Adopt A Pal in Winnipeg

Adopt A Pal in Winnipeg

Animal shelters are full of animals that are just waiting for someone to take care of them and bring them to a place they can feel safe at and could call it home. Animal Services introduced the Doggie Date program a few months ago and said they saw an immediate reaction from people who wanted to participate. The idea is so that people instead of adopting the dog right away, now they can take dogs and puppies for a week, weekend or even just one day, to kind of give that puppy a try.

The rescue says this winter has been demanding, with a lot of strays needing to get out of the frigid temperatures the province has been dealing with.

The team is always looking for fosters and volunteers to help out.

Now you can get a dog for a weekend, take care of it and enjoy your time around one, the kids can play with a dog in the backyard or take it out for a walk, you can see the reaction of a dog and the children, also how your other pet will react, like cats and other.

The program became so popular they are now reaching out to local shopping malls and asking them to take part by allowing Doggie Dates there. Animal Services chief operating officer, Leland Gordon said yesterday that Kildonan Place is already on board and they are going to reach out to other malls as well.

Gordon says each dog is equipped with a bright orange "adopt me" vest, which lets people know that the dogs are looking for permanent homes. He says since the program started a few months ago, they've had 10 dogs adopted through it.

He says there is a deposit to go on a Doggie Date, but it is refunded as soon as the dog is returned. The deposit is the equivalent of the adoption fee someone would pay for the dog if they were taking it home permanently.

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