Really? This is National Walk Your Dog Week? Will we never stop setting aside days or weeks or even months for the obvious? Isn’t walking your dog near the top of the dog-care list after feeding them and keeping them safe?
Of course, there are dogs out there who don’t get walked much or at all—and no lazy pet parent is to blame. Some shelters don’t have the resources to make sure every dog gets a daily constitutional. Breeding dogs in puppy mills or dogs used in experiments might never feel lawn or pavement under their feet. Even well-cared-for-pets can hit a patch of inactivity when their people are busy or, worse, sick.
So this week, why not take a look around and see if there’s a dog you can help to some fresh air and exercise.
- Do you have time to volunteer at a shelter to walk dogs on a regular basis? Check with local animal control and nonprofit organizations or find a fit through Volunteermatch.org.
- Do you have a neighbor, relative or a friend who could use some backup on patrol?
- Can you get involved in the effort to stop the use of dogs in scientific experimentation? PETA has long protested animal testing.
- Join ASPCA's fight against puppy mills?
Walking a dog is a privilege and a joy—so let’s spread it around.