Skip to main content

Video: Cuddling with adorable puppies has never felt so charitable


This embed is invalid

Some people's lunch breaks got a little cuter Wednesday, thanks to the Jackson 5.

And no, we aren't talking about the musical group. That's what handlers call the litter of Goldendoodles that starred in Meet Minneapolis' puppy cuddle fundraiser.

Meet Minneapolis – an organization that works to promote the city – held the event to raise money for United Way charity and Secondhand Hounds animal rescue.

Three puppies named Janet, Marlon and Jermaine spent the afternoon basking in sun and attention. (Michael and Tito couldn't make it.)

A $5 donation got each person three minutes of doggy cuddling. And people lined up for the privilege.

Michelle Jensen, a Secondhand Hounds volunteer, told BringMeTheNews the Jackson 5 litter was rescued from a puppy mill. Some of the dogs that came out of that rescue had never been outside to play in grass.

Jensen says the animal rescue has about 400 dogs and 200 cats under its care.

If you're interested in adopting or fostering one of them, click here.

Matt Laible, Meet Minneapolis' director of communications, told BringMeTheNews this is the third year they've held a puppy cuddle event.

Laible says it's usually pretty popular. But this year, they set up outside the Minneapolis Convention Center and had the biggest turnout ever – 115 people. He says at least $600 dollars was raised – possibly more because some people donate beyond the minimum.

Half of that money will go to United Way. The other half will go to Secondhand Hounds.

Next Up

Justin Jefferson

Vikings-49ers: 5 things you can count on

Sunday's matchup is a pivotal game in the NFC playoff picture.

Gopher Football

Watch: Gophers troll Badgers with 'Jump Around' after Saturday's win

First they took Paul Bunyan's Axe. Then they took their tradition.

Brandon Richart, missing person

Search underway for missing man in Anoka area

Brandon Richart was last seen Nov. 17.

U.S. Bank Stadium

5 teams win first state championships at Prep Bowl

A pair of records fell as the Prep Bowl lived up to the hype.

ashley Carlson

Remains of missing WI mom found in Pine County, MN

Ashley Miller-Carlson was 33 years old.

D'Angelo Russell

D'Lo's late takeover helps Timberwolves win double-OT thriller

Russell caught fire to help the Timberwolves get back to .500.

Gopher Football

Gophers suffocate Badgers, reclaim Paul Bunyan's Axe

Minnesota picked up its first home win over the Badgers since 2003.

Meeker County Sheriff's Office

Boy, 6, run over after falling off trailer in Meeker Co. tree farm accident

He was airlifted to Hennepin County Medical Center with internal injuries.

Target store

Target unveils deals for 2-day 'Cyber Monday' event

The promotion kicks off Sunday, November 28.

Screen Shot 2021-11-27 at 9.59.30 AM

Edina police warn of recent burglary trend targeting garages and vehicles

The Edina Police Department is increasing patrols in affected neighborhoods in response to the trend.


New York Mills breeder says she 'never once delivered a puppy' to a meat market

An embattled dog breeder in New York Mills says she forfeited her license because she was 'sick to death of animal rights people.' Kathy Bauck says she never delivered dogs to a New York meat market, despite forms that say she did. Her business was at the center of a now discredited WCCO-TV report about dogs being sold for meat.

Demand for manufacturers felt at Minneapolis trade school

"You didn't build that" is something the burgeoning number of students at Dunwoody College of Technology won't have to hear. Enrollment at the Minneapolis school is at a 15-year high as manufacturers - especially in Minnesota's medical device industry - clamor for more skilled workers. Dunwoody has even added a six month fast-track program to help meet the demand.

Ripple effects of East Coast storms felt in Minn.

The massive storm on the East Coast that's claimed dozens of lives and wiped out entire communities is already expected to cause over $50 billion in damage. Handfuls of volunteers from various Minnesota agencies have been dispatched to help with emergency relief efforts. Waves up to 20 feet tall have stalled cargo shipping on the Great Lakes and dozens of flights out of Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport were cancelled Tuesday.

Bear researchers post adorable video of mama bear Jewel and cub

Researchers at the North American Bear Center bring us this video of one of Jewel's little cubs climbing out from under its mother for a quick breath of fresh air before trying to duck back under for warmth.

Report: Charitable giving rises in Minnesota

A report released by the Minnesota Council on Foundations this week released its Giving in Minnesota finds that giving by individuals, foundations and corporate giving programs totaled $5.2 billion for the 2010 research year, up 2.6 percent over a study in 2009.