Dugan Foundation

Over the last 10 years the Dugan Foundation has provided aid to nearly 5,000 animals in the Puget Sound region, and in the years to come it is expanding its outreach efforts to animals across the state. The Foundation’s mission is to create a no-kill nation, where adoptable animals are given the opportunity to live in permanent homes. Vice President Julie Dugan explains that an obstacle in its mission is education; she believes we need to change our way of thinking in favor of adoption.

To increase program awareness, the foundation has three main community events for animal advocacy. For the seventh year this August, the foundation will celebrate animal adoption with Woofstock, an event combining lovable animals, lively entertainment and local animal organizations. Of the events, Dugan sees Woofstock as the foundation’s greatest tie to the community.

Throughout December, the Dugan Foundation sponsors Happy Howlidays. Last year the event brought in 12,000 pounds of animal food, nearly $4,000 worth of bedding and related necessities, and $3,000 in cash donations from generous residents of the South Sound. This coming year, the foundation will be expediting the process to link donors to specific recipients.

The giving continues with Fur Ball, a biennial event taking place on Oct. 19. This year’s event will have an elegant speak-easy theme, with libations to please every palate and Lance Buller providing music and entertainment.

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