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Newberg Animal Shelter: Orvis Dog Enrichment Grant Report

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

The Orvis grant money was used to pay for vaccinations for dogs processed and adopted out of Newberg Animal Shelter.

The Orvis grant helped Newberg Animal Shelter with vaccination costs, which will help us afford to process more dogs with appropriate vaccinations prior to adoption.

How many pets did this grant help?


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

Joker (first photo) is a 6-year-old hound/shepherd who was with us from Dec. 9-28, 2016. His human dad passed away and his mom moved into a nursing facility. Joker was adopted by a retired couple who submitted a letter of intent to tell us about themselves and ask to adopt Joker. Joker is now a city dog and belongs to a private off-leash dog park. He has two human “grandsons” that he plays well with. Five weeks into his adoption, Kathy, his new mom, emailed us photos of him enjoying his new home (second photo), saying, “Joker is a very sweet dog. He has been making great strides in adjusting from country life to city life and is more comfortable with the people, dogs, traffic, and sounds. He is a delight to have around our home. Our two grandsons adore him, and he is kind and playful with them. We enjoy watching him and his new encounters!”

Jetta (third photo) is a 1-year-old Chihuahua who was with us from Dec. 7-24, 2016. Jetta came in as a terrified stray. She had spent a week out in the winter cold with no food in someone’s back yard before they finally brought her in to look for the owner. Her owner was never found. Jetta hid under blankets and fear-nipped for the first week or so. We got her weight back up and earned her trust, although she was still shy. Jetta was spayed and vaccinated and put up for adoption. A wonderfully patient woman from a town 45 miles away drove out and sat with Jetta until she earned Jetta’s trust.

Carrie, Jetta’s new mom, emailed photos of her and says, “Jetta is spoiled rotten, thinks she has to have all the attention, and sleeps in the middle of the bed. She is completely different from when we first brought her home. She also has a little attitude if you leave her. She gets mad and dumps her food and water bowl over. I love her to death, and she has somehow accumulated a million toys!”

Buddy (fourth photo) is a 5-year-old Newfoundland/black Lab mix who was with us from Dec. 12-31, 2016. Shelter manager Sarah Williams-Jarred says, “Buddy is my favorite Christmas story this year.” Buddy came to us as a stray. He was half-bald and emaciated due to malnutrition and poor living conditions. He had chewed through the steel cable hanging around his neck to free himself, resulting in a broken incisor. Buddy was a well-mannered boy. He got along well with other dogs, was respectful of cats, and adored children. He had never been housebroken and was afraid of his own reflection. With good food, a neuter, a dental, and loving care, Buddy quickly emerged as an affectionate dog who was eager to please, and was adopted before the New Year. We think he knew exactly what he was doing when he chewed through his cable. He did not want to face another year of neglect, so he found his way to us, knowing we would get him into a loving home.

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