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Fluvanna SPCA: Orvis Dog Enrichment Grant Report

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

Medical care and spay/neuter to help make dogs more adoptable.

This grant was able to help three dogs find forever homes as well as to help us work with one to make her more adoptable. FSPCA is a no-kill shelter, and we work with EVERY dog or cat in our care to help them find a home. This often requires medical treatments, treating conditions that owners believed were beyond the scope of their care and thus resulting in relinquishment or abandonment. Most of the dogs we receive are highly-adoptable after medical and behavioral rehabilitation, and this grant helped us realize that goal for some of our friends.

How many pets did this grant help?

Four dogs.

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

Casey is an American Bulldog stray who came to us with severe allergies to grass. This makes walking him, or even caring for him, quite a challenge. He required special cleaning and wipes after each walk or play date, and he was nearly bald on his underside from the affect of the allergies. He won us all over with his sweet, goofy personality, and we all worked hard to make him comfortable and find him the perfect home. One day a man came in looking for a companion for his large bulldog. He fell in love with Casey, partly because his bulldog has the exact same allergies. He felt confident he could handle both the expense and time involved with Casey’s allergies. He’s brought Casey back for a couple of visits, and Casey is not only happy and healthy, but his fur has grown back and he’s a handsome boy!

Roze and Blaze came to us as stray hound-mix puppies, only 6 weeks old, covered with fleas and ticks. They’re a pair of gentle, fun-loving sisters who only wanted to cuddle and play. The grant was able to help us work on grooming them, getting rid of all the ticks and scabs, as well as providing them with spays as they got older to make them more adoptable. Once they were healthier, they were put up for adoption and adopted to wonderful families within a matter of days.

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