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RescuedOhio: Orvis Dog Enrichment Grant Report

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

The money was used for training costs and tools for six of our foster dogs who, prior to working with the trainer, were not adoptable.

We rescue many dogs with substantial training needs. Occasionally, we are aware of these needs at the time we rescue the dogs, and can financially prepare for the associated training costs. More often, however, issues such as separation anxiety, leash reactivity, and more, become apparent once the foster dog settles into their new home and participates in normal, in-home activities. Our foster families work tirelessly to provide the love, structure, and support our dogs need, but sometimes we need the expertise of trainers to help the dogs become successful and adoptable. The Orvis grant supplied necessary funding for the incurred training costs of six dogs.

How many pets did this grant help?

Six dogs.

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

Titus is a dream dog. He is so sweet and snuggly with his foster family and their household dogs. But when Titus goes for a walk, he becomes insecure and aggressive because he is on a leash. Years of this behavior going uncorrected also caused Titus to be insecure when meeting new dogs, even when he is off of his leash. Titus’ foster mom has been working with a trainer for the past couple of months to identify triggers and solutions, and she works on “homework” with Titus daily. Due to the training help and in-home visits provided by our trainer, Titus has found his forever family. Titus is making a slow transition into his forever home so that he can be slowly introduced to his new fur-brother. Titus also successfully goes for walks around the block! The photos show Titus working with Heather, one of our favorite trainers!

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