WEEKEND WARRIOR PROGRAM

We do our best at the shelter to enrich the lives of our animals. Because of limited staff and the large number of animals in our care, it is difficult for us to give our animals all the enrichment they need!  So, we rely a lot on volunteers to provide our animals with love and exercise. The Weekend Warrior (W.W.) program is catered towards our long-term adult dog residents that offers them a getaway from the shelter, even if it’s just for a few days!

The program has two main goals:

REDUCING KENNEL STRESS

A trip out of the kennel improves mental health by curbing the development of bad kennel habits like: excessive barking, reactivity towards dogs and people and depression.  Physical health is also improved by allowing the dog to get out and exercise. The reduction of kennel stress creates a dog that behaves better in a kennel.  Good kennel behavior increases the dog’s adoptability.

NETWORKING

The more people that see our animals the better! You are encouraged to bring your warrior out to public places that allow dogs so that they can be viewed by more people and gain more interest. Be sure to mention the dog is available for adoption at Shelby Humane!  Who knows, maybe they will follow you back to the shelter to do some adoption paperwork!

Not all shelter dogs are able to enroll in our WW program. WW dogs must be:

  • Spayed/Neutered

  • Up to date on Rabies vaccination

  • Healthy

  • Lived at the shelter more than 30 days

What do I do with my Weekend Warrior?

We encourage you to take your dog out to as many public places as possible to network and socialize, but of course, you do not have to go out and about with your warrior. Sometimes a good snuggle on the couch at your home is all that they need! Just make sure to take some great pictures of your warrior and share on your social media!

Listed below are dog friendly places close to the shelter that you can go to:
 

  • BENEFUL DREAM DOG PARK – 7305 AL-119 ALABASTER, AL

  • ORR PARK –  277 PARK DR. MONTEVALLO, AL

  • VETERAN’S PARK – 7305 HWY 119 ALABASTER, AL

  • HOOVER DOG PARK – 3469 LOCH HAVEN DR. HOOVER, AL

  • OAK MOUNTAIN STATE PARK – 200 TERRACE DR. PELHAM, AL

 

Some retail stores also allow pets inside:
 

  • LOWE’S

  • HOME IMPROVEMENT

  • HOME DEPOT

  • TRACTOR SUPPLY

  • PETSMART

  • PETCO

  • HOLLYWOOD FEED

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How to Become a Weekend Warrior

In order to become a Weekend Warrior, you must fill out a Weekend Warrior Foster Contract.  Alabama law requires you be 19 years of age to sign a contract.

You must also send a picture of your Driver’s License along with the Foster Contract via email to volunteer@shelbyhumane.org.

Available Weekend Warrior Dogs