Animal associations

Brownsville Gym to Host Animal Rescue Fundraiser

Owners of Hardknox Strength & Performance and members of Brownsville Animal Defense stand next to dog food donations at the gym’s first Pump for Pups in April 2021 in Brownsville. The event will return on Saturday. (Courtesy picture)
By Omar Zapata

Brownsville Animal Defense will host its second annual Puppy Pump, a community training fundraiser at Hardknox Strength & Performance at 9 a.m. Saturday.

Located at 3260 Galeno Crossing in Brownsville, Hardknox Strength & Performance will host a one-hour workout for a $10 entry fee to benefit BAD. The workout will consist of different things with a mix of cardio and weightlifting.

The event will also feature vendors and adoptable dogs.

BAD is a voluntary, non-profit dog rescue organization serving the lower Rio Grande Valley with a mission to make the Rio Grande Valley a kill-free community through adoptions, working with local animal shelters and educating the public about humane dog care, according to the organization’s website.

“The goal of this event is to bring the community together to do something fun and positive and hopefully raise funds so we can continue to save more dogs,” said Ashley Benavidez, board member of AfDB administration.

Benavidez said the fundraiser couldn’t come at a better time because BAD is struggling financially and lacks foster families and adoptions.

“We have a lot of really high vet bills and we don’t have a lot of funds,” she said. “And we are also struggling in general to be able to afford to save more dogs. The most important things are finding foster homes and getting donations.

Dogs adoptable at the event come with all their vaccines, microchips, and will include neutering or neutering. Adoption fees for a puppy are $165 and adult dogs are $150.

The event will also collect dog food donations, such as Pedigree for puppies and adults; Purina Puppy Chow Complete; Purina One Healthy Puppy; and HEB Heritage Ranch Adult.

Vendors that will be featured from 9 a.m. to noon will include Texican BBQ, Warbler Coffee Co., Texas Mini Griddles and Apex Predator Apparel.

The event will also feature a bouncy house courtesy of SML Party Rentals and kiddie pools for the dogs to cool off in.

“We are so grateful to the community for always supporting our fundraising events and supporting the rescue, and we hope everyone can make it happen,” Benavidez said.

To volunteer, foster, adopt, or get more information about BAD, visit their website at