Reports From This Organization

Texas Humane Heroes: Play Yard Renovation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The generous $4975 grant went towards our new play yard at our Leander Adoption Center. The prior fencing was deteriorating and was deemed unusable for our dogs. It was devastating to have the land and space to have playgroups, but be unable to do so because of the condition of the fencing. This grant allowed us to tear down the old and unusable fencing and to install a brand-new play yard for our dogs to enjoy! The play yard has two double-gate entries, as well as a fence with a gate in the middle to separate into two play yards if desired. Our staff, volunteers, and, most importantly, dogs are already loving the new play yard! We use it every day and we couldn’t be happier with the result!

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

The most rewarding benefit this grant provided was to improve the lives of the dogs in our care. We are now able to have multiple playgroups daily in a safe and secure environment. The play yards were also built at a far enough distance from the kennels that we can also give dogs a quiet place to play and relax. This grant truly helped us improve the quality of the lives of the Texas Humane Heroes dogs.

How many pets did this grant help?

A limitless number of dogs will benefit from this grant! Texas Humane Heroes pulled over 1,500 dogs into our program in 2018. We are on track to do the same, if not bring in more, in 2019. All the dogs who are currently in our care and all the dogs that come into Texas Humane Heroes moving forward will have the opportunity to enjoy these play yards. Whether in be in playgroups, during quality time with staff and volunteers, or during meet-and-greets with potential adopters, these play yards will be enjoyed by all the dogs who enter Texas Humane Heroes.

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

Meet Lacey (first photo)! Lacey is a 6-month-old mixed breed with a heart of gold. Her favorite thing to do is to participate in playgroups in our new play yard! Her second favorite thing to do is play in the dog pools and to chase after water from the hose in our new play yard. She LOVES water! We know that Lacey’s fun and loving personality will get her adopted quickly, but as of now she is currently available for adoption. You can see her on Petfinder here.

Texas Humane Heroes: Dogs Playing for Life Mentorship Grant (Invitation Only) Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The grant award was used to send our team member, Taylor, to the Dogs Playing for Life Mentorship Program at Austin Pets Alive! in April.

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

This grant helped our adoption team gain confidence in its ability to safely conduct playgroups, greatly benefiting our adoptable dogs. Taylor learned a great deal about dog behavior, play styles and confidently running playgroups. She enjoyed seeing many dogs relax and show their personalities by being around other dogs. Taylor and the group worked on fancy footwork as well as dog assessments. One of the most important pieces of knowledge for her was to learn not to micromanage the different ways that dogs communicate with each other.

How many pets did this grant help?

Texas Humane Heroes adopts about 1,500 to 1,800 dogs per year (1,000 of them are adults), and the goal is to help them all. Taylor has already begun implementing more playgroups in smaller numbers, and she’s working on growing daily.

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

Blue (first photo) and Bob are two dogs whom Taylor recently paired together in a playgroup. Bob is a young pup whose sister was adopted, leaving him lonely and scared. Taylor paired him with Blue in a playgroup to open up his personality, but also to teach him good manners. A few days after Taylor started working with these two great dogs, Bob found his home (second photo)! Blue is still patiently waiting and being paired with different dogs to help them through their time in the shelter environment. Meet Blue: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/41343769

Texas Humane Heroes: Disaster Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Texas Humane Heroes took in 23 dogs for the Humane Society of Central Texas, the Waco-area municipal shelter, to assist with overcrowding due to a seizure of 56 dogs from a hoarding case. Following the arrest of the accused dog hoarder, the Humane Society of Central Texas took custody of the 56 dogs under court order. This effectively froze the kennel space available to public animals and put 23 dogs in immediate jeopardy of euthanasia.

The funds provided by the Petfinder Foundation allowed Texas Humane Heroes to take all the dogs in jeopardy into our adoption program. Texas Humane Heroes had all the dogs evaluated by our veterinary technicians, vaccinated, tested for heartworms, started on preventative care, microchipped and spayed or neutered.

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

Without this grant, Texas Humane Heroes would not have been able to afford to rescue these dogs. As a private organization, we do not receive any government funding to help support our mission. We rely on donations, grants, and modest fees for services to save the lives of cats and dogs throughout Texas.

How many pets did this grant help?

23 dogs were affected by this grant

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

In early February 2015, Texas Humane Heroes took in 23 dogs from a local municipal shelter that suddenly became full and animals were going to be killed because of space constraints on the facility. Pandora was one of the dogs for whom Texas Humane Heroes was charged with finding a forever home. Pandora was a 2-year-old black terrier with white marking on her stomach and paws and beautiful brown eyes. She was playful and a people pleaser, but was being passed over. TXHH tried housing her with other playful dogs to show off her spunky side, with mellow dogs to show what a cuddler she was, and still no takers.

Texas Humane Heroes finally found Pandora her forever home when she was taken to a Hero Town offsite adoption event. TXHH hosts offsite adoptions at local pet-supply stores every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday to find our dogs wonderful forever homes. While at one of TXHH’s Hero Town locations, Pandora found the perfect family. The Chambers family was visiting their local PetSmart when they saw Pandora and fell in love.

She has been in the home for three months now and has settled in quite nicely. She is now named Maggie and has a sister named Miley with whom she loves to play or just lounge around on a hot day.