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Humane Society of Marion County: Orvis Animal Care Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Two Tether Tug outdoor tug toys for dogs
Three portable misting systems for misting the outside of the dog kennels when the weather is hot for extra comfort
Four 10” Jolly Balls for large-breed dogs

Total spent: $902.09
Total grant money from Orvis: $850

Thank you so much!

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

We are so excited to receive this grant from Orvis for our shelter dogs. The tether tug toys and the Jolly Balls all are to enrich the environment of the dogs in the play yards and to entertain them for their happiness.

The dogs really enjoy playing with the Jolly Balls and they last a considerable amount of time and are easy to clean. The outdoor tether toys are so much fun for the dogs too and the rope tug part is easily replaceable, so these should last for a very, very long time as well and help a lot of dogs!

The misting systems are going to be amazing in the sweltering-hot summer months in Arkansas. While the dogs do have air conditioning in the inside part of the kennels, we are excited to provide the extra comfort on the outside of their kennels, where they can be lightly misted for cooling and comfort. Thank you Orvis, for making these comfort items possible !

How many pets did this grant help?

Currently 13 (but these items will last a very, very long time and help a lot of dogs through the years)

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

Beau (first three photos) is a beautiful border collie/spaniel mix. He came to us very nervous and withdrawn. Our all-volunteer group has worked with him and now he is an outgoing, loving dog who loves to play. We feel he would be great with a family or individual who likes to take long nature walks. He really enjoys play/agility and walks and has learned how to walk on a leash. We feel he would excel in learning in an agility course. He is very smart and loving with adults.

The Jolly Balls we’d had prior to getting the grant were torn after being used for many years. The dogs love them! When we got our order from the Orvis grant, Beau immediately started playing with the tether toys and Jolly Balls. He is a very happy dog now. Beau is still looking for a forever home. You can meet Beau here.

Humane Society of Marion County: Cat Enrichment Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

With the cat enrichment grant money, we purchased a large cat cage for our cats and kittens to stay in when they initially come to the shelter. We have a quarantine period for new intakes prior to them being with all the current resident cats. After they are fully vetted and have a clean bill of health, they go to the main cat shelter, which is a “free-range” facility where the cats can run, play, be cats, and interact with volunteers and potential adopters.

The Cat Enrichment Grant provided us with approximately half of the cost of the cage, which was a substantial help in purchasing this much-needed cage. This cage will be used for essentially all of the cats that come through our facility, and it is durable and easy to clean. Being able to clean and have easy access is very important since we are an all-volunteer group. The cage is roomy and comfortable for the cats as well.

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

This cage will be used for essentially all of the new intake of cats and kittens that come to our shelter. They have a comfortable, easy-to-clean cage that is roomy as well as well-ventilated. The cage has a door that is large enough that volunteers can easily walk into to clean the cage! This is a great improvement. This case is a comfortable transition for them to stay in prior to them coming into the main cat shelter once they have a clean bill of health. This cage is durable and will help countless cats and kittens through the years. So far it has helped 12 and it was just recently delivered!

How many pets did this grant help?

12

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

The cage was ordered immediately after the receipt of the grant funds and took a while to arrive as it is specially made for each order, according to the company. Once our volunteers unloaded it from the semi truck and assembled it, it was quickly utilized. This has helped kittens and cats already and the amount of cats and kittens this will help is really countless as there is no reason that this cage will not be used for an extremely long time, as it is very durable.

The two kittens pictured are part of a very large family of cats that we recently rescued. Many of the cats and kittens had severe eye conditions, which have resulted in significant vet care and surgeries. All of their medical needs were immediately attended to. The two kittens pictured are not quite big enough to be spayed, but once they are, they will be up for adoption and we see no reason they won’t be adopted quickly, as they are loving kittens with great personalities. They have overcome so much in their short lives and are very sweet.

Humane Society of Marion County: Orvis Animal Care Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

15 sherpa fleece Kuranda dog bed pads

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

Kuranda dog bed pads are wonderful and they fit on the Kuranda beds that we have for each dog. We had two pads that were donated to us for our senior dogs that we love and were very thankful for, but we wanted enough for each dog to have one, especially during the colder months. With the Orvis Animal Care Grant, we purchased a pad for each kennel so the dogs can be snuggly and comfortable on their beds. These pads are also great because they can be washed and reused for many dogs.

How many pets did this grant help?

15 and countless more, as they can be washed and reused for many dogs

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

Tomato (first photo) is a sweet hound mix. She is enjoying her new Kuranda dog pad. Immediately after we put it on the bed, she climbed on with her favorite squeaky toy and snuggled in for the night! You can meet Tomato here.

Bowser, a Pyrenees/retriever mix, was just neutered in the picture below and he was recovering from the surgery. We got the pad just in time. You can see in the picture the shaved spot from his IV. The fleece Kuranda dog bed pad helped him to be comfortable and relax after surgery.

These beds are washable; therefore, they can be used for so many, many dogs during their stay with us prior to adoption. The fleece pads help to keep them comfortable. Not only are the dogs warm and snuggly lying on them, the pads are very soft too.

Humane Society of Marion County: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

12 bags of Purina Dog Chow from Chewy.com.

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

We had difficulty at the beginning of the COVID pandemic finding the Purina Dog Chow we normally purchase at local stores. We are an all-volunteer organization, with many of our volunteers being elderly, so it was not safe for them to shop in physical stores, either. The Purina Dog Chow online was approximately .61 cents a pound more than locally, so this grant helped us make up the difference in the cost that was associated with COVID and help our beloved fur babies and our cherished volunteers as well.

How many pets did this grant help?

12

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

Gunther is a sweet Australian cattle dog mix who was found by a citizen on a road dumped, scared, and covered in fleas and ticks. He was brought to our shelter and we immediately knew he was a very special dog. He is very intelligent and loves to go for walks. He is housetrained and does very well on a leash. He is still for adoption, but we are hopeful he will be adopted in the near future. He is a precious fur baby. You can meet him here.

Humane Society of Marion County: Orvis Animal Care Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Seven XL Kuranda beds for dogs

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

We are so happy to have the seven XL Kuranda beds. Our old Kuranda beds had holes in them from the dogs chewing on them and also they were not as large as the ones we purchased with this Orvis Animal Care grant. We mostly have large dogs and many are older, so these beds help them feel comfortable during their stay at our shelter and keep them elevated off the ground until forever homes can be found. The beds are durable, easy to clean, last for many years and can help many dogs. We appreciate the Orvis Animal Care Grant and the Petfinder Foundation for providing these beds.

How many pets did this grant help?

Seven and many more, as they can be reused.

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

Lucy (first and second photos) and Ringo (third and fourth photos) needed the new beds the most, as their beds had huge holes in them. Once the beds were assembled, Ringo and Lucy were the first in line to receive their new beds. It only took them a couple of minutes to check them out and climb on on top of them, lounging comfortably. Their former beds had huge holes in them and they would still lie on them, but they were certainly not as comfortable for them as these wonderful new beds. These new beds are larger, too, so Ringo — who is a very large senior dog at over 75 lbs. — can stretch out in comfort while waiting for his furever home. Ringo and Lucy are both senior dogs and are still awaiting furever homes. The remaining five beds go to the other pups at the shelter. These beds are amazing because they can be easily cleaned and reused for many dogs in the future.

Meet Lucy here.

Meet Ringo here.