Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
The $1,000 grant was used to purchase medical tests and vaccinations for 150 shelter animals.
The Petfinder Foundation grant helped to provide for medical testing and vaccinations for 150 animals in our care during the COVID-19 pandemic. With limited operations for more than 10 weeks, we are having shelter animals staying in our care far longer than normal, requiring more vaccinations and medical care than we would normally have to provide. The Petfinder Foundation grant has helped to provide for this unexpected cost and to ensure our shelter animals stay healthy and ready for adoption!
Gigi is a senior dachshund who came into the shelter as a stray on May 27. She received a heartworm test and distemper vaccination provided by grant funding from the Petfinder Foundation. She is currently still at the shelter waiting for her owner to reclaim her; if she is not claimed by the end of her stray hold period, Gigi will become available for adoption.
The funding was used to continue our efforts to rescue animals from across the state of Texas. Every week we rescue dozens of dogs and cats from shelters forced to euthanize for space. Because of the funding from the Petfinder Foundation, we are able to continue this important work. We used the funding to rescue more animals, including high-medical-needs animals such as Molly, a deaf and partially blind dog.
This grant made it possible for us to rescue, care for, medically treat, prepare for adoption, place in foster care, and adopt out dogs and cats in need.
In May, 406 animals were rescued and 333 animals were adopted out.
Trixie (first five photos) was rescued from Palm Valley Animal Shelter. We were notified via Twitter that she was in need of rescue and had a broken leg that she did not put weight on. We rescued Trixie and had her evaluated by a veterinary team. It was determined that her leg needed to be removed to give her the best quality of life.
After her surgery, she spent time recovering in foster care with a team member at Texas Humane Heroes. She quickly recovered and learned how to walk without her forth leg. After four weeks of foster care and recovery, Trixie was put up for adoption … and found her forever home within the first three days she was on the adoption floor (fifth photo)!
We are so proud of Trixie’s success and her happiness. Because of grants like this one from the Petfinder Foundation, Texas Humane Heroes is able to continue to save the lives of animals like Trixie with severe medical conditions, heal them, care for them, and place them in their forever homes.
The P.L.A.Y. beds were distributed to foster homes so that when in foster, a dog has a bed on which to lay their head.
This grant was especially helpful in these trying times. We were able to distribute beds to new foster homes as we prepared to pull 15 dogs from a local shelter.
Pebbles (first photo) was pulled from a local shelter at the end of March, right at the height of the coronovirus. She had been in the shelter for several months, living in a kennel with cement floors. Pebbles loved this bed so much, she slept on it every night and would sit on it and wait for her treats! Pebbles has since been adopted and is living the life with her new mom!
Larry (second photo) is our hospice Chihuahua who can never find a comfortable space to lie. He began to chose lying on his new bed, which become the one place he loved to eat his cheese.
Phoebe (third and fourth photos) lived a hard life in a local shelter and found much-needed comfort lying on her bed. She loved the fact this bed was so lightweight that it was able to move to her favorite places — the couch and under the kitchen table — while everyone worked from home (and close to the treats)!
The COVID-19 grant helped offset the drop in donations as well as adoptions once a stay-at-home order was issued. Funds were used to help support animal care, including helping to cover the cost of food, reduced staff, vet runs, etc. during this scary time.
The COVID-19 grant helped support Rescue Every Dog’s mission to remain open and continue helping animals as well as providing the best care for RED’s current animals. Rescue Every Dog is an organization that runs on grants and donations, something that dropped drastically when the COVID-19 pandemic hit.
RED has a variety of animals, including ready-to-adopt animals, animals who need additional medical care and are in foster care longer-term, and sanctuary animals. A few animals who benefited specifically from this grant included Holly and Merry, two pug sisters who were scheduled to be euthanized in Texas until RED stepped in. These two sisters needed additional time in foster care, but were happily adopted together on May 24, 2020. Another animal who benefited from this grant was Morrie, an incredibly sweet senior FIV-positive cat who has an adoption pending after his vet check-up scheduled for May 27, 2020.
This grant was for 10 P.L.A.Y beds. We were grateful to receive these beds and have put them to use in our shelter. The beds were of varying sizes.
We were able to utilize the beds immediately for the shelter dogs. They loved the flexibility of being able to position the bed however they wanted. We have cleaned a few of the beds to reuse, but we have typically been allowing the dog to take the bed with them when adopted.
We have continued to reuse the beds after cleaning; to date we have helped 12 different animals with the P.L.A.Y. beds.
Meet our wonderful Mister Clark! Clark was with us at the Humane Society of Parkersburg for just over one year. When Clark arrived to our shelter in April of 2019, he was sort of a mess. He had severe skin and allergy issues that we spent many months correcting. He was so uncomfortable due to his skin that it caused some behavioral issues as well. Staff and volunteers spent extra time with him to help correct the behavioral issues as well. Clark became a favorite with the staff and volunteers! He eventually ended up living in the manager’s office at the shelter.
This is around the time that we received our P.L.A.Y. beds. Clark is a pretty big guy, weighing in at just around 80 lbs. We were given a nice large bed that fit Clark perfectly! Clark made himself very comfortable in the office and spent most of his time sharing snacks and snoozing the afternoons away on his bed.
Finally, after more than a year at the shelter, the perfect family came along and fell completely in love with Clark. When Clark left our shelter, we made sure to send him off with all his favorite things, including his food, toys, treats, and of course his bed.
We have received an update on Clark since his adoption day, and he is doing wonderfully! He still enjoys napping on his bed, but now he also has a couch of his very own. We at the Humane Society of Parkersburg would like to say thank you for providing our shelter dogs with more comfort while they are in our care.
The $500 was used to assist in paying the medical costs for the many kittens we have taken in this season during Covid-19.
The extra funds allowed us to assist many more kittens than we normally would have been able to afford. With the addition of the new fosters who were home during the pandemic and this money, we have taken in and adopted out 50% more kittens in the last three months than last year.
Ceridwen is a 2-year-old female patch tabby whom we rescued from [an open-intake] shelter along with her five kittens. Ceri then adopted four additional kittens and was a fabulous mother for all nine! Now all of the kittens have been adopted and it’s Ceri’s turn. Her spay is now done thanks to the grant, and she is ready to go home. You can meet Ceri here.
The products that arrived were dog toys and easily washable beds.
The boxes of toys and beds were fabulous! With everyone being stuck inside due to Covid-19, we made sure that all of our fosters had some of the products, which helped with keeping the pets comfortable and entertained. Once we are able to host adoption events again, we will be using them at those as well. Thank you again!
Bridget is a 2-year-old, high-energy puggle who has been in foster through Covid-19. Having the toys and beds has helped her foster entertain her during this at home when she would normally be attending events. Bridget has a potential adoption meet-and-greet this weekend! You can meet Bridget here.
We used the grant to purchase cleaning supplies and equipment. A few of the items were bleach, Wysiwash tablets and dispenser, squeegees and pooper scoopers.
The grant money provided us a way to purchase needed cleaning supplies without putting more strain on a stretched budget. Cleaning supplies are always needed to keep the shelter in good shape. I put the number of pets helped as 100, but it will be a much higher number by the time the supplies are all used.
Purdie came in with a litter of seven babies. This grant helped us keep our isolation area clean. Purdie and her puppies eventually moved to a foster home and soon will be available for adoption. Here’s Purdie with her babies and an individual pic recently taken of one of her babies.
This money helped us successfully assist on a hoarding situation due to the pandemic and helped 10 small dogs towards much better lives.
It assisted with funding for vetting and care for 10 hoarding-case dogs.
This helped 10 dogs from a 49-dog hoarding case local to our area. All 10 dogs we took were small dogs and very undersocialized. With these much-needed funds, we were able to provide much-needed vet care and additional supplemental food for them. All but two of them, as of May 26, 2020, have found loving forever homes and those two remaining are pending adoption.
The COVID-19 Operation Grant from the Petfinder Foundation was used to purchase food for the dogs, cats and kittens in our foster program. We experienced a large increase in capacity when COVID-19 hit, which quickly used up our resources. The Petfinder Foundation allowed us to continue taking animals as we were able to purchase food to keep rescuing!
Demi’s Animal Rescue is a foster-based animal rescue. We provide our fosters with all the supplies they need so that even if they lost their jobs, they can still help with our mission of saving animals. Having the resources available allows us to bring these fosters on board and saves more lives. This food allows us to take in more animals in need during this pandemic.
Demi’s Animal Rescue was contacted by a woman who needed help with a litter of kittens and their mom. They had been rescued from a house that was on fire. Two kittens did not make it. The other three, still with their eyes closed, were saved. Mom came with ash still stuck under her nails when we received her.
We knew that as soon as these kittens were off their mom’s milk, they were going to require a lot of food to be kept fed and growing into healthy cats. The grant from the Petfinder Foundation allowed us to take this additional litter and mom into our care when they needed it most. The lady who rescued them was keeping them in her car.
We are so grateful to have assistance helping pets like this during the COVID-19 pandemic.