Dogventures… because adventures are fun, but adventures with dogs are better!
Whether it’s a trip to Starbucks for a puppicino or a hike at Great Falls, or a quiet nap on your couch – our dogs love to go on adventures with humans! Getting out of a kennel setting for a few hours, all day, or even for a sleepover helps our dogs stay happy, healthy, and ready for adoption. And it’s fun for the humans, too!
Do I have to be a current volunteer or foster with LDCRF to participate? No! We love newcomers! We will meet you and walk you through the process.
What paperwork do I have to sign or fill out? We have a foster contract you will need to read and sign before your first dogventure. After that, each time you take a dog out you just have to let us know prior so we can approve the trip and make sure your canine friend is available. We’ll walk you through the process and show you the paperwork you need to complete when you get to the kennel.
Are there places I can’t go with an LDCRF dog? Please do NOT take an LDCRF dog to a dog park. They see plenty of dogs anyway and would much rather do something different and exciting! Most importantly, it isn’t safe to manage an unfamiliar dog in the presence of other unfamiliar dogs. Dog parks are sometimes tense places for dogs, which leads to trouble. Other restrictions might apply for specific dogs, and we’ll tell you about those when you let us know what you have in mind.
Can I take a dog for a dogventure with my dog? Maybe. That depends on the dog you choose. We can help you find a dog who is happy to meet other dogs and would enjoy a hike or backyard romp with your dog-friendly pup.
Where do I pick up my dogventure dog? At our kennel facility in Falls Church. Our kennel is located at 6801 Wilson Blvd, Falls Church, VA.
The kennel can be tricky to find your first time. The video below explains where to find us (NOTE – a parking pass is no longer required; visitors may park in the lot by our building or in the Eden Center parking lot).
Are there specific pickup/dropoff times? Yes, dogs can be picked up and dropped off between 7AM-2PM or 2PM-7PM. We have some flexibility in pick up times, but we want to make sure someone is available to walk you through the process the first time you come. All first time dogventures must be scheduled for the weekend (9-11AM or after 1PM) to ensure a volunteer will be on duty to walk you through the sign-in process. After that, you’ll be able to dogventure any day of the week!
Can you provide a crate for transporting my dogventure buddy? We sure can. We can loan you a crate, dog bowls, snacks, poop bags, a harness, and whatever else you need for your dogventure. There are some prepared to-go bags by the sign-out sheet.
Ready to Get Started?
- Date and time of your dogventure
- What dog you plan to take
- Where you plan to go
- When you plan to return
- Your cell phone number
Share Your Dogventure Photos and Stories:
We love seeing photos of our mutts out having fun and hearing about their dogventures. If you have a chance, email your photos and stories to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or post them to our Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Volunteer Page on Facebook. Receiving dogventure photos and stories help us update dog profiles and provide more information to potential adopters!
- Dog Champion: If you have gotten to know a particular dog well from multiple dogventures, consider becoming that dog’s champion and help advocate for his or her adoption. Dog champions can answer emails from potential adopters or attend adoption events with their dog. To learn more about becoming a dog champion, email email@example.com.
- Long-term Foster: If you’re interested in becoming a long-term foster for one of the dogs at the kennel, consider joining our foster program.