TOLEDO, Ohio — Are you unable to adopt a dog right now but still looking to get your puppy fix?
Then the Toledo Humane Society's "Tails Around Toledo" program is perfect for you!
It's a field trip program that allows members of the community to take out a shelter dog for trips to the park, a pet store or maybe even just to your couch.
Community members can take the dogs for a couple hours to a day.
These outings are designed to let the humane society know what kind of personality the dogs have outside the shelter environment, which can reduce kennel stress for the dog and lead to better adoption matches.
The humane society says Tails Around Toledo has been popular with the shelter's current volunteers, and has led to more adoptions with adult dog participants!
"We've seen lots of other shelters across the United States implement different programs like this," THS marketing Morgan Korecki said, "and we've been having a beta or trial run with some of our volunteers who have been bringing out some of our dogs to the community. It's been super duper successful. We've gotten a lot of great information about the dogs, plus seeing them come back tired, happy, after a long day adventuring in Toledo. It's been really great to see."
If you're interested in being part of the program, you can sign up on the Toledo Humane Society's website.
Participants will be provided with the supplies necessary for the field trips, and the shelter can offer options to accommodate most schedules. Field trip opportunities will be offered Sunday through Friday every week.