The grant funding allowed us to send our behavior coordinator to the Dogs Playing for Life apprenticeship at Austin Pets Alive!
This grant allowed our staff to gain the knowledge needed to implement playgroups and get more-accurate evaluations of animals in our care, which will in turn result in more lives saved.
500 (number of animals in our care now able to go out in playgroups)
Bentley (first photo) came into our shelter as a stray, so we had no knowledge of his history. He was labeled dog-aggressive after he came in due to his reactivity to other dogs while walking past their kennels. With the help of this grant funding, and the ability to send one of our staff members to the Dogs Playing for Life apprenticeship, we have been able to get Bentley out into playgroups with other dogs. Although it took a while, he is now learning appropriate behaviors around other dogs and loves being a part of our playgroups. Bentley is still up for adoption; you can meet him here.