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Homeward Animal Shelter: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We utilized the COVID-19 grant to purchase foster-family supplies for our expanding foster program, including dog kennels, kitten playpens, kitchen scales for weighing newborn kittens, and probiotics.

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

With the additional supplies, we were able to place more pets into foster families and reduce the number of pets housed at our shelter during the beginning of the pandemic. The supplies will last us for quite a while and will likely be in almost constant use for the foreseeable future.

How many pets did this grant help?

100

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

In April, we were contacted about a few dogs whom a regional rescue was in the process of rescuing from a less-than-ideal situation. The owners of the dogs had been unable to afford spay/neuter surgery for their adult dogs, and soon one pair of dogs had turned into almost two dozen.

The older puppies were being housed in a makeshift outdoor enclosure with a dirt floor (which was pure mud in April) and no insulation of any kind. The puppies had missed out on the key socialization period and everything was difficult for them when they first arrived at our shelter. Being on-leash was stressful. Human touch was uncomfortable. A warm bed was scary to touch. And the multiple baths they needed to get the mud and dirt out of their thick coats were absolutely terrifying.

However, thanks to the supplies that we received from the COVID-19 grant, we were able to place all five of the older puppies we received into foster homes in a short period of time. Once in foster, although still scared, they started to blossom. In May, all five puppies found their forever homes and their adopters report that overall, they are doing really well as they learn to navigate their new lives.

Homeward Animal Shelter: Orvis Animal Care Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money we received from the Orvis Animal Care Grant was used to purchase supplies for our new dog-enrichment program. Items purchased included a CD player (to play soothing music), baking extracts (to create unique smells in the dogs’ kennels), treat and food puzzles of various types and sizes, silicone molds to make ice-cube treats, and balls for a ball pit to be set up in our outdoor play area.

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

The grant has allowed us to start a formal enrichment program for our dogs, including scheduled activities each day, as well as daily scent changes and soothing music. Thanks to the Petfinder Foundation, we were able to create an enrichment schedule that gives our dogs something to look forward to each day and provides them mental stimulation while they are in their kennels.

How many pets did this grant help?

500

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

Trooper (first photo) came to us a little over a month ago. He was extremely malnourished, weighing only 34 lbs. upon arrival (as a pointer, he should have weighed easily 50 lbs. or more). We had him fully checked out, and found that there was no reason for him to be so skinny, other than that he wasn’t being fed enough for his energy level. Within 10 days of arriving, he gained 11 lbs. and his ribs and hips were no longer protruding under his skin (second photo). Due to his high energy level, keeping Trooper calm in a kennel was difficult and walks did nothing to tire him out. We had just implemented our enrichment program and Trooper thought the food puzzles were the absolute best. They would keep him busy for quite a while each day. Thankfully, Trooper received a clean bill of health and was adopted after less than two weeks in our care, but the enrichment supplies allowed us to keep him busy and entertained while he awaited his forever home.

Homeward Animal Shelter: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money will be used to purchase a year’s worth of insulin, insulin syringes and prescription food for Bella, a senior diabetic cat. Unfortunately, she has not yet been adopted, so we have not yet spent the money, but have been promoting her more in hopes that her new home can be found soon!

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

We are using this grant as an incentive to adopt Bella, our senior diabetic cat. Bella has been waiting over two years for a home and has not found one yet. We are hopeful that this grant will give someone the final “push” to meet Bella and fall in love!

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Bella has not yet been adopted. From her Petfinder profile: “My name is Bella, and I am a sweet, shy girl, with the softest of fur! I’m a little older gal, so I like to relax and take life at a slower pace. I am diabetic, so I take insulin shots after every meal, but I do take them very easily, so don’t that deter you from meeting me! I am a total sweetheart, and I would just love a nice, quiet home to spoil me! Come and meet me today — I’m sure you’ll fall in love!” Meet Bella here.

Homeward Animal Shelter: Cat Enrichment Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We used the grant funds to purchase enrichment supplies for the cats, including televisions with built-in DVD players (used to play cat videos in two wards), cat furniture (including a bridge and steps to be mounted in a playroom and our kitten ward), toys (including food puzzles), and Clik Stiks and treats (for clicker-training adult cats).

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

This grant allows us to provide further enrichment for our cats while they await their adoptive homes. This allows us to provide an even higher quality of life for our felines, and cats who feel stimulated are less likely to hide and more likely to interact with visitors, especially those who have been clicker-trained to do so.

How many pets did this grant help?

1000s

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

Grape (first photo) is an adult cat who has been with us since May of this year. Grape is a “high-energy” cat who always needs something to do, and, unfortunately, keeping a high-energy cat entertained in a kennel is not always easy. Sometimes, her energy would cause her to act out in frustration, but since she started using the food puzzle toys, her energy has been much easier to manage and she is no longer acting out angrily when it’s time to go back to her kennel. Hopefully, with the use of these new enrichment supplies, Grape’s newfound calmness will allow her to find an adoptive home soon! Grape’s profile: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/41642102

Homeward Animal Shelter: Orvis Animal Care Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Orvis grant allowed our shelter to purchase enrichment toys and supplies for use with our adoptable dogs. The enrichment toys break up the monotony of shelter life for the dogs and the other supplies were items such as harness, which make it easier when volunteers are taking them for walks as part of our enrichment program.

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

Our dogs have always had plenty of volunteers to walk them; however, that was the bulk of their enrichment time. Without more mental stimulation, some of the dogs were a bit unruly. We’ve found that with more mental stimulation, the dogs have calmed slightly, making them more adoptable. People also enjoy seeing the dogs playing with the toys, especially our kiddie pool for the dogs during the summer. We feel that every bit of enrichment we can provide our dogs make their stay at the shelter shorter, because they are calmer when people come to visit.

How many pets did this grant help?

100+ (toys will be reused until they are damaged beyond repair, so could be several years)

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

Petey is a pit bull terrier who has been in our shelter’s care since January 2017. Petey loves people, but he is the type of dog that requires quite a bit of mental stimulation. Although Petey wants to be with people, he previously found it acceptable to grab onto people’s arms as a means of getting what he wanted. This rough play would often result in bruised arms, and discouraged adopters who saw this behavior.

Through the grant, we have been able to provide Petey with suitable toys to curb this behavior. We’ve found that he really enjoys Kongs and Kong Wobblers and will do nearly anything for these toys — and, in addition, they keep him entertained for several minutes. Afterwards, he’s much calmer and easier to work with. A dog trainer has also been working with him and Petey no longer mouths on people when he’s bored. The enrichment we’ve provided has helped Petey become more adoptable and we hope he will soon find his adoptive home! Petey’s profile: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/37508158

Homeward Animal Shelter: Orvis Animal Care Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

In June 2016, our shelter held a promotion to help promote our six pit bull-mix dogs who were available for adoption. All of these dogs were in the shelter’s care longer than our average length of stay. The promotion included a reduced adoption fee of $75 for each of the available pit bulls, and each adopter received a “pit package” that included a collar, treats, food, toys and a free training session with Vigilant K9.

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

Homeward Animal Shelter is a community-funded shelter dependent upon grant funds, corporate donations, and individual donors to cover the costs of our program. Grants such as the Orvis grant allow us the opportunity to lower the cost of adoptions for our harder-to-place animals and help find them their forever homes quicker.

How many pets did this grant help?

6

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

Zeus was surrendered by his owners to the local pound. He joined nine other shelter dogs, and became one of six pit bulls available for adoption. As a pit bull-type dog, Zeus was considered hard to place, and his dog-selective personality made it even harder for the shelter to find him just the right home. For three weeks, Zeus patiently waited for the right person. Finally, the perfect person came in looking for a dog to share his life with and Zeus knew he’d found his forever person.

Zeus went home with his new best friend, and a “pit package” to help his transition. The move into a new home wasn’t easy for either one of them. Zeus developed separation anxiety and the owner lost several of his belongings to Zeus’ destructive manners. After some training and persistence, the pair are now on track and enjoying each other’s company!