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Volunteer and Get Fit With Fido

Exercise and volunteering can seem like extras in our lives that we just don't have time for, so why not combine the two? There are organizations such as Get Fit With Fido in Seattle where you can volunteer to exercise shelter dogs. Walking or running with a dog is a great skill you can offer, and not only will the pooch love the attention and fresh air, but you'll also benefit from the furry companionship. Not to mention, both of you can stay fit together. Another plus is that when you take the dogs out, you can help them find a home faster since more people will get to meet them. Obese dogs that trim down will also find homes quicker since pudgier pooches tend to get overlooked by people wanting to adopt. Exercised dogs are also calmer and train more easily, so their good manners and friendly demeanor are also a bonus for prospective pet owners.

So if you don't have your own dog to run with, borrow one that is in need of your love and attention. Call up your local shelter to see if they offer programs where a group of volunteers take dogs out together. If they don't, I'm sure they'll be excited to have you exercise dogs on your own. Go on your lunch break once a week, a few times a week, or for longer workouts, go on your days off.

lovesickblues111 lovesickblues111 8 years
Ohhh wish I could do it
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I used to do this! I would volunteer at the Humane Society, which had three really nice, wooded walking trails that were about a mile long each. I'd take each dog for a mile run and I ended up running about 3-4 miles per day when I'd go over there. It definitely helped calm down some of the bigger, more hyper dogs!
J-Rabbit J-Rabbit 8 years
Great idea. I'll look into it!
aistea311 aistea311 8 years
Is there anything like this in South Florida Fit? Dogs would be a great motivation for me to walk. I have a cat and he isnt big on walks :meow:
Lo-Lo291303 Lo-Lo291303 8 years
Awww I love this! And that puppy is adorable!
cg130 cg130 8 years
What a great idea!
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 8 years
I used to volunteer in Charlotte and I was a dog walker. I'd take the pooches to the local park where we both got exercise and it got people's attentions to go check for pets at the local shelter.
syako syako 8 years
I know they do this in DC too. After the dogs have been exercised, they're taken to adoption events so that the potential owners can see the dog on their best and calm behavior. :) I've been meaning to call my shelter and get involved. It's such an awesome idea.
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