Yappy Hour Returns with Tail Wagging Fun at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

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Yappy Hour, a monthly cocktail party for canines and their companions, returns this summer to The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel with a portion of the event's proceeds going to support the Friends of Orange County’s Homeless Pets.

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel Yappy Hour

Yappy Hour at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

Dogs of all shapes and sizes are invited to party with other pups and pooches at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel's Yappy Hour.

Yappy Hour, a monthly cocktail party for canines and their companions, returns this summer to The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel. Dogs of all shapes and sizes are invited to party with other pups and pooches on The Dana Lawn. House-made dog biscuits and flavored water – bacon, chicken, beef and liver – are provided complimentary to all canines, while their companions can purchase cocktails and appetizers, with a portion of the proceeds going to support the Friends of Orange County’s Homeless Pets(FOCHP). Yappy Hour is held from 5 to 8 p.m. the third Thursday in May (May 16) and continues the second Thursday of the month through September (June 13, July 11, August 8, and September 12). For a full list of dates, including October’s Yappy Howl-O-Ween and December’s Yappy Howl-iday Celebration, visit http://www.ritzcarlton.com/LagunaYappyHour.

Yappy Hour is part of The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel’s Community Footprints program. It is an event that brings the local community together, but also generates awareness and support for charitable causes. Since the first Yappy Hour season, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel has donated nearly $20,000 to local animal rescue organizations including the Laguna Beach Animal Shelter and Canine Companions for Independence. 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.

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel also welcomes four legged guests for overnight visits with the Posh Pooch Experience. When Fido is included on the trip to the ocean front resort, they give "tails" of devotion to the family for a long time to come.

The mission of Friends of Orange County’s Homeless Pets (FOCHP) is to make homeless and unwanted pets more adoptable and provide them the opportunity to find lifelong families. Their mission is accomplished through training, veterinary services, and spay and neuter assistance. Fostering is an important part of FOCHP, as they believe a home environment brings out the true personality of an animal and gives them the opportunity to match personalities for the best adoption opportunity and forever home for their rescues. FOCHP also has a Whistlestop Program that provides safe, immediate temporary boarding for surrendered pets until a foster home can be arranged. During the temporary Whistlestop boarding period, the pet is assessed, socialized with other animals, given medical attention if necessary and allowed to adjust in a caring environment until a loving foster home becomes available. FOCHP is operated solely by volunteers and 100 percent of donations received go directly back to the needs of their rescued animals.

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The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel premiered as the first luxury resort along coastal Orange County in August 1984. Today, 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 travelers 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 28th year, the longest in California. The resort offers many extraordinary luxury experiences including Raya, 180blũ, The Market Place, enoSTEAK, Bar Raya, The Spa and the Eco-Adventure Center. For more information or reservations call 800-241-3333, the hotel directly at 949-240-2000, a travel professional or visit http://www.ritzcarlton.com/LagunaNiguel.

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 81 hotels in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean. More than 30 hotel and residential projects are under development around the globe. The Ritz-Carlton is the only service company to have twice earned the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award which recognizes outstanding customer service. For more information, or reservations, contact a travel professional, call toll free in the U.S. 1-800-241-3333, or visit the company website at http://www.ritzcarlton.com. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR)

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