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Cooper's Chance Animal Rescue: Orvis Animal Care Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Grant funds were used to purchase enrichment items, toys and treats for our shelter pets to reduce stress and anxiety, helping them to get adopted faster.

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

The grant helped us to purchase enrichment items to engage our shelter pets for training, reduce stress and anxiety, and help build trust; this helps the pet to be adoptable faster and transition into a new home more easily.

How many pets did this grant help?

200

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

Barkley was surrendered to the shelter after his family moved and couldn’t take him with them. Barkley was devastated, scared and confused when we rescued him and brought him to safety in a loving foster home. The poor guy was shut down, refused even the yummiest of treats and wouldn’t eat regular food. His foster mom began to gain his trust slowly by offering him a Nobbly Wobbly toy stuffed with peanut butter (first photo), which he loved. After a few days, she was able to hand-feed him, and soon he was standing with the rest of the pack eating his kibble, confident and happy. He was adopted by a great family, and he still enjoys peanut-butter stuffing!

Cooper's Chance Animal Rescue: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Grant funds were used to remove the barrier to adoption for our senior pet, Walter, who had been in our care for several months. The funds were used for neuter surgery and waiving the adoption fee for his new family.

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

The grant funds directly helped a senior pet, Walter, by removing adoption-cost barrier and helping him to connect with potential adopters he otherwise may have not had the chance to meet.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

This grant directly helped senior pet Walter find his furever family. Walter is a 12-year-old Queensland heeler mix who was rescued from Pinal County Animal Care and Control after he was found roaming a gas station in Casa Grande, AZ. He was emaciated, dirty and covered in ticks; it was obvious he had been out in the desert for a few weeks, but otherwise, he appeared healthy. Despite his ordeal, he was friendly upon intake, and to our surprise, had a microchip; but sadly, his owners refused to claim him due to his age, leaving him to die alone at the shelter. Abandoned and confused, Walter spent two months at the shelter before a plea was sent to rescue him, and on the eve before he was scheduled for euthanasia, we answered the call and rescued him, bringing him to a loving foster home where he was safe and comfortable.

In rescue, Walter’s light really started to shine, and he brightened every day with his infectious smile and gentle spirit. He is a happy, healthy, polite gentleman who wants nothing more than to spend time with his family and nap in the yard. He loves car rides, pancakes for breakfast and “spaw” days. Unfortunately, despite all efforts to find a family, he was in rescue for six months, and there wasn’t any interest in a large, senior pet ready for retirement.

Although he was happy, he was not home. As time went by with no interest, his adoptability declined, so in an effort to increase his chances of finding the right family and generate more interest, we requested a grant of $400 to waive his adoption fee $175 and cover the cost of neuter surgery for $225, which included mandatory surgical bloodwork for seniors ($175 surgery/$50 senior blood panel). We believed that this would open up the opportunity for more families to adopt, and also ensure he had all proper vetting prior to adoption.

Walter was adopted by a retired couple who wanted a friendly older companion, and Walter was the perfect fit. They appreciated his waived fee, as they are on a budget and the waived fee reduced the stress associated with bringing a new pet home. Instead, they used some of that money to treat Walter to a spaw day (second photo)!

Cooper's Chance Animal Rescue: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We used the grant funds to complete Greta’s spay surgery and will waive her adoption fee when her furever family adopts her. She is currently still in rescue, available for adoption.

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

We are able to waive her adoption fee, which removes a barrier to adoption. Potential families will still need to meet adoption requirements and criteria, but her fee is waived, and she will go to her new home completely vetted: spayed, vaccinations, microchip and 30-day free pet insurance from Pet First!

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Greta is a 7- to 8-year-old pointer who was found in a rural area, probably dumped because she was too old to hunt. She is full of spunk and loves comfy beds and cozy blankets. She will be a wonderful companion, and is waiting for the purrfect family to find her. Meet her: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/41762567

Cooper's Chance Animal Rescue: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

KONG product was used for our Pawsitive Beginnings Puppy Rehab program to help our abandoned puppies socialize, train and build confidence to be adoptable. We use them as interactive toys and training treats.

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

The KONG toys help us to interact with scared puppies, gain their trust and help them to be confident, and eventually adoptable!

How many pets did this grant help?

25

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

Riley was rescued from an abandoned building. All alone, and only 12 weeks old, she was frightened and confused. Her first weeks of life were spent on her own, terrified of people, so we worked for several weeks to gain her trust. Using a peanut butter-stuffed KONG as a training tool, she learned to trust and would eventually take the KONG from our hand. We are happy to report that she has been adopted, and her favorite toy is still a KONG!

Cooper's Chance Animal Rescue: Build-A-Bear Youth Humane Education Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

To expand our Youth Humane Education Program to 50 low-income children.

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

Our organization and animals were helped by the community connections we made through the education program, which also brought awareness to the plight of pit bulls, senior pets and dogs with special needs.

How many pets did this grant help?

10

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

This grant directly impacted Rosey, a 1-year-old pit bull/boxer mix who was an animal ambassador to the youth at our camps. Rosey was rescued with severe Demodex mange and required several months of care before she was finally healed and ready for adoption. Although she was so neglected, she was always friendly and loved people. She was the perfect ambassador for her breed; she brought awareness, education and advocacy with lots of puppy kisses and tail-wags! Being able to attend the youth camps keeps her socialized, especially meeting children and experiencing new places, which helps her remain healthy and adoptable, and gives her more exposure to adoptive families. Meet Rosey: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/39043866

Cooper's Chance Animal Rescue: Orvis Animal Care Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Grant funds were used for rescued nursing moms and their puppies through Pawsitive Beginnings Puppy Rehabilitation Program. This program rescues abandoned puppies and homeless mothers with nursing litters from shelters, moments from euthanasia, and places them into loving foster homes where they can raise their families and receive the training and medical treatment necessary to give both Momma and her puppies a second chance at life. All puppies graduate from our Puppy Training course prior to adoption, and Momma receives rehabilitation to be adopted. Funds provide the vaccinations, spay/neuter, microchip, wellness exams, training, food and shelter until they are adopted by forever families.

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

Grant funds gave us the ability to provide medical care and emergency medical treatment to our rescued pets that we otherwise would not have been able to provide.

How many pets did this grant help?

10

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

Darling Darcie was a stray who was turned into a rural shelter for eating chickens. It was later discovered she was starving and pregnant, and we were contacted to rescue her. Once in foster, she went into labor. After struggling to deliver her first puppy, she was rushed to the ER for an emergency C-section to deliver her babies. Although one pup did not make it, three females did, and we are happy to report that all are doing well and will be adopted soon. As for Darcie, she has been adopted by a mom who loves her! Thanks to the Orvis grant, we were able to give Darcie a second chance, and her puppies a happy, healthy future.

Cooper's Chance Animal Rescue: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Product was used for our Pawsitive Beginnings Puppy Enrichment Program where we help abandoned, abused, and neglected puppies get a second chance by rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming.

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

KONG toys were used in rehabilitation of abused puppies by building trust through play and using toys for treat-training, mental stimulation and interaction.

How many pets did this grant help?

50 puppies ages 6 weeks to 6 months

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

This grant directly benefited the “Dumpster Five” puppies. Five little 10-week-old puppies were left in a school dumpster to die. They were rescued and placed in a loving foster home where they received one-on-one attention, playing with KONG toys, learning basic commands with peanut butter-filled KONGs as a reward, and using KONG toys as a comfort at night.

Cooper's Chance Animal Rescue: A Shot at Life Vaccination Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Vaccinations of rescued pets

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

Provided our rescued pets with vaccinations they needed to be adopted and live happy, healthy lives. The vaccinations helped us reduce vetting costs, and gave us the means to ensure our rescued pets were healthy.

How many pets did this grant help?

100

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

Tucker, only 7 weeks old, was rescued from a rural field with his three siblings on Christmas Day. Tucker was injured, with a large gash on his thigh that required surgery and stitches. With this grant, we could give all four puppies their series of puppy booster shots without worrying about the cost or having to wait until funds were raised. Thank you!