Dog sleepover for adoptable pooches

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Holiday sleepovers are planned for dogs with hoped-for new families over Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Year’s day.

Pooches get extra love and attention during days when the shelter is closed, according to the Franklin County Dog Shelter which says the extra socialization is good for the animal’s mental health.

The shelter is asking for participating families 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.

Best of all, families all over Franklin County will get to bring the love of a new canine friend into their homes for the holidays, and experience what it might be like to make a permanent puppy addition to their families with no long-term commitment.

“So many families have great memories of dogs at their holiday get-togethers,” said Kaye Dickson, Director of the Franklin County Dog Shelter in a news release.  “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,” Dickson concluded.

At the same time the shelter announced a new family volunteer program. 

The new family volunteer initiative will be tailored to small family-sized groups and provide them with opportunities to help out at the shelter and, best of all, bond with each other while spending time with the dogs, the release said.

“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,” Dickson concluded.

Anyone interested in either the Holiday Sleepover or family volunteering programs should email for more information.

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