County residents can help care for local animals while receiving exercising.
Volunteer dog walkers are needed at the Prince William County Animal Shelter.
The Manassas-based agency is looking for adults who can help with its new dog walking program one or two hours a week, according to a release from the county.
Canines and their walkers both benefit from the program.
Volunteers will be able to spend time with animals and their furry friends will gain time away from the shelter, according to Animal Control Bureau Administrative Support Assistant Beate Begley.
“It’s a win-win situation. We give the dogs enrichment, which means that they’re going out there walking. Maybe they come back and chase a ball for a while. That’s mental stimulation,” Begley said. “Physical and mental exercise go together. It makes the dogs so much more workable and more adoptable.”
In addition to exercise, the dogs will learn social skills and how to walk on a leash.
Those interested in volunteering may download and fill out an application that’s available online.
After bringing the form to the shelter that’s located at 14807 Bristow Road, applicants will receive informational and hands-on training.
To learn more about program, contact Begley at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-792-5168.
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