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Partnership for Paws, Inc.: Orvis Dog Enrichment Grant Report

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

Our grant was used to help us cover some of our expenses for care of our pups. In turn, we were able to help a few more dogs find loving, happy, forever homes. We helped three by reducing our adoption fees to make them more desirable to potential adopters and one by covering a portion of his vet care when he came out of the shelter in very poor health.

We were able to save an extra four lives because of this grant. We were able to help two young hound mixes who found themselves on death row in a rural animal shelter. Next, we pulled a beautiful black pit bull mix who hasn't found a home yet but is working hard to get a family of his own. Lastly, we pulled another dog who was on the euthanasia list at a rural shelter and used some of the grant funds to help save his life when he exited the shelter and went straight into emergency vet care.

How many pets did this grant help?

We were able to directly assist four dogs with the funds from this grant.

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

We saved Bowie from euthanasia at a rural shelter in Jones County, GA. At this shelter, they do not vaccinate any of the animals upon entry. In fact they don’t even routinely worm them or do any type of preventative care for them at all. Bowie came in a bouncy, happy guy who appeared to be a little skinny with a poor coat, but he showed symptoms of illness. Once we pulled him, he was taken to a local vet where he was vaccinated and neutered. Then he was temporarily boarded while we waited for his transport the next week. After one night of boarding we received a call to tell us he was vomiting blood and had bloody stools. It was described as a very bad scene. Then we found out that another dog that came out with Bowie had tested positive for parvo that day. Our worst fears were that Bowie too had parvo, so the doctor started by testing him for parvo. He was negative, but they suggested a second test the next day.

In the meantime, he received the medical support he would have gotten if he did test positive for parvo. Luckily for us, he tested negative again and was then given another fecal test where they were able to detect that he was loaded with hookworms. He recovered well and has found himself a home in Stuart, FL, with a wonderful family. Thanks to the Orvis grant we were able to help pay for some of his medical care so we didn’t have to deplete our operating funds, which would have meant we couldn’t help as many dogs. We are forever grateful for having been blessed with this grant.

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