Students needed to run with dogs in ‘Paws in Motion’

SUNY Upstate Paws in Motion

Upstate student and Paws in Motion volunteer Dawn Lammert runs with one of the dogs from the SPCA.

Attention, Upstate students who love dogs and exercise …

The Central New York SPCA’s “Paws in Motion” program needs more volunteers to run with their dogs.

Upstate coordinator Dawn Lammert, a student in the MD/PhD program, said volunteer numbers have dwindled, and students can help fill the void.

SUNY Upstate Paws in Motion

Dawn Lammert with Vito, who loves to run.

Upstate students have been running with dogs at the SPCA since shortly after the program began in early 2011.

The idea is that exercise makes the dogs calmer, which leads to quicker adoptions. The students take dogs one at a time for a run on the roads behind the SPCA in Mattydale, and then let them off the leash to play inside a fenced, grassy area.

The SPCA is adding an agility course as part of its renovations (which also include a speaker system so the dogs can listen to soothing classical music), and volunteers will be able to run with the dogs there as well.

The dogs usually have plenty of pent-up energy from being inside the facility, which offers adoptions, education programs, spaying and neutering.

To volunteer with Paws in Motion, e-mail Dawn at or the SPCA’s Terri Para at There’s also a Paws in Motion Facebook page with photos of a lot of paws in motion.

Volunteers must attend an orientation session at the SPCA on East Molloy Road in DeWitt, about a 15-minute drive from campus. General volunteer orientations are on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at 5:30 p.m. The next one is this Tuesday.

Specific orientation for Paws in Motion are held periodically. The program is also in need of harnesses and Martingale collars.


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