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Hot Dog Extravaganza at Willis helps Denton Animal Shelter

Hot Dog Extravaganza at Willis helps Denton Animal Shelter

Hot Dog Extravaganza at Willis helps Denton Animal Shelter
March 03
09:30 2014

Tricia Sims // Intern Writer

The Hot Dog Extravaganza at Willis Library Tuesday offers a break from mid-term studying by providing students with free food and a chance to help a local animal shelter.

For the second year in a row, Willis Library is hosting a Hot Dog Extravaganza during lunch time between 12:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. at the library forum. In exchange for food, students are encouraged to donate to benefit the Denton Animal Shelter.

“It’s not necessarily an event you would see in a library,” library science graduate student Holly Dolan said. “A lot of people are deeply passionate about animals in our department and it is a good way to show what our department is all about.”

The idea came about when the library tried to raise money for the animal shelter, but was not getting enough donations and supplies. Free lunch was provided and donations of $5 were encouraged at the first extravaganza, resulting in $600 raised.

“That was incredibly successful and the animal shelter is really appreciative,” Willis Library services desk supervisor Bethany Hardikar said. “We thought we would try it again this year and see how well it goes.”

This year the library was able to get a speaker from the animal shelter, kennel supervisor Gayla Nelsen, to explain what the shelter provides and where the money goes.

Like last year, the money donated at this fundraiser is going toward building a new shelter for the organization on N. Elm St. Nelsen said that the new 15,000 square feet shelter will be able to section off the animals instead of keeping them all in a large room. There will also be dog and cat isolation rooms for sick or pregnant animals.

“I’m very excited and passionate about the shelter and I want as many people to hear about it as possible,” she said. “We have earned this shelter and will continue to earn it when we get there.”

Last year, the library served vegan and turkey hot dogs along with regular hot dogs to accommodate everyone, Hardikar said.

“It’s always great to get cheap food, always great to learn about the shelter,” Dolan said. “The veggie dog idea was good because I don’t eat meat.”

Wells Fargo is donating the hot dogs and buns for a second straight year.

With the help of student donations, the Denton Animal Shelter, known for its high adoption rate, will also be getting a private vet for the new facility.

“Students are getting free lunch and donating to a good cause,” Hardikar said. “Every little bit helps. Even if they can’t do the five dollars, something is better than nothing.”

Feature photo: Proceeds from the hotdog event will go to the Denton Animal Shelter. A new shelter is being built on Woodrow Lane and will house more than 200 dogs and cats. Photo by Edward Balusek / Staff Photographer 

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