Sometimes the simplest acts of generosity yield the cutest results. That’s certainly what a group of firefighters in Arlington, Virginia, found when they decided to provide some community service by taking shelter dogs out for a run.
“As a crew, we work out every day to maintain physical strength. And we figured, ‘Why not take the dogs out for a run, too?'” Taylor Blunt, a firefighter and paramedic at the Arlington County Fire Department, told The Dodo.
A team of six firefighters took the pups out for over an hour, and walked with them, ran with them, let them smell all the smells, and eventually chilled out with them on the grass in a local park.
And the dogs weren’t the only ones who had fun.
“I can’t have a dog right now, but I’ll tell you what — it’s very, very nice to be able to walk a shelter dog because they deserve it and they need it,” Blunt said.
Chelsea Lindsey, communications specialist at Animal Welfare League of Arlington, also noted how it’s great for potential adopters to see the dogs outside of the shelter.
“People see all these different types of dogs… as individuals,” she told The Dodo. “It makes the dogs seem more like normal dogs — not ‘shelter dogs.'”