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Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter: Dogs Playing for Life Mentorship Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money was used for a staff member to attend the Dogs Playing for Life seminar at Austin Pets Alive.

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

The experience at DPFL provided the motivation and education to standardize and grow our playgroup operations and make playgroups more frequent. Playgroups are also giving us significantly more information about the dogs in our care and how they may get along with others.

How many pets did this grant help?

We currently have 61 dogs who are currently in our playgroup program in one form or another, and an additional 59 dogs have “graduated” from our playgroup program through adoption, foster, or transport.

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

Jasper (first photo) came to the shelter suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He would not let anyone touch him. Slowly we got him to eat and hid pain medications in his food. Then he began to feel better and trust us. We were able to perform surgery to remove the bullets and clean the wounds. Through all this, he still did not trust us. However, we found that playgroups helped ease his feelings of “stranger danger.” In the large yard with other dogs, he didn’t have to worry about the humans — none of the other dogs did. He learned to coexist with us. Jarvis is still at the shelter looking for the right home. (Jasper’s Petfinder profile has not been posted yet.)

Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter: Dogs Playing for Life Mentorship Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

This grant funded one volunteer to attend the Dogs Playing for Life Mentorship program at Austin Pets Alive!

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

Since training an additional person to help lead our playgroups, we are able to run more playgroup sessions than before. This means that more dogs get to participate and each dog participates more times per week than before.

How many pets did this grant help?

100+

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

Bosco was a long-term resident at our shelter. This beautiful dog was a total love bug; he just didn’t show well. He was a black, squared-headed boy with scars all over his body — not the first choice for someone. In playgroups, however, he was the star of the show. He loved to run and play with his doggy friends, and his goofy, affectionate, and playful personality was bigger than any of his scars. Bosco is adopted now and we hope having the time of his life!

Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter in Texas: A Shot at Life Vaccination Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Vaccinate shelter cats and dogs

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

By providing the vaccinations, we were able to booster some of the cats and dogs in our care. This allowed added protection against illness in the shelter population.

How many pets did this grant help?

All the vaccines were used and admisnistered to incoming pets. I don’t have a record of how many vaccines we recieved.

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

I don’t have a specific story. Even though we are an open admission shelter that intakes ober 7,700 animals annually, we save at least 90 percent of them, mostly through adoption. Keeping them healthy is a huge part of the success and challenge in the shelter setting. Without vaccinations we should not be able to save as many animals. With this grant we were also able to booster some of the animals that took longer to find their home.