About the Shelter Slumber Pawty

How the Pawty Started

In 2017, Gateway Pet Guardians (GPG), located near St. Louis, Missouri, hosted the first Shelter Slumber Pawty. GPG asked staff and volunteers to spend 24 hours in kennels living side-by-side with shelter dogs while asking for donations. The entire event was live-streamed on social media, giving the public a glimpse into the lives of shelter animals. By the time the 24-hour Pawty was over, the team had raised over $30,000! The Shelter Slumber Pawty expanded in 2019 when 17 St. Louis area organizations came together to raise much-needed funds for the community.

In 2023, the first-ever International Shelter Slumber Pawty brought together over 40 shelters from four countries who collectively raised over $600,000! Check out highlights from the 2023 Pawty below. 

How the Pawty Works

The Shelter Slumber Pawty is a collaborative fundraising event that brings together animal welfare organizations to raise funds and awareness. 

Each year, hundreds of animal lovers from across the globe spend ONE ENTIRE DAY living side-by-side with shelter animals. That’s right! Participants spend 24 hours eating, sleeping, and “pawting” with shelter pets! Participants share their experience on social media while asking for donations from friends and family. 

While fundraising is an important aspect of the event, showcasing animal shelters and the animals in their care may be even more impactful.  For 24 hours, animals participating in the pawty have an advocate while the shelter increases its visibility throughout the community.

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