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Dog Field Trips

Take a Shelter Dog on a Field Trip

Our dogs would love to spend time out of their kennels with you! Volunteer to take an adoptable dog out for a fun outing such as a hike, a coffee date, or a meal at a pet friendly location.  Field trips can last from an hour to all day. Whatever works for you, works for us!

About Field Trips

We will match you with a dog appropriate for your leash-handling comfortability. 

  • Dogs must remain on a leash at all times
  • No nose-to-nose meets with other dogs
  • No dog parks

Not sure where to take your field trip companion? Here are some ideas:

For the adventurous dog:

  • Wildwood Park, Harrisburg. Variety of trails and distances.
  • Schiavoni Park, Hummelstown. Low impact, short paved trail with shallow water access.
  • Detweiler Park, Harrisburg. 7 miles of nature trails.
  • Bullfrog Valley Park, Hershey. Paved trail (can be heavily populated on weekends).

For the low-key dog:

  • Go for ice cream and hang out
  • Netflix and Chill. Hang out at your house for some decompression/nap time.
  • Go for a drive
  • Rest outside on a blanket in the sunshine


Interested in taking shelter dogs on field trips? Then join our Field Trip Team, a team dedicated to taking our longest dog residents on outings to get a break from the shelter for a couple of hours! If you are interested, the first step is applying below. 

For questions or more information about our field trip program, please contact or Lifesaving Coordinator Kristi Kleinfelter.