High School Cross-Country Team Invites Shelter Dogs On Their Run

Living in an animal shelter, although very much habitable, can be less than ideal based on the history of all animal shelters. The animals are often contained in small crates with no real beds, and in the middle of August I’m going to make the assumption they’re not kickin’ back with central AC.


Not the reality of a pet shelter

This story takes place is Southern California where it is even hotter than it is in Upstate NY, according to data, there the most unlikely of heroes, a high school cross country team, came along last week to give the dogs at The Santa Barbara County Animal Shelter a little straycation.

The St. Joseph Cross Country team wanted to take all of the dogs at the shelter on their morning workout run – a multi-mile loop around the shelter. The shelter was on board (as were the dogs, duh) and after each runner was paired with a pup, they were off.

The results were incredible.

“I am not sure who was more excited and having the most fun … the dogs or the kids,” team coach Luis Escobar wrote online. “Either way, it was a great time and I am sure we will do it again sometime soon.”


If I learned anything today, it’s that this is an incredibly valuable form of community service, along with the fact I think Frank is my spirit animal.


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Frank “not havin’ it”


Had this trend been around when I was in high school, my cross country career would have lasted more than a week.



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