Capital Improvement Grant

Cache Humane Society: Capital Improvement Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The metal ceiling in our 3,000-square-foot Bow Wow Boulevard wasn’t designed to keep our dogs cozy and comfortable through northern Utah’s cold winters and hot summers. The barking contributed to anxiety and our adopters’ experiences were often stressful.

Support from the Petfinder Foundation allowed us to install an insulated, sound-absorbing ceiling below the cold, hard metal roof.

Our dogs have already noticed a difference; barking and stress have been significantly reduced. Our adopters are noticing that Bow Wow Boulevard is still a great place to come look at dogs, even as the temperatures outside drop.

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

Support from the Petfinder Foundation helped us improve our aging shelter to provide a healthier and happier stay for our shelter pets. The new ceiling in Bow Wow Boulevard replaces the original metal ceiling that was hot in summer and cold in winter. The metal reflected noise and contributed to shelter stress and an unpleasant adopter experience.

Our new ceiling provides insulation, sound absorption, and a better experience for shelter pets and people.

How many pets did this grant help?

2,000

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

Daisy is jumping for joy in her new and improved temporary home. As one of our longer-staying residents, we want her time with us to be safe and fun. She gets daily walks around our play yard, social time with her fellow canines, and now she comes back to her bed and toys in a warmer, quieter kennel. Thank you, Petfinder Foundation!
Learn more about Daisy here.

Humane Society of Central Illinois: Capital Improvement Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Water heater replacement project. Grant funds plus funds raised by HSCI were used to replace two old water heaters. Larger water heaters were installed to provide adequate hot water for the shelter.

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

Having adequate hot water to clean and sanitize the shelter reduces the chances of spreading germs and disease. It also provides a cleaner environment so that the shelter is a place that people want to come to adopt animals.

How many pets did this grant help?

More than 800 annually

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

Hello everybody! My name is Sonny and I am a 3-year-old male cat. I am very sociable and outgoing fella who loves to talk to anyone that says hi to me. I don’t like other cats at all and I am not too fond of dogs either. I can be a little moody and want my space, especially if I’m eating.

I am waiting patiently to find just the right family to adopt me. As I am waiting, the staff at HSCI takes very good care of me. They clean my habitat every day and scrub the floor. The water they used was cold because the old water heaters could not provide enough hot water for the facility.

Thanks in part to a grant from Petfinder Foundation, we now have new water heaters that provide enough hot water for the staff to clean, which helps me stay healthy. You can meet Sonny here.

Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS): Capital Improvement Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Our Petfinder Foundation Capital Improvement Grant was used to purchase new, state-of-the-art cat condos for our shelter facility, where we care for our most vulnerable rescued animals before they become available for adoption, including those who are suffering from injury or illness. Each condo in the improved cattery features proper space for stretching and lounging, a shelf for perching, separate food and litter-box spaces, and portals between cages for cats to socialize when appropriate. Our cats are already so much more comfortable!

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

Our improved cat condos offer many documented benefits for shelter cats. They reduce the cats’ stress levels, which in turn keeps them healthier, as stress is a trigger for illness. They facilitate more thorough disinfecting by shelter staff, which limits the spread of disease. The added space each cat can enjoy also makes it easier for staff and volunteers to evaluate their behavior and personalities to make quality adoptive matches.

Matchmaking is at the heart of what we do, and a low-stress environment where cats’ true selves can emerge is key to making excellent, lifetime placements. When cats are moved from our main shelter to an adoption location, they arrive less stressed and more behaviorally balanced, setting them up for immediate success in greeting and connecting with adopters.

These improvements especially benefit some of the most vulnerable cat populations we save, including stressed and shy cats, giving them a chance to relax and adjust, as well as those who are non-social with other cats.

High-quality individual condo units enable us to safely accommodate cats with communicable conditions — those whose lives depend on our capacity to rescue them — while maximizing their quality of life during their stay with us. The units also act as temporary housing for healthy cats who are waiting for space to open at one of our adoption locations, ensuring a smooth flow of adoption-ready cats through our matchmaking program. Taken together, these factors result in reduced overall lengths of stay for the cats we rescue, enabling us to save more of those who need us.

How many pets did this grant help?

Almost every cat we rescue spends time in our main shelter’s general cat-housing room at some point, so these upgraded cat condos will improve the lives of at least 2,500 cats this year alone. We expect the condos to have a long life, housing tens of thousands of stray and surrendered cats as part of our mission to make Philadelphia a no-kill city.

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

Mushu (first photo) is a sweet senior cat whom we rescued from the city shelter in order to diagnose and treat his variety of medical issues. It was clear he had a long road ahead of him as we worked to find the cause of his stomach upset and emaciation.

Due to the extensive care and monitoring Mushu needs, including surgery to remove a mass in his stomach, his stay at the shelter has been much longer than most. The upgraded cat condos make a tremendous difference in his quality of life, giving him more room to stretch, move around, and comfortably rest. In addition, having a separate space for a full-sized litter box is vital to his well-being because of his chronic joint inflammation. Mushu is finally nearing the end of his treatment and recovery, and will find a forever home soon.

Cute and cuddly Thor (second photo) came to PAWS as a stray, and he stayed in our new cat condos while we attempted to reunite him with his owner. Although that reunion turned out not to be possible, Thor charmed us with his sweet disposition, and he quickly found a loving adopter.

Life on the street and in a shelter can be stressful for cats, so being able to offer them ample space to decompress and come out of their shells at their own pace is invaluable. It offers safety, security, and comfort to cats when they need it most, and allows our staff to see who they truly are as we work to match them with ideal forever homes.

Great River Rescue: Capital Improvement Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The funds from the Petfinder Foundation were used to pay off a bank loan which was taken out to remodel our shelter. The remodel involved dividing up our large dog room into three spaces: a visitation room, an exam room, and a smaller dog-kennel room.

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

This grant helped tremendously. First, it alleviated the fundraising pressure to cover the full cost of the remodel, allowing us to focus on the quality care of the pets. The remodel, although not a huge project, made a lot of positive differences for us.

Our new visitation room not only makes the building more inviting to our guests, but safer. We now have extra space to facilitate visits, and we don’t have to bring dogs through our lobby for every visit.

The exam room has also been a great addition. This dedicated space is quiet and contains all the medical supplies and equipment we need for intake exams.

Finally, we continue to be blessed to have a second dog-kennel room to split up dogs when they aren’t comfortable in the larger room with some of the other dogs. The new dog-kennel room also enhances safety because we can easily lock that section so visitors can’t view those dogs if we have any concerns.

How many pets did this grant help?

Difficult to say! It helps every animal that comes through our doors. We care for about 400 animals per year.

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

Rockie (first photo) and Wyatt (second photo) came to our shelter together from someone who was without a home. Both had been through a lot in the previous months, living out of a van. At first, Rockie and Wyatt were put together with the general population in our larger dog-kennel room. However, we noticed a lot of vocalization from them and other signs of anxiety and stress. We moved them to the newly renovated small dog-kennel room, where they immediately showed improvement with their behaviors. Both Rockie and Wyatt are vocalizing less and appear more comfortable in their surroundings. Neither dog has been adopted yet, but we know it is just a matter of time for them to find the right homes.

You can meet Rockie here.

You can meet Wyatt here.

Highland Lakes Canine Rescue: Capital Improvement Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

100% of the generous grant money was used to upgrade insulation of our dog kennel building. As we described in the grant application, the vinyl-batt insulation we previously had in place was not sufficient for our building type and Central Texas climate. The insulation was covered with expanding foam for increased energy efficiency by a local installation company as described in the quote.

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

We anticipate a significant increase in energy efficiency as a result of the upgraded insulation, which should save hundreds of dollars each month and will also prolong the life of the existing HVAC equipment, providing additional monetary savings long-term. Because we are a non-profit, this is money that will be spent on food and medical expenses for our rescued dogs, increasing our ability to save more lives by taking in and adopting out additional dogs to families in the community.

This insulation project will also directly increase the comfort of the 250 dogs we rescue each year, six staff members, and 100 community volunteers who live or work in the kennel building every year. After only a few days with the new insulation, we have already noticed how much more quickly the A/C is able to cool the kennel area and keep it cool.

How many pets did this grant help?

250

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

Of the 250 dogs per year who live in our kennel building while seeking their forever homes, Flash is probably the biggest and furriest and will be helped greatly by the insulation project!

Flash is a 5-year-old, 85-lb. Newfoundland whom we took in from a chaotic local shelter. He is already enjoying the calmer environment, daily walks, and attention from our staff and volunteers inside the newly insulated and cooler shelter building.

He is a perfect example of why we are known as “one special place” due to our focus on helping hard-to-place dogs and getting them ready for adoption into their forever homes. He is still available for adoption. You can meet Flash here.

Dogs Forever: Capital Improvement Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money was used to purchase a HVAC system for our secondary building where some of our dogs are kept.

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

This grant has helped keep the dogs in our care cool during our hot summer months. It has also helped with our electrical bills since we have to run fewer floor fans to circulate the air from a single window A/C unit like before. Saving money on electrical bills frees up more money to spend on caring for our dogs.

How many pets did this grant help?

1-2

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

This has specifically helped a dog named Scarlett, who is the queen of that secondary building. She gets hot very easily and the new HVAC system keeps the temperature in her building very comfortable for her and whoever her roommate or roommates are. Scarlett is still looking for her forever home. You can meet Scarlett here.

The Blind Spot Animal Sanctuary: Capital Improvement Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Barn! We originally applied to purchase a small building/barn for our goat herd; however, with the generous support of the Petfinder Foundation and additionally raised funds, BSAS was able to purchase a much larger barn that will make a much bigger impact in the lives of countless farm animals. The new barn will provide safety to horses, alpacas, and goats! We are just waiting for delivery and installation.

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

Receiving this grant from the Petfinder Foundation was an absolute blessing! With your assistance, we were able to put down a deposit for a much larger barn than originally planned. Instead of just buying a small structure to house goats, BSAS was able to put down a deposit for an entire barn that will make a much, much bigger impact for farm animals in need. Your grant allowed us to put down a deposit for a barn that will have eight stalls and will be ready just in time for winter.

We can’t thank you enough for supporting our lifesaving mission! Farm animals are often overlooked and left behind, but the Petfinder Foundation showed the world that they matter! For that, we thank you! We cannot wait to show you the new barn. We are expecting delivery in about three weeks. We will take photos and share updates.

How many pets did this grant help?

Close to 18 large animals, and many more in the future!

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

Pebbles (first four photos) came to BSAS with an infected wound. She had, sadly, broken her back leg, which required amputation. As the surgery site got infected, Pebbles needed to be seen by North Carolina State veterinarians and required expensive diagnostics. Pebbles was surrendered to BSAS so that she would have a chance at a healthy life. We admitted her and rushed immediately to N.C. State Vet School, where the vet team performed necessary diagnostics and wound treatments.

Today Pebbles is healthy and adoptable. Best of all, she may have found a forever home! Disabled animals are just as worthy!