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Friends of Michigan Animals Rescue: Orvis Dog Enrichment Grant Report

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

Friends of Michigan Animals Rescue (FMAR) used the money to purchase new items to use in our dog kennels for enrichment purposes. We purchased two essential-oil diffusers, a variety of oil scents, KONG toys in multiple shapes and sizes, and an assortment of rope toys and puppy chews.

This grant helped FMAR by supplying the funds needed to purchase enrichment items. Our funding is very limited and we rely heavily on donations and grants. These items could not have been purchased without the grant from the Petfinder Foundation. Our dogs have enjoyed these new items tremendously! The essential-oil diffusers help to calm and relax our dogs, while the KONGs and toys provide kennel enrichment and both physical and mental exercise.

How many pets did this grant help?

We have 14-20 dogs at any one time.

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

Reilly is a high-energy pup who LOVES to chew! He was chewing up every toy we could find for him, as well as his slow-feeder dish! He was also starting to chew his bed and the entryways to his kennel! One of our Kong toys was for extreme chewers, so we used multiple toys filled with yummy treats like peanut butter and yogurt. With the toys and the diffusers, which help provide a calming environment, Reilly has definitely shown improvement. He is more calm, and using his goodies to chew on instead of his living quarters. Thank you, Petfinder Foundation!! Meet him here.

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