ST. LOUIS – Several St. Louis area animal shelters are coming together for a ‘slumber pawty’ to help homeless dogs and cats to find forever homes.

The fundraising event will bring together 15 area shelters along with Purina for a 24-hour period between Aug. 10 and Aug. 11.

“St. Louis is home for Purina, and it’s a great city with so many pet-friendly events and businesses. But most of all it’s home to amazing shelters that all work together to help dogs and cats in need,” said Kim Beardslee, Purina Community Affairs. “We’re proud to support the work of these shelters throughout the year, and we’re thrilled to participate in such a fun, creative and collaborative event that will greatly impact the lives of thousands of homeless pets in need in our community.”

Each of the 15 shelters will recruit 15 fans committed to raising $1,000 each for their respective shelter. These fans will spend the night in an animal’s kennel and share updates with followers on social media regarding their organization’s mission and the progress toward their fundraising goal. The 24-hour event will be showcased on multiple social-media platforms.

The ‘slumber pawty’ concept started in 2017 as a livestreamed event at Gateway Pet Guardians to help long-term shelter pets get adopted but ended up also raising money and awareness for the cause of pet adoption. Gateway Pet Guardians reached out to other local shelters to invite them to create this year’s inaugural bistate area event.

•             Animal House Cat Rescue and Adoption Center

•             Animal Protective Association

•             Belleville Area Humane Society

•             Crestwood Animal Shelter

•             Five Acres Animal Shelter

•             Gateway Pet Guardians

•             Helping Strays of Monroe County

•             Madison County Animal Control

•             Metro East Humane Society

•             Open Door Animal Sanctuary

•             Partners for Pets

•             St. Charles County Animal Control

•             St. Clair County Animal Control

•             Stray Rescue of St. Louis

•             Tenth Life

“When we livestreamed our first Slumber Pawty event two years ago, we had no idea how wildly successful it would be – both as an awareness builder and fundraiser for our shelter,” said Jamie Case, executive director of Gateway Pet Guardians. “We knew such a great idea had to be shared with like-minded shelters, and we’re thrilled to have 15 shelters working together to help impact the lives of thousands of homeless and neglected animals in need of loving, forever families.”

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