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Hourly Puppy Rental Offered By Utah Student


Hourly puppy rentals may have some tails wagging in gratitude towards a student at Utah’s Brigham Young University.

Jenna Miller is seeking to find permanent homes for abandoned puppies by renting them out by the hour. The goal is to give potential adopters a chance to interact with the animal before making a commitment. There is also the additional benefit of giving the animal quality time that involves human interaction and affection.

Travelers Today reports that Miller currently rents out two puppies named Toast and Charly. Spending time with the fuzzy critters will empty your wallet of $15 for one hour. Two hours of puppy playtime costs $25. The pups offered in the service have all come from owners who have given up the pet.

The idea does have its detractors who worry the rental process may not be good for the dogs. One person that has doubts is the Humane Society of New York’s behaviorist Bill Berloni.

In an interview with Good Morning America, Berloni said the following:

“It reduces them to things, things we use for our leisure. [The animal will] have problems learning how to attach, they’ll be independent and harder to train.”

To date, the endeavor seems to be a successful one. According to Miller, of the 11 puppies she has rented out, all of them were subsequently adopted. The bulk of her clients have been college students and families.

She also feels that spending a short amount of time with an animal can be beneficial to people who are hesitant. She hopes to create future pet owners by showing them the “positive benefits” of dog ownership.

What are your thoughts on hourly puppy rental? Would you consider using such a service?

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10 Responses to “Hourly Puppy Rental Offered By Utah Student”

  1. She Taggart

    What a mean way to let those poor little puppies love someone to be returned. And how do you know that that person renting them is not abusing them, improper feeding or abuse..this sucks. I know you have good intentions but without being able to supervise the interaction, it could spell disaster for an innocent life. Please be careful, the puppies lose when they are not adopted.

  2. Sam Basso

    I think this is a stupid thing, and I agree with the behaviorist. Dogs are living creatures, and not inanimate objects. What we do with them affects future behavior and quality of life.

  3. Anonymous

    What do you think would happen if the person purchased the puppy and took them home and then discovered they don't want the animal? The puppy would likely be discarded! This girl is doing a great thing.

  4. Anonymous

    @Sam what do you think would happen if the person gets a dog and then doesn't want it anymore? This girl is taking animals that owners no longer want. Those people would likely send the puppies to a shelter. What happens there? Animals are euthanized after a certain amount of time. This girl is doing a great thing!

  5. Robyn Robles

    Pretty irresponsible. You don't know who's getting those puppies in those two hours. Puppies tend to be extremely easy to adopt out, so the rate of adoption with this isn't that impressive.

  6. Brianne Dunn

    Sounds like a possible good idea, but I think it could be tweeked a bit. Only seriously interested folks should be allowed to participate, and she has placed 11 animals so far. So, if it works, carry on. The humane society is such a joke, I would't put a ton of stock in what their trainer has to say…after all the humane society would be missing out on their chunk of change if this kind of thing takes over.

  7. Knuk Powder

    Why isn't there any mention of the legitimacy of the words "abandon" and "adoption?" How do we know that she didn't buy the puppies? How do we know she didn't sell the puppies? The business is for profit. She charges to rent and the buyers must pay her for the "adoption." When I buy unsold puppies from a online pet store and then sell them to a home, can I call it "adopting out abandoned puppies?" Why is it okay to call the selling "adoption?" Just because Jenna Miller said so? Are we really that dumb?

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