Seven-time NBA champions, the Golden State Warriors, were set to play the Sacramento Kings that night. We got to kick off the event with a very special surprise for Dubs' players Jordan Poole and Jonathan Kuminga : the sweetest adoptable puppies to welcome them into Chase Center!
“Check it out, new tunnel fit accessory?” Poole asked as he cuddled a lucky pup and made his way to the locker room. That lucky puppy was Aspen, a mixed terrier puppy rescued by local Bay Area rescue, Doggie Protective Services. Kuminga made his grand entrance with two of Aspen’s scruffy siblings. The Warriors’ media team captured this priceless moment and featured it on official social media pages and sports news outlets, where it was viewed by millions of people all over the world! We’re PAWsitive these pups brought the players good luck and a lightened mood as the Warriors pulled out a win against the Kings that night!
But this celebrity meet-and-greet was for more than just to cheer the athletes up before the big game. This was part of the Warriors' Pet Adoption week, an initiative to bring support to local Bay Area rescues and help homeless animals find their forever homes! Warriors player Donte Divencizo pledged to match all adoption fees, giving fans an incentive to adopt during the night’s events!
In addition to the 22 successful adoptions, over $15,000 was donated to Doggie Protective Services on behalf of the Golden State Warriors. This collaboration brought national attention to the rescue and showed fans from all over the world how they can make a difference in the lives of homeless animals. The players' grand entrance, the puppy meet and greet, and the halftime show race were all featured on live national broadcasts including NBC Sports ! Puppy Love is delighted to have been chosen by the Warriors to facilitate and kick off their Pet Adoption Week. We love connecting companies–and now professional sports teams! With non-profit rescues to ensure that their efforts are doing something impactful for the greater good. And with our experience in large-scale corporate events, we are proud to have produced an experience fitting for a champion basketball team and national attention.