CENTRAL NEW YORK DUNKIN’ FRANCHISEES CELEBRATE UPCOMING NATIONAL DOG DAY WITH SPECIAL DONATION TO HELPING HOUNDS DOG RESCUE

Helping Hounds Dog Rescue Animal Care Supervisor Esther Escobar gives a Dunkin’ coffee cup dog toy to Henrietta.

Dunkin’ delivers coffee and donut-themed dog toys, leashes and gift cards to support dogs and volunteers at Syracuse rescue organization

SYRACUSE, NY  – Central New York Dunkin’ franchisees today celebrated the upcoming National Dog Day, which is recognized on August 26, by delivering dozens of Dunkin’-themed dog toys and leashes to Helping Hounds Dog Rescue, the non-profit organization which shelters and finds future homes for dogs in Syracuse, NY.

Dunkin’ also delivered gift cards to support the nearly 250 volunteers who care for the animals around the clock in preparation for finding their forever home. Helping Hounds Dog Rescue provides care for homeless dogs and works to help the animals find loving homes in the community.

“We are happy to celebrate National Dog Day and man’s best friend by delivering dozens of Dunkin’-themed dog toys to Helping Hounds Dog Rescue,” said Dunkin’ Field Marketing Manager Eric Stensland. “Dogs bring us all so much joy and we are honored to celebrate these precious companions and the many wonderful volunteers who keep our local animal shelters and rescues running.”

Helping Hounds Dog Rescue helps canines in the community and saves dogs from overcrowded shelters in the south by assisting with the cost of veterinary care, transportation and provides essential care for the animals when they arrive at the facility. The rescue organization processes approximately 1,700 dog adoptions annually and also offers training, workshops and humane education programs that help teach the next generation of caretakers in the community.

“Trying to continually adapt since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic began has been challenging to say the least and Dunkin’ products have always been a tremendous staple through it all,” said Helping Hounds Dog Rescue Executive Director Kathy Gilmour. “This generous gift card donation from our Central New York Dunkin’ franchisees will be greatly appreciated amongst our staff and volunteers, while our many dogs will certainly love playing with their fun new toys as well.”

The special delivery included nearly 50 Dunkin’-themed dog toys, including a treat-dispensing Dunkin’ coffee cup and a Dunkin’ donut and bag, which are part of a second collaboration between the Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation and The Original BARK Company (NYSE: BARK) (“BARK”).

The toys are currently available in participating Dunkin’ restaurants as a thank you to guests who make a donation to the Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation. For a $12 donation, guests will receive the plush Dunkin’ coffee cup dog toy and for a $15 donation, guests will receive the donut and bag toy.

In celebration of National Dog Day on August 26, dog parents can also get these limited-edition toys through BARKShop.com, and BarkBox and Super Chewer subscribers can get their paws on the toys as add-ons to their monthly box through Add-to-Box.

When Dunkin’ fans grab a BARK toy for their pup, they will be supporting the Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation’s mission to bring joy to kids battling hunger or illness. Each BARK toy is available only by making a donation to the Foundation to help bring joy to kids who need it most, and while supplies last.

Last year’s BARK and Dunkin’ collaboration raised more than $1.8 million for Foundation programs like Dogs for Joy, introduced in 2018 to bring full-time service dogs to children’s hospitals. The dogs bring joy, ease anxiety, and reduce stress for kids battling illness and their families. To date, the Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation has funded 26 service dogs at 15 hospitals, impacting hundreds of thousands of young patients.

The Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation’s mission is to provide the simple joys of childhood to kids battling hunger or illness. It has granted more than $30 million since its inception in 2006 and will grant $7 million this year. To learn more about the Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation, visit www.bringjoy.org and follow on Facebook or Instagram.

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About the Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation 

The Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation, the charitable foundation supported by Dunkin’ and the generosity of its franchisees, guests, vendor partners and employees, provides the simple joys of childhood to kids battling hunger or illness. The Foundation partners with food banks, children’s hospitals and nonprofit organizations to fund joyful environments and joyful experiences for kids when they need it most. Since 2006, the Joy in Childhood Foundation has granted more than $30 million to hundreds of national and local charities across the country. For more information, please visit http://www.bringjoy.org/.

About BARK

BARK is the world’s most dog-centric company, devoted to making dogs happy with the best products, services and content. BARK’s dog-obsessed team applies its unique, data-driven understanding of what makes each dog special to design playstyle-specific toys, wildly satisfying treats and wellness supplements, and dog-first experiences that foster the health and happiness of dogs everywhere. Founded in 2012, BARK loyally serves dogs nationwide with monthly subscription services, BarkBox and Super Chewer; a curated e-commerce experience on BARKShop.com; and custom collections via its retail partner network, including Target and Amazon; wellness products that meet your dogs’ needs with BARK Bright; and a personalized meal delivery service for dogs BARK Eats. At BARK, we want to be the people our dogs think we are and promise to be their voice until every dog reaches its full tail-wagging potential. Sniff around at bark.co for more information.

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