Puppy Bowl 2017
Most of the A Plus Garage Doors team!
Puppy Bowl 2017 was the largest event that A Plus has organized before, and it was a complete success! The bowl game featured returning favorites – The Humane Society of York County and Peanut’s Place Small Breed Rescue – alongside newcomer Halfway There Rescue. Over the course of the event, we estimate that we had over 500 people pass through – almost double the size of our first year! In addition, around 20 dogs were adopted as a result of the Puppy Bowl, and we raised over three times as much money for the shelters as the previous year. We are excited about the results of Puppy Bowl 2017, and we’re equally excited to run it next year!
For Puppy Bowl 2017, we partnered with Pet Essentials to run the Puppy Bowl at their Carmel Village location. Pet Essentials was a wonderful partner and the owners are very involved in animal advocacy programs, so they were a perfect fit to work with us! The owners work with a purebred Dalmatian rescue and have a passion for all kinds of pets. Their venue was a great choice for the Puppy Bowl.
We worked with three different shelters, all of whom are excellent organizations that we highly recommend. The Humane Society of York County, Peanut’s Place Small Breed Rescue, and Halfway There Rescue are great shelters and they brought some of the cutest dogs. The shelters collectively brought slightly over 30 dogs, and with the personal pets some of our partners, vendors, and attendees brought, there were over forty dogs present at the Puppy Bowl. If you’re only interested in interacting with the pooches… there was plenty of opportunity for that!
There were many other attractions around the event for people to see between rounds at the Puppy Bowl. We set up a Rent-a-Puppy and a Puppy Kissing Booth, two ways that people could get to know these adoptable dogs a little better. With the Rent-a-Puppy booth, people were able to donate a small fee to the shelters in order to hold an adorable puppy for a little while. They played with the pups and were able to see if a particular dog might be a good fit for their household. The Kissing Booth let people meet and get up-close-and-personal with some larger dogs in need of a home who were happy to give people big licks on the cheek!
But those weren’t the only booths around the Puppy Bowl – our vendors, an awesome group of local pet-related businesses, also set up booths at Puppy Bowl 2017. Each vendor covered a different niche of dog care, with everything from boarding to pet-themed clothing. If you were interested in adoption or had a dog of your own in need of some pampering, our vendors would have been happy to show you their wares. We also had a halftime show with a lesson on training a new dog, a discussion of what to look for in an ethical breeder, and a special appearance from the Pineville Police Department’s k9-Unit!
Here’s some of our favorite pictures from Puppy Bowl 2017! All photos credited to Weenie Dog Photography.
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