Orvis Animal Care Grant

Lee County Humane Society: Orvis Animal Care Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Our grant money was used to purchase collapsible pools and splash pads for use in our playgroups and play yards to enrich the lives of our shelter dogs while they await adoption.

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

This grant helped the pets in our care by providing them with an additional outlet for their energy, making them more content in their kennels and increasing their adoption appeal.

How many pets did this grant help?

60

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

Cooper (pictured) originally came to LCHS as a stray in March 2020. He was adopted but unfortunately was returned because he was not a good fit for the family. However, we know his perfect home is out there and he is enjoying his splash pad and play time while he waits! You can meet Cooper here.

Noah's Ark SPCA/Humane Society: Orvis Animal Care Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

With the awarded funds, we were able to purchase multiple puzzle toys and durable chew toys for long-term residents in our facility. We were also able to purchase TWO tetherball systems — one for each of our yards for the dogs to play in.

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

This grant helped to enhance the quality of life and enrichment opportunities while animals are in our care, especially for long-term residents, who can suffer from boredom. This grant gave us the opportunity to allow our dogs to “be dogs again,” play with each other, get out of the shelter environment, and have entertainment while in our facility overnight. The puzzle games prevent boredom and reward the dogs with treats once they figure them out. Our dogs are so happy, and so are we!!

How many pets did this grant help?

At least 30

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

Jumbo is a long-term resident who has been in our facility for over three months now. He can stay however long he needs to before finding his furever home, but I could tell he started to suffer from boredom due to the amount of time he has been here.

Jumbo LOVES the puzzle toys and they prevent him from suffering from boredom or “kennel craziness.” Jumbo also really enjoys getting out of his kennel and playing with the tetherball set with the other dogs in our care. It truly improved his quality of life — and he is not the only one! Many dogs in our facility are LOVING the puzzle toys and tetherball sets.

We would not have had the funding if not for the Petfinder Foundation awarding us with this grant. Our fur babies and our team thank you!!! Meet Jumbo here.

Wayne County Humane Society: Orvis Animal Care Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The funds assisted with purchasing outdoor playground equipment for our dogs.

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

The grant helped to provide much-needed enrichment for the dogs in our care.

How many pets did this grant help?

Approximately 400 dogs per year

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

Lucy was our longest stay. She was a great dog but didn’t present well in her kennel. Once we had the playground equipment for enrichment, her demeanor immediately changed. Not long after, Lucy went to her forever home!

Universal City Animal Care and Control: Orvis Animal Care Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Purchase of 11 large Kuranda beds for the dogs.

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

The grant helped our shelter provide Kuranda beds to our large dogs. We previously had beds only for the small and medium dogs, but none for the larger dogs, who would have to lie on the shelter floor on a towel provided.

How many pets did this grant help?

20 as of Aug. 12, 2021 (Received July 28, 2021)

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

A specific animal who benefitted from the grant would be Lady, a 3-year-old female shepherd mix. She had been running loose in the streets for more than a week and was scared and not wanting to be loved on. We had towels lying on the floor to try and provide comfort, but we could see the floor was hard on her and she wasn’t comfortable. After we gave her one of the new large Kuranda dog beds, she immediately laid/stood on the bed and we could tell he was happier and more comfortable. Since giving her the bed, we have been able to work with her and she has become friendlier. She is still available for adoption. You can meet Lady here.

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

What was the money or product used for?

We purchased bully sticks and various dog chews.

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

When the dogs have to be kenneled, the chews provide them something natural and healthy to chew on, keeping them entertained until they are able to get out to play again.

How many pets did this grant help?

15

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

The chews are especially good for the very young pups, Chip (first photo) and Stoli (second photo), that we have in rescue, as they take a little longer to settle down. Chip is currently adoption-pending.

The chews are also great for soothing the nerves of the more worried or nervous dogs, such as Kado (third photo), Doug (fourth photo), and Delilah (fifth photo), who have a need to chew on things just to relax. Delilah is currently waiting on a meet-and-greet with a potential adopter.

Even the long-term fosters and the older, calmer dogs enjoy a chew as a nice treat to break up their routine. Grappler (sixth photo), Roxy (seventh photo), and Flynn (eighth photo) are either waiting for their meet-and-greets or on trial adoptions.

Abandoned Animal Rescue: Orvis Animal Care Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Nylabone Durachews, Kong Extreme dog toys, JW Hol-ee Football dog toys, Jolly Pets Teaser dog toys — all in assorted sizes.

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

This grant provided 73 assorted toys and chews for the dogs awaiting adoption. All dogs are taken to outdoor play yards twice a day to interact with the volunteers; this is important in helping to alleviate shelter stress in the dogs who may be at the shelter a longer time before they are adopted. They are also given safe chews and interactive toys (such as Kongs) for overnight entertainment.

How many pets did this grant help?

60

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

Domino, a young whippet mix, can run like the wind. He is playful, fun, and fast. For dogs like Domino, it is crucial to have enrichment toys while at the shelter. Domino was rescued on a busy highway and happily went with his rescuer. He is a typical adolescent and likes to chew, especially his own collar. Domino is very regal and absolutely stunning. He will make a wonderful companion so long as he has an active family and plenty of sturdy toys! Meet Domino here.

Lola was found as a stray and loved by her rescuer, and now she is loved by AAR volunteers. She is a gentle, sweet girl who just wants lots of tender, loving care. She LOVES to play fetch! Sometimes she has seemed “stand-offish” when meeting new people, but throw the ball, have some fun and you’ll be her new best friend. Meet Lola here.

Humane Society of Morgan County: Orvis Animal Care Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We purchased 12 large wading pools for the dogs’ exercise yard. For some reason, local retailers did not stock them as soon as expected, but we have now received all 12.

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

Though we have several canopies stretched across the exercise yard, it is still very hot on the artificial-turf surface. The dogs can easily drink, splash, or soak in the pools, and they LOVE it.

How many pets did this grant help?

It varies from time to time, depending on adoptions, but at average, our capacity is 20.

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

Lady, a 6-year-old miniature poodle, enjoys the pool in her area. She heads for it whenever she is outside. She is awaiting her spay and a dental before she can be adopted, but we anticipate a quick adoption as soon as she recuperates and is advertised.

Heart of Idaho Animal Sanctuary: Orvis Animal Care Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money was used to buy an assortment of new dog toys and a heavy-duty tether-ball set for use in one of our outdoor play areas.

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

The items purchased are very helpful in keeping the dogs busy and entertained. As you can see from the pictures of Moose and the tetherball (bottom two photos), it helps them use up excess energy and get some exercise. The dogs also like toys for security, just as kids do. We often send them home with the dogs when they are adopted and so need to continually replenish the supply. It was very helpful to have you help with this expense.

How many pets did this grant help?

14 so far and more to come: We were able to buy 40 toys and the tetherball.

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

Scotty (first three photos) and Hansen (photos 4 through 7) were brought to us by a rescue group from Utah, where they were due to be euthanized the next day. Scotty is about 6 years old and probably no longer up to herding cattle full-time. He is a gentle dog who loves people and has decided his new squirrel toy will be his new companion. Hansen, who is about 1.5 years old, is a strong, high-energy dog who was enjoying chasing the rope toy and playing tug of war with it. He will probably like tetherball once we can get it away from Moose (one of our boarders). We don’t know much about Hansen’s story, but both he and Scotty are still looking for good homes and will make wonderful pets.

Meet Scotty here.
Meet Hansen here.

Heart of Jackson Humane Society: Orvis Animal Care Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We purchased more enrichment items for the dogs: feeders, food/treats, and toys. We also used it to take dogs on “out and abouts.” We purchased tags with our name and phone number on them.

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

Without the grant, we would not have purchased any of the items we did. We have always relied on the public to help us with these activities and that support is lacking in our area. The dogs had new items to make them think and keep their minds busy.

How many pets did this grant help?

30

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

Turbo (first and second photos) is the dog whom this grant helped the most. He has been at our shelter for seven years. He was so programmed into a routine, he was deemed unadoptable. With the grant funds, we started taking him out of the shelter. We also used enrichment feeders to change up his routine. He is becoming more comfortable and less anxious outside of the shelter. We have reposted him to Petfinder with the hopes that he will find a home soon.
Meet Turbo here.

Nebraska Humane Society (NHS): Orvis Animal Care Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Grant funds were used to purchase enrichment toys and treats for NHS dogs. Specifically, this included licking-mat sets, nibble feeder balls, squeak and treat toys, and high-value treats. All funds ($1,000) were fully expended as described in the grant application and in the grant agreement.

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

Enrichment is so important for animals in shelters to lessen their stress and anxiety. These tools keep the dogs busy mentally and physically, which is critical to helping them until they find their forever homes via adoption. A dog who is stressed may display behaviors (jumping, pacing, excessive licking) that are not appealing to potential adopters and that can lengthen the dog’s shelter stay. Longer stays stretch shelter resources and staff’s capacity. Enrichment is a winning solution. We are very grateful for your interest and investment in our live-saving work. Thank you so much!

How many pets did this grant help?

500

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

Bruno (first photo), a 7-year old boxer mix, came to NHS in November 2020 for what became a six-month stay. During this time, he was adopted and returned twice before his final adoption on May 8. The enrichment items he received between walks and playgroups and outings were vital in keeping him from becoming overly anxious.