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Associated Humane Societies: Orvis Dog Enrichment Grant Report

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

The Orvis Animal Care Grant was used to help establish additional training protocols within our shelter. We were able to build a relationship with an additional trainer and add enrichment activities to our dogs' lives during their stay.

This grant helped not only with the trainer costs, but with the supplies needed for specific enrichment activities. The trainer was able to assist staff and volunteers with learning new tricks and tips, all bettering the pets' stay while they're with us.

How many pets did this grant help?

30 dogs were helped in 2020

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

Pikachu was very scared when she first came into our shelter. Pikachu was a senior found as a stray in Newark. Pikachu needed a home as an only pet, so her shelter life was even more stressful than a pet-friendly dog’s would be. With some enrichment toys and extra training, Pikachu was able to settle in a bit better before she was (after eight long months) pulled by one of our rescue partners.

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