High school cross-country team ‘invites’ shelter dogs to join them for morning run

Shelters do their best to give the dogs in their care a happy life until they go onto to their forever home. But unfortunately, many shelters don’t have the resources to let dogs run and play as much as they want.

The pups sit in their kennels most of the day, waiting for their forever homes.


Fortunately, kindhearted animal lovers take time out of their own schedules to visit rescue centers, offering to walk the dogs or spend some time playing with them, just to brighten up their days and give them some human contact.

And this high school cross country team had a great idea when they decided to take a bunch of local shelter dogs along on one of their runs!

We all know that dogs love to run, and they were thrilled to get out in the open air and enjoy a fun-filled jog with members of the St. Joseph High School cross country team.

Over a dozen dogs from the Santa Barbara County Animal Shelter were taken along on the run, and each member of the team had a canine companion to call their own. A heartwarming video was filmed of the occasion and has been making waves on social media. It was shared on the team’s Facebook account, along with the following caption:

“Got a pretty cool cross country team (& coach!). Taking dogs from the animal shelter on a Morning Jog! If you see a dog you like, go adopt!”

The team’s coach, Luis Escobar, came up with the idea and joked that he wasn’t sure who had the most fun between the dogs and the kids!

“Either way,” he said, “It was a great time and I’m sure we’ll do it again sometime soon.”

All of the pups seemed to love the run, and most of them looked ready to run another few miles by the time the team reached the end.

One or two of them, however, were all tired out.

Like little Fred, pictured below, who got a bit tired from running so far on his little legs and had to be carried the rest of the way by his friend, Josh.

This is a wonderful example of people showing love and care to animals in need.

We all have animal shelters nearby, filled with furry friends who desperately want to get outdoors, interact with people, and have some excitement and enjoyment in their lives.

It’s so wonderful to see these dogs having a blast running with the cross-country team. If the video inspires you, consider contacting your local shelter and see if they’re looking for volunteers to play with their pups and kitties.

Check out the sweet video of the dogs running below!

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