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Orphans of the Storm: Dogs Playing for Life Mentorship Grant Report

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

The money was used for Carrie Johnson, our Enrichment Coordinator, to attend a Dogs Playing For Life mentorship session.

Carrie was able to learn valuable skills on how to successfully run playgroups. She was able to bring these skills and information to the other dog handlers at Orphans of the Storm. Together, they can reach and help many dogs.

How many pets did this grant help?


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

Jupiter arrived at Orphans of the Storm with very few doggy social skills. He would come into playgroup and start fights with the other dogs. Carrie went to her mentorship in Austin and returned to OOTS with a new perspective. Using what she learned, she helped socialize Jupiter with other dogs. Jupiter participates in playgroup every day now and is much more adoptable. He is still up for adoption at Orphans of the Storm.

From his Petfinder profile: “Jupiter is a super-playful pup who loves toys. The first thing he did on a recent trip to the off-leash run was to pick up a stuffed duck toy and proudly carry it around the run. Jupiter later alternated between carrying the duck and a stuffed octopus. He’s happy to chase after toys if you throw them, but prefers holding them to bringing them back for more fetching. Jupiter can pull a bit on the leash when he first comes out of his kennel, but as soon as he gets going he settles down into a nice walking companion. He likes to sniff and explore, but doesn’t stray too far from your side. He is also happy to take the occasional break for pets and snuggles. Jupiter is ready to join a fun-loving home that will have fun loving him.” Meet Jupiter here.

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