His dark brown fingers shook through the dog's white, curly fur.
One arm over the animal and another on his waist, basketball player Jordan Winston spent time with a poodle before his basketball practice.
“I'd would like to take one home, but I don't think the dorms allow it,” said the Jaguar Court resident.
Volunteers from the Dorothy O'Connor Pet Adoption Center held about five medium-sized dogs by the leash as part of a supplies and toy drive for the adoption center Monday.
Students passing through Victoria College's Sports Center stopped to play and greet the orphaned pups.
This was the center's first time to raise money and collect goods at the college, said Monica Medina, student activities coordinator.
“It's a good way to get students away from studying, to let them have a break,” said Medina. “Hopefully, they'll walk away with a new friend.”