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City of Chico Animal Shelter: Grant Opportunities from the Petfinder Foundation Grant Report

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

To purchase a video camera with tripod, light and microphone. This is being used two ways, one to record our temperament testing using the ASPCA S.A.F.E.R. test, and to make videos of the dogs we have for adoption.

Provided us with a tool to accurately assess dogs' temperaments in order to determine the best homes for them. Also a tool to better highlight the dogs' personalities to the public.

How many pets did this grant help?

59 dos were put into the adoption program since the start of March when the camera was purchased :-)

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

Two examples of dogs this grant has helped are Lloyd 13040014 and Flicka 13040027. Lloyd was a stray and Flicka was brought in by her owner. We were able to temperament test them by recording staff doing the SAFER Temperament test. This allows us to review the temperament test and ensure consistency with the test, as well as lets us see things that would normally be missed by both handler and observer when doing the test. We are then able to use the teperament test to determine the best placement options for the dogs. Flicka was recently adopted, and Lloyd went to our adoption partner (Butte Humane Society) and is avaliable for adoption through them.

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