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DFW Humane Society: Orvis Dog Enrichment Grant Report

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

DFW Humane Society used the funds received to subsidize our adoption fees for large/older dogs to generate adopter interest.

This grant helped us place twelve large dogs, many long-term residents of our shelter, into loving, forever homes. Additionally, this opened up much-needed space to rescue more large dogs from our partner shelters.

How many pets did this grant help?


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

One of the great success stories for this grant really belongs to Champ. A chow mix, Champ has had been in the shelter since approximately the end of 2012. He was adopted out in January 2013, but the adopter returned him stating that he was aggressive. In August 2013, a potential adopter took Champ home for a foster period, mainly to give him a break from the shelter, but also to see if he would be a good fit at home. That weekend was a challenge, because the adopter had cats, and Champ was a bit too interested in them. When we re-opened on Tuesday, Champ was back with us. About a month later, the potential adopter, Doug, became a volunteer with us. On the day of orientation, he went to visit with Champ again, and he realized that he could not leave him another day in the shelter. The same day as his orientation, Doug spent an hour or so with Champ, and took him home the same day. Since then, Champ, now known as Charlie, has become one of the most beloved pets in the household. He is almost over his interest in the cats, but they are still working on it. Oh, and Doug has not seen a single aggressive bone in Charlie’s body. He’s a keeper.

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