The Sedalia Animal Shelter has created the SAS Woof Release program in an effort to give shelter dogs an opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and some human interaction.

According to the City of Sedalia Newsletter, prolonged time within a shelter environment may cause dogs to lose the ability to socialize with humans and other animals and develop muscle atrophy from not getting enough activity.

Volunteers for the Woof Release program may opt to host a dog for one day, “Day Trip” or an entire weekend, “Weekend Getaway.”

The newsletter indicates that each participating pup will depart with all the supplies needed to make sure his/her adventure is a success.

Those interested in participating in the SAS Woof Release Program can fill out an application, available online at cityofsedalia.com, or by visiting the animal shelter, located at 2420 S. New York Ave.

Stats for the Sedalia Animal Shelter in May included 60 adoptions, along with 22 animals returned to owner, and 4 transferred out.

The shelter's live release rate for May was 88%.

Randy Kirby