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Nonprofit to hold bowling fundraiser for pets in combat zones

Published: Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013 2:02 p.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013 5:38 p.m. CDT

WHEATON – The Puppy Rescue Mission, a nonprofit organization uniting soldiers who served abroad with the animal friends they made while they were there will hold a bowling fundraiser Aug. 18 in Wheaton, according to a news release from the nonprofit.

Battle Buddy Bowling will be from 2 to 5 p.m. at Fox Bowl.

The Puppy Rescue Mission was founded in April 2010 by Ann Cannan when her fiance, Sgt. Christopher Chiasson, told her about three local dogs the soldiers had taken under their wing in Afghanistan. The dogs attacked a suicide bomber who snuck into their camp at night, saving the lives of 50 troops stationed there. One of the dogs died in the attack, but after another gave birth to puppies, Cannan helped her fiance and several others adopt them and bring them to the U.S.

According to the release, there are about 12 dogs whose travel expenses are not covered. Transportation and veterinary care for each dog costs roughly $4,500.

Tickets to the event cost $25 for adults and $15 for children 12 and younger. The tickets include games, shoes, food and a raffle ticket.

For information about the fundraiser or to reserve a lane, call Lydia at 773-625-0798 or email For information about the Puppy Rescue Mission, visit

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