WASHINGTON -- Here's a summer restaurant promotion to wag your tail about: From June 2 to 9 at Vinoteca Wine Bar, $1 from every hot dog sale will benefit City Dogs Rescue, a D.C.-based nonprofit that rescues adoptable dogs from overcrowded, high-kill shelters.
Three to four million companion animals are euthanized each year in the United States.
'Dogs + 'Tails at Vinoteca aims to find some of these pups permanent homes. The week-long event kicks off Sunday with a neighborhood barbecue on the U Street restaurant's back plaza; try your hand at a friendly game of bocce for charity and for a $10 donation, chow down on happy hour specials all night. On the front patio, City Dogs will sponsor pet adoptions.
Click through the slideshow to see some of the adorable animals City Dogs Rescue has helped:
Executive chef Lonnie Zoeller's housemade hot dogs at Vinoteca include a D.C.-style half-smoke, a classic frankfurter and the spicy veggie dog. Wash down your dog with the week's special cocktail, Dog Days of Summer, a potent punch of gin, Amaro Montenegro, Dolin Dry Vermouth, fresh lemon juice and rosemary simple syrup.
Get more information about 'Dogs + 'Tails on the event's Facebook page.