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The Haley Graves Foundation: Dogs Playing for Life Mentorship Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

This money was used to send our training coordinator, James, to attend the DPFL Mentorship at Austin Pets Alive! He went to learn how to properly implement playgroups for our foster dogs, and how we can improve the socialization and quality of life of the dogs in our program.

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

James learned how to properly conduct playgroups in a safe and controlled manner. James has conducted regular playgroups with fosters to get them out and around other dogs on a regular basis. This has helped the dogs receive physical exercise, mental stimulation, and social enrichment. Since we are a foster-based rescue, we are currently looking for a suitable location to be able to run larger, more frequent playgroups, and possibly invite other rescue organizations to participate.

How many pets did this grant help?

8

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

Tank is a male German shepherd, approximately 2 years old. He was brought to us due to being reactive toward other dogs. He had previously bitten one dog. Tank was introduced to playgroups with the help of helper dogs Oliver, a cocker spaniel, and Cane, a shepherd. Tank was initially very uneasy. He had a very stiff body posture and would snap whenever another dog invited him to play. He stayed off by himself for the first three playgroups that he participated in.

During his fourth playgroup, Tank was observed initiating contact with Oliver. Tank would give small sniffs and slight play bows. About midway through the playgroup, Tank was much more loose and playful. In subsequent playgroups, Tank and Oliver would play well together. Tank and Oliver both have a “rough and rowdy” play style. They became a great fit once Tank had warmed up a bit.

Tank has found a forever home. His family bring Tank to playgroup pretty regularly to continue Tank’s progress.

The Haley Graves Foundation: Dogs Playing for Life Mentorship Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Dogs Playing for Life mentorship program

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

James has successfully worked with four dogs so far. This has resulted in a positive placement of these pups.

How many pets did this grant help?

Four so far

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

Luke was the last dog of his litter and lived with his foster for seven months. When adopted, he showed some fear aggression and leash aggression. James successfully worked with the adopters to overcome these obstacles and helped him remain in his forever home.

The Haley Graves Foundation: Dogs Playing for Life Mentorship Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Dogs Playing for Life mentorship program tuition

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

We have successfully been able to help our dogs (some of them with behavioral issues) move on to successful adoptive homes.

How many pets did this grant help?

6

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

Hali is a Lab/pit bull mix who was overly interested in small animals. Playing too rough, she accidentally killed a cat. Hali has been rehabilitated and successfully adopted into a home with cats.

The Haley Graves Foundation: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Winni was brought to a local shelter suffering from a gunshot wound she suffered when she wandered on to someone’s property. Winni has had three surgeries.

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

See below.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

We received a call from a rural shelter that a Lab mix had been shot at close range and needed immediate veterinary care and rescue. Winni was 7 months old at the time and we immediately brought her in to our rescue. She had been shot in the shoulder, the bullet barely missing her scapula. She had, as we later found out, been lured onto the property by being fed. The local animal control officer refused to prosecute because in North Carolina you can shoot a dog for being on your property. However, it is a crime to lure a dog with the intent of wounding it, but even with a witness, they still refused to prosecute.

Upon closer examination of Winni, we discovered that she had been shot in the other leg approximately six weeks earlier and survived despite a lack of treatment.

We immediately began care for Winni and reached out to the Petfinder Foundation for an Emergency Medical Grant. We were ecstatic when we received word that it had been granted.

Winni went through three surgeries and still lives with shrapnel in her body. Removing it would have caused more damage. Winni had a loving and dedicated vet staff that took care of her for the six weeks she was hospitalized. Her loving vet tech, Crystal, bonded with Winni and adopted her. Winni went from a living nightmare to being a loved and adored puppy with the help of the Petfinder Foundation grant.

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