Guests of the Promise 4 Paws Dog Sanctuary were met with coffee, food and a pack of dogs Wednesday morning.

The nonprofit that cares for senior dogs was one of dozens of local nonprofits to host an event to encourage donations during Omaha Gives. Co-founder Cathy Graeve invited the community to stop by, take a tour and meet some of the rescues as the group worked to raise several thousand dollars.

Omaha Gives, a 24-hour charitable fund drive, raised $6,736,514. More than 48,600 donations were made to some 961 organizations.

The purpose of the fundraising drive is to encourage many people to donate, with the minimum donation being $10.

Last year, the program raised $7.4 million through more than 50,000 donations. Organizers were hoping for similar results this year.

Promise 4 Paws hoped to bring in $25,000.

Graeve said one of the group’s greatest expenses comes from meeting the medical needs of the more than 30 dogs.

“We spend roughly $3,000 to $3,500 a month on vet bills,” Graeve said.

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