Help Walk a Shelter Dog in The Park!
A walk in the park
We want to make it easy and fun for you, your friends, family and neighbors to get involved to help.
Not only can your time commitment be minimal but we also will make it as convenient as possible for you to sign-up.
Every dog walker who participates will make direct impact by providing their shelter dog exercise, a break from the stressful shelter and contribute to finding them a home.
So, what do you say? Join our dog force this Summer.
Your walk matters.
Every day shelters across the nation euthanize hundreds of thousands of animals because they don't have space. Approximately 3.9 million dogs enter the shelter system each year in the USA. Approximately 1.3 million are euthanized.
Chicago has a few open admissions shelters, which means they legally must take in every animal that is surrendered by their owner or picked up as a stray found on the streets. Chicago Animal Care and Control alone helps anywhere between 16-20,000 homeless animals and only has about 300 kennel spaces for housing. Shelter dogs are lucky if they get 2 walks a day.
Even the best managed and kept shelters are extremely stressful and isolating for dogs that often times become depressed and very anxious.
To increase the number of foster & adoptions for shelters
To help provide different network exposure to shelter dogs
To make it fun & convenient for people in our communities to help find dogs homes
South Suburban Humane Society was our partner for our Summer, 2020 program
in Mt. Greenwood Park.
Our program was a huge success, we recruited over 2,000 dog walkers and found 40+ dogs foster and forever homes last year!
We are excited to announce partnership with The city of Chicago, Chicago Animal Care and Control next year.
We are also potentially expanding to two parks this Summer, Mt.Greenwood Park & Skinner Park in the West Loop.TBA.
Enrichment, exercise, love and attention
Exposure to a larger network of potential adopters and fosters
Increases the chance of them being fostered or adopted faster
They get a chance to be the dog they want to be and not stressed, isolated and/or scared.
Make a difference with little commitment
Help raise awareness that your dog is a great candidate for foster and/or adoption
Get out of the house, and get some exercise
Being with companion animals helps with anxiety, depression & increases overall mental health
A fun activity to do with your family that costs no money
Shelters OR Rescues
Increase their number of foster homes
Increase their number of adopters
Creates more exposure and brand awareness for the organization
Providing the organization with more information about the dog's personality that helps them get fostered/adopted
Provide the organization with professional photos to help better market dogs
Bring this program
to your park!
A $199 gift will contribute to purchasing a van to transport more dogs to more parks
A $99 gift will contribute to the cost of tents to shelter dogs and people in the parks
A $15 gift buys a harness for a shelter dog to participate in the program
A $12 gift buys a "adopt me" bandanna for a shelter dog to participate in the program
A $10 gift buys a shelter dog a leash to participate in the program
A $5 gift buys a collar for a shelter dog to participate in the program
A $5 gift buys a bag of ice to keep them cool in baby pools