JOGGERS PROMOTE ADOPTION OF HOMELESS DOGS - “Our primary mission is to connect Philadelphia runners with homeless dogs as running companions.”
An organization in Philadelphia called the Monster Milers is made up of joggers who take shelter dogs running to provide exercise, training, and fun to make the dogs more adoptable. The dogs wear a vest that says “Adopt Me” in order to raise awareness. Here’s the story from philly.com:
Carrie, 30, of Bella Vista, truly is running for her dog. Carrie is the founder of Monster Milers, a group of 250 volunteers who visit animal shelters and take the bored, homeless dogs out for a run through Philadelphia while they wait for adoption.
“The entire idea is that dogs often backslide while in shelters; the stress causes them to act out, which makes them harder to adopt,” said Carrie. “So when we get that energy out, they’re calm and relaxed and people are more likely to adopt them. Just like people feel more centered after a run, the regular exercise helps dogs get through a very confusing, and often scary, time in their life. We often run the same dogs on a daily basis until they’re adopted.”
I love it when people think of creative ways to help dogs and promote dog adoption. Exercise is one of the best ways to make dogs more calm and manageable. Hopefully these canine joggers find permanent homes soon. Click here for the full story. The official website for the Monster Milers is here, and their Facebook page is here.