Puppies are a hit at City Hall Plaza on ‘Wag Wednesdays’ -The Boston Globe

Puppies are a hit at City Hall Plaza on ‘Wag Wednesdays’


Summer days at the office can be tough. Slogging through the work week — without a weekend in sight — can be no small feat.

Turns out, puppies can help.

As part of the Patios Summer Program at City Hall Plaza, Dedham animal rescue facility Shultz’s Guest House has been bringing puppies and dogs to the plaza once a week since May to bring attention to adoptable pups and find them new homes.

They call it “Wag Wednesday,” and more than a dozen dogs have been adopted through the program.

“Since the start of Wag Wednesday, we have had 16 dogs adopted as a result of being seen on the plaza,” said shelter director Deni Goldman. “We receive anywhere from 10-15 applications following each Wag Wednesday, and we notice the bulk of those are received within one to three hours of our 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. event.”

More than a dozen dogs have been adopted through the Wag Wednesday program.
More than a dozen dogs have been adopted through the Wag Wednesday program.

The puppies come up from Tennessee. Saved from the streets and kill shelters, SGH aims to rescue as many as it can, some 25 to 40 dogs every two weeks, and bring them up to the organization’s 200-acre facility.

“We work with our affiliate rescue down in Tennessee called Bark Place for Dogs, and they do all the leg work,” Goldman said. “We fully manage and fund their operation and they run around and find all the dogs. We actually have to pay to get dogs out of high volume kill shelters. We pay to get dogs off death row.”

From Dedham, the dogs are driven into Boston on the Shultz truck, packed with puppies and volunteers for Wag Wednesday.

“It’s almost like a field trip for the dogs,” said Lisa Pyrcz, who has been a volunteer at Shultz’s for almost five years. “It gets them out and socialized more and they love it.”

So who gets to go for a ride? Goldman and the volunteers choose dogs based on a number of things, including which dogs need play time outside the shelter and, of course, the cuteness factor.

The crowds of downtown workers arrive every Wednesday, and there are many repeat customers.

“I came here last Wednesday and he was the first puppy I saw, and I fell in love with him,” said Emma Spencer, referring to Billy, a puppy nestled in her arms. “A co-worker told me about [Wag Wednesday] and since our office is close to here we couldn’t resist when we heard there would be puppies.”

She has since filled out the application papers.

SGH asks that those interested in adopting a dog fill out a form for the chosen dog. From there, staff review all applicants and set up interviews to make sure it is a match made in puppy heaven.

Wag Wednesdays run from 12-2 p.m. every Wednesday at City Hall Plaza through August, though an end date has not yet been set.

Sophie Cannon can be reached at sophie.cannon@globe.com.

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