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TLC Canine Center: Grant Report

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

Many of the dogs who are brought to the shelter are very frightened and anxious. We used the Thundershirts to lessen their stress and anxiety.

We are a totally non-funded, volunteer group, so money is tight. We could not afford to purchase Thundershirts for our anxious, stressed-out dogs, so the grant of the shirts was VERY HELPFUL.

How many pets did this grant help?

Several of the dogs use the shirts periodically. On the 4th of July, they were all in use. Thunder storms are times when we also use them.

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

Poor Hoover was a total mess when he came to the shelter. He had been caged with another dog who constantly beat up on him. His first few weeks at the shelter were rough — he bit everyone, and would attack without any provocation any dog that happened to get close to him. Our vets thought that there was little hope of rehabilitating him, but we had faith. The first time he wore his Thundershirt was the first time that he seemed to relax. He is still very fearful, but every day shows progress. He loves to take walks, and he will interact with two other little dogs now in their small activity yard. He still doesn’t play, but he also doesn’t attack or snarl at them. He naps with his Thundershirt on because he seems to be able to relax better. It has been a true lifesaver for precious little Hoover. To know him is to love him.