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The Pepper Foundation: Orvis Dog Enrichment Grant Report

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

All funds were used for veterinary care for the animals in our care.

We were able to do blood panels for three doggies that came out of the shelter, and part of the funds were used for oral fistual surgery on a tiny little dog named Smokey whom we rescued from the Salinas Animal Shelter after he had been dumped overnight in a shoe box. He has made a full recovery and is in a wonderful foster home. The foster mom is so in love with this little character that she said she would love to adopt him.

How many pets did this grant help?

The grant was able to help four doggies.

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

Smokey is a tiny 12-year-old gray Chihuahua whom we were able to help from your wonderful Orvis grant. He was dumped overnight in a shoe box at the Salinas Animal Shelter. When he came to us he was in bad shape, with severe dental disease and oral fistulas. We took him to a specialist where they were able to repair the damage and now he has come alive and runs around like a little puppy! His foster mommy is madly in love and will most likely adopt him. We think he probably has another good many years left. Thank you so much for your support. We love the seniors and special-needs doggies, and we firmly believe that with proper medical attention they tend to thrive and live for many more years! We’ve enclosed a picture of Smokey when we got him from the shelter, where he looks so defeated (bottom photo), and how he looks now, all happy and bright-eyed!

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