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Los Angeles Animal Services: 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 cover the tuition cost for Thomas Kalinowski to attend a Dogs Playing for Life Mentorship Program.

This grant helped Animal Services with the costs associated with sending a kennel supervisor to attend a Dogs Playing for Life Mentorship Program and begin a playgroup program within Animal Services. Thomas has been conducting playgroups at the East Valley Animal Services Center several times a week when he has the staff and volunteers to assist. This grant has allowed more than 100 dogs to get our of their kennels and be exercised and socialized.

How many pets did this grant help?

over 100

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

Marsha, a Siberian husky, came to the East Valley Animal Services Center on Sept. 15, 2018, as a stray dog. She was initially very mouthy and, when she was with a group of dogs, she would become overwhelmed, tuck her tail and try to escape. Eventually the escape behavior turned to chase with other dogs in the playgroup as she gained confidence and she would at times become the chaser. Marsha was adopted and the information gathered on Marsha during playgroups was shared with her new family.

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