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Don’t fret dog-lovers… there’s a program that allows you to “time-share” dogs… ethically.
The Monster Milers is a group of runners who run the PAWS (Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society) dogs to “connect Philadelphia runners with homeless dogs as running companions”. Benefits for the pups are giving them exercise, time out of the shelter, and a little bit of runner’s love. The running outlet for these canine pals have resulted in less frantic behavior when adopters meet them – and much faster adoptions.
Founder of the group, Carrie Maria is owner of the Monster Minders Dog Walking… and even came up with this amazing idea on a run of hers! USA Today, Runners World and a lots of news media have done stories on the volunteer efforts.
Because of my current
lack of dog ownership ability under present circumstances hectic schedule and love of dogs, I started volunteering with this group last Fall. All of the dogs I run are absolutely incredible and always so excited for some ‘people’ time. Bad stereotypes about pit bulls? Just spend 1 run with dogs like Emerson or Chelsey, and realize it’s just a bad rap for these happy lovebugs. (Post-runs, I love stretching and hanging with the dogs – although they occasionally think they’re lap dogs during a belly rub.) And besides, who wouldn’t want a 60-80 lb dog to kick their ass and step up their exercise regime? Luckily I can’t adopt a dog currently, or I’d probably turn into a PAWS dog hoarder featured on Animal Planet. (kidding! )
Want to volunteer or simply help support this program? Check out the Monster Milers website, Facebook, and Twitter! Also, stay tuned for the upcoming benefit run – Rescue Run 5K – currently in planning stages.
Posted by Julie
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