Wright-Way Rescue: All-Star Dog Rescue Celebration Grant Report
How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?
The $2,500 given to us by the Petfinder Foundation was immediately put towards training resources for our long-term residents. Many of our adults awaiting homes have some sort of behavioral challenge that prevents them from easily finding or remaining in a home. We were thrilled to be able to retain a regular trainer and work with these amazing animals to prepare them for life in a forever home!
All adults at our Admission and Medical Services facility in Murphysboro, IL, now have regular access to a trainer to identify and correct problems that may be barriers to adoption. Animals at our Morning Grove adoption center displaying behavioral challenges are evaluated by a staff trainer and sent to Murphysboro if rehabilitation is needed. Since retaining the trainer in Murphysboro, our staff is better equipped to identify and come up with creative responses to challenges our animals face in the shelter environment. With more consistent care, mind and body exercise, and routines in place to encourage good behavior, we are consistently adopting out more adult animals!
How many pets did this grant help?
So far, around 100 adults have had one-on-one access to a trainer. Training time has been focused on some of our more energetic or fearful residents, but all adults have benefited from the increased attention and education.
Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.
Moon is a beautiful blue American bulldog mix. Despite a sweet temperament, she was passed over due to her “pit bull” looks and hesitance around strangers. After waiting for months in our Morton Grove adoption center, she was evaluated by our staff trainer and transferred back to the Admission and Medical Services campus to get more one-on-one attention to help her be more comfortable around potential adopters. Under the guidance of our trainer, our team members were better able to encourage Moon in new situations. She was adopted from the Murphysboro campus within weeks of arrival and is thriving in her new home!