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Dog Day Out Program Gives Shelter Dogs a Break

Sep 23, 2020 12:00AM ● By By Allison Harris, Sacramento County 

Program to the public allows applicants to check out a dog for a day. Photo by katja/Pixabay

SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA (MPG) - Sacramento County’s Bradshaw Animal Shelter is offering a new Dog Day Out Program to the public that allows applicants to check out a dog for a day. The program was created and is being implemented by Sacramento Shelter Pets Alive (SSPA) – an organization that works within the shelter to offer daily enrichment and behavior training, adoption counseling and promotions, as well as outdoor playgroups for the shelter’s large breed dog population. The Dog Day Out Program gives shelter dogs a break from the stresses of shelter life which can be loud, unfamiliar and sometimes scary.  

Many shelter dogs have already benefited from program activities like: Hiking; Walking along the river; Picnicking at the park; Grabbing a ‘puppucino; Cuddling on the couch.

While we continue to face many uncertainties this year, “this program is helping to lift spirits in our community,” said Sacrament Shelter Pets Alive Director, Delyse Gannaway. “It’s about improving quality of life for our community and our animals.”

Individuals 18 years of age and older can apply by filling out an online application with SSPA. The organization then matches applicants with an available shelter dog and a curbside checkout is scheduled. 

The Dog Day Out Program is not the only new shelter service available to the public during COVID-19 modified operations. Those interested in adopting a shelter pet can view a list of available pets online then call the new adoption appointment line a 916-875-2287 between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. daily (except holidays). Those interested in fostering can now apply online.

Walk-in licensing services are also available between noon and 4:30 p.m. Tuesday – Sunday, at 3839 Bradshaw Road, Sacramento CA, 95827 and online via the Bradshaw Animal Shelter’s website. Along with these new services, the monthly Rabies and Vaccinations Clinic at the shelter resumes with modified outdoor operations on Oct. 15 from 3 – 5 p.m. 

To view modified operations and services available at the Bradshaw Animal Shelter, visit the FAQ page online

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