Orvis Animal Care Grant

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.

Humane Society of Carroll County: Orvis Animal Care Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Humane Society of Carroll County utilized our awarded grant to purchase canine enrichment items for our shelter dogs. We purchased items for our play yard for when the dogs are outside, such as a digging pit, a swimming pool, and some agility-course items. We also used it to purchase enrichment items for inside for days that the dogs cannot go outside to play (rainy days, cold days, too-hot days, etc.) such as enrichment puzzles, slow feeders and kong stuffers.

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

When dogs are awaiting their new homes, we try to give them exercise as well as mentally stimulate them because a kennel can be a lonely place if a dog was to spend all of its time in there. This grant allowed us to purchase items that helped to stimulate the dogs not only physically but also mentally while they are here with us awaiting their new families.

How many pets did this grant help?

We currently have 36 dog kennels and this grant allowed us to do something that would benefit all the dogs in our care as well as many future dogs who may come through our doors.

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

Oscar, who is pictured enjoying all of the grant items we purchased, came to us by way of Animal Control. When Oscar arrived to us, he had to have 2 lbs. of matting shaved off of him that had resulted from lack of care and living outside. This sweet boy enjoyed the freedom of a new haircut, and his personality just blossomed from there. When he was exploring our new play-yard set-up outside, we got to see Oscar run, chase balls, dig them out of the new digging pit, chase them around in the pool, and jump through the agility hoop, agility bar, and tunnel to get the ball. Oscar utilized everything and anything that was in our improved play yard. Oscar has gone on to be a spoiled dog who is enjoying the good life in his new forever home.

Humane Society of Marion County: Orvis Animal Care Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

15 sherpa fleece Kuranda dog bed pads

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

Kuranda dog bed pads are wonderful and they fit on the Kuranda beds that we have for each dog. We had two pads that were donated to us for our senior dogs that we love and were very thankful for, but we wanted enough for each dog to have one, especially during the colder months. With the Orvis Animal Care Grant, we purchased a pad for each kennel so the dogs can be snuggly and comfortable on their beds. These pads are also great because they can be washed and reused for many dogs.

How many pets did this grant help?

15 and countless more, as they can be washed and reused for many dogs

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

Tomato (first photo) is a sweet hound mix. She is enjoying her new Kuranda dog pad. Immediately after we put it on the bed, she climbed on with her favorite squeaky toy and snuggled in for the night! You can meet Tomato here.

Bowser, a Pyrenees/retriever mix, was just neutered in the picture below and he was recovering from the surgery. We got the pad just in time. You can see in the picture the shaved spot from his IV. The fleece Kuranda dog bed pad helped him to be comfortable and relax after surgery.

These beds are washable; therefore, they can be used for so many, many dogs during their stay with us prior to adoption. The fleece pads help to keep them comfortable. Not only are the dogs warm and snuggly lying on them, the pads are very soft too.

Humane Society of McCormick County: Orvis Animal Care Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We purchased an item called the Club House Climber. It came from the Step Two Company that produces indoor/outdoor play items and jungle gyms.

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

It provided a climbing surface and play area for our shelter dogs. Originally, the fenced-in area was empty of structures, with just trees. This addition initiated actual play instead of just running. The dogs explored different surfaces and levels and played “hide and seek” activities.

How many pets did this grant help?

This grant item has benefited all of our shelter dogs. We are small, with only 12 pens, but we house about 25 dogs, including puppy litters.

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

We are the only refuge for unwanted animals in the county, and our county has a plethora of unsupervised and roaming dogs producing litters even though we vigorously promote spay and neuter. We have a northern partner that helps us out with puppy litters. We struggle with ways to enrich their experiences so we can send them healthy and happy puppies ready for their forever homes. The puppies are being transported later this month. The Club House Climber helps with their socialization with each other, other dogs, and humans. We believe the play was more fun as we observed more tail wags and relaxed body language.

Chico (first photo) is especially fond of the climber! From his Petfinder profile: “This happy boy is Chico. He loves people and enjoys going for walks. He leans into you when you pet him and he likes to splash around in the baby pool. Chico is an active dog and he is bonded to his favorite playmate, his brother Rico. They play and wrestle together. He doesn’t ever want to go inside, although this could change with some patience. He needs room to run and a privacy fence due to his ability to climb a chain link fence. Chico is butterscotch-colored with white and black markings and one brown eye and one eye that appears white. Chico is neutered, up to date on his shots, microchipped and healthy. He is a beautiful mix of breeds but mostly boxer with a date of birth of 3/26/18 and full grown at 68 lbs. Chico would love to find a home with his brother Rico.” Meet Chico here.

Rancho Coastal Humane Society: Orvis Animal Care Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We purchased products that help stimulate and enrich our shelter dogs during their stay. Items purchased included:
Dog Lick Mat Treat-Dispensing Mat
Peanut Lick Mat Slow-Feeders Distraction Device with Suction Cup
Hyper Pet LickiMat Playdate Blue Slow-Feeder Mat for Dogs
Aquapaw Treat-Dispensing Mat for Dogs
Wilton Recipe Right Non-Stick 6-Cup Jumbo Muffin Pan
KONG Tiltz, Small
KONG Treat Dispenser Hopz Ball Dog Toy, Large
KONG Spin It Treat Dog Toys
KONG Gyro Dog Toy, Small
KONG Treat Dispenser Flipz Dog Toy, Large
Zuke’s Mini Naturals Peanut Butter & Oats Recipe Dog Treats
Zuke’s Mini Naturals Savory Salmon Recipe Dog Treats
Zuke’s Mini Naturals Roasted Chicken Recipe Dog Treats

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

Animal Care and Adoption Director Ashley Llapitan says, “These enrichment items improve and enhance our animals’ mental states, providing mental stimulation to tire them out and keep them occupied. It encourages them to learn to problem-solve and also it helps them build their confidence.”

How many pets did this grant help?

On Sept. 15, 2020, we had 68 dogs in our care. All have the potential to benefit from these new products.

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

Rutabaga, an adorable shepherd/husky mix (first three photos), has been at Rancho Coastal Humane Society (RCHS) since Dec. 23, 2020. At 6 months old, she is still very much a puppy. Rutabaga was brought to RCHS from an overcrowded shelter as part of our transport program. During her time at RCHS, we’re working hard to give Rutabaga plenty of opportunity for training and enrichment. Rutabaga is a little shy and learning her manners.

Our kennel staff regularly uses Lickimats inside Rutabaga’s kennel. These enrichment mats were purchased with the funds from the 2020 Orvis Dog Enrichment Grant. As you can see by the photos, Rutabaga loves her Lickimat. It helps alleviate boredom, promotes calm behavior and gives her a job as she licks and digs for every morsel of embedded treat.

Rutabaga is currently featured on Petfinder.com. We’re hoping she’ll capture someone’s heart who is ready to take on the energy and training needs of a puppy. Meet Rutabaga here.

Pancake (photos 4-8), a 92-lb. mastiff mix, came to the shelter in March. He was adopted and returned once, as the adopters felt Pancake was more dog than they could handle once they got him home. Pancake can and will easily jump a 6-foot fence. He is friendly and playful, but needs to be mentally and physically stimulated.

In the final photo, you can see our staff member Tracy walking Pancake back from the play yards to his kennel. She has a firm grip, but Pancake is clearly distracted and pulling due to the barking and reactions from his kennelmates. However, as soon as Pancake walks into his kennel and notices the special Dog Lick Mat loaded with peanut butter, he quickly calms and focuses his attention on the special treat.

Thank you, Petfinder Foundation, for supporting Rancho Coastal Humane Society.

Animal Rescue of the Rockies: Orvis Animal Care Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We bought beds, blankets and toys for dogs who are in foster care, awaiting their forever homes. If these dogs can be more comfortable and more happy while in foster care, we hope they can get adopted faster.

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

This grant enabled us to provide enrichment to these dogs without taking money away from medical care such as spay/neuter and vaccinations. The enrichment toys kept the dogs stimulated. The beds and blankets are comfy and soft. The dogs enjoy their stay in foster care!

How many pets did this grant help?

250

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

One of our older dogs, Bert, was provided a heated memory-foam bed so that his old bones could be comfy and warm. He really enjoyed this bed prior to his adoption. It’s possible that his smiling face enabled him to get adopted by a wonderful new family.

Tulsa SPCA: Orvis Animal Care Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We used the Petfinder Foundation Orvis Animal Care grant to purchase the following: five wobbler dog toys, five food-cube dog toys, four rawhide dog treats, 13 snuffle feeding mats, five treat-dispensing toys, and 20 slow-feeder bowls,

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

We have used these enrichment items to keep the animals in our care mentally and physically active during their stay with us. Many of the dogs in our care were developing behavioral issues and, due to budget constraints, we did not have a variety of enrichment items. Thanks to the Petfinder Foundation Orvis Animal Care grant, we were able to greatly diversify our selection of enrichment items to prevent boredom and depression while the dogs waited for their forever homes.

How many pets did this grant help?

37 and counting!

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

Cesare (first photo) was a dog in our care who had a difficult time being adopted because he was a senior dog but had never been house trained. He was surrendered to us by a good Samaritan who’d found him wandering the streets but couldn’t keep him. Because Cesare was a larger dog, while he waited for his forever family, his adjustment to the shelter environment was not going well. He would howl and knock over his bed every time someone walked by him. Once we introduced him to our enrichment programs that included enrichment items from the Petfinder Foundation Orvis Animal Care grant (second photo), he turned a corner and we’re happy to report, has been adopted!