Second Chance Animal Services, Inc.: Dog Field Trips/Short-Term Fostering Grant

What was the money or product used for?

The grant funds were used to purchase supplies for our Dog’s Day Out program, including leashes, leads, “Adopt Me” bandanas, treats, toys, water, poop bags, and treat dispensers. These supplies are combined into supply backpacks that are provided to all Dog’s Day Out volunteers. Dogs wear a bright fluorescent “Adopt Me” bandana on their field trip that attracts the attention of would-be adopters in the community and helps to spread the word about the dog and our shelter.

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

These grant funds help to replenish supplies used in our Dog’s Day Out program. This program connects volunteers to dogs in our care who need a chance to get out of the shelter and into the community on a one-day field trip. These trips do wonders for the animal’s mental well-being while exposing them to new situations and potential adopters. Volunteers complete a survey after the field trip which stays with the pet’s files to provide further info to potential adopters about how the pet reacts in situations outside our care.

How many pets did this grant help?

35

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

Henry is a hound dog who was surrendered to us and needed some medical care. After treatment, Henry was ready for his new home and became the love of many of the staff. Henry is sweet and gentle and, like all hounds, enjoys life most when his nose is on the ground. Henry enjoyed his “Day Out” with our volunteer, taking a nice long walk on a local nature trail. Henry is currently living with a foster who is in the process of adopting him.

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