A Shelter Is Offering Doggy Sleepovers And Oh My God My Heart Exploded

~Dog-anas, in pajamas, are coming down the stairs.~

1. This adorable fella is Paul Anka. Despite being a friendly, smiley pup, he spent nine long months waiting for a forever home at LifeLine Animal Project in Georgia.

2. But then the shelter had the most brilliant of brilliant ideas: a doggy sleepover.

3. Staff dressed Paul up in some PJs and posted this video, offering someone to take him home for the night. Which is basically the most irresistible offer of all time.

The shelter already had a Dog for a Day program that let potential adopters pal around with a pup for a day, so with Paul Anka they decided to try overnight visits.

“Paul was a great sport for his photo and video shoot and loved his pajamas,” Karen Hirsch, public relations director for LifeLine, told BuzzFeed News. “We received a lot of interest around the sleepover with Paul.”

5. One lucky family took Paul home and they were smitten.

LifeLine Animal Project

6. “The next morning we spoke with the family, and they said he was wonderful, and they couldn’t believe that he had been at the shelter for so long,” said Hirsch. “They asked if he could stay longer, and the next day called to say they wanted to adopt him!”

LifeLine Animal Project

LifeLine Animal Project

 

7. Paul’s sleepover went so well that LifeLine is now dressing up even more puppers in PJs in hopes that they too can find a family.

Kaitlyn Garrett/LifeLine Animal Project

8. “It helps people get to know a dog better,” said Hirsch. “In Paul’s case, his new family had been hesitant to adopt a pit bull, but when they had him overnight, all their hesitation went right out the window.”

Kaitlyn Garrett/LifeLine Animal Project

9. “It is much harder to get pit bulls adopted because of people’s preconceived notions,” she added. “Pit bulls make great companion dogs — they are incredibly loyal, silly, and have the biggest smiles around.”

Kaitlyn Garrett/LifeLine Animal Project

10. And honestly, what could be better than spending a night with a cutie like this?

Kaitlyn Garrett/LifeLine Animal Project

Kaitlyn Garrett/LifeLine Animal Project

 

11. Like, imagine getting to wake up to this sweet face.

Kaitlyn Garrett/LifeLine Animal Project

12. Followed by a fluffy hug.

Kaitlyn Garrett/LifeLine Animal Project

13. The sleepovers let dogs get a break from shelter life and adopters get a chance to bond with a potential family pet.

Kaitlyn Garrett/LifeLine Animal Project

14. Which makes them the sweetest win-win ever.

Kaitlyn Garrett/LifeLine Animal Project

If you’re in the Atlanta area and would like a doggy sleepover of your very own, contact adoptions@lifelineanimal.org.

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