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A fundraiser for 'dog rescue' at Oaks Park? It's just another way to have fun there...

DAVID F. ASHTON - At the Puplandia Dog Rescue shopping fundraiser in Oaks Park, visitor Mara Castro snuggled up to Gilligan at the Doggie Kissing Booth, as volunteer Carrie Wilson steadied the pooch. People with "Puplandia Dog Rescue" were sad when a winter storm cancelled their fundraiser at nonprofit Oaks Amusement Park earlier this year.

But, with the park teeming with guests on the rescheduled date – March 30; fortuitously, on Saturday of Spring Break weekend – "Puplandia's Spring Shopping Extravaganza" was a success.

"It's been great that so many people visiting Oaks Park today are learning about our program," exclaimed Puplandia Dog Rescue "Founder and Alpha", Brook Benson, at the fundraiser held in The Oaks' Dance Pavilion.

"To raise money, we hold this shopping fair – this year, with 50 vendors selling art, soaps, toys, dog treats, baked goods, and Puplandia merchandise. Plus our famous 'Puppy Kissing Booth'!" Benson told THE BEE.

The group was hoping to raise about $2,500 that day; the money would go to pay medical bills, allowing them to save more dogs, Benson explained.

"Puplandia Dog Rescue is about three years old; we started as a rescue taking in dogs that families can't keep anymore. We rescue about 100 dogs per year; so far, that's 297 that we've taken in and found a home for, but we have ten other dogs currently waiting for their 'forever' homes.

"Now, we're taking in a lot more dogs with medical needs – ones that are lame, with broken bones, and that need surgery and rehabilitation – and it's expensive," Benson said. "We're thankful for the many people who support our mission to help these dogs, which otherwise would been euthanized."

For more information about Puplandia Dog Rescue, or to get involved with the group, go online – www.puplandiadogrescue.org


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