Pug Hotel Senior Sanctuary Hosts First Fundraiser as a Non-Profit Organization
People and pets gathered at Rohnert Park on Saturday for the Pug Hotel Senior Sanctuary’s first fundraising event.
Pug-O-Ween at Ladybug Park presented a pet costume contest, selfie photo booth and pet painting activity to raise money for the Pug Hotel of Rohnert Park resident Michelle Grady , where she looks after rescue dogs at her home. The event also included a silent auction and raffle, with prizes offered such as jewelry, gift certificates, gift baskets and potted succulents.
Grady partnered with Pug Rescue of Northern California and the Santa Rosa Pugs Facebook group to host the event. Although Santa Rosa Pugs has held Pug-O-Ween fundraisers since its inception in 2006, this was the first fundraiser for the shrine.
“I really love when rescues work with rescues… We should be there for the pugs or the dogs or the cats,” Grady said.
Tickets for Pug-O-Ween were $ 20 and dogs were encouraged to come in disguise.
Although Grady didn’t have a fundraising goal in mind, she hoped to raise enough money to cover the medical, dental and other expenses of the rescue pugs, she said. She is currently caring for six people from all over the world.
Grady self-funded the Pug Hotel for years before becoming a nonprofit earlier this year, she said.
“It’s something I wanted to do, and when I was married my husband would say ‘No you can’t have 10 pugs’,” she said. “But now I’ve been alone for a while, and yes I can have 10 pugs.”
For more information about the Pet Hotel Senior Sanctuary, visit their website thepughotel.com.