Dreaming of that perfect house — for your dog?
The Philly Home Show this weekend, from Jan. 19 to 21, includes an exhibit called "Barkitecture Village" featuring five dog houses donated to the Providence Animal Center in Media. The houses are currently part of a silent auction to benefit the no-kill shelter that placed more than 4,000 cats and dogs in permanent homes last year, said Justina Calgiano, a spokeswoman for the center.
The shelter, formerly the Delaware County SPCA, relies on donations. All proceeds from the auction will go directly to the Providence Center.
The auction will end on Sunday after bidding is closed online and at the show. Currently, bids can be made through Facebook on the Home + Garden Events page.
The five dream houses provided through sponsors include a fancy red one (Long and Foster real estate) with a covered front porch and landscaping; Gloria's Paw Office (95.7 Ben FM) is more whimsical with giant headphones draped over the roof. There's also a basic green with white bones (Hobbs Coffee), a Navy exterior with a plush dog bed (Providence Animal Center), and a black house with a cushy bed and faux grass on the roof (Samantha Kreindler Art and Design).The Providence Animal Shelter is using the home show as an event to educate the public about its mission and how to help animals whether through adoptions, donations, or volunteer work.
"No adoptable pet is euthanized," Calgiano said. "We have adopted out terminally ill if there is a plan in place."
Terminally ill animals, that are not contagious or in pain, are placed in sanctuaries or with families willing to care for the animal, she said The agency also provides resources, such as medical care and food, for owners who surrender their pets because they can not afford to care for them, Calgiano said.
"Our goal is to place them in a 'furever' home," she said. "We don't believe that an animal should live out their lives in a cage."