The Issue: Lack of Stimulation and Exercise for Shelter Dogs
The Humane Society of West Michigan assists more than 11,000 animals every year, yet its shelter facility has an inadequate water-drainage system, gravel in the outdoor dog run that causes injuries, noise levels that exceed OSHA standards, and no way for resident animals for exercise. The shelter is completely donor-funded, but in the surrounding city, about 24% of the population lives below the poverty line, compared to nearly 14% of the US population as a whole, according to the Census Bureau.
The Campaign: Building a Dog Agility Course at Shelter
If this Grassroots campaign raises $500, then The Petfinder Foundation can build a dog agility course at the Humane Society of West Michigan as part of a larger initiative to fix up the facility. Each additional $10 raised will go toward adding more enrichment features to the agility course. The course will exercise dogs’ bodies and minds to help prevent stress- and boredom-related behavior problems including constant barking and self-mutilation. With the dogs calmer and adequately exercised, they are more likely to find adoptive homes. The course will also provide a place where owners can take their pets to teach them new skills, thereby providing the shelter with a new source of revenue. Volunteers from Rescue U chapters at Central Michigan University, Grand Valley State University, and Michigan State University will begin construction of the course on Saturday, August 18.
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The Petfinder Foundation is the nonprofit arm of Petfinder.com, which houses one of the largest databases of adoptable pets with more than 13,500 animal-adoption organizations represented. The Petfinder Foundation supports the groups that post on its database with funding, equipment, supplies, and volunteers. As part of its emergency-management program, it also prepares shelters for emergencies and helps shelters and pet owners recover in the wake of natural disasters. For the Rescue U program, volunteers work to repair damaged shelters and improve life for adoptable pets by providing services that may include laying paw-friendly turf in dog runs, building meet-and-greet areas, installing sound baffling in kennels, and adding cat-enrichment perches and toys.
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