Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
We are so thankful to have received a COVID-19 emergency grant from the Petfinder Foundation. In Ohio, as in other states, we were on shelter-at-home orders in March and April, and thus our adoptions went to appointment-only and we had to temporarily close the store we run to sell products. We also could not attend or hold any adoption events to promote our rescue and our cats and dogs. Our adoption rate was down and, as adoptions are our primary source of income, we were concerned about paying rent, utilities, medical bills and for medication. The funds received went straight towards our rent, as the safety of all animals in our care is our first priority. Our monthly rent is $1,350.
The money was used to pay rent on our cage-free facility and permitted us to keep all 300 animals in our care, as well as those we house as they recover after surgery in our TNR program, safe and secure. The grant permitted us to divert funds to focus on kittens and moms, and we are now entering a new kitten season. We were able to pull puppies, moms and kittens from more troubled areas to central Ohio. We could also continue to do TNR in the community as it is so important to end the cycle of suffering.
Rye (first photo) is a black FIV+ cat who now resides, safe and cared for, in the FIV+ room at Colony Cats. As Colony Cats is a true no-kill shelter, we give all cats an opportunity to find a loving home, even those with FIV or FeLV. The FIV+ cats have there own room so it is less germy (ew!) and so their health can be more closely monitored. Rye is a total lovebug and just came to the center. He is currently available for adoption. You can meet him here.
To sponsor a subsidized adoption fee for an adult cat.
This grant made it possible for us to match a lonely, home-bound Navy veteran with a kitty at no cost.
Muffin was adopted thanks to the generous support of the Sponsor a Pet program!
Dog Kong toys
As part of our enrichment program, dogs receive sight, sound, and smell activities every day. Our staff and volunteers used the KONG products in several enrichment activities, including scent games and food puzzles. KONGs were stuffed with a variety of individually selected food items: canned wet food, kibble, vegetables, fruits, meat, broth, cheeses, peanut butter, and more.
We also use stuffed KONGs as part of our crate protocol, during moments of high activity (like a walking shift or public event), and when we need to examine select dogs.
Jango is one of the dogs that this grant benefited. Jango is the #1 lover of Kongs. They help with his playtime enrichment, and he also enjoys a peanut-butter snack before bedtime. Jango is still available for adoption and waiting for his forever home. You can meet him here.
We used the money to help pay for the medical tests we needed for a new paralyzed dog we took in to our rescue. We needed to do a full blood panel, urinalysis, vaccines and a general medical exam. He was given away in a laundry basket on a free site to a woman who realized he needed more care than she could manage. We stepped in and are taking it from there.
We are in the middle of Covid with more dogs coming in and less money than ever. We needed to get his base medical done to establish the care level he needs and what we need to do to provide it.
This helped a single dog, Winston.
Winston is a 7-year-old paralyzed dog who was posted on a few free sites. A woman took him in, only to realize his medical needs exceeded her capacity. She reached out for a rescue and we stepped in. With little to no funds coming in during Covid, we really were grateful to have some money to help fund his baseline blood and urine tests. We also needed to get him vaccinations and a general overall health assessment. We suspect he may need a wheel cart in his future now that we know more about him. He has a ways to go before he is available for adoption. We want to have him assessed by our neurochiropractor to see if he will be able to walk in the future. Once we have exhausted all chances to get him mobile, we will begin a search for his forever family!
The grant money was used for veterinary care for four of our shelter animals.
The COVID-19 pandemic necessitated the cancellation of two major fundraisers this year. As a shelter that relies 100 percent on donations, it was a financial blow. The Petfinder Foundation grant has allowed us to continue to give the pets at our shelter the health care they deserve.
Miranda (first photo) came from a tragic cat-hoarding situation in a nearby community. A local shelter, Feral City 4 Feral Kitties, helped to find a foster home for her. When she arrived at our shelter for permanent placement, she was taken to our veterinarian for a wellness check, microchipping, and treatment to clear up an ear condition. She was adopted immediately. The adoption occurred so quickly that we didn’t have time to put her profile on the Petfinder website.
Benny (second photo) is a 2-year-old pittie mix. He is sweet, playful, and a lovebug. He likes to be with his people. He is also good with other dogs. He does need a fenced yard to run in. He is not good with cats or small dogs. Dogs his size or larger, he is great with. You can meet Benny here.
This money was used towards the purchase of Frontline for the pets in our care.
We are a small shelter, so every penny helps provide the pets in our care with the necessary food and medical expenses.
The person who sponsored this pet is the new forever home for Sammy. He traveled a long way to adopt him and he has been working with him to become acclimated and they are getting along greatly! From his Petfinder profile: “Sammy was brought to us because his owner passed away. He was about 5 years old and is a neutered male. Sammy is leash trained and is good with children. He is good with other dogs and cats. Sammy has been kenneled and is used to a fenced in yard.”
The products were used for cats’ resting spots in the shelter.
This grant helped our organization provide comfortable resting spots for our cats and kittens. Approximately 40 of our cats have enjoyed the pet beds so far. Intakes were then halted due to COVID-19, and the majority of the cats have been adopted out except for our “sanctuary” cats. This was due to the inability of volunteers to come to the shelter to care for the cats. We look forward to hopefully resuming normal operations soon.
This is Mouse enjoying his new bed thanks to the Petfinder Foundation and P.L.A.Y., which awarded PATCH these lovely beds as part of a grant. Mouse is a very sweet little guy who was picked up from the streets of Passaic, N.J., along with brother Moose and sister Monkey. They were born to a feral mom who has since been TNR’d. Before coming to PATCH to be put up for adoption, the three M kittens were cared for and socialized by one of our volunteers. Happily, all three kittens are healthy and very well-adjusted. Mouse has already been adopted!!
$150 was used to pay for the adoption fee of our senior dog Noah.
This grant helped Noah find a forever home. He had some behavioral issues in previous homes resulting in his return to the haven, and he also needed to be the only dog in the home. These were challenges he was facing finding a home. Your grant allowed us to promote and show him with an incentive of a sponsored adoption fee. It took longer than we wanted, but I am happy to report he’s finally in his forever home!
One (and more because we have a kennel space open now to help more dogs)
Noah came to us in June 2019 from Texas. The vet estimated his age 8-10 at the time. He was extremely energetic for his age, we thought. His love for food was obvious and, after two adoptions and returns, it turned into a resource-guarding issue. He had minor trust issues too. After some extra TLC from staff and volunteers, and upping his meal intake, his issues were showing to be minimal to non-existent. It took time and patience, but we think he’s finally made it to his forever home, especially thanks to the Senior Pet Adoption Grant, because we were able to waive his adoption fees to his family. He has been settling in nicely as the only pet in his home and soaking up all the love and attention. We at the rescue miss him a lot, carrying around his stuffy toys everywhere, but are extremely happy to see him living his best life in a loving home.
To cover the cost of veterinarian services.
We were able to have one of the rescue dogs receive medical attention that was urgent.
Ghost is an 11-month-old Great Pyrenees who came into our rescue program. He could not see and walked blindly into things; he continually was bumping into things. He was crying in pain and would not open his eyes. We rushed him to our veterinarian and he is now being treated for ulcerations on the corneas of his eyes. We also discovered a huge mass on his head and we had that surgically removed while he was still under anesthesia for neutering. Today he went back for a recheck of his eyes and surgery sites. He will be made available for adoption when his eyes have healed and the veterinarian thinks he’s well enough to adopt. Ghost came into rescue filthy, matted, and full of thorns, foxtails, and other debris. He has since had a day of clipping and grooming and looks and smells wonderful! Thank you so much for helping us help him.
The money was used for intravenous fluids, rehabilitation therapy, laser therapy, femoral head and neck ostectomy surgery, and associated pain medications that go along with that procedure.
It helped to defray the significant cost of surgery and aftercare for this cat who came into the rescue in a very injured state, thereby saving money for the rescue to be allocated toward other pets.
Natasha has almost made a complete recovery and is about ready to be placed up for adoption. She came in from a car accident and could not move for about an entire week due to the pain and four pelvic fractures. They also found evidence of birdshot in her radiograph. We had to put her on gabapentin, a powerful morphine derivative, and a fentanyl patch while assist-feeding her and providing subcutaneous fluids twice daily for that entire week.
Natasha started walking around week three and using a normal litter box around week four. It took her nearly four whole weeks to reliably use the litter box due to the pain of assuming the posture needed to urinate or defecate. We provided calming music, birds on a television set, remote laser light and remote viewing to make sure she was recovering correctly, and more to ensure the best point of care.
After her four pelvic fractures healed following the car accident, we got her the FHO surgery she needed to remove the fractured femoral head, since having that left in could result in arthritis for the rest of her life. She still has a slight limp on week 7 of the recovery process, but her condition was really bad so it will take longer. She can now run and climb, working up to jumping. She loves to play with catnip bananas, trackball toys, the cat charmer, and more.
Natasha is currently in foster care for the remainder of her rehabilitation plan. She is being kept in a 150-square-foot room so structured exercise regimens can be followed without overexerting her at this point, until she has made a full recovery. Then she will go up for adoption, in about five weeks. She is a very sweet cat and loves to cuddle. She would never have had the privilege of having this procedure performed without the assistance of the emergency medical grant provided by the Petfinder Foundation.