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Hug a Pug holding second annual fundraiser

Posted at 3:50 PM, Jul 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-08 22:29:06-04

A local organization that helps abandoned pugs in the Old Pueblo is asking the community for help.

It's called Hug a Pug, and it's mission is to help give abandoned pugs veterinary care and help them find "forever homes." The organization partners up with a local veterinarian to take care of sick, homeless, and stray pugs it takes in.

Currently, volunteers are taking care of 30 pugs.

Hug a Pug is in the middle of it's second annual fundraiser. So far, the rescue and adoption group has raised $1,521 of it's $4,500 goal.

The money raised will go towards what they say the main obstacle in saving the pugs: the cost of veterinarian care.

"They can't speak for themselves, they can't help themselves," Hug a Pug director Michelle Hoeflinger said. "Unfortunately we have a lot of homeless animals here in Tucson and in the surrounding area. So I'm just trying to do my part. You know, they make me happy. I don't know what else to say."

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