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The Giving Season

It’s no secret that we are quite the dog lovers here at Urban Hound Playground!! This holiday season, we would like to take that love a step further and give back to dogs in need by sponsoring a Giving Tree for the wonderful people and pups of Safe Hands Animal Rescue. Safe Hands Animal Rescue is a non-profit organization based here in Minneapolis, with a staff made up exclusively of volunteers. Each animal in their rescue lives with a foster family while awaiting adoption, allowing volunteers to truly get to know the personalities and individual needs of each dog in order to place them with the appropriate forever home. Safe Hands Animal Rescue also provides each animal with the age-appropriate shots needed until adoption, and they also  take care of spaying and neutering. This year alone Safe Hands Animal Rescue has found forever homes for over 600 pets. Their mission statement is one that we here at UHP align ourselves closely with, “To create a world where all companion animals are loved, respected and have a home.”


With the Giving Tree, our customers will have the opportunity to give back as well. Be sure to be on the lookout for a tree going up in our lobby here at UHP. The tree will feature ornaments with  various items the rescue is in need of. Customers will be able to choose an ornament, purchase the item listed and bring it back to UHP to place under the tree to be donated to Safe Hands Animal Rescue. Monetary donations are also being accepted. We will begin accepting donations starting next weekend and continue to accept them through December 21st.
The giving spirit continues here at Urban Hound Playground as we are now offering gift certificates! Customers can purchase gift certificates for our regular packages as well as a few new specials. Stop in today to inquire for the perfect gift for the dog lover in your life!

Spotlight: Harvey!
Breed: Hound Mix
Nickname(s): Harv
Favorite Toys: Plush Toys!
Favorite Activities: Playing with his friends, relaxing and receiving belly rubs
Been at UHP since: 03/16
Best Doggy Buddies:Charlie, Varjo and Milton


The spotlight on this dog is extra special because he happens to be a rescue from our friends at Safe Hands Animal Rescue! Harvey is an 8-year-old white and tan hound mix. For Harvey, what started off as a foster home through the rescue ended up being his forever home! Although this technically makes him a “foster fail” we think Harvey got pretty darn lucky when it comes to his forever family. His brother, Charlie, is also a part of the pack at UHP! They certainly are a fun pair of brothers to have at daycare! Harvey has been with his family since last year and has been attending UHP since March of this year. Harvey is one of the calmest and most loving souls you could meet. He is always up for playing with his puppy friends or a good belly rub from his human friends.


Congrats to our Costume Contest Winners!

This Halloween, we here at Urban Hound Playground held our FIRST EVER annual Halloween Costume Contest. We had an absolute BLAST seeing all of the dogs in their adorable costumes and we can hardly wait until next year! Winners were decided based on how many votes ("likes") each costume received on our facebook page. We'd like to thank all of our wonderful dogs & their awesome owners who participated in the contest, as well as extend an extra congratulations to our four winners!!

In case you missed it or are in need of a little break from all of the political hubbub, here are our ADORABLE winners again:

First Place went to Kuba as a beautiful mermaid!

Kuba is 2 year-old Mastiff/Boxer mix. 

Second Place went to Floyd as Pink Floyd!

Floyd is a six-month-old miniature golden doodle. 

Finally, third place was a TIE between Lucy as a little latte and Fred as a FURocious lion!

Lucy is a 9-month-old Wheaton Terrier. 


Fred is a one-year-old mixed breed. 

Congrats, Pups!!!

Check out all of our dogs' AMAZING costumes here.



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"The Urban Hound is the perfect home away from home for a dog like me to play, stay and have fun all day! I can't wait for more furry friends to come join me here at the best dog play zone in the Twin Cities. I look forward to meeting all of the new hounds that will spend their time here, and I am certain my dog-loving family will make your dog's time at the Urban Hound a wonderful adventure!"

Gus V.