4 Luv of Dog Rescue: P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds Grant Report
How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?
We received pet beds as part of the Petfinder Foundation's P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds product grant.
We have a shelter in addition to being a mostly foster-based rescue. Our building holds dogs who do not have fosters, or are in our care while the fosters are out of town. In the shelter, dogs can use the beds so they don't have to sleep on the floor, so whether they are young or old, the beds provide them with comfort while they are in the building. Our building unfortunately is almost always full with the situation we are in today, where the rate of incoming dogs is higher than ever.
How many pets did this grant help?
Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.
Owen came to us after living a tough life outdoors on the reservation. He had no home and survived for at least two years in the elements of North Dakota, where the temperature can get to over 100 degrees in the reservation in the summer and down to -40 in the winter. It’s a hard, tough life in which mange, disease, human cruelty, dog packs, and food scarcity are daily battles.
When Owen arrived at the shelter, it was his first time in a building. He had a warm space, food, a blanket on a bed to sleep on, and, most importantly, unlimited water.
Owen has had a hard time finding a foster, mostly because he is a large shepherd mix, male, and a bit vocal. He likes some dogs, but not all. Although he is a really good boy, no fosters have stepped up yet.
Owen has been a longer-term resident in our building, and having a safe, comfortable bed to support him and his joints and provide a space that is his without worry has been critical to his care.
Owen is up for adoption; I call him the male supermodel of shepherds, as he is the most handsome boy. Until he finds his permanent home, he is living in comfort because of the bed. You can meet Owen here.