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For some dog lovers, adopting a pet just isn’t an option. It’s a big commitment. Or maybe you’re just unsure if a dog in your home would work out. For shelters, they’re finding that dogs have more of a chance of finding a forever home if they spend a few nights away from the noise and cages in a quiet home.

So Friends of Strays Animal Shelter in St. Pete has created “Maddie’s Fun Sleepover Challenge.” You sign up to have a two-night “pawjama party” with a dog from their shelter. No commitment beyond those two nights. Just give a homeless pup a loving home, food, and water for 2 nights. You’ll actually be part of a study… they’ll ask you how it went, how the dog behaved, etc. Their research tells them that even just a couple nights away from the shelter helps not only the dog but shelter staff and volunteers. For a homeless dog, they get some love, peace, and quiet.

They found that fostered dogs become less likely to be returned once adopted. The 2-month program starts February 23 and online applications are being accepted now. You pick a date and time that works for you to host a homeless dog for two nights.

Posted by Marc Charles

Marc Charles has worked in Radio since 2005. Marc has been active in media in Detroit, Ohio, Canada, and Florida. When he's not blogging for Money Talk Radio, he covers UFC. Follow Marc on social media @TheLegalManMarc & @TheOctagram.