How do I get involved ?
There are insurance and identification forms to fill out so make sure you download them off the website of your local shelter before you go in, then book in for an induction and the staff will show you around and get an idea of your experience with dogs and before you know it you will be bounding around with some of the most enthusiastic running partners you can find. Just remember to post a photo of your new training partners to RYF facebook page so we can share it and help find them forever homes.
When can I do it ?
Every shelter has different opening times. Please check out the the website of the shelter you are interested in helping for more details.
Do I have to be fit to do it ?
NO! There are dogs of every fitness level too. The best thing is ALL of them are excited to be your training partner.
Can I take my children ?
Not at this stage. I have not found a volunteer program yet that can accommodate for those under the age of 18.
Can I take any dog ?
It is a case by case scenario and there will be some restrictions at some pounds. Some of the restrictions are;
– impounded dogs – dogs which have been picked up by a ranger or escaped and are waiting for their owners to (maybe) pick them up. These dogs can usually go for a run or walk but cannot be put on social media or advertised.
– behavioural issues – dogs which have some issues which only staff can handle.
Then there are the adoption dogs. Dogs which have been impounded past the necessary waiting period, have had their behavioural and health issues sorted and are now looking for someone to love!
Where can I take the dogs ?
This is a tricky one so always refer to staff of your local shelter first. I generally just go for a run direct from the pound but some dogs won’t even need to leave the compound. In some instances you may be able to take dogs on a day trip! But remember ALWAYS let staff know your intentions, what they say goes.
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FIND AN A RESCUE SHELTER
Rescue Your Fitness is always trying to increase the number of allied shelters with volunteer programs listed here. If you are a shelter that could use some helping running your dogs and re homing them or you are another passionate volunteer that is looking for a shelter near you that isn’t listed please don’t hesitate to contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org