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Potsdam Humane Society: P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds Grant Report

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

We received 10 Chill Pad pet mats for the animals at our shelter. We have used the large mats for our canine friends, and the smaller mats are loved by the cats. These pet mats have provided a warm and comfortable place for our dogs to rest or lie on while in their kennels. The Chill Pads have been perfect for our cats recovering from being spayed. They have given them a warm and comfortable pad to lie on during recovery. Before we received the Chill Pad mats, the cats recovered on towels. We provide cots for the dogs, and the Chill Pads have provided them with an extra comfortable spot to rest. Potsdam Humane Society (PHS) is located in Northern New York about 30 minutes from the Canadian border. As you can image, it can be frigid here, and the Chill Pads have added to the animals' comfort while they are waiting for their "furever" homes.

We have not found a blanket yet that can compare to the Chill Pad mats for warmth and comfort. We have noticed that the dogs spend more time on the cots in their kennels when they have a Chill Pad mat as opposed to the dogs with just blankets. With the temperature fluctuations that can occur here at night, we do not worry any more if the dogs are warm and comfortable thanks to the Chill Pads. The Chill Pads are so warm, soft and comfortable that the dogs must feel like they are sleeping on a cloud. We have also used the smaller Chill Pads for kittens with and without Mom. The kittens love to snuggle up with Mom or their littermates, and they are noticeably warmer than the kittens who have the traditional cat beds.

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Casey (first and second photos) is a senior dog here at PHS waiting for her forever home. Her Chill Pad gives her extra comfort for her old bones while she rests in her kennel. These bundles of joy (third photo) are some of the kittens who have enjoyed the added warmth that the Chill Pad provides. The soft, warm material and extra padding have given the animals at PHS a little luxury while awaiting their “furever” homes.

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