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Cache Humane Society: Capital Improvement Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The metal ceiling in our 3,000-square-foot Bow Wow Boulevard wasn’t designed to keep our dogs cozy and comfortable through northern Utah’s cold winters and hot summers. The barking contributed to anxiety and our adopters’ experiences were often stressful.

Support from the Petfinder Foundation allowed us to install an insulated, sound-absorbing ceiling below the cold, hard metal roof.

Our dogs have already noticed a difference; barking and stress have been significantly reduced. Our adopters are noticing that Bow Wow Boulevard is still a great place to come look at dogs, even as the temperatures outside drop.

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

Support from the Petfinder Foundation helped us improve our aging shelter to provide a healthier and happier stay for our shelter pets. The new ceiling in Bow Wow Boulevard replaces the original metal ceiling that was hot in summer and cold in winter. The metal reflected noise and contributed to shelter stress and an unpleasant adopter experience.

Our new ceiling provides insulation, sound absorption, and a better experience for shelter pets and people.

How many pets did this grant help?

2,000

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

Daisy is jumping for joy in her new and improved temporary home. As one of our longer-staying residents, we want her time with us to be safe and fun. She gets daily walks around our play yard, social time with her fellow canines, and now she comes back to her bed and toys in a warmer, quieter kennel. Thank you, Petfinder Foundation!
Learn more about Daisy here.

Cache Humane Society: Petfinder Adoption Options in Action Grant (Invitation Only) Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

This grant money went to providing foster families with all the supplies they needed to give their fosters excellent care. It went toward specialty food purchases, heating pads, whelping pools, and toys.

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

This grant helped us offer better care to all our foster families by providing specialty items that we don’t usually have access to. It also helped us offer more items to more foster families.

How many pets did this grant help?

40

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

Bandit, a boxer-pointer mix (first photo), had been in shelter with us for several months. Through this grant, we were able to provide her foster mom with training classes and keep her stocked on food supplies for the three and a half months Bandit was in foster. After searching for a new home for almost seven months, Bandit was finally able to get her fur-ever home (second photo). This would not have been possible without the additional training courses.

Our other happy tail is that of a small kitten named Gordy (bottom three photos). Gordy was placed into a foster-to-adopt home with his now fur-ever human, Rebekah, so that she could work on his human and dog skills. Gordy was also placed in a foster-to-adopt home because, at the time, we had limited access to spay and neuter surgeries. With the help of this grant, we were able to provide a well-rounded kitten diet and medication when Gordy got a small upper-respiratory infection.

Cache Humane Society: Play Yard Renovation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We have greatly expanded our playgroup program and renovated our play yard to provide better socialization, training, and exercise opportunities for our shelter dogs. We improved a quarter-acre section of our property with taller fencing and landscaping, including several new trees for shade. We also added a double-gate entry for better safety along our busy parking lot. We are in the process of adding a second play area to allow for multiple playgroups. We have purchased Fibar, a wood-fiber and sand-based material that is treated to prevent splinters and reduce decay. We will also be adding sun sails to provide additional shade.

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

Playgroups have helped us build better adoption profiles, reduce shelter stress, and improve adoption outcomes. Our dogs are happier and healthier, and the temperament profiles we are able to write based on behavior in playgroups seem to be more accurate than our old worksheet-based approach. We have also had significant success working with dogs surrendered for reactivity issues. By incorporating techniques learned at Dogs Playing for Life with newly improved facilities, we are able to help challenging dogs become confident, friendly, and adoptable.

How many pets did this grant help?

800

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

Pretzel and Colby came in from a challenging, multi-dog situation. They were nervous and very under-socialized with both people and other pets. They blossomed in playgroups and surprised our team with their unexpected love of water! Both dogs found a wonderful home with a family that promises to always keep the kiddie pool full.

Cache Humane Society: Purina Adoption Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Petfinder Foundation support was used to offer $5 adoption fees on special-needs, senior, and long-staying feline residents. We found loving homes for almost 100 cats at our special Feline Frenzy adoption rate!

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

We found loving homes for almost 100 cats and went into spring kitten season with plenty of available foster homes and on-site kennel space. Petfinder Foundation support has allowed us to better manage our intake and serve our community. Thank you!

How many pets did this grant help?

90

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

Marcus and Cato came to us as a bonded pair from a crowded shed in the rural county. They were initially overwhelmed by their new environment, but quickly warmed up. They loved snuggling and grooming each other and enjoyed playing with our staff and visitors. However, they continued to battle reoccurring upper-respiratory infections. We knew they would prosper in a home, but they continued to be overlooked. Petfinder Foundation support allowed us to greatly reduce their adoption fees and promote this special bonded pair. Marcus and Cato left Cache Humane Society together on May 10, 2018, after 168 days in our care. Their adopter reports that they are doing great in her home, without a stuffy nose in sight!

Cache Humane Society: Dogs Playing for Life Mentorship Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Petfinder Foundation support was used to send our dog kennel manager, Maygan Jiminez, to Longmont, Colorado, for a mentorship with the Dogs Playing for Life program. We are now hosting shelter-wide dog playgroups four mornings per week with a team of trained staff and volunteers.

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

We’ve observed a significant reduction in shelter stress and related health problems. Our dogs are happier and more easily approachable by adopters. We’ve also begun using observational forms during playgroups to create better personality profiles for our shelter dogs. Our new profiles help us find the perfect homes.

How many pets did this grant help?

800

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

Zero (first photo) came in extremely under-socialized and displayed nervous reactivity with other dogs and staff. We knew he had potential, but we weren’t sure how to bring it out safely and positively. We slowly introduced him to playgroups and he is now officially recognized as a playgroup rock star, an honor reserved for dogs who help newcomers and nervous dogs feel comfortable and welcome and playgroups. We are confident that his status as an exceptional dog-buddy will help him find the perfect home. Meet him: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/39731875

Cache Humane Society: Build-A-Bear Youth Humane Education Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Petfinder Foundation support was used to expand our two popular youth education programs: Off-Leash Summer Camps and Paws Academy After-school Clubs. We hosted six sold-out summer day camps, and added our first-ever shelter slumber party. Campers brought sleeping bags and spent the evening learning about animal welfare before snuggling up with shelter cats for a showing of Finding Nemo.

Our After-school Club meets weekly all semester long, and Petfinder Foundation support has allowed us to host groups in smaller age ranges to provide for more age-specific learning activities. Club members learn about animal welfare, are introduced to career opportunities in animal care, and get involved in important community projects.

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

Cache Humane Society is committed to helping grow the next generation of loving pet owners and animal-care professionals. Our education programs encourage compassion toward animals and a greater awareness of issues and opportunities to get involved. Our animals also benefit from socialization and supervised positive-training opportunities that are a part of all of our education programs.

How many pets did this grant help?

500

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

Penny (first and second photos) briefly stole the show during a lesson on the Four Principles of Responsible Pet Ownership. Dogs and cats who participate in our youth-education activities get a special gold star on their kennels indicating that they are Exceptionally Kid Friendly. The gold star gives adopters with young kids the confidence to take home a new furry friend. With the help of the positive socialization provided by our campers, she soon found a home and settled in quickly with her new family.

Cache Humane Society: Petfinder Adoption Options in Action Grant (Invitation Only) Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We used our Adoption Options in Action grant to purchase “adopt me” vests and colorful supplies to improve in-shelter photo shoots. All adoptable animals now leave the shelter for day trips and slumber parties sporting new “adopt me” vests. With Petfinder Foundation support, our volunteers have also made holiday bandannas, flower crowns, and costumes for entertaining and effective photo sessions.

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

Our “adopt me” vests have helped numerous shelter dogs find loving homes. They encourage positive interactions all over town, on hikes, and at our volunteer-organized slumber parties. Many dogs have found homes with people they met out and about, and the CHS logo on the vests has also encouraged more people to visit our shelter. The photo shoot supplies have brought increased attention to our adoptable cats. We’ve made holiday-themed collars to coordinate with adoption promotions, fun headware, and ribbon toys for photo shoots.

How many pets did this grant help?

50

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

Money (first photo) was a big bully boy with cropped ears and a low bark. He was surrendered to our shelter when his owners made plans to move. We knew he was an absolute softy, but his demeanor could be a bit intimidating. Something about a cute adoption vest makes a dog more approachable, and Money loved to strut around in his blue vest. He made friends all over town and spent a lot of time in our lobby. His “adopt me” vest attracted positive attention everywhere he went. With the help of the Petfinder Foundation, Money found a home after only a couple short weeks in our shelter.

Cache Humane Society: Build-A-Bear Youth Humane Education Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Support from the Petfinder Foundation and Build-a-Bear was used to expand our two popular on-site education programs:

1. Paws Academy: A semester-long after-school program for children ages 6-15 who want to learn about responsible pet ownership, acquire animal care and clinical skills, participate in community outreach, and make fun arts and crafts. Children also help organize shelter dog playgroups under supervision of our positive behavior trainer. Petfinder Foundation support allowed us to add an additional day per week and split into smaller age groups.

2. Off-Leash Youth Camps: One- to three-day summer day camps with programs in positive animal training and compassionate care, participation in shelter dog playgroups, and introduction to careers in animal welfare. Participants meet local professionals, learn about current community issues, and develop volunteer and business ideas for helping companion animals in Cache Valley. Our six camps sold out in 2015, and Petfinder Foundation support helped us add two additional camps for summer 2016.

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

Our youth education programs are focused on raising the next generation of loving pet owners. We emphasize positive training methods and responsible care of all companion animals. We believe that youth education will help our organization and our community by bringing the principles of compassionate animal welfare into more homes.

Our pets benefit from socialization with children of all ages and experience levels. Our older participants also host play groups under professional supervision. All adoptable cats and dogs that participate in our youth groups receive special badges on their kennels indicating that they are exceptional with children. These shelter animals are often adopted more quickly because of their positive experience with kids.

How many pets did this grant help?

100

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

Bosley was 119 lbs. of muscle and love, but he’d spent over three months in the shelter without a single interested adopter. He looked intimidating in his kennel and families tended to shy away. He quickly became a favorite of our Off-Leash Summer Camp participants when they discovered that he loved to splash around in the kiddie pool with them. Bosley’s goofy pool pictures made him a Facebook star and helped him find a wonderful home with plenty of kids to romp with every day.

Cache Humane Society: Orvis Animal Care Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We are so grateful to Orvis and the Petfinder Foundation for helping us get some of our older dogs home. We used our grant to fund reduced adoption fees on all dogs over 7 years old. We were able to lower our $175 adoption fee to $125. We advertised with colorful “Sponsored by Orvis” kennel tags, which helped attract even more attention.

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

This grant has allowed us to sponsor 20 senior dogs in our care. To date, 12 dogs have been adopted. We are continuing this special and looking at additional ways to keep this important campaign going.

How many pets did this grant help?

20

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

Comet came to us with an amazing backstory. Her owner told us she was a champion Iditarod racer, originally brought all the way from France. He bought her for breeding and surrendered her at 9 years old to our facility when she was no longer producing litters. We wanted to give her the retirement she deserved, with a comfortable and loving home. With your support, we were able to promote Comet´s sponsored adoption fee and quickly find her a great home.

Cache Humane Society: Disaster Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Cache Humane Society officially opened our 2.5-acre public off-leash dog park on June 25, 2016. We celebrated the outcome of a three-year capital campaign with a fantastic day of live music, dog agility competitions, and product demos in our brand new Valley View Dog Park. The dog park includes pathways, picnic areas, and built-in agility challenges. On July 19, 2016, someone dropped a lit cigarette on a patch of wood chips inside the dog park. The fire destroyed a shed containing training supplies and 40 feet of fencing. It also damaged the electrical box controlling sprinklers. We were forced to close the dog park immediately and seek funding for emergency repairs. Petfinder Foundation support allowed us to begin rebuilding within days of the fire. Volunteers helped remove thousands of pounds of damaged material to prepare for new construction. We immediately repaired the electrical damage and began work on the fence. With the Petfinder Foundation’s support and a generous donation of materials from Home Depot, we were able construct over 40 feet of new fence and reopen the Valley View Dog Park less than two weeks after the fire.

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

The Valley View Dog Park is one of only two off-leash dog parks in Cache County, home to an estimated 22,000 companion dogs. Our dog park provides a safe and welcoming space to socialize, exercise, and train shelter and community pets. We work with K9 Unleashed, a local positive-behavior-training company, to provide on-site socialization, obedience, and agility courses. Our animals are more adoptable because of quality time spent in play groups, and public dogs have a comfortable and fun place to go for training and socialization. Petfinder Foundation support was instrumental in allowing us to quickly recover from the fire that destroyed fencing and equipment. The Valley View Dog Park re-opened less than two weeks after the event, with over 40 feet of new fencing and a fully functional sprinkler system.

How many pets did this grant help?

60 shelter dogs and countless public animals

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

Leona was a beautiful young Staffordshire terrier mix who struggled to find the right home. She spent more than six months in our facility, with multiple failed adoptions due to behavioral issues. She was loving and responsive with familiar people, but new faces and unfamiliar environments made her nervous and reactive. Leona finally found her person, a young returning U.S. veteran looking for a companion. Their frequent visits to the Valley View Dog Park provide them both with friendly and fun socialization in a welcoming environment. We’ve watched Leona become a confident and happy dog through her participation in dog-park playgroups. The Petfinder Foundation’s support allowed us to quickly re-open this valuable community space after an unexpected and costly disaster.