Field Trips for Shelter Dogs

We’ve always known that breaks from kennel life are good for dogs. Now, science confirms that. A recent study showed that spending the night at a volunteer’s house significantly lowers the level of the stress hormone cortisol in shelter dogs.

Our 33-run kennel is one of the things that sets us apart from foster-based rescues. We can move quickly to help a dog (or dogs) in need because we never have to scramble to find a place for them to stay while awaiting adoption. At Riverview, there’s always room at the inn.

At YGRR, we’re committed to every aspect of our dogs’ well-being during their stay with us. Our volunteers and staff give them loads of attention. Dogs have playtime. They go for walks on our wooded trails. And anyone who’s seen our social media posts, know they’re not lacking for toys.  But just as we humans need to get away every now and then, our dogs do, too.

That’s where field trips come in. When we sense a dog needs a break from the kennel, we recruit a trusted volunteer to take her out for a short jaunt, a day trip, or an overnight. Some dogs stay with volunteers until they’re adopted.

Our dogs return from day trips tired and happy. They come back from overnights well rested. And with their bright-yellow “Adopt Me!” bandanas, they’re walking advertisements for adoption.  During their outing, the volunteer picks up valuable insight into the dog’s personality, which they pass along to our adoption coordinator, Devon Spirka. Devon uses this information to create a more complete profile for potential adopters. As with everything else we do at YGRR, the ultimate goal of the field trips and sleepovers is to release our dogs from the kennel permanently and into the perfect home.