Dogs have taken over the Oakland County government … or at least the lunch hours of more than 60 county employees. They’re using this time to walk dogs from the Oakland Pet Adoption Center.
The program began July 25 when 67 county employees spent two hours walking 15 dogs, all of whom were up for adoption. The event was at the county complex, where the dogs were brought. The idea came from Oakfit, which is the wellness program for the employees.
“They loved it, they absolutely loved it – the dogs and the employees,” said Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson. “It gives the employees a chance to get a little exercise and the dogs got some exercise, too.”
This is not the first time the Adoption Center has done something like this. A similar idea started several months ago, when the Center gave local businesses the option of walking dogs during lunch. There are now eight companies in the area that take advantage of the program on a regular basis.
When those working for the county want to walk a dog during lunch, all that they have to do is register and sign a waiver. After that, they are given disposable gloves and a plastic bag (it probably isn’t necessary to go into detail on why) and can take the dog out for a spin.
Oakfit Coordinator Dawn Hunt said those who are unable to have dogs of their own for one reason or another were glad to be able to participate.
“They thought it was awesome,” said Hunt. “Some told me they participate in other wellness events but this was by far the most fun. Some people even asked about pet adoption.”
Fitness unleashed will be going on every Thursday until October 31.