Ariz. Humane Society launches new dog-walking program

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX -- If you're looking to adopt a dog, you may only have to look as far as your morning walk.

The Arizona Humane Society (AHS) is launching an off-campus dog-walking program for adoptable dogs housed at AHS' Sunnyslope Campus.

As part of the "Bridle Path Program," volunteers will take dogs on a daily walk along the bridle path, hoping to increase exposure to pets looking for a forever home.

The 2.5 mile path offers a shady, tree-lined trail in central Phoenix which runs along the eastern side of Central Avenue from Bethany Home Road to the Arizona Canal north of Northern Avenue.

"We don't have a lot of space in our Sunnyslope shelter. This is an opportunity for these guys to get out, get the exercise they need," says Bretta Nelson of the Arizona Humane Society.

"Since our Sunnyslope Campus lacks walking paths and has limited space within our play yards, the program is a fun new way for both AHS pets and volunteers to get some fresh air, and maybe even meet their new pet parent along the way," said AHS President and CEO, Dr. Steven Hansen.

"This is a fantastic opportunity for everyone in our community to get out and get fit while having a lot of fun," said Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton. "As much as it means for the walkers, it means even more for dogs and raises awareness about the Valley's homeless pets."

The Bridle Path Program is one of a variety of new programs the Arizona Humane Society has launched in the past year in an effort to better showcase their adoptable animals.

In May of 2014, AHS unveiled Waggin' Wheels, a 25-foot mobile adoption unit that takes AHS pets on the road to adoption via various events throughout the Valley.

"This is just another one of our initiatives this year to raise awareness about shelter pets and see what we can do to adopt out just one more," says Nelson. "And if that one turns to ten, turns to 100, turns to 1000, that's even better."

Every pet deserves a good life. This passionate belief has driven the Arizona Humane Society to serve a critical role in the community for nearly 60 years. AHS rescues, heals, adopts and advocates for homeless, sick, injured and abused animals.

For information visit www.azhumane.org.