It’s up to you! You can take them on a car ride to go get a pup-cone, take them to your home for a few hours for play time and naps, or hang out with them around Kansas City for a the day. Just let us know when you want to bring them back and we’ll be ready for them. Weekends are also a great option!
Dog Day Outs give our pets a much needed “break” from the stress of the shelter. They also help us learn about that pet’s behavior and their likes, dislikes. This helps us find them homes faster.
KC Pet Project actually participated in a study years ago about the effects that Dog Day Outs have on shelter dogs, which are outlined in this great article here. “Stress does not increase once dogs return to the shelter. Dr. Gunter says that you can think of a sleepover as a day off from work after a hectic work week. Stress returns once you go back to work, and it returns once the dog goes back to the shelter. But that break allows you to rest and recuperate from stress.”
The opportunities are endless!
Often, we select dogs who have been with KC Pet Project for a longer period of time to give them a break out of the shelter. These dogs benefit greatly from this time and it helps us market them to potential adopters.
“It’s such a great program! Not only does it give the dogs a break, but its a way to discover valuable information for their adoption bios. A personalized bio can help them get adopted faster. It’s the perfect volunteer opportunity for people who aren’t in a position to foster. With 3 dogs of our own, it’s so much easier for us to do the one day thing. I love having that option!”- Kelley, KCPP Volunteer