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Prairie Paws Animal Shelter: Orvis Dog Enrichment Grant Report

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

We used the grant money from Orvis given through the Petfinder Foundation to sponsor eight dogs' adoption fees (Rawlings, Scout, Anubis, Ayla, Hoops, Galaxy, Barrett and Jake). Currently we just have one dog (Jake) left out of the eight who is still awaiting his hero.

This grant helped us create families when the adoption fee may have caused a hindrance on the pocketbook. Having the adoption fee sponsored by Orvis through the Petfinder Foundation allowed the adopters to spend money on food, toys, crates, heartworm prevention, flea and tick preventative and vet visits for their new family member. The adopters were extremely grateful.

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

Sweet Hoops (first and second photos) had been at Prairie Paws Animal Shelter for 115 days awaiting his hero. He came to us as a stray. We thought his stay was going to be very short; he was adopted soon after his arrival but was returned for being “too puppy-like.” That didn’t phase this energetic cutie. During his lengthy stay he quickly became a staff favorite and “painted” a portrait for our big fundraising event in October. On painting day, a group of Ottawa University students volunteered at the shelter to walk dogs and help us clean. Hoops caught the attention of one those awesome volunteers. Two months passed and the volunteer couldn’t stop thinking about the little tan terrier mix that stole his heart and called to see if he was still available. He was and his adoption fee was sponsored by Orvis through the Petfinder Foundation! Hoops found the hero he had been waiting for all that time.

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