Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
Vaccinations, heartworm testing and flea and tick treatment
This grant helped cover the cost of Oden’s medical needs, which made it possible to help another dog.
Oden was completely vetted when adopted, which was made possible by this Sponsor a Pet grant. From his Petfinder profile: “Hi, my name is Oden. I am a 1-year-old neutered male mastiff/Great Dane mix. My owner was evicted from her home and decided it would be better to allow me to find a stable home while she figures things out. So I am looking for an indoor home where I have plenty of room. A fenced yard is a must because I love to go out a few times a day and just run. I have been around a few dogs and seemed fine with them, so if you have another big dog in your home, I might be a perfect friend for your dog. I am house-trained and I love everyone. I am over 100 lbs. so small children might not be the best idea, as I’m young and sometimes don’t realize how big I am. I am a gentle giant and I think I am just a baby. I have learned to do pretty well on a leash and I am very obedient for the most part too.”
Spay, FELV-FIV tests and vaccinations
By receiving this grant, we were able to spay another cat.
This Sponsor a Pet grant made it possible for Gracie to be spayed, tested and vaccinated before being adopted. From her Petfinder profile: “Gracie has a beautiful, soft silver-grey coat and we believe she is between 1-2 years old. She was hanging around a home where she was being cared for, but because of allergies, they could not keep her. Gracie was recently spayed and tested and received all vaccinations and is ready to start her new life in a loving home. She is not really fond of the other cats but is very affectionate to people.”
The Petfinder Foundation made a generous donation to Stray Hearts to support our efforts during this Covid-19 pandemic.
One of our top priorities is keeping our staff healthy and employed so we don’t lose their experience, skills and knowledge. We are taking advantage of the shutdown by implementing a new program to benefit feral, shy and under-socialized dogs. The staff is going through online training and soon will receive hands-on training; when our volunteers return, they’ll do the same. (The shelter is currently closed to volunteers due to the shelter-in-place order.)
One dog in particular is benefiting already. Cassie is one of the dogs who was in the pack at Smith’s Grocery Store a few months ago. She’s spending time in the office and being hand-fed while she learns to trust people. She’s a gentle dog who follows everyone around but she’s still nervous about being touched. When she’s ready to be adopted, she’s sure to find a loving home because Cassie is a loving dog who’s just afraid.
Thanks, Petfinder Foundation!
Thank you so much for your support. Your grant was used directly for our veterinary costs for the dogs that we rescue.
We were able to give all needed vaccinations, microchipping and spaying to a wonderful little Jack Russell terrier in order to get her adopted. We were able to do blood tests on an older hound and get him started on needed insulin.
This grant helped with two pets.
Tippy came to us after we found out her owner had moved away and left her outside in a kennel. She had hundreds of ticks on her, had intestinal worms, and needed medicine and vaccinations. With the grant money, we were able to give her the needed medications and vaccinations and spay her so she was ready for adoption. She was recently adopted to a wonderful family.
The money was used for the purchase of more expensive food, as our local store has been sold out since early April. (A purchase receipt is available.)
This grant provided food for all 65 of our rescued boxers. We are closed to adoptions right now because of Covid19 restrictions that affect home visits.
Unclaimed shelter stray Fruity was picked up with siblings Tooty and Rooty on March 13, 2020. She was such a very nice girl, good with all people and dogs. On intake, she was found to have a tick infestation and an upper-respiratory infection. She and her siblings were staying in our kennel while awaiting a foster home. At the beginning of the Covid-19 madness, local retailers were wiped out of dog food and we were struggling to find food for them. We were able to source food for our kennel pups through an online retailer, but at a much higher cost than we usually pay. The Petfinder Foundation grant helped us offset these higher costs, but bigger than that was the general relief felt by the rescue to have the support of the Foundation during this crisis. The grant provided for our pups at a time when we can’t raise money and eased the fear that is surrounding all rescues right now.
The money will go towards spaying/neutering our shelter animals before they go to their forever homes.
It helps keep our pets happy and healthy until they can be adopted in to their forever homes.
Gordita was only 8 weeks old when someone dumped her at our local Harley Davidson store. After five days, no one claimed this little sweetie, so she was spayed and put up for adoption. It didn’t take her long to pick her new best friend.
The grant helped find home for a wonderful large 9-year-old blind dog named Jax. He is pretty healthy in general but he can only have prescription food. Four times people tried to foster/adopt him, but four times he was returned to the rescue within the first few days. Finally he got adopted by Cecilia Plunkett, a patient, kind and caring person. She will be using the grant for his medical needs and especially for expensive Royal Canin special-diet prescription food.
I don’t think Jax would have been adopted if we had not had the grant to help with his medical needs.
One senior dog
Jax’s adopter, Cecilia, wrote this: “I feel so fortunate to have found my forever friend! Jax finally came into my life after a couple of setbacks, but he was totally worth the wait. He is so calm and happy, which fills my heart. He is teaching me how to relax and breathe deeper, to enjoy the little things in life, and to listen to the birds sing in the morning as we walk along the babbling creek that we take long walks along daily. Jax’s happiness is contagious, as all who meet him just smile at him. I’m not sure who rescued whom. Thank you for letting me be a part of your family of people who wish to rescue animals in need of love.”
The grant awarded was used for veterinary care for outsourcing health certificates and emergency care due to the closing of our veterinarian of record. This allowed us to continue to adopt out the animals in our care and follow Department of Agriculture and State regulations that all animals adopted must have a health certificate.
We had several emergency vet visits, saving the lives of pregnant mama dogs in labor, allowing puppies to be placed in adoptive homes, and not having to hold them in the kennels for longer than necessary.
Among puppies and kittens that had to get health certificates at outside locations, this is an example of one of our emergency situations where we had to outsource to a different vet: This is mama Marlee and her two surviving puppies. She ended up with a life-threatening internal infection and had to be rushed to the vet for an emergency C-section. (This was NOT an easy task, as three vet offices would not or could not help, or were closed because they had given up all their supplies to hospitals.)
The vet who was found that could help was an hour away. The vet thought all the babies would be dead and that we might also lose mama Marlee. With a very attentive foster mom, Marlee’s life and two of her wee ones’ lives were saved, and they are now on meds and being closely being monitored.
Medical care such as flea/tick preventative, heartworm testing, and vaccinations
Assisted with medical care for the adoptions
Bessie came into the shelter with severe mastitis so the monies were used to provide additional medical for her care. She has now been adopted by her foster family!
Kong toys used for dog enrichment. We would stuff the toys with treats, food, and peanut butter and then freeze them. This gave the dogs an extra challenge to keep them entertained during their down time.
This grant helped provide much-needed mental stimulation for the dogs in our care. Keeping their minds engaged helped keep them calm in their rooms while potential adopters viewed them
We had seven dogs at the time the Kongs were delivered.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, we adopted out all but one of our dogs. This dog received one to two Kongs stuffed with various foods and treats every day to help stave off the boredom from being in a kennel most of the day. He has since stopped jumping up on the staff and reduced the amount of playful nipping he does.