3 volunteers posing for a picture with a brown dog on leash in front of them.

Dogs Around Duval: Exploring with ACPS's Dog Day Out Program

We're thrilled to spotlight the Dogs Around Duval program at Animal Care and Protective Services (ACPS). This innovative short-term foster program allows you to take a dog from our shelter on an exciting day trip, providing an enriching experience for both you and the pup.
What is Dogs Around Duval?
Dogs Around Duval is Jacksonville’s version of the national Dog Day Out program. This is a fantastic initiative where members of the public can take shelter dogs on short-term outings. Whether it's a refreshing hike, a fun-filled trip to the beach or lake, or even an overnight sleepover, these field trips offer a perfect escape for the dogs and their temporary caregivers.
Benefits for Shelter Dogs
1. Stress Relief: Life in a kennel can be stressful for dogs. Doggy Day Out provides them with a much-needed break, reducing their stress and anxiety levels.
2. Energy Burn: Dogs are naturally energetic animals. These outings give them an excellent opportunity to burn off energy, keeping them happier and healthier.
3. Adoption Exposure: When you take a dog out, you're not just giving them a fun day. You're also increasing their chances of finding a forever home. The more people see these dogs in public, the more likely they are to get adopted.
Why Participate?
Participating in Doggy Day Out is a rewarding experience for both you and the dog. It's an excellent excuse to explore the great outdoors, enjoy the company of a furry friend, and contribute to a noble cause. Whether you're hiking a scenic trail, playing fetch at the beach, or simply cuddling on the couch, these moments create lasting memories.
How to Get Involved
Getting involved is simple, stop into ACPS to learn more about the program and sign up for an outing and please join the volunteer run facebook here (ACPS Dog Day Out Crew | Facebook) Each adventure you embark on with a shelter dog helps improve their quality of life and increases their chances of finding a forever home.
Join the Fun
At ACPS, we encourage you to take part in this incredible program. It's a wonderful way to make a difference in a dog's life while enjoying some fresh air and fun. So, why not plan your next adventure with a canine companion from ACPS’s Dogs Around Duval program? You'll be glad you did, and so will the dogs.