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CHEW Program
Care | Holistic | Enrichment | Wellness

The shelter can be a stressful place for rescue dogs. It’s so important for them to get away from the shelter for a while to decompress, enjoy life and remember/learn what it feels like to be a dog with his or her own family. It’s also a critical component to their rehabilitation and helps to develop behaviors that help them to get adopted.

The CHEW Program is an opportunity for volunteers to take dogs out of the shelter on outings such as to pet friendly restaurants or bars, take them for rides in the car or to a drive through for a puppucino or other dog safe treat, to your house to hang out or spend the night, go to the park on-leash (no dog parks), etc.

Looking for



Be 18 years of age or older


Be one of the following:

  1. A CARE STL volunteer who has attended a CARE STL volunteer orientation and has volunteered at the shelter on at least a weekly basis for one month or bi-weekly basis for two months as evidenced by the volunteer login sheet with no incidents

  2. An approved CARE STL or Needy Paws foster

  3. A personally recommended by a CARE STL staff person or another established CHEW volunteer


Be approved by Kelsey or Kari who will verify the previously stated information as applicable.

It is the responsibility of a CHEW volunteer to protect the dog from a situation in which they may fail or cause a liability for CARE STL; but more importantly, it’s important that your CHEW dog’s experience is stress-free and enjoyable.

Have fun!

For more information, call (314) 696-2444 or email

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