Doggie Date allows you to interact with deserving shelter dogs in an environment of your choice. Plan an afternoon or a weekend of fun, and we’ll hook you up with the perfect canine companion. There’s no cost or commitment, only good times—and potentially, a few kisses—ahead.
In addition to shaking up your routine with a unique experience, Doggie Date offers a host of benefits for all those involved: the dogs, the shelter, and the participants.
Complete an application either at the shelter or online. It make take up to five business days to process your application and once you're approved, you'll receive an email. Please check your junk email folder or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you don't hear from us in a week. If you applied while the program was closed due to COVID, please reapply. We received thousands upon thousands of applications, and we'll be able to expedite the approval process if you simply re-apply. Thank you for your understanding!
Once you're approved, email email@example.com to schedule a date, and let us know if you have particular dogs in mind. Otherwise, we'll select a dog for you based on your experience, intended activities, and date length. Currently, we're offering two types of dates: afternoon dates and weekend-long (Friday until Monday) dates. Plan to leave your own dog at home if you have an afternoon date. And plan to bring your dog in for a meet and greet with potential dates if you're having a weekend-long date.
Pick up time is between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., Monday to Friday. We’ll provide you with the essentials—a collar, leash, and waste bags, plus food and a bowl, if needed. We’ll also provide you with basic instructions and ensure you’re comfortable with your date. Then you will simply sign a liability waiver, provide valid identification, and take off. You’ll need to return your date by “curfew."
No matter what sort of activities you do, while you’re out, you’ll take a gratuitous number of pics, and of course, you’ll please remember to share and tag us (hint, hint).
When you bring our dog back to the shelter, you’ll also bring back a completed scorecard. Was your date a sparks-flying 10 on a 10-point scale? You’ll tell us all about your time and the pup’s behavior.
In the future, you can take the same dog out, or meet a different dog.
As a participant in the Doggie Date program, you agree to:
A grant from the Petco Foundation makes Doggie Date possible! We are forever grateful to this organization for the support they've shown our shelter and animals.