Animal shelter hosting a Valentine’s shelter dog slumber party

No date this Valentine’s Day? Want to cuddle up on the couch and watch movies with a cute, snuggly four-legged companion? We’ve got you covered.

Join the Fort Worth animal shelter Feb. 14 or 15 to look around the shelter and choose a special houseguest. Light refreshments will be served, and a spot has been reserved for you to get acquainted with your “date.” Plenty of staff will be available to answer questions. You’ll also receive a leash, bag of food and a report card to help staff gain information about your foster dog’s experience.

Studies have shown that even a short amount of time away from the shelter decreases stress in dogs and increases their adoptability. The report card helps tremendously when matching dogs with adoptive families.

The slumber party is part of the shelter’s Cowtown Crashpads foster program. The first slumber party was held in January, and it was a huge success: 106 dogs were able to leave the shelter and spend a night – and, in many cases, longer — with their foster family.

Cowtown Crashpads normally helps pets that land at the shelter and are sick or have other issues where being in a foster home will allow that pet the care and attention they need until they can be adopted. The Valentine Slumber Party will give people the opportunity to help adoption-ready shelter pets and experience being a foster parent.

All animals available for the slumber party are spayed/neutered, microchipped, up to date on vaccines and on flea/tick preventative. Staff recommends leaving your current pet at home, as the shelter is a stressful place. Staff members will be happy to talk you through introducing your guest to your current pets.

Slumber party pets can be picked up from the main shelter, 4900 Martin St., between 3 and 6 p.m. Feb. 14 or 15. Complete a foster application beforehand.

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