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

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

We were awarded Warm Bellies Chill Pads to put in the dogs' kennels.

These Warm Bellies Chill Pads gave our dogs a nice, cozy place to curl up in their kennels. We rely on donations for pet beds and blankets and we, and our dogs, appreciate receiving such good-quality pads. The pads are easy to wash, which is important, and can be used multiple times. The pads are used on an elevated bed or on the floor, depending on the dog. Some of our dogs actually take them off the elevated beds to make themselves a little nest on the floor, which suggests they are making their kennel feel safe and a bit more like “home.” Thank you very much for the pads!

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Trey and Duncan were two of four dogs who came to the Columbia Humane Society from a dog-meat farm, Farm 13, in South Korea. Humane Society International helped close the farm and transition the farmer into other lines of work. All four dogs were frightened and shut down when they arrived at the Columbia Humane Society, but devoted volunteers and staff have been giving the dogs love, medical care and compassionate behavioral training to prepare them for their forever homes.

Trey (first photo) loves to sit on his Warm Bellies pad now and is learning to enjoy human companionship. He is actually quite a clown as he dances on his hind legs like a furry bear for treats.

Duncan (second photo) is a vivacious little white dog who adores attention and enjoys his mat for not only snuggling but also for belly rubs.

Waylin, a little Chihuahua (third photo), came to the shelter with an intestinal problem that is currently being treated by a veterinarian. He loves curling up on his Warm Bellies pad, but in the photo is currently “at attention” for the treats he hopes are forthcoming!

Bella (fourth photo) was initially adopted in Idaho and brought to Oregon. Her family could no longer keep her and so she was surrendered to Columbia Humane Society. This sweet-tempered and gentle dog really appreciates being able to chill out on her elevated Warm Bellies pad. Currently all the dogs are awaiting their forever homes. Meet Bella here.

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