Are you the active type who loves to explore the great outdoors? Well, do we have a buddy for you!

Our “exercise buddies” are adoptable dogs who will keep up with you every step of the way during runs, walks, and hikes around Southern California.

Here are six great reasons to adopt an exercise buddy:

  1. It’s much cheaper than a personal trainer
  2. You’ll be inspired to move every day
  3. Your dog will keep you safe from other critters on nature trails
  4. You'll both stay healthy and in great shape together
  5. Adventures are much more fun with a buddy by your side
  6. You’ll promote the joys of adoption with every step

Ready to meet some fabulous exercise buddies? Here are six awesome dogs to choose from, many of whom have passed our CLASS (Canine Life and Social Skills Program), which means they know commands such as sit, stay, come, wait, and much more!

Butterscotch - 6 year old American Pit Bull Terrier mix - CLASS Graduate
Who’s as sweet as her name but calorie free? Butterscotch! This pretty girl with the soulful eyes loves people and will get very wiggly when meeting someone new. She has agility experience and likes to walk on the A frame. Butterscotch has a nice medium energy - part exercise buddy, part couch potato - and will thrive as your only pet.
Titan - 5 year old German Shepherd mix - CLASS Graduate
Wanna stop traffic wherever you go? Adopt this handsome fella! Titan is a smart, friendly, and energetic German Shepherd mix. He knows several commands and enjoys learning new things. Titan wants to be your one and only pet, so he can focus all his attention on you. He loves to explore, so get ready for lots of fun and adventure with Titan by your side!
Travis - 5 year old German Shorthaired Pointer mix 
This handsome fella was lovingly described as a “goofball” by his foster family. He loves meeting new people and going for long walks or runs, with his ears flapping in the wind. Travis appears to be house-trained and has nice in-home manners. Travis would flourish with a savvy adopter that would keep him focused and active. In return, you’ll get a loyal best friend for life!
Bleu - 5 year old Australian Cattle Dog Mix - CLASS Graduate
Do you like to explore the trails less traveled? Then Bleu is perfect for you. He’s a highly intelligent guy who can be a little wary of meeting new people. Instead, Bleu prefers one on one time and lots of space to roam. He’s fabulous at agility and loves play time in the yard. This striking fella would be a great companion for a dog savvy adopter.

For more information on any of our exercise buddies, contact or come to the Best Friends Pet Adoption & Spay/Neuter Center, 15321 Brand Boulevard, Mission Hills. We’re open daily from noon to 8 p.m.