ROCHESTER, Minn. – The fifth annual “Big Hogs for Small Dogs” fundraiser went ahead with their motorcycle ride from Rochester to Goodhue; despite the less than ideal weather.
The ride raises money for the Small Dog Rescue of Minnesota, which is a foster-based rescue organization that saves small breed dogs from puppy mills and high kill shelters.
Because of the rainy conditions, there weren’t as many participating as past years, although it didn’t stop some braver souls, and even a few pooches who rode along with their owners.
The money raised today will help make it possible to rescue more small dogs and place them with foster homes.
We spoke to a rider who has been involved in the event for four years.
“The biggest reason I got involved, is I saw a news story about puppy mills and called Erin, who is the president of the MN Small Dog Rescue and said, we’ve got to do something to raise money to help shut down these puppy mills,” explains volunteer Dave Soderberg.
The dogs at the event all have homes, but there are plenty of dogs in the rescue looking for forever homes.
The organization relies on foster homes to take in dogs until they’re adopted out.
“We have a waiting list of over 100 dogs that are waiting to come to our rescue that are ready to be euthanized. It’s a horrible situation but we cannot help them unless we have people to foster them. So we are always looking for fosters,” explains Erin Underbakke with the rescue.
If you’re interested in becoming a foster home for the Small Dogs Rescue of Minnesota, their website is below.