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Olympic Peninsula Humane Society: P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds Grant Report

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

The 10 P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds awarded to Olympic Peninsula Humane Society (OPHS) were immediately put to use in our Bark House, where dogs reside until they are adopted into their forever homes. When dogs using these beds are adopted, staff provides the beds to other dogs to relax in and enjoy.

The comfort and quality of these pad beds provide solace in a shelter environment that can be stressful for our canine guests. They are placed on top of an elevated bed in kennels for maximum relief and well-being.

How many pets did this grant help?

More than 30 dogs have benefited from the P.L.A.Y. pet beds. After dogs using the beds are adopted, OPHS staff launders the beds and puts them in a kennel with a new dog to enjoy.

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

OPHS partners monthly with an animal-transport rescue and receives homeless dogs from high-risk shelters throughout California and Mexico. In November, we took in 12 dogs, including a shy 2-year-old Chihuahua named Salvatore (first photo). Following his intake evaluation, Salvatore was given his own indoor/outdoor kennel with an elevated bed and blankets. Soon after, Salvatore was neutered and settling into a routine with daily walks and socialization.

When OPHS was awarded and received P.L.A.Y. pet beds from the Petfinder Foundation in early December, one was placed in Salvatore’s kennel. It provided him the comfortable luxury he deserved. He opened up more to staff and began showing his sweet and spunky personality to potential adopters.

On Feb. 4, 2021, little Salvatore met an interested adopter and it was mutual love at first sight (second photo)! After completing his adoption paperwork, Salvatore rode off into the sunset with his new mom to enjoy his forever home in the Pacific Northwest, far from his former existence in a California shelter.

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