Columbus, Ohio (CBS Local) — An animal shelter in Ohio is determined to give dogs a home for the holiday.

The Franklin County Dog Shelter & Adoption Center in Columbus has introduced a program called “Holiday Sleepover,” where interested residents can take a dog home to their family for three days over Thanksgiving or Christmas.

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“It’s just such a happier environment for these dogs to be in a home versus being stuck in a cage, you know, all day,” said Kaye Dickson, director of Franklin County Animal Care & Control.

The program also gives families to get to know the experience of having a furry friend in their homes without a long-term commitment.

“When they bring them back the only thing we ask is we give them a little report card to fill out to get a little more information on the dog than what we had before and we’re hoping that will help them get adopted a lot quicker,” said Dickson told CBS affiliate WBNS.

The shelter currently holds about 240 animals who are looking for forever homes.

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“We’re hoping these host families fall in love with the animals as well and they may definitely adopt them,” said Dickson.