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Humane Society of Parkersburg: Play Yard Renovation Grant Report

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

The grant was used to build three large fenced-in play yards for our shelter dogs.

This grant has allowed more of our shelter dogs to get outside, play and exercise out in the sunshine! This helps make them happier, healthier and more adoptable. Thanks to this grant, we were able to double our play yards, therefore doubling the number of the dogs we are able to get outside every single day.

How many pets did this grant help?

The hundreds who have already come through our doors this year and all who have yet to come to us.

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

This story is about Rascal. He came to us incredibly scared and fearful of people and other dogs. He was, by all measures, unadoptable. Eventually Rascal made his way out to the play yards and the volunteers attempted to walk him side-by-side each night with another dog. When progress was made, he was cautiously introduced to another shelter dog in the play yards and, before we knew it, he was off-leash and having the time of his life with other dogs! Every single night, Rascal was in the play yards with his first doggie buddy, Bronx. Eventually, he became friends with Norman and then he was making friends with all the dogs. Rascal was finally adopted a few weeks ago and we all know it wouldn’t have been possible without our play yards! His adoption photo with his new mom says it all! Thank you, Petfinder Foundation!

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