Give Back and Get Ready for Valentine's Day with a Kiss from Pooh Bear

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With the help of their four-legged mascot, a South Jersey gas station and repair shop is giving back to the Humane Society of Ocean City in the most romantic way.

Margate’s Sunny Sunoco has a four-legged mascot named Pooh Bear who just loves to love.

“Pooh Bear is the main attraction here," said Jennifer Mathewson, marketing manager at Sunny Sunoco. "People are supposed to come in for cars; no, they come in for Pooh Bear.”

The lab American Eskimo mix sits patiently at the desk inside the Sunoco gas station for all of his normal customers to come pay him a visit. Now, every Wednesday for the month of February, he has a special job of his own.

“Since our handsome boy here loves to give kisses, and it’s February, which is the romance month, all about love, we figured we’d put him to work,” said Mathewson. 
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He now runs a kissing booth inside of the Sunny Sunoco to give back to other furry friends who may not have a happy home like he does.

“He kisses. All he does is kiss us. He’ll spend 20 minutes kissing his dad every night when he comes home," said Mathewson. Pooh Bear's dad is Colin Ammazzalorso. Ammazzalorso's family has owned Sunny Sunoco for almost 35 years.
"He’s just all about the love," said Mathewson. "So, I figured that’s the easiest way he can give back.”

For just $1, anyone can get a big sloppy kiss from Pooh Bear and for $4 more, they can get a Polaroid picture with the pup and a special Valentine’s Day card. All of the proceeds go to the Humane Society of Ocean City.

“I just love that they’re a no-kill shelter," said Mathewson. "They do everything they can to place animals. They have a wonderful cat house. Anything they can do to get the animals homes quickly, they’re all about that.”
Mathewson said she worked at the Humane Society back when she was in high school.

The Humane Society of Ocean City came up with their Hearts & Paws campaign to raise money for their shelter animals. Their goal is to sell at least 300 of their Valentine's Day cards from now until Thursday, Feburary 14th. Anyone can buy a card at the Sunny Sunoco, which come with a big kiss from Pooh Bear.
If you can't make it out to Kisses with Pooh on Wednesdays, reach out to Sunny Sunoco on Facebook and they’ll help you get your own sloppy kiss.

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