If you are like us and aim for those daily 10,000 steps but sometimes fall short, we have the perfect solution. Volunteer to walk dogs with Citizens for Animal Protection (CAP), a no-kill animal shelter in West Houston.
The weather is eventually going to lose its fiery grip and the kids are going back to school and treadmills are boring. So if you love dogs and want a reason to walk- look no further than the CAP volunteer dog walking program. Volunteers register for a regular shift as many times a week as they want, it could just be you, you and family members or meet a friend and walk dogs for a shift of your choosing. The walking choices include walking dogs around the property or you can take the larger dogs on longer walks in George Bush Park, as the CAP property is adjacent.
Every dog in the shelter is walked at least twice a day to ensure they get exercise and one-on-one attention. However, dogs that have been waiting longer to get adopted need extra exercise, attention, and mental stimulation to keep them healthy and happy. Volunteers age eighteen and up can train to take these long-term residents on long morning walks in George Bush Park to lift their spirits and burn off extra energy
All you need to do to get registered is take a 2-hour orientation class on an upcoming Saturday and meet with a mentor to learn the specifics of the kind of walking you want to do.
CAP is a great shelter and prioritizes the mental and physical health of the animals under their care. Every animal that is exercised is first thoroughly screened for health and behavior issues, so you don’t have to worry about getting down the trail and having any problems.
It’s even possible to manage your volunteer schedule from home. If walking the dogs isn’t your thing, there are lots of other ways you can help Houston’s homeless pet population, click this link to find out.
Now get out there and get your steps with your four legged friends!
- Minimum volunteer age of 14 years old.
- Attend a Volunteer Information Session and receive hands-on training.
- CAP requires a minimum volunteer commitment of 4 hours a month for 6 months.
- All volunteers under 18 years of age must have a parent or legal guardian sign a legal release.
- Youth volunteers age 14-15 must be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian at all times while in the shelter.