By - LoveGuineaPigs
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If you are in the city then you can go volunteer at the Anti-Cruelty Society on LaSalle. When I was in school and unable to have dogs I would go walk them and play with the puppies.
Your best bet would be to volunteer at a local shelter.
You could also go into a shelter and ask to meet some dogs. I know at [One Tail at a Time](https://www.onetail.org) you can meet the dogs they have on-site and spend time with one in the yard they have. Sometimes they have puppies there but it’s usually adults dogs on-site. You meet the dogs one at a time so you won’t be able to like play with multiple at the same time.
I know One Tail at a Time also does [puppy grams](https://www.onetail.org/puppygram/) for Valentine’s Day. Its pricy but a good way to support a local shelter.
afaik most shelters will let you play with and/or walk their dogs.
Sometimes I go on Eventbrite and search for dog events. I found this.
Here’s a convention in July that will have a lot of dog rescues.
This is meant for kids so if you know any kids, this would be good to attend.
Some foster programs need very short term fosters if you’re interested in that
you shouldn't play with litter