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Spring Breaking in Dalhart

Ryan Cody
NewsChannel 10

Amarillo, TX - As more than 700 dogs are without a home in the city of Dalhart, only a handful of workers and volunteers struggle to care for them. It's been seven years now since Dalhart was declared a "no kill city." Meaning no animals can be euthanized there without being terminally ill or too aggressive. Which as you might expect has made for one crowded animal shelter.

Rather than heading to Cancun for Spring Break, ten students from Colorado College drove four hours south to volunteer their time at the Dalhart Animal Wellness Group and Sanctuary, otherwise known as D.A.W.G.S

"I thought it was really great that kids would want to spend their spring break helping animals as opposed to having a really good time somewhere," says director of the shelter Diane Trull.

But talk to any one of them and you would find out that's not the case at all. "I had seen that there was a trip going to Dalhart to work with dogs. And I've grown up with dogs. I love them so I signed up and the rest is history. I've loved working here," says Spring Breaker Casey.

"It was more beneficial and more relaxing to help out with a cause that you believe in," Jamie says.

It may have been a tad more messy than an island vacation. "First of all I wouldn't be getting up early to go pick up dog poop."

But the shelter is crowded and needs all the help it can get. One of the students, Tori said "We came to Dalhart because they have a great shelter. And it's good to get out in to a community where they need a little bit more help."

"I never really could comprehend the idea of 700 hundred dogs. And then you get there and it's pretty crazy," says Senior Kristin.

And just like everyone else on spring break, none of them wanted it to end.