Missy launched her Mini Grants initiative in April and after receiving some fantastic applications and getting approval from Missy herself, we have decided to award grants to four different rescue groups for 4 very different projects! We'll introduce you to them all separately.
The first is PAWS Darwin! We have awarded PAWS Darwin a grant of $10,000 to convert a space at their shelter and provide funding for them to run weekly Training and Awareness Seminars for a period of 6 months to educate prospective dog owners as a pre-adoption requirement.
PAWS Darwin already offer a month of free training classes for adopted dogs which is a fantastic initiative, but this new program is aiming to educate prospective owners before adopting an animal; creating awareness about responsible pet ownership, medical care, and appropriate training techniques for managing potentially difficult behaviour such as barking and aggression. The seminars will cover important information about food, equipment, veterinary costs and common behaviours to be expected from rescue animals. With our funding they will be able to offer this seminar once a week for up to 15 participants interested in adopting a dog from them.
PAWS Darwin believes that helping people understand the responsibilities and requirements of owning an animal before making a commitment, increases the chance to re-home an animal permanently. Indeed, PAWS Darwin has implemented pre-adoption seminars in the past with outstanding success, reducing their re-surrender rate to 1%.
Once the set up is complete PAWS Darwin will also be able to use the space for a variety of training activities in the future, all aimed at keeping animals in their homes and reducing the number of surrendered and abandoned dogs.
Congratulations PAWS Darwin! We look forward to hearing how your program is positively impacting the adoption experience and long term future of the dogs that you are re-homing! 🙌