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The Animal Foundation: Orvis Dog Enrichment Grant Report

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

Funds were used to purchase two durable, specially designed pools for our dogs to use in enrichment activities.

Having durable pools for our shelter dogs to use gives them more opportunities for play and healthy exercise outside of their kennels while helping them to stay cool in the hot months here in Las Vegas. These outdoor opportunities also help our staff to better observe the dogs’ behavior and gather information on how best to promote individual dogs for adoption.

Ultimately, these enrichment activities help our shelter dogs have greater wellbeing during their time in the shelter and find homes more quickly.

How many pets did this grant help?

310 (so far!)

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

Bruce, a 3-year-old shepherd mix (first and second photos), has been in and out of the shelter three times in the last two years. During his first stay with us in 2020, he showed signs of reactivity toward other dogs while on-leash. When he came back to us as an owner-surrender in 2021, he was experiencing kennel neurosis and barrier frustration towards other dogs.

But when he started coming to our dog playgroups, he just blossomed! He loved playing and running with the other dogs and was a big fan of the bone pool, always jumping in and out of the pool, trying to get other dogs to go swimming with him. His kennel neurosis and barrier frustration decreased dramatically.

He was adopted on Oct. 25, 2021, by a lovely couple who just adore him. They got him a trainer and he is adjusting very well to his new home! We are so grateful for the impact of the pools and other enrichment activities on Bruce and so many other dogs like him!

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