Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
Grant funds were used towards the care of shelter pets while we functioned under new guidelines with abbreviated operations. Since closing to the public and going to appointment-only, we have had 50 intakes (half of which were owner-surrenders). The grant funds went towards updating vaccinations and medical care provided to these pets while in our care.
With Virginia’s new guidelines for businesses and limited income due to abbreviated operations, these funds were critical to our ability to vaccinate incoming pets who were not up-to-date. Under normal circumstances, we ask for a donation towards vaccinations if the pet needs to be updated, but many owners were not in a financial position to do so. This funding helped to take the burden off the shelter’s already thin resources.
This grant helped approximately 25 pets receive their vaccinations.
Hansel and Gretel came to us from a local rescue that was helping an elderly woman whose dog recently had puppies. The rescue brought them to us and we immediately provided medical care and placed them in a foster home. Since then, Hansel and Gretel have been growing up big and strong in their foster home and coming for regular check-ups for weight, vaccine updates, deworming, and more. Soon they will be old enough to be spayed and neutered, and our foster family who wanted to help during a time of crisis are now planning to adopt these two sweet babies! Puppies need all of their initial vaccines and require more vet care than an older pet who has already been receiving vaccines but may just need an update. We are so grateful to the Petfinder Foundation for the COVID-19 relief funds because it helped many pets just like Hansel and Gretel.
This funding was used to help pay our utilities during this unprecedented time of closure, financial hardship, and uncertainty.
It helped keep the lights and HVAC on so our animals remained comfortable while we were closed due to the pandemic.
Snoopy is an 11-year-old female black Lab mix. She was one of the dogs who did not get adopted or fostered prior to us closing, so she “waited out” the quarantine in the shelter. Grants like this one helped keep us going when our public support was reduced by more than 50%! You can meet Snoopy here.
Much-needed, out-of-supply dog food and supplements during our three+ month COVID-19 lockdown.
We were able to find limited amounts of dog and puppy food, chicken, rice and vegetables at various “big box” stores within 125 miles during several weeks to get us by while we waited for months for our two Chewy.com orders to arrive. Our 32 dogs and puppies were happy!
Two litters of puppies we rescued were helped: one litter that was dumped and one litter that was pulled from a hoarding situation. We unfortunately lost two pups to parvo (with limited veterinary hospital hours); however, the nine remaining pups were all adopted to qualified, loving, happy furever homes!
The hoarding situation with Mama Sadie is pictured in the sixth and seventh photos. From Facebook: “Mama Sadie and her pups were rescued from a hoarding situation in Clovis, New Mexico. They were filled with worms, starving and inches away from dying of malnutrition. We are still overseeing the care of her babies and Kelly and me were forced to take Sadie in for emergency surgery in El Paso, Texas. Sadie’s $6,000+ emergency surgery consisted of cutting her wide open to unravel and cut the towel entwined around her intestines and removing half of her stomach which had died due to lack of blood flow. She is recovering at our quiet Rescue Ranch in Arenas Valley at this time and is doing great! This Sweet Sadie is putting on weight, running and acting like the puppy she should be and is happily running and playing with our monster Demi-lition! I’m very humbled and appreciative of the support I have received so far, but we still have a long way to go with the additional $1,500 vet bills for her sick puppies, one of which we had to make the grueling decision to have euthanized for parvo.”
Cat beds for our cat and kitten rooms!
The cats and kittens loved the beds! They fit on our cat shelves really well.
Jasmine (first photo) loved her bed! She slept on it and used it as a playmate. She actually got adopted this week after being with us over a year! And a dog, Delilah (second photo), actually liked them too while she was hanging out in our office.
This grant helped us to provide medical care for a semi-feral puppy rescued by our organization.
As a young puppy, Petey was discovered running wild on Olympic Peninsula in Washington State, having had no human contact. His mother, a shepherd mix, while not feral, was completely unsocialized. There was a sighting of another puppy, but at this time, we have not been able to rescue that little one. Petey was less than 8 weeks old, and incredibly timid and fearful, when he first got to WAG. After several weeks of volunteers spending time with him and socializing him with friendly, happy-go-lucky dogs, he is coming into his own, seeking attention from people and other dogs. Today, little Petey is curious about his environment and loves to play!
As part of Petey’s rescue and rehabilitation, Welfare for Animals Guild (WAG) is ensuring his physical as well as his emotional and behavioral health. We have used our Sponsor a Pet grant to help pay for Petey’s puppy exam and vaccinations. We are confident that Petey will continue his progress and find his perfect forever home as a happy, healthy, and secure little pup. He is currently listed for adoption on Petfinder. You can meet Petey here.
The monies from the grant were used to purchase the following cat enrichment items:
Lossky automatic LED light interactive cat chase toy
Kastma electric yo-yo cat toy
Trixie 5-in-1 cat activity center
Catit 2.0 food tree
32″ cat scratching post
Ito Rocky interactive cat food puzzle toy
Petsfit outdoor cat house
Petmaker kitty condo
33″ corner cat furniture
Petmaker two-story cat condo
8′ x 8′ synthetic grass rug carpet
One Fast Cat exercise wheel
Prior to receiving the grant, the two cat rooms, adult and kitten, were not particularly stimulating or enriching to the cats, especially the long-term residents. Their enrichment was provided by volunteer contact, which is important, but not enough. The new items have added much to the cat environment, and the cats are much happier and more content and active. Happy, active cats are much easier to show and get adopted more quickly. The enrichment has been especially important recently, since volunteers have not been allowed to come to the shelter due to COVID-19 restrictions so human interaction has been limited to shelter employees.
This grant will help all of the cats taken in by the shelter, approximately 100 annually.
Coltraine (first and second photos) benefited the most from the cat wheel. We posted a video of him in the Facebook post thanking the Petfinder Foundation. He was a very active cat and he loved that wheel. He has been adopted. The new cat cubbies were great as we have a few bigger cats such as 17-lb. Etta (third and fourth photos) who could not fit in the smaller ones we had, and two of the ones we ordered were specifically for larger cats. Etta has also been adopted.
The Petfinder Foundation’s $1,000 grant was used toward the initial immunizations of 23 dogs rescued from regional [open-intake] shelters or owner surrenders. Twenty-three dogs received the initial care necessary to make it possible to evaluate them and make them eligible for care in our sanctuary or promotion for fostering and adoption. A spreadsheet of specific dogs treated and points of care is available upon request.
Always and Furever Midwest Animal Sanctuary was established just two years ago, and in the past two years has rescued 972 dogs as of this date who were listed for euthanasia in the next 24 hours at [open-intake] shelters, abandoned, or surrendered by owners and families who could no longer care for them. Your grant made it possible for these dogs to receive care in our sanctuary and within our foster system, and be eligible for adoption into forever homes.
Twenty-three dogs were provided initial vaccinations.
Meet Collins, a Great Dane/Rhodesian ridgeback mix rescued on April 28, 2020. Collins and four other dogs were reported as abandoned in a house surrounded by woods after their owner died. Neighbors had been trying to feed the dogs, who were terrified, hungry and covered with hundreds of ticks. After hours of coaxing and a two-hour drive, Collins and her friends went straight to the vet for vaccinations, physical exams and the painstaking removal of ticks and parasites.
Cowering in our rescue van, Collins began to trust one staff member at a time. She joined our family of dogs at our open-environment sanctuary, made friends with staff and volunteers, and found her forever home with a loving family on May 2, 2020. Not all of our dogs transition this quickly, but we are delighted for Collins and the close to 1,000 other dogs we have rescued in the past two years since Always and Furever Midwest Animal Sanctuary was established.
We used the grant funding to purchase dog food, cat food, cat litter, and shelter cleaning supplies. Our breakdown of funds used is as follows:
Dog food: $430
Cat food: $275
Cat litter: $210
“Rescue” disinfectant: $165
Total expenses: $1080
This grant helped ensure that our shelter animals would continue to have an ample food supply during the COVID-19 crisis. It also helped us maintain our extensive sanitation protocols by contributing to the cost of Rescue brand disinfectant.
This grant specifically helped with two litters of shepherd-mix puppies. We were able to purchase puppy food for this litter. Our donors do not normally think about bringing in puppy food. We most often get donations of adult dog food. This grant helped ensure that we could provide good-quality nutrition for our puppies. It also helped ensure that we were able to maintain our high quality of sanitation standards, with the ability to purchase Rescue disinfectant. This purchase was beneficial to all of the animals in our care.
The money was used to waive the adoption fee and provide the necessary vaccinations and senior food for Ragtime, a senior pet who had been at the shelter most of her life.
Having this grant for Ragtime provided her adopters with the medical and financial ease of adopting a senior cat. It also provided her adopters with the startup items necessary when adopting for the first time.
After being in the shelter 12 out of her 13 years of life, Ragtime, along with another senior cat, was adopted! Both Ragtime and Gracie were adopted by a couple who hadn’t realized how difficult it was to place senior cats. When they heard about the difficulty of adopting out senior cats and Ragtime’s story, they said it sealed the deal!
Vetting adoptable cats and TNR-ing feral cats at the Valentine Project, a hoarding case that had approximately 40 cats/kittens and nine dogs.
This was a huge case and vetting this many animals in the midst of Covid-19, when we cannot have our normal fundraisers, we desperately needed help with funds to cover veterinary care.
Nine were helped: eight through TNR (trap/neuter/return) and one, Millie, who was one of a few tame enough to put into the adoption program.
There were many cats who lived inside the Valentine Project house. Beginning the week after Valentine’s Day, we were busily trapping the inside kitties as well as the outside kitties. We were working diligently, as spring was coming and, with this many feral cats, if we did not get them TNR’d, we would soon have hundreds!
We were finally down to one cat left in the house, Millie. She was smart, though, and would NOT get in a trap. She was young and emaciated and probably anemic also because of the thousands of fleas in the house. The volunteer working this worried terribly for Millie. She was always afraid she might find the kitty dead. After giving up on the traps and the net, she asked another volunteer if he would give it a shot. By this time, Millie was pretty much staying hidden among the junk and boxes piled up in one part of the house. Sure enough, the volunteer found her there and she was too weak to put up much of a fuss. He was able to get her and we got her to the vet immediately. After she’d been deemed healthy, she went into foster care.
It took a few weeks, but the kitty with the big beautiful green eyes came around. She is still thin, but she’s doing much better. She loves attention and will run to you for it. She is now listed on our Petfinder site and we hope to find her the purrfect home very soon. You can meet Millie here.