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Doggie Daycare in Pasco Also Helps with Adoptions

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 PASCO, WA - A doggie daycare in Pasco isn't just a dog-sitting business. The staff also help rescue dogs get back on their paws.

Rescues do not typically come from a happy home life, if they even had one. So, socialization is a key part of their future adoption. At Paws to Play Dog Daycare that is their goal: get the dogs integrated with the rest of the pets and find them a forever home.

"We have a variety of different clients. Some that need to be dropped off for a couple hours so they can run errands. We also have dogs that attend on an all day basis so they're nice and tired when their owners get off work," said manager Alan White.

It's a typical daycare with toys and kiddie pools... or doggie pools, rather. But it's also a place that rescues get some help.

"The adoption program generally has one to three or more pets at all times. I don't know the exact number but we try and keep a few in the program and moving through. So any of them that qualify for daycare, meet the health requirements and they're able to get over here and we introduce them," said White.

"She came to us from animal control with her puppies and they were in a bad situation. Had to be removed, so they had her come to us for our adoption program. All the puppies have found homes but Kyra's still looking for her special place," said Kyra's foster mom, a licensedveterinariann technician, JK McGraw.

Going to daycare everyday is helpful. Kyra is learning manners, she can sit, lay and is working on stay. She has all her vaccines, is microchipped and spayed. 


On any given day there are up to 40 dogs at Paws to Play Dog Daycare and they all get along. Thanks in part to rules like no excessive barking or chasing.


"Kyra is outgoing, she's very playful, and very loving. So she's really a sweet girl. If I had a place in my house, I would definitely take Kyra home with me for permanent," said McGraw.

There is a fairly intensive application process for the adoptions. The staff wants to make sure it's the right fit for both the humans and the dogs.

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