Want to Jog With a Shelter Dog?

An Oklahoma animal shelter is hoping to recruit volunteers to “Jog A Dog.” The Animal Rescue Foundation, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is starting the new program to provide potential adopters with the opportunity to try out a dog before they make the huge adoption commitment, reported News on 6.

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Ashley Midgette, manager at the adoption Center at LaFortune Park, explained the easy process to News on 6, “When someone comes in they’re going to fill out this volunteer application, just front and back,” she added, “It’s only got a few questions on there so it’s pretty easy.”

Dogs who are “checked out” from the adoption center are fitted with a bright yellow harness that says, “adopt me,” along with a matching leash, before heading out to nearby trails at the park with their human borrower.

The program is similar to a wildly popular outing that dogs at  Santa Barbara County Animal Services were able to enjoy this summer with the St. Joseph High School cross-country team. The outing, which paired runners with homeless dogs, was such a huge success that future outings for the dogs (with volunteer humans!) are planned.

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Regardless of whether or not someone winds up adopting a dog on one of these doggy checkouts, it’s a fun outing for a dog who is otherwise spending his or her days in a kennel run.

Interested in becoming a shelter volunteer? Click here to learn what is required. Of note, volunteers under the age of 18 years must be accompanied by adults on dog “jog” outings.

Penny Eims

Penny is a freelance writer who provided content to her National Dog News column at Examiner.com for 8 years. She is a current contributor to Fido Friendly Magazine, as well as a newly formed website, Pet Rescue Report. Penny is married and she has two rescued German shepherds and two kids.