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puppy parties

Want something pawsitively special for your event? Invite puppies! Secondhand Hounds will bring at least 3 puppies or dogs to your business, home, venue, convention, or Zoom call!

We are currently booking parties a minimum of 8 weeks in advance!


All in-person puppy parties must take place within 30 miles of our Minnetonka office.


Please read on to learn about the two types of Puppy Parties available -- and thank you for your support in providing puppy socialization, spreading the word about animal rescue, and helping us raise money for our program!

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option 1:

  • SHH volunteers will bring all supplies to make the party a success: pen, tarps, puppy pads, toys, cleaning supplies and more! The volunteers will answer questions, inform and educate as the occasion requires!

  • 3 or more puppies will party with you! They are usually between 6-8 weeks old, but may be up to one year old. Puppy adoptability is NOT guaranteed.

  • Outdoor parties can only take place when temperatures are between 55-85 degrees for the health of the puppies. Tents or other coverage required for shade or protection from rain.

  • Puppies are never allowed on the ground, indoors or out, for health and safety reasons, so will be inside their pen when not being cuddled. (You won't want to set them down anyway!)

  • Parties last 90 minutes and start at $500

option 2:

  • Outside of our 30 mile radius? Want to liven up a Zoom call, or find a unique way to unite people in different locations? Invite some puppies!

  • A Secondhand Hounds staff member will answer questions about the pups, our  organization and rescue in general. This call can be tailored to your group's needs!

  • Parties last 60 minutes and start at $150.



  • All in-person puppy parties must take place within 30 miles of our Minnetonka office, with limited exceptions. If you live outside of Minnesota, please consider hosting a Virtual Puppy Party!

  • Puppy parties must be booked at least 8 weeks in advance.

  • We do not do birthday parties under age 10. If children under age 10 are present at a non-birthday party event, they must be seated and under direct supervision of a guardian or parent.

  • All parties are subject to approval based on the date availability, age of guests, and how the proposed party environment/location will impact the health and safety needs of the puppies.

  • In-person puppy party duration is 90 minutes. Virtual puppy parties are 60 minutes.

  • While we cannot guarantee the puppies will be adoptable, we can guarantee they will be cute!

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  • How long does one typically foster a dog or cat before it finds a forever home?
    It is very hard to give an average time an animal is in foster care. Many puppies and kitties are adopted within a month​ or two, while some adult dogs have been in foster care for years! Most of the time, our animals are adopted relatively quickly, but we cannot make any guarantee as to how long they will be in your home. We ask that you commit to the animal you are fostering until a forever family is found.
  • Can I choose what dog/cat I want to foster?
    Yes! All of our animals needing a foster home are posted on our Secondhand Hounds Fosters Needed Facebook page. If you find a dog or cat who interests you, contact the Foster Coordinator and he/she will ensure the animal will be a good fit for your household. You can also give us criteria for the type of dog or cat you want to foster. After you let us know your criteria (i.e. age, size, gender), we will do our best to match you with the perfect foster animal.
  • What is the role of my Foster Support Specialist?
    Foster Support Specialists are the main resource and support system for all of our fosters. If you have a question about your foster animal, you should talk with you Foster Support Specialist. If it is a question they cannot answer, they will delegate that question to someone who has the answer.
  • Where do the dogs/cats come from?
    Our animals are rescued from high-kill shelters all around the Midwest. We have volunteers who regularly visit these facilities and look for animals that need our help. We have developed great relationships with shelter workers who contact us when they have animals in danger of being euthanized. If you are interested in more information about your specific foster, we will do our best to tell you where he/she comes from, and his/her background story, if possible. We also receive some of our animals from owner surrenders – owners who can no longer provide care for their animals, but who want to ensure the best possible new home is found for them.
  • Am I putting my personal pets in danger by agreeing to foster?
    Because our dogs and cats come from shelter situations, they have unknown histories and it’s quite possible they haven’t had their medical needs properly met. They sometimes have kennel cough (the equivalent of a human cold) and worms, among other possibilities. Before we bring the dogs/puppies and cats/kittens into a foster situation, we de-worm them, vaccinate them, and give them Frontline or other flea/tick preventatives. We highly recommend your resident animals are on Frontline or another flea/tick preventatives prior to fostering.
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