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Associated Humane Societies: Orvis Animal Care Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Orvis Animal Care Grant was used to help establish additional training protocols within our shelter. We were able to build a relationship with an additional trainer and add enrichment activities to our dogs’ lives during their stay.

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

This grant helped not only with the trainer costs, but with the supplies needed for specific enrichment activities. The trainer was able to assist staff and volunteers with learning new tricks and tips, all bettering the pets’ stay while they’re with us.

How many pets did this grant help?

30 dogs were helped in 2020

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

Pikachu was very scared when she first came into our shelter. Pikachu was a senior found as a stray in Newark. Pikachu needed a home as an only pet, so her shelter life was even more stressful than a pet friendly dog’s would be. With some enrichment toys and extra training, Pikachu was able to settle in a bit better before she was (after eight long months) pulled by one of our rescue partners.

Associated Humane Societies: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

This Covid-19 Operation Grant was used to assist with the loss of revenue from adoptions and our mobile clinic. The support from this grant went towards our operating expenses and general care for our animals. Covid-19 shuttered our shelter and adoptions slowed, moving to primarily online screening and pre-approvals before allowing guests to visit the animal of their choosing. Our mobile clinic closed down, which significantly diminished our annual revenue. Generally, our mobile clinic is booked three months in advance, so shutting down for any number of days/weeks/months is detrimental.

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

This grant helped our animals by allowing us to keep more staff on board and keep them well cared-for while they were waiting for adoption.

How many pets did this grant help?

Thanks to this grant, we were able to help support 20 dogs in our care.

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

Lucy was one of the dogs assisted by this grant opportunity. Lucy is a small 5-year-old Chihuahua who was in dire need of veterinary care for her eye. Her family could not provide the care she needed when her eye became infected. Unfortunately, after being ignored for far too long, her eye began to swell and eventually ruptured. Lucy was surrendered to our shelter during the pandemic in 2020. She received the surgery she desperately needed, and was able to rest comfortably until she found her forever home.

Associated Humane Societies: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The grant was used to purchase necessary enrichment for the cats and dog during the lockdown where volunteers were not allowed to come in and socialize the animals.

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

We were able to purchase frisbees and clips to hang outside the 160 dog kennels to give them something to do along with treats and peanut butter. We also purchased toys for the cats to play with.

How many pets did this grant help?

Over 400

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

“Hello, my name is Rusty. I was surrendered to the shelter by my owners through no fault of my own and I was very sad. I missed them dearly and I did not know why they left me. I was unsure of my new surroundings and the new people at the shelter. At first, I was very shy, but with each day of playing with toys, going on walks and enjoying my chew toys, I was growing more confident! Eventually, after growing to trust the fun people who often played with me and the fun toys, I broke out of my shell and was like a changed dog!”

The enrichment program at our shelter helps scared and shy dogs learn to trust our staff and volunteers every day. The difference that our enrichment program makes in a dog’s personality from their first day at the shelter to their last really helps their anxiety, fearfulness and their ability to trust! Thanks to the recent grant, we have been able to pour more resources into keeping our dogs happy and help them transition to shelter life!

Associated Humane Societies: Jet.com Dog and Cat Food Grant (Invitation Only) Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The donation of food was used to feed the many cats and dogs we have at our shelter. We are the largest shelter in this area and the number of animals we get in on a daily basis is staggering. This donation was very much appreciated and needed.

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

This donation helped to provide food for so many of those under our care.

How many pets did this grant help?

We have 200 dogs and usually more than 100 cats on any given day, so a very large number of animals were provided for.

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

One of the dogs who benefited from this donation was Ginger (first photo), who is still available for adoption and actually resides as our office dog. Ginger came in very fearful and anxious, so we decided to keep her with us in the office to socialize her. She now loves everyone and is great with cats and dogs her size. She does not care for smaller dogs, so a home with a smaller dog is not recommended. She has a sweet and affectionate personality with everyone and is extremely intelligent. She is spoiled by everyone here, but we still wish for a permanent home for her. Ginger has a special position here, as she visits libraries in the area and the children read to her. Because she is so well-behaved and sweet, she is a favorite!