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Adopt-A-Pet: Grant Report

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

The money we received from the Petfinder Foundation was used to purchase nine puzzle treat-dispenser toys, one KONG Wobbler treat-dispensing toy, one Rocker Board, and one Starmark Bob-A-Lot that the dogs can play with while in their kennels, and materials to construct agility equipment in our play yard.

Our dogs had varying degrees of interest in the toys. Some of our dogs, especially those who are hyperactive, enjoyed playing with the toys, while the laid-back dogs weren't motivated to play with them. We did noticed that the hyperactive dogs solved the puzzle toys quicker than others and they also were calmer after finding the treats.

How many pets did this grant help?

We rotated the puzzle toys every day so each dog had an opportunity to play with them. On average we have 10 dogs in our care every day.

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

Jax (first photo), one of our more hyperactive dogs, is a recent addition to the shelter and is still stressing because of the new environment. We gave him a puzzle toy to play with and after a half hour of playing, he finally laid down and didn’t bark because he was stressed.

Diego (second and third photos), one of our purebred pit bulls, has been at the shelter since the end of August and is another hyperactive dog who is easily stressed. We found that by giving him a puzzle toy, he becomes calmer and wants belly rubs when the volunteers pass by.

Both of these dogs are still at our shelter and are advertised on our Petfinder page.

Meet Jax: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/36027679
Meet Diego: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/36027754