Firefighters Run with Shelter Dogs

At the Arlington County Fire Department in Arlington, Virginia, physical fitness is a crucial component of the job. The crew works out every day in order to maintain their physical strength, which got them thinking about how they could take their activity to the next level. That’s when they contacted the Animal Welfare League of Arlington (AWLA) about bringing shelter dogs along on their daily walks and runs. It began as a community service effort but really ended up being much more than that for both the dogs and the firefighters, too.

AWLA//Facebook

So, what began as a cool idea turned into something that made heads turn at the local park. At first, they thought the firefighters might walk a dog or two, but as luck would have it there were six dogs at the shelter that all got along quite well with one another. The dogs named Sasha, Maybelline, Naomi, Levi, BB, and Dory all headed out for a run together alongside their new firefighter friends. They were quite the sight, too: the group included a pit bull, husky, Chihuahua, Papillion, Staffordshire Terrier, and a Chihuahua mix. Though they all varied in both size and breed, but the group really enjoyed their time together when heading out on their runs and walks with firefighters.

AWLA//Facebook

To make the most of their time together, the firefighters brought the dogs to a local park for at least an hour. This gave the dogs time to enjoy their outdoor time and really get all their smells in—of trees, grass, and whatever else they could discover along the way. Best of all, this exercise makes the dog even more adoptable, helping people to understand they aren’t just “shelter dogs,” they are great companions. All that exercise is a great benefit to the dogs, who the shelter say are much happier and calmer thanks to the outdoor time.

AWLA//Facebook
Next Article
ADVERTISEMENT
  • Man on Bike Gives Ride to Puppy in Need

    Colombo the puppy had a lot of bad luck for such a young dog. He didn’t seem to have a friend, and was living outside as a stray dog in the Columbus, Ohio area. Then, he was hit by a car. But things soon looked up for the dog who indeed found a friend to...

    Read More
  • Firefighters Don’t Stop Until They Save Puppy

    It was like any other day for the Evans family, who headed outside to take their little puppy MJ for a walk in the neighborhood. Then, without warning, the puppy suddenly disappeared. They had no idea what happened—one moment she was there, the next she was gone. As they looked closer, they realized there was...

    Read More
  • Dog Gets Mugshot After Police Run-In

    The Cape May Police Department in New Jersey is tough on crime. So, when the precinct received a call about a delinquency in progress, they jumped into action. As it turns out, the said crime was committed by a fluffy, four legged “criminal.” A little pug somehow managed to escape from her owner’s yard and...

    Read More
  • Puppy from Pet Store has Health Issues

    Moose is not a ‘normal’ dog. His face has an odd shape and he has an underbite. Sadly, he also has a laundry list of health problems that means he visits the veterinarian’s office quite often. But to his mom, a woman named Jennifer Osborne, none of that matters. Jennifer and her husband purchased Moose...

    Read More
  • Dog so Happy to Find Owner

    There is a woman named Lyn Crawford and she runs a Mississippi based volunteer group called the Jackson Friends of the Animal Shelter. This purpose of this group is to adopt out pets who were found on the streets by local animal control. However, she received a very special request recently. Lyn received a phone...

    Read More
  • 100 People Comfort Shelter Dogs

    The shelter can be a very scary place for a dog. On the Fourth of July, that experience becomes even more frightening for dogs everywhere—but especially in the shelter. The sound of fireworks can be stressful and scary for dogs, so to help ease the stress of the experience, a shelter in Arizona tried a...

    Read More
  • K9 Officer Shows off Special Talent

    John Allen and his K9 partner Spike are both specially trained officers for the Romeoville Police Department, located in the state of Illinois. The pair work side by side every day, working to keep their community safe. However, K9 Spike is a multi talented dog whose skills extend far beyond his abilities to help fight...

    Read More
  • Dog Chews Through Leash to Escape Heat

    There has been a heatwave hitting most of the country, making areas like Arizona see temperatures of 111 degrees Fahrenheit. Being outdoors for even a few minutes can be dangerous for humans and animals alike, and could lead to heatstroke or sunburn—or even death. So, it was unimaginable that someone would leave a dog outdoors...

    Read More