SSPA’s Dog’s Day Out program makes a difference in the lives of companion animals by ensuring they get plenty of exercise, attention, and exposure to environments outside of the shelter, all while putting smiles on the faces of the people who share this experience with them. Interested in taking me on an adventure?

Click here to submit a Dog Day OUT application. 

  • Animal ID#: A298326
  • Dog Name: Merle
  • Dog Sex: Male
  • Approximate Age: 3 years
    📣 Merle really needs a family!!!
    This super adorable 3-year-old boy (with some of the best ears around) is looking for a patient and understanding foster or adopter to help him learn to trust and build confidence. Sitting at a shelter isn’t the best scenario for a boy who needs to learn just how wonderful life can be! With the right home, he should start to show his personality and come out of his shell! He is more of a coexist personality with other pups.
    💕 Ready for this rewarding opportunity? Apply to foster or adopt this cutie at or

Submit an application to start the online adoption counseling process or to find out more about Merle.

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Meeting Dogs at the Shelter 

The shelter’s kennels are loud, stressful places for dogs. Some dogs express that stress by exhibiting behavior inside a kennel that they will not show otherwise. Please ask to take the dog you are interested in to a play yard and spend some time getting to know him or her in that more relaxed environment. For more information on meeting dogs at the shelter, please read this article.

Ask About Our Adoption Counseling! 

SSPA offers adoption counseling via email for large-breed dogs at To learn more, visit our adoption page, and to get started, fill out our adoption application and email it to us.

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