On April 11, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Delta Tau Delta Fraternity will be hosting an adoption event in front of the founder’s statue near the library.
There will be six sheltered dogs available for adoption, for $49. The dogs will come with all necessary vaccinations and will already be fixed.
Austin Taylor, a sophomore political science and philosophy double major and member of Delta Tau Delta, organized the event.
“We have partnered with PetSmart Charities to raise awareness about the need for homes of sheltered animals in North Texas as well as shed light on the ample amount of volunteer opportunities to help community animal shelters”, Taylor said.
Beyond bringing happiness to the TCU campus with animals, Taylor said the fraternity also wants to remind students to volunteer.
“We hope our goals coincide well with the student body’s current goal to increase community service outside if the traditional LEAPS once a semester,” Taylor said.
Rachel Opdycke, senior animal control officer and educator at the City of Fort Worth Animal Control Center, hopes this will encourage TCU students to want to volunteer at the shelter as well as maybe finding some forever homes for some of the dogs.
“There are thousands of pets looking for a new home and we want to encourage people to adopt rather than buy pets,” Opdycke said. “We also have volunteer opportunities at our adoption centers and we do have TCU students who volunteer for community service hours for various groups.”
Many members of the fraternity have volunteered to help out at the event. Jake Larsen, junior political science major is one of the members who will be volunteering at the event.
Larsen felt that Delt Dogs would be a fun opportunity to volunteer, and is an important cause that is beneficial to everyone involved. The dogs getting adopted are given a new and loving home, and those adopting a dog will be getting a loyal pet.
Senior Delta Tau Delta member and Economics major Dan Williamson will also be volunteering at the event.
“When I heard about Delt Dogs and the opportunity to help find some unfortunate animals a home I knew I had to be apart of it,” said Williamson. “As much joy as I had as a kid growing up with my dogs, I feel a desire to share that experience with others by giving them an opportunity to save a puppy from the life of dog shelters.”
Austin Taylor believes that the event will be successful, and plans to have more events like this in the future.
The application required to volunteer can be found online at www.fortworthtexas.gov/animals.