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Arizona non-profit begins “The 12 Saves of Christmas”

TUCSON- An Arizona non-profit organization is starting its 2nd Annual “The 12 Saves of Christmas” to help raise money for special needs and displaced Labrador retrievers.

Desert Labrador Retriever Rescue shares the stories of 12 dogs, four of them from Tucson, all rescued with amazing transformations to get a second chance at life.

Julie Darling fostered and adopted one of the 12 dogs named Charlie who went through $2,000 worth of medical treatment.

“He was only about six or seven weeks old when he was dropped off at PACC and they contacted Desert Labs and that night he had his eye removed,” said Darling.

However, she says now he is happier than ever, and loves people and making new friends.

“We spent $28,000 on these 12 dogs so that helps us raise more funds it also helps reimburse our medical costs,” said Nancy Schuessler, the Public Information Officer at Desert Labrador Retriever Rescue.

She said that the organization’s goal for the campaign is to help get the word out and save more dogs.

“People think that we take them in and we can miraculously turn them around a lot of them had huge medical expenses and gone through terrible ordeals before they got to us,” she said.

To donate or volunteer, click here.

Priscilla Casper

Priscilla Casper

Priscilla Casper is an anchor and multi-skilled journalist for News 4 Tucson. She anchors KVOA’s newscast weekdays at noon and 4 p.m.
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