Reports From This Organization

Lynchburg Humane Society: Dogs Playing for Life Mentorship Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

For a staff member to travel to Colorado to learn about Dogs Playing for Life.

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

This enabled the staff member who learned about Dogs Playing for Life to educate the other staff on what she had learned and implement more enrichment and playgroups for the dogs in our care.

How many pets did this grant help?

Hundreds and still counting

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

Mocha and Blue were scared when they came into our center. We were concerned with Blue because she was growling and lunging when she first came in. Our seasoned staff had a difficult time examining her for her intake exam. Mocha was shy, but was not as vocal about being scared as Blue was. They were able to play together and be with other dogs and were both recently adopted. They made such wonderful progress and we thank programs like the Dogs Playing for Life mentorship and the Petfinder Foundation for helping us make it possible for these wonderful dogs to find happiness.

Lynchburg Humane Society: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

To purchase Kongs for enrichment for our adoptable dogs.

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

We are so grateful for this Kong grant. Kongs help our shelter pets in ways we can’t describe. They keep them busy and lessen the anxiety of living in a shelter, and all of that helps them find homes. Kongs literally save lives.

How many pets did this grant help?

75 and counting

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

Ranger came to the Lynchburg Humane Society Appomattox Pet Center as a stray and was riddled with anxiety. He was a very calm and loving boy outside of his kennel, but inside of his kennel was a different story: He would flip his bed and bowls, shred blankets and shake rope toys so hard that he would injure himself. The noise associated with kennel life was just too stressful for him to handle and he needed a distraction while we searched to find a foster to work with him on training until he could find an adopter that best suited his needs.

Ranger loves peanut butter and moist and meaty dog food. We stuffed a huge Kong with food, sealed it with peanut butter and stuck it in the freezer to ensure it would be long-lasting. This was soon to be Ranger’s new favorite toy and a treat that would keep him distracted for hours on end. Ranger went into foster with one of the staff members for a couple of days and came back with lots of newly learned tricks (as long as there was a Kong ready for him after all the hard work of training). Today, he is in his adopted home still learning new things every day, only to be rewarded with his peanut butter-filled Kong.

Lynchburg Humane Society: Cat Enrichment Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We used this generous funding for scratchers for the cats, calming spray to help cats be calmer throughout the adoption special and on the ride to their new home, and Kitty Kasas cubes (pictured) to help cats have a place to hide and sleep in our group rooms to help them be more comfortable, less stressed and more adoptable.

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

Reducing stress during the adoption process has helped pets go home with more success. Providing them with enrichment including places to hide and scratching pads has helped them get adopted and be more comfortable while in our care.

How many pets did this grant help?

100+ and still helping!

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

Professor Sheldon (first photo) was so excited when we put his scratcher in his condo that he barely let us attach it because he wanted to immediately start using it. Meet him: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/41778461

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

What was the money or product used for?

$220 was used to purchase a new laptop for volunteer coordinator office
$7,280 is being used for salary for Volunteer Coordinator/Camp Director

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

This grant allowed us to implement a position within our organization specifically dealing with youth programs. Our new Camp Manager will be able to provide evening, weekend, winter, and summer camps for elementary- and middle-school-aged children interested in working with animals. This also allows us to offer more field-trip opportunities to local schools and provide a wider range of education during those outings. Providing education to our younger community members provides animal-welfare knowledge and community-service skills. We see many of our camp and field-trip attendees become junior volunteers with their parents.

How many pets did this grant help?

Immeasurable

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

Two of our camp counselors have become fosters since becoming involved in our youth-education programs. Jasmine and her mother have fostered five kittens since August, two of whom, Cafrey and Cragen (first two photos), have been released from foster care and adopted. Our new manager has opened a dialogue with local colleges to allow fostering to count for required community-service hours. This has opened up a whole new subsection of fosters. Zoe is one of our most prolific student fosters, having taken in seven foster kittens since Sept. 13, 2016. She adopted the first two kittens she welcomed into her home, Marin and Lynn (third and fourth photos).

Lynchburg Humane Society: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Kongs were used for enrichment for the dogs in our care.

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

Kongs are always helpful in enrichment for the dogs in our care. It helps the dogs be more comfortable while at our shelter by providing Kongs.

How many pets did this grant help?

100+ and still helping!

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

Bill (pictured) is a great example of a dog who was helped by this Kong Toy Grant. Bill loves people. He wants to be with people as much as possible. But when he is not with someone, he is comforted by the Kong toys while he waits for the next person to come into his room. It was difficult to photograph Bill with a Kong toy because when someone is in the room with him, he wants to be with them. But be assured, he loves them and has benefited very much from the Kongs. Bill’s story is similar to a lot of the dogs we see here at LHS. They would rather be in a loving home, but while they wait, they love to have the Kong toys to keep them busy.

We currently house a dog whose owner is incarcerated. Since this is not a dog who is adoptable, we will change his name for his privacy; we will call him Charlie. Charlie is a beautiful and sweet dog, but gets nervous and destructive in the kennel. We provide him with a Kong toy stuffed with treats each day, and this keeps him busy and makes his days in the shelter environment much more bearable. Charlie receives lots of love and attention from our staff, but obviously someone cannot be with him every hour of every day, so the Kong toys help him work out that nervous energy and provide him with something to do. The Kong toys have made such a difference with Charlie.