Pet Adoption

Companion Animal Alliance staff members care for animals available for adoption the the alliance's new shelter at 2550 Gourrier Ave., Baton Rouge. A new program, Get Fit with Fido, will allow volunteers to exercise along with the shelter dogs.

BATON ROUGE — Companion Animal Alliance launched Get Fit with Fido, a socially distanced dog-walking program that gives volunteers a healthy way to help shelter pets, a press release said.

People can take advantage of this program to stay fit and get outdoors. Meanwhile, shelter pets get extra socialization, enrichment and leash training — making it more likely that they’ll be adopted sooner.

Through a grant from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation, Get Fit with Fido participants are provided a pedometer to track the steps walked with each shelter pup. Volunteer walkers will also receive a designated pet leash and collar, reusable water bottle, face mask, program T-shirt and tote bag.

“It’s been a challenge to find ways for volunteers to help around the shelter while trying to maintain a safe, healthy environment,” J.T. Hackett, programs coordinator at CAA, said. “This program is the perfect opportunity to welcome back our volunteers and provide a way for both pets and humans to get some exercise and fresh air.”

Open seven days a week, CAA encourages program participants to come as often as they would like and even walk the pets off-campus at the LSU Lakes or along the levee.

Existing and new volunteers are invited to register for this health program through Sept. 30. Orientations will be offered throughout the month to provide all participants their welcome bags and pet safety training. To register for Get Fit with Fido, fill out an application tinyurl.com/yytuwoyr. Email programs@caabr.org for any questions.