Critters for the Cure ‘Kissing Booth' raises money to fight cancer

Rescue pups give kisses for a local non-profit that offers support for women battling cancer.

GAITHERSBURG, MD (WUSA9) - This was not your average kissing booth. First, the kisser would have happily given away kisses for free. Second, said kisser was actually a dog.

In the midst of the Oktoberfest event at the Kentlands in Gaithersburg, several people paid $5 to get hit with a wet puppy kiss.

The money raised went to Critters for the Cure, a non-profit dedicated to providing financial and emotional support to women with breast and gynecological cancers in the DMV.

Critters for the Cure was founded by Clancy Kress of Maryland in 2004, after Kress watched her best friend, Ali Stark, courageously battle breast cancer.

Kress said Stark's poodle Molly stayed by her side all throughout her battle. Stark died in 2009.

Kress estimated she's helped more than a thousand women in over a decade through Critters for the Cure.

WUSA9 weekend anchor Debra Alfarone happily provided the kisser, her rescue mutt named Murray.


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