EPWater employees raise $61k for local charity

EPWater employees raise $61k for local charity
Posted on 10/10/2019
EPWater employees presented Law N’ Paws a check for $61,000 at the October Public Service Board meeting.

When Sienna the dog was first referred to Law N’ Paws, a local animal rescue group that helps abused and neglected animals, she had no teeth, had a severely injured hind leg, and was suffering from malnutrition. She had been living in a crate at a commercial warehouse for nearly three years. According to El Paso Police Detective Vanessa Acosta, who founded the non-profit 501c(3), this is the typical case they encounter at the rescue.

“The owner was arrested for animal cruelty and we provided shelter and medical care while Sienna’s case went through the court system. She’s doing much better, but she still distrusts all men and will try to gum them if allowed.”

This is how Sienna the dog was discovered.Although Law N’ Paws works hand-in-hand with the El Paso Police Animal Cruelty Unit, the non-profit does not receive funding from the City or County of El Paso. They rely solely on donations from the community to be able to provide shelter and medical care to the animal victims of abuse, cruelty and neglect. That is why the employees of El Paso Water chose the shelter as the 2019 Charity of Choice.

“The committee was unanimous in choosing them,” said Senior Network Administrator Israel Chavez, this year’s committee chair. “We didn’t know if the employees of the utility would be willing to support this type of charity, but they sure did. The participation by the employees in the various fundraising events was great. We had a lot more employees give and there was a lot of departmental friendly competition. Overall, we had more events too.”

EPWater employees organized various fundraising events after hours or on weekends, and raised $61,000 for Law N’ Paws. They presented a check to the rescue at the October Public Service Board meeting.

“We are just so thankful for every employee who helped,” said Director Eydie Prado, who is also an El Paso Police Officer. “We are so happy for the countless amount of rescue animals we will be able to help because of their kindness.”

The next goal for the non-profit is to secure a permanent building.

This is Sienna after her rehabilitation.“Our own facility will give us the ability to have some of the more traumatized animals live out the rest of their lives with us,” Acosta said. “That’s our goal for the year to come. And God willing, and with EPWater employee’s help, we will have our property for our babies.”

If you would like more information about the abused animal rescue, visit lawnpaws.org. Each year EPWater employees review applications from non-profit organizations for the Charity of Choice program, and make a recommendation for approval to the Public Service Board. For more information visit: https://epwater.org/about_us/community.

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