Floridians will be able to rent a dog for up to two hours as a part of the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando’s “National Hound Around Town Week.” Participants will be able to take a furry pal around town to approved locations.
The Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando is celebrating its 83rd anniversary by dedicating a whole week to its new “Hound Around Town” program.
To commemorate the occasion, they will be offering animal lovers a chance to “rent” a shelter dog from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. during the week of Monday, September 23 through Sunday, September 29.
You can take a furry friend to an approved location to enjoy the sunshine and fresh air seven days a week during the designated hours, according to Pet Alliance. You can go for a walk, relax in a park, or head to your favorite pet-friendly restaurant.
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They are encouraging participants to post pictures of their excursions on social media using the hashtag #houndaroundtown to get the word out.
“The outing is perfect for members of the community who do not want the long-term commitment of adopting, but still want to help out dogs who need a day out,” said Executive Director Steve Bardy.
“Not only is a nice day out for the participant but taking animals out of the shelter environment for a ‘break’ has been proven to improve their behavior, as well as give them exposure to potential adopters,” Bardy continued.
In order to participate in the program, you must be at least 18 years old and have a valid driver’s license. Pet Alliance notes that the dog must be leashed at all times. You will also need to fill out an application and watch a video in order to be approved.
"By implementing this initiative, we hope to encourage the more than 5,000 shelters around the country to create programming like this that connects their shelter dogs with their neighborhoods and communities. Plus, dogs love being social,” said Brady.
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