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How to Throw the Ultimate Rescue Dog Shower

Celebrate the adoption of your new pup with a rescue shower. It's the perfect way to introduce your new four-legged kid to friends and family.

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Photo: Bethany Nauert with James Tiffany; Stylist: Gillian Lawlee

What's a Rescue Dog Shower?

Rescuing a dog (or cat!) is cause for celebration. There are so many animals in search of a new family, and if you or a friend decide to open your home to a new pup, why not throw a celebratory shower? You can use this party as an opportunity to raise money for the group or shelter you rescued your pup from. (These sweet and adoptable dogs are from the Los Angeles-based rescue group A Purposeful Rescue.)

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Photo: Bethany Nauert with James Tiffany; Stylist: Gillian Lawlee

You + Your Pup Are Cordially Invited...

Send your friends and family custom invitations showing off your new furbaby. This is Gus, a 9-year-old senior Basset Hound who we adopted from Basset Hound Rescue of Southern California. Tell your guests on the invite that your shower will be used as a fundraiser and that instead of gifts for your new dog, you would prefer donations for the rescue group.

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Photo: Bethany Nauert with James Tiffany; Stylist: Gillian Lawlee

Come on In

Let everyone know they're in the right place with a simple party sign like this one. Ours says: "Welcome Gus! 9 years young, adopted on April 1." Canva is a great (and free!) site to use for making fun signs and simple graphics.

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Photo: Bethany Nauert with James Tiffany; Stylist: Gillian Lawlee

It's Time to Pawty

Use chalk to draw paw prints on the ground in front of your house, leading your guests to the party.

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