Ridgefield Operation for Animal Rescue (ROAR): Bar Dog Operation Grant

What was the money or product used for?

The Petfinder Foundation grant has been used to purchase special food for our senior dog, Jericho, for his food allergies; his joint supplement medication for arthritis; and training sessions while he is at the shelter and in his foster home as we try find him his forever home.

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

In addition to the special food, Jericho has also undergone two x-ray procedures to monitor his digestive system. Proper equipment has been purchased, including a lead harness, crate, the durable toys we are observing him with, a slow-feeder for meals, and a month or more of the special food.

The total cost of these necessities for Jericho, including annualization of the cost of his special food, exceeded the grant amount. We are securing additional funding with our appeals and social media fundraising plans.

How many pets did this grant help?

one

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

Jericho is a pittie/Staffordshire terrier/bulldog. During his nine months at ROAR, he celebrated his eighth birthday. Nine months in the shelter is a long time given that the average stay for our pets is approximately one month. Jericho is a big boy with a number of medical issues, the costs of which the Petfinder Foundation grant is intended to offset.

He is deaf, has vision issues, has had multiple grade-2 mast cell tumors removed, has had multiple teeth pulled, and he will most likely need more teeth pulled in the future. While he has had skin issues potentially due to food allergies, a change in food and a strict diet has helped to get this under control. He interacts well with dogs in a doggy daycare setting.

Jerico’s background is unknown, so his quirks are interesting to figure out. He loves to be pet and kissed but doesn’t know how to cuddle, which is typical of many shelter pets. He is extremely food-motivated, which is very helpful for training purposes. He will do anything for a treat and is a fast learner.

Jerico has been living in foster care, which is fully financed by ROAR, and outside of the shelter environment has shown himself to be a perfect gentleman. He is house-trained, has never tried to run away or out a door, and has never chewed anything, including our foster mom’s much-loved Ugg boots. He sleeps on his own bed and can snore with the best of them.

There is nothing not to love about this wonderful pet and companion. ROAR is dedicated to supporting him in the right home.

Jericho has yet to be adopted. Meet Jericho here.

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