If you've always wanted a dog but can't commit for one reason or another, this is your chance to spend the day outside with adorable, energetic pooches. Sadly, hundreds of dogs in New York City are abandoned and homeless, but there are plenty of people out there ready to give them some love and attention. Animal Haven is a non-profit shelter that works to rescue and protect these dogs and help them to find permanent homes. Today we'll partner with Animal Haven and head out as one team of hikers and dog-lovers, giving these animals some much needed fresh air, exercise and love.
The morning begins at Animal Haven in SoHo, where we'll get a private volunteer orientation from Animal Haven's staff. Usually, orientations only come around once a month for hundreds of volunteers, so it will be a special experience having an intimate group that really learns how to care and interact with these amazing dogs. Our orientation counts as the first of two for certification as an Animal Haven volunteer. Next, we'll meet our new best friends for the day and hop in the van together. The number of dogs for each trip will fluctuate because it is based on the number of healthy, trained dogs at the shelter the weekend of the trip.
After a short ride out of Manhattan, we'll be at the trailhead, ready to give these dogs a taste of the beauty of nature, fresh air, and good exercise. There will be plenty to sniff along Pine Meadow and Stony Brook. As you head upwards you will come to the Cascade of Slid with its many waterfalls nestled among giant boulders. After crossing a bridge and then passing the Stone Giants (a fantastic granite rock formations broken into blocks by weathering) we'll stop at Pine Meadow Lake for a leisurely lunch. We'll head back to the city, invigorated from the fresh air, the energy of puppies and our ability to do so much good and have so much fun at the same time.
A portion of every trip cost goes to supporting the work of Animal Haven.
Up to 15 people: $2,235
8:30 Greetings and board the vans
8:45 Orientation at Animal Haven
10:00 Depart for Hudson Valley
11:00 Guided hike with dogs
12:30 Lakeside lunch
2:30 Return to NYC
4:00 Arrive home
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