Doggy Day Out


Someone let the shelter dogs out! Friends of Strays is proud to announce its new Doggy Day Out program, which pairs members of the community with our shelter dogs for field trips. Outings can last anywhere from an hour to all day, and can include a hike, a trip to the beach, a nap in a home or even a nice dinner in a pet-friendly restaurant. It’s a great way for people to get their pet-fix in and to give our dogs a break from the shelter and learn more about their wonderful personalities! Plus, it’s a great excuse for you to spend a day exploring Saint Petersburg!

How it works:

Doggy Day Out was designed to make it easy as pie for you to participate! Anyone (yes, anyone!) over the age of 18 is invited to give it a go -- no training or orientation necessary. Just come to the shelter during open hours, fill out a short questionnaire (or save time and do it online ahead of time), and you’ll be on your way with your brand new friend! You'll be given everything you need for your adventure by shelter staff.

**We highly recommend calling before you come as we cannot guarantee at any point that dogs will be available for Doggy Day Out: 727-522-6566 ext 102**

Before your adventure:

Before you come pick your new buddy up, please follow these quick and easy steps:

  1. Give the Doggy Day Out Welcome Packet a thorough read. Here, you'll find answers to frequently asked questions, what to do in case of an emergency, and important phone numbers and contact information.
  2. Download, print, and sign the Volunteer Agreement and Release.
  3. Fill out the Volunteer Questionnaire.
  4. Before you leave, call our adoption line at 727-522-6566 ext 102 or send us a Facebook message to see if there are dogs to take on outings. Not all of our dogs are eligible for Doggy Day Out and at no point can we guarantee that there will be dogs available.
  5. If we confirm that there are eligible dogs, come to the shelter and get your pup!

On your adventure: 

Not sure where to go with your new best friend? Fret not! Friends of Strays has put together a list of pre-approved, dog friendly activities for you to enjoy together! 

We love to see and hear about your adventures! Pictures of your day together can help our dogs find a pawesome forever home!

If you post pics on social, please tag us:

Facebook: FriendsofStraysAnimalShelter

Twitter: @friendsofstrays

Instagram: @friendsofstrays

Don't forget to use the hashtag #FOSDoggyDayOut

You can also send photos to!

After your adventure:

We want to hear all about it! Don't forget to fill out our Return Questionnaire. This is extremely important in teaching us more about our dogs and helping to place them in the best possible furever home!

Did you fall in love? We have a Doggy Day Out Adoption Package!

Adopt a dog through the Friends of Strays’ Doggy Day Out Program and take home the following for you and your new furr-iend:

  • Pick up the following from Saint PetersBARK:
    • Snack Pack
    • 5 pound bag of Fromm’s adult dog or puppy food
    • Bag of heart-shaped cookies from Einstein Pets
    • Pint of Open Farm Kefir Probiotic
  • Two items of your choice from the Max’s Mercantile stock
    • Includes leashes, collars, and bandannas
  • 15% off sitewide on your next order from Pup Active

This package is proudly sponsored by:

Important forms and documents:

Welcome Packet

Volunteer Agreement and Release

Volunteer Questionnaire

Return Questionnaire

Where To Go With Your Dog

Sponsorship Opportunities

Questions? Contact Program Director Mike Manganello at or 727-522-6566 ext 100

Interested in supporting Doggy Day Out? Check out our available SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES!

Doggy Day Out is proudly sponsored by: