Orvis Animal Care Grant

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.

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, third, and fourth 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.