It's a rare treat for many rescue dogs to get to run around and play with other pooches…or even interact with humans. Most of the time, they're kept in small, cramped kennels while they await their forever family's arrival.
But that doesn't mean the dogs don't need — and crave — attention from the outside world. Not only does it help them to become properly socialized, it also ensures that the dogs are healthy thanks to the much-needed exercise.
That's why what the St. Joseph High School Cross-Country team did for a bunch of shelter dogs is especially sweet. They go out on frequent morning runs…but just the other day, they decided to bring some new friends along for the fun.
First, they went to the Santa Barbara County Animal Shelter to pair each runner with an adoptable dog!
Then they were off for a few miles of running near the shelter!