Humane Society starts program to walk shelter dogs

Grab a leash and get ready to head out to the bridle path along Central and Bethany Home Road, the Arizona Humane Society launched a new program today walking shelter dogs.

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton was out for a late morning stroll today. "It's a perfect idea, we love our Arizona Humane Society," said Greg Stanton.

Leading the pack so to speak of volunteers kicking off a new program with the Arizona Humane Society. "It's just another one of those programs to increase awareness of our shelter pets," said Bretta Nelson.

Nelson said the dogs who call the Sunny Slope shelter home are exercised on a regular basis, but the new bridal path program allows volunteers to pick up a pooch and head down the 2 and 1/2 mile path along Central and Bethany Home Road.

"I think it will make a huge difference, I think it will decrease the length of stay for our pets, it will enrich the lives of our volunteers even more because how do you bond when you're walking or biking," said Nelson.

The new program allows volunteers and dogs to get exercise and the dogs can meet potential new owners as they are walking down the path.

"It helps them socialize, it helps then burn off energy, it's a much more natural environment for them when they're home in a new adopted home they're going to be out getting exercise," said Dr. Steven Hansen.

The tree lined trail has already proven a favorite among the four and some three legged pals, all eager to return as often as possible.

If you're interested in volunteering with the Arizona Humane Society visit www.azhumane.org
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