Written by Jess, a PWP Volunteer and former staff member
Walking dogs is one of my favorite Pets without Parents volunteer activities. I sometimes take my dogs to the shelter to walk them with some of the dogs there, which is a great socialization opportunity for both my dogs and the adoptables while providing them all with the exercise they need. However, you should only do this if you get permission and are experienced enough to handle any problems that may arise.
On this trip, I walked my dogs first with Tavie (ADOPTED!) and then with her mother, Toya(ADOPTED!). Both of these hound mixes were easygoing and great with my dogs.
Tavie is an amazing happy-go-lucky girl who was glad to walk with us, but also perfectly content to stay put and have a roll in the grass while I stopped to talk to another volunteer. She seemed very calm for her youthful 6 months, though she definitely has that puppy energy!
Her mother Toya is a petite pup with a great personality. She walked well on the leash and was outgoing and friendly with my dog Beau, but knew to give my other dog, Luna, some space (Luna sometimes gets overexcited around strange dogs). Her good canine social skills will be an asset if she goes to a home with other dogs.
These girls are laid back and incredibly friendly, and I’m sure they will make fantastic pets. Visit the shelter to meet Toya and Tavie, or any of the other available dogs. If you’re not looking for a pet at the moment, register for volunteer orientation and you can help Pets without Parents make a difference in the lives of homeless cats and dogs.
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