We are currently working on improvements to our Rent-A-Pal program. While these changes are implemented, we will not be accepting new applicants or volunteers for this program.

If you are a regular Rent-A-Pal volunteer, we welcome you to continue to participate and offer feedback during this transition.

Stay tuned for updates!


Rent-A-Pal is available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday beginning at 10:30 am.

All participants must return to the shelter by closing time.

  • Fill out an application and waiver
  • Provide a copy of your ID
  • Special Pals will provide collar, leash, and harness
  • Rent-a-Pal participants must be returned to the shelter by closing time
  • Puppies are not eligible for this activity
  • Certain other dogs will not be eligible for this activity
  • All participants are at the discretion of Special Pals staff

Have you ever wanted to go to a dog park but you're missing a canine companion? Do you go for walks or hikes and want some company? Maybe you're interested in adopting a new furry family member but are hesitant on how to even start the process?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be interested in spending some time with a homeless pet outside of a shelter. Through our Rent-A-Pal program, our adoptables are paired with a person who is looking for certain personality traits and attributes in a pet. People will have a companion for their activities, and the pets will get a much-needed break from shelter life; everyone wins!