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Fayette County Animal Rescue: REDI Training Grant Report

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

This grant allowed us to realize that we will always have biases, whether intentional or not. It taught us that we need to slow down and look at every applicant individually instead of lumping each applicant in to a group.

How many pets did this grant help?

Hopefully an unlimited amount, since this was a training that we will continue to put in practice.

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

Hersh came to FCAR at only 8 weeks old. He came to us along with his two other brothers. His brothers were adopted within less than two months of being at the shelter, but because Hersh was so shy and nervous around people, he kept getting overlooked and no one wanted to adopt him.

Fosters attempted to take Hersh, but if they ever had to bring him back, even for a couple of days while they went out of town, Hersh would completely revert to his old, shy ways and have to start all over again.

An older couple who had adopted from us several times saw Hersh’s picture and fell in love with him. They have an old dog, and we weren’t sure if they would be able to handle the amount of work Hersh would need to come out of his shell and have a good quality of life, but they adopted him, and have had him in their home for over two months.

Hersh has made so much progress with them that they say he is like a new dog now, and we are just thrilled to know that, thanks to our ability to not have biases, Hersh was able to go to the home that was right for him!

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