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The Humane Society of Vero Beach & Indian River County’s Doggy Day Out is a short-term foster program where the public can take a dog from the shelter on a day outing. A Doggy Day Out can include a hike, a trip to the beach, a nap in a home or even a nice lunch or 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 time exploring Indian River County.
How it Works

Doggy Day Out was designed to make it easy as pie for you to participate! 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, 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: 772-388-3331 prompt 1**



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. Call our adoption line at 772-388-3331 prompt 1 to see if there are dogs available and schedule a time to come to the shelter and get your pup!
  3. Fill out the Volunteer Questionnaire at your appointment.
  4. Sign the Volunteer Agreement and Release at your appointment.
On your adventure 

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


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Instagram: @hsvbirc

You can also send photos to our Communications Team at!


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

Ready to start?
Call 772-388-3331 and press 1.