Staff and volunteers pour their hearts and souls the dogs at Animal Services, but there are simply too many shelter dogs for them all to get as much exercise and engagement as they need.
Without enough exercise, and constantly exposed to the noise and stress of the shelter, dogs become anxious and traumatized, leading to behavioral problems which keep dogs from being adopted and send them towards euthanasia. Potential adopters never get to meet the real dog. Instead, they see a hyped up version that often won’t engage.
Taking shelter dogs on outings serves two essential purposes:
- The dog gets exercise, stimulus, and training so that she can behave calmly in the shelter and attract potential adopters.
- People get a chance to meet the dog outside of the shelter environment, letting her show her wonderful true colors.
We understand that it can be intimidating to take a dog out for the first time. Contact Alachua County Animal Services to sign up for volunteering, then contact us and we’ll arrange to meet with you at the shelter, help you choose and get to know a dog, and get you started on your outing.
There are also group outings periodically, which are a great way to get started. Let us know if you’d like to be involved in a group outing.