The Portland Mercado, on Foster Road in the Mt. Scott-Arleta neighborhood, was even more lively than usual on Saturday afternoon, August 7, when its cantina â€“ the Barrio â€“ hosted a "Pup Party", in support of Southeast Portland's Family Dog's New Life Animal Shelter.
Outside the main building was a pop-up market â€“ featuring doggie goods, services, and organizations.
"I'm here today as a volunteer from our no-kill dog shelter off S.E. Johnson Creek Boulevard," said Kerry Rowand, standing at the organization's information and raffle table.
"We rescue dogs regardless of their age, breed, and history," explained Rowand. "Because this organization survives on donations, we are really appreciative of all this community support we're seeing here today!
"We're having a great crowd of dogs and their owners here today, including those adopted from 'Family Dog's New Life Animal Shelter'. They're just checking it out, having fun, and enjoying the nice day," observed Rowand.
Inside Barrio, proprietor Chris Shimamoto shared that a friend and customer, Dayna Del Mar, had suggested he host the benefit on behalf of the shelter. "I love dogs, so we set this up."
"We're doing this because we love community, we love dogs, and we love bringing it all together," commented Del Mar.
One of the dog we met, from this particular shelter, was Pulpo â€“ there with his human, Ann Petroliunas. "He was a 'Mexican street dog' that came up with a busload of dogs from Puerto Escondido, Mexico, to the shelter.
"His DNA test shows that there are at least 15 breeds mixed in. The ones people recognize most in him are whippet and American Terrier," Petroliunas told THE BEE. "And, oh yes: 'Pulpo' means 'octopus' in Spanish."
Organizers asked us to recognize Foster Area Business Association members and other businesses, which provided prizes for the fundraising raffle: Barrio; Dutch Bros. Coffee; Foster Outdoor; Gray Dog Digital; Like Dat Apparel; Pieper Café; Portland Digs; Realtor Chris Correnti; Red Castle Games; Starday Tavern; Tita's Kitchen; Birds & Bees Nursery; Bow Wow Grooming Boutique; Gemini Moon Ventures; Sugah's Cookies; Surf's Pup Doggie Lounge; and Teutonic Wine Company.
Learn more about "Family Dog's New Life Animal Shelter", online â€“ www.familydogsnewlife.org
And for a look at what went on at the Pup Party â€“ here's a brief BEE video: youtu.be/pYKgQ7uCEwQ
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