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Be a shelter pup’s Valentine this weekend with a “Valentine’s Sleepover”

Whether you’re in need of a Valentine or looking to give a little more love, Memphis Animal Services has dogs available for a weekend Valentine’s Day sleepover.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (Localmemphis.com) — Whether you’re in need of a Valentine or looking to give a little more love, Memphis Animal Services has dogs available for a weekend Valentine’s Day sleepover.

Starting on Thursday, interested people can pick up anadoptable dog to take home for three nights before returning them on Sunday.

“You get a valentine that really appreciates you and theyget a break form the shelter,” Katie Pemberton, MAS Community EngagementSpecialist, said.

Memphis Animal Services hosted the Valentine’s Daysleepovers for the first time in 2019. More than 30 dogs were sent out and athird were adopted through the event, Pemberton said.

“That’s not the expectation every time,” Pemberton said.“What we really want is to get great information about the dog, how they do ina home, hopefully get some great videos that can help them get adopted.”

Ultimately, MAS hopes it will help them find more homesfor dogs.

“We are very full. Especially for February, this isusually kind of a lull. I think even last year it wasn’t, we’ve been seeingover a 20% increase intake so any kennels that we can open, even if it’s forthree days, is a huge help to us and to the pets that are here,” she said.

People don’t have to be a foster to participate. MAS says, all people need to do is show up on Thursday between noon and seven and they’ll get them set up with a dog and it’s supplies.

If bringing home a pup isn’t in your dog park, MAS iscurrently in need of crates and dog food.