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Teller County Regional Animal Shelter (TCRAS): COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

TCRAS utilized our grant for operational support.

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

Due to the cancellation of one of our largest fundraisers due to COVID-19, we were unable to raise the funds that we typically utilize for operational support, among other programs.

How many pets did this grant help?

We had minimal shelter guests during the shutdown. As the county-designated facility for disasters, we were forced to halt our transferring program and keep kennels open for potential extraction due to hospitalization or death of their family member responsible for care.

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

Arthur (first photo) was one of the last transfers into our facility before our state licensing board prohibited transfers due to COVID-19. He came to us dog- and stranger-reactive, especially with men. He worked so hard to overcome his fears during our in-house behavior-modification program. I have also attached his adoption photo (second photo)!

The support from Petfinder allowed us to offer additional training to our shelter guests like Arthur during the shut down.

This operational grant allowed staff to continue to care for the shelter guests in our care during the statewide shutdown. We are fortunate that the shelter guests in our care were adopted by appointment only and we have been cleared by our state regulatory agency to resume transfers.

Teller County Regional Animal Shelter (TCRAS): Cat Enrichment Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We are in the process of ordering enrichment items for our cattery, pending approval from the Colorado Department of Agriculture’s Pet Animal Care Facilities Act (PACFA) program.

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

We envision that the items we have chosen will allow our guests the freedom to exhibit normal behavior by giving them the opportunity to climb to a high point, enjoy cat-friendly plants, and relax in a location that feels safe.

How many pets did this grant help?

20

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

Due to enrichment items requiring PACFA approval, we will have an opportunity to expand upon how this grant helped our cattery guests when we are cleared to order.

Teller County Regional Animal Shelter (TCRAS): Dogs Playing for Life Mentorship Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Grant proceeds were used for the tuition cost to send Eric, our animal care-technician/trainer, to the Longmont Humane Society’s Dogs Playing for Life mentorship program on Sept. 18, 2017.

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

This training opportunity via the DPFL mentorship program has enabled us to implement additional opportunities for our guests to interact. We typically care for high-energy and bully breeds due to our location, and having the skills to provide additional enrichment to increase their chances of adoption is priceless. Due to our elevation, we have limited volunteers who come to walk our guests during the winter months, and having the skills to run a playgroup to ensure that our dogs have the opportunity for enrichment and exercise will be beneficial.

How many pets did this grant help?

Eight so far!

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

Jade (first photo) is a 2-year-old female pit bull terrier who loves people and male dogs. She is not a fan of cats or female dogs. Playgroup has allowed her to interact with male dogs, and she will be progressing to introduction to females in a controlled setting. Jade is still available. Meet her: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/39267649

Cheddar (second photo) is a 10-year-old male shepherd mix who was seized by Animal Control due to his owner’s failure to provide a safe and healthy living environment. The owner was offered humane-education opportunities and declined. Due to his past living environment, Cheddar needs additional socialization and proper interaction skills with other dogs. He still has a lot of energy for his age, and playgroup has been a positive step in increasing his adoption potential. Cheddar is still available. Meet him: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/39550270

Gavin (third photo) is a 2-year-old male shepherd mix who has a lot of energy and separation-anxiety issues. Playgroup offers him the physical and mental enrichment that allows him to relax in his kennel for the night. He has been adopted.

Bubba (fourth photo) is a 1-year-old boxer/retriever mix who came to us via a rescue in Alabama. This organization rescues dogs who are left at abandoned textile mills. Because he came from a feral environment with more than 216 dogs, we knew that Bubba would need additional socialization. He becomes immediately attached to whomever he perceives as his person and feels he needs to protect them. Eric (the animal care technician who attended the mentorship program) is introducing him to playgroup to allow him the opportunity to learn from others that leaving your person to play is okay and safe. We will continue to work with his attachment and protective tendencies and hope to find him a loving home. He is currently in active heartworm treatment, so his playgroup activity is brief.

Chopper (fifth photo) is a 3-year-old male soft-coat wheaten terrier mix who arrived at TCRAS as a transfer and was immediately adopted. His was relinquished back to us several months later as the family did not have the time to devote to his enrichment. Playgroup was a little intimidating for him at first and we introduced him to only one other dog, Jade, to begin and he has really enjoyed the enrichment.

Teller County Regional Animal Shelter (TCRAS): KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Kong toys were used for our enrichment program and at night when the staff leaves for the day. We are looking forward to utilizing the Kong toys during the winter months when it is too cold for the dogs to be outside!

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

The Kong Toy Grant helped our shelter guests by providing enrichment for our more active breeds and for all guests at night when our staff leaves for the day.

How many pets did this grant help?

16

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

Sampson (first two photos) was a transfer from Texas who had a rough start to his young life. He was terrified of people, toys and new environments. Our staff and volunteers worked daily to increase his confidence, and each day brought his tail higher and more interest in his toys. He began to look forward to his Kong treat and we are happy to report that a lovely family adopted him and he now has his very own little girl to go on adventures with!!

Todd (third photo) was brought in as a stray after his person dumped him in the National Forest. It was apparent that he had an injury to his front leg. After examination, it was determined that this was an old break that did not heal properly and that treatment would include amputation in order to increase his quality of life. TCRAS gave this sweet boy his Kong toy to help distract him from the pain, both pre- and post-operation. We are thrilled to announce that the high-school boy who found him in the National Forest is now his forever person!!

Teller County Regional Animal Shelter: Sponsor a Pet Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We used the sponsor money for Honey Mae to cover vaccination expenses and also for a health certificate to travel to her new home in Pennsylvania.

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

This helped cover costs that we don’t typically encounter with transportation across the county.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

A gentleman called from Allegheny, PA, who saw Honey Mae on the Petfinder website and said she looked just like his cat whom he recently had to put down due to age and health issues. He said he HAD to have her. After many phone calls, arrangements were made; we found a great transport company and Honey Mae arrived at her new home in November of 2016.

Teller County Regional Animal Shelter: Sponsor a Pet Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The animal who was sponsored was an elderly cat with multiple medical needs. The money was used to support these needs.

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

It allowed us to free up that money to use for other animal needs.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Tai Tai was one of three cats who were left alone in this world when their caretaker passed away. No other shelters were willing to take them due to their age and medical needs. Tai Tai and Ling Ling both had medical needs due to their age. Unfortunately, Ling Ling’s medical needs became too great for him to fight and he had to be humanely euthanized. Tai Tai went to a forever home by himself but is doing great.