The purpose of the program is to help the dogs, but it also benefits the runners, as well. People who take the time to volunteer not only help their community, they report less stress, more fulfillment, increased self-confidence and better physical health. Bryan Morgan, the owner and trainer at Dynamic Health and Fitness and supporter of the program, said, "Aerobic exercise has several positive benefits that our community should take advantage of. Feeling better about yourself, reducing your health risks, burning calories to help fat loss, and strengthening your heart and lungs are a few." Regular exercise has also been linked to increased immune activity and the promotion of a healthier lifestyle. "Most importantly," Morgan said, "make sure to pace yourself and have fun while giving back to not only your body, but to the animals in need."
There will be a half-mile route and a mile route. Runners will be paired with certain dogs that are able to run at least half the distance. Runners must be at least 18 years old and attend an orientation, which will be held soon at the CNY SPCA, 5878 East Molloy Road in Syracuse. If interested, contact Kim Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the shelter at 454- 4479. If you're not a runner, but you'd still like to help, there are many other volunteer opportunities available.
The CNY SPCA offers animals a second chance for a happy life. Take some time and improve a dog's life. You may find that it is the most rewarding part of your day.