Our Life Enrichment Animal Program (LEAP) provides dogs, cats, and small animals with vital enrichment activities and behavioral support. The program also assists adopters with pets who need extra help transitioning into a new home and helps animals in our care build life skills prior to adoption. The program empowers our adopters so they're equipped with the tools needed to support their new pet, often making the difference between a permanent placement and a returned adoption.
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We believe that every animal in our care deserves individualized attention to meet their unique physical, emotional, and behavioral needs. These services are vital to help animals thrive, but the expenses add up quickly. With a donation to our LEAP Fund, you will help animals find joy and contentment so they can put their best 'paw' forward while in our care and in their new home!
To ensure your gift is earmarked for LEAP Fund, please select 'LEAP Fund' from the drop down menu on the giving form.
Pinky was surrendered to PARL in October of 2020. He was just about a year old and had already had several homes and experienced some trauma along the way. Pinky was fearful of men and strangers and does not like other dogs or animals. When people he didn't know walked by his kennel, he would growl and run to the back and cower. Thanks to PARL's LEAP Fund, Pinky started to work with a professional trainer and over the course of many months, became more confident and showed great improvement. He was adopted in May 2021 and benefited from additional training sessions post-adoption thanks to PARL's LEAP Fund.
This pair of senior cats was surrendered to PARL in early 2021. Both needed extensive dental surgeries and teeth cleaning. Raja was diagnosed with ocular melanoma and underwent surgery to remove his eye. These medical conditions meant they would have an extended stay in our care prior to adoption. Thankfully, PARL's new Community Cat Housing Room provided plenty of space and enrichment for these cats to explore and enjoy. They also got to interact with other cats in the community room. This space is a permanent part of our animal housing now and supplies for this room are funded in part through the LEAP Fund.
3-year-old Rukis arrived at PARL in the summer of 2020. He was high energy and weary of new situations and other dogs. Over the course of several months, PARL worked in partnership with an Enrichment Specialist from Handsome Dan's Rescue and was enrolled in classes at Outbound Hound to help him be the best dog he could be. He made great strides in a short time and was happily adopted in November of 2020. Rukis truly benefited from this pre-adoption support and also from additional training with Outbound Hound post-adoption thanks to a LEAP Fund voucher. LEAP Fund set Rukis and his adopters up for success!