Meet The CA High School Cross Country Team That Took Shelter Pups Running and Saw Their Video Go Viral

by Rachael Ray Show Staff 12:18 PM, September 29, 2016

Aired March 9, 2017

According to the ASPCA, there are approximately 3.9 million homeless dogs in the country. Last month, the cross country team at St. Joseph High School in Santa Maria, California went for their daily run and took along some lovable dogs from a nearby shelter to get some fresh air. An adorable video was taken of the team running with the pups and it has gone viral! Their coach, Luis Escobar, says most of the dogs they ran with that day have since found their furever homes, including a pup named Fred who was adopted by one of the students! #FeelGoodFriday anyone?

“This was just a small, tiny, organic, nice gesture of kindness and its resonated with people all across the country,” says Escobar.

Kohl’s caught wind of their kind gesture and gave the team $5,000 to use for athletic gear! It’ll be put to good use because Escobar says his cross country team will continue to take the dogs on their runs. The best part? Other schools across the country are inquiring about how they can do it too!

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