Your article about the San Martin Shelter (Gilroy Dispatch, Jan. 13) accurately described the dire situation at shelters across the nation. Very few people know that dogs can be taken out for a field trip! Not all dog lovers can adopt or foster, but who doesn’t have a few hours to give a dog an afternoon or morning away from the shelter? A dog that has been socialized more has a better chance to be adopted. I am personally encouraging my friends and neighbors to do this. Please help spread the word.