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St. Pete shelter invites you to host shelter dog sleepover

Posted at 12:23 PM, Feb 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-05 12:24:28-05

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Who let the dogs out? Friends of Strays in St. Pete, but only for two-night pawjama parties.

The nonprofit shelter is asking you to host a sleepover as part of a foster care study carried out by Arizona State University. The study is nationwide and includes 100 shelters.


The goal? To learn more about how fostering programs affects dogs, shelter staff and volunteers.

The study starts February 23 and will last two months. During that time, Friends of Strays will be sending 45 different dogs out on two-night sleepovers. You don't need any prior experience to take part and participants will be provided with everything they need. All you have to do it click here to apply.

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“Similar programs at shelters across the country have been enormously successful,” says Friends of Strays CEO, Dara Eckart. “Foster care is the gold standard for lifesaving and we hope this study will bring about more innovative solutions to shelter euthanasia. We are so excited to be included in this study and to introduce this to our community with the help and guidance of Arizona State University and Maddie’s Fund. These types of programs are a great way to connect the community with shelter pets, plus they’re a great excuse to get out and explore St. Pete with a new friend by your side!”