Lola's Rescue Center: Orvis Dog Enrichment Grant Report
How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?
The grant money we were provided was spent on enrichment tools for the dogs at our rescue center. Kong wobblers for slow-feeding and mental stimulation, puzzle toys for mental stimulation, outdoor toys for playtime to get one-on-one time for dogs during playtime with our staff members. Staff members have loved having more tools to utilize during the day to engage the dogs in our care and offer more mental stimulation, which creates a much happier dog! We are grateful for the grant we were selected to get.
We've had many dogs in our organization who struggle with separation anxiety or anxiety in general, and being able to provide the tools and toys they need to get out their mental energy is super important. Many of the dogs we pull into rescue have spent many months in rural shelters without much human or dog contact. The dogs who don't necessarily get along with other dogs need more tools to be successful in our rescue center and have better chances of finding amazing homes. The tools not only help our animals to improve anxiousness but also give the staff the tools to work with the animals in our care and have fun during all outdoor playtime.
How many pets did this grant help?
Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.
Lily Moon (first photo) came to us terrified of human touch and interaction. Day by day, we worked with Lily Moon to make him more comfortable with our staff members and started integrating more interactive play toys to make him feel more at ease. We used other dogs to play with some of the toys purchased, and he would see them engaging with our staff by playing with the toys.
He remains a dog’s dog (second photo), looking for a large secure space to burn off my energy. He is still timid with new people and picky about whom he chooses to share his time and space with. But when he feels safe and relaxed, he’s an energetic and playful companion. You can meet Lily Moon here.
We also were able to provide the interactive toys to our parvo-recovery puppies to keep them from going stir crazy while they were quarantined for a month.