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Video: High School Cross-Country Team Invites Lonely Shelter Dogs On Their Morning Run

“I am not sure who was more excited and having the most fun.”

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Dogs need lots of love and exercise to stay happy and healthy. But what about all those lonely shelter dogs that just sit in cages all day and can’t exercise? Well, one California high school cross country team decided to change that and invite shelter dogs from Santa Barbara County Animal Shelter to run with them every morning during their practices. And we all know that running with a furry companion can make it less tiring and more fun.


We recently came across this Facebook post from 2016 and we just love this story. We hope this becomes a regular thing, and that it inspires other cross-country teams to try it out, too.

Students from St. Joseph High School Cross-Country Team, in California, decided it would be nice to invite the shelter dogs along for their first ever “Dog Run.” So, each team member was paired with a dog partner before heading out for their morning run as one great big happy group.

Coach Luis Escobar posted on his Facebook account:


“This morning me and the Saint Joseph High School Cross Country Team conducted our workout at the County Animal Shelter in Santa Maria. With the help of Stacy Silva we successfully completed the first ever team Dog Run! Each team member was assigned a dog and we went out for a couple miles around the shelter. I am not sure who was more excited and having the most fun…the dogs or the kids. Either way, it was a great time and I am sure we will do it again sometime soon. Thanks Stacy Silva and Geoff Clinton.”

It was downright adorable. Take a look at this video!


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Written by WRC Staff

Women’s Running Community (WRC) was created to inspire girls and women to choose health and wellness over our culture’s harmful obsession with having the “perfect” runner’s body type, weight or shape. Our goal is to educate the world that health, beauty, and wellness come in many forms and that no one body type, shape, size, culture or weight is more worthy of respect, love and acceptance than another. We want to challenge the industry leaders and media creators to expand their vision of what a runner or being healthy looks like.



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