United by their love for a dog, two women launch a “Hug-a-bull” fundraiser

In March 2020, Janice Benna goes to an animal shelter to meet a rabbit she plans to adopt.

She fell in love with a dog, instead.

Marvin was in hospice care and couldn’t go home with Benna because his home couldn’t accommodate his physical disabilities. An animal lover – Benna, couldn’t let her new friend live without a home. She monitored his progress and helped him where possible.

Thanks to the efforts of Benna and others, the dog was eventually placed in foster care.

“I was able to sponsor him and connect with his foster mom, Tanya Todd,” Benna shared.

Last April, Marvin passed away and Benna and his new friend from Langley decided to organize a fundraiser in the dog’s honor.

“He had changed everything for both of us. This is for him,” Todd said.

The Babes and Bullies is a fundraising initiative by Benna and Todd, who became friends through Marvin.

The event, a social affair, is organized in partnership with HugABull Advocacy and Rescue – a registered volunteer-run charity founded in 2003 to rescue and educate the public about ‘raw breed’ dogs.

The outdoor event will take place on Sunday, August 21 at the Roots and Wings Distillery in Langley and will feature burlesque dancers from the Hourglass Cabaret. The three-hour event begins at 3 p.m. and will also include a photo booth, merchandise, food by the Mad Greek food truck, games and prizes, Benna added.

Benna and Todd are hoping for a successful first fundraiser, indicating that they want it to become an annual event – in Marvin’s honor – to benefit HugABull.

For more information and to purchase tickets, people can visit babesandbullies.eventbrite.com.


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Babes and Bullies is a fundraiser for Hugabull Advocacy and Rescue. The event is held to honor the Marvin – the dog passed away in April. (Special for Langley Advance Times)