January 24, 2023
Someone let the shelter dogs out – and it’s enriching their lives and bringing greater visibility to some amazing adoptable dogs. Lucas County Canine Care & Control is proud to announce they are expanding their existing Dogs on the Town, or DOTT program, which pairs approved volunteers with shelter dogs for field trips to include members of the public as well. Outings can last from a few hours to all day, and can include a hike at an area Metropark, a nap at a participant’s home, or some shopping at a dog-friendly business. Adoptable dogs are out on the town exploring the 419 and loving it!
The DOTT program was originally created for our volunteers to help reduce kennel stress by giving the dogs a break from the shelter and providing dogs with enrichment and increased visibility. Outings give the shelter valuable insight on how the dogs behave outside a shelter environment. It’s also a great excuse to spend a day doing something new or exploring T-town!
Participants will have business cards for their dog in case they meet a potential new family, and harnesses that say “adopt me” to bring visibility to the dog they have out. It is such great exposure for the dogs as well as a much-deserved break from the stress of shelter life. Individuals interested in the becoming a DOTT program participant, must be at least 18 years of age and can sign up for a field trip spot at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040848AAAC2EA0F85-snout2
Similar programs at shelters across the country have been enormously successful, and Lucas County Canine Care & Control is excited to introduce this to our amazing dog loving community. Be on the lookout for an LC4 DOTT dog near you!