Reports From This Organization

Capital Area Humane Society: Orvis Animal Care Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

This money was used to purchase enrichment supplies for the dogs in our care. We purchased agility equipment, supplies to build an A-frame, scent-work supplies, speakers and music, and freedom harnesses.

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

More mental stimulation and exercise has greatly improved many of our dogs’ behavior in their kennels, leading to many harder-to-place dogs getting adopted.

How many pets did this grant help?

2500

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

Gunner was a very high-energy, large dog who was helped with this grant funding. His new freedom harness gave volunteers the confidence to take him on walks on the trails around our large pond. He can be jumpy and mouthy, he likes to play tug with his leash, and he pulls on walks. Combined with his large size, he was spending most of his time in his kennel, because his behavior is a lot for the average volunteer to manage. With his harness, not only was his pulling under control, but he couldn’t grab his leash, either. Gunner also adored running up and down our new A-frame and using the rest of the agility equipment. More frequent exercise significantly reduced his mouthiness, and we put an adorable picture of him enjoying a hike on social media (first photo). The post was popular, and he was adopted a few days later by a nice family who fell in love with him.

Capital Area Humane Society: Sponsor a Pet Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The donation was made through the Sponsor a Pet program, and it was used to give Brewster, a 2-year-old dog, the care he needed.

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

The grant provided Brewster with the care he needed while at the shelter, which in turn provided him the opportunity to have a beautiful life.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

This grant helped Brewster, a dog who needed special compassionate care, find hope and a loving home. Brewster came to CAHS very fearful of humans and with a history of separation anxiety. The CAHS behavior specialists were able to provide Brewster with a personal behavior program, along with handling information for the future adopter. With the help of this grant, Brewster was given a second chance at life.

Capital Area Humane Society: Purina New Year, New Home Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The funding was used to discount the adoption fees of pets who had been at the shelter the longest.

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

Due to this grant, we were able to discount the adoption fees of some of our longer-term residents. This allowed them to be adopted much quicker, into really wonderful homes. These adoptions also freed up kennel space, allowing us to take in even more animals.

How many pets did this grant help?

23

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

Dude is an adorable hound mix who had been at our shelter since March. He had been adopted a few times since then, but returned within days each time, through no fault of his own. Due to the generosity of the Petfinder Foundation, we were able to discount Dude’s adoption fee, and the adoption fee on other dogs, during Memorial Day weekend. His new family came to the shelter that Friday, just to look, because they heard that we were having an adoption special on select dogs. Once they saw Dude, it was love at first sight. They spent an hour in our visitation room getting to know him before making him a permanent member of their family. Thank you, Petfinder Foundation, for helping us to make happy memories!

Capital Area Humane Society: Build-A-Bear Youth Humane Education Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The grant has helped the Education Department purchase supplies to enhance the children’s programs that we provide, such as an eBeam Edge, projector, and other supplies. Before buying these items, the Education Department was limited on what resources we had to teach lessons and to capture the children’s interest in topics that are commonly talked about such as spaying and neutering.

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

Before buying these items, the Education Department was limited on what resources we had to teach lessons and to capture the children’s interest in topics that are commonly talked about such as spaying and neutering.rnThe projector and eBeam will also be used for New Volunteer Orientations in the future. The projector being mounted to the ceiling allows more available spots for the public to attend orientation. The eBeam Edge allows the presentation to contain more information without losing the audience’s attention.rnThis grant has helped Capital Area Humane Society as a whole by awarding the shelter materials that interests and educates children, volunteers, and the public. That results in our organization and mission reaching more people with the intent that the community will value human – animal bonds. The current animals at the shelter and animals coming to us in the future will continue to benefit from the supplies that were purchased with this grant.

How many pets did this grant help?

1+

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

Legend (first photo) has had great gains from this grant and the supplies it has allowed the organization to acquire. She had been surrendered to the Capital Area Humane Society in May 2015 and was adopted shortly after, but in October 2016, she was returned to the shelter due to the medical expenses of her allergies and the arthritis in her hips. Legend wanted to be the only animal in the household, so that made it a little more challenging to find the perfect home for her. While she waited for her new family, she much preferred to interact with people than to be in her kennel, so she was in the classroom almost every day.

The children’s love for her grew fast! Her favorite thing to do was to lie on the floor with the children as they watched a movie or when the children would come into her kennel to read or just pet her. She helped teach the children, volunteers, and the public that age is just a number. Just recently, Legend found her forever home, where she can enjoy being a couch potato.

Capital Area Humane Society: Purina and Amazon Treats for the Holidays Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Friskies Party Mix cat treats and Purina Beggin’ Strips dog treats were used to provide enrichment to the adoptable pets in our care. We also used some of the treats to create take-home gift bags for pets who were adopted.

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

Volunteers used the treats to help socialize some of the more fearful pets in our care. Having these treats on-hand helped the fearful pets to slowly learn to trust our staff and volunteers. We also used the treats as a reward for good dog behavior in their runs. We hang treat buckets on the outside of the runs, and ask our staff/volunteers to give the dogs treats whenever they are not barking, have four paws on the floor, etc.

How many pets did this grant help?

Roughly 1,000

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

Bandit was originally adopted from CAHS in 2012, but found himself back in our care in December 2015 with a severe flea allergy. Bandit was also very shy. With the help of your generous grant, we were able to help socialize him and gain his trust. Bandit was adopted into his new forever home in February 2016.

Capital Area Humane Society: Sponsor a Pet Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

This money was put into our general shelter fund, which is used to provide food, medical treatment, and shelter to all of our available pets.

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

This money was put into our general shelter fund, and helped to feed and provide medical care to our available pets.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Moscato came to our shelter in early November 2014. He had lived in one home for all of his 11 years, but when his owner had to unexpectedly move in with her allergic son, he was surrendered to our shelter. After being in our care, he was adopted in late January 2015. Understandably, Moscato was extremely fearful both at the shelter and in his new home. After about one week, his new owners returned him to our care because of his extreme fear. Our behavior volunteers immediately began to work with him to make him less fearful and more calm during his stay with us. At the end of March, Moscato finally found his forever home, where he has been loved for the past five months. Your generous grant helped us to care for Moscato until he could find his perfect forever family.

Capital Area Humane Society: Pedigree Operational Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The funds were used to provide medical treatment and spay/neuter to numerous dogs and puppies that we cared for and adopted out in September 2013.

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

Each dog that is placed up for adoption at our shelter is spayed or neutered, vaccinated, de-wormed, and given flea preventative. Your donation ensured that we were able to help these dogs to be healthy and adopted into loving homes.

How many pets did this grant help?

Multiple (final number pending)

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

One such dog that was spayed and vaccinated because of your grant was Laverne (now named Bailey). Bailey was a 5-month-old Shepherd mix. Bailey (and her sister Shirley) came to us from a shelter in Arkansas via PetSmart Charities Rescue Waggin. She was not spayed. Due to the generosity of the Pedigree Foundation and the Petfinder Foundation, we were able to spay her and complete her series of vaccines. She was adopted into a loving home within a few days of arriving at our shelter. Attached you will find a photo of Bailey being adorable.