Franklin County Dog Shelter offering new holiday sleepover and volunteer programs

FILE - Franklin County Dog Shelter. (WTTE)

The Franklin County Dog Shelter announced two new programs Friday.

The first is a new initiative called "Holiday Sleepover" in which interested Central Ohio families can take a dog home for three days over Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Year’s. The dog shelter says because the shelter is closed those days, the program provides the pups with some extra love and attention.

Families wanting to participate will be asked to take pictures of the dog in their care and write up a paragraph about the experience, which will be used to help find a permanent home for the dog.

“So many families have great memories of dogs at their holiday get-togethers,” said Kaye Dickson, Director of the Franklin County Dog Shelter. “And plenty of people are looking for some extra companionship at this time of year. The Holiday Sleepover program will get the dogs out into a new setting for a few days, bring some extra joy to the holidays for some Franklin County families, and help out with adoption in the long run.”

The second program is a new family volunteer program. The new program is tailored for small family-sized groups and will provide them with opportunities to help out at the shelter. The dog shelter says socialization with different people is excellent for the animals’ physical and mental health, and helps avoid behavior problems that can make it difficult to find a willing permanent adopter.

“For so many of us, dogs are a special part of our family,” said Dickson. “But not every family can adopt a dog full-time. This program will provide an opportunity for families to spend time together, including with a loving dog, and will help staff at the shelter and improve the dog’s long-term outlook.”

Anyone interested in either program should email for more information.

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