The Michiana Humane Society is working hard to give shelter dogs a better life, including launching a new program called Fetch Some Fun.
When it comes to helping animals in shelters, there are often times when we don’t have the resources to adopt a pup. And even if we want to help, we may not have the time or experience to volunteer in the ways we may want. However, thanks to the Michiana Humane Society, there is a new program that will allow people a unique chance to help shelter dogs.
According to WNDU 16, the Michiana Humane Society has introduced a program called Fetch Some Fun, which will allow people to take a dog out for the day. This summer program is a new idea that would let someone interested in helping a shelter dog give their time, without the level of commitment that adoption entails.
Fetch Some Fun will let someone take a dog for at least two hours to go for a hike, head to a dog friendly patio for a meal, or even go to the beach. Whatever you want to do that will allow the pup a chance to get out and destress is encouraged by the Humane Society. And while the minimum amount of time allowed is two hours, you can actually have the pup all day, as you can keep the dog with you until the shelter is closing.
A veterinarian technician for the Michiana Humane Society explained that the program is a chance to let shelter dogs get out of the shelter, destress, and socialize. They shared that the reason they require at least a two-hour commitment to the dogs being taken out for the day is to give the shelter, “a definitive to judge if it has a good effect on them or not.”
Not only is Fetch Some Fun a great way to let the dogs in the care of the Humane Society relieve stress, but it is also an amazing opportunity for dog lovers. Even a brief field trip can be a great experience for a pup, as it gives them a bit of an escape. And when it comes to the people taking the pups, it is a chance to give back and enjoy some doggy time without the commitment of adoption.
Anyone who signs up for the program will be matched with shelter dogs based on their past experience with pets, as well as personality. Think of it as a matchmaking service between people and pups.
If you are in the Michigan City area of Indiana and are interested in taking part in the Fetch Some Fun program, the Michiana Humane Society is accepting appointments to help match pups and people. (And check out their Instagram account for great videos of some of the dogs leaving for their day of freedom and fun.)
Honestly, we love this idea because it is not only a great opportunity for people looking to help shelter dogs, but this is also a great thing for the dogs themselves. We believe more Humane Societies should look into programs like this and find ways to not only help dogs in need get out of the shelter for a while, but also allow the community to volunteer in new ways.
What do you think of the Fetch Some Fun program? Would you participate in this program if you were given the opportunity? Tell us what you think in the comments.