The Greatest Tradition in all of Training Camp: the Puppy Pound

Meredith Kain
August 06, 2018 - 5:47 pm
Puppy Pound counter at Cleveland Browns Training Camp

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It started with a “Bring Your Dog to Work Day” in 2015 and has since grown into one of the best traditions at training camp.

Since the inception of the Puppy Pound in 2015, the Cleveland Browns and the Berea SPCA have found homes for almost 300 puppies. This year they are on pace to adopt out 150 puppies by the end of training camp.

According to Morgan Zielinski of the Berea SPCA they bring in puppies from overcrowded kill-shelters, which helps alleviate euthanization rates. The dogs come from shelters all over the east coast, including Georgia, West Virginia, and Kentucky.

The Puppy Pound was not only created to help rescue dogs from kill-shelters, but with the fan experience in mind as well.

From activities, to the Puppy Pound, to the freebies that fans receive at camp - everything is well thought out and conceived by Carlos Oseguera, the Sr. Director of Fan Experience and Special Events, and his team. It’s hot, so they provide free water. It’s sunny, so one day they gave out sun glasses. For the Orange and Brown Scrimmage on August 3, they gave away seat cushions. Family and community matter to the organization, which is what they hope to convey with everything provided to the fan base at training camp.

“The loyalty from the fans in Cleveland is so special,” said Oseguera, “we want to make sure that everyone has a great time when they come out.”

The Puppy Pound has gained so much traction over the past few years that other teams are starting to follow suit. The Cincinnati Bengals partnered with their local SPCA to adopt out “mini-tigers” at their training camp.

And they couldn’t help taking a shot at the Browns in the process.

 

Cincinnati Bengals SPCA

While other teams around the league can try to imitate the success that the Browns have had with the Puppy Pound, they’re no match for Larry Ogoodboyjobi.