Adoption Center Offers ‘Pop Up Puppy Play Dates’

What’s better than snuggling with a puppy? It’s just about the most wonderful thing that a person can enjoy and now, thanks to the Animal Protective Association of Missouri (APA), residents in and around St. Louis will get the chance to cuddle with puppies during “Pop Up Puppy Play Date” events.

The APA Shelter is hosting the pop up puppy events for a variety of reasons. Not only do shelter puppies get much needed socialization while interacting with new human friends, but the shelter is provided with the opportunity to promote pet adoption. The shelter explained, “We do this in order to socialize them and provide a variety of experiences with people and places while they are young. For humans, it is just fun and makes people feel happy.”

Megan Grothman, adoption counselor for APA, told KMOV News, “We’re bringing puppies to the people and hoping that people consider shelter pets whenever they’re considering a new addition to their family.”

So where will these pop up events be held? Locations will vary, but it will always be somewhere that gets “heavy foot traffic.” The first puppy playdate was held at Boones Crossing Farm Market & Pumpkin Patch in Chesterfield. After the event, the shelter updated Facebook followers about the inaugural playdate:

Our first pop-up playdate was a little chilly, but with the help of fluffy blankets and warm cuddles, we had a great time!

On Monday, the next playdate was announced via the Adoption Center’s Twitter account.

You can see where the next puppy playdate will “pop up” by following the Adoption Center on Facebook and Twitter.

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Penny Eims

Penny is a freelance writer who provided content to her National Dog News column at for 8 years. She is a current contributor to Fido Friendly Magazine, as well as a newly formed website, Pet Rescue Report. Penny is married and she has two rescued German shepherds and two kids.


  1. Cocoknapp says:

    Am so depressed by getting these dog horror stories. Please try to print happy ones that show how great it is to have a dog !

  2. Cocoknapp says:

    Great idea. Should do it everywhere. Another way to get people to adopt…but why just puppies ?…

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