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Pet Over Population Fundraiser

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KENNEWICK, Wash.-- Many headed over to Robust Coffee House and Wine Bar in Kennewick for some wine, brew and cheese. But this event served more than just one purpose.

It was all to help Pet Over Population Prevention in the Tri-Cities.

"We want people to know animals are family members, they need to be treated like family members and they just cant be dumped on the side of the road and abandoned when you don't feel like taking care  of them anymore," said Kim Hobbick, who does fundraising for POPP.

POPP is a local non-profit works to find forever families for dogs and cats who don't have a home. They also have adoption sites and assist with spaying and neutering these pets.

Right now they have about 20 to 50 volunteers helping, but they can always use some extra help.

"A little help goes a long way just something especial that you can give, you'll never know how much it gives back," said Hobbick.

Pet over population staff members say they've gotten much support from the community.

"we couldn't do this without the community's support and without volunteers," she said.

Everyone who showed up, could buy a raffle ticket and got the chance to walk away with some goodies.

"The raffle is going quite well, we have outstanding beautiful baskets, that people can put their raffle tickets in for today," said Toni Neidhold, a volunteer for POPP.

Representatives from the Richland Kennel Club also showed their support. They hope to join forces with POPP to spread the word.

"we really wan to educate the Tri-Cities and people so they better understand what pets need, how they should be taken care of and what we can do to better their lives," said Chris Larson, with the Richland Kennel Club.

Pet over population staff say they raised $2,300 on Sunday alone. In case you couldn't make it and still want to make a donation you can contact POPP directly.