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When Darrell Njos retired five years ago be began volunteering as a dog walker.

"I wanted exercise and I like animals," says Njos" 

He gets lots of both at The Central Dakota Humane Society.

"Dogs don't care what the weather is, they're ready to walk," says Njos. 

Darrell walks with the big dogs even if it's twenty below.

"Some of our volunteers would love to walk the big dogs but they're just a little bit much for them, Darrell's great because he takes out the dogs that sometimes wouldn't get out otherwise," says CDHS Volunteer Director, Mandy Schaaf. 

Volunteers do much more than exercise the dogs, they also make it easier to be adopted out.

"The nice thing about the dog walkers is they actually teach the dogs how to walk nicely on a lease," says Schaaf. 

Fifty abandoned or stray dogs are housed at CDHS but there are only twenty to forty volunteers that show to walk animals during the winter, and when the weather is brutal, Darrel is one of two walkers that show up.

"I think I kind'a went to the dogs when I retired," says Njos. 

Because Darrell now travels a lot his only pet is a goldfish but he says as long as he is able to walk  he'll continue to volunteer.
  









 
  

 

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