The founders of Potato Chip Pomeranian Rescue celebrated their sixth week in existence by driving to California to pick up six more dogs in need of homes.
The new additions make a total of nine wards at the shelter. That means nine mouths to feed and nine bodies to keep healthy. To help pay for the costs, the nonprofit will be hosting its first car wash this Sunday.
The fundraiser will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. Aug. 14 in the parking lot of Malinda's Pampered Pets, 4302 E. Ray Road in Ahwatukee, which is owned by Potato Chip co-founder Malinda Malone.
The wash itself will be free, but the organization is asking for a monetary donation in any amount. All of the money raised will be put back into the rescue to help cover expenses, such as having the dogs teeth cleaned at $150 per procedure.
While the majority of the dogs so far have been from shelters and arrive having already been vaccinated and spayed or neutered, most of them will still need some medical attention. Respiratory infections are common, as are dental infections.
When dogs do arrive as strays or are surrendered by their owners the medical procedures can start adding up. Even with a discount, the rescue still has to pay $150 to $250 to have a dog altered, and that is often just the beginning.
While Malone pays for much of this herself through the income from running her Ahwatukee store, she needs all the help she can get. Donations are welcomed as well as manpower.
"If anyone wants to come and help we would love to have the help," said Malone, adding that it is very satisfying to do even just a little bit.
The rescued Pomeranians will also be up for adoption at the store, which houses them until they are placed. Dino, the oldest at 8 years, has been there for over a month after being found on a highway in Tuscon and is still waiting to find his forever home.
Malone said running the rescue and raising money is hard work, but added, "If we didn't take them, or somebody didn't take them, they would all be killed."
• Morgan Sailor is interning this semester for the Ahwatukee Foothills News. She is a senior at Arizona State University.