Cross Country Team Runs with Shelter Dogs at Peninsula Humane SocietyNDNU Men's Cross Country_Humane Society

BELMONT, Calif. – The Notre Dame de Namur University men’s and women’s cross country teams have spent a great deal of time this year giving back to the local community around Belmont.  This semester the team has focused their efforts on working with shelter dogs at the Peninsula Humane Society and SPCA.

The Argonauts have been going to the shelter every other Sunday in September and October to take the dogs on a run.  The team plans on continuing their work in the offseason and during the spring semester.

Head Coach Joey Nunes was very excited to find a cause like this his teams could come together to support.  “I wanted the team to think outside of the box when it came to our community service this year.” Nunes said. “There are many different organizations that can benefit from a large group like us volunteering our time.  One of the biggest appeals to working with the Peninsula Humane Society is how much impact we can have.  In one hour we can do an afternoon’s worth of work for the shelter and I wanted the team to see the power of numbers.

“It is such a rewarding experience.” Junior Toni Cardoza said. “I feel like we are helping to prepare the dog for a future relationship with their new owners.”

Given the amount of animals at the shelter, the Peninsula Humane Society is always looking for ways to get them the exercise they need.  The Argos run as a group each week and take as many dogs as they can out on the Bay Trail.

“The best feeling is when you start walking the dog out of the shelter and you can see how excited they are.” Junior Tristan Alvarado said. “You can see it in their eyes that they can’t wait to get out and run around.  We can feel the impact that we are having on each one of them and it’s a great feeling.”


Notre Dame de Namur University (NDNU) is a Catholic, not-for-profit, coeducational institution serving approximately 1,800 students from diverse backgrounds.  Established in 1851 by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, NDNU is the third oldest college in California and the first authorized to grant the baccalaureate degree to women. NDNU maintains a strong commitment to academic excellence, social justice and community engagement.  The University is fully accredited and offers a rich variety of undergraduate, graduate, doctorate and teacher credential programs.  The historic campus is located on the San Francisco peninsula in Silicon Valley.

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