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This Marine Taking Unwanted Shelter Dogs For Runs Around Town Is The Purest Form Of Humanity

Shelter dogs

A marine and volunteer dog trainer named Wesley Swainston is going viral for doing his part to help shelter dogs.

Wesley has been raising awareness about dogs in North Carolina who are waiting for forever homes with his TikTok page called Forthedogs, and he recently made waves by starting a new trend—running with shelter dogs.

He first brought the idea to light in March when he recorded a video of him taking each dog in his local shelter out for one-on-one bonding and exercise. In just five days, it earned 2 million views.


Running With Shelter Dogs! Would you adopt them??

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Wesley’s idea served two purposes. One, it gave the dogs much-needed time out of the kennel. Two, it highlighted each adoptable pet for prospective owners.

“I love running, and I volunteer at my shelter every day after work,” he told Newsweek. “I’m an active duty USMC Officer. When I get out in a year, I will be a traveling trainer!”

“I train dogs at Adoption First Jacksonville NC,” he continued. “My mission as a volunteer trainer is not to ‘train’ the dog but to show people who their dog COULD be. People don’t understand that a shelter employee’s job isn’t to exercise the dogs. That’s where volunteers come in. Dogs are meant to run and move, it truly makes a difference in their lives and it makes it way easier for me to train them and work with them.”


Replying to @None of your business Running With Shelter Dogs 🐶 Remember, it’s for the dogs. Cindy and Hondo are both on trial runs this weekend with potential adopters!! Yayyyy! Rooster has had no interest and was stressed today. But those miles helped him in the end 🙏🏻🖤😭 Can you see the difference between the dogs that ran and the dogs that didn’t? The reason I started running with shelter dogs is because as a volunteer trainer it is extremely difficult to work with a dog that has no energy outlets. So, I love running and I love training dogs, might as well combine the two 🖤

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Marine’s Video Has Helped Several Dogs Find Forever Homes

Of course, animal lovers can’t get over Wesley’s selfless efforts to give dogs love and homes. His video earned so much attention that he started recording more runs, and it’s already helping. One follow-up video showed that two of his dogs “went on trial” one day after his initial post.

“Why not get some miles in that also changes lives? It’s a blast! If my videos go viral usually the dog doesn’t struggle with adoption!”

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