Shelter Dogs Enjoy Morning Training Run With High School Cross Country Team

About 12 dogs were able to run with the team out of Santa Barbara, California.

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The St. Joseph High School Cross-Country Team trained with several shelter dogs, getting them some much needed exercise and free time. Via St. Joseph Athletics/Facebook
John Virata

A California high school cross country team decided to change things up during summer workouts and, in doing so, they let the dogs out.

The St. Joseph High School Cross-Country Team in Santa Barbara, California, partnered with the Santa Barbara County Animal Shelter to get shelter dogs out of their enclosures and onto the trails and running paths where the team trains.

The team was able to give around 12 dogs a reprieve from being in the shelter by taking them on their morning run August 4. The dogs seemed to enjoy being out as well, although one pooped pooch had to be carried part of the way.
 

Got a pretty cool cross country team (& coach!). Taking dogs from the animal shelter on a Morning Jog! If you see a dog you like, go adopt!

Posted by St. Joseph Athletics on Thursday, August 4, 2016

 
“I am not sure who was more excited and having the most fun… the dogs or the kids,” Luis Escobar, former coach of the cross country team, posted on his Facebook page. “Either way, it was a great time and I am sure we will do it again sometime soon.”

If you live near Santa Barbara, California, and want to adopt a dog, contact Stacy Silva at (805) 934-6981. You can also visit the Santa Barbara County Animal Shelter-Santa Maria Facebook page.

When running with dogs, you should start off slow and add distance gradually. Get more tips for running with your dog here.

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