At the animal shelter people who get approval can take a dog out for the day. Some of us are not able to foster because of rental agreements, other dogs, young children, etc….The next best thing to fostering is taking a dog out of the sheltered environment for a break. This could be for 30 minutes to a weekend overnighter.
I did my first DDO last Saturday and I’m addicted! Of coarse for my first adventure, I took Hinkley whom you can read about in my former blogs. I really wish I could bring her to my home but they ask us not to bring them into an environment with other dogs. Since I have two beautiful boxers living with me, I could not bring her to a home environment but we had a beautiful day together.
Our day out consisted of cheeseburgers, two park visits, a hike, and a leisurely roll in the grass and nap, well for Hinkley, that is. I just watched her enjoy herself and my heart was doing cartwheels.
The other purpose of a Doggie Day Out is to help the dogs get exposure so they can get adopted. When people come into the shelter, they have no idea what jewels are hidden in those kennels. All they see is the outside of the dog: not it’s personality. A lot of dogs get overlooked or passed by and for the staff and volunteers who work with these dogs every day, it breaks our hearts.
Some dogs are so stressed out inside the kennel but once out and away from the strangers coming through and the dogs passing by, they become a whole new dog. On Doggie Day Outs you see a dramatically different dog. They become relaxed, playful, and more loving.
My beautiful, shy Hinkley rolled in the grass and took a wonderful nap. I got to see another side of her personality and it was beautiful.
Today when I went to the shelter, I saw this adorable girl get excited to see me.
Sometimes right after a DDO a dog will get immediately adopted. But sometimes they don’t. Fostering and DDO’s give people a chance to get to know a dog and many dogs end up getting adopted by their fosters but even if they don’t they get “seen”.
Dog shelters really need YOU! Why not take a dog out for a few hours or a few days. This is an awesome opportunity for you to help give a dog hope! I recently hit my 200th hour of volunteering. If something ever happens where I can’t walk anymore, I still plan of doing Doggie Day Outs. I hope those reading this will consider brightening up the day of one special dog.
If you would like to know more about Hinkley click on this web address Hinkley’s Adoption Info