The Richardson Animal Shelter has announced a new program designed to get adoptable dogs out into the community for more human interaction and more stimulation. Called “Doggy Day Out,” the program begins Sunday and enables dog-loving volunteers to spend time with a dog away from the shelter for a variety of experiences, from a walk in the park to a whole weekend hanging out at home. The volunteers will take notes on the dogs’ behavior to help Shelter staff and potential adopters be better informed.

Participants must be 18 years of age or older with a valid driver’s license, and will be chosen via an application process. Once chosen, they register as a Shelter volunteer and attend a volunteer orientation. The Shelter provides participants with several items for each dog including a leash, collar, doggy seat belt, water bowl and crate if needed. Applications may be found at the Shelter’s website and at the Shelter.