Every Dog, Every Day! is not just Dogs Playing for Life’s motto, it’s the driver behind everything we do!

In traditional animal sheltering, dogs can be kept in kennels, isolated from members of their own species and with limited opportunities outside of their enclosures. While some shelters have the resources and volunteer support to give the dogs plenty of enrichment and time outside, others, particularly, large, municipal shelters, struggle to provide this basic need. (It isn’t just our opinion that playgroups are a basic need-the Association of Shelter Veterinarians Five Freedoms include the “freedom to express normal behavior-” a freedom that can be achieved by giving dogs access to play together).

DPFL believes that with the incorporation of playgroups, shelters won’t just be able to increase their quality of the time outside, but shelters struggling to provide basic needs will increase efficiency and be able to provide enrichment through play to Every Dog, Every Day! A handler can attend to many more dogs through offering playgroups, rather than attempting to leash walk every dog for a short period of time. Playgroups provide an outlet for dogs to burn off some excess physical energy, socialize with other dogs, and go back to their kennel tired and satiated!

DPFL believes that with the incorporation of playgroups, shelters won’t just be able to increase their quality of the time outside, but shelters struggling to provide basic needs will increase efficiency and be able to provide enrichment through play to Every Dog, Every Day! A handler can attend to many more dogs through offering playgroups, rather than attempting to leash walk every dog for a short period of time. Playgroups provide an outlet for dogs to burn off some excess physical energy, socialize with other dogs, and go back to their kennel tired and satiated!

While working with some of the largest shelters in the United States, including the County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care & Control, Maricopa County Animal Services, The Animal Foundation in Las Vegas, NV, and Dallas Animal Services (you can check out our full list of shelters served here), we see some of the tremendous challenges shelters with a large population of animals face. While the shelters work to find the best solution to attend to the volume, DPFL mentors staff and volunteers to run daily playgroups to most efficiently and expeditiously reach Every Dog, Every Day!

While Every Dog, Every Day! Is a journey for many shelters, DPFL hopes to provide the resources to make it a destination-and reality-for all shelters so that no dog spends a single day without an opportunity for enrichment and play.

Do you support Every Dog, Every Day? Help DPFL provide the support needed to inspire shelters to achieve Every Dog, Every Day! by donating.

All donations will be used to provide seminars, free of cost, to open admission shelters. Every Dog, Every Day! Let them play!

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