New program allows animal lovers to take a dog out for a day


JENNIE: PET LOVERS WHO CAN’T IMMEDIATELY ADOPT A DOG CAN STILL SPEND QUALITY TIME WITH A FURRY FRIEND. BRAD: NEWSCHANNEL 6’S RENETTA DUBOSE GIVES US A LOOK AT WHAT DOGGY DAY OUT IS ALL ABOUT. RENETTA: DOG OWNERS GET TO TAKE WALKS, PLAY FETCH AND EVEN CURL UP ON THE COUCH AND ENJOY TV WITH THEIR FOUR-LEGGED FAMILY MEMBERS. BUT THOSE WHO ARE NOT PET OWNERS HAVE A CHANCE TO DO THE SAME THING FOR A FEW HOURS EACH DAY. AUGUSTA ANIMAL SERVICES WORKER: “THIS IS MERCEDES.SHE LOVES TO SUN BATHE.THAT’S HER FAVORITE THING TO DO.” RENETTA: AUGUSTA’S ANIMAL SHELTER DOGS SPEND A LOT OF TIME LOCKED UP INSIDE. RENETTA:NOT ANYMORE THOUGH.A NEW PROGRAM, DOGGY DAY OUT, TAKES THEM FROM ANIMAL SERVICES… RENETTA: TO THE STREETS. ISIS CAPTAIN/VOLUNTEER: “IT’S SAD TO SEE THEM INSIDE THE CAGES.THEIR SAD FACES, YOU CAN TELL THEY’RE SUFFERING.” RENETTA:ISIS CAPTAIN LIVES IN ARMY BARRACKS WHERE NO DOGS ARE ALLOWED. BUT SHE SPENDS HER FREE TIME WALKING AND PLAYING WITH HER ADOPTED PET STU THAT SHE CAN RETURN. GABRIEL CABRET/VOLUNTEER: “GOOD GIRL. LOOK!MAXI!” RENETTA:GABRIEL CABRET TOO.AND ONCE MAXI WAS ALL SET TO RIDE OUT. RENETTA:NOT EVEN THE RAIN COULD KEEP HER FROM FULFILLING HER ROLE AS MAN’S BEST FRIEND.THE PROGRAM ALLOWS PEOPLE TO DO WHAT TYPICAL DOG-OWNERS DO, LIKE JOG IN THE PARK, GO FOR A STROLL DOWNTOWN OR DOGGY CUDDLE. GABRIEL CABRET/VOLUNTEER: “HAVE THEM HAVE A GOOD TIME AND AT THE SAME TIME SEE HOW WELL BEHAVED AND HOW PLAYFUL HE IS AND THAT’S MUCH OF A BETTER OPPORTUNITY FOR THEM TO GET ADOPTED.” CRYSTAL ESKOLA/INTERIM DIRECTOR: “THESE DOGS ARE TERRIFIC DOGS.THEY HAVE PLAY GROUPS, BUT ACTUALLY BEING OUT IN THE COMMUNITY, WALKING AROUND LOWE’S, ENCOUNTERING OTHER DOGS OR WHERE EVER THEY ARE GOING TO GO IS JUST A TOTALLY NEW EXPERIENCE FOR THEM.” THEY ARE GOING TO GO IS JUST A TOTALLY NEW EXPERIENCE FOR THEM.” RENETTA:A LOT OF DOGS ARE STRAYS, SO CRYSTAL ESKOLA SAYS VOLUNTEERS HELP COLLECT NEEDED INFORMATION TO MAKE THE DOGS EASIER TO ADOPT. CRYSTAL ESKOLA/INTERIM DIRECTOR: “THE FACT THAT THEY LIKE TO RIDE IN THE CAR, THE FACT THAT THEY CAN SIT, THEY LOVE TO FETCH, THE LOVE TO GO IN THE CANAL.ALL OF THAT IS GOING TO HELP US FIND THE NEXT PERFECT ADOPTER FOR THEM.” RENETTA:THAT’S ONLY IF THE VOLUNTEERS GETTING THEM OUT DON’T ADOPT THEM FIRST. GABRIEL CABRET/VOLUNTEER: MY KIDS, OF COURSE, FELL IN LOVE WITH MAXI.I DON’T MIND THINKING ABOUT TAKING HER HOME, BUT AT THE SAME TIME I HAVE TO TALK WITH MY WIFE.” RENETTA: ANOTHER CAVEAT TO DOGGIE DAY OUT– ANYONE WHO SEES ONE OF THESE DOGS OUT THIS WEEKEND WITH A YELLOW “ADOPT ME” LEASH CAN ADOPT THAT DOG ON THE SPOT. ALL YOU NEED IS 25 BUCKS AND YOU CAN BEAT THAT DOG BACK TO ANIMAL SERVICES TO COMPLETE THE PAPERWORK.BUT HURRY, BECAUSE THE PRICE GOES UP AFTER THIS WEEKEND. JOHN: WE WILL BE BACK IN JUST A FEW MINUTES WITH MORE

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