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The Brockton Blue Dog Shelter, Inc.: Orvis Dog Enrichment Grant Report

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

The grant was used to fund the medical care and a two-month behavior plan to save one particular dog.

This grant made it possible for us to take the time to rehabilitate a dog who otherwise might have been euthanized. We used it to focus on one particular dog because we felt she deserved a chance at a good life.

How many pets did this grant help?

This grant was used to fund the very specific care of one dog.

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

Raven is a 5-year-old Cane Corso who came to our shelter when her owner lost her home. Raven had led a very sheltered life and was not comfortable in new situations or around new people, and we had serious concerns about her adoptability. Raven also had some urinary incontinence, which added to her problems. We developed a medical and behavior plan to help Raven have the best-possible chance for life in a new home, and the grant money was used to fund this plan.

Raven was medically evaluated and placed on medication that greatly improved her incontinence. She underwent a two-month program of socialization and behavior modification to make her both comfortable and safe in new situations. She was evaluated using a formal temperament test and she passed with no problems. Raven has been adopted by a wonderful three-generation family that also rescues horses, and she is living happily in her adoptive home.

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