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West Feliciana Animal Humane Society: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Kong products were used for behavior modification in a high-anxiety German Shepherd and for the enrichment of several litters of puppies, since they were not allowed to be on the grass at the facility and had to stay in an enclosure on concrete.

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

Bella has made remarkable progress since having the Kong toy. The toy was used with frozen pumpkin and with peanut butter to help make her kennel a pleasant place for her to be. Since receiving the Kong toy, Bella no longer cowers in the corner of her kennel, but stands at the gate looking for her snack and allows physical contact.

We also used the Kong toys for several litters of puppies. Since stray puppies are so susceptible to disease, they must stay on cleanable surfaces, such as concrete, until they have had two rounds of vaccines. Because they are not allowed to exercise on grass, they are restricted to the kennel, which can become a boring and/or stressful place for a developing puppy. We used the Kong toys with the puppies so they could hone their physical and intellectual capabilities without jeopardizing their health!

How many pets did this grant help?

14

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

Bella, an approximately 1-year-old German shepherd mix, came to us on a lead line that she had been tied out on by an owner who couldn’t do anything with her. She was so high-anxiety all the time that she would never stop moving. She paced and panted and would never allow physical contact. After we did some behavior-modification exercises and started using the filled Kong toy to make her kennel a pleasant place, she now welcomes physical contact and never paces anymore. She will sit still and wait patiently when stopped on a walk. She no longer constantly looks for an exit. Bella loves her peanut butter-filled Kong toy and will wait at the kennel gate expecting it. Unfortunately, no one has been able to commit to continuing with her rehabilitation. She is still available for adoption. Meet Bella here.

West Feliciana Animal Humane Society: Dogs Playing for Life Mentorship Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Mentorship with Dogs Playing for Life.

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

Training to have our dogs playing together in the play yard. Meeting potential adopters or fosters in the play yard with other dogs.

How many pets did this grant help?

39

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

Meet Louise, a whippet mix with lots of energy. At first, we thought Louise might be deaf. She did not have interest in anyone or respond to anyone. Once she was introduced to other dogs in the play yard, she changed into a playful young pup. Her personality was lovely. Louise found her forever home in another state and was transported with a rescue group.

West Feliciana Animal Humane Society: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Hip surgery for Delilah and heartworm treatment and nostril enlargement for Donner.

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

Delilah has been with us for almost two years. She has been in pain and walks with a limp. This surgery will help her finally get her forever home. Donner has had potential adopters ask about him. He has multiple medical issues and no one is willing to adopt him until the issues are corrected. With the help of the Petfinder Foundation, we have helped these two dogs get healthy. They will be listed as ready for adoption.

How many pets did this grant help?

Two

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

Delilah (first photo) came to us with her sister almost two years ago. Her sister was adopted, but Delilah was in pain and walked with a limp. The vet told us that she needed surgery on her hip. With the Emergency Medical Grant, we scheduled her surgery. She is now recuperating and getting physical therapy (second photo). Next month she will be featured on social media as a healthy, happy dog ready for a forever home. Meet Delilah: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/31792464

Donner, a shar pei (third photo), came to us with multiple health issues. He was heartworm-positive and his nostrils were too small, causing problems breathing and possible lung problems. There was lots of interest in Donner until his health issues were explained. With the Emergency Medical Grant, Donner has had his nostrils enlarged and started his heartworm treatments. Donner is now in a foster home while he recuperates from his medical treatments.

West Feliciana Animal Humane Society: P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

To make our animals comfortable in their beds while waiting for their forever homes.

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

It helps to give these animals a special treat to have a comfortable bed to rest on while waiting for their forever homes.

How many pets did this grant help?

10

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

Spanky the cat now has his own bed to relax on and spend his time enjoying watching what goes on around him. He came in as a kitten and has grown into a beautiful junior cat. He loves his bed but will get out of it when someone comes in. He loves to be petted.

West Feliciana Animal Humane Society: Purina and Amazon Treats for the Holidays Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Cat treats were given to our cats as our volunteers came to socialize with them.

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

Both the cats and the volunteers enjoyed the interactions when the volunteers came to socialize the cats. Cats who are socialized are easier and faster to get adopted.

How many pets did this grant help?

55 or more

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

Some of our cats came into the shelter as kittens and grew up there. Some of them would climb as high as they could and would not come down when potential adopters would come looking at cats. They were overlooked time and again. Once we started working with them by shaking the treat can, they would jump down and rub against your legs. When you would sit in a chair, they would snuggle in your lap for a treat and some petting. Worked every time. Pictured is Gandolf. Meet him: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/31549890

West Feliciana Animal Humane Society: Purina and Amazon Treats for the Holidays Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Treats for our cats. Good, nutritious treats are given to our cats daily.

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

The cats look forward to something different and tasty. This helps with potential adopters who love to interact with the cats.

How many pets did this grant help?

45 to 50 each day

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

We have a couple of adult cats who are shy — Jangles (first photo) and Aurora. They were overlooked so many times by potential adopters. Instead of coming to meet people, they would stay on their perches looking down on everyone. But when they heard the treat can being shaken, down they would come. So funny to see them purr and walk among everyone’s legs. Both have since been adopted.

West Feliciana Animal Humane Society: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

These Kong toys were used in the play yard for our dogs to interact with each other. Also, some were used in each kennel for entertainment when dogs were kenneled for longer periods of time.

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

Some of our dogs get bored while in their kennels. These toys help to keep them active and entertained while being kenneled. Also, the toys with places for treats were great for them to take longer to reach their treats while trying to figure out how to get them out. Very nice.

How many pets did this grant help?

45 to 50 each day

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

We found that some of the dogs would just swallow a treat and look for more or for attention. When a treat is put in a Kong toy, it makes them figure out how to get the treat and to eat it more slowly. Puppies who like to chew were occupied with the balls. They would spend hours playing with and chasing the balls. One example is Biff, a boxer/Lab mix (pictured). Biff says, “I have longer hair and am super cute! I was found by a nice couple in Tunica Hills where my litter had been dumped and left with one cup of water. I am so happy I came to the shelter. I have made lots of great friends.” Meet Biff: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/32882163/

West Feliciana Animal Humane Society: WAHL Grooming Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Our product was dog shampoo. We wash our dogs before an adoption event or before they are adopted and when they need a good bath.

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

Our dogs look and smell so much better after a bath and are more likely to be adopted.

How many pets did this grant help?

35

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

Elvis, a hound dog, has been at the shelter for almost a year. We have taken him to adoption events and had some people look at him at the shelter, but he has not been adopted. One Saturday morning after a night rain, a truck drives up with a young couple in it. The husband hops out of the truck and heads for Elvis. We had only been open for a half hour and had not cleaned up all our dogs. We put a leash on Elvis and walked him out. The husband had a big smile, but the wife looked at his muddy feet and back. I told them to give us 30 minutes while we washed him up and walked him around. They came back and saw Elvis, such a handsome pup, all clean and neat. It was smiles from everyone and an adoption was made.