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Humane Society of McCormick County: WAHL Grooming Grant Report

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

We received six large bottles of Wahl shampoo. Our dogs are picked up off the street, so many of them are dirty and full of fleas. Some dogs and puppies are suffering from mange and most are skinny. Their fur is often in bad shape and after some good nutrition and several baths, they transform into beautiful dogs and puppies. Our dogs are in outside pens and foster homes. We used this product to bathe our dogs before adoption events.

Our dogs are kept in outside pens and foster homes. Although the outside pens are on concrete, the dogs are walked in areas with red mud and they are outside in the weather. They get smelly and dirty and they need regular baths before going to adoption events. We have several volunteers who take the dogs home and bathe them before they meet potential adopters. We are an all-volunteer group and we do not receive any funding from the government. Grants of shampoo save us money on supplies that we would otherwise have to purchase ourselves. And they help us adopt our dogs and puppies.

How many pets did this grant help?

We have 25-30 dogs in our care and 10 of them are kept outside. This grant helped the 10 dogs get multiple baths and 12 dogs in foster care.

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

Mandy and her daughter were living her life on a chain. The family surrendered the dogs to us and they were dirty from being kept outside their whole life. We did not have a foster home available so they were taken to our outside pens. After their quarantine period, both were given baths with Wahl shampoo. They both went to adoption events and Mandy’s daughter was adopted first. Mandy continued her stay with us in our outside pens, so she needed regular baths to look her best for our Saturday adoption events. When someone contacted us to see her, we gave her another bath and the person fell in love with her and now both Mandy and her daughter are in their forever homes.

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