Elon students, town residents and community members gathered on Sunday, Sept. 7 for the second annual Dog Day Mixer, an event with food, fun and furry friends. The university relations committee of Elon Community Church organized and hosted the event.

"The purpose of the university relations committee here at Elon Community Church is to reach out to Elon University students with southern hospitality, being a good neighbor, being a friend and showing them that we care," said Sherry Scott, the chairman for the university relations committee.

The church hosts events like these to help out students who are in need of a little puppy love.

"Some are really and truly homesick, miss their family,miss the family pet," said Scott. "A pet just radiates love so we thought this would be a good way; some pet therapy, give them a little love, make them feel at home and come to know the members of our church."

"It's nice to have a little part of home here," said Elon freshman Viiu Loub. "I mean what's not to love about a whole bunch of dogs just running around and being able to play with them."

Donations from this event will go to the Humane Society of Alamance County.

"The monetary donations will probably go towards our low cost spay and neuter program where we provide vouchers for people to get their pets spayed and neutered at a prorated price," said Danielle Griswold, a volunteer at the Humane Society.

The donations will also help to feed and find homes for the foster animals at the Humane Society.

"We appreciate every donation we get, be it time or money, we appreciate it," Griswold said.

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