Homeless shelter dogs, waiting to be adopted, are getting much needed stress relief from time on treadmills. According to AZ Central, the Maricopa County animal shelters have teamed up with Run Buddy Mobile to help keep the shelter pups happy and healthy.
Animal Care and Control spokesman Jose Santiago told the news agency why exercise is beneficial to the shelter dogs:
“Our dogs do suffer from kennel stress. For the harder-to-place dogs, something like this is stimulating physically and stimulating mentally. It makes it easier for them to be adopted.”
Run Buddy Mobile provides non-motorized treadmills which are powered by the dogs themselves…as soon as the dogs are tired, they simply stop running and the treadmill quits moving.
After a treadmill session, the dogs are noticeably calmer and happier. Lisa Klimczak, co-founder of Arizona Animal Rescue Mission (AARM), which is paying for the treadmill enrichment program, said:
“I know how small the shelter space is. Anytime I go through to see them, I cry. To be able to see their happy faces, the smiles (after running on the treadmill), it’s just pure joy.”
Dogs who get to take part in the Run Buddy Mobile treadmill program get more than a fun exercise session, they also get much needed exposure. AARM features videos of the dogs who are enjoying the treadmill on its Facebook page and sometimes the social media boost leads to an adoption.
Even if a dog isn’t noticed in a Facebook video, their odds of finding a new home are improved because of the treadmill enrichment program. Why? Dogs who get to exercise are calmer (and happier!) which means that they are more likely to be adopted.
Learn more about Run Buddy Mobile here.
Follow Arizona Animal Rescue Mission on Facebook here.
Maricopa County Animal Care and Control on Facebook here.