PAWS kicks off 'Wally's Week' adoption fest

UPDATE: Tonight's press event has been cancelled due to inclement weather.


To spice up the summer adoption doldrums, Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society launches its "Wally's Week" adoption event Thursday.

With successes in other major cities, best-selling author Marsha Boulton is bringing “Wally’s Week” to Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) in Old City. Anyone adopting a dog from PAWS between August 21 through August 28 will receive a canvas gift bag filled with “Wally’s Week” sponsors’ goodies to smooth the transition from shelter life to forever home for dog and adopter.

Each bag contains a copy of Boulton’s book, dog treats and other helpful items including biodegradable poop bags and a dog-training DVD from Animal Planet.

The event, which has helped boost adoptions in New York, Toronto and Tampa, is named for Boulton’s late bull terrier, Wally, who inspired her pet-centric memoir “Wally’s World: Life with Wally the Wonder Dog” ,

The adoption week kicks off tonight with a media party at the Radisson Plaza-Warwick. PAWS officials say they have extended an invite to the Eagles and their new quarterback.