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Piney Mountain Foster Care: Orvis Dog Enrichment Grant Report

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

The toys purchased with this grant have helped to keep the dogs in our care entertained during inclement weather when they cannot spend as much time out in the play yard. Keeping them occupied and entertained prevents psychological damage from their being kenneled.

How many pets did this grant help?

At least 10 (our current census) and as many more as we are able to place dogs and then bring in new residents.

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

Stella (first and second photos) has been here for heartworm treatment. In recovery, she was on activity restriction, so no more zoomies in the yard. She DOES love zoomies in the yard! Not being allowed to do them made her anxious.

We found that the ChuckIt Ultra Squeaker Ball was just what she needed: The oral gratification made her happy and the sound seemed to delight her.

It annoyed Zane, a husky (third photo), who would howl, “Stop making your toy cry, it makes me sad!” So Stella would mash it several times, wait for Zane to respond, then mash it a few more times. It became a game between them that would go on for long periods.

Kong toys are a favorite with everyone.

You can meet Stella here.

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