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Protectors of Animal Welfare (P.A.W.): Grant Report

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

We received the generous grant of 30 Thundershirts of various sizes. These "shirts" allow us to help acclimate our breeder-surrender dogs to life in the real world. These puppy-mill survivors are often frightened and have had no interaction with people or the sounds of normal life. Putting a Thundershirt on these dogs seems to give them a feeling of security and helps with their shaking/nervous behavior. We have also used Thundershirts on abused dogs with the same positive results, as well as on hunting dogs who fail to hunt because of their fear of loud noises.

Receiving Thundershirts allows us to help more frightened animals and to give them a sense of security. Sadly, we do not always have time to physically hold each animal on a daily basis. Feeling safe and secure is beneficial for the well-being of every animal and crucial in having an animal adopted into a loving home.

How many pets did this grant help?

10 and counting.

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

Bobbin came to us as a puppy-mill survivor and beyond fearful. We immediately placed her in a Thundershirt and though she was still frightened, we noticed an improvement in her quite quickly. Over the next few weeks, Bobbin became more of the amazing dog she was always meant to be.

Pirretti is an older German Shorthair who is petrified of any loud noise. Pirretti was found dumped near the shelter and we believe it was because he is a hunting dog PETRIFIED of loud noises. This handsome dog is now in a wonderful forever home and they are continuing to help his fear of loud noises by the use of his Thundershirt.