Orvis Animal Care Grant

Montgomery County Animal Care and Control: Orvis Animal Care Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Orvis grant was used to provide enrichment and stress-relief items for our shelter animals. We were able to provide enrichment items such as Kong treat toys and Nylabone chew rings, as well as stress- and anxiety-relief products such as Thundershirts, Feliway cat calming pheromones, and Adaptil calming diffusers for our adoption and stray-dog areas.

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

Many of the animals that enter our shelter are under a tremendous amount of stress, especially those animals who are here for extended periods of time. Boredom also becomes an overwhelming stressor for many of the animals in our care. By combining pet enrichment with stress-reducing products, we were able to provide items to our cat and dog areas to help reduce their boredom and stress levels. Some of greatest successes were in our cat rooms and puppy rooms. Our cat rooms were provided with a Feliway diffuser, which provided calming cat pheromones in each room. The result, observed over a period of a month, showing a vast majority of cats in our care were much more relaxed, easier to handle and were much more comfortable. This helped in increasing our cat adoption rates over the last two months due to patrons being able to handle and interact with our adoptable cats more easily.

One challenge we had faced in the past was reducing stress for our small dogs and puppies that entered our shelter. In most instances, our smaller dogs and puppies were delayed in being able to be moved up for adoption due to their heightened stress level and requiring a longer isolation period to become adjusted to the shelter environment. Upon deploying two items, an Adaptil diffuser providing calming pheromones and a Smart Love behavioral toy, we saw great progress with our smaller dogs and puppies, especially our puppies.

The Smart Love toy is a small stuffed dog that emits a constant heartbeat and heat to mimic another living creature. See our success story below! We were also able to provide various sizes of Thundershirt anti-anxiety vests for our animals that display a higher than normal stress level while here at the shelter.

How many pets did this grant help?

30

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

Delvina is a chocolate Labrador puppy who entered our shelter and displayed higher than normal stress and anxiety. Delvina was difficult to handle, would constantly tremble, and became aggressive around other dogs. Delvina did not interact and would stay to the back of her kennel each day during morning cleaning. Staff had attempted several different techniques, some with slight success, but Delvina was still very timid and scared in her kennel.

Staff then requested to try the Smart Pet Love Behavior Aid toy and equipped the toy with a heating pack and activated the internal heartbeat. Upon providing this item to Delvina and rechecking her status later in the afternoon, staff were pleasantly surprised to see Delvina interacting with the toy and later had fallen asleep on top of it.

After a couple of days, staff noted a tremendous improvement in Delvina’s demeanor: She became easier to handle, and after several days, displayed no aggression towards other dogs. We were able to move her up to adoption after four days of this treatment, although she retained her plush toy, and she became a smash hit with the shelter and our patrons! You can meet her here.

Humane Society of Marion County: Orvis Animal Care Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Seven XL Kuranda beds for dogs

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

We are so happy to have the seven XL Kuranda beds. Our old Kuranda beds had holes in them from the dogs chewing on them and also they were not as large as the ones we purchased with this Orvis Animal Care grant. We mostly have large dogs and many are older, so these beds help them feel comfortable during their stay at our shelter and keep them elevated off the ground until forever homes can be found. The beds are durable, easy to clean, last for many years and can help many dogs. We appreciate the Orvis Animal Care Grant and the Petfinder Foundation for providing these beds.

How many pets did this grant help?

Seven and many more, as they can be reused.

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

Lucy (first and second photos) and Ringo (third and fourth photos) needed the new beds the most, as their beds had huge holes in them. Once the beds were assembled, Ringo and Lucy were the first in line to receive their new beds. It only took them a couple of minutes to check them out and climb on on top of them, lounging comfortably. Their former beds had huge holes in them and they would still lie on them, but they were certainly not as comfortable for them as these wonderful new beds. These new beds are larger, too, so Ringo — who is a very large senior dog at over 75 lbs. — can stretch out in comfort while waiting for his furever home. Ringo and Lucy are both senior dogs and are still awaiting furever homes. The remaining five beds go to the other pups at the shelter. These beds are amazing because they can be easily cleaned and reused for many dogs in the future.

Meet Lucy here.

Meet Ringo here.

Needy Paws Animal Shelter: Orvis Animal Care Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Purchasing toys, treats, food puzzles, and other materials to develop and implement a shelter-dog enrichment program.

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

Without this grant, we would not have been able to allocate funds to dog enrichment. Our shelter is in a rural area and has a long length of stay, which means our animals experience a lot of stress and boredom. Our being able to give out toys, food puzzles, treat dispensers, and other fun items has helped the dogs to be happier, healthier, and more adoptable.

How many pets did this grant help?

30-40

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

Fraggle came to us with a very bad case of demodex mange. His skin was so inflamed, sore, and itchy that it was difficult to pet or play with him without causing him discomfort. And Fraggle was ALL puppy, too! We did our best to work with him as he went through treatment, but it was very hard to teach him basic manners and play styles without hurting his skin. When our shipment of toys, treats and other items arrived, we were able to develop an enrichment plan that allowed Fraggle to learn to sit, refrain from jumping on people, and not play-bite people’s hands without our having to handle him in a way that made him feel pain or discomfort. As Fraggle healed and his behavior improved, he became a staff and community favorite!

Fraggle has since been adopted, and his new mom loves him very much!

Cane Rosso Rescue: Orvis Animal Care Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Thank you!! We were able to use the money to purchase cameras and lights to allow our dogs to be outside more in a safe environment. In addition, we were able to install an inside bathing area.

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

The grant enables us to provide warm bathing areas during the cold months as well as for dogs who are struggling with skin infections, and are low in weight and can’t get too cold. It has been life-changing for us. In addition, we are able to allow them to be outside and play in a safe, controlled area.

How many pets did this grant help?

Ongoing

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

Clifford was thrown from a car because his owners didn’t want to deal with his skin condition, which was the result of an autoimmune disease. He was in such bad shape, but we were able to give him soothing baths to help alleviate his pain, with warm water in a safe place. He is doing so well now and is adopted!

Alberta (AB) Herding Dog Rescue: Orvis Animal Care Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The grant money was used to purchase Roll Over chew treats, bully sticks & twists.

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

The foster dogs in our care have rotating play-yard privileges (with dogs of similar size and personality) and while they wait their turn to go outside to play, we like to give them something to chew on. The act of chewing provides stress relief for these highly active and energetic dogs. It provides them an allowable outlet other than chewing or destroying things they shouldn’t.

How many pets did this grant help?

More than 30 dogs over several weeks.

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

In the time that we had these chews, we had five dogs adopted (pictured from top to bottom): Chewy, Sadie, Maui, Jack and Roxy. Sadly, we have run out of the chews and still have many more dogs looking for forever homes.

Autumn Acres Animal Rescue: Orvis Animal Care Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

With the generous $1,000 granted to Autumn Acres Animal Rescue through the Orvis partnership, we were able to purchase 12 large dog beds, three cases of 51 dental chews, three small Nylabone chew bones, 15 normal-sized squeaking tennis ball packages, a large variety of Gnawsome Squeaker Ball toys (various sizes/colors), five extra-large Nylabone dog chew bones, five large alligator squeak toys, five extra-large Kong squeak tennis balls, 20 plush squeaker toys, five mat-style dog beds, 20 cases of dog biscuits, two puzzle toys with filler treats, and seven rubber squeaky toys for the tougher chewers.

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

Our rescue focuses on the dogs most in need. We take the ones who will be harder to place, which means they will have a longer-than-normal stay time. We currently have 33 dogs in our program and they all enjoyed toys, treats, or beds from this donation. Six dogs have been adopted in the past 60 days and they also enjoyed the treats and toys. We still have toys saved for more dogs as they come in. We like to give each new dog a special toy and blanket to be theirs. We have two dogs going through heartworm treatment and they love the puzzle toys. It gives them something to do while they are on exercise restriction. We expect this grant to help 75 dogs in total.

How many pets did this grant help?

39 so far.

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

Jerry (first photo) came to us through the local city shelter. He was also a part of their special-handling unit. He didn’t handle being on the shelter floor very well and was shut down and growling. Once he was moved to a quieter place, they saw him open up more, and they reached out to rescues to help. We went to meet him and he was so sweet with other dogs and just a bit nervous with humans. We knew he’d love our daycare environment and pulled him. Jerry is a big goofy clown for the most part. He loves toys, loves his people, and is a blast. But he doesn’t like strangers and he doesn’t like when people “force” him to do things. He’s been working with a trainer and he’s going to be just great in the right home. Meet Jerry here.

Ollie (second photo) came to us through the local city shelter. He was a “special handling” case and was up for euthanasia. He has barrier issues and will not allow strangers to touch him. Once he gets to know you, he’s a total clown. He is a special-needs boy who has some potty accidents when stressed, and visitors can stress him. He needs an understanding home willing to go gently with him. He LOVES toys. He was thrilled to have new toys. Meet Ollie here.

Dinah (third photo) is a sweet pit bull/hound-mix girl who is as dog friendly as they come. She loves all people, loves dogs, loves water, loves toys, loves life! She was overlooked for so long, but she was adopted just recently 🙂 She did get to play with toys and loved a green ball!

Bubbles and her sister Blossom (fourth photo) are two very aloof Chihuahua mixes. They will pick one person, and once they’ve bonded with that one person, no one else matters. They are super sweet to their one person. They are crate-trained, they follow you around for treats and give your fingers kisses, but they won’t allow strangers to touch them and will avoid interactions as much as possible. It’s hard to get people to give them a chance. They want the dogs who greet happily, and because Bubbles and Blossom ignore them, they decide not to go further. Bubbles and Blossom loved their new toys and their little nylabones. Meet Bubbles and Blossom here.

Cheddar (fifth photo) is a sweet, easygoing dog with people. He loves to play fetch, loves kids, and he’s house-trained and well-behaved. Cheddar came to us through the Springfield, MO, shelter. That shelter doesn’t adopt to the public, and the only way dogs make it out alive is through a large network of rescue groups. Cheddar loves fetch and was thrilled with the new toys. Meet Cheddar here.

Miles, a.k.a. Miracle Miles (sixth and seventh photos), has an incredible story: “Tonight was a reminder that God always has plans for us. I was driving home and it was around midnight, which means it’s dark as can be on our country road. As I’m coming up to the Cooley Lake area along 210, there’s a red dog walking down the road. He’s coming straight towards my headlights and looks totally lost.

“210 is a two-lane highway with a 60-mph speed limit. I immediately slow down, turn on my flashers and move to the side of the road. I roll down my car window and try talking to the dog. He’s looking at my car and has a scared-but-wanting-saved look. Either someone had dumped him or he’d gotten himself completely lost.

“I get out of my car because another car is coming behind me. I wave and try to slow him down. The dog is still standing in the middle of the road. The driver stops in the middle of the road and sees the dog/me and decides to help. This awesome guy pulls over in front of me and starts tossing fast food at the dog to try to get him to come. He’s crouched down and trying to lure the scared red dog.

“As I’m digging in my trunk for food/toys/leashes, another car is coming. So I start standing in the road waving a bag in my hand to TRY to slow the car down. This car refuses to slow at all and comes so damn close to hitting the dog. It’s an absolute miracle it misses him.

“Another car is coming shortly after and the dog is still pacing back and forth from one side of the road to the other. At least this car slows down before driving past.

“And then a train goes by and between the train, the cars almost hitting him, and us, he decides we aren’t as scary anymore. The dog is really wanting to get into a car and the guy opens his car door and the dog climbs in. That guy was AWESOME.

“Without the two of us working together, I think that dog would have been killed. God put us both together at the right time and right spot to be able to catch this dog.

“We took him in; he had no microchip, and the next day I checked the area where we’d found him during the daylight. There was a red blanket next to the road. We placed found ads and posted him found all over. No one ever called. We checked all of the lost-pet reports; no one ever posted about him. We brought him in to our vet for his vetting and found that he is highly heartworm-positive. He’s a sweetheart. Totally. He’s a ham for photos and he’s got so much personality and charisma. I think he could be a movie dog or a TV commercial dog. The entire vet staff just adored him. He’s currently going through heartworm treatment. He’s on the preliminary meds and he gets his first injection on Nov. 20. He’s not listed on Petfinder yet, but he will be once he’s over his treatment.

Kauai Humane Society: Orvis Animal Care Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money provided for by this grant went to several different enrichment toys and tools. We purchased ball launchers so that our staff could throw balls to the dogs in our play yards much farther than by hand. We are using a few different types of these launchers in order to evaluate which one is the most popular with our animals. The dog puzzles, treat-dispensing games, and fun feeder bowls are all part of our mental-stimulation program that offers our dogs the chance to think and activate their minds while playing. We notice an increase in calm behavior and general well-being when dogs are using these tools. Several of our products also aid in teeth-cleaning, so these toys offer the chance for dogs to receive physical stimulation while also improving their oral health. Our dog pools are another product that is enjoyed by our dogs; they provide environmental stimulation, and are a favorite with several.

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

This grant has helped us to increase the mental and physical enrichment, as well as the behavioral and environmental stimulation, of the dogs in our care. Offering these tools is key to keeping a high quality of life for the animals at our humane society and ensuring that they are receiving the best care possible. Without this grant, the number of toys, diversity of toys, and quality of activities available for the dogs in the play yards would not be as high.

How many pets did this grant help?

Over the past six months, this have been more than 75 dogs who have benefited.

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

Bingo (first photo) is one of our adoptable dogs who has especially enjoyed our mental and physical enrichment and stimulation program. He especially loves our dog wading pools and will play in the water, splash around, and have so much fun, he never wants to leave! He is a 20-month-old retriever and Labrador mix who was brought in as a stray in July of this year. He is very energetic, loves treats, and is very sweet. We have included some photos of him. He was transferred to one of our mainland partner agencies, East Bay SPCA on Oct. 11.

Cooper's Chance Animal Rescue: Orvis Animal Care Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Grant funds were used to purchase enrichment items, toys and treats for our shelter pets to reduce stress and anxiety, helping them to get adopted faster.

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

The grant helped us to purchase enrichment items to engage our shelter pets for training, reduce stress and anxiety, and help build trust; this helps the pet to be adoptable faster and transition into a new home more easily.

How many pets did this grant help?

200

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

Barkley was surrendered to the shelter after his family moved and couldn’t take him with them. Barkley was devastated, scared and confused when we rescued him and brought him to safety in a loving foster home. The poor guy was shut down, refused even the yummiest of treats and wouldn’t eat regular food. His foster mom began to gain his trust slowly by offering him a Nobbly Wobbly toy stuffed with peanut butter (first photo), which he loved. After a few days, she was able to hand-feed him, and soon he was standing with the rest of the pack eating his kibble, confident and happy. He was adopted by a great family, and he still enjoys peanut-butter stuffing!

Demi's Animal Rescue: Orvis Animal Care Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Our $992 Orvis grant is currently being used for behavior-modification training of three dogs to get them ready for adoption. We used $119.12 to purchase necessary training and enrichment tools such as four Gentle Leader head collars, four Kong toys, and training treats. The remaining $872.88 is covering the training costs.

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

The Orvis grant is supplying these dogs with necessary behavior modification to assist in issues such as separation anxiety and under-socialization resulting in minor aggression, and to work on confidence-building. These components go beyond the standard training our dogs get – walking on a leash, potty-training, and basic commands (sit, stay, etc.). The reason for this is that these three dogs demonstrated escalated behavior issues that we feel are barriers to their adoptions. Each of these dogs has been residing in a foster home, making it easy for us to detect their behavior issues and monitor the progress they’re making. The training sessions are being completed by Marie and Tyson of Canine/Feline Behavioral Counseling, and we estimate their training will be completed by the end of September.

How many pets did this grant help?

3

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

Creflo (first photo) has had a long but sheltered life. He spent his 10 years alive with one person in one home (second photo). He was not introduced to the outside world, making his new life, since his owner died, very scary. When Creflo’s owner passed away, a local shelter in Southern Colorado asked if we could bring him to Denver for a chance at adoption.

Demi’s Animal Rescue decided to bring him in and sent him to a foster who was ready to relax with an old dog. Unfortunately, within the first 24 hours, Creflo’s fear began to show through. He was refusing to get off the couch and proceeded to growl and snap at the foster parents.

He was immediately relocated to another foster home, where he spent months slowly gaining his confidence in a new environment. He progressed from refusing to go out to the yard to making it to the end of the driveway, and eventually was able to go for short walks around the block. After some time, Creflo had to once again move to another foster home for snapping and growling at the husband in the home.

This time we got Creflo into one of our most experienced foster homes that has taken behavior cases for us before. Since his arrival, he has blossomed with the other dogs, but things have continued to be a challenge, such as trying to get him in a car for vet appointments. We have found a mobile groomer to slowly work with him to trim his nails and remove his mats. While we work on a mobile vet to see if he may be in some pain due to his arthritis, Marie of Canine/Feline Behavioral Counseling is helping him adjust to the new world around him.

He is being helped to become socialized to new things and to allow people to complete tasks that are necessary for his health and quality of life.

Despite these issues, he still gets along well with other dogs and he’s really sweet – which makes us feel like he’s still worthy of being adopted to a good home.

So here’s how the trainings going to help him: Training will help him realize that his new world isn’t so scary and people are around to take care of him and help him live out the rest of his years to the fullest. Training will also help his new adopter gain the ability to get him where he needs to go and to take care of him properly by managing grooming, vet visits, nail trimmings, etc.

Given his cranky and grumpy disposition and the challenges of transporting him, the trainer comes to him.

He has not been adopted yet, but we have high hopes! And we are happy to follow up with the Petfinder Foundation once he has. Creflo’s listing can be found here.

The other two dogs who were chosen to benefit from the Orvis grant are also still in our care, but getting close to being adoption-ready! One is a small dog named Coco (third and fourth photos) whom we took from an abusive owner. We thought she was ready to be adopted, but she was quickly returned due to conflict with the other dog in the home. We are reevaluating her, as some new concerning behaviors have shown up. We are going to let her decompress and work with Marie to build her confidence so that the next home she enters will be the last! Coco’s listing is currently inactive due to the demand for her breed. We are waiting for her training to be complete before making her available and searching for the right home.

The last dog’s name is Ellie (fifth and sixth photos); she is getting help with her lack of confidence and under-socialization, which are causing concerning behaviors. She is very new to our organization and we are starting off her journey with us by letting her decompress and helping her adjust to her new surroundings while Marie guides the foster parents on how to prepare her for adoption.

Ellie’s listing can be found here.

Marshall County Animal Control: Orvis Animal Care Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Orvis grant money was used for enrichment items at our dog shelter. We were able to purchase items that the dogs would otherwise not receive while staying at the shelter. The items included a radio and rechargeable batteries for music enrichment, dog treats, Kong toys, baby pools for cooling down and baths, blankets, leashes for going on walks with volunteers, and shampoo. It’s like Christmas at the dog shelter!

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

It’s very obvious that music calms the dogs. We house an average of 35 dogs within one building, so music has a great calming effect. All the dogs love their daily treats and walking with volunteers on their new leashes. Another big hit among the dogs are the cow ears and Dentastix. All these wonderful enrichment items reduce the overall stress level of each dog.

How many pets did this grant help?

100 or more

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

Poor Lolita (first photo) is currently the resident who’s been with us the longest. She enjoys the radio being by her kennel. She gets excited to get a daily treat. She is thrilled to go for walks with volunteers now that there is an adequate supply of good leashes available. Lolita’s favorite treat is cow ears! She was also able to enjoy a cool-down bath in the baby pool twice already. She’s an easy girl to please, but it’s heartwarming to know we can now provide her and many others with an added bonus on each of their days with us.

Lolita is still available for adoption but has a commitment from a rescue organization and will be transported in two weeks. Meet Lolita here.