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Humane Animal Treatment Society: Dog Field Trip/Short-Term Fostering Grant Report

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

The grant funds awarded were used to purchase 12 Easy-Walk dog harnesses, 39 Martingale dog collars, and six "Adopt Me!" leash sleeves. All of the equipment purchased is being used for the Park Pals and Slumber Buddies programs at HATS. These programs provide unique options for offsite enrichment for shelter dogs during their stay.

The items purchased using the grant funds are making it possible to safely send shelter dogs out for walks and stays off-site. Martingale collars offer additional security due to their clasping nature, and the Easy Walk harnesses used in our kennel are secure, easy to use, and comfortable for our canines.

Additionally, the collars and harnesses can both be secured to the leash being used in order to be certain that a shelter dog off-site will not slip off leash. "Adopt Me" leash slips make shelter dogs visible to others. This entices community members to ask questions about the dog, the shelter, the organization, and/or the program that allows the dog off-site for enrichment. The advertisement helps recruit volunteers who would like to contribute, adopters who see a dog that they may be interested in adopting, and donors/supporters who feel strongly about progress being made for shelter dog enrichment.

The Park Pals program at HATS has quickly become a popular option, with great benefits for the dogs, staff, and volunteers. The Slumber Buddies program, which allows dogs off-site for overnight adventures, is also making use of the equipment purchased with this grant.

The supplies keep our shelter dogs safe and visible. The leash sleeves increase visibility and advertise to community members that these pets are available for adoption. As a direct result of these programs being carried out safely and efficiently with new appropriate dog walking equipment, all dogs in our care currently and in the future are and will be benefiting from the exercise, enrichment, and behavior training that these opportunities provide.

How many pets did this grant help?

250

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

Penny is a current canine resident at HATS who is looking for her forever home. She is a staff favorite and loves to roll over at a human’s feet for belly rubs. This girl hasn’t had much stability in her life, so she often chooses to submissively belly crawl wherever she needs to go. Thankfully, even though she is a shy girl, going on outings to the park with volunteers has really been helping build her confidence! Slowly but surely and day by day, Penny continues to improve and become more secure and less fearful.

Penny is one of our longest-term canine residents, and we are continuing to use the programs at HATS to challenge her, stretch her comfort zone and prepare her for her perfect forever home. You can meet Penny here.

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