Love was in the air at the 6th Annual Puppy Love Valentine’s Party in support of the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PSPCA). On Tuesday, February 13th, Smokin’ Betty’s and Devil’s Alley hosted the event, providing a variety of delicious slider’s and animal-friendly vegetarian treats for all to eat. Even the dogs in attendance were given yummy doggie cupcakes created by Ms. Goody Cupcake, who also baked fabulous mini-cupcakes for their human counterparts.
Upon arrival, dogs and owners were escorted to the doggie red carpet. Maria Papadakis, MC of the event and Emmy-Award winning Philadelphia media personality, interviewed guests with their furry Valentines, allowing each dog the opportunity to be a star for the night.
At the “Water Bowl” dogs were able to take a drink break with their owners. Yards Brewery and Stoudts Brewing Company supplied an excellent beer selection. In addition, Kitty-themed cocktails were also an option, with names such as “Meow Meow Punch” and “Whiskers Whiskey.” These were next to the “Kitty Korner,” where you could meet kittens up for adoption through the PSPCA.
The “Kissing Booth” was the place to go if guests were interested in finding a furry doggie pal to adopt. Valentine cards with adoptable dogs on them layered the table, and any dog who was looking for a big kiss could donate a dollar to get a lick from the most adorable pit bull mix puppy named Adele.
In the “Dog House” treats were plentiful for all dogs to enjoy along with training advice. Another option in this area was a free doggie portrait center done by professional photographer, Melissa G. Robbins, who took beautiful portraits of each dog. Owners and their pets were also able to take their own pictures at the Photobot 3000 booth. Photos from both were flashed on the big screen for all guests to see the night’s celebrities, the dogs of course.
Along with promoting pet adoption, the PSPCA set-up a silent auction, where attendees could bid on items to donate money to the organization. There were a wide range of auction items, which included gift certificates to Cavanaugh’s in Rittenhouse, Beans Beauty Store and Salon coupons, doggie treats, toys, and even a certificate to the swanky Philadelphia Pet Hotel & Villas.
Donations after all are what keep the PSPCA running. Angela Messer, Director of Operations at the PSPCA, explained that the Puppy Love Valentine’s Party is a partnership between them, Smokin’ Betty’s, and Devil’s Alley that has generated over $30,000 in the last 5 years.
“This is our biggest turnout by far,” Messer explained, “We’re hoping to raise awareness and of course we want our pets to be adopted, but it is also really important that we raise money because we rely solely on donations.”