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Pug Crawl scratches up $10,000 for Humane Society

Colorful costumes highlight the event's best fundraising effort
by: anni tracy Hundreds of pugs gathered outside MacTarnahan's Taproom on Sunday for the PDX Pug Crawl, raising over $10,000 for the Oregon Humane Society.

This year's Pug Crawl was no dog. It raised a record $10,000 for the Oregon Humane Society, nearly 20 percent more than last year.

More than 1,000 people gathered Sunday, May 22, with several hundred Pugs for 'Puglandia' at MacTarnahan's Taproom in Northwest Portland. The event was a fundraiser for the Humane Society.

'This was the most well attended Pug Crawl ever, and we are thrilled that donations were up 20 percent from last year,' said David Lytle, OHS public affairs manager.

Eighty pugs dressed in costumes paraded around the pub. A pug named Pie dressed as a 'Dirty Snow Pug' Voodoo Doughnut was the winner of the costume contest. Pie's owner is Joanna Shratter of Milwaukie.

Runners-up in the costume contest were 'Mad Men' pugs Piggy and Wilbur, owned by Nico Bella of Southeast Portland. The pugs wowed the crowd by sipping from cocktail glasses during the parade.

Other finalists included the 'Eastside Hipster' dressed in a black hoodie and toting a can of Pabst Blue Ribbon; 'Cleopugtra' who was carried aloft down the runway on a dais held by toga-clad attendants; and the 'iPug' with a touch-screen featuring an application for the Oregon Humane Society.