AnimalsCity of Dallas Volunteer Program

Doggie Daycation: Four Legged Best Friend for a Day

Help prepare a dog for their future fur-ever home by joining the Doggie Daycation Program. Take a pre-identified dog out on the town to give them exercise, mental stimulation, meet new people, and have quality time with you!
Aug 22, 2019
5 Hours
120 Needed
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Spend your summer with a four legged best friend- take a dog out for a Doggie Daycation!

Dallas Animals Services new Doggie Daycation Program is an opportunity for you to take a dog out for the day and get pics, video, share stories of your outing together, and introduce the dogs to new experiences and people! You will enrich the lives of our dogs by giving them a much needed break from the shelter while learning about who they are, which helps them find their fur-ever home!

Express interest in this opportunity and the Volunteer Coordinator will contact you to discuss orientation dates and getting you trained to meet your new Doggie Daycation buddy!

Dogs selected for the program:

  • Dogs are pre-selected for this program and are:
  • Play Group evaluated
  • Have been at DAS 2+ weeks
  • No Upper Respiratory Infection/Symptoms
  • Can be heartworm positive
    • These dogs should not be taken on runs – walks only
  • We will consider allowing dogs for this program that are not on the approved list on a case-by-case basis

Requirements to volunteer for this program:

  • Completion of Orientation through Dallas Animal Services
  • Turned in signed volunteer agreement to the Volunteer Coordinator
  • Attended and passed canine training
  • Verification of the above prior to participating in the program
  • To participate in this program you must be 18+ years of age.
Express interest in this opportunity and the Volunteer Coordinator will contact you to discuss orientation dates and getting you trained to meet your new Doggie Daycation buddy!

Rules for the Program:

  • As a Daycation Travel Guide, you will be expected to take dogs to the assigned appropriate places and follow training for safe interactions and agree to the following:
  • Your Dog Daycation travel experience will not include known off leash dog parks, nor will you allow your chosen daycation dog to be off leash. 
  • During the time away from the shelter, you will not allow your dog to meet other animals and will keep an 8-foot bubble from other animals while on leash. All potential meet and greets should occur either back in the facility or, if you decide to become a foster, they can happen by the guidelines in the foster handbook. 
  • Provide any necessities for basic care that might occur after take-off! 
  • Food, Shelter, Water, Rest Stops, etc. 
  • You will not leave your dog unattended, ever. 
  • You agree to contact your original point of contact if an incident occurs. 
Dogs can go out Thursday through Sunday. There are specific times you will be able to come to the shelter to sign the dog out.
Staff will show you the available list of dogs for the program
You will be given the appropriate equipment for the dog
You will be given a dog report card to fill out to share what you've learned about your canine friend during your outing!

Thank you for being a part of this life-saving and enriching program!

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