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Donations for Misunderstood Mutts Rescue will be collected Saturday in Lake Oswego, during an event that's the brainchild of Lake Oswegan Anna Swain.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Misunderstood Mutts Rescue helped Ray Ray Ray Charles be adopted after an attack blinded the terrier.When Lake Oswego native Anna Swain started browsing for area organizations in need of fundraising help, she had no idea she'd end up with a new furry friend.

"I didn't mean to adopt a dog, but I ended up adopting a dog," Swain says with a chuckle.

After seeing her terrier Ray "Ray Ray" Charles on the Misunderstood Mutts Rescue (MMR) website and meeting him shortly after, she knew she'd be the perfect owner for him. Ray Ray was blinded after being hit in the face by a previous owner, and Swain had experience dealing with an animal with sight problems. Her first dog, Finnegan, had been treated for glaucoma.

Swain became impressed by Misunderstood Mutts' commitment to rescuing dogs in particularly rough situations, and that they focused on rescuing dogs only in the central Washington, Seattle and Portland regions.

"They (MMR) are unique in that they purposefully look for dogs who have been abused," she says.

So Swain decided to help coordinate with her employer, Farmers Insurance, to set up a fundraiser for the small nonprofit rescue. It's set for this Saturday, June 3, at the Healthy Pet shop on Boones Ferry Road in Lake Oswego. Erin McCulloch's Lake Oswego branch of Farmers Insurance is the sponsor.

The fundraiser, which begins at 11 a.m. on the lawn outside the store, will include a raffle, information sessions with a dog trainer, free giveaways and time to meet some of MMR's rescues for potential foster opportunities.

Becky Dilba, co-founder and president of MMR, says the organization is always in need of leashes, harnesses and collars because "it's amazing how quickly dogs chew them up." Those planning to attend Saturday's event can bring those items as donations, as well as other toys or goodies — except dog food, because MMR can't store it — to Healthy Pet until 5 p.m. Swain says cash donations will also be gladly accepted, and donatable items will be for sale inside the store during the event.

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