Puppies provide stress relief before midterms

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Computer programming freshman Tristan Nelson holds Pippa, a border collie mix, who licks Maya, a chihuahua mix, held by political science freshman Danielle Knabel. The office of student life hosted Puppy Day with the nonprofit Vun-Veq Rescue Feb. 26 in the mall. James Russell

Couple houses more animals than they can count, they said.

By Lionel Ramos


The office of student life and the Student Government Association sponsored Puppy Day.

A home-based nonprofit, Vun-Veq Rescue brought about 15 animals Feb. 26 to the mall to provide stress relief for students as midterm exams begin.

The nonprofit, owned by Virginia and Juan Vasquez, has been in operation for more than 20 years and has come to this college three times, Virginia Vasquez said.

The rescue brought puppies, rabbits, mice and tortoises.

Alexandria Gayton-Gutierrez, American Sign Language  and interpreting sophomore, holds a bunny at Puppy Day Feb. 26. James Russell

Juan Vazques said there could be up to 20 dogs living in their home at any given time in addition to a variety of cats, gerbils, tortoises, rabbits, mice, guinea pigs and birds.

When asked about the total number of animals inhabiting the couple’s home, Juan said, “I have no idea. A lot.”

All of the animals present were available to play with, walk or adopt.

As part of the care the animals receive while with Vun-Veq Rescue, they are spayed or neutered and vaccinated, making the adoption process easy with a single adoption donation of $150 per dog at the event.

The animals will be back March 26 and May 7, in time for finals exams, said SGA Historian Marina Ramirez.

Those seeking information regarding the nonprofit can contact Vun-Veq Rescue at 210-863-1858 or vunveqrescue@aol.com. Those with questions regarding student life can call the office at 210-416-3672 and SGA at 210-486-0133.


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