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Pets In Need: Orvis Dog Enrichment Grant Report

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

The grant money was used to provide medical care to special-needs dogs. Our Save Our Seniors (SOS) program provides adopters who adopt a dog aged 7 or older with free veterinary care and food for life. This money was used to provide several senior dogs and their adopters with their first round of food and medication.

The grant helped us continue to provide medical care for special-needs dogs and food and veterinary care for dogs in our SOS program. Adopting a senior dog or adopting a dog with medical needs can be hard and a tough decision. Our SOS program makes adopting a special-needs dog more affordable and ensures these dogs get a forever loving home.

How many pets did this grant help?

This grant helped five special-needs/senior dogs

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

Ted is a 7-year-old dog whom we rescued from a public facility. Ted has skin allergies which cause his skin to flare up in itchy red patches. He is on special food for life to manage his allergies. A few weeks ago, a family came in to look at dogs. They thought they wanted a puppy, but when they saw Ted’s face they changed their minds. The family was a little worried about bringing a senior dog into the house, especially one with a medical issue. When our staff told them that they would receive Ted’s food and basic veterinary care for free, it eased their decision. They took Ted right away and he has since settled into their family perfectly. We believe the adoption of Ted is the direct result from funding from the Petfinder Foundation.

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