Mascots With A Purpose

Portales – Eastern New Mexico University has adopted two rescued former racing greyhounds to become the school's official animal mascots.

Eastern's athletic teams are nicknamed the Greyhounds.

The university is accepting name suggestions for the male and female dogs, starting Friday and running through Nov. 6. Also, interested students can apply to become handlers for the dogs.

The ENMU Foundation has donated $1,000 and the ENMU Bench Club has donated $2,000 as seed money for the dogs' adoption and care.

The greyhounds are expected to arrive on campus around Dec. 1.

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.