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Paris Animal Welfare Society: Orvis Dog Enrichment Grant Report

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

This grant was used to purchase interactive toys for our dogs.

This opportunity gave us more ways to stimulate our dogs and keep them happy and healthy while in our care! With many interactive toys, such as Jolly Balls and treat-dispensing toys, we have been able to continue improving our enrichment standards. Our pups were extremely happy to receive toys that encourage them to think and figure out how to work around the toy.

How many pets did this grant help?

700 (so far, about 200, but we anticipate this for a year)

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

Gabby was brought to PAWS on June 4, 2019, weighing only 21.8 lbs. After she was examined by our veterinarian, it was concluded that Gabby should weigh between 45-50 lbs. Unfortunately, due to severe neglect, Gabby refused to eat for several days. Our staff had to administer several medications, fluids, and calorie supplements for many weeks.

We are happy to say that Gabby went to a transport partner just this week (July 22) weighing 40 lbs.! During her stay, Gabby LOVED the Jolly Balls and treat-dispensing toys! To see the look on her face, and on our staffers’ faces when we witnessed her play for the first time, was priceless. Thank you for such an amazing opportunity to give back to our pups!

The second picture is of her at intake; the first is the morning of her being loaded to find her forever home!

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