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Stressed-out shelter dogs seeking weekend staycations, says Winnipeg Humane Society

Larger breed dogs, like King here, are in need of some weekend relaxation, says the Winnipeg Humane Society.
Larger breed dogs, like King here, are in need of some weekend relaxation, says the Winnipeg Humane Society. Winnipeg Humane Society/Facebook

Want to get a doggy but not sure about the full-time commitment?

The Winnipeg Humane Society is hoping to send a medium or large size dog to loving homes for the weekend this summer.

Called the Weekend Staycation Program, it’s run through the foster department and is for larger dogs that are experiencing stress or discomfort in the shelter.

“Winnipeg is … a great place to have a staycation,” said Kyle Jahns, spokesperson for the WHS. “We want dogs from our shelter to share in that experience with you by having a staycation of their own.”

The goal is to allow a dog a weekend off to help them relax and reduce their stress, he said.

As well, participants who join can get a taste of what it’s like to foster or adopt a dog, Jahns added.

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“The Weekend Staycation Program gives people an opportunity to develop their skills and confidence caring for these canines for a shorter amount of time.”

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It doesn’t just have to be on the weekends, said Jahns. People who have the week off and want to take the dog for a few days can do so as well.

It’s a great program for dogs who are more comfortable in homes rather than in shelters, where they don’t always show off their best behaviour due to the noise and general busyness, Jahns added.

Those who wish to participate can register at the WHS website. Applicants will be matched with a dog depending on their living situation, and it’s hoped fosters will take them around the city.

People who take part will be given all supplies and food needed for the weekend, along with a vest for Rover to wear that says “Adopt Me” on it. Participants are also encouraged to share pictures of their weekend with their foster pooch on social media, with the hashtag #WHSstaycation.

“It’s another set of eyes on the dogs,” said Jahns. “It brings the Humane Society outside rather than people coming to us.”

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