Tails of the Trail®, where public participants hike with shelter dogs for much needed exercise and socialization, launched in November 2014 and received official 501(c)3 non-profit status in May 2015.
The ASPCA indicates that of the roughly 3.9 million dogs entering shelters per year, approximately 31% are euthanized. In some urban areas these numbers run as high as 78%.
Be a part of reducing euthanasia rates by hiking with local homeless hounds! Socialization and exercise can reduce kennel related stress and anxiety and improve a shelter dog’s behavior, thus extending their lives!
“This was so much fun for the dogs! It was so great to give the dogs a genuine workout, which they usually don’t get on our routine short walks. The volunteers were eager and delightful to work with, and the dogs thought so, too!
Thank you, Lisa, for organizing the event with MTBR, and for organizing Tails of the Trail. We look forward to our next event with you and your group.”
“Montgomery County Animal Care and Control is thrilled to participate with Tails of the Trails monthly hikes! This program has enriched the lives of our shelter dogs and brought members of our community to come to the shelter that have never been here before. It has increased public awareness of how important it is for dogs to be socialized and exercised and we have also gained many new volunteers and dog walkers during the week because of this wonderful program!”
“Bonaparte’s Retreat is proud to partner with Tails of the Trail. It is our mission to find forever homes for shelter dogs. The more socialization and enrichment we give them (like the TOTT hikes!), the more adoptable they become. Animals truly do transform our lives. I can think of nothing better than ‘humans hiking homeless hounds’ as a way to give back to these dogs just a fraction of what they give to us.”
“We have loved having Tails of Trail hike with our dogs. It is obvious how much the dogs enjoy being able to get out and go on a real walk. We love seeing how much fun the hikers have with the dogs as well! It has truly been a huge part in ensuring our dogs’ happiness before they are adopted.”
“I cannot express with words what these people have done for the animals. They have helped save a lot of lives today.”
Boxer Beau says he is “just waiting on my friends from Tails of the Trail who always show me love and petting, and all my friends here that get extra loving and walks too. Fresh air and friends… what a special day for all the furry residents here.”