Dog Field Trips/Short-Term Fostering Grant

Animal Care Centers of NYC: Dog Field Trips/Short-Term Fostering Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money is being used to continue outfitting large dogs participating in BoroughBreaks (field trips of several hours), StrayCations (overnight field trips), and even long-term foster placements with well-fitting harnesses. By ensuring dogs leave with harnesses, we enable participants to feel more secure in their ability to manage the dog they are taking into their care. This correlates to getting more large dogs outside of the ACC Care Center and into environments where they are being seen by members of the public. We also purchased treats to help clients navigate around certain behavior issues, and to help dogs focus for better photos, and will be purchasing backpacks that will help participants advertise that their dogs are available for adoption.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

By fitting our animals with appropriate harnesses, and giving participants treats to keep their dogs calm, we’re seeing more large dogs leave for extended breaks. Not only does this provide extra exposure, we also receive incredible photos and information that helps match dogs with their future homes.

How many pets did this grant help?

114 dogs have participated in BoroughBreaks and 29 in StrayCations.

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Warrior 80718 participated in a StrayCation on Veteran’s Day. His BoroughBreaker said: “Hello! My husband and I had the immense pleasure of taking Warrior on a BoroughBreak today from the Manhattan ACC. While he definitely could use a little leash training, he was an absolute joy to be around: sweet as can be, loved treats, and sat all morning with us on a picnic blanket in Central Park. We noticed just in the few hours we spent with him that he became more relaxed, and our hearts went out to him after learning he was surrendered a week ago and this has probably been the most confusing few days of his life. He’s also really good at ‘sit!’ He’s just perfect. We took some photos and wanted to share. Thank you to the staff who organize this great program! We also found it ironically suiting that we were paired with ‘Warrior’ on Veteran’s Day and my husband is a vet 🙂 We hope to volunteer again!”

Warrior was adopted the next day.

Denison Animal Welfare Group: Dog Field Trips/Short-Term Fostering Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We purchased leashes, harnesses, martingale collars, and tags.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

DAWG was able to send people and pets out fully equipped for field trips with safe collars and leashes to prevent escape. The field-trip program helped our pets by letting them be seen out and about in the community and shared across social media.

How many pets did this grant help?

20

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Sherlock was an older dog who hated the shelter environment. He appeared scary and loud, barking and snapping at anyone who walked by his kennel. The odds of him ever being adopted were slim. We sent him out to a foster home with the materials purchased with the Petfinder Foundation grant and he turned into a different animal! Happy and pleasant, his behavior changed completely. He was adopted a short time later.

Kauai Humane Society: Dog Field Trips/Short-Term Fostering Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money from the 2019 Dog Field Trips Grant was used to purchase new leashes, collapsible dog water bowls, and Kaua’i Humane Society metal water bottles for our Shelter Dogs on Field Trips Program.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

Keeping up with our supply needs for our Shelter Dogs on Field Trips program is a challenge. The 2019 Dog Field Trips Grant helped ensure that we have the supplies necessary for our field-trip program to run efficiently, making the program more enjoyable for both our two- and four-legged participants. We include as many of our adoptable dogs as possible in the program because it is important for their mental and physical enrichment. As a result of this funding, we have been able to purchase the supplies we need, ensuring that the field trips we coordinate are safe and that the dogs’ needs will be met while they are out for the day.

How many pets did this grant help?

This grant helps 7-18 dogs, six days a week. It’s difficult to give an exact number of dogs because some go on field trips every day while others go less often. Our best estimate is that close to 50 different dogs have gone on field trips since our new supplies came in.

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

The 2019 Dog Field Trips Grant has helped many dogs get adopted or receive transfer opportunities as a result of their participation in our Shelter Dogs on Field Trips Program! Muriel (first photo), a beautiful hound mix, was one of our dogs who was adopted as a result of our field-trip program. Her adopters took her on a field trip, “fell in love with her sweet brown eyes and warm puppy kisses,” and decided she needed to fly home to Washington to join their family. She is now happy and loved, and adjusting well to life in the Pacific Northwest!

Wylie (second photo), a sweet senior hound mix, was one of our dogs who received a full sponsorship to transfer through our A.L.O.H.A. Transfer Program because one of his field trip chaperones fell in love with him and wanted to see him transferred to a location where he’d have a better chance of getting adopted. Since homes are extremely limited on Kaua’i, she fundraised for his transfer, giving him the opportunity to join one of our rescue partners in Oakland, where he is now living it up in foster care while waiting for a home.