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Humane Society for Hamilton County: Orvis Dog Enrichment Grant Report

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

The grant funding was used to support our Homeward Bound for the Holidays campaign. During the month of December, we chose the top 10 dogs and top 10 cats (based on their length of stay at the shelter) to be the “Featured 20” for the campaign. Your generous donation was used to help support the dog portion of the program. We used the funds to spay/neuter the dogs that were not already altered and the remaining funds were used to feed and shelter the dogs until they found their homes. A small portion of the funds was also used towards printing flyers to promote the adoption campaign.

Every animal is required to be spayed/neutered before it leaves our facility. By altering the featured dogs, every dog was able to go home the day of their adoption; instead of waiting a day or two to be altered at one of our participating vets. This way pets got go home right away and enjoy their new families just in time for the holidays. When animals are already altered, they are more appealing to potential adopters. There is no doubt this contributed to our 70% successes rate of dogs being adopted through our Homeward Bound for the Holidays campaign.

How many pets did this grant help?


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

Princess Penelope came to our shelter as a pregnant stray. She gave birth to her litter of puppies in a foster home. She was a wonderful mother to them all. When they were old enough, her puppies were available for adoption. And like most puppies, they all found homes right away. However, Princess Penelope didn’t. In fact, she waited over a year before her family found her. Everyone wants puppies, but who wants a 3 year old Pit Bull mix that has had puppies? We knew there would be someone; it would just take a much longer time to find the perfect fit. And thanks to your donation and support of our Homeward Bound for the Holidays campaign, Princess Penelope was adopted by a wonderful family on December 21, 2013 – just in time for Christmas.

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