By ELISE McKEOWN SKOLNICK
With tails wagging and tongues hanging, the dogs from AnimalCharity Humane Society seemed to be enjoying their day out.
And so were the people holding the leashes.
The dogs and volunteers were at Boardman Park for the organization’s semi- annual “Dog’s Day Out.”
“It’s a nice day for them,” said Jason Cooke, vice president. “It’s a big stress- reliever. They love it.”
Started 21/2 years ago, the event is meant to get the animals waiting for adoption out of the kennel and into the park for the better part of a day while volunteers and staff members clean, sanitize and reorganize Animal Charity’s facility on Market Street.
Five dogs were brought to the park for the event Saturday, and about 15 people helped out.
The organization has up to 30 dogs at times, Cooke said. Currently, they house six. One dog remained at the shelter because it is new to the organization and is a little skittish.
Not only is the event a stress-reliever for the dogs, but it gets them noticed, Cooke said.
“You’d be surprised how many people walk by and they see the dog and they say, ‘Oh, is the dog up for adoption?’ So it works out good sometimes,” he said.
Sammy Sorice of Canfield recently began volunteering at Animal Charity.
“I just love animals and thought it was a great opportunity to get involved with them and have fun,” the 15-year-old said.
At the shelter he walks and plays with the dogs. He also helps out with the cats waiting for adoption.
Sorice has three dogs and a cat of his own.
He said the day out was fun.
Sorice brought his mother, Melanie Sorice, along to help walk dogs Saturday.
“I thought it was a nice thing to do,” she said. “And they were going to the park today, and it’s a nice day, so I figured it would be good exercise for us and the dogs.”
Animal lovers Ken Holt of Youngstown and Stephanie Sedall of Boardman helped at the event for the first time.
“We love dogs,” Sedall said. “We both grew up with pets. I thought it would be fun to just get the dogs out and walk them and give them love.”
Both thought the event was great.
“We love it. We took him on the trails. He is so precious. I wish I could take him home,” Sedall said.
The pair walked a retriever/labrador mix named Chubbs.
“It’s so sad that animals have to stay in kennels all day,” Holt added.
“And it’s great that we can take them out, especially to the park to get a change in scenery, enjoy some nature.”
Currently a college student, Holt doesn’t have time for a pet.
“It’s really great to be able to spend time with dogs, since I grew up with them,” he said.