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Heart of Idaho Animal Sanctuary: Orvis Dog Enrichment Grant Report

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

The money was used to buy an assortment of new dog toys and a heavy-duty tether-ball set for use in one of our outdoor play areas.

The items purchased are very helpful in keeping the dogs busy and entertained. As you can see from the pictures of Moose and the tetherball (bottom two photos), it helps them use up excess energy and get some exercise. The dogs also like toys for security, just as kids do. We often send them home with the dogs when they are adopted and so need to continually replenish the supply. It was very helpful to have you help with this expense.

How many pets did this grant help?

14 so far and more to come: We were able to buy 40 toys and the tetherball.

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

Scotty (first three photos) and Hansen (photos 4 through 7) were brought to us by a rescue group from Utah, where they were due to be euthanized the next day. Scotty is about 6 years old and probably no longer up to herding cattle full-time. He is a gentle dog who loves people and has decided his new squirrel toy will be his new companion. Hansen, who is about 1.5 years old, is a strong, high-energy dog who was enjoying chasing the rope toy and playing tug of war with it. He will probably like tetherball once we can get it away from Moose (one of our boarders). We don’t know much about Hansen’s story, but both he and Scotty are still looking for good homes and will make wonderful pets.

Meet Scotty here.
Meet Hansen here.

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