(Colorado) Outdoor time and exercise with a fun companion can boost the mood of almost anyone. We feel better when we move our bodies while chatting with a friend.
What if one could provide this benefit to a shelter dog?
Dogs that receive regular exercise, mental stimulation, and attention are less anxious than pups restricted to kennels. Shelter animals who have an opportunity to burn off energy are better behaved and more likely to attract the attention of potential adopters, which increases their chance of finding a forever home.
It is hard for shelter staff to provide lengthy outings to resident dogs and this is where volunteers can help.
Teller County Regional Animal Shelter (TCRAS) in Colorado has an innovative program named "Doggy Day Out." Animal lovers can take a shelter dog for a hike or a similar outing to give them a much-needed break from the facility and increase their exposure to possible adopters.
The dog wears an "adopt me" harness, and volunteers are encouraged to share photos of the day's adventure on social media. People are drawn to heartwarming animal content, and one social media post has the power to reach thousands.
If the volunteer meets someone during the outing who is interested in adopting the animal, they can give the interested party the dog's business card. And just like that, a connection is made that could change the pup's life forever.
"Doggy Day Out" is a fantastic program that helps a shelter dog in countless ways. The program also benefits the volunteers by providing an opportunity to spend quality time with a four-legged friend outside of the facility.
It is a win-win!
Volunteers do not need to be residents of Teller County to participate. Anyone who loves dogs and has basic knowledge about these great animals is encouraged to apply.
Please note that the Doggy Day Out program is a special time for the shelter dog, so if you have a pup, it is best to leave them at home.
To learn more about this fantastic program, go here. It could be a life-changing day for a dog in need.
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