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Pike Pet Pals: Sponsor a Pet Grant Report

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

Funds were used to spay and neuter dogs at the Pike County Dog Pound.

Yes. As soon as we received notification we made the appointment for spay or neuter. This give our dogs and extra reason for rescues to pull them or adopters to adopt.

How many pets did this grant help?

5

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

We had Radford at our pound for several months. He was a very pretty dog but he had very high energy. Most people would pass him by because he was too active. We received a sponsorship so I made the appointment to neuter him. We still waited for someone to give him a chance. One day I was doing paperwork at the pound and someone stopped in. She had been looking on Petfinder and found several dogs in the area that her family was interested in. When she said Radford’s name, my heart dropped. She had a small child with her and I thought he would be too much to handle.

Once I put him on the leash, we walked over to the child and Radford immediately calmed down. She walked him around a little and then brought him back. She asked if he was housetrained and we never know for sure, but I looked down at him and said, “We are not really sure. Hey Radford, gotta potty?” He turned and walked over to the grass to pee. Her eyes lit up and she was sold! She could not believe such a good dog ended up in the pound. She did the paperwork and I loaded him into her car. I was so excited to see him adopted after he had been with us so long.

One of our volunteers was walking into the gate as I was loading Radford into her car. I turned and looked at him, choking back tears, and said, “Look who is leaving.” He looked in the car and took several steps back. He was so shocked to see Radford, calm as could be, sitting beside a 5-year-old.

Radford’s new family has updated us several times on his progress. He was housetrained and settled in great in his new home. He loves his little boy! He is one dog I will never forget.

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