Puppies, Pilates and Prosecco, oh my! What better way to spend a Saturday morning?

Almost There Foster Care held the third iteration of its popular Puppies, Pilates and Prosecco fundraiser event Saturday at the Wrigley Mansion in Phoenix.

Almost There Foster Care is a non-profit animal rescue group that provides a space and cares for homeless, large-breed pregnant dogs and their puppies.

The event included Pilates sessions, bottomless mimosas, snacks, raffle prizes, local vendors and of course, puppies. Attendees were able to play with the puppies during the Pilates session and to hold them during a reception event outside afterward.

February marked the second annual Puppies, Pilates and Prosecco event which sold out quicker than expected, inspiring the need for an additional event in April.

Tickets for this month’s event were $50, and both Pilates sessions planned for Saturday morning sold out three weeks before the event. However, there will be an identical Puppies, Pilates and Prosecco event on November 29.

Annie Verderame, who runs social media for Almost There Foster Care, is a full-time Pilates teacher who owns her own studio in Phoenix.

Since she already had a background in Pilates, she said an event like this seemed like a perfect way to raise money for the pups, especially because “a lot of people like puppies, a lot of people like Pilates and a lot of people like mimosas.”

Verderame said the event also helps to get Almost There Foster Care’s name out into the community and helps the puppies socialize with people before they are ready to be adopted.

Of the 30 puppies at the event, most of them were already pre-claimed to be adopted. Those interested in adopting a puppy from Almost There Foster Care can look at the available puppies on their website and social media and can meet with a specific puppy or all of the puppies available and pre-claim one they would like to adopt. Puppies can be pre-claimed once they are 4 months old.

“The reason why some of them aren’t adoptable (at the event) is because we take extreme precaution to make sure the puppies are healthy,” Verderame said. “We would never allow a puppy that’s too young or unvaccinated to come to the event.”

She said that all of the participants at the event were required to clean their mats and their feet prior to the Pilates sessions.

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“We take all the precautions necessary to make sure our puppies are safe, healthy and happy,” she said. 

Contact the reporter at alexis.potter@gannett.com or follow the reporter on Twitter at @alexispotter_.

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