What you'll do
We'll meet at Austin's animal shelter and begin with an inspiring introduction to the city's no-kill movement and policies that result in the saving of over 95% of the animals that come through Austin's shelter (the largest shelter in the US to achieve these results)! I'll lead our group on a tour of our impressive shelter, demonstrating how the whole city comes together to save lives. Each guest will be able to walk about 3 shelter dogs and give the dogs some much needed love and exercise. We will take photos that will highlight the dog's adoptability and raise awareness. Know that 100% of your payment for this experience will be donated back to the shelter, providing funds for the care of the very dogs we will meet on your visit! Please message me to inquire about groups over 4 people! I can usually accommodate larger groups given a bit of notice.
- Responsible interactions
All hosts must follow guidelines created with World Animal Protection.
- Caring expert hosts
Learn from biologists, conservationists, farmers, and more.
- Diverse animals
Meet over 300 kinds of animals, from alpacas to zebras.
I have hosted individual and group guided rescue dog walks at Austin's local animal shelter, Austin Animal Center, for over 3 years through my organization 1Dog1Hour, that I founded with my friend Melissa in 2016. We have led groups as small as 1 person and as large as 15 people (from local Austin companies volunteering as a group) on guided shelter dog walks. These walks are as impactful on the volunteers as they are on the dogs themselves. I have also been on the board of a greyhound rescue (GALT - Central Texas) for 5 years as the foster and events coordinator. I am passionate about the no-kill movement that is central to Austin's city culture, and teaching others about how to be an agent of change for shelter dogs.
About the organisation
1Dog1Hour is a nonprofit organization who's mission is to inspire and guide people toward resources and opportunities to volunteer with and exercise shelter and rescue dogs. 1Dog1Hour is Austin-based and was founded in 2016 by Catelyn Silapachai and Melissa Massello and formally incorporated as a nonprofit in 2019.
This is a social impact experience where 100% of what you pay for this experience goes to 1Dog1Hour.
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Where you'll be
We will meet at Austin's animal shelter and begin with a tour of the indoor facility and sprawling outdoor grounds. I will show the group how to walk dogs safely, and guide our group to walking trails and play yards where the dogs can release some energy and enjoy a much needed walk.
Things to keep in mind
Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase.
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Up to 4 guests ages 12 and up can attend. Guests should be comfortable around dogs.
This will be a positive, inspiring experience in which you will make a difference in the life of a shelter dog. Please reach out directly regarding larger groups- I’m usually able to accommodate!
Walk and Love a Rescue Dog