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4 Paws Farm: Grant Report

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

We had six dogs who had been with us way too long and we thought they were not adoptable. We used the money to hire a behavioral technician to do an adoption triage for each dog. Then we developed a treatment plan. Each dog had his or her needs outlined and we worked diligently to make all six adoptable. Some of the dogs were sent to boot camp for socialization with people and other dogs.

It took us from thinking we would have some dogs for the rest of their lives. We made a dramatic change in our attitude and in our process. Now, we are focused on transforming each dog and cat from where they are to a new home. We actually have a process and a plan with accountability built in.

How many pets did this grant help?

We initially had six dogs who were long-timers. Two more graduated to long-timers during the grant. At the end of the grant we only had two dogs left.

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

Joey had been with us since he was a pup. He had suffered serious abuse and did not trust anyone. He had little control over his bodily functions and was sad all the time. He had barely warmed up to us when we had a serious needs analysis and mapped out a plan to socialize him. We sent him to boot camp for two weeks. He came back much better; then we gave him to a caring foster/trainer. After two adoption days, he found a family that loves him. The picture shows him in the middle of everything.

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