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Local rescue dogs get celebrity attention

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TUCSON- Dogs fostered by The Sanctuary Project are getting celebrity attention thanks to radio personality and LovePup founder, Johnjay Van Es.

The Sanctuary Project, TSP, is a no kill animal rescue based in Tucson, Phoenix and Los Angeles.

TSP and Johnjay Van Es’ LovePup dog rescue recently teamed up to bring TSP puppies to celebrity interviews.

“The Sanctuary Project and LovePup, we just want to find homes for dogs, we just want to save dogs,” said Van Es in a Skype interview with News4Tucson.

Van Es said he needed to bring puppies to the iHeartRadio event in Las Vegas. TSP brought several puppies to the event.

The dogs were pictured with: Miley Cyrus, Andy Grammar, Lorde, Macklemore, Thomas Rhett, Bebe Rexha, David Guetta, Hey Violet, All Time Low, Hallsey, Sabrina Carpenter, and others.

TSP dogs have also been pictured with celebrities at other events with Van Es and LovePup.

Van Es said Noah Cyrus adopted one of the TSP puppies. She named it Foo.

“Noah Cyrus freaked out and took one of the dogs and adopted it.”

Joe Gatto, the comedian from the show Impractical Jokers, also adopted a TSP puppy. He named the dog Spumoni.

“There's so many dogs and there's so many people breeding dogs and there's no need to. If you go through these shelters…hundreds of dogs and hundreds of dogs are put down every day.”

Van Es is looking to expand LovePup. He said he wants to find a building for the organization, as he currently runs it from his home.

To see adoptable LovePup dogs, click here.

The Sanctuary Project Coordinator, Maureen Scallon, said they get about 40 calls a day for dogs in need. She hopes the celebrity exposure will help the organization.

“We get so many calls every single day to take in animals and we only foster our dogs, we don't have a shelter,” said Scallon. “We are really hoping that with this, we are able to find more and more fosters and more and more homes for our dogs.”

To view adoptable TSP dogs, click here. 

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