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A RAD Program to Help Active Dogs Get Adopted

We love — like, loooove pets here at FBG, and based on the response to our annual Fit Bottomed Pets Week, it looks like you guys do, too! So, we’ll be sharing pet-focused content a little more regularly going forward. Let us know what you think!

Having an active, high-energy dog is awesome … for the right owner. If you’re active and want a furry friends to run, hike or play ball with you, there’s nothing better than a dog who’s ready and so excited to go every time you reach for your shoes. But, if an owner can’t provide a dog like that with an appropriate outlet for that energy, things can go south in a big way. And that can make some high-energy dogs difficult to adopt — rescues and shelters want to make certain they’re placing the dogs in the right home, and not every family is up for the challenge of a dog that needs to run and run every morning and night.

Well, Ruffwear is making it a little easier for some of these super-active dogs to find their forever homes. Ruffwear creates performance dog products with the intent to help people and their dogs have amazing outdoor adventures, and they’re now teaming up with Best Friends Animal Society to connect active people with active dogs, no matter where they live through the new Ruff Adventure Dog Adoption Program.

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Here’s how it works: Ruffwear created a Facebook app that will highlight a number of specially selected active dogs available for adoption at Best Friends, which is located in Utah. The app will tell you all about the featured dogs and even let you apply to adopt them. When the right match of adventurous human and adoptable dog is made, Ruffwear will cover the cost of the adoption, including travel fees from Utah (!), plus they’ll provide the pup with a new Ruffwear collar and leash.

Go ahead and check out the video — I dare you not to get a little choked up. (Oh my gosh, Duke. Just wait. So sweet.)

And I’ve got some great news! Ollie, one of the first featured dogs, was adopted less than a week into the program! But there are still loads more four-legged adventure buddies looking for a forever home, so be sure to check out the app and share with your friends. Let’s help make this program a huge success!

Does your dog help you to live a healthy life? My oldest pooch has slowed down a bit, but she’s still excited as can be every time I reach for her leash, and it always makes me smile. Kristen

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5 Comments
  1. Cyndi says:

    I love the idea of having an active dog. It’s just not feasible right now between work and travel. I’m glad someone is helping match active people with active pups.

    Thanks for sharing!

  2. Cassie says:

    My dog isn’t fit at all! She runs a lot but eats a lot too XD

  3. Laura says:

    My dog used to be so active and excited to go running with me, but he’s reached that age where he can barely run a mile anymore. Now we just go for long walks together. It’s hard when your adventure buddy gets old.

  4. Corina says:

    Really cool idea:) Hope more dogs will find loving families.
    My little dog buddy has just turned 16 this year… it’s pretty hard watching him slowly fade away…

  5. Anna says:

    i love having an active puppy! She definitely keeps me on my toes. Seeing more fit bottomed pets content would be great too.
    For those of you who can’t fit an active dog in your life right now, try volunteering at a rescue place. There are tons of places that need help with walking the pups while they’re waiting to find their forever homes. A three hour volunteer shift definitely counts as a workout!