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Second Chance Pet Rescue: Dogs Playing for Life Mentorship Grant Report

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

We were awarded a Dogs Playing for Life Mentorship Program Grant in the amount of $1,000. We used it to cover our attendance fee for the mentorship at Austin Pets Alive! from Feb. 27-March 2, 2018.

The grant gave us access to the training and experience we needed to build bigger and better playgroups for Corning's shelter dogs. We now have the tools and skills to safely increase the duration, size and frequency of our playgroups; the confidence to recruit and train other playgroup volunteers; and most importantly, the skills to socialize our more selective dogs. We also now have a catch pen and a more secure yard for the dogs to play in.

How many pets did this grant help?

42 dogs have benefited from our playgroup training since March 3.

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

Sampson was brought into the Corning Animal Shelter as a stray over two and a half years ago. He is a quiet, gentle, slow-moving guy, but because of his size, appearance, and his description, which says he must be the only pet in the home, Sampson has had very little interest from prospective adopters. Hopefully that will change soon, because for the first time in over two years, he is now getting the chance to socialize with other dogs. We are taking it nice and slow, but so far, so good. Here are a few pictures of his first time romping around with another dog. For more info on Sampson, please visit

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