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Always and Furever Midwest Animal Sanctuary: P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds Grant Report

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

The pet beds are used by 15+ dogs who inhabit our senior sanctuary and are used for transporting new arrivals.

The beds help keep the dogs in our sanctuary comfy and cozy while they await their forever homes. The beds also help ease stress during the transport of new arrivals.

How many pets did this grant help?


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

Written by our transport coordinator: “I drive many freedom rides, transporting innocent senior pups from high-stress situations such as being scared and hopeless in a shelter, often on the euthanasia list, or picking them up from a home where the only owner they have ever known has passed away or been moved to a nursing home. No matter the circumstance, their world has been turned upside down, and they are scared and uncertain about what is happening to them.

“I find that, when doing their freedom ride, it really helps to provide the dogs with a comfortable and safe place to ride as we start their journey to a new and better life. These rides often require them to be in my SUV for several hours. I find that, by making them comfortable, it makes it much easier for me to transport them as they settle in and relax, enjoying the soft, comfy bed I have provided for them. It is a great start to their new life as it shows them their life is changing and they will now know nothing but love, caring, compassion, kindness, and happiness.

“The 14-year-old pup shown in these photos took a four-hour freedom ride to our sanctuary when the only owner she had ever known passed away and other family members could not take her. Our rescue stepped in to help find her a new loving, caring family where she can live out the rest of her life in a home where she feels safe, happy, and loved. As you can see, she was able to relax and enjoy her comfy ride, and I am happy to say she found her forever family within two days of her freedom ride. She is off to live her best life.”

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