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Providence Animal Center (formerly Delaware County SPCA): Build-A-Bear Youth Humane Education Grant Report

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

The grant awarded is being used to create a documentary-style video that shows the entire process of intake to adoption through the animal's eyes so children can get an understanding of the world of sheltering and giving an animal a second chance. We expect to execute five different days of filming that will seek to follow one cat and one dog through PAC's entire process to adoption.

This grant will help educate children in our community about our lifesaving mission. We expect that showcasing the process of adoption from start to finish will also increase interest in adopting and lifesaving work in our overall community, in particular with children who participate in our programs and tour our facility.

How many pets did this grant help?

As the video is still in progress, this cannot yet be measured. We have met with the film crew, planned the content of the video and expect to start shooting in January after the holidays so the production company has more flexibility and can make multiple visits.

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

Pictured is Skittles. From her Petfinder profile: “This wonderful girl, Skittles, is ready to embark on finding her forever home for real. She is a spunky, fun-loving girl who wound up in lousy situation after being adopted four years ago. By the grace of faith, she found her way back to our center and recuperated from the horrible mess she had fallen into. Emaciated, sick, and seemingly having a broken spirit, she received the love and care and support to pull herself back into being the girl she once was. Now 5 years old, she wants to doing nothing more than live her life the way she was meant to live: in the arms of true forever. For her, an active, experienced home who will give her exercise, take her places and let her shine would be ideal. She does have a tendency to want to keep things for herself, especially tennis balls, and will tear a squeaky toy up, but a knowledgeable person will be able to manage her in such situations by using other high-value items and treats to trade. Her best home will harness her energy in a positive direction — training or even agility. Don’t let her age fool you! She can go go go … and will. A runner, hiker, dedicated walker or just someone wanting to take her smarts to the next level is all she needs. She will be no couch potato. She would do best in an adult-only home. She is dog-friendly but would prefer no cats or other small animals. She is fully vaccinated, spayed, and microchipped. She weighs about 27 lbs.” Meet Skittles:

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