Paw and claws up for adoption


Michelle Gordon, nursing student, walks Higgins the dog at Patterson Honda’s offsite adoption event Nov. 9 Javier Contreras

Students lined up as soon as the Humane Society van pulled up at Patterson Honda on Saturday. Only the sound of paws and claws could be heard on the other side of the metal doors.

On Nov. 2, Patterson Honda held an offsite adoption event for the Humane Society of Wichita Falls. Each dog was available for adoption at half of the original price. Volunteer MSU gave students an opportunity to help at the event.

Rob Agu, salesman at Patterson Honda, helped to set up the event at the car dealership.

“We decided we wanted to give back to the community. We’re always asking people to come in and spend money with us so we wanted to do something back to help out the nonprofit organizations here in town. They get most of their supplies by donation so we thought about why not try to help them stock up on food, supplies, and then today find a home for some of these dogs,” Agu said.

In total, 12 students showed up to volunteer at the event. Eight dogs were brought out to Patterson Honda so students had to share the dogs but that didn’t prove to be a problem.

Jenny Price, nursing junior, helped volunteer at the event. The nursing program requires a total of 60 volunteer hours and Price said she always chooses to work them at the Humane Society.

“They’re definitely a big responsibility, they’re a lot of work but I think the pros outweigh the cons and they have a lot of love to give and they’re a companion for life for a lot of people,” Price said.

Kain Oliver was a former salesman for Patterson Honda. Oliver said the people at the Humane Society really helped him when his dogs escaped accidentally. His dogs were well taken care of and given back free of charge. Oliver said doesn’t mind taking a few hours out of his day to play with the homeless dogs, bringing his own dogs along for the fun. Oliver helped Rob Agu set up this event.

“When I started talking to Cheryl Miller, the director of the Humane Society, we originally were just going to do a k-9 food day. Cheryl said that if we do an adoption day then the dogs would be 50 percent off so we decided that would be the best bet,” Oliver said.

The k-9 food drive collected more than 2,000 pounds of dog food.