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Valley Animal Haven & Adoption Centeer: Dogs Playing for Life Mentorship Grant Report

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

The grant funds were used to allow our Foster & Outreach Coordinator to attend the DPFL mentorship at Longmont Humane Society in Colorado in July 2019.

The grant allowed us to send our Foster & Outreach Coordinator, Sarah, to the DPFL mentorship in July 2019. This mentorship, in turn, allowed us to learn how to implement safe and fun playgroups for our canine population. Overall, this grant allowed us to learn and begin the steps towards implementing playgroup sessions at our facility.

How many pets did this grant help?


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

Once the DPFL program is implemented at our facility, this will allow us to support our general canine population. In particular, it will give one of our long-term residents, Taffy (first photo), some much-needed time to play and relax. Taffy is a very sweet dog, but she can be a little aggressive at the kennel gates. Because she can be intimidating to guests, people overlook her frequently. We took her out for our Mutts on the Move program and we learned that she is the sweetest dog we have ever encountered. We hope that, once we implement our playgroups, Taffy’s stress will gradually decrease and will increase her adoptability. Meet Taffy here.

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