Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
The money was used to purchase a durable and disinfectable cat tower for one of our cat community rooms.
This grant provided a safer type of enrichment for our cats. It allows us to keep the community room clean and provides an area for cats to climb, scratch, stretch, and play. All of this makes them more adoptable.
Three so far
We received the cat tower right before the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown. Most of the animals in our facility were adopted out the last day we were open. The remaining cats were still able to utilize the cat tower during the lockdown. One of our cats in particular, Agnes, really enjoyed it. The tower is the perfect height to see out of the window in the room she was in. I encouraged her up to the top of the tower a few times, and after she got comfortable with it she rarely came off of it. Agnes has pretty green eyes and the staff and I refer to her as a dragon at the top of her tower. She is currently still waiting for her forever home. You can meet Agnes here.
Waiving adoption fees for harder-to-place dogs during COVID-19.
When faced with the challenges of COVID-19, we had to make changes very quickly that affected our staff and the pets in our care. We asked for the community’s support in helping to place as many pets in homes as quickly as possible. This grant made it possible for us to waive the fees for five deserving pets who would have otherwise been hard to place. This freed up space in our facility to make more room for those in the community who had been displaced or abandoned.
Schmoney (first photo) entered our care as seized custody in August of 2019. Her previous owners were found to have neglected her and her siblings and she was placed on hold while legal proceedings took place. Unfortunately, in the nearly six months it took for us to obtain legal custody of Schmoney, she developed anxiety and was shut down while interacting with staff and volunteers. She went to a foster home where she learned to trust humans again, and spent lots of time playing with children and other pets. When Shelby Humane promoted Schmoney as having a sponsored adoption fee, she received lots of great feedback on social media! Eventually her forever family made contact with us and the rest is history. Thanks in part to the Petfinder Foundation, Schmoney now lives with the beautiful family she’s always deserved.
We used the money to purchase martingale collars and Gentle Leaders.
The purchase of these items made it much easier to handle the dogs out in the world and also safer for the dogs themselves. It reduced the risk of the dogs slipping out of collars and getting lost, and also made walking more manageable. By using the correct equipment, we can ensure the safety of the dogs and make the experience for the volunteers much more enjoyable. Through this, we have had volunteers return over and over to participate in the Dog Day Out program.
The grant helped approximately 120 dogs.
Nova (first and second photos) was singleton who did not do well in playgroup and consequently didn’t get much exercise. She spent a lot of time in the kennel and was licking herself raw in some places from anxiety. Dog Day Outs helped her relax and get some good-quality people time, which is what she loved the most.
Her Dog Day Out partner said this: “Took Nova on a dog day out yesterday. She’s such a doll! We went to Lowe’s, where she leaned into everyone for pets. She sits and shakes very nicely for treats, doesn’t pull much on the leash, and decided she would rather me lift her into the car instead of jump in herself. She loved leaning her head out the window while we drove, too! She’s a really good girl. Thank you for letting me take her out for the day.”
Ember (third photo) was surrendered to us because her owner didn’t have enough time for her. She is a great dog, filled with energy and ready to take on the world. This was exactly what her Dog Day Out friend saw and dressed her in a Superwoman costume for her day in the woods. It didn’t take long for someone to see her superpowers and adopt her.
Wings (fourth and fifth photos) went on tons of days out. She ended up in foster with her main Dog Day Out human. They run up to 12 miles together. When Wings would come back, all she would do was sleep for hours. She has now moved in with her Dog Day Out person as a foster and they have decided to adopt her as a permanent family member.
Ace (sixth photo) was so scared and snippy in the kennel, we never knew just how sweet he could be until he was picked to go on a Dog Day Out. After his person spent some days with him, she was able to give us more insight into his personality. We were then able to promote him accurately and he received tons of interest, which eventually led him to finding a forever home.
Saturn (seventh photo) and Mars (eighth photo) were two brothers who came in together as strays. They were very high-energy and couldn’t be kenneled together. They did really enjoy playing together, and going on days out was a great way for them to take nice long walks and spend quality time together. This also helped learn to behave better with each other. They were both adopted, but to separate homes. They went on multiple days out with the same volunteer, who reported: “Another successful Dog Day Out. Saturn and Mars enjoyed ice cream and squirrel-watching at Foster Park with us yesterday! These guys are just the sweetest brothers and were so much calmer for us than expected outside of the shelter.”
The Kong grant provided stimulating toys for our pet-enrichment program.
The benefit was to our pets. The Kongs were often filled with peanut butter and frozen so that the dogs could enjoy them during the evening hours.
One pet who loved his Kongs was Gatlin (Gatty). She has not been adopted but we are hopeful that right person is out there and will soon find their way to our rescue. Gatty loves her Kongs filled with a treat. She enjoys working on figuring out how that treat can come out so she can enjoy both the treat and the puzzle. You can meet her here.
The money was used to buy food for the animals in our care.
Typically, our food is purchased by the pallet at a deep discount from the organization Greater Good. Since the Covid-19 pandemic, trucks discontinued the deliveries and food was no longer available to us. This grant from Petfinder Foundation helped to feed the animals of Little Lotus Rescue & Sanctuary.
Omri is an Australian Shepherd who was surrendered to Little Lotus Rescue & Sanctuary when his owner became terminally ill and could no longer provide the quality of life he thought that Omri deserved. Omri is a bright, happy, and EXTREMELY active young boy. He was posted on Petfinder.com and a young medical professional who spends all of her spare time out in the wilderness camping, hiking, and climbing found him. After we spoke with her and introduced them during a socially distanced meet-and-greet, everyone decided that it could be an amazing fit! Omri now lives a life of exploring in the mountains on his weekends. The pandemic has been difficult for our organization, but with the help of the Petfinder Foundation, we have been able to continue feeding the animals in our care and adopting animals into wonderful homes!
The money that was granted to us was used to help cover the medical costs of care for animals in our facility. Specifically, we used this money for prescription diet food, medical reassessment, x-rays, amoxicillin tablets, doxycycline tablets, clavamox, and a medical exam.
This grant helped our organization by helping to cover some of the financial burden caused by medications and treatments needed to help animals. In return, it allowed us to use the money we saved on other necessary medications in order to ensure all the animals in our care are receiving the proper care and treatment. Therefore, this grant helped cover operation costs of medication and treatments, and also allowed us to provide extra enrichment.
Two directly, and more indirectly.
One dog who was significantly impacted by this grant is Joker. Joker is a boxer mix who came into our shelter from poor living conditions. He had a cleft lip, was stained yellow from urine, had a severe skin infection, and was having trouble urinating. Even worse, Joker was urinating blood and leaking constantly. After a visit at the veterinary hospital, it was determined that Joker had five large bladder stones that could be resolved with a change in diet, as well as antibiotics to treat the infection.
This grant allowed us to provide Joker with the proper diet (prescription s/d food) and medication to help him heal. In addition, it allowed us to check his progress with a reassessment and x-rays to see how the bladder stones had changed. Luckily, his bladder stones had significantly reduced in size! At this point, Joker’s urination became stronger and the amount of blood significantly decreased. He became a lot more comfortable and outgoing. Joker is currently still on the prescription diet, and his bladder stones are almost completely gone. He was sent into a foster home about two weeks ago and the foster family is going to adopt him! Joker loves being around people and other animals. His occasional leaking may or may not go away, but without the stones, he will no longer drip blood and will be able to live a much better life without the pain they were causing him!
In the photos, you will see Joker when he first arrived and was stained and dripping blood, as well as his first x-ray. Then you will see how happy he is in a home and around other dogs.
This grant is going straight to paying down a very high medical bill from VeCC.
This grant helps us greatly, especially since our public donations have decreased due to a large number of people being out of work. We have very high medical bills for some of our animals on top of basic foster-care costs.
Bear was taken in as a stray after Animal Control would not pick him up do to the Covid-19 crisis. He immediately started showing symptoms of parvo and needed to be rushed into our vets’ office. His case was so bad that he needed transport to the Emergency and Critical Care Center here in Las Vegas. He had six days of intensive care there, plus three days of parvo care at our regular vet. Bear is almost ready to get neutered, vaccinated and chipped and then will be placed on Petfinder for adoption once his six weeks of parvo shedding are finished.
We used the Kong products for kennel enrichment to keep the dogs entertained and to stimulate their senses, since they are cooped up a majority of the day in kennels.
The products helped give the dogs something to do and something to look forward to to break up the long days when they are unable to be in a home.
30+. The Kongs are re-usable and washable. They will help many more to come.
We have sent home Kongs with some dogs who have a bit of separation anxiety and struggle being crated when left alone. This applies to Lady, who has never been an only dog. Now she is in a foster home and thriving. The Kong has helped give her something to do when she’s alone.
The veterinary care for cats rescued from a hoarding case, The Valentine Project.
It eased some of the burden of raising money for this project, which has been overwhelming. The $1,000 has covered the TNR-ing of at least 10 of the feral cats at this location.
Valentine (first three photos), the poster child for this project, was adopted quickly. He was sickly at first but came around pretty quickly. He was one of the lucky ones. So far six of the “inside” kitties who lived in the house with all of the toxins had cancer. The total number of cats needing help is 40 and dogs, nine.
From Facebook: The Stray Love Foundation was contacted on Valentine’s Day about nine dogs, 30 cats, and dozens of kittens in a “compassion compulsion” (hoarding) situation.
With a rescue operation of this size, we chose to contact a couple of our partner groups, Safe Harbor and Baldwin Humane, for assistance. Thankfully, both organizations did not hesitate to help.
We’ve named this effort the “Valentine Project” because the man at the home involved lost his partner the day before Valentine’s Day.
Apparently the gentleman who passed away was the one who could not pass up an animal in need and now his partner, who is disabled and on crutches, must leave this home for the sake of his health.
It is one of the worst cases we have ever seen. This man is so sweet and so heartbroken. We did not want to hurt him any further by putting this fundraiser out there until he could move and be with family that could care for him. According to Steve Solomon with Safe Harbor, they got to the point where they just covered layers of old paper plates, trash and feces with cardboard to make paths so they could get through the house. There is no running water, so he had gallons and gallons of water delivered regularly.
The animals are fed, though many of the cats look emaciated and most have upper-respiratory infections, including the dogs, because of the VERY strong urine smell throughout the home.
Since some of the kitties are being TNR’d (the ones who cannot go into the adoption program), we will need to build a feeding station near the property and feed daily. The house will have to come down so we will make sure all animals are out and the house is sealed up before demolition.
We used the entirety of the grant to buy dog food for the dogs in our care. We have had a huge influx of young puppies, so we bought 100% puppy food.
It gave the puppies in our care a high-quality food to help them get a good start in life. Without the grant, we would have been forced to feed a low-quality diet and then not been able to supply the puppies with the best start they could get.
We currently have almost four dozen very underfed puppies in our care. They were puppies who were abandoned or surrendered and had received no care for the start of their lives. The quality dog food we were able to purchase for these puppies will make a huge difference in their recovery after their traumatic start in life. A copy of the receipt for the purchase of the food is attached hereto.