An Animal Shelter Put On Its Own 'Cold Weather Games' With Puppy Competitors

Five puppies have already found homes.

The Pyeongchang Winter Olympics features athletes skiing down slopes, skating on ice, and more, but one thing the games are sorely lacking is puppies and kittens. Luckily, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Animal Care and Control is in the process of hosting its own "Cold Weather Games," and there's certainly no shortage of four-legged friends.

In an effort to find forever homes for an array of adoptable animals, the North Carolina shelter is pitting cute canines against one another in events such as the Puppy Slalom, Puppy Hockey, and Doggy Downhill. Kittens are getting in on the action too, with Olympics-inspired competitions that include Kitten Bobsled and Kitty Hockey.

Each event features one or more animals "competing" for a gold medal, but in this case the top prize isn't some fancy piece of hardware, it's getting adopted! According to The Charlotte Observer, this is the third year the shelter has had a winter games, and each "athlete" featured is available for adoption.


And lest you think these cute-tastic games, are fun to watch but ineffective, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Animal Care and Control reports that all five puppies shown in the video above have already found forever homes.

Over the last several months, animal shelters and advocates of animal adoption across the country have been increasingly creative in the ways they're encouraging people to adopt animals in their care. For example, last August a shelter in Appleton, Wisconsin staged a hilarious whodunit mystery to find a playful pup a home, and it worked.

Similarly, earlier this year a shelter in Georgia created dating profiles for a handful of animals in its care in an effort to get them adopted, and several animals subsequently met their "matches" face-to-face.

"We are always trying to come up with ... creative new ways to get our shelter dogs out in front of potential adopters," the shelter's public relations director told Upworthy at the time. "In a crowded shelter, pets often get overlooked, but on a dating app, the animal becomes an individual. People learn about them and form a 'virtual' attachment."

With an estimated 6.5 million companion animals entering U.S. animal shelters nationwide every year, anything to increase an animal's chances of getting adopted (even an Olympic-style competition!) is worth pursuing.

Cover image via Shutterstock /  Okssi /Sagase48.


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