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Bark And Roll Rescue Companions: P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds Grant Report

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

The products were used for our foster dogs as they came into the rescue to help provide warm soft beds and toys for socialization

The beds are amazing for the dogs to decompress when coming from a shelter environment. They are soft, cozy, and warm -- and often the only bedding these dogs have ever had. And the cloth bones have a great squeak that is playful yet not scary for dogs who have never been introduced to toys.

How many pets did this grant help?


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

The first pup pictured, Marissa, a rat terrier, was scared of everything. She literally shook nervously at all times. We used the comfy mats to hold her in our laps; the cushion provided her comfort and let her relax. She was much more amenable to being carried if we used a P.L.A.Y. bed under her.

We used the beds if we had to administer meds, trim her nails, or take her for a vet visit; they always provided security for a very nervous dog. She has since found her forever home and they have purchased several of the P.L.A.Y. items to place throughout their home for her comfort.

The second pup pictured is Bull. He has been adopted. He came to us not knowing how to be a puppy. He had no manners, tons of energy, and no idea what to do with any of it. We gave him one of the bone toys and taught him how to fetch it. It became his “security blanket” and he took it everywhere. He wouldn’t cooperate for his pictures until we put his toy on the table, and then he stood really still to let us get a photo. I have attached his caught-in-action shots as well.

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