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Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin: Cat Enrichment Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We used the grant funds to purchase a variety of enrichment equipment for the cats in our care. We purchased toys, interactive feeders, safe scratching products, durable cots, and calming products.

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

This grant helped our cats to have a better, lower-stress, more relaxed experience throughout their stay with us. We also saw a decrease in length of stay for our cats! Their time with us was both better and shorter!

How many pets did this grant help?

503

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

One of the cats this grant helped is Hope (first photo). Hope stayed with us for more than 60 days! That is six times our average length of stay! However, because of this grant, we were able to ensure that Hope received the proper daily enrichment she needed. When we first met Hope, she was unhappy with us. She did not want to accept our presence, let alone our affection. With time and committed enrichment, Hope came around to be one of the most loving cats. And she got adopted!

Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin: Orvis Animal Care Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We used the funds provided to us by the Petfinder Foundation 2019 Orvis Animal Care Grant to purchase dog enrichment supplies for our in-shelter dogs. Specifically, we purchased Adaptil calming aids, several different sizes of Kong toys, various different designs of treat/kibble-dispensing rocker-ball toys, several different varieties of Jolly Ball toys, and durable Nylabone chews.

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

This grant helped our organization by allowing us to purchase much-needed dog enrichment supplies at a time when our budget was far more than tight. It helped the pets in our care by providing the tools we needed to give our sheltered dogs the mental and physical exercise they need.

How many pets did this grant help?

150

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

He-Man was directly helped by this grant. He was with us much longer than most dogs. Most dogs spend just about eight days with us, but He-Man spent two months — over seven times the average time a dog spends waiting to go home at our facility! Because of this extra time spent in a kennel environment, He-Man had a big need for both physical and mental exercise. The Petfinder Foundation 2019 Orvis Animal Care Grant provided us with the funds that we needed to be able to meet those needs for him. He received daily enrichment during his time with us and thus was able to remain physically and mentally well during his extended stay until he was adopted by a wonderful, loving family.