Burnaby workers may have a very good reason to take an extended lunch break this Thursday, Dec. 7.
The BC Humane Society is bringing its "Howlidays" tour to the Accent Inns in Burnaby's lower Willingdon Heights neighbourhood where pet lovers can have a free playdate with several puppies.
The provincial organization is hoping to raise awareness on animal welfare, which, according to a news release sent to the NOW, is "facing the most challenging period" in two decades.
"The [BC Humane] society faces an alarming surge in surrendered animals and overpopulation concerns in remote B.C. regions," the statement from Accent Inns explained.
"To encourage animal fostering, adoption, and donations to shelters, the [Accent Inns] hotel chain is hosting puppy playdates and will be donating ten per cent of every leisure stay in December directly to the society."
The BC Humane Society is set to provide information during the playdate for participants thinking about becoming foster parents, adopting a pet or donating to the nonprofit.
Burnaby is part of the group's four-city tour, in addition to Kamloops, Kelowna and Victoria.
A llama named "Todd" is also set to make a guest appearance at the local stop.
Howliday Puppy Playdates will take place on Dec. 7 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Accent Inns — located at 3777 Henning Dr. just east of Boundary Road.
For more information, you can visit the event's page on the hotel chain's website.