Have you ever dreamt of meeting the love of your life in a coffee shop? Well if your soulmate happens to have four legs and a waggy tail then you could be in luck! An animal shelter in Washington has come up with a fantastic new initiative to draw attention to their lovable dogs in need of forever homes.
Every Tuesday, a volunteer from Kitsap Humane Society takes one of the pups to the local Starbucks as part of their ‘Puppuccino Pals program’. The program started officially in April this year, though it’s actually something that the staff at the shelter have been doing for some time.
The shelter explains on their website: “There is no ‘one size fits all’ shelter experience and KHS’ staff and volunteers go to great lengths to ensure that each animal here at KHS receives individualized care and attention.”
The chosen dog gets to enjoy a break from life at the shelter, with lots of new sights and smells to take in, as well as a very special treat in the form of a Puppuccino – a small cup of whipped cream. The Starbucks also post posters up of each dog, in the hope that their future owner might be amongst the crowds coming and going every day.
Kimberly Cizek Allen, events and outreach assistant coordinator at the Kitsap Humane Society, told The Dodo: “The dogs LOVE the shelter breaks, and they adore the Puppuccinos. You can see it in their little eyes as they lick the whipped cream out of the cup.”
Of course, not every dog at the centre is right for the outings; some may be a bit too timid or not a fan of going out in the car, and the shelter definitely doesn’t forget about these pups. They still get their Puppuccino treat, as well as being highlighted by Starbucks and online.
“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 to the Dodo. “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!”
For more information about the Puppuccino Pal dogs check out the shelter’s website.
All images courtesy of Kitsap Humane Society Instagram