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Crate Escape Rescue, Inc.: Orvis Animal Care Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

With the awarded grant money, we were able to put seven pups through basic/puppy training classes.

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

The seven pups in our organization were able to attend two months of basic training/ puppy training classes. These classes not only helped introduce basic skills and commands to pups coming directly out of the shelter, they gave each and every one of them a solid training and basic-skills foundation which they will take with them to their forever homes.

How many pets did this grant help?

7

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

Cannoli and Cream Puff were abandoned at a rural shelter in North Carolina as unwanted pups due to their unruly behavior. At just about 4 months old, they were really coming out of their shells and their behavior was progressing in the wrong direction. Fortunately, because they were still puppies, Cannoli and Cream Puff could easily turn that behavior around with the proper guidance.

They entered puppy class as crazy, unfocused puppies who had a minimal skill set. While they continue to attend puppy class, build their skills, and learn how to be good doggy citizens, both have come leaps and bounds since beginning the classes. They now know how to walk on a leash and obey basic commands and have mastered their house training. Overall they have become better with their manners and polished up their social skills with canines and humans in addition to mastering their basic puppy skills.

Both Cannoli and Cream Puff will now have a solid training foundation when they continue on to their forever homes. With basic training almost complete, this makes them a lot more attractive to potential adopters, and it will also make their transitions into their forever homes a lot less stressful on both pups and adoptive families.

Cannoli and Cream Puff could have easily become victims of being “returns” due to behavior issues, not only now but in the future. It was vital that these puppies received the proper guidance to help mold them into forever pups and to help them reach their full puppy potential before their issues escalated. We are extremely grateful that this duo was able to get the quality start to life they desperately needed.

Crate Escape Rescue, Inc.: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We supplied all foster families that currently have dogs in their care with one of the donated Kongs.

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

The Kongs are being used to help our pups in various ways. For some pups, we use the Kong as positive reinforcement in a new environment. It helps them cope with their new surroundings with less stress and fuss. Other foster parents use it as a training tool. It helps acclimate new fosters to crate-training and is a great reward in “reward-based” training exercises. Lastly, many dogs come to us with high anxiety or just excess amounts of energy. With these pups, the Kong is used strictly for mental stimulation.

How many pets did this grant help?

25

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

Betty Bee came into our rescue off of a euthanasia list. She was a high-strung, temperamental little terrier who was being labeled unadoptable due to her behavior. Betty was transferred into a foster home shortly after joining our rescue. It was evident that much of her behavioral issues stemmed from lack of stimulation, exercise, and social skills. Despite great efforts to fulfill Betty’s exercise needs, she simply was not getting everything she needed from her daily walks and hikes. From there, we started working on her mental stamina and introduced her to a Kong. Not only did she love the extra treats, Betty thoroughly loved the puzzle game the Kong provided. Once put on a daily routine with physical and mental stimulation provided by her Kong, Betty Bee flourished into quite an amazing girl. Betty was recently adopted and is now living the life she has always dreamed of.