You could say that employees at the U.S. Department of Labor are going to the dogs and developing a "pack" mentality—but it's fine with agency brass.
Actually, the "pack" stands for "People/Animal Cardio Klub [sic]," and the dogs are from the Washington Human Society (WHS) shelters. Employee volunteers from the DOL Fitness Association (DOLFA) have been walking and even running with the rescued dogs around the Capitol and Monument grounds as part of a wellness initiative, according the DOL newsletter of May 28.
The effort combines the Obama administration's promotion of community service by federal employees with the "FEDS GET FIT" program. PACK was started in 2008 to pair adoptable shelter dogs with employee joggers. Currently, there are 100 runners participating in the program on a bi-weekly basis.
"It's exercise and fun for both people and animals," said DOLFA member Karen Krieg in the article. "I volunteered because I love animals," added DOLFA member Martha Daniels.
WHS volunteer Dolores Hamilton told the Fido Friendly Blog that the program helps the dogs who have a lot of pent-up energy from staying in the shelters and need a brisk run. And WHS President and CEO Lisa LaFontaine said "there is nothing better than jogging on a sunny day with a best friend."
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