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Humane Society of the Black Hills: Orvis Dog Enrichment Grant Report

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Spay and neuter 14 of our harder to adopt dogs

In most cases the dogs were at our shelter for two or months, showing very little sign of being adopted. Once they were spayed or neutered and were adopted within two weeks. HSBH accepts over 5,000 animals a year and would not have been able to afford the cost of these surgeries to help get these animals adopted

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Thanks to the Orvis Foundation for the grant to spay and neuter 14 of our harder to adopt dogs. All the dogs have been adopted but Shay animal #19705323, she is currently in a foster home waiting to find her Furever Home. Shay is currently being shown at all adoption events and knows the right home will someday be hers. All of the dogs were very special in their own way. I am going to share a couple of the stories about a few of these remarkable dogs.

Bertha was an older dog very sweet but not to attractive to a lot of potential dogs due to her age of nine and having to be spayed. We showed her at many events and did have a little interest, a couple from out of town fell in love with her but did not want to pay the fee to have her spay at her age. A week later HSBH had her spay thanks to Orvis Foundation, the same couple that fell in love with her came back that next week and she went to her Furever Home.
The next three dogs were all liter mates, Penny animal #19893892, Bailey animal #19893887 and Buster animal #19893875. All three of these puppies spent over two months with us, who would have thought three loving puppies would be by passed by potential adopters for over two months. The puppies were shown on TV news shows and taken to radio shows with no luck for adoption. Once they were spayed and neutered they were adopted within two weeks. Thanks again to Orvis Foundation.

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