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McClouds Lake Haven: Orvis Dog Enrichment Grant Report

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

Funds received were to cover expenses for grooming, heartworm treatments, geriatric screening, joint supplements, dentals, and medications.

This grant was a tremendous help to our senior-dog population, as we have taken in nearly 40 seniors dogs from 2015 to current. These dogs presented with a multitude of serious issues, including infected gums and teeth, heartworm, lupus, Addison's disease, grooming needs, etc. As we all know, as dogs age, their medical condition deteriorates. We were able to successfully vet and adopt all of the dogs (except for one who is still undergoing treatment for Addison's disease) who were recipients of this wonderful grant.

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Tulip, a basset hound (first photo), is a sweet sweet girl who is 6 years old and only weighed 30 lbs. when we first got her (she should weigh in the 50s.) Upon intake, her nails were growing right into her paw pads, she was severely underweight and heartworm-positive, had a mouth infection and needed a dental — the list went on and on. Her owner let her live this way with her sister (a pit bull) who is in the same condition she is. After being in a loving foster home for nine weeks and receiving much TLC, Tulip made in through her heartworm treatment and had her dental, her mouth infection is gone, she had to have an eye removed and she has put on needed weight. She was in foster care with two other dogs and did well. Since her eye was removed, she startles a little easy at loud sounds and quick motions.

Tulip is very intelligent and will be easily trained. Her favorite thing is getting her belly rubbed. She also likes to lie on your lap and get her cuddles. She was adopted by a retired couple who loved her breed and she is an only child. She will live her remaining years in health and happiness.

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