Five mornings a week, shelter dogs go out running with a Florida high school track team.

They spend about an hour together each day, running a couple of miles, resting in the shade, then “sprinting after squirrels,” Bob Ennis, track coach at Steinbrenner High School outside Tampa, told TODAY.

Ennis was pitched the idea by one of his runner’s mothers, who’d read about a similar program in California. As someone who values community engagement, Ennis was happy to pursue it.

He reached out to the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, which also works closely with different groups, including photographers who volunteer to take adoption pictures, and those involved with “yappy hour” fundraisers at area establishments.

“If you have a talent, there is a chance your local shelter can come up with a way to use it to help the animals,” said Glen Hatchell, a dog trainer who works at the Humane Society.

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