Doggy Day Out

Our Doggy Day Out program is a great way to give our pups a break from the shelter environment and get them seen by potential adopters! You can take one of our pups to the park, go for a hike or simply relax in your home. The potential for fun is endless!​

Doggy Day Out Program Guidelines:

  • Participating humans MUST be 18 years or older.
  • A staff member will select a dog for you based on your application. If you have a certain dog you would like us to consider please state that in the application.
  • You will be provided with a leash, harness, an “adopt-me” vest, and a backpack full of supplies.
  • Participating dogs MUST remain on leash at all times, unless in an enclosed area of your home or a private fenced-in yard.
  • Participating dogs are not allowed to go to dog parks or to meet other pets.

Doggy Day Out Step by Step:

  • Take a look at the Participant Manual below.
  • Sign up! Fill out the application here. If you want to request a specific dog, please state so in your application
  • After submitting your application, please schedule your Doggy Day Out day and time. Application only needs to be filled out once per participant. Once you’ve done it before, you can go straight to scheduling.
  • If you have any questions, email us at

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Doggy Day Out | FAQs

Do I need to bring my own supplies?

SafeHaven provides a leash and/or harness best suited for your dog, along with a backpack of supplies. Additionally in your backpack, you will find a folder with a report card, recommended places to go, FAQs, social media ideas and links, and SafeHaven contact information.

How long can I take a dog out of the shelter?

It’s up to you! You can take them on a car ride to go get a pup-cone, take them to your home for a few hours for playtime and naps, or hang out with them around town for a the day. For day trips, all dogs must be returned to our shelter by 4 p.m. If the animal does a sleep over the dog must return to the shelter by 11 a.m. the next morning. Alternatively, if you wish to spend more time with your dog, you can become their official foster!

Why are these outings so important?

Doggy Day Out give our dogs a much-needed “break” from the stress of the shelter. They also help us learn about that pet’s behavior and their likes, dislikes. This helps us find them homes faster.

What can I do with a pet on a Doggy Day Out?

  • Take naps
  • Play fetch in the backyard
  • Go on a car ride to get a snack
  • Go on a hike
  • Hang out with friends to meet new people

What can I not do with a dog?

  • Go to a dog park
  • Interact with other pets in the home
  • Give the dog away to someone
  • Let the dog off leash in a public and/or unfenced area

Do I need to live in Albany to participate?

No! You don’t need to be a resident of our immediate community to participate in Doggy’s Day Out. However, we do ask that you stay within a reasonable distance of our shelter during your outing and keep your phone on you in case we need to reach you!

Do I need training?

No special training is needed. When you arrive at our shelter, you will be met by our staff who will walk you through the rules and the contents of your day-out backpack!

Which dogs are eligible to go on a Doggy Day Out?

Most adult dogs are eligible for this program. Staff will evaluate the dogs during their stay at the shelter and match you with a dog they feel will do best on what you plan to do on your doggy day out. Dogs under 6 months of age can only qualify if they have received 4 rounds of vaccinations.

What if I want to take a dog out, but I am not able to handle a large, energetic, or strong dog? 

Due to the constant flux of dogs in and out of the shelter, we cannot guarantee requests to be paired with a dog that excludes specific breeds, energy levels or sizes. While we are unable to make any guarantees, with many dogs in our shelter at all times, we will likely have a dog that matches your handling abilities–so c’mon down!

Share your adventure!

Be sure to post about your fun day with your shelter dog on social media! Potential adopters love to see adoptable dogs enjoying a day outside of the shelter. You never know who may be watching, and your friends can always share your post to reach even more people.

Links and tags to share photos and videos from your Doggy Day Out:

We re-tweet and re-gram! You can also send photos to

We may also share your outing to our social media channels, feature the story in a blog post, use the story for greater promotion of our programs, and will use the information to better advertise the dog to potential adopters who come into our shelter. We cannot thank you enough for capturing valuable information about our shelter dogs!