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Jake's House of Animal Rescue: Orvis Dog Enrichment Grant Report

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

The Orvis Dog Enrichment Grant has helped our organization tremendously. For a fairly new nonprofit organization like ours, dog enrichment equipment can be quite costly.

We are so extremely grateful for this chance to enrich our rescue dogs' lives while they are waiting on their forever homes. This helps them to come out of their shells by enjoying something they like; it helps them to grow and learn, and most importantly have fun and be a normal dog again after the trauma they have been through.

The dogs in our care have had so much fun putting our new equipment to use. Especially with the Texas summer heat, the pool and sandbox have been used daily. They love their time outside to play in the pool to have fun and cool off, along with hanging out in the covered sandbox for some nice cool shade to relax in. The seesaw and training equipment have helped our dogs come out of their comfort zones and try new things. It is amazing to see the progress they have make overcoming that fear of something new and eventually being totally comfortable with it.

How many pets did this grant help?

We strive to rescue, restore, and rehome as many dogs as possible while giving them the time they need to be adopted. This grant will likely help 50-100 dogs this year.

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

Mighty Jo (first photo) is a Weimaraner/Lab mix. We rescued him from the euthanasia list at a nearby shelter. When he came to us, he was severely underweight, stressed, and all around just sad.

Our first goal was to get him healthy and put some weight on him. Our second goal was to restore his spirit. He was having some difficulties in the kennel — lots of built-up, anxious energy. He needed a way to release that pent-up energy with some extended outdoor time.

He absolutely loves the bone pool we got through the Orvis Dog Enrichment Grant. It offers him a great way to stay nice and cool during his extra outdoor time, and also a unique way for him to release that energy.

He loves to run and jump into the pool and splash around. He has a blast and, in turn, is a lot more calm during his kennel time. Mighty Jo is a much healthier, happier dog compared to when we first received him. This will help him to be more relaxed and happy during meet-and-greets to help set him up for success to be adopted.

You can meet Mighty Jo here.

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