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August 27, 2011

The HSUS Donates $10,000 to Pit Bull Education and Rescue

Funds will cover expansion of kennel enrichment programs at various Indiana shelters

The Humane Society of the United States presented Casa Del Toro Pit Bull Education and Rescue with a donation of $10,000 to help expand their kennel enrichment program to shelters throughout Indiana. The check was presented at CDT’s ‘Ride to the Rescue’ event in Danville, an event to honor dogs rescued from a 2009 dogfighting raid in Orange County, Ind. 

Working with The HSUS, CDT housed several of the dogs from the 2009 Orange County raid and realized the importance of keeping them engaged during the time they were being held as evidence. The goal of kennel enrichment is to provide sheltered animals with variety and engage the animals in a way that reduces stress, enables them to handle kenneling better, improves quality of life and therefore increases their chances of adoption.

“The $10,000 grant from The HSUS will extend the reach of our program and enable us to help homeless animals throughout Indiana, improve the quality of life for sheltered animals, and most importantly, will translate to happier animals who are more easily adopted.” said Laurie Adams, president and founder of Casa Del Toro Pit Bull Rescue. “We are certainly grateful for the tremendous support of The HSUS in helping us to establish this program on a statewide level.”

CDT has already implemented a successful kennel enrichment program at Indianapolis Animal Care and Control for dogs being held during long-term investigations and have been contacted by other state shelters to implement similar programs. The grant from The HSUS will enable CDT to work with other shelters throughout Indiana, targeting animal control agencies and organizations that house dogs for long periods during cruelty investigations.

“We are excited about the impact this donation will have on the lives of sheltered animals throughout Indiana.” said Anne Sterling, Indiana state director for the Humane Society of the United States. “Providing homeless animals in Indiana with a higher quality of life while they’re being sheltered, we hope will translate to more of them finding their forever homes.”

Currently Casa Del Toro is providing kennel enrichment and training for dogs from a recent dogfighting raid in Gary, Indiana in which The HSUS acted as the lead agency. These dogs are being provided with training, learning agility and receiving kennel enrichment to improve their quality of life while they are being held.

 

Media Contact: Katie Jarl: 301-258-1483, kjarl@humanesociety.org

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