Become a Doggy Day Out (DDO) volunteer! Take shelter dogs out for a few hours a day so they can take a break from the shelter and experience some new things!

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 chance to experience hikes, beach days, some chill time in a home or brunch at a dog-friendly restaurant!

By taking out a DDO dog, you can help them get adopted too! You’ll meet people who might be interested in adopting. Sharing photos and videos of your DDO dog with us helps us spread the word about them on social media.

“I cannot imagine a time now where this wasn’t part of my life. What a difference this has made to me.”


– Susannah Greenwood


Q: How does Doggy Day Out work?

A: We send out three to four dogs per day, every day of the week! Dogs may be picked up between 9 a.m. – 10:00 a.m* (pick up times vary based on if it is your first shift or not!), 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 you to sign up for weekdays. 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: Nothing! 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, or post them on Facebook or Instagram and tag @humanesocietysv.

Q: How do I sign up?

A: Read the Doggy Day Out Volunteer Manual for more details on the program to ensure this is a good match for you!

After reading the Manual, you want to sign up, fill out our online volunteer application. Once you fill out the application, email us at to sign up for your first shift. We’ll follow up in 3-5 days.

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