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Valley Humane Society: Purina and Amazon Treats for the Holidays Grant Report

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

Treats were distributed to animals in the facility and foster care.

Cats are housed in a communal living environment at the VHS facility. Each cat has its own kennel or room (unless it's part of bonded pair) but they are exposed to the other cats throughout the day. This environment, while appealing to visitors, is stressful for the cats. Treats are used as motivators to get cats in and out of their kennels and in and out of the outdoor cat run. We can also use treats to coax cats out to meet visitors and keep everyone safe and avoid scruffing the cats. Treats were also sent home with several 3-month-old kittens who needed socialization to become adoptable companion animals.

How many pets did this grant help?

39

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

VHS recently adopted out a cat who originally arrived on March 26, 2013. She was adopted on Feb. 25, 2014, but returned on Nov. 18, 2014. Zuzu was unhappy with other cats, and the shelter environment was very stressful. Luckily, treats were a great motivator for Zuzu to safely move her in and out of her kennel. She was adopted to a new family on Feb. 12, 2016, and is now extremely content and happy in her own forever home.

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