The high school running team brings lonely shelter dogs for their morning run


In August 2016, the cross-country running team at St. Joseph High School in Santa Maria, California, decided they’d like to invite their local shelter dogs along for a run.

Also, the staff at Santa Barbara County Animal Shelter were delighted to let their dogs out in the sun and stretch their legs a bit.

By all accounts, it was a blast, and team coach Louis Escobar wrote on Facebook, “I’m not sure who was more enthusiastic and more fun … dogs or kids.”

When I saw the running video on Facebook, I couldn’t help but smile, and I wasn’t alone. The video was viewed by hundreds of thousands of people, including drivers and coaches from other schools.

“When we got back, I posted something about it on our Facebook page,” Escobar told the Santa Maria Times. “Almost immediately, it got hundreds of shares and thousands of likes. I got calls from coaches and athletic directors across the country asking about it.”

What started as a fun ride with local lodging dogs seems to have spread to entire schools.

The run was a success locally, and the students had already taken the dogs out for a second run.

I can not be happy because it’s excellent for dogs, and it takes them into the community and increases their chances of adopting quickly.

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