Came across this and wanted to share. What a nice idea…
Walks for Love
Anne Sardena, founder of “Walks for Love” in San Diego, Calif., understands the power of the walk—and the power of a helping hand. That is why she started the volunteer, non-profit dog walking service for owners who are otherwise unable to walk their dogs.
“As a pet sitter, I realized that there are a lot of dogs that are neglected because their owners are unable to care for them,” said Anne. “It bothered me to think about all of the dogs I could be helping, dogs that just want to go outside for a walk, or spend time with someone, but they are stuck inside with owners that are disabled or ill and can’t physically take care of their pet.”
Still in its initial stages, Walks for Love is currently working solely in the San Diego, Calif. area with hopes to bring the concept to other parts of the US. Recently, however, the group has joined efforts with the local Meals on Wheels program, which provides meals for the elderly and disabled, to help walk the dogs of those who receive their meal service.
Due to his owners disability, Sky was not walked in four years. With the help of Walks for Love, Sky is now getting daily walks. As the organization begins its expansion, Anne remembers how it all started. “The first dog I started walking was referred to me by a company that provides mobility service dogs,” said Anne. “The dog’s owner had a progressive form of a disease that weakens the body’s muscles. After I walked his dog for the first time, he looked at her and said ‘she looks happy.’ I felt so fortunate to help the dog’s owner.”