Animal rescue: Office workers unleashed: Leave your desk, go walk a dog _lowres

Photo by Marsha Steckling -- Sam is mellow, sweet and polite. Found as a stray, he spent the night at a home snuggled on the couch with two other dogs and a human and snored away. But he's also ready to go for a jog or play his favorite game: fetch. Ready to meet this fetch superstar with the stunning eyes? Email adopt@animalrescueneworleans.org. The adoption fee is $200 and covers neutering, shots and chip.

On Thursday, the Jefferson SPCA is resuming its Buddy Break series at Lafayette Square in the CBD. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 9-to-5ers will have the opportunity to take a shelter dog on a lunchtime stroll.

Nobody needs a brisk afternoon walk more than a desk-bound office worker — except for maybe a shelter dog.

“Many business people in the CBD are trapped in an office all day, and we’re hoping that Buddy Break provides them with a real break away from the office to get some fresh air and help a shelter dog all the while,” Jefferson SPCA Programs Director Jacob Stroman said.

Studies show that office workers who take breaks from the daily grind have increased productivity, creativity and problem-solving abilities. When that break involves exercise, fresh air and the proven stress relief of interacting with a friendly dog — well, it becomes even more potent.

In addition, adoptable dogs that are walked regularly have fewer social and behavioral problems, making them more likely to be adopted.

No commitment. No strings. No pressure. All that’s required is a willingness to hang out with a dog that needs the walk and a break as much as you do.

This week’s Buddy Break will feature dozens of adoptable shelter dogs and a puppy party — unlimited play for kids and adults with adorable shelter pups.

THE BUDDY BREAK IS A JEFFERSON SPCA PROGRAM PRESENTED BY CAPDEVILLE RESTAURANT. THE JEFFERSON SPCA SUPPORTS THE JEFFERSON PARISH ANIMAL SHELTER, AND AIDS IN ITS LIFESAVING MISSION. FOR INFORMATION, CONTACT 504-733-5878, INFO@JEFFERSONSPCA.ORG AND ONLINE AT WWW.JEFFERSONSPCA.ORG

EVENTS

national Adopt a Senior Month: During November, the Louisiana SPCA will offer a reduced adoption fee of $11 for all pets 8 years and older. Visit www.la-spca.org/adoptables for information. Regular adoption procedures apply.

Saturday: Animal Rescue New Orleans adoption event at Petco, 3520 Veterans Blvd., Metairie, from noon to 4 p.m. Adoptable dogs and cats, info on volunteering and fostering. For more info: adopt@animalrescueneworleans.org.

Saturday: Offsite pet adoption, sponsored by the Louisiana SPCA at PetSmart, 2900 S. Claiborne Ave., from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Louisiana SPCA adoption counselors and volunteers will help you select the right pet for your family. A variety of shapes, colors and sizes of four-legged friends will be available for adoption. Call (504) 368-5191 or visit www.la-spca.org for information.

Saturday: Critter Cinema will be held at the Louisiana SPCA, 1700 Mardi Gras Blvd., from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Great fun for animal-loving, pizza-eating, movie-watching kids. What better way to end the week than getting cozy with kitties and puppies, enjoying G-rated critter movies, making friends with other young animal lovers and snacking on pizza and popcorn. For kids ages 5-10, please feel free to bring a sleeping bag, pillow and PJs. $30 per child. Preregistration is required, please call 504.368.5191, ext. 207, or email youth@la-spca.org. Visit www.la-spca.org/crittercinema for more information.

SUNDAY: A dog adoption drive will be held from noon to 3 p.m., sponsored by the Tulane University Service-Dog Training and Education Program (TUSTEP) and Pen Pals Inc., a shelter in Jackson, La. It will take place at the Green Wave Community Market on 912 Broadway St., in Uptown New Orleans. All dogs for adoption are spayed/neutered, dewormed and vaccinated by LSU vets. The adoption fee is $40.

Lost or found pets: In Orleans Parish send a photo, description of your pet, date lost/found and your contact info to lostandfound@la-spca.org, in Jefferson Parish send to molsen@jeffparish.net and bbourgeois@jeffparish.net, and in St. Bernard Parish send to cluna@sbpg.net.

Traci D. Howerton is social media editor of Animal Rescue New Orleans, a nonprofit, volunteer-based, no-kill shelter. Contact ARNO at animalrescuecolumn@gmail.com, www.animalrescueneworleans.org or call our recorded information line at 504.571.1900.