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Franklin County Humane Society of Missouri: Capital Improvement Grant Report

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

This grant helped us purchase acoustic panels for our indoor kennels and cut the reverberation time of each sound in half. Less noise reverberation means a less stressful environment for the canines in our care. The dogs still bark -- that is what dogs do, after all -- but keen canine ears can hear the difference. Our dogs are calmer and display much more relaxed behavior in our kennels.

Relaxed dog behavior results in more adoptions. Prior to the improvement, potential adopters were overwhelmed with the noise in our kennel and observed anxious and over-excited dogs. Now, future families can visit with dogs who are more at ease and able to let their personalities shine through.

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

Seven-year-old Judith came into our care with some health challenges. She was a low-energy girl looking for the perfect pet parent to appreciate her lazy, loving companionship. Russell visited our shelter and saw Judith relaxing calmly in her kennel. He was looking for an easygoing dog to keep him company on his trips as a long-haul trucker. He adopted Judith the next day and can’t stop bragging about her to our staff and volunteers.

Judith, now known as Jude, spends her days cuddled up in the seat next to her truck-driving dad. The bond between the two grows with each trip. Russell is grateful for his new best friend.

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