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 the animal care center 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.
How far in advance do I need to submit my request?
Requests are not guaranteed a response unless you submit 24-48 hours in advance, especially for weekend dogventures which all must be submitted by 10 p.m. on Thursday. We often have faster turn-around times for weekday dogventures as our volume is lower and we don’t have competing adoption events.
Once my dogventure is approved, is it subject to change?
Our dog availability is constantly changing as dogs might need to make a trip to the vet or have the opportunity to go into foster or get adopted. We ask that you be flexible with us as we work through options though we do sometimes have to cancel or reassign.
Are all dogs eligible for a dogventure?
Only medically-cleared dogs located at our animal care center (i.e. not in foster) are eligible for dogventures. If you have questions about a specific dog’s availability, let us know. You can also learn more about our most favorite dogventurers here.
Are there specific pickup/dropoff times?
Our regular dogventure hours are 7:00am-7:00pm, seven days a week.
Dogventure volunteers who are brand new to the animal care center must schedule their first dogventure to begin at 10:30am on Saturdays and Sundays so you can attend our new dogventure orientation. If you are a brand new volunteer and cannot make that orientation, we may be able to accommodate an afternoon start time (between 1:30-4pm) on Saturday or Sunday to be oriented to the sign out process.
Returning dogventure volunteers, or animal care center volunteers who have been through volunteer orientation, may schedule dogventures anytime during our regular hours.for any day of the week between Otherwise, dogventures may be scheduled between 7:00am-7:00pm, seven days a week!
Can you provide a crate or other gear 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 go-bags by the sign out sheet.
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.
Can I take a dog for a dogventure with my child?
Maybe. That depends on the dog you choose. We can help you find a dog who is happy to meet children and would love a day out with you and your family. Please note, while approved children may accompany you on a dogventure and come with you for pick-up, kids under 18 may not enter our kennel area within the Animal Care Center.
Can I take a dog for an overnight dogventure?
Yes! Many of our dogs love overnights. If this is something you’re interested in, please share detailed information about your home in your request so that we may match you with a dog that fits your environment.
Where do I pick up my dogventure dog?
We have an animal care center in Falls Church right below the 7 Corners intersection at 6801 Wilson Blvd, Falls Church, VA. The care center can be tricky to find on your first try – here is a helpful video explaining where to find us: http://bit.ly/LDCRFKennelFindingUs
NOTE: Visitors may park in the Eden Center parking lot without a parking pass. Visitors may NOT park in the upper lot above the animal care center; towing is enforced.
Will there be someone I can contact in case of emergency?
Program the following emergency numbers into your cell phone before you leave the care center. Please text to identify who you are so we will be sure to grab your call or call you back immediately.
- Barbara Hutcherson: 703-989-7340
- Michelle Whitaker: 703-598-1790
Ready to Get Started?
When you are you ready to take a dog out, please complete the following steps:
Not sure which dog fits your plans? Not a problem! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll make a suggestion based on your home (kids, other animals, etc.), proposed activity, and your experience with dogs! Here’s a list of some of our favorite dogventurers as a place to start.
Share your dogventure photos and stories!
We LOVE receiving pictures and write-ups from dogventure outings so that we can update their profiles and provide more information to potential adopters. You can email them to us at email@example.com and/or or post to our Lost Dog and Cat Volunteer Page on Facebook.
Other Volunteer Opportunities
Finally, we want to highlight that we have several other volunteer opportunities available:
Animal Care Center Volunteer: We are always looking for volunteers to walk and spend quality time with the dogs and cats at our animal care center in Falls Church. Our facility is open mainly from 7:00am-2:00pm and 4:00pm-7:00pm. You can sign up for shift(s) around your schedule, and stay for whatever portion of a shift works best for you. If you have never volunteered at the animal care center, you can learn more and sign up for volunteer orientation on our website.
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 the dog. To learn more email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Thank you so much for your interest in giving a shelter dog a break from the care center. We look forward to hearing from you soon!
The Dogventure Team
Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation