It was a match made in doggy heaven when Rob Hill, an attorney by day and runner by morning/evening/weekends, met Lindsay Marsh, a non-profit leader with a heart for dogs and cardio, through their mutual training group: Team Spiridon.  With their passions combined, they co-created a meetup group in Austin, Texas for people interested in taking a sheltered dog for a run.  From that meetup group,  Rufftail Runners was born.

Rufftail Runners is an organization where volunteers are trained to walk, jog, or run with dogs from shelters to increase the dogs’ quality of life.  On a nice temperate day, an average of 40 dogs are checked out for a romp around beautiful Ladybird Lake just outside APA’s front doors.  From their efforts, APA has seen improved dog behavior, handling, and health all leading to increased adoption rates, and they’re definitely getting the word out about what they’re up to. Rufftail Runners has been featured in Runners World Magazine, Dog Fancy, Austin Fit Magazine, Austin Monthly, and a featured blog post with Ruffwear Performance Dog Gear.

If running + dogs makes your heart melt like it does mine, you don’t want to miss this.  Join Rob and Lindsay at the 2014 American Pets Alive! No-Kill Conference as they teach us what Rufftail Runners is all about, what it took to get the community encouraged to get shelter dogs out on the trail, and the measurable results that inspire and encourage them every day. www.americanpetsalive2014.eventbrite.com

Written by Stephanie Carroll

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