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Mary S. Roberts Pet Adoption Center: Orvis Dog Enrichment Grant Report

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

With grant funds from the Petfinder Foundation, the Mary S. Roberts Pet Adoption Center was able to develop and promote a Home for the Holidays campaign. Each pet adopted during the month of December received a commemorative ornament of the adoption and treat bag filled with educational materials.

With grant funds we were able to facilitate more adoptions than usual and vigorously market pets that had been at the Center for an extended amount of time.

How many pets did this grant help?


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

Abandoned by his owner and at our Center for more than a year, Buddy, a 2-year-old Chihuahua “blend,” waited for his forever family. A little body with big personality, Buddy kept being passed by. This spirited little dog, who made friends with every person and other pet he met, just did not stand out among all the other little dogs available for adoption. Then one day, a family visited the Adoption Center and as they passed by his kennel, Buddy spun with glee as if to say, “Pick me! Pick me! I promise, I’m worth it!” The family asked to meet Buddy and, sure enough, they knew Buddy was the dog for them. We’ve received several updates that Buddy has fit in nicely with their other dog and enjoys regular tummy rubs! (Buddy and his new family are pictured in the top photo.)

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