Take a Rescue Dog for a Run
as featured in Runner’s World Magazine
Email received from Janette Jordaan, urging runners to take four-legged friends on runs with them
Uitsig Animal Rescue Centre in Fisantekraal just outside of Durbanville. The rescue centre is a pro-life organisation that rescues all types of animals. We have a small group of dedicated walkers that exercise the dogs on Saturdays.
Unfortunately, with over 300 dogs, we don’t get close to giving them each a walk. I’m writing to tell you about the Huskies that are currently resident at the Uitsig Animal Rescue. The Huskies are the dogs that are probably the worst suited to the environment of a rescue organisation. I am contacting you to see if you may have any members that might be interested in combining some of their training with that of exercising our Huskies. It certainly will be a good workout as our Huskies are always ready to go – or perhaps you can arrange group outings/community initiatives and this may be something suitable for you to consider. As a volunteer walker myself, I can affirm to the fact that time spent exercising the dogs at Uitsig is very good for both one’s soul and one’s soles.
It is extremely good exercise, the dogs are very good company and it is a good way to get rid of the frustrations of the week.
One of our newer volunteers via another running club is Sonja, she comes out regularly to run with the Huskies, has become passionate in her desire to help them and has also taken on the project of trying to market the Huskies in new ways in order to try and find them suitable homes as soon as possible. As a runner herself, Sonja feels the perfect owner of a Husky is someone that is active and enjoys running. The benefits for both runner and Husky are great. The runner gets a wonderful running companion (and security guard) and the Husky gets all the exercise that it needs. Sonja would like to encourage interested runners to join in with the exercising of the Huskies at Uitsig.
Should you be interested contact Sonja by email on firstname.lastname@example.org and she will tell you about the volunteer running program and answer any questions that you may have.