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Furever Friends Rescue: Orvis Dog Enrichment Grant Report

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

This grant was used to purchase vaccines – bordetella and four-in-ones for our dogs. We have also had three dogs vaccinated for rabies thanks to this grant. To date we have vaccinated 13 dogs with the four-in-one and bordetella vaccines we purchased with the Orvis Operational Grant. We will continue to vaccinate other dogs in need as they come into the rescue.

The growing elderly population in Maricopa County has fueled a desire on the part of the founders of Furever Friends Rescue to help both the individuals facing life-changing decisions and their pets. The goals of this organization are to promote animal adoption and to help reduce the number of animals euthanized in Maricopa County. Our objectives are to heighten community awareness with regard to the aging population and their needs and in addition provide homes for as many displaced pets as possible.

We have found that many of the individuals surrendering their pets are on fixed incomes and are financially incapable of keeping their pets up-to-date on their vaccines and medical care. In order to maintain the goal of our mission, we incur the costs associated with vetting the animals surrendered to us. Often that has meant dental surgery, spay/neuter and other medical issues as well as vaccinating. Having the financial wherewithal to purchase vaccines gives us the ability to help more of our target population.

How many pets did this grant help?

Thirteen so far, but we will continue to offer this valuable service to those individuals surrendering their pets to us.

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

Chase came to us when his owner could no longer care for him. She felt she had no other option than to surrender him to the county facility, where he faced the very real possibility of euthanasia. Chase needed a lot of help; his coat was matted and filthy, his nails were long and in need of trimming and he was not up-to-date on any of his vaccines. Thanks to the Orvis Operational Grant, we were able to get him current on his shots and ready to go to a new home. Chase has had some medical ups and downs during his stay with us, but he is heading to his new home shortly, where he’ll have a new dog friend as well as some kids to keep him busy. We couldn’t be happier for him and his new family.

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