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Frequently Asked Questions

If your question is not answered below, feel free to contact us at, and a volunteer will get back you as soon as possible. Thank you for your interest in volunteering!

  • Do I have to run?

    • No, you don't have to run, you can walk. However, the dogs at the shelter spend a lot of time in the kennel & don't have much leash training. So most have lots of pent up energy & will pull on the leash. Please just be prepared for this kind of physical activity. If you are unsure, maybe bring a friend with you to "share a pup" on the walk.

  • Can underage volunteers participate?

    • Participants must be 18 yrs old to be assigned a dog. Underage participants are welcome to come along with parent/guardian, but they cannot be responsible for the leash. The only exception would be for minors who have registered as a volunteer with El Paso Animal Services, and completed orientation & Level 1 handling training.

  • Can I bring my baby/toddler with me in a carrier or stroller while I volunteer?

    • No. This event is not suited for smaller children who cannot walk on their own. The route is a little over a mile, covering sidewalk, dirt, and some rocky areas, which are not great for strollers or for little ones who may get tired. Also, the dogs range from 40-60lbs, and tend to be strong pullers because they are very excited to be out of the kennels. For everyone's safety, it is very important for volunteers to give their full attention to each pup that they are walking/running.

  • Can I bring my family pet along with me to volunteer?

    • No. The dogs will be coming straight from their kennels, and we will not have time to do proper introductions to make sure they will get along with your pet on the walk. For everyone's safety, it is very important for the volunteers to give their full attention to each shelter pup that they are walking/running.

  • I found a dog, can you take it?

    • Rescue Runners is not a shelter facility for intakes. We are a group that volunteers at the shelter. Please go to to file a Found Pet Report, and for further information on what to do next.

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