SPCA of Southwest Mich. held their annual ‘Puppy Love’ event at The Kalamazoo Beer Exchange on Feb. 14. A quarter of all proceeds went to the SPCA of Southwest Mich. 

This is the eighth year this event has taken place, but only the second time it has occurred on Valentine’s Day said Katie Timber, executive director of SPCA. 

Pets are a part of your family too. Why can’t they be your valentine too?” Timber said. 

SPCA is a nonprofit organization, relying on private donations and receiving no funds from the local, state or federal government. Events like Puppy Love provide an opportunity for them to receive donations and funding.  

Guests were gathered around the play pen waiting to have their turn to play or hold the puppies.  

“I came here to support SPCA. We have too many people who are mass breeding out there. It’s good to find these animals their forever home,” Dog Mom Shelby Pederson said. 

The workers were enthusiastic to have the dogs visit, though the dogs were kept to a floor separate from the kitchen. 

“We’ve done this for as long as I’ve been here (7 years). Everyone here loves dogs and cats...It is so much fun to have the puppies here. Most places cannot do that,” said Landon Jones, general manager. 

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