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Rochester rescue dogs featured in charity calendar

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Rescue dogs aren't usually gracing the pages of calendars, but a few local beauties are hamming it up to help raise money for Paws and Claws Humane Society.

Three Rochester dogs were chosen to be part of the fundraising calendar.

When you first meet Hector, it's clear you're meeting someone important.

"He's got a Facebook page," said Hector's owner, Roo Yori. "He's somewhat famous if you will as far celebrity dogs go."

You would never know the life Hector used to have. Only the scars on his legs give some indication to where he came from.

"Hector was one of the dogs rescued from the Michael Vick case," Yori said.

But now the former fighter is a therapy dog, one of five rescues part of Roo and Clara Yori's family.

"There were a lot of people that didn't think they should be given a chance to go out into society and be adopted, but we figured that they should be the ones to determine that -- not us," Yori said.

Now not only does Hector provide help for people that need it most, but he's also helping dogs that had a tough start in life. He's been painted as Mr. January in a charity calendar.

"Organizations can sell the calendars as fundraisers for their organization, and I know Paws and Claws is selling some calendars -- that's the humane society here in town," Yori said.

Hector is one of three Rochester dogs in the calendar. Another rescue turned therapy dog is Mr. June -- Hershey. Hershey was born with severe front leg deformities and had to undergo surgery.

"Given his front leg deformities, he really had a hard time walking, and for the most part he walked on his elbows," said Hershey's owner, Vicki Hunt.

But now the owners of these two calendar stars are not looking back, and they are glad that these guys are taking their second chance and trying to pay it forward.

"Look at these animals who had a rough start in life and have been given a second chance as examples, and that even these dogs who had been thrown away in many cases can give back to society," Hunt said.

The calendars are being sold by the Paws and Claws facility as a fundraiser in Rochester. They are also being sold at the Calendar Club kiosks at Apache Mall, but those are not part of a fundraiser.

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