These Shelter Dogs Enjoying ‘Puppuccinos’ Are Really Part Of A Clever Adoption Program
Rescuing an animal from a shelter and giving them a forever home is probably one of the most generous things a person can do. After all, you are saving a life simply by sharing yours. With so many dogs looking for homes, one Washington shelter developed a clever program to help promote the adoption of their many dogs.
The Puppuccinos Pals Program was created by the Kitsap Humane Society. The dogs get a fun outing, while garnering attention about their plight. Every Tuesday, the shelter’s events and outreach assistant coordinator, Kimberly Cizek Allen takes a lucky dog out to the local Starbucks for a Puppuccino, a small Starbucks cup filled with whipped cream. While the dog enjoys his treat, the volunteer introduces him to patrons. Each week, the local coffee shop promotes the dog of the week and advertises the event days beforehand so that people interested can make it out to meet the animal. It is a win-win for everyone involved.
“The dogs love the shelter breaks, and they adore the Puppuccinos,” Allen told The Dodo. “You can see it in their little eyes as they lick the whipped cream out of the cup.”
But what about those animals that can’t make the trip? Allen makes sure they aren’t left out. She says she always makes sure to bring Puppuccinos back for those dogs that haven’t been cleared to go on outings.
“Should a dog not be suited for an outing due to some type of limitation, Molly will take another dog on an outing, and bring a Puppuccino back,” Allen said. “That way the Puppuccino Pals dog can enjoy play yard time, or quiet room time, or whatever is most appropriate and still be featured in our program!”