Thursday, 15 March 2012

The Ulti-Mutt Dog Party: Yappy Hour at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

Follow Fido to Yappy Hour, a monthly cocktail party for canines and their companions at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel. It’s the ulti-mutt dog party with pooches, hounds and pups of all sizes romping and playing on The Dana Lawn. Canines enjoy complimentary hand-made dog biscuits and lapping up refreshing libations, thanks to bacon, chicken, cheese, beef and liver flavoured water, while their companions can purchase burgers, brews and wines, with proceeds going to support the Laguna Beach Animal Shelter. The Second Season of Yappy Hour is held Thursdays, May 3, June 7, July 5, August 2, and September 6 from 5 to 8 p.m. on The Dana Lawn.

Yappy Hour is part of The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel’s Community Footprints programme. It is an event that brings the local community together, but also generates awareness and support for charitable causes. From the first Yappy Hour in April 2011, the event grew in popularity with more than 1,200 guests attending the October Howl-O-Ween Yappy Hour where a check for $7,500 was presented to Pet Project Foundation, whose mission is to enhance the quality of life of all companion animals in a pro-humane manner through compassion, responsibility, education and service.

Through Community Footprints dedicated Ritz-Carlton Ladies and Gentlemen provide a wide range of support and services to their community, including fund-raising for local charities, reading to the blind, preparing and serving lunches at homeless shelters, donating books to schools and volunteering at food banks.

Laguna Beach Animal Shelter
The Laguna Beach Animal Shelter opened in 1975 by a group of volunteers. The Shelter serves the residents of Laguna by providing temporary care for lost, stray and sick or injured animals rescued by Animal Services Officers within the city limits. At any one time, the facility houses dogs, cats, and a small number of other animals.

Every animal at the Shelter is held for seven days for reclaiming by its owner. Dogs and cats that remain unclaimed are seen by a veterinarian, bathed and groomed, vaccinated, micro-chipped and neutered/spayed and then put up for adoption. The aim of adoption is to place the animal in the most compatible situations possible and ensure an appropriate match between pet and owner. While the Shelter’s basic upkeep and routine operations are funded by the City of Laguna Beach, it is dependent on private donations to cover all other expenses. The City of Laguna Beach Animal Shelter, located at 20612 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel premiered as the first luxury resort along coastal Orange County in August 1984. Twenty-six years later, the resort is a re-imagined surfside retreat that awakens guests’ senses with its unique ocean-front setting and remarkable service heritage. The resort is the premiere destination for travellers who desire a playful approach to Southern California luxury.

The resort has been the recipient of many awards over the years, but is proud to boast earning AAA Five Diamond status for the 27th year, the longest in California. The resort offers many extraordinary luxury experiences including Raya, 180blũ, The Market Place, Eno, Bar Raya, The Spa and Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment. For more information or reservations call 800-241-3333, the hotel directly at 949-240-2000, a travel professional or visit

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