RCHS Awarded Grant To Help Expand Behavior Enrichment Programs

Routt County Humane Society Awarded Grant To Enhance Animal Enrichment Through Behavior Enrichment Programs.  


Routt County Humane Society (RCHS) is thrilled to announce that it has been awarded a generous grant to further its commitment to the well-being of animals through innovative behavior enrichment programs, and a behavior helpline for pet owners to prevent shelter admissions.

The $8,000 grant, generously provided by the Animal Assistance Foundation (AAF), will be instrumental in expanding RCHS’ efforts to enhance the mental and emotional health of the animals in its care, while also providing free behavior advice to community pet owners. The funds will be allocated to a certified dog trainer to develop and implement a comprehensive behavior program that focuses on promoting positive and stimulating experiences for dogs experiencing behavioral challenges affecting their adoptability. The trainer will also be available one day a week to answer questions about common behavioral challenges from community pet owners.

Emily Stone, Executive Director of AAF, said “Behavior programs, like the one that RCHS will provide, are such an important tool for shelter pets, shelters, and the communities they serve. When animal welfare organizations collaborate and innovate, we can leverage more resources and provide better care for more animals in Colorado. We are so pleased to partner with RCHS to help fund this much needed resource.”

“We are deeply grateful to AAF for their unwavering support of our mission to provide the highest level of care for animals in need,” said Elaine Hicks, Executive Director. “This grant will enable us to take significant strides in improving the overall well-being of the animals under our care, ensuring they are better prepared for loving forever homes. For community pets, by offering behavior advice to common training challenges experienced by pet owners, RCHS is striving to prevent shelter intakes and to helping pet owners with the human-animal bond.”
Behavior enrichment programs play a crucial role in reducing stress and anxiety in shelter animals, increasing their chances of successful adoption. The grant will support the development of activities such as interactive toys, training sessions, and specialized programs tailored to the unique needs of each shelter animal.

RCHS invites the community to join in celebrating this exciting development and to stay tuned for updates on the implementation of the behavior enrichment programs as well as the behavior helpline. The organization remains dedicated to providing compassionate care and finding loving homes for every animal in its care.

Routt County Humane Society is a 501© (3) not-for profit organization established in 1985 with the mission of being a nonprofit community resource dedicated to encouraging respect for the dignity and worth of all animals by providing safe haven, promoting adoption, and decreasing the number of unwanted pets. We believe in second chances and are committed to advocating for animals and the people who love them. For more information go to www.routthumane.org.

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