to 300 pounds of dog food a week, especially during the colder months according to owner Barbara Valencia.
“We are a no-kill rescue, so all the dogs stay with us until their forever home is found,” said Valencia.
In 2015, the rescue took in 250 stray dogs. Valencia was able to find homes for 205. “We are eternally grateful to everyone who donated. This food is a life-saver for the dogs,” she added.