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Helping Hand Pet Rescue of West Virginia: Grant Report

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

We have used all 20 of the Thundershirts for the animals in our care. They have provided a much-needed calming effect. This has allowed future pet owners see how the dog would be in a calm environment and not hyper and jumping, barking excitedly like animals do when new people come around.

We have used all 20 of the Thundershirts at adoption events. We had the name of our rescue stitched into the side with the phone number. So as the dogs are walked or are seen in the pens awaiting their forever homes, they are calm but also advertise our rescue's name.

How many pets did this grant help?


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

We have a young chocolate lab mix puppy that came to the rescue with a broken back leg and hip. We used the Thundershirt to keep him calm and warm on the way to the vet. After his surgery we had to keep him in a small kitten carrier to keep him immobilized, per the vet’s instructions. We asked the vet about the Thundershirt and she thought it was a great idea. It has helped keep him calm and from pulling the stitches out. In Leo’s case, the Thundershirt was a real lifesaver.

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