Orvis Animal Care Grant

Animal Rescue of the Rockies: Orvis Animal Care Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Purchase of educational toys to keep both the cats and dogs stimulated. Catnip mice. Dog and cat beds

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

These items keep the cats and dogs happy while they’re waiting for their forever home. The animals are stimulated and using their senses.

How many pets did this grant help?

100

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

Lollie really enjoys catnip. We provided her several different catnip toys to keep her stimulated and happy while waiting for adoption. These toys gave her exercise, too! Lollie was adopted within a few weeks. Seeing her playing with her catnip toys may have made the difference!

Sequoia Humane Society: Orvis Animal Care Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The monies that were granted for this project were spent on dog enrichment for our shelter dogs. We were able to establish a fight kit, should we need it, for group play in our outdoor field and enclosures. Windchimes have been purchased and installed in all of our outdoor kennels, and they seem to calm our dogs during the day while they enjoy fresh air, sunshine and exercise. And lastly, scent enrichment was purchased. We were able to buy and have been using oils and spices for our scent enrichment. Oils that were purchased are: vanilla, almond, coconut, banana, peppermint and eucalyptus extracts; spices are nutmeg, rosemary, parsley, cumin, cinnamon, and parsley; and lastly spray scents of ocean, lavender, cookie and Hawaiian mist.

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

This grant afforded us new opportunities to provide simple activities of enrichment for our shelter dogs. The scent enrichment allows the dogs to use their sense of smell and enhance their senses of smell through different scents throughout the week. The practice has been well-received by the dogs, both in the kennels as well as outdoor areas.

The fight kit was something that we have been needing to in order to engage in group play in our outdoor areas. Staff and volunteers have been trained on the proper use of break sticks, air horns, and blankets should the dogs involved in group play decide to not get along or the play gets too serious. Group play had not been used in our shelter previous to getting this gear so that all parties are safe with their interactions.

The windchimes tap into the dog’s sense of hearing and is soothing to them outdoors in our enclosures. The sounds that resonate from them drown a little of the noise from the cars that pass which is wonderful for some of our more shy dogs learning to feel safe outdoors. It has been a very pleasant addition to our normal.

How many pets did this grant help?

350

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

This grant has helped several of our current dogs in-house. We have been able to engage in group play with several dogs, including Diesel (first and second photos), a large, full-grown doberman who took a liking to Vera (third photo), a cairn terrier mix; and Uno (fourth photo), a big Siberian husky-Pyrenees mix puppy. Having two of them out in the field playing together was fine, but adding the third to the mix created a little too much excitement and air horns stopped all activity so that the humans could return dogs to leashes and calm the situation.

Diesel was recently adopted.
Meet Vera here.
Meet Uno here.

Whitman County Humane Society: Orvis Animal Care Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The grant money that we received was used for purchasing new enrichment items for the dogs that are living at or will come to Whitman County Humane Society. These items are being used to make the dogs’ stays more enjoyable and make them more adoptable!

Some of the items that were purchased included Petstages Dogwood Stick chew toys and a Rubbermaid tote to contain multiple toys that now lives in our play yard so the staff and volunteers have quick and easy access to toys to provide for the dogs during that enrichment activity. Quite a few food enrichment items were purchased that included Lickimats, a Trixie Mad Scientist food windmill, a Foobler ball, chain belt sets to make frozen treats to hang from the fences, and SmartBones calming chews to help keep the dogs busy while helping to keep them calm in an environment as stressful as a shelter.

One item from our original proposal that was not purchased was popsicle molds. This decision was made due to the item that we were wanting to purchase no longer being available and other options were more expensive than we were willing to spend.

Play sand and a flirt pole were also purchased, which allow the dogs to experience new physical activities, from digging in sand to jumping and chasing the fleece lure on the flirt pole. To stimulate sensory enrichment, a portable speaker that plays calming music was purchased, as well as windchimes. The dogs have enjoyed listening to sounds that were not other dogs barking.

The initial proposal put the items that we wanted to purchase at $959.23, and we requested the full $1,000 to account for changes in price and shipping for the items. When ordering the items, quite a few were under the price that was initially seen and reported. This allowed for funds that otherwise would not be used if solely going off our proposal to purchase other items that were not initially included. In the effort to not waste any grant money that we received, we purchased new gentle leaders, easy-walk harnesses, and chain leashes. These items are being used to train the dogs to walk on a loose leash — a characteristic that makes a dog more adoptable! Some dogs that come to us can be very destructive and mouthy towards a leash; a chain leash discourages the dog from grabbing the leash and pulling on it and/or chewing through it.

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

This grant has helped our dogs experience more positive interactions with the staff and volunteers. Before, we did not have many options in terms of enrichment. What the dogs had before were old and highly chewed-up toys, broken puzzle feeders, and KONGS. Now the dogs who come into our care have more ways to work their brains and bodies. The new food enrichment items allow for the dogs to get their meals in new and fun ways! New chew toys give the dogs something that they can chew and munch on. The grant has also helped allow the dogs to get more exercise with having more durable leashes and harnesses while also using the time as a training period so they know how to walk on a leash when they are adopted.

How many pets did this grant help?

Since the receipt of this grant we have helped 18 dogs, with more to come as more dogs come to our shelter.

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

In early January, a dog named Pippin was surrendered to our shelter. We knew he was an anxious guy, but we never anticipated how difficult his shelter stay would be for him. We saw a young border collie with happy eyes on day one, and that quickly changed. He absolutely shut down in the shelter. Within his first week here, he bit one of our staff members. We discovered that Pippin was incredibly food-aggressive and in the shelter felt as though his resources were going to be taken from him.

Of course, once he had a bite history, finding him a home took a long time. We found ways to work around him and try to grow his confidence with us. Our resources were limited, and our toys and puzzles were too worn down to stimulate Pippin in the ways he needed.

With training and all the new toys and enrichment activities that we were able to purchase with the Orvis Animal Care Grant, Pippin started to show us those happy eyes again.

On August 4, Pippin found his happy ending. His new “mom” had been following him for months. She put in the work and did the research to help make Pippin’s transition to the home a successful one. We are so glad we were able to give Pippin what he needed with your generous gift and start him on the path of rehabilitation and help him become confident enough to overcome his initial fears so much so that he was finally adopted!

Our Lil' Bit of Heaven Animal Rescue & Sanctuary: Orvis Animal Care Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The monies from the Orvis grant were used to purchase a sound system with multiple speakers for the main campus kennel, soothing CDs for the dogs, and problem-solving toys for the dogs.

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

Soothing music now flows through the 12 audio speakers that line the perimeter of the main kennel and helps the dogs calm down. The West Paw problem-solving toys help to keep the dogs occupied and entertained. The toys are dishwasher-safe, challenging for the dogs, and are very durable.

How many pets did this grant help?

211

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

Larry (first photo) is a senior dog who has shown some signs of depression. Jerky treats were wedged into the bottom of the West Paw Zogoflex Toppl treat-dispensing toy and given to Larry (second photo). Right away, Larry perked up, manipulated the toy with his paws, opened it up and spent an hour rescuing the treats that were wedged in the bottom. That was a long period of time that Larry was engaged in play and he was gratified when he retrieved all of the jerky. Larry has not been adopted as of this time, but he is a candidate for our Forever Foster Care program and we have been looking for a foster home for him. You can meet Larry here.

Muncie Animal Care & Services: Orvis Animal Care Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We used Petfinder Foundation grant monies to purchase agility equipment and toys that can be enjoyed over and over, and are sturdy and washable, to enrich our dogs’ exercise time.

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

Outside time is so vitally important to our dogs mentally, emotionally and physically, and the equipment purchased is making their play moments even more positive. Since we have no shaded areas in the dog areas, we installed canopies in the corners of the play yards. On hot and sunny days, the dogs can enjoy the outside longer since they are not in constant direct sunlight and have shade available for them to relax under. The agility equipment also encourages potential adopters to interact and spend more time with our dogs. We want our dogs’ stays at MAC&S to be a loving and stimulating. The agility items will help keep them upbeat, active and more engaging to potential adopters.

How many pets did this grant help?

1,125 dogs

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

Beretta is a very active German shepherd who has had an extended stay at the shelter. He came in as a neglect case and is waiting for a court date to determine if he can be returned to the owner or be placed on our adoption floor. Beretta is so smart. Until we had the agility equipment, he didn’t have much to play with on his own in our exercise yards. He was frustrated and full of energy in his kennel. Now he can discover the different activities available to him. He is happier and more mentally stimulated.

Spokane Humane Society: Orvis Animal Care Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We purchased six foldable dog pools and three kink-free hoses to provide our dogs with some good clean fun while they await their forever homes!

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

Thanks to the Petfinder Foundation and the Orvis Animal Care Grant, we’re able to provide dogs with a fun enrichment option when our weather permits. We have 76 lakes and more than a dozen rivers within a one-hour drive of our shelter, so learning which dogs like water also helps us match them with outdoor enthusiasts looking for furry friends to share adventures near or on the water! Your funding has generated a gift to our volunteers and staff, too. Because we are driven by our love for animals, seeing a shelter dog have fun is a heartfelt reward. Nothing is better than seeing a dog have fun!

How many pets did this grant help?

20 to date, but we expect it will be in the hundreds over the life of the pools!

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

King is a 6-year-old, 51-lb. terrier mix who came to the Spokane Humane Society as a transfer from an overcrowded shelter. The sweet goofball has a lot of energy, and thanks to grant funding by the Petfinder Foundation and the Orvis Animal Care Grant, we learned that he LOVES the water! We’re hoping this insight helps us find him just the right home with someone who enjoys the outdoors and water too. We’re sure the owner willing to give King love, boundaries, and access to water will make him one lucky dog. You can meet King here.

Homeward Animal Shelter: Orvis Animal Care Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money we received from the Orvis Animal Care Grant was used to purchase supplies for our new dog-enrichment program. Items purchased included a CD player (to play soothing music), baking extracts (to create unique smells in the dogs’ kennels), treat and food puzzles of various types and sizes, silicone molds to make ice-cube treats, and balls for a ball pit to be set up in our outdoor play area.

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

The grant has allowed us to start a formal enrichment program for our dogs, including scheduled activities each day, as well as daily scent changes and soothing music. Thanks to the Petfinder Foundation, we were able to create an enrichment schedule that gives our dogs something to look forward to each day and provides them mental stimulation while they are in their kennels.

How many pets did this grant help?

500

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

Trooper (first photo) came to us a little over a month ago. He was extremely malnourished, weighing only 34 lbs. upon arrival (as a pointer, he should have weighed easily 50 lbs. or more). We had him fully checked out, and found that there was no reason for him to be so skinny, other than that he wasn’t being fed enough for his energy level. Within 10 days of arriving, he gained 11 lbs. and his ribs and hips were no longer protruding under his skin (second photo). Due to his high energy level, keeping Trooper calm in a kennel was difficult and walks did nothing to tire him out. We had just implemented our enrichment program and Trooper thought the food puzzles were the absolute best. They would keep him busy for quite a while each day. Thankfully, Trooper received a clean bill of health and was adopted after less than two weeks in our care, but the enrichment supplies allowed us to keep him busy and entertained while he awaited his forever home.

Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter: Orvis Animal Care Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The grant money was used to purchase agility equipment for our shelter dogs.

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

Oh goodness! The dogs love the agility equipment. The equipment gives them a safe and constructive way to have fun, keep their minds busy, gain confidence, release energy, help build relationships with humans, and relieve boredom. They are much more happy and healthy, and our staff loves working with the dogs, helping them and seeing them make progress.

How many pets did this grant help?

Hundreds

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

Thanks to this grant, insecure dogs like Prince here can get a big confidence boost and can use their brains to prevent kennel frustration. We are truly very grateful for this. Prince started out with barely knowing “sit.” Look at him now! He does all kinds of things. And he is so proud!

Prince is still available: You can meet him here.

Northern Oklahoma Humane Society (Ponca City Humane Society): Orvis Animal Care Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

This money was used for the purchase of kiddie pools for the dogs to play in during the summer heat.

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

By providing pools to the dogs in our care, we were able to give them enrichment through playtime. We also use the pools as a safe place for mama dogs to raise newborn puppies. This gives the mom and her family an area that the pups can’t get out of, but she can. We have two dedicated rooms and a patio at our new facility for the care of mother/puppy groups.

How many pets did this grant help?

50

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

Kavik, a husky mix, was rescued from our local municipal shelter — he was found as a stray and never claimed. As most huskies are, Kavik is very energetic and adventurous. As you can see, he thoroughly enjoyed his water time. Oklahoma can have some brutal summer days, so having this water time to cool off is a huge blessing for our dogs. Kavik is the type of dog who needs special attention, and lots of it! Being able to provide him an outlet for energy as well as a way to cool off on a hot day was an amazing opportunity for him as well as our staff. He has been adopted.

Paws for Life Rescue: Orvis Animal Care Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Grant funds were used to purchase supplies to make flirt-toy poles for the foster dogs in our care. Funds were also used to purchase harnesses needed for the dogs to be on-leash during flirt-pole activities. Our foster dogs benefit from behavior training with flirt poles before they can be adoptable.

Volunteers were organized to help make the flirt poles from donated and purchased supplies. All poles and harnesses can be used for future foster dogs in the rescue. We made more than 30 poles, which will benefit hundreds of dogs, as we will reuse them for years.

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

We know that the mental stimulation and exercise using flirt poles can provide much-needed enrichment for many of our dogs awaiting adoption. Many of the dogs we pull from [open-intake] shelters are high-energy and highly reactive. During the cold winter months in Michigan, these flirt poles can be utilized indoors to exercise dogs when they’re not able to go outside in extreme temperatures. Both long outdoor poles and short indoor poles are used for the dogs. They are a great training tool for our behavior-challenged dogs who need to work on impulse control, manage energy levels, and practice training commands both on-leash and off-leash. This training tool will help hundreds of dogs to be more adoptable!

How many pets did this grant help?

30 current foster dogs and many future dogs

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

Rosa (pictured) is a sweet, fun 3-year-old dog who loves to be rewarded for learning new things. She is eager to train with the new flirt poles, especially with a plush, soft toy at the end of the rope! She is available for adoption through Paws for Life Rescue and you can learn more about her here.