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Capital Area Humane Society: Orvis Dog Enrichment Grant Report

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

This money was used to purchase Pet Tutor treat dispensers for a few of our dog kennels.

The Pet Tutors have been very helpful in keeping our kennel area quiet. Pet Tutors have helped scared dogs be brave and approach the front of their run for fallen treats. This has helped adopters better view the dog and increased the dog's chance of getting adopted. There's usually one dog in the kennels who will start barking and set off a chain reaction and every other dog will start barking. If we put a Pet Tutor on his kennel, that dog has stayed quiet longer and has minimized the chain reaction of barks. Overall, the Pet Tutors have helped our dogs de-stress and given them something enriching in their kennel environment.

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Bailey was a sweet 2-year-old dog who was transferred to our shelter from a local animal control after she was found as a stray. She was afraid of our kennel environment and all the barking dogs. She hid in the back of her kennel and very rarely ventured to the front. She was passed over by potential adopters for weeks.

Once we received the Pet Tutors, we decided to place one on the front of her kennel. It didn’t take long for Bailey to catch on that they contained treats. She would hesitantly go to the front of her kennel to eat the fallen treats. Within 10 days of placing the Pet Tutor on her kennel, she was adopted into her forever home.

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