Volunteers team together to lead dogs from Maricopa County’s animal shelter on walks.

MESA, Ariz. – As part of a regular event at Maricopa County Animal Care and Control (MCACC) in Mesa, close to 100 dogs will be exercising this weekend.

The One Love Pitbull Foundation and the organization Hope Whispers host it once a month.

Numerous volunteers arrive and are matched with a dog to walk them around the shelter.

“Being a dog in a kennel at a shelter is not fun, so this event allows them to get out, meet perhaps their future owner, stretch a little, and perhaps get some treats along the way,” said Kim Powell, director of communications for MCACC. “So the dogs here are having a fantastic day,”

Despite pausing during the pandemic, Hope Whispers has continued doing this since 2014. Many attendees of this meeting are still new.

Volunteer Kristen Kinney remarked, “I thought what a fantastic thing to do on a Saturday morning.” “I felt it would be a fantastic family activity to undertake,” she said, adding that she brought her husband and son.

These volunteers are not only giving the dogs a great workout but also a lot of affection, which the dogs will gladly repay.

I hope people will come out and possibly adopt one, Kinney added, “even if they bark or ignore you in their kennel.”

The group often does this on the final Saturday of each month.

Find out more about their meetings: https://www.facebook.com/hopewhisperswalk/

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