By Elisabeth Smith

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Homeless dogs are getting some attention thanks to a new program from the Bradshaw Animal Shelter.

People can check out a dog for a day to give them a break from shelter life. The handlers are encouraged to taking them hiking, to the river, or even just home to cuddle.

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“This program is helping to lift spirits in our community also. It’s not just about adoptions, it’s about changing the quality of life for our community and our animals,” a shelter spokesperson said.

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The shelter does ask that handlers to no introduce the shelter dogs to other family pets.

New Dog Day Out candidates can apply at saccountydogs.com/foster while existing foster care providers and volunteers can email sacramentocountydogs@gmail.com

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Applicants must be 18 or older.