The SPCA animal shelter in Lakeland, Florida, has introduced an innovative program to get more exposure for shelter dogs. Dubbed as the “Rent A Dog” program, this initiative allows people to rent a dog free of charge, and take them out for some fun and enrichment.
This program is specifically targeted at people who are unable to adopt pets, or want to test whether they are ready to bring a pet home. The users can choose the pooch they want online, and take them out for 2 to 4-hour-long trips to the park, long walks, doggy treats, or any other fun activity.
So far, this program has been a major success in the community. The dogs get a much needed chance to break the monotony of the shelter life, while they also get a stronger chance at adoptions. The word-of-mouth by the renters is really going strong, and the SPCA hopes to expand this program across other shelters.
A lot of parents have also used this program to see if their kids are ready for pets. We think this program is a genius idea and is one of the coolest initiatives for pet-welfare that we have seen in recent times. If you want to check out the dogs available under “Rent A Dog”, do visit their website – SPCA Florida Rent A Dog.
Click the video below to watch the personal experiences of two renters who had a great time with the shelter dogs!