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Pope Memorial Humane Society Cocheco Valley: Dog Field Trips/Short-Term Fostering Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We were able to purchase supplies for foster field trips, so field-trip bags are always packed and ready to go:

● 20 collapsible bowls
● 10 long leads
● 15 “Adopt Me” bandanas
● 6 “Adopt Me” leash sleeves
● 2 “Do Not Pet” leash sleeves
● 10 first aid kits
● 6 dog air horns

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

Being able to purchase supplies for field trips has been crucial in helping us to grow our Foster Field Trip program. We are now able to have several bags packed, allowing more dogs to go on field trips simultaneously.

Since implementing the foster field trip program earlier this year, our volunteers have taken over 35 foster field trips with 14 dogs. Of the 14 dogs taken on field trips, eight have been adopted, and the others continue to enjoy their breaks from the shelter.

Field trips have not only provided stress reduction for our dogs, but they have been important in helping our adoption staff learn about the dogs in our care. We learned, for example, that one of our dogs absolutely loves swimming! He is now happily living with his forever family on a lake. Additionally, our dogs have gained more “real world” experience and enrichment during their trips. They have been able to visit parks, hardware stores, outdoor cafes, and the homes of our volunteers.

Word has spread quickly about the Foster Field Trip program, and we have several new volunteers ready to start taking dogs on field trips. We are confident that this program will continue to gain popularity, and that we’ll be able to help many more dogs.

How many pets did this grant help?

14

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

Loki (first photo), a large 5-year-old dog who came to us as a stray, was in our care for over 100 days. He had the opportunity to take several field trips with different volunteers during his stay. Loki went hiking, walked through parks, and visited several volunteers’ homes. At first, Loki was afraid of getting into a vehicle. With a little practice, a lot of patience, and the help of our field-trip volunteers, Loki learned that he had nothing to be afraid of; he gained confidence and became the best canine copilot in no time. Soon, he became excited to jump into the car for new adventures!

We learned that although Loki didn’t like walking around the shelter property, he absolutely loved walking, running, and exploring outside the shelter grounds. We also learned, based on interactions that took place at the homes of our volunteers, that Loki was able to peacefully coexist with cats.

It turned out that Loki, who was always stressed and anxious at the shelter, was quite calm and well-mannered on his trips. This information helped our adoption team to place him with his new family, where he shares his space with a feline roommate and spends plenty of time exploring the outdoors!

Cocheco Valley Humane Society: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The funds were used to help provide medical care to the animals so that they were able to be released on the adoption floor. We were able to update them on their vaccinations, microchip them, provide preventative treatments for heartworm and flea and ticks as well as spay or neuter them.

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

Due to the pandemic, we had to cancel three major events that provide over one-third of our operating budget. These funds helped us continue to help the animals in our care get a second chance and provide them with the opportunity to find a loving forever home.

How many pets did this grant help?

Ten animals were helped with this grant.

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

Just under 3 years old, Paul has had a less-than-easy life. On July 22, 2019, Paul was surrendered to Friends of Fairfield County Animal Shelter in South Carolina. Unwanted by his owners, he was left with a family member who was unable to properly care for him.
Paul only wanted to be around people. He would scream and cry when someone would walk away from his kennel. A stay of 322 days in a South Carolina shelter took its toll; not only did he suffer from anxiety, he also tested positive for heartworm. Treatment was successful and the search was on to find him a forever home.

Sadly, Paul’s story is not uncommon. PMHS received Paul on transport on June 20, 2020, hoping that a change in location — a BIG change — would be the ticket. What a love! Paul was scared but really opened up and quickly became a staff and volunteer favorite. After Paul cleared quarantine and his temperament test, it was time to see if New Hampshire was the right move. Could Paul find his person 1,000 miles away from his original home?

The answer is YES! Paul was adopted on July 6, 2020.

Cocheco Valley Humane Society: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Kongs were used for enrichment for the dogs in the shelter. We received 30 and each dog has been given a Kong and when they are adopted they take it with them.

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

The dogs can be very stressed and bored here at the shelter, so the Kongs are a great way for them to get playtime without staff or volunteers being with them. We use the Kongs for enrichment as well. We use treats, peanut butter and cream cheese in them. They provide hours of entertainment and help the time pass between walks and enrichment time.

How many pets did this grant help?

30 dogs have been helped.

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

Sweet Pea was a transport dog from one of the [open-admission] shelters in the South. She was a very timid 5- or 6-year-old pit bull. She was so scared when we got her that we put her in an administrative employee’s office so that she would not be stressed out even more in the noisy shelter. We made a nice soft bed for her and gave her a Kong with peanut butter and kibble in it. She would not even look at it at first. Each day we all took time to talk to her and pet her and just give her love. She stopped shaking so much and started to show interest in her Kong. From then on, she was hooked. She was a bit lazy and would push the Kong with her paw while lying down and ignore it if something did not fall out. Then she learned that if she rolled it more aggressively, she would be rewarded! She and her Kong have been adopted into a new forever home and she has a furry brother who just adores her. She is one happy dog!