Become a Doggy Day Out volunteer! Take a shelter dog out for just a few hours a day so they can exert pent up energy as well as be mentally stimulated to new experiences and people!
Volunteers give our active, large breed dogs (that tend to pull on the leash and don't quite yet understand good manners but are otherwise great dogs) a mini vacation from the shelter by taking them on day or overnight outings in the area. Hikes, beach days, some chill time in a home or dinner at a dog - friendly restaurant are all common outings our dogs enjoy.
By taking out a DDO dog, you can help them get adopted too! You’ll meet people who might be interested in adopting a DDO dog and sharing photos and videos of your DDO dog with us helps us spread the word about them on social media.
Q: How does Doggy Day Out work?
A: We send out two to three dogs per day, every day of the week! Dogs may be picked up between 9 a.m. – 9:30 a.m., and brought back to the shelter any time before 1 p.m.
Q: Can I take a dog out any day of the week?
A: We have Doggy Day Out volunteer shifts seven days a week throughout the year. Weekend dates tend to book up faster, so we encourage volunteers to sign up for weekdays. Volunteer dates are booked out several months in advance.
Q: Can I pick which shelter dog I want to go on Doggy Day Out with me?
A: Our staff picks dogs based on who will benefit the most from some time away from the shelter.
Q: Can my personal dog and the Doggy Day Out dog hang out together?
A: Unfortunately, no. Not all Doggy Day Out shelter dogs get along with other dogs, so volunteers should avoid places where dogs are largely off leash (like a dog park), and shouldn't introduce him/her to any other dogs, including their own.
Q: What should I bring with me when I pick up a dog?
A: Your paperwork, and that's it! We'll supply a doggy seatbelt for the car ride, leash, harness, poop bags, treats, water bottle, contact information, and anything else you may need for the day.
Q: How can I help a Doggy Day Out dog get adopted?
A: We love it when Doggy Day Out volunteers take photos and videos of their adventures with their canine buddy for the day. You can send photos and videos, and great stories to firstname.lastname@example.org, or post them on Facebook or Instagram and tag @humanesocietysv.