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Vinny the Pug Takes on Animal Rescue

What makes Vinny a hero?  This August, Vinny will be embarking on a continent-wide tour of the US and Canada to visit 100 cities and host a variety of fundraisers in conjunction with local animal shelters.  His goal?  Raise $1,000,000 for animal rescue!

Vinny began his quest for greatness with a goal of making it into the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s greatest canine climber.  That’s right – Vinny is a not just a charitable pug; he’s a rock climbing pug.

The good folks at Guinness have yet to acknowledged the greatness in Vinny, but of course, all things happen for a reason.  Vinny’s setbacks in reaching a world title have only made him more determined, and he has now decided to use his natural charisma and love for the camera to help other animals.

Why are we so excited about Vinny here at USA Fundraising?  First off, animal rescue is an incredible cause, and we hope Vinny is successful in reaching his million dollar goal.  Secondly, we think this is a really great spin on animal rescue fundraising!  Giving a face to your fundraiser is a sure-fire way to get noticed, appeal to people’s emotional side, and show them what your cause is really about.  That’s definitely a bonus when raising funds or awareness for any cause.

If you want to know more about Vinny the Pug, or to contact him through his person, Allen, you can check out his Yahoo group, or visit Vinny’s profile page on

Good luck, Vinny!


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