Pintler Pets Humane Society: WAHL Grooming

What was the money or product used for?

Shampoo for grooming, bathing dogs.

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

As a small private shelter, we do not have much extra cash for incidentals such as grooming products. We get many dogs (and the occasional cat) arriving who benefit from baths. Many of our dogs come from the Blackfoot Reservation in Browning, MT, as transfers and have a variety of skin issues because of poor nutrition and terrible living conditions. Initially we have to treat them with drugs to take care of the mange and/or ringworm, but then they need baths to sooth their skin.

How many pets did this grant help?

Several: ongoing use of Wahl products.

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

Big Red came to us from the Blackfoot Reservation near Browning, Mont., in October. Initially, we didn’t know if he would even live. He was emaciated and had the worst case of mange any of us remembered seeing. His feet were inflamed and he had lost most of his hair because of the mange mites. We treated him for intestinal worms (of which he had many) and mange. His skin was flaking off. At first we just used water to soothe is skin, but as he got stronger, we would give him baths, which he enjoyed immensely. He was the sweetest, kindest dog and the entire shelter staff fell in love with him. Through good nutrition, a warm place to sleep and proper care, including his baths, he blossomed, and we considered him one of this year’s greatest success stories. He was adopted, thanks to Petfinder.com, and now lives with his family in Idaho. We have gotten several glowing reports on him, and even the fur on his previously bare tail and chest is growing in. See more pictures of Big Red in his album on our Facebook page. http://bit.ly/BigRedPhotos

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