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Southern Arizona Greyhound Adoption: Orvis Dog Enrichment Grant Report

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

This grant helped Cami (photo 1) with her dog training, Shirley (photo 2) with her track incident that necessitated the removal of her eye and puppy Austin (photo 3) with the bacterial infection on his back.

This grant provided some very needed funds at a time when we had just treated five Greyhounds who had broken legs or hocks from injuries received while racing. We take as many Greyhounds as we can who have serious racing injuries such as these, while as the same time, we take as many healthy dogs as we can. Any everyday funds receive go toward the neuter/spay surgeries, vaccinations, heartworm testing, de-worming, micro-chipping, dentals and kennel costs of our dogs before they go to foster and adoption. Special funds such as this grant augment our other fundraising efforts for our all-volunteer group.

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Cami is a 5-year-old ex-racer who has an energy level well beyond what most Greyhounds have. This has caused her to be quite excitable, with several undesirable behaviors, such as jumping and nipping. While Cami has spent some time in foster, she has proven to be a dog who needs to be an only pet. This highly intelligent girl wants nothing more than to be with people, whom she adores. We hired a very experienced dog trainer who has worked with her and our volunteers at the kennel to teach her more-appropriate behaviors. We can say that after several sessions, we are able to better channel her energy and provide more opportunities for her to become a much more calm dog and respond to handlers more appropriately. Now all Cami is waiting for is that special person or persons who want to make her the cherished pet she deserves to be.

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