High School Cross Country Team Takes Lonely Shelter Dogs On Their Morning Runs

August 15, 2016 | 3 Comments » | Topics: Animals, Humanity

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.

“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.


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  • CountryBoy

    Great stuff! Let’s have more stories like this!

  • Truth Seeker

    Not sure if the kids or CC coach came up with this great idea but they really did a wonderful and kind act for the lovable mutts. Hopefully then continue on a regular basis.

  • Yvette Gatewood

    Love it.