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Wilson County Animal Control: Dogs Playing for Life Mentorship Grant Report

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

Tuition for me to attend DPFL mentorship training May 21 through May 24, 2018 at Longmont Humane Society.

The DPFL mentorship was wonderful: I learned how to read the dogs, and how to put them together to play and have fun together. Socializing the dogs has also helped us to get more of them adopted. It is also a wonderful feeling to work with my employees and teach them what I learned and then see them with the dogs and everyone is so happy, playing and laughing.

How many pets did this grant help?

We have adopted out or sent to rescue several dogs since implementing DPFL who otherwise would have been overlooked or euthanized. I want to add that we have euthanized only three dogs since attending DPFL; two were injured and one was vicious. This was in June and July 2018. In April and May 2018, we euthanized 29. So this is an amazing turnaround for us.

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

Willow is an Australian shepherd-type who was picked up as a stray; she was unruly, jumped on you and was prey-driven with the smaller dogs and the cats, but she loved playing with the bigger dogs. With what I learned at the Dogs Playing for Life mentorship, my staff and I were able to work with Willow daily, and she progressed beautifully. No jumping, no leash-pulling; she learned how to heel and sit and she also learned that the smaller dogs were just as much fun to play with as the bigger ones. Willow just wanted to please you, and of course wanted all the love and attention you were willing to give her.

Several months ago, we had a young gentleman looking for an Aussie type; we would call him every time we got an Aussie in, but they were like Willow: jumpy and unruly and did not like small dogs or cats. When we called Cory about Willow he said, “No, I don’t think so,” but I said, “Please just come and meet her. I know in my heart she is the one for you.”

Cory came in and YES! They just fell in love with each other, and now they are inseparable. Willow goes everywhere with Cory, and gets along beautifully with Cory’s wife’s little dachshund, Lacy.

Thank you, Petfinder Foundation and DPFL, for helping me so I could help them.

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