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Brewery Features Shelter Dogs on Cans To Help Find Them Their Forever Homes

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Lots of people enjoy getting drinks with friends, and lots of people have furry friends they like to take out and about. Many breweries, bars and restaurants have realized this and it has spurred the creation of many dog-friendly patios.

One of the breweries with an affinity for canines is Motorworks Brewing in Bradenton, Florida, which has a monthly “Yappy Hour” where they invite patrons of all shapes and sizes to come hang out, get something to eat or drink and support a good cause.

“We are huge animal lovers here,” Barry Elwonger, director of sales and marketing, told WFLA. “Huge dog people. We have this massive 14,000 square foot beer garden, it’s the largest beer garden in the state. And it’s always dog-friendly out in the beer garden, we love to share this.”

During their Yappy Hour, the brewery often teams up with a local rescue or shelter to help bring awareness to their cause and hopefully get more homeless pets into loving homes.

Recently, they’ve found a unique way to promote adoptable pups that has impressed many people. Teaming up with Shelter Manatee, they formed a plan.

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“And we were all three of us talking and just kind of said ‘Hey how can we raise awareness and the most funds for the shelter that’s trying to build their new space,'” Elwonger said.

So, they decided to put the pups where they couldn’t be missed: Smack-dab in the middle of the cans for one of their new lagers.

“Special Adoptable Dog Beer Release Benefit at this Sunday’s Yappy Hour 1-4PM!” the brewery shared on Facebook earlier this month. “Partnering with this month’s cause, Shelter Manatee, we are excited to release an exclusive ADOPTABLE DOG Cruiser Kölsch 4-PACK.”

“Proceeds go to Shelter Manatee to help build the new shelter for our less fortunate four-legged friends. The dogs featured on the can will be on-site ready for adoption alongside several more puppers-in-need plus raffles, silent auctions, drink specials, food trucks & local vendors.”

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“We are totally excited about the overwhelming support we’re getting for these Adoptable Dog Cruiser Kölsch 4-Packs!” the brewery posted on Wednesday.

The cans feature a cute photo of the adoptable pup, along with its name, impound number and a short blurb. After the initial launch, two of the four featured dogs have been adopted — but there are plenty more waiting for their close-ups.

“There’s hundreds more dogs that are looking for homes,” Elwonger told WTVT. “We wanted to showcase that the shelter has some really lovable dogs and, you know, go and check it out and look into a rescue.”

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The shelter was heartened by the positive reception as well, and expressed their appreciation on their own Facebook page.

“OK folks this is amazing how a simple idea has spread,” the shelter posted on Thursday. “Thank you all for the continued support locally and through out the country. Thank you Motorworks Brewing and Manatee County Animal Services for partnering with us on this.”

“We also want to be sure to give credit to Fargo Brewing Company and 4 Luv of Dog Rescue who originally came up with the concept.”

As this idea spreads, don’t be surprised if your local dog-friendly spots start doing something similar. It’s a great way to highlight dogs that might otherwise be overlooked — and who knows, maybe the adoptees will become regulars at their local joint.

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Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she's strayed into writing full-time and especially enjoys animal-related topics.
As of January 2019, Amanda has written over 1,000 stories for The Western Journal but doesn't really know how. Graduating from California State Polytechnic University with a MA in Rhetoric/Composition and TESOL, she wrote her thesis about metacognitive development and the skill transfer between reading and writing in freshman students.
She has a slew of interests that keep her busy, including trying out new recipes, enjoying nature, discussing ridiculous topics, reading, drawing, people watching, developing curriculum, and writing bios. Sometimes she has red hair, sometimes she has brown hair, sometimes she's had teal hair.
With a book on productive communication strategies in the works, Amanda is also writing and illustrating some children's books with her husband, Edward.
Austin, Texas
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