Orvis Animal Care Grant

Animal Rescue of the Rockies: Orvis Animal Care Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We were able to purchase lots of dog toys and dog beds.

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

The grant helped these pets feel happy and secure in their foster homes. Often, a bed or toy from the foster home is sent along to the adoptive home as an added security blanket — a very positive benefit. The toys helped the dogs learn positive chewing activities, not destructive behaviors. The beds kept the dogs snug and warm.

How many pets did this grant help?

250

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

We are so happy to share that Sawyer was recently adopted! He came to us in November and after the first day, his foster mom said, “Sawyer is completely shut down. After we got him inside after he spent three hours last night running/hiding in our backyard, he’s gone out one time today and has not moved from the same spot. We haven’t had a dog this despondent before. It’s heartbreaking.”

It took him over a month to get comfortable with his foster parents. He was adopted out once, but returned because he wouldn’t stop howling in his new home. Then it took five or more additional meet-and-greets for him to finally find the perfect home! Sawyer has come a long way, with more to go. But he’s with a great and patient family now. The second and third photos are of Sawyer in his new home and meeting the grandbaby for the first time.

We can’t thank his foster parents, Toni and Jim, enough. They love him so much and worked so hard with him. And a huge thanks to Debbie and Thomas for giving Sawyer a chance and adopting him.

Adopt-A-Dog: Orvis Animal Care Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The funds were used to purchase enrichment toys for the dogs in our care who needed new stimulation. Many have been long-term residents, so we look to find different ways to engage and interest them. These funds were used to buy Kongs, flirt poles, Chuckit! cubes, and tunnels.

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

The funds helped our pack a lot by giving them new things to play with, especially during the winter months and during Covid when volunteers were not able to come on-site to walk them. In addition, the Kongs helped our volunteers stay engaged through our Kong and Dash program: We left empty Kongs in a bin outside and volunteers would take them home, fill them with shelter-approved treats, and then drop them back. A win/win for dogs and people!

How many pets did this grant help?

18

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

Because many of our dogs do not socialize well with other dogs, they need to be stimulated by toys and activities with their trainers and handlers. All of the Adopt-A-Dog pack benefited from the toys and activities purchased with the Orvis Animal Care Grant. One example of a specific dog who benefited is Leo (first photo), who is our longest resident and sadly needed ACL surgery. While he did his rehab and recovery, those Kongs filled with treats kept him calm and busy! Meet Leo here.

South Jersey Regional Animal Shelter: Orvis Animal Care Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The grant funds were used to purchase enrichment items such as Kong Wobblers, Kongs, PVC feeder supplies as well as Indestructaballs.

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

SJRAS has been able to provide enrichment to the dogs in our care at a more consistent and creative level than before thanks to these supplies.

How many pets did this grant help?

38 dogs

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

Ninja was staying at the shelter on a court hold as part of a cruelty case. He was with us for more than a year. Our staff was challenged with keeping him stimulated both physically and mentally. Thanks to the Orvis grant, we were able to provide him a wide variety of enrichment items and activities. Ninja was finally released to SJRAS after 417 days! He was transferred to one of our rescue partners so that he could begin the next chapter in his life!

Humane Society of Wicomico County: Orvis Animal Care Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Our grant was used for our shelter to purchase dog enrichment toys. We purchased a combination of enrichment puzzles as well as knuckle bones that would keep our pups occupied for long periods of time.

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

Even though our animals are very fortunate to have a large amount of volunteers and staff that take them out for walks, they still have to spend a good amount of time in their kennels. These toys really keep our dogs’ minds working in a good way and provide so much entertainment to them. Two times a week, we would have enrichment day and allow our young volunteers to fill the toys. Every foster is also provided with a toy to take home and use during the time they are fostering.

How many pets did this grant help?

77

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

Jax, a 6-month-old hound mix, is super smart and benefits from having something to entertain his mind. He is so interested in the puzzle and works very had to get those treats out. Allowing him to play with his Kong once a day is so beneficial to this young pup. Jax has an approved application at this time, but has not left the building yet. We are so excited to see him grow and mature in a loving home.

Lee County Humane Society: Orvis Animal Care Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Lee County Humane Society (LCHS) used these grant funds to purchase two tetherball playsets for use in two of our play yards.

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

This grant helped our organization and the pets in our care by engaging our community through the installation of the two tetherball sets and enriching the lives of our resident adoptable companion animals by providing them with additional tools to stimulate their minds and bodies through exercise and play.

How many pets did this grant help?

We currently have 45 dogs in our shelter who use our play yards twice daily.

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

Titus, a 3-year-old pit bull terrier mix, came to our shelter 85 days ago. While he has yet to be adopted, he has been in foster care, and his foster has given rave reviews regarding Titus and how he is in a home. Titus is back in our care while his foster travels for the holidays and was more than happy to test our new tetherball installation. This exercise is perfect for a super-active boy like Titus. He thoroughly enjoyed his play session and is much happier in his kennel afterwards. This enrichment is invaluable for our residents while they await their adoption day, and we thank you for this grant funding to provide this opportunity for them!

Meet Titus here.

UPDATE: Titus was adopted on Jan. 9, 2021 (last photo)!

Houndhaven, Inc.: Orvis Animal Care Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The funds will be used for three CD players to be used in kennel areas to play music and enrich the environment for our canine guests. To the extent there are funds left over, we will purchase new Nylabones for our dogs to enjoy.

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

This grant will enable us to enrich the lives of our canine guests. It is stressful for them to live in a kennel environment, especially those who are with us for months. By playing soothing music in our kennel areas and providing our guests with Nylabones to chew and help pass the time, we hope to make their lives a little more pleasant while they wait for their forever homes.

How many pets did this grant help?

We typically have 15-20 dogs at a time and rescue 75-100 per year. Assuming these items last for five years, it could be as many as 500 dogs!

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

We have not yet gotten the check, but as soon as we do and get the items, we anticipate that it will help Tripp. He is a 7-year-old black Lab whose owner didn’t bother to reclaim him from Animal Control, although he knew Tripp was there. We couldn’t let this poor boy sit there, unloved and unwanted, so we brought him to Houndhaven. He misses being in a home, and barks constantly when anyone is around. We think that music will help soothe him and help relieve his stress. Meet Tripp here.

Paris Animal Welfare Society: Orvis Animal Care Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We purchased much-needed enrichment toys for our dogs.

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

Despite the pandemic taking a toll on shelters across the country, we were incredibly thankful to receive a grant to provide toys for our dogs. With transports being put on hold for months on end, our dogs ended up having longer lengths of stay. Instead of the dogs creating unwanted kennel behaviors due to being in the shelter environment longer than anticipated, the Orvis Care Grant allowed us to keep their minds busy and tails wagging! We have continued to have a decrease in unwanted behavior and have found new, innovative ways to add to our dog enrichment program.

How many pets did this grant help?

783

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

Arlo arrived at the Nicholas County Animal Shelter after being found as a stray. Although Arlo was covered in fleas, emaciated, and anemic, his tail never stopped wagging. After bloodwork and additional medical care, he was diagnosed with advanced lymphoma and a heart condition. Due to his health conditions, he became a “fospice” dog with a bucket list — including his own birthday party!

Arlo got to spend his last few months eating cheeseburgers, peeing on furniture, snuggling up with his foster mom, and enjoying playing with his own toys!

He absolutely loved his Nylabones and puzzle toys that helped keep his senior mind busy. The most rewarding thing for any foster, staff member, or volunteer is seeing a dog who most likely did not have an opportunity to play with toys before come out of his shell and enjoy life — especially a senior pup!

Capital Area Humane Society: Orvis Animal Care Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

This money was used to purchase Pet Tutor treat dispensers for a few of our dog kennels.

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

The Pet Tutors have been very helpful in keeping our kennel area quiet. Pet Tutors have helped scared dogs be brave and approach the front of their run for fallen treats. This has helped adopters better view the dog and increased the dog’s chance of getting adopted. There’s usually one dog in the kennels who will start barking and set off a chain reaction and every other dog will start barking. If we put a Pet Tutor on his kennel, that dog has stayed quiet longer and has minimized the chain reaction of barks. Overall, the Pet Tutors have helped our dogs de-stress and given them something enriching in their kennel environment.

How many pets did this grant help?

50

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

Bailey was a sweet 2-year-old dog who was transferred to our shelter from a local animal control after she was found as a stray. She was afraid of our kennel environment and all the barking dogs. She hid in the back of her kennel and very rarely ventured to the front. She was passed over by potential adopters for weeks.

Once we received the Pet Tutors, we decided to place one on the front of her kennel. It didn’t take long for Bailey to catch on that they contained treats. She would hesitantly go to the front of her kennel to eat the fallen treats. Within 10 days of placing the Pet Tutor on her kennel, she was adopted into her forever home.

Independence Animal Services: Orvis Animal Care Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money was used for many items to help enrich the lives of our dogs as they wait to be adopted. We purchased several dog puzzle-treat toys, dental chew toys, bones for aggressive chewers, Hyper Pet IQ Treat Mats, interactive KONG toys, snuffle mats, agility tunnels, mega play balls, flirt poles, and several muffin pans for a treat-seeking game that we love to play.

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

One of the most important things that we had to keep alive during this pandemic was the dogs’ mental and emotional well-being. We have been closed to the public since March 2020, and we have not been able to allow volunteers in since then. The volunteers were so important for keeping our dogs active; they would come to walk the dogs and provide them with exciting enrichment. Without the volunteers, it has been difficult to make sure that every dog had enrichment and daily stimuli.

This grant has provided amazing opportunities to enhance the daily lives of the dogs. The agility tunnels, mega play balls, and flirt poles make for incredible exercise and training opportunities. The snuffle mat, puzzle treat toys, and lick mats force the dogs to use their brains. The muffin pans are filled with treats and then covered with tennis balls, so that the dogs must search for a tasty surprise. The chew toys keep the dogs focused on one activity and prevent them from getting restless in their kennels.

These activities are so critical for the dogs to prevent the onset of depression that can so easily arise from sitting in a shelter day after day. This has been such a wonderful opportunity.

How many pets did this grant help?

At least 15 dogs so far, but many more will be helped in the future!

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

Zircon was a dog who was surrendered to us by his owner. Due to job changes, the owner had to leave Zircon in the care of someone else, and this person did not properly care for him. Zircon is an Anatolian shepherd. Though he should weigh well over 100 lbs., he was only about 75 lbs. when he arrived.

He was very shy and nervous when he arrived, and it took him quite a while to warm up to anyone. It was difficult to imagine making him available for adoption in that state. However, we dedicated a lot of time to providing exciting enrichment for Zircon on a daily basis. Puzzle feeders and toys were used to make him excited about eating.

It took a bit of work, but Zircon began to come out of his shell! He would “talk” to people by making “boof” sounds and wooing sounds. He seemed excited to be alive!

As of last week, Zircon is in a really promising foster-to-adopt situation with a loving family. I do not believe this would have been possible without daily enrichment activities that improved Zircon’s well-being tremendously.

UPDATE: Zircon has been adopted!

10th Life Surgical Center dba A DOGGIE 4 YOU: Orvis Animal Care Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Agility training equipment: (1) medium size teeter-totter, (1) 15′ agility tunnel, set of dog weaving poles, 2-in-1 dog tire jump/ring and hurdle bar

Rescue Animal MP3 Music Project Equipment: Two Pyle amplifiers for MP3 players. Note: the Rescue Animal MP3 Music Project provided the MP3 players and cords to amplifiers for free via their nonprofit organization. However, we needed to purchase the amplifiers — one for each dog building.

Stress-relief: Four Moropaky Heartbeat dolls for dog anxiety/stress relief

Fun time: One rotating automatic bubble-making machine and two gallons of bubble liquid

Toys: Chew balls, squeaky toys, plush dog toys, throwing balls, puppy teething toys

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

The Orvis grant helps by providing:
1) exercise equipment to train the dogs with
2) stress-relief for abandoned puppies without a mom to cuddle with
3) chew toys to occupy puppies and dogs with the need to chew
4) squeaky toys to engage a dog to prevent constant barking
5) fun time and exercise while chasing and popping bubbles
6) stress-relief from the construction noise as well as lessening the barking in our indoor and outdoor kennel areas of buildings 1 and 2 when listening to the special music composed for animals via the MP3 project

How many pets did this grant help?

160 dogs since the items arrived at the shelter, but it will continue to help many more in the future

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

Walton, a 2-year-old Yorkie/Westie mix, was rescued from the streets of San Antonio along with his brother, Watson, and a 10-year-old whom we believe to be their father, Winston. Both Watson and Winston tested positive for heartworm, but luckily Walton was negative. Walton was a little skittish until he was NOT partnered with his brother. Without his brother, he wanted to play and really, really enjoyed getting a bath!

Once his photo was posted, it did not take long for Walton to begin receiving adoption applications. The perfect mom came looking for a second dog to help a shy dog she had rescued earlier this year from a different shelter. Her shy female dog had been a 5+-year unadopted dog at her former shelter. The shelter-veteran dog was slow to come out of her shell. After visiting our rescue, Walton’s new mom felt that her shy dog needed a friend, and that Walton would be a perfect fit.

Walton was not use to being around a female dog, but his new “sister” immediately took to him because that “shy” girl immediately wanted to play with him. Because Walton does great on leash, he taught his new sister what fun it is to go on long walks with Mom. No longer does his sister crumble into a pile on the floor when it is walk time. Now, she is ready to follow Walton and Mom all around the ranch on their daily walks.

Although Walton was a barker at the rescue, he reportedly has not made a sound in his new home, has not had any indoor accidents, and quickly learned how to use a doggie door. Walton’s new mom says he is the calmest, quietest 2-year-old dog she has ever had the pleasure to adopt. We are thrilled that he quickly settled in to his new home with a sister and a new mom who adores him.