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All Dogs Come From Heaven Rescue: Orvis Dog Enrichment Grant Report

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

We used part of the grant to purchase 200 training CD's from Shelter Ally to give to our adopters. The despcription is as follows:rn“Training Your Adopted Dog” DVD will teach your adopters how to prevent and solve the most common behavior issues that often lead to the return of adopted pets. Our proven, reward based training methods are simple, effective and fun for the whole family. A great tool to send home with dogs of any age, breed or temperament! rnrnOur "Training Your Adopted Dog" DVD covers: rnrnCrate TrainingrnHouse TrainingrnDestructive ChewingrnJumpingrnMouthingrnAnd Fun Tricks & Obedience

We believe the CDs will be a valuable source of information for adopters, and give them a resource to work with in case an issue develops with their new pet. Through the use of this CD, in addition to our volunteer networkm we hope to avoid situations in which a pet would have to be returned to the rescue.rnrnWith the remainder of the grant, we were able to provide veterinary care to the dogs in our rescue.

How many pets did this grant help?

It is difficult to say how many pets will be helped by providing an extra resource to the adopter. However, at least half a dozen dogs were provided routine vaccines and spa/neuters, and one dog was able to receive a very important surgery.

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

Wishbone, a Jack Russell Terrier, was abandoned on the property of a rural dog kennel in Moscow, Ohio. The workers there brought him to us. We thought he had a collapsed trachea, because he could not be collared, but the issue was resolved with the use of a harness. However, just before Thanksgiving, Wishbone began to show signs of distressed breathing. At first, it was thought that he was having seizures, but it wasn’t a typical seizure. It was as if he would get excited, begin to hyperventilate and then pass out. Thanks to your grant, we were able to put him under anesthesia and scope his throat. He has an unusual condition called Laryngeal Paralysis, and when he gets excited, he cannot get enough air. The vet lasered off part of his soft palate to see if that would give him more breathing room, and I am happy to report that he has not had an incident since the procedure. This is something that we would not have been able to do without your generous grant.

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