Cross country and shelter dogs: a match made in heaven
If there’s a medal for best volunteer activity, St. Joseph High School’s cross country team just won it. How? By taking a group of shelters dog out on the cutest dog run in history.
About 12 dogs took part in the group run. “It was a win-win for both the cross country team and shelter dogs,” said Stacy Silva, community outreach coordinator for Santa Barbara County Animal Services, The Independent reported. “Tired dogs equal happy dogs.”
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It wasn’t just the runners who got a work out either! This tuckered pup is a perfect example.
Named Fred, his high school running companion saw he was getting worn out. So he did the only reasonable thing: carry the dog over the line. Luis Escobar, team coach, shared this adorable Facebook video of the group’s outing. A few miles long and not far from the shelter, the run was a huge success for all involved.
“I am not sure who was more excited and having the most fun…the dogs or the kids,” he wrote. “Either way, it was a great time and I am sure we will do it again sometime soon.” Coach Escobar told reporters that he idea was born in response to community service hours required. “I just thought it would be a great idea to get the kids together with some of the dogs and go for a run,” he shared. “And that’s exactly what we did.”
Shelters are stressful for fur babies. Short term or long term, they leave a mark on the fur baby who lives there. Fresh air and exercise with new friends can never be emphasized enough, for people or fur babies. Plus, this little run helped drive home the importance of helping others. And of course, this is only the beginning of the trend. I don’t think it’ll be a surprise for anyone if cross country teams nation wide pick up the idea. Coach Escobar says he’s hoping to open the next season with a full team dog run.
Since shelters are always short of volunteers, they’ll have no problems with this idea.
If you’re in the Santa Barbara area and interested in adopting a dog or donating your time to the shelter, contact Stacy Silva at (805) 934-6981.
(H/T to ScaryMom)
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