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A Tail-Waggin’ Good Time

By Madeline Fuerstenberg

Secondhand Hounds, a Minnetonka-based animal rescue, hosts Puppy Parties to promote adoption and entertain event attendees. || Courtesy of Secondhand Hounds

Enhance any gathering and delight your attendees with some furry guests of honor at your next event—puppies. Suitable for corporate events, galas, fundraisers, and more, puppy parties hosted by organizations like Secondhand Hounds in Minnetonka are sure to set your event aside from the rest.

Whether it’s a gathering of 10 or 2,000, puppy parties function as a great reward, pick-me-up, and way to give back to the community, says Secondhand Hounds’ Puppy Party Coordinator Donni Torres. For a fee starting at $500, Secondhand Hounds will bring at least three puppies to your event. Attendees will learn about the rescue and adoption process, all while holding and playing with 6-week to 1-year-old pups. The rescue also offers virtual puppy parties at a reduced price.

“Puppies make everyone smile,” explains Torres. “While the parties are entertaining, they also serve as a vehicle to introduce people to animal rescue. Many attendees become volunteers or donors and realize that rescue is a better adoption than buying a dog from a breeder.”

Holly Williams, conference management director for the Advanced Textiles Association (ATA) in Roseville says ATA started hosting a Pet-A-Puppy booth at its annual expo in 2019. Williams says the booth always gets positive reactions from attendees. “It gives them a chance to relax on the busy trade show floor and creates so much excitement and good energy,” she explains. “The puppy booth has been a huge success each year and has made so many people happy. It’s a win-win. Attendees get a serotonin boost, and we get to support some great rescues and help dogs and other animals find homes.”

The puppies involved—usually from surrendered litters or out-of-state strays—also benefit through healthy socialization with people. For the safety and well-being of the puppies, the rescue does not host parties beyond 30 miles of its office.