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Lollypop Farm, Humane Society of Greater Rochester: Orvis Dog Enrichment Grant Report

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

We purchased items that would decrease stress in the shelter dogs. Adaptil pheromone collars and spray relieve stress by sending chemical signals to the dog's brain that it's a safe and happy time. The leashes we bought make it easier and safer to move dogs around the shelter and to have them participate in play groups. The fake dog dolls allow us to assess dogs who might not be very friendly to other dogs without having to use other shelter dogs in the evaluations.

The grant helped decrease the stress levels of all the dogs in our care through the Adaptil pheromone collars! Ruby, 11 months (with the white face, on the right in the second photo), and Eugene, 2 years old (with the wide head, on the left in the second photo), are both available for adoption! They love being able to have safe and fun playgroups with our new slip leads your gift helped us to buy. Denver is getting used to being around other dogs with the help of our two new fake dogs, used primarily in behavior evaluations.

How many pets did this grant help?

60-70 dogs

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

Arizona (first photo) is a pit bull mix who was brought in through our law enforcement department from a home where she was not receiving adequate attention and care. When she first came to the shelter, she was too scared to leave her bed. With time and training from the behavior department, she started to move around the shelter. We also put one of our new Adaptil collars on her, which helped immensely. We quickly discovered that Arizona LOVES other dogs and we used our new leashes to walk her with her newfound friend Poppy. They also loved to do play groups together and the new leashes made it easier and safer to let them play. Arizona is currently in foster care with a behavior staff member and is still benefiting from her Adaptil collar.

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