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Prairie Paws Animal Shelter: Dogs Playing for Life Mentorship Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Petfinder Foundation Dogs Playing for Life Mentorship Program Grant was used to cover tuition cost for Tim Yeaglin, our director of operations, to attend a Dogs Playing for Life mentorship session in Florida. With the tools he has learned, he is enhancing our shelter dogs’ quality of life by allowing them to engage in natural social behaviors.

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

The training Tim received allows us to provide true freedom to our shelter dogs. By letting dogs interact with one another, their overall experience at a shelter can be changed from detrimental to positive. We estimate we can bring at least 800 dogs throughout this year physical and mental stimulation and at least that many each year after. The dogs burn off energy, learn social skills and are more relaxed when meeting potential adopters. As an extra bonus, the groups bring joy to the volunteers and staff members who are helping Tim run the playgroups. It’s a great way to fight off compassion fatigue. Joy is infectious. The advanced obedience training that Tim was taught has helped grow our volunteer programming by training the volunteers in more dog obedience training. The training allows the dogs with more advanced behavior issues to be addressed and be safely placed in loving homes.

How many pets did this grant help?

800

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

Just recently we posted a short video of Paul (pictured) and Iron Man having a great time in playgroup. His adopter saw the video and came to visit Paul. This resulted in Paul getting adopted after seven months of awaiting his heroes. The video can be seen here (he’s the one with the stubby tail).

We originally adopted out Paul as puppy and, to our dismay, upon his return we discovered he was never properly socialized with humans or other dogs. Because we had few resources to concentrate primarily on him, the doggy playgroups he was a part of on a regular basis helped him learned how to be social appropriately to not only other dogs but to humans as well. Most importantly, Tim learned at his mentorship how to properly introduce Paul to strangers and to use the command “park it,” which allowed Paul to go out in public and be social. His story can be seen here (Tim Yeaglin, who was awarded the mentorship, is the human in the video).

Prairie Paws Animal Shelter: Cat Enrichment Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

With the Petfinder Foundation cat enrichment grant, we were able to purchase the following: a cat exercise wheel, a catio plan, 14 clickers, a Surro-Kitty with sound for orphaned kittens, eight KittyKasas cat cubes, three CDs – Music Cats Love (2) and Through A Cat’s Ear, a New Age Pet ecoFLEX, three Tower of Tracks toys, two Friends Forever laser toys, a Peek-a-Boo mouse chaser, and a Karen Pryor Getting Started Clicker Training for Cats book.

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

When cats are in between homes, it is important to keep them active, stimulated and happy. Thanks to the Petfinder Foundation cat enrichment grant, we can do just that for the hundreds of homeless cats who will come through our doors in the future. We aren’t sure which item we are the most excited about, but the Surro-Kitty is right up there! It is a nursing device that allows up to eight kittens to nurse at once!

How many pets did this grant help?

50

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

George (on the wheel) and Skittles (playing with the cheese toy) took to the new enrichment toys quickly. Freckles was all about the KittyKasas cubes; we’re pretty sure she tried each one out! George and Skittles both found their forever home and Freckles is our helpful office cat.

Prairie Paws Animal Shelter: Play Yard Renovation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Our Petfinder Foundation grant funds were spent to purchase supplies and labor to build a shelter for shade in our dog run and construct and move catch pens in order to have bigger and better dog playgroups. While we are in a holding pattern because of labor schedules and weather, we did get the catch pens constructed and we do have the supplies and are ready to finish construction on the shade structure.

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

In November, we began implementing the Dogs Playing for Life program principles at Prairie Paws thanks to the Petfinder Foundation grant to send Tim, our director of operations, to Austin Pets Alive! for a Dogs Playing for Life mentorship. Dogs Playing for Life is a program developed by Aimee Sadler (a nationally recognized dog trainer) to help reduce cage stress for dogs. The program gets the dogs out of their kennels and into playgroups. They get to have fun, work off excess energy and learn social skills under the watchful eye of the facilitators. It helps keep them mentally healthy and it helps us learn how they may behave outside the shelter.

After the initial playgroup implementation, it became clear that, in order to have a great playgroup session in the ever-changing Kansas weather, we needed to construct a shelter in the dog run for shade and construct better catch pens. This grant helped us do that. And it will continue to help hundreds of dogs each year become enriched during their time at Prairie Paws while awaiting their forever homes.

How many pets did this grant help?

200

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

One of the dogs the playgroups in our dog runs have helped is Waylon. He came to us not a huge fan of other dogs, but after spending time in the dog playgroups, he has realized that socializing isn’t all that bad. Meet him: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/41648789
Playgroup video: https://youtu.be/CH5L3J53Re8

Prairie Paws Animal Shelter: Dogs Playing for Life Mentorship Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We were ecstatic to be able to send Tim, our director of operations, to the week-long Dogs Playing for Life mentorship at Pets Alive in Austin thanks to the grant received from the Petfinder Foundation.

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

Tim came back with a wealth of knowledge for the Dogs Playing for Life program. It will help get dogs out of their kennels and into playgroups, where they can have fun, work off excess energy, and learn social skills under the watchful eye of staff.

How many pets did this grant help?

This knowlege is going to help hundreds, if not thousands, of dogs that come through our shelter. Playgroups not only help keep dogs mentally healthy, they also help us get a much better idea of how a dog will behave in a home outside the shelter. Playgroups can even help with capacity-for-care issues, as kennel cleaning can be done efficiently while dogs are in their playgroups.

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

This grant helped Tim, our director of operations, really, truly understand the mind of the dog — which every dog that comes through our shelter will benefit from. He can’t wait to begin sharing his knowledge with the staff.

Prairie Paws Animal Shelter: Build-A-Bear Youth Humane Education Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We received the Youth Humane Education Program Grant. This grant allowed us to purchase much-needed supplies for our Humane Education Program, including lots of great books regarding humane education as well as crafting and teaching supplies. Since the grant was received in August, at least 100 children have benefited from being able to read our new books to the shelter pets and to each other. Both kids and pets have benefited from the fun craft projects they have made for the pets, such as cat-treat puzzles and super-cute kennel cards.

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

This grant helped us better educate the children who have visited the shelter through our Humane Education Program. They have a better understanding of pet ownership and what to do if they find an animal in distress. They also understand that shelter pets are not damaged and deserve second chances at amazing lives. They are now able to educate friends, family members and others and be invaluable voices for the voiceless.

How many pets did this grant help?

Hundreds; possibly thousands – teaching kids humane education is instrumental in saving current and future pets

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

These enthusiastic and generous children from the Friendship Faith Ministries made these eye-catching lifesaving kennel cards for our shelter pets and cat treat puzzles thanks to the crafting supplies that were purchased through the Youth Humane Education Program Grant.

Prairie Paws Animal Shelter: Sponsor a Pet Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Adoption-fee sponsorship for Kitty Poppins

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

Kitty Poppins had been at the shelter for over 100 days. Her adoption fee sponsorship through the Petfinder Foundation helped her find a forever home.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Kitty Poppins arrived at our shelter as a stray. She was a bit of a wallflower and was often overlooked by potential adopters. Her stay at the shelter had surpassed 100 days and counting. Her adoption fee sponsorship through the Petfinder Foundation helped her find a forever home. With the money her adopters saved on the adoption fee, they were able to buy her more pet supplies than originally budgeted for. A happy ending and an awesome new beginning, all rolled up in one! From her adopter: “Here are some updated pics of Kitty Poppins [third and fourth photos]. The first is a pic of when she first came home. The second is after a few days of her settling in.”

Prairie Paws Animal Shelter: All-Star Dog Rescue Celebration Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Prairie Paws Animal Shelter was super excited to have received the All-Star Dog Rescue Celebration Grant through the Petfinder Foundation. Seventeen homeless shelter-dog adoption fees were sponsored. That means no money needed for their adoption fees. You can’t put a price on unconditional love!

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

Seventeen long-term Prairie Paws shelter dogs were given more of a chance to find their forever homes. The grant was truly a great blessing. No matter how much money people make, they love a great deal, so being able to apply the grant to sponsor their adoption fees was a huge incentive for folks to adopt. In return, they spent the money they would have spent on the adoption fee on their new family members! We sold more toys, crates and treats and have found 10 of the cuties forever homes so far.

How many pets did this grant help?

17

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

Chance, a Beauceron/rottweiler mix, had been at the shelter for almost six months. He kept getting overlooked for smaller, less-energetic dogs. His freedom day came when a young man — also named Chance — walked in our front doors. He had seen Chance on a Facebook post talking about his adoption-fee sponsorship and wanted to met him. Soon after, the two Chances were off on a new life adventure together. Happy-tails ending, indeed.

Prairie Paws Animal Shelter: Orvis Animal Care Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We used the grant money from Orvis given through the Petfinder Foundation to sponsor eight dogs’ adoption fees (Rawlings, Scout, Anubis, Ayla, Hoops, Galaxy, Barrett and Jake). Currently we just have one dog (Jake) left out of the eight who is still awaiting his hero.

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

This grant helped us create families when the adoption fee may have caused a hindrance on the pocketbook. Having the adoption fee sponsored by Orvis through the Petfinder Foundation allowed the adopters to spend money on food, toys, crates, heartworm prevention, flea and tick preventative and vet visits for their new family member. The adopters were extremely grateful.

How many pets did this grant help?

8

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

Sweet Hoops (first and second photos) had been at Prairie Paws Animal Shelter for 115 days awaiting his hero. He came to us as a stray. We thought his stay was going to be very short; he was adopted soon after his arrival but was returned for being “too puppy-like.” That didn’t phase this energetic cutie. During his lengthy stay he quickly became a staff favorite and “painted” a portrait for our big fundraising event in October. On painting day, a group of Ottawa University students volunteered at the shelter to walk dogs and help us clean. Hoops caught the attention of one those awesome volunteers. Two months passed and the volunteer couldn’t stop thinking about the little tan terrier mix that stole his heart and called to see if he was still available. He was and his adoption fee was sponsored by Orvis through the Petfinder Foundation! Hoops found the hero he had been waiting for all that time.