About The Canine Cocktail Pawty

The Canine Cocktail Pawty is a unique charity event, held periodically in NYC, which combines a cocktail party for humans with off-leash playtime and doggy hors d’oeuvres for our four legged friends. Our most recent event took place on June 17, 2011, and benefited Hike for Heroes.

How the Pawty Started

Jenna & Snickers started a meetup group in June 2006 for NYC Shiba Inus and their Human Companions. Within six months, the group had grown to over 150 members and was meeting one to two times per month with turnouts of 20 to 40 people.

Jenna began to feel a great responsibility to amuse these members. (Shibas are quite easily bored.) While trying to think up a new and interesting idea for a meetup, she mused “Wouldn’t it be nice if we could meet for drinks one night and take our dogs?” On February 9, 2007, Jenna sent an email to Animal Haven… “The Shiba Meetup group wants to host a Canine Cocktail Hour at Animal Haven sometime in March – preferably a Tuesday evening,” and the snowball officially started rolling. We have held three Canine Cocktail Pawties so far and intend to have more. Check our past events page for details and photos of each event so far!