Michiana Humane Society launches new program to help shelter dogs

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (WNDU) - If you are looking to fetch some fun with a furry friend this summer, the Michiana Humane Society in Michigan City is launching a new program that allows you to take a dog out for a day.

“Animals who are here at the shelter have a chance to get out of the shelter and destress a little bit,” staff veterinary technician Becky Blackmun said.

It’s exactly what it sounds like: allowing community members to socialize with shelter dogs on field trips for a day.

Outings can last two hours or until the shelter closes. It can include hikes, a trip to the beach, even a lunch at a dog-friendly restaurant, and it’s all free.

“We request the minimum of a two-hour trip. That gives us a definitive to judge if it has a good effect on them or not,” Blackmun said.

The Michiana Humane Society says the program is not only a great way dog-lovers can enjoy the company of a dog, it also helps shelter dogs relieve stress from being in a kennel all day.

“It affects the stress levels of the animals. Actually getting out for a short, brief field trips and how it helps show better in the shelter,” Blackmun said.

Each person who signs up for the program will be matched up with a specific dog based on their previous pet experience.

While adopting a dog may be biting off more than you can chew, fetching some fun with a furry friend for a day may be the right bone to pick, according to shelter welfare research assistant Ally Verba.

“I found that a lot of the people that were a little bit hesitant at first, after Day 1 and Day 2, they were ecstatic to have the program and learn so much about the dogs,” Verba said.

If you want get involved in the Fetch Some Fun program, you can make an appointment with the Michiana Humane Society by calling 219-872-4499.