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Support K9 Friends and take Pip home!

10 Feb 2019

Support K9 Friends and take Pip home!

You’ve heard the phrase, a dog is a man’s best friend, and at Premier Inn we’ve been helping our furry friends find new homes. Premier Inn Hotels in the UAE have made a commitment to give back to the community, and we are proud to support the work of K9 Friends in their mission to rescue and rehome the abandoned dog population in the country.

We’d like to ask you to help us support K9 Friends by taking home Pip, the Premier Inn plush puppy.  This soft and snuggly furry friend is sure to find a warm welcome in your home, and with every purchase you can make a difference to the dogs who currently live in the shelter.  Get your own Pip at all Premier Inn hotels across Abu Dhabi and Dubai for just AED 50.  Feel good for doing good, and don’t forget to share a photo of Pip settling in to his new home and share it with us using #takepiphome.

About K9 Friends in Dubai

K9 Friends is a Dubai-based rescue shelter which helps abandoned dogs find new homes. Formed in 1989, it is the country’s longest running dog shelter and is purely run by volunteers. The shelter ensures that all dogs receive health checks and are neutered prior to being adopted, a process they take very seriously. All the proceeds go directly to the shelter and support the physical function of running the property as well as taking care of the dogs.

How can you help?

The shelter offers several volunteer opportunities such as dog walking, helping out with the admin like coordinating dog adoptions and connecting unwanted dogs with their new owners. Volunteers can also help out, with managing the kennels which currently hold over 100 dogs, as well as helping out during events organized at the shelter.

K9 Friends go into great lengths to ensure the wellbeing of every dog. Apart from walking, feeding, and bathing them, the volunteers spend a lot of time showering the dogs with love and socializing with them, which is an important aspect of an animal’s life and affects their overall behaviour. Some dogs have been living in the shelter for 8 years without the love of a family. The older they are, the less likely they are to be adopted, so volunteers spend a lot of time playing with them.

Volunteers who are interested in helping out will join a coffee morning session where all the opportunities to get involved will be discussed. Those interested in running the kennels and administration will be given a separate training to understand the procedures and policies.

Apart from offering personal time at the shelter, companies and individuals can help out by donating items needed for the shelter, found on K9 Friend’s shopping list below:

  • 50 and 5-gallon black bin liners
  • Clorox bleach
  • A4 and A5 white paper reams
  • Disinfectant spray cleaners ie: Dettol
  • Medium size Ziplock bags
  • Boxes of medium sized disposable gloves
  • Boxes of face masks
  • Puppy pads
  • White board markers
  • Front loading washing powder
  • Floor cleaners ie: Dettol

There is no better time to show the UAE’s abandoned dogs how much you care and help them find their forever homes; whether you would like to help by ticking off a few items from K9 Friend’s shopping list, or even #TakePipHome.

Our Take Pip Home campaign has now ended, but you can still volunteer and sponsor K9 Friends.