Meridian Dog Rescue Holds A Dog-Sleepover Event To Encourage Adoption

Jul 14, 2017

Staff and volunteers at a Treasure Valley dog rescue center will spend 24 hours inside kennels with dogs up for adoption. The idea is to show people what it’s like behind the kennel door.

The event is called “Through Their Eyes,” and is the brainchild of Jessica Ewing, Executive Director at Meridian Canine Rescue.

“So we’ll start to kind of see, through the dogs' eyes so to speak, what a day looks like for them,” says Ewing.

She says her workers see lots of great dogs that get overlooked for adoption. Ewing says Dexter is a good example. This three year old came from an overcrowded shelter in California. He’s been at the Rescue since May. Ewing says he gets scared and barks when people come close to his kennel. But outside the kennel, all he wants to do is cuddle.

“He greets you at the kennel front and he tap dances because he’s so excited to come out and to see you. He has so much energy that his little feet just pitter patter the whole time,” Ewing says.

A worker will partner up with Dexter, living alongside him in his kennel for 24 hours to show off his hidden personality. Five other people will pair up with dogs for the kennel experience Ewing says people can visit the kennels and the whole event will be showcased on Facebook.

“Hopefully that gets people more interested in these individual dogs and hopefully gets them adopted,” says Ewing.

The 24-hour marathon starts Friday at 6 p.m.

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