A Shot at Life Vaccination Grant

Helping Hand Pet Rescue of West Virginia : A Shot at Life Vaccination Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We received 100 dog vaccines.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

We were able to help all the dogs currently in our care.

How many pets did this grant help?

100

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

We currently have a dog named Leo who came into our rescue with a broken leg. We were able to administer the vaccine before his surgery, helping save some on the vet bill. Later, after he was healed, he was able to find his forever home. The new adoptive parents were very impressed that he was in such a healthy condition and up-to-date on all vaccines.

The Center for Animal Health and Welfare: A Shot at Life Vaccination Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The canine DHPP vaccinations were used to vaccinate dogs upon intake as well as those due for re-vaccination. The vaccinations were also used for our low-cost on-site clinic as well as off-site vaccination clinics open to the public.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

This grant helped tremendously, as we did not need to purchase the vaccinations.

How many pets did this grant help?

500

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Gordon is a male shepherd/husky mix. He was found by a good samaritan running loose near a local bridge. Wet and dirty, it seemed as though he had been on the run for a while. Gordon was brought to The Center for Animal Health and Welfare, where he was evaluated by a vet. As a seemingly healthy dog, he was given his vaccinations upon intake, including DHPP, as his past medical history was unknown. No owners came looking for him and he was not microchipped. After being neutered, Gordon is now available for adoption and will no doubt find the furever home he deserves!

Vaccinations, including the DHPP vaccination for canines, are an important part of the intake process for each stray dog (or any dog not up-to-date) that comes into the shelter as well as an integral step in keeping the other dogs already in The Center’s care safe and free from illness as they wait patiently for adoption.

Dane County Humane Society: A Shot at Life Vaccination Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We received vaccines to vaccinate owned neighborhood dogs at one of our Community Dog Day events — free veterinary clinics — that took place in October 2014.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

As a proactive measure, we hold Community Dog Day events in neighborhoods where we see a high intake of dogs at our shelter. Our purpose is to reach out to dog owners in these neighborhoods to provide support in their pet ownerships, to help them keep their pets at home, to embark their pets on a path of good health by administering life-saving vaccines, to answer any questions and share information, and to encourage spaying and neutering and to take appointments. At these events, we also administer free microchips and hand out free gently used dog supplies, dog food, ID tags, and flea and tick applicators.

The responses from event participants confirmed that we did good at our event and helped them by providing access to veterinarians and to necessary vaccines. Most people expressed their concerns in keeping their pets healthy, and not always being able to achieve this goal because of financial challenges.

Statistically speaking, 47% of the dogs that arrived to the event had never previously received vaccinations or the owners were unsure; out of the 37 dogs that were not neutered, 26 of them signed up for spay/neuter appointments; and 33% had never previously seen a veterinarian.

By our holding these events and dispensing life-saving vaccines, people were reassured that the health and well-being of their pets received appropriate attention. Based on the turnout and responses, we feel made a positive impact in a neighborhood where we see a lot of dogs arriving to our shelter, mostly as strays.

How many pets did this grant help?

52 dogs

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

We met many wonderful dog owners who love their canine companions and family members. About midway through the event, a woman approached our check-in table with a huge pit bull terrier on a belt. She had real difficulty handling the dog, who was pulling excessively. Behind her arrived her son with two more pit bull terriers. The dogs seemed under-socialized and overly excited being at the event, so we quickly escorted them to a room we had set aside for dogs that might not be comfortable in the environment. Volunteers quickly went to retrieve dog supplies that the owners didn’t have. They made up three “gift bags,” one for each dog, containing collars, leashes, harnesses, toys, and dog food. Meanwhile, one of the veterinarians was summoned to meet the dogs and eventually administer the vaccines. At first, the dogs were overly excited and expressed their excitement in loud barking and lunges at the end of their makeshift leashes. With the patience and kindness of the volunteers and the veterinarian, the vaccines were administered and by the end of their stay, all three dogs were doing beautiful “sits” for treats. It was very satisfying to help the dogs embark on a path of good health by being able to give them life-saving vaccines, as well as to be given an opportunity to provide their owners with tools to help manage their dogs a little better.

We also met Atlas, who proudly introduced us to his little terrier mix named Roger. Roger survived Hurricane Katrina and Atlas had adopted him to give him a new home in Madison, WI. Roger was a happy little fellow and he and his owner waited patiently for their turn to see the volunteer veterinarian. Atlas was proud of rescuing Roger and being able to give him a new life.

Alisa and her Chihuahua, Sweet Pea, were one of the first families in line. Alisa had had Sweet Pea for about two weeks. She had gotten her from a neighbor and didn’t know her full history. Alisa said that she came to our event to use every resource that she could get. “Not everyone has money and this way we can make sure she is healthy,” said Alisa.

Jose Guerrero brought his 3-year-old Maltese, Lulu, for the “whole package.” He’d gotten her vaccines, a microchip, flea and tick control, a brief medical check-up and signed her up for a spay surgery. Jose said that he thought our event was good for the dogs and good for the community.

Cooper's Chance Animal Rescue: A Shot at Life Vaccination Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Vaccinations of rescued pets

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

Provided our rescued pets with vaccinations they needed to be adopted and live happy, healthy lives. The vaccinations helped us reduce vetting costs, and gave us the means to ensure our rescued pets were healthy.

How many pets did this grant help?

100

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Tucker, only 7 weeks old, was rescued from a rural field with his three siblings on Christmas Day. Tucker was injured, with a large gash on his thigh that required surgery and stitches. With this grant, we could give all four puppies their series of puppy booster shots without worrying about the cost or having to wait until funds were raised. Thank you!

Hanover Humane Society: A Shot at Life Vaccination Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The vaccines were administered to dogs that are/were in our adoptions program.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

We were able to use the vaccines provided when vaccinating our dogs/puppies rather than buying them. This grant allowed us to ensure our animals are fully vaccinated and use our funds for other purposes such as food and veterinary care.

How many pets did this grant help?

A total of 116 animals received vaccines, but some animals received mutliple vaccines.

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Champion, a 2-year-old male Rottweiler, entered our program because his owner committed suicide. Unfortunately, no one in the home was in a position to care for Champion so they appealed to Hanover Humane for help. Champion, an intact male, was very protective of his yard/family and was not vaccinated, on heartworm preventative, etc. After a lengthy introduction, our volunteers were able load Champion into a crate and take him to our facility. Champion’s socialization was a lengthy process which was complicated by his lack of English. Champion, who only responded to Spanish voice commands, was very unhappy and fearful. Had Champion gone to a pound following his owner’s death, he certainly would have been euthanized. Champion was a project, as we had to handle his sterilization, vaccinations, heartworm testing, etc. while trying to socialize him. Champion stayed with us for many months; during that time, one of our dedicated volunteers worked with him daily. Ultimately, we were able to recently place Champion in a forever home with a wonderful family. Champion lives with his new family and a female Rottweiler, and we receive emails, etc., from his new family so we know he’s happy and doing well.

The Simon Foundation: A Shot at Life Vaccination Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Received DA2PP vaccines for dogs

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

Ensured rescued dogs were properly vaccinated upon arrival at our shelter and while under our care until they are adopted.

How many pets did this grant help?

54 dogs

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

When I first met Truffles, she was sitting in a kiddie pool in a barn in Ohio. As the other dogs ran around seeking attention, this little dog sat quietly and watched the commotion. There was something about her that I couldn’t resist and I went and sat in the pool with her. She quietly crawled into my lap and melted my heart. Truffles made the trip back with me to The Simon Foundation facility in Bloomfield, CT. She received her vaccines, was spayed and received the love and comfort she needed to feel safe and secure. Truffles has recently been adopted and is doing fantastic with her new family. They love her and tell us she is such a joy. This is just one of over 500 such stories of the dogs and cats that come through our foundation to find loving forever homes.

Humane Society of El Paso: A Shot at Life Vaccination Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Donated vaccines were used to support immunizations for pets being cared for in the agency foster-pet program.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

It helped the agency save money on vaccination costs.

How many pets did this grant help?

Approximately 150

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Amadeus was one of the pets that received donated vaccinations from the product grant. He was found by the side of the road in a rural area, starving, eaten up by flies, maggots crawling out of wounds he received, one leg broken off, his tail broken off. He could not walk; he could barely hold his head up, he was so weak. The emergency veterinarian said he was approximately 10 months old and he weighed only 16 pounds. He gave the little guy a 50% chance of survival. Dr. Giles gave him a blood transfusion, IV fluids, deworming medications and antibiotics. Three days later, Amadeus was released to a caring foster home, where he received the loving, nurturing care he needed. Several months later, after having his broken leg amputated, his tail amputated and regaining his health and well-being, he was cleared for adoption. Here is a picture of him at intake, and two from his happy adoption day.

Arkansas Rescuing Unwanted Furry Friends: A Shot at Life Vaccination Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Our organization received 12 trays of 5-in-1 puppy shots in September, and as of today, we have 1/4 of a tray left, or six puppy shots. These so-much-appreciated puppy shots were used to save the lives of 168 puppies so far!

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

We were able to save so many more puppies than we could have normally thanks to this awesome grant from the Petfinder Foundation! We normally pay over $100 for one tray of shots. This grant saved us well over $1,200! This has also allowed us to save extra money in our rescue fund for the sole purpose of purchasing more trays of shots.

We saved 118 puppies from three different [open-admission] shelters, plus 50 puppies that had been dumped and left to die. These babies would never have had a chance to get out if we had not had the resources to help them. Thanks to this grant from the Petfinder Foundation, we used the puppy shots provided to us and subsequently were able to use the money saved to purchase needed medications, ensuring that all were 100% protected from viruses and diseases that are so rampant here in Arkansas.

Our rescue protocol includes spay/neuter, age-appropriate shots, deworming, cocchidia and giardia preventative, flea, tick, mite and heartworm preventative, and heartworm tests if the puppies are over 6 months of age. Adoption donations do not provide the money to cover the costs we incur. Thank you so much, Petfinder Foundation, for your generosity, your help, and everything you do to help rescues like us help the voiceless ones.

How many pets did this grant help?

This grant helped 168 puppies that are 6 months old and younger.

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

I would really like to tell the story of the “Dardanelle Puppies” because they were the first rescued souls that received the puppy shots that the Petfinder Foundation so graciously provided. These babies came from horrible living conditions. The owners live in poverty, as so many people in Arkansas do, and the poor Momma dog was tied to a chain in an unfenced area. She had 10 sweet babies and, thank God, every one of them made it! She raised them the best she could, but they were outside in the 95-degree weather every day of their lives. They lived in dirt. Food and water were not provided to her regularly, but she made sure those babies ate.

ARRUFF was contacted by a rescue friend in that area; she told me their plight and there was no way we could not help these sweet lives. We agreed to take them into foster. The “10-pack” came to my home on September 29, 2014. Good GOSH they were all so CUTE, as all puppies are, but almost every one of them had bald spots on their heads, legs, stomachs, backs — quarter-sized and bigger. Their birthdate, we learned, was June 23, so these babies were already 13 weeks old!

They were immediately taken to our local veterinarian, who diagnosed the bald spots as possible ringworm, and advised that we use tolnaftate, an ingredient contained in Tinactin, an anti-fungal spray found anywhere. They were also wormed and given their first set of puppy shots, as we had none on hand at that time.

Three weeks went by and the antifungal spray was working its magic! The babies were growing, playing, and just so happy and healthy. We had received our trays of shots from the Petfinder Foundation by this time, so they were given their second set of shots, and they were the first babies helped by this awesome grant.

We had listed them on Petfinder.com and people were going CRAZY wanting to adopt these beautiful souls 🙂 We told them the circumstances, and that we preferred to wait and give them their third set of shots before they traveled to their new homes. After receiving a third shot, each and every one of these babies went to the most wonderful homes possible 🙂

Ten babies that came from hellish conditions are now ALL living in homes like we will never walk into. This is our wish for every dog we rescue. I just wish they would adopt me too!

Thank you, Petfinder Foundation and Petfinder.com. The pictures say it all! I only wish I could attach more! Your graciousness, your generosity, the ability you provide for us to list pets for adoption on Petfinder.com, and the one-on-one help that you have provided to us during the past 11 years is why we will always support you, believe in you, and will always appreciate you.

Thank you from the “Dardanelle Puppies” as well!

Recycled Pomeranians and Schipperkes Rescue: A Shot at Life Vaccination Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We used the vaccinations to vaccinate all of our incoming dogs to date. It has been great to vaccinate them as soon as they come in and not have to wait until they are seen at the vet’s office.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

We are able to quickly and much more efficiently vaccinate the dogs in our care. Because of this grant, we saved about $1,700 so far. That is enough to fully vet several dogs! We have been able to save several more additional dogs because of the money saved so far on the vaccinations received in this grant.

How many pets did this grant help?

So far about 100.

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

We had a round of dogs come in from a horrible situation all at once, and of course they came in on a Friday night. We were able to at least DHPP-vaccinate them at soon as we got them to get them started on their way to a healthier life. It helps us to know that they are already getting the care they deserve as soon as they walk in the door. These poor kiddos were living in a barn before coming to us; we aren’t sure of the whole story. Our understanding is the owner passed away and whoever had them just couldn’t afford to care for them. So they had been living out in a barn, malnourished and under cared-for. One of the dogs, Wicket, has chronic dry eyes that were going untreated. She was in pre-pyrometrea when we went to spay her; good thing we did when we did — she might have died. Another of the poms, Poppy, had horrible eye allergies that were being ignored, probably from the hay she was living in, but she was otherwise healthy. Another girl, Nani, ended up with some sort of tick-like blood disease that almost killed her when she was spayed and had a dental. Then there’s Pierre; he was a toy Poodle who was seemingly in good health despite the awful grooming condition he was in. He just recently passed away after being adopted, most likely from a brain tumor. However, he got to live out the rest of his life happy and well cared for in a warm bed. We just didn’t find the tumor in time; we only had him for a few short weeks. 🙁

Animal Shelter of Pell City, Inc.: A Shot at Life Vaccination Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The 500 doses of Naramune and DuraMax were used to treat dogs and puppies being readied for possible adoption. We do not adopt out canines until they are old enough to be spayed or neutered. We vaccinate for everything needed for the age of each animal so we have to spend a lot of money on meds. Your products helped protect our dogs and puppies from disease while our volunteers were trying to find homes for them.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

ASPCI functions as the impoundment facility for our county as well as a shelter where owners can surrender pets they are unable to keep. We know nothing about the medical history of the 2,500-plus animals we get each year from animal control officers. These medications were essential in controlling infectious diseases in the dogs and puppies being held in hopes of finding new homes. We have to spend a lot of money on vaccines and medications to maintain a healthy shelter population. These vaccines lasted over two months and helped immeasurably in controlling our costs and, more importantly, keeping our animals healthy.

How many pets did this grant help?

Approximately 195 dogs and puppies.

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Brimer was a 3-year-old black pug mix. The staff fell in love with her wonderful disposition. After being vaccinated, heartworm-tested and spayed, she was adopted by a family who already had three dogs. They just could not resist her charm. Pinky was three months old when brought to the shelter. After two rounds of vaccines, she was able to be made available for adoption and was quickly taken home by a family with a little girl who fell in love with her. Patricia was a beagle mix only one month old when she came to us. After being vaccinated and tested, she was placed on the adoption floor. A wonderful family looking for a companion for their other dog picked her at first sight, found that she got along fine with the resident dog, and took her home.