BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — “Who wouldn’t love to get puppies for Valentine’s Day?” Marianne Monoc, the development director at Windham County Humane Society, asked.

Windham County Humane Society is trying something new this Valentine’s Day. In Vernon, Newfane, Dummerston and Brattleboro loved ones can send each other puppies.

The puppies are all adoptable. Each one will carry a little backpack with Lake Champlain Chocolates and a personalized card inside. Each puppy will have a handler and delivery person with them, Monoc said. For 30 minutes people can cuddle, play and hang out with a puppy.

Originally the deliveries were only going to be made in Brattleboro, Monoc said. But once the Humane Society announced the event on Facebook, a flood of enthusiasm followed. Monoc said the Humane Society decided to expand the program to meet demand.

The idea, she said, is something other societies have implemented and seen success with.

“It’s just something to be a little more creative,” she said.

Each puppygram will cost $50 and the proceeds will go to the Humane Society; but the event isn’t just to raise funds, it’s also to raise the Humane Society’s profile.

Monoc said that while the Humane Society has a pretty good profile, she’d like to see an even greater one. This year, she said, there is going to be more focus on community engagement and development.

“I think people just think we receive animals and adopt them out,” she said, adding that the Humane Society does much more than that. There are programs, she said, that support both pets and families, such as the Pet Care Assistance Program for families that struggle to provide for their pets.

“We don’t want to separate pets from their families,” Monoc said.

The program gives families free pet clinics, pet food assistance, and basic preventive care.

There also are programs for dog training and spay and neuter clinics.

Monoc hopes the puppygrams will encourage more people to volunteer, donate or just stop in to check out the Humane Society.

She thinks the concept itself is pretty cool. Though she works with animals she’d still “totally love to receive a puppygram.” She also said she’d be sending puppygrams to her loved ones and that some special volunteers might get some as a thank you.


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