Change the Lives of Troubled Youth & Shelter Dogs

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Project Report | Apr 18, 2024
Challenges, Change, and a Matching Grant

By Sarah Bradham | Executive Director

Klondike in the Snow
Klondike in the Snow

We kicked off the year with a wind and ice storm that wreaked havoc on our kennel. Pipes froze and burst, canvas tops tore and flew off our outdoor enclosures, our hot water heater failed, and our training center flooded. Our staff and youth worked together to face each challenge as it came, adapt where needed, and use teamwork to provide quality care for each and every one of our pups.

We took in three dogs from an overloaded municipal shelter—Fozzy, Rufus, and Dr. Pepper. We knew the shelter was experiencing an outbreak of kennel cough, but we were determined to help, so we knew we were taking a risk of kennel cough coming into POOCH. Sure enough, despite our enhanced cleaning protocols, several days in all three pups were showing signs of the dreaded cough, and Fozzy was also showing signs of giardia. So off to the vet we went for exams and meds. While this was a challenging time at the kennel, it taught our youth valuable skills. They learned enhanced cleaning protocols for kennel cough outbreaks, along with the medications used to treat kennel cough and the need for a quaratine. The youth got experience giving different types of medications. And they got to see their diligence pay off as the dogs all recovered.

Four youth have completed their Fear Free Shelter Certification and Pet Care Provider Certification so far this year. These certifications are nationally recognized and help our youth better serve the dogs in their care.

So far in 2024 three pups have found their forever homes. Little Gomez, who came to Project POOCH in October, was adopted in January. While in our care, Gomez built confidence, learned basic cues, and worked to disengage from scary things in the world around him. Rufus, a young pup, worked through kennel cough and a sprained knee in his time at POOCH. When he sprained his knee he was on modified walks, so our youth took turns pushing him in a stroller so he could continue to feel included and get good outside smells. At first the guys really struggled with this task, as they said it made them feel "less manly." It provided a great opportunity to discuss how caring for dogs, and tiny humans, by pushing them in a stroller demonstrates strong empathy and parenting skills, not a lack of strength. By the end of his time in the stroller, the youth were proudly pushing him around campus. And finally, Dr. Pepper, a fun little schnauzer mix, found his forever home in February. Pepper was a very smart little guy, and the youth did a great job teaching him his basic cues, loose leash washing, and working with him in playgroups.

Klondike, an amazing husky who we have been working with since November, is looking for his forever home. He's a fun guy who likes adventure, belly rubs, snacks, toys, and wants a person to call his own. If you happen to know someone in the Portland/Salem area who is looking for a pup, please share his info!

Currently, we have a generous donor who is offering to match up to $4,000 in donations to Project POOCH. If you make a donation on GlobalGiving, those funds will count towards are match.

Please help us continue to offer life-changing opportunities to the youth and pups who participate in Project POOCH! Together, we can truly make a difference.

Pluto enjoying time with the youth
Pluto enjoying time with the youth
Asher with his dad
Asher with his dad
Gomez with his new family
Gomez with his new family

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Dec 19, 2023
2023 IN REVIEW

By Sarah Bradham | Executive Director

Aug 24, 2023
August 2023: POOCH Update

By Sarah Bradham | Executive Director

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Project Pooch, Inc.

Location: Lake Oswego, OR - USA
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Sarah Bradham
Lake Oswego , OR United States
$74,429 raised of $100,000 goal
 
1,675 donations
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