SPCA Florida: Dog Field Trip/Short-Term Fostering Grant Report
How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?
We purchased supplies for the doggie dates and doggie pajama parties: Harnesses and leashes, water bottles with bowls for dogs, bandannas, and backpacks to hold supplies.
The grant allowed us to purchase necessary supplies so we can prepare kits in advance. We have enough to let several dogs go on dates at the same time, and we can clean everything as soon as a dog returns and re-pack to be ready for the next trip.
2020 has been a strange year for everyone, including SPCA Florida, and we had to close the facility for some time because of the COVID-19 situation. We have recently restarted the doggie dates and sleepovers, and this has, naturally, impacted our statistics. But 35 dogs still went on dates before the pandemic threw its wrench in the works.
The question "how many pets did this grant help" is difficult to answer -- 35 dogs have used the supplies thus far, but many of the supplies will last for a long time and are likely help hundreds before they're worn out.
How many pets did this grant help?
Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.
Letty is a special-needs girl with allergies, so she needs a hypoallergenic diet. She came to SPCA Florida in August 2019 and stayed here through the holidays, through a pneumonia outbreak in the kennels, and through the COVID-19 closings. When the doggie dates and pajama pawties started again in June, Letty was eager to go on a sleepover. The family saw how well she fit into their home environment and decided to make her a permanent family member. Happily Furever After!