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Dog wash-a-thon raises $3,725 for local shelter

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TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Saturday, a local shelter was bathing dogs for a good cause in their second annual "Dog Wash-A-Thon." The event helps raise money for the organization, Pets Fur People, a no-kill shelter in Tyler.
There wasn't a dry dog in sight and they weren't the only ones walking away with a bath.

"He doesn't like to be away from me, so I still have to stand right there with him and let him know that mama's not going anywhere," said Jamie Swanson as her pants got soaked standing by her German Shepherd, Toby.

"We all are kinda being soaked and it's all in fun. It helps us raise awareness for Pets Fur People," added Pets Fur People Executive Director Gayle Helms.

Big dogs, small dogs and even some impressively patient dogs got all soaped up to help raise money for Pets Fur People.

"A non-profit organization is always challenged for funding, so hopefully today we're going to be able to raise $5,000," explained Helms.

Their goal was to wash 200 dirty dogs. Every bath was bringing in the bucks.

"Robert Peltier [of Peltier Subaru] has pledged to donate $25 for every dog that we wash," said Helms.

"They're just such a great organization. I wanted to support them anyway I could, so I brought [Toby] out to get a bath," said Swanson.

For one puppy, Lola, bath time was a reunion with old friends. Just a few months ago she was a shelter dog at Pets Fur People and she needed a home.

"It was really fun to be the person to give her a home and now she's my dog," said Amaya Hammond.

Hammond is happy her family chose to adopt.

"I've always wanted a dog and my dad always said no, but then he said yes and we talked about it and I wanted to get one from a shelter," explains Hammond.

No dogs were left with dirty paws. The pups and their people went home with clean coats and knowing they contributed to a good cause.

Pets Fur People didn't end up meeting their goal of washing 200 dogs. Last year they washed 161 dogs. Saturday, they washed 149 dogs, therefore the fundraiser still brought in about $3,700.

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