Inside a Celebrity Puppy Party

by Natasha Wolff | June 30, 2015 4:03 pm

Stylish guests like Georgina Chapman, Maya Citron, Jenna Renert and top dogs Toast[1], Finn, Adelaide and more joined host Amanda Hearst at the Park Hyatt New York for a puppy play date. There were even homemade treats concocted by executive chef Sebastien Archambault (man’s best friend deserves the best, after all) to raise awareness for a great cause. 

After discovering her own four-legged friend, Finn, was from a puppy mill, Hearst founded Friends of Finn[2]—a committee of The Humane Society[3] that’s dedicated to eliminating the inhumane treatment of dogs in puppy mills—in 2010.

“I grew up with animals, but nothing like this before. Finn has been life-changing,” says Hearst. “I was surprised about how many people didn’t know about puppy mills.”

In four years, the non-profit organization has raised about two million dollars. To support the cause, the Park Hyatt—or, cleverly, Bark Hyatt—is launching the VIP (that’s Very Important Pooch) program, offering top-notch services. Think: Dog collars[4] and identification tags upon arrival; a guide to high-end pet boutiques and pup-friendly pools; pet-friendly neighborhood to-dos; dog beds, food and water bowls on loan; complimentary paw wipes; Nesbits treats and bites from an organic dog menu, and more. Plus, the canine-friendly hotel will donate $100 in honor of each furry guest. As Toast’s owner Katie Sturino put it, “It’s important to keep the day-to-day conversation going and to educate people.”

  1. Toast:
  2. Friends of Finn:
  3. The Humane Society:
  4. Dog collars:

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