If you love dogs, wouldn’t a sleepover at a shelter sound heavenly? Volunteers at the Maui Humane Society had the chance to experience this when the organization decided to hold a shelter slumber party as a fundraising event. Staff at the MHS got the inspiration from a shelter in the Midwest that did the same thing.
Before the event
They first carefully chose 14 participants based on several criteria. They had to be dedicated volunteers at the shelter. They also had to be motivated to gather as many donations as they can. And finally, they should be people who would have the most fun out of the night.
They then needed to make the right mix of dogs to join the lucky selected few. The shelter’s animal care technician chose several dogs and showed them to the participants. Each would have their top three choices.
During the sleepover
The fortunate volunteers were allowed to decorate the kennels of their chosen dog with things that they brought from their homes. Some had fun making their one-night stay as memorable as they could. Some brought sofa’s, hung pictures, and even brought lights and themed decorations.
The participants had an amazing and magical time staying with the dogs. Some played games, and others read books. One particular guy brought his guitar and sang a lullaby for his new friend. It was very moving, and the dog stayed still as he was being serenaded.
After the slumber party
Many of the participants and their dogs made special connections. It was a very memorable occasion. But more importantly, the shelter was able to raise 47 thousand dollars. This is much-needed funds that can go a long way in helping shelter dogs. The slumber party was a massive success in every aspect. Watch the video below of one of the highlights of the evening—the man serenading his dog.
You might recognize the tune, but the words were written with a shelter dog in mind! This volunteer seranades this shelter dog at Maui Humane Society's first ever slumber party! Get the lyrics and see adorable pictures from the party: https://iheartdogs.com/maui-humane-society-hosts-their-first-shelter-slumber-party/
Posted by iHeartDogs.com on Thursday, 21 March 2019
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