Q: WHAT’S DOGGIE ENTOURAGE?
A: It’s a program dedicated to getting dogs out of the SPCA for a few hours, or for the whole day! Sometimes we take them out, sometimes you take them out!
Q: WAIT, WHAT DO YOU MEAN? I CAN TAKE A DOG OUT OF THE SPCA FOR A LITTLE WHILE?
A: YES! Sometimes potential adopters would like to learn what a dog is like away from the shelter before making the choice to adopt. Sometimes people who cannot adopt would just like to spend time with an SPCA dog, taking one out of the shelter for a few hours of fun! If a dog qualifies as a Doggie Entourage VIP, you can take him or her out on the town for a little while! Even if you’re not thinking of adopting, you might meet someone along the way who falls in love with the dog you’ve taken out for the day! And let’s face it…people always fall in love with the VIPs!
Q: HOW CAN I FIND OUT WHICH DOGS ARE ABLE TO GO OUT FOR THE DAY?
A: It’s easy! Almost all the dogs on the adoptions floor qualify as Doggie Entourage VIPs! You can stop in at the SPCA’s 300 Harlem Rd., West Seneca location, or you can visit YourSPCA.org/adoptable-animals and click on the listing of a dog you find irresistible to learn more about the dog! You can bring the dogs to parks, patios, places that allow dogs…even to your own home! (If a dog does not qualify as a Doggie Entourage VIP, you’ll see the exception listed in the dog’s description at YourSPCA.org.)
Q: DO SPCA STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS EVER TAKE THE DOGS OUT?
A: Oh, yes! Every so often, SPCA dogs are out and about with their entourage of staff members and volunteers! You’ll see them at places like farmers’ markets, stores, ice cream stands, popular outdoor hang-outs — all kinds of safe places where fun people and potential, new adopters gather!
Q: HOW DO I SCHEDULE AN SPCA DOGGIE ENTOURAGE VISIT AT MY BUSINESS, FESTIVAL, OR EVENT?
A: We’ll be bringing our VIPs on the road soon! If you’re interested in an entourage visiting your event or establishment, please contact SPCA Director of Adoptions and Behavior Mindy Ussrey at MindyU@yourspca.org !
Q: I WANT TO BE AN OFFICIAL SPCA VOLUNTEER AND WORK ON THE ENTOURAGE PROGRAM! WHAT DO I DO?
A: Have we told you how much we love your enthusiasm? Please contact SPCA Director of Adoptions and Behavior Mindy Ussrey at MindyU@yourspca.org to ask about becoming a Doggie Entourage volunteer! You can even ask her more about volunteering for our Animal Behavior or Adoptions programs!
Q: HOW CAN I LEARN MORE ABOUT THE SPCA’S DOGGIE ENTOURAGE PROGRAM?
A: Just contact our awesome Director of Adoptions and Behavior Mindy Ussrey at MindyU@yourspca.org ! Make sure you put “Doggie Entourage Inquiry” in the Subject Line!