Pound Puppies was a range of toys sold in the 1980’s by Tonka which went on to have a number of TV specials, animated TV series, and a feature film. Sales of over $300 million were generated over five years by the toys 35 countries.
The puppies had a variety of colors and some with spots and featured plush stuffed dog dolls with floppy ears and droopy eyes. Each one came in a carrying case with an adoption certificate. Smaller versions were also created (approximately 5 inches (13 cm) long), and a line of cats called Pound Pur-r-ries was also released. Each authentic puppy had a heart-shaped emblem near its tail that sported a “PP” logo with either a dog or cat.
In 1987, Hardee’s restaurants offered a free Pound Puppie with every Children’s Meal. Pound puppies to come back in the early 1990s with additional toys and merchandise.