The City of La Vista, Nebraska is taking a different approach to getting its shelter pets adopted. The La Vista Police Department and the Nebraska Humane Society have been teaming up to give locals a fresh look at the faces that have been living in their local shelter’s kennels. The program is called “K-9 For A Day,” and it’s getting shelter dogs a boost in exposure to help them get adopted!
The program took off in the Fall of 2017, when shelter pup, Mickey, had his ride along with Officer Jeanette. Mickey, a 6-year-old pit mix, had been passed over in the shelter time after time. His breed type, high-energy, and need to be an only-pet didn’t help him win over potential adopters who were searching for a pet. He had been at the shelter for several months by the time he had his ride along with Officer Jeanette.
Together, Mickey and Officer Jeanette visited a few locations where he could meet and greet people who may have never set foot in a shelter. For a few sweet hours he got to ride in a police cruiser, soak up the love of the townspeople, and leave the noisy shelter environment behind!
Without other dogs around and in a less stressful environment, Mickey was able to really shine. People who may not have considered a pit bull breed got to see how sweet and gentle a dog like Mickey could be. A couple saw his story on the news and fell in love – just a few days later, Mickey was home!
The program continued through 2018 with other dogs. Though not every dog gets to be a K-9 for a day, the ones that do have a better chance of being adopted! The shelter can be stressful for dogs – especially those that don’t get along well with other dogs. Adoptable pups who seem scared or unfriendly can really benefit from a change in environment, where they can let themselves relax.