Dog's Day Out is a triple win! You get a walking/hiking/driving buddy, our dogs get some exercise and a change of scenery, and you might meet that perfect adopter out on the town!
An animal shelter is a high-stress environment for many shelter dogs. Studies have shown that just a few hours outside of the shelter can considerably improve the mental wellbeing of our dogs!
Approved volunteers are able to “borrow” a shelter dog for up to 3 hours, allowing them to leave the shelter to go for temporary outings or runs. Through this program, our shelter animals will be given the ability to relieve stress and anxiety in a healthy and fun way!
Dog’s Day Out Details:
The pet must be approved to go off-site by the program coordinator – puppies and small breed dogs are not eligible to go off site
- The pet must be returned by 4pm
- The volunteer must have the pet on leash and harness (provided by the shelter) and in their sight at all times
- The dog may not meet other dogs
- The volunteer must be available via phone or text in case there is an emergency or interested adopter
Fun Places to Go with your DDO Pup:
- Starbucks drive through (ask for a puppaccino and take a video of your dog enjoying the treat!)
- Dog-friendly patios – North Street, Railyard, Ivar’s, AquaBrew, and many more!
- Parks and natural areas – Purgatory Creek, Rio Vista park, Ringtail Ridge natural area, Spring Lake natural area, Stokes park, and more!
- Your home – if you don’t have pets at home and want to just chill with your DDO foster for a few hours, you can totally take them home!
- Always secure your pup in the car with your leash. You can loop the leash through a seatbelt strap or tie it around the backseat headrest. You don’t want to end up with a loose dog or a dog in your lap while you drive!
- Take tons of photos and videos! Share them to 512.210.4186 via text or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- This is a huge part of Dog’s Day Out. If you don’t feel able to take photos and safely handle your dog, consider asking a friend or family member to come along!
- Keep your phone handy in case of emergency or potential adopter interest!
- Take your time! Drive around, stop off at Starbucks for a puppaccino, sit under a tree and read. Your pup is MUCH happier with you outside of the shelter.
- Be aware of your surroundings. If you notice off-leash dogs in the area you planned to spend time in, please move locations.
- Strike up conversations with people you meet on the trail. You never know if someone might be ‘the one’ or maybe they also want to join our DDO program!
- Don’t introduce your pup to other dogs on the trail. A friendly ‘thanks, but we have to get going!’ to people who want to have their dog meet yours is sufficient!
- Don’t go to dog parks or areas with high dog traffic. Your DDO pup may be very social, but we don’t know the vaccine history of the other pets, and we want everyone to stay safe and healthy.
- Don’t go to any places where dogs are not allowed. You must abide by local and business laws re: dogs.
- Don’t stop promoting your pet after you return him/her to the shelter. Keep sharing, talking about them, and advocating for them with friends and family!
Wondering if you should register to volunteer? Based on the CDC guidelines, we are asking you the following questions:
- Have you been exposed to someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19? See the CDC’s risk assessment guidance.
- Do you have symptoms consistent with COVID-19? Symptoms can include a cough or shortness of breath or at least two of the following: Fever, Chills, Repeated shaking with chills, Muscle pain, Headache, Sore throat, New loss of taste or smell. See the CDC’s symptom information.