4000 N. Silverbell Ave, Tucson, AZ
*********Starting at 5:00 pm this week!********* Meet in the west parking lot. Please park on the gravel at the south side of shelter. I will be there rain or shine but will cancel or delay in the case of a serious thunderstorm.
Those who have already done a group run can start running/walking right after signing in. The rest will receive a quick briefing first and sign a guest waiver.
Please RSVP if you are attending! ********************IMPORTANT INFO******************** ****PLEASE READ BEFORE PACC GROUP RUNS****
We meet at 5:00pm in the West parking lot of PACC 4000 (N. Silverbell RD). PLEASE PARK ON THE GRAVEL "LOT" on the south side of the shelter if possible so we don't fill up the customer lot.
The first few mins will cover rules and orientation. Then the dogs will be brought out to us by volunteers. If you have volunteered before you may skip the briefing and go straight to running!
If you can't make it right on time, no problem! Come anyway and we will brief you and get you set up. We can run the dogs in the park behind the shelter and part of the Santa Cruz river path (The Loop) for up to one hour (including cool/down and cuddle time).
I will have leashes and some treats and poop bags but you are welcome to bring more.
Dogs will be returned to their kennel by volunteers as we finish up. Volunteers have teal green t-shirts.
****Guidelines for running***:
Dogs (unless they are kennel-mates) should not be allowed to interact, touch noses etc since they don’t know each other yet. You may run near each other but will need to keep some distance and gauge things based on the dog’s behavior and reactivity. This includes any dogs in the park. Always remember to keep a "bubble" around you and your dog. Many of these dogs were selected because they are very strong and energetic. Don’t take a dog you are not comfortable with. Ask for another partner if necessary.
Never, EVER let them off their leash or let go. Dog park is OFF LIMITS!
Please scoop poop! Don't forget to grab a bag or 2.
Please watch your dog closely for any sign of distress, injury, limping fatigue, overheating, coughing, sneezing. If the dog wants to slow or stop to walk, sniff, pee etc. please let the dog be the pace-setter. Please report any of the above.
During these hot months please only walk over pavement if absolutely necessary and do it very quickly. Try to stay in the shade as much as possible. Use the doggie pools, if available, to let your pupster cool off. Remember these pups have been sitting in kennels, some for 4 months. They are on the couch side of the “Couch to 5k” program. Please start off slowly. We don’t want them getting injured. Limit is 4 miles max for more fit dogs but most are going to start with around 2. Please ask about your partner first. You can always run a second dog!
No drinking out of the lake (yuck! giardia!). This will make the dogs sick! Please don't let them put their feet in their either. Any leash manners, socialization, training you can provide along the way is encouraged. It is a wonderful benefit to these pups and will help them get adopted.
Please have fun! The dogs feel and reflect your energy, so if you are having fun, it will greatly enrich their experience. A cool down walk is very important. We don’t want to return them to their kennel amped up. Better yet, stop for a rest on the grass or a picnic table for some affection and socialization. If we have the puppy pools out that is a great way for them to cool off too. Thank You!!!