Ozark Haven Rescue: Grant Report
How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?
Many of the dogs that come into our rescue program have suffered abuse and neglect. While in our foster program they receive rehabilitation, love and care and live as part of a family. Many issues can be overcome, but the fear of thunder and loud noises such as gunfire, fireworks, etc., are sometimes issues that need to be addressed in a special way. These Thundershirts have been a very useful tool in our foster homes in helping the ones with this overwhelming fear to feel calmer and safer, therefore helping them to avoid undue stress.
Each of our foster homes has at one time or another had a dog with fear of loud noises, thunder, etc. Having the Thundershirts available has been a great asset in helping keep them calm and feeling safe, which contributes to their overall well-being.
How many pets did this grant help?
Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.
Abbey was a sweet lab girl who ended up for whatever reason in [an open-admission] shelter. She was adopted, but the person did not understand why she was acting so scared all of the time and just left her outside and spent no time with her. Someone told them of rescue and we were contacted about Abbey. Once she entered our foster program, it became apparent that Abbey was afraid of loud noises, particularly thunder or gunfire (which is plentiful here in this rural area). Her foster mom tried a Thundershirt, provided by your generous grant, and the difference was amazing! During a storm while wearing her Thundershirt Abbey remains much calmer, no shaking or trying to hid under anything available. She can now lie calmly, feeling safe in her Thundershirt. Her life has seen a big improvement due to your wonderful organization.