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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 enrichment supplies for the dogs in our care. We purchased agility equipment, supplies to build an A-frame, scent-work supplies, speakers and music, and freedom harnesses.

More mental stimulation and exercise has greatly improved many of our dogs' behavior in their kennels, leading to many harder-to-place dogs getting adopted.

How many pets did this grant help?

2500

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

Gunner was a very high-energy, large dog who was helped with this grant funding. His new freedom harness gave volunteers the confidence to take him on walks on the trails around our large pond. He can be jumpy and mouthy, he likes to play tug with his leash, and he pulls on walks. Combined with his large size, he was spending most of his time in his kennel, because his behavior is a lot for the average volunteer to manage. With his harness, not only was his pulling under control, but he couldn’t grab his leash, either. Gunner also adored running up and down our new A-frame and using the rest of the agility equipment. More frequent exercise significantly reduced his mouthiness, and we put an adorable picture of him enjoying a hike on social media (first photo). The post was popular, and he was adopted a few days later by a nice family who fell in love with him.

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