For the Love of Pets
Wednesday Dog Walking with the Animal Shelter
Every Wednesday beginning in June, the Animal Shelter of the Wood River Valley brings a vanload of friendly, active dogs looking to go for a hike out Adam’s Gulch. The "Hikin' Buddies Program" has long been a tradition of the Animal Shelter and has made Adam's Gulch the place to be every Wednesday during the fall and summer months in Sun Valley.
From 9:30am to 1pm the dogs are tethered, waiting to go, and once you sign in you are assigned a dog to take. Volunteers will get a dog for you, tell you a little bit about it and send you off for some fun. You are welcome to hike a shelter dog with your own dog, and we even have some that enjoy going for bike rides. If you have any questions about the dog, there are lots of trained volunteers to assist you--we always try to match people with a compatible dog. The program is so popular these days that it is not unusual for people to get there early, just to ensure they have a dog to walk.
This program is a great way for the dogs to get out for some exercise and socialization, and it gives the community a chance to see Animal Shelter dogs in action. When asked why the program is such a hit, Animal Shelter Manager, Robin Potts, said, “People enjoy spending time with animals, and feel good about volunteering. This is a great way for people to support the local Animal Shelter, possibly adopt a dog and enjoy this beautiful area.” Hikin’ Buddies is fun for both locals and people visiting from out of town.
Over the years, many lucky dogs have been adopted as a result of Hikin’ Buddies--some traveling long distances to their new homes and some moving in just down the street. One dog, Mele, had been in foster care for months and made an appearance at Hikin’ Buddies while her foster parents went to work. While she waited to go for a hike, some visitors to the valley saw her and were immediately drawn to her. After hiking her for about an hour they knew they had to adopt her. She is now living the good life in Washington and has the most wonderful home.
So, with another six weeks of summer and early fall still to come, there’s still time to participate in this great program. Bring the kids, your friendly dog and come on out on Wednesdays to see what all the excitement is about. You’re sure to have a great time while supporting your local Animal Shelter.
For more information about the Hikin' Buddies Program, visit here.