Finley and his KONG
Happy, healthy dogs are more likely to get adopted. When they are physically comfortable, feel safe and secure, and are not crazed with boredom, they show their true personalities and charm potential adopters.
That's why many of our grants are designed to improve shelter dogs' quality of life. A bed, a toy and even a good shampoo can make all the difference. Here are just a few of the thousands of dogs who have benefited from our quality of life grants:
When we granted 300 KONG toys to Pima Animal Care Center in Tucson, it was great news for dogs like Finley, a 5-year-old Italian Greyhound mix. "Shelter life can be scary for pets," PACC Development Director Karen Hollish tells us. "The enrichment activity that Finley received from the granted toys meant he was relaxed, happy and ready when his adopter finally walked by." Read Finley's story.
Smiley, a 9-year-old blind Pit Bull, has been at the Animal Protection Center of Southeastern Massachusetts in Brockton for quite some time. Thanks to our grant, he and other dogs there sleep on cozy dog beds. "There is nothing Smiley likes better than going out for long walks," shelter director Kim Heise says. "But having a nice, soft, comfy bed to snuggle up on in his kennel makes having to come back a little easier." Read Smiley's story.
Adoption groups receiving our grants of grooming products tell us the shampoos are a blessing to their dogs, many of whom come into their care with painful skin conditions and smelling terrible. Suzy had spent her seven years living outdoors when she arrived at Houndhaven in Minneola, FL, and her coat was in poor shape. After a regimen that included baths with our donated shampoo, Suzy blossomed -- and was adopted. Read Suzy's story.
Thanks to donors like you, shelter dogs can rest easy while waiting for their forever families.
Smiley on his bed
Suzy "before," with missing fur
Suzy as she looks now