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Wimberley Adoption Group & Rescue (WAG Rescue): COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money was used to pay for vet expenses incurred on two specific dogs that we pulled from area shelters: Bonnie, a 4-year-old American bulldog mix, and Reba, a 12-year-old terrier mix. Both of these dogs had significant health issues and were at risk of euthanasia.

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

Thanks to the Petfinder Foundation 2020 COVID-19 Operation Grant, we were able to pull two dogs who were being overlooked in their shelter environment due to major health issues and age. Without this very timely grant, we would have been hard-pressed to take on dogs like this who required special medical attention.

How many pets did this grant help?

Two: Both dogs had health issues that required surgery.

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

Sweet Reba (first three photos) found herself at a local shelter at the age of 12. She also had a mammary tumor and that, in conjunction with her advanced age, made adoption from the shelter unlikely. WAG Rescue was able to take her in and get the tumor removed. Fortunately, it was benign.

After her recovery, Reba was adopted into the most perfect forever home with a previous WAG Rescue adopter. Reba has a loving home and dog buddies to keep her young and active.

Bonnie (last three photos) tugged at our heartstrings and we just had to pull her from a local shelter. She had been overlooked for way too long. She had entropion, an eye condition that would require surgery after evaluation by one of our vets. This condition, where the eyelids turn in, is very painful and, if left untreated, can affect a dog’s vision. Bonnie was in need of corrective surgery on both eyes. Additionally, Bonnie had a serious ear infection in both ears that needed immediate attention.

WAG Rescue was able to give her the specialized eye surgery and medications for her ear infections and provide her with a quiet and safe place to recover at our dog refuge. Happily, as Bonnie gradually recovered, her sweet nature began to emerge. She finally felt good for a change.

Bonnie was recently adopted into a wonderful home where she is living the good life in excellent health. You can see Bonnie getting an adoring hug from her new mom in the fourth photo.

Wimberley Adoption Group and Rescue: Dogs Playing for Life Mentorship Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Mentorship with Dogs Playing for Life at Austin Pets Alive! in Austin, TX.

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

I have been able to teach the other volunteers about grouping dog play styles, using tools for safety and molding behavior and the value of letting dogs interact with each other on a regular basis. We have seen dogs who were scared and reactive become well-balanced and happy, anxious each day to get in with others and play. Our larger-dog adoptions have increased and returns have diminished.

How many pets did this grant help?

So far…. 15-20

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

One of the biggest successes so far was a dog named Blue Boy. He came in resource-guarding and somewhat fear-aggressive towards other dogs. Over time, with one-to-one contact with proper types of dogs and eventually large playgroups, he gained confidence with dogs and people. Blue Boy is now securely in a new forever home!

Wimberley Adoption Group & Rescue Corporation: Play Yard Renovation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

To remove old, dilapidated fencing from an existing dog play yard and replace it with approximately 355 linear feet of new 6′-high chain-link fencing with a top bar and a catch pen. All fencing is flush with the ground and the gates swing in both directions.

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

We have begun having organized playgroups for our dogs versus only one or two dogs in the play yard at a time. We have noticed that some of our dogs are interacting much better with other dogs. The dogs are also getting more exercise than was previously available. It is so nice for them to get to run and play freely versus walking on a leash only.

How many pets did this grant help?

So far, about 20 dogs at our refuge

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

Amy was a found, unclaimed dog, who came to us extremely underweight and somewhat fearful. She was friendly, but she needed time to be around other dogs and interact with humans more positively. After careful evaluation by one of our volunteers who had participated in the Dogs Playing for Life Mentorship Program at Austin Pets Alive!, Amy began getting play yard time. It was amazing how she was transformed from a somewhat shy animal into a confident, playful, affectionate, and well-adjusted dog in a relatively short amount of time. Amy was adopted about two weeks ago by a couple in this area. They are so pleased with her.