The TJO Foundation is excited to announce our new dental program called Furever Smiles.
Thanks to a Pedigree Foundation Innovations Grant, the Furever Smiles Dental Program will help increase dog adoptions by providing dental care to dogs who need a little extra help with their presentation and dental health. When visitors come to the shelter they will now see kennel cards showcasing Furever Smiles Dental Program graduates.
To support the grant, TJO Foundation purchased a dental machine - making it one of only a handful of shelters nationwide that can actually perform intricate dental procedures and scaling procedures. The Pedigree Grant allows TJO to engage the shelter veterinarian for more hours devoted to dental care, and also to hire a vet tech with a dental specialty to keep our adoptable dogs' teeth looking great and their breath fresh. This new program is especially beneficial for our senior dogs, and our small dogs with impacted baby teeth.
Many dogs come in to the shelter in depleted condition and with poor nutrition. This contributes to gum disease and tooth decay. Being able to help a dog achieve a beautiful smile gives them a better opportunity to find their forever home. It is truly a new beginning for dogs in shelter!