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Cardio for Canines

06/16/2016 by: Amanda Coburn, Special Events, Development, & Media Coordinator

Beginning on Saturday, June 25th, 2016 people in the Evansville area can get their morning exercise by walking or running with a homeless shelter dog from the Vanderburgh Humane Society through the brand-new Cardio for Canines program!

Participants will come to the rear entrance of the VHS (the Intake/Surrenders lobby) on Saturday mornings at 8:00 am. A staff member or volunteer will select for them a dog of the appropriate energy level and temperament. At 8:30, all participants will leave the shelter for a walk/run through Garvin Park! Sessions will end no later than 9:30 am.

This pilot program, still in its infancy, is designed to benefit both human and canine. Evansville has been criticized far too often for being an “obese” city with many programs & organizations devoted to helping people in the area stay healthy. Cardio for Canines is a great way to get active while helping a homeless dog at the same time. VHS shelter dogs spend about 22-23 hours a day in a kennel. They can mentally and psychologically deteriorate from a lack of exercise and human interaction. Programs like this help the dogs get much-needed exercise, socialization, and good ol’ fashioned fresh air & sunshine.

Cardio for Canines is the brainchild of VHS staff member Lauren Schmitt. An avid runner, Lauren is passionate about humans being healthy & active. But she is even more passionate about animals, particularly shelter dogs who often get overlooked for adoption because they are too high-energy or barking too much in their kennel. She and her friends and family are volunteering their time to make Cardio for Canines a success.

Water will be provided in Garvin Park for humans and dogs. Please consider bringing a bag of soft, smelly treats as a donation to use for the Cardio for Canines program!

Children, strollers, and wheelchairs are welcome, but participants actually walking dogs must be 18+. The VHS wants to emphasize that people of all fitness levels are welcome at Cardio for Canines. From marathon runners to leisurely walkers, everyone is welcome! At the end of the day, the main goals are for people to get active and dogs to get much-needed exercise & enrichment. The dogs will love you whether or not you’ve done a 5K!

More information about Cardio for Canines can be found under their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Cardio-For-Canines-672639419540250/?fref=ts.

Download a registration form & release below. Print and fill them out in advance to save time at registration!

Cardio for Canines Registration Forms
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Surrenders 1312
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       Adoptions 768
       Rescues 110
Euthanized 85
Animals Altered
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