Typically in early June, owners and pets would make their to South Glenmore Park to participate in the annual Calgary Humane Society Dog Jog.
This year, the Calgary Humane Society (CHS) is introducing a new virtual experience, where participants can walk in their own communities to follow COVID-19 regulations.
Live stream videos will be available from staff, animal behaviorists and peace officers.
The virtual site will offer fun activities for the whole family such as a scavenger hunt and a photo feed.
Moving the Dog Jog to an online format allows people from all over the world to participate.
Maya Krol, donor engagement coordinator, said they “have participants from the UK, from Manitoba and BC, so people across Canada and even the world can participate.”
The Calgary Humane Society has remained closed to the public but continues to be open for staff and animals.
They have decreased the number of intakes, mainly accepting emergency situation animals and opening to non-urgent owner surrenders.
Animal adoption has also been modified, “on average, we would adopt out about 50 animals a week before and now we’re trending at 20 to 30 animals a week,” said Krol.
Visit this site to register for the 2020 CHS Dog Jog.