Firefighters Take Shelter Dogs Out For A Walk And Everyone Has A Blast

Six firefighters decided to take a group of shelter dogs out for a walk, and the pups could not have been happier.

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The pups and the firefighters were all smiles on their walk. Via Arlington County Fire Department/Facebook
Chrissa Hardy

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.
 

Posted by Arlington County Fire Department on Friday, November 3, 2017

 
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.
 

Posted by Arlington County Fire Department on Friday, November 3, 2017

 
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.
 

Posted by Arlington County Fire Department on Friday, November 3, 2017

 
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.'”

Everybody wins.

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