Dallas Animal Services hopes to bring some ‘pawsitivity’ for dogs with “Doggie Daycations.”

DAS has struggled with overcapacity, so the organization is attempting to relieve this through the program.

As of June 24, DAS is at 155% capacity for dogs, meaning there are 465 dogs in 300 kennels, per the DAS website.

“We cannot save lives without the community, and we have seen that in times of extreme overcrowding in the shelter, they will show up to help,” Sarah Sheek, assistant general manager of community management of DAS, previously told The Dallas Express. “We do everything we can to keep pets out of the shelter and with the families that love them.”

Doggie Daycations enable these adoptable pooches to be taken out for the day away from the shelter. DAS hopes that allowing these dogs to be seen out in public will increase their chances of being adopted.

Multiple dogs are available for a Daycation day, but not every dog is eligible. The dogs most in need are medium to large-sized dogs, so DAS wants people to know that they may be handling a 40-plus-pound dog for the Daycation.

All supplies, including a harness and leash, will be provided for the day out.

Photos and videos are recommended during the Daycation. Upon intake, one is encouraged to fill out a report card to provide more information about the furry friend.

“The more photos and information we have for our adoptable dogs, the more they’ll stand out to potential adopters,” the DAS website states.

Dogs can be taken anywhere besides a dog park. Some recommended places include dog-friendly locations in Dallas, such as MUTTS Canine Cantina, Katy Trail Ice, Cane Rosso, Truck Yard, and many more.

Other recommendations for a “paw-filled” day include parks and trails such as Katy Trail, Turtle Creek Park, and White Rock Lake.

Some of the rules listed include no dog-to-dog or dog-to-cat contact. Dogs must also ride in an enclosed vehicle and be under the control of an adult over 18.

The dogs must also remain within the City of Dallas and no further than 30 minutes from the shelter. They must be returned to the shelter by 5 p.m.

As summer temperatures are soaring, it is most important to take frequent water breaks and keep the dog on grass rather than hot concrete. It is also extremely important to watch for signs of overheating. Warning signs include frantic panting, extreme salivation, bright red membranes, and labored breathing. When a dog becomes dehydrated, its salvia thickens, and it may vomit or have diarrhea. The dog could even have a seizure.

If you have questions or would like to learn more about taking a pooch out for the day, visit the DAS website or email [email protected].