TUCSON, Ariz. — More than $1,300 has been raised so far this weekend for the Southern Arizona Animal Food Bank.
The goal is to raise $2,000. That money would buy enough food to allow 125 people to feed their pets for a month.
Last year, the non-profit gave away about 23,000 pounds of food.
This year, they want to double that number to help meet the need in the community.
Director Southern Arizona Animal Food Bank Donna DeConcini said "I get calls every day with people getting laid off or not having their checks go far enough, or they're sick and not being able to pay for their dogs. The other option they have is to get rid of them, and they abandon their animals in the desert or they take them to pacc or they take them to the humane society."
More than 35 vendors are participating the event -- and a portion of the proceeds goes to the animal food bank.
The fundraiser ends at 4 p.m. at Iron John's Brewing Company, 555 East 18th Street.