The money was used to purchase items to upgrade our play yards. We participated in Dogs Playing for Life in June 2017. The funds paid for the following:
Walkie-talkies for playgroup staff
PetSafe Spray Shield Animal Deterrent
Pet Corrector Air Horns
Five gates between our play yards
Ball bungees for shade screens
It helped us make our play yards easier and safer to use. The gates were by far the best investment we made. The gates between the play yards allow us to manage playgroups better by being able to make it easy to combine groups of dogs. The sun shades have been a great addition to allow some shade on hot days when the pea gravel in the runs heats up. Also, it has been great to have the storage containers with the Dogs Playing for Life tools in each play yard. Also, the walkie-talkies have made it much easier and safer for our staff to communicate with each other.
This grant will help thousands of pets, and we have only just begun. Playgroups are an essential part of what we do, and we have noticed a definite reduction of stress in dogs who enjoy participating. It has been a great way for us to really see what the personality is of the dog and for staff to get to know the dogs better as well.
Bear and Lexi (first photo) are a bonded pair who love playing with other dogs. At first, we were unsure how they would accept another dog into their pack. Through playgroups, they made friends with Katniss, who was very scared and shy. Lexi and Bear showed Katniss that people are fun and not scary! Katniss has been adopted but Bear and Lexi are still waiting for their forever homes.