Placer County Animal Services: Play Yard Renovation Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Money was used to install two catch pens and a pass-through to connect two of our dog-exercise yards and provide safe entering/exiting for dog playgroups.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

Provides a much safer way for us to manage playgroups and allows multiple playgroups for different play styles to happen at one time. Playgroups have been an amazing physical and mental release for our shelter dogs, and our staff has learned so much more about the dogs, which greatly helps them when getting adopted.

How many pets did this grant help?

More than 100

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Ruby (first and second photos) has been at our shelter since April 2017 and has had a tough time finding the right adopter. She originally displayed some unpredictable behavior around dogs, so our staff decided to see how she would do in a playgroup to get a better feel for behaviors. Staff was incredibly surprised to see that she was friendly, playful, soft and engaging in playgroups and was generally the one dog that got along with everyone. She ended up being one of the best greeter dogs here. We used this information to help potential adopters and to ultimately place her in a foster home for additional socialization and training. During her time here, though, Ruby helped to introduce multiple dogs to the fun of playgroups and assisted many dogs in coming out of their shells at our shelter. Her Petfinder page is

UPDATE: Ruby has been adopted!