Forget Roses! Animal Shelters’ Cuddlegrams Are Best Valentine’s Gi

Lori Ennis
by Lori Ennis
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and if you want the best gift ever, check out ‘cuddlegrams’ with a shelter pet.

Let’s face it…is there ever the ‘perfect’ gift for Valentine’s Day? Expectation and hype often lead to abundant disappointment, but that doesn’t have to be the case this year! Instead, why don’t you orchestrate a ‘cuddlegram’ with a shelter pet for your significant other (or yourself, because hey, they’re adorable!) this Valentine’s Day?

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Check out what the Vanderburgh Humane Society in Evansville, Indiana is offering! A cuddlegram that includes roses, a card and or course– a cuddle session with a puppy, a kitten or bunny–delivered right to your honey-bunny in person.

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Posted by Vanderburgh Humane Society, Inc. on Wednesday, January 9, 2019

In Franklin, Tennessee, the Williamson County Animal Center is giving cuddlegrams a shot this year too, with funds going to help with the pets in shelters in their Franklin and Brentwood locations. Shelters participating in cuddlegrams hope that not only can funds be raised, but maybe animals can be adopted out as well.

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If you think about it, it’s a win-win. The animals get to get out of the shelter and interact, and people have the chance to fall in love with them and make them forever family members. You may send a cuddlegram to your SO, and even though they may not want to adopt (maybe you should think that relationship over?), a co-worker or someone else might. The socialization and exposure are good for the animals, and increase their odds of being adopted.

Folks at the Lexington, Kentucky Humane Center are offering cuddlegrams as well, hoping that their shelter pets get a chance to show off what great family members they may be, and adoption centers across the country are picking up on the trend as it’s a great way for fund-raising and adoption options–all in the name of love.

Look into whether or not your local animal shelter is participating in something similar and if they’re not, consider helping orchestrate the opportunity. It’s a great way to help the animals, and show your loved ones what love really is all about!

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