Graham Recreation & Parks, Burlington Recreation & Parks, and Burlington Animal Services have teamed up for the Hikes with Hounds program and are searching for volunteers. Volunteers will take a shelter dog for a hike along one of Alamance County’s beautiful trails. This volunteer opportunity will offer an enrichment activity for some of Burlington Animal Services’ adoptable dogs to get away for a couple of hours to enjoy nature, socializing, and exercise. Hikes with Hounds will be offered one Friday each month at a hiking trail location at a Burlington or Graham park, or along the Haw River Trail. The Hikes with Hounds program began in the spring of 2015, receiving the 2016 North Carolina Recreation & Parks Association’s Innovative Program Award.
Volunteers must meet certain requirements including:
• Must be 18 years of age or older
• Must be able to hike up to 4 miles at a moderate pace or on an uneven terrain
• Must attend volunteer orientation training before becoming a trail dog walker
• Registration form with waiver and copy of ID must be submitted in advance