Disaster Grant

Citizens for the Animals of Midland Odessa: Disaster Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We took in 12 dogs and a kitten during Hurricane Laura. We thought we would be asked to take in more, but of the animals we did take, only four were young and healthy. Three of the dogs are heartworm-positive, and one is diabetic and heartworm-positive.

One of the dogs is a senior, has a stage-5 heart murmur, and will need a dental after he heals from his neuter. He was not doing well under anesthesia, so we have to wait and do his dental at a later date.

The kitten we rescued was found lying in a pool of water on a road. He is FELV+. We will re-test him in three months to see if it’s a true positive result.

Dory, the heartworm-positive and diabetic dog, has been stabilized. We purchased two Libre sensors to let us regulate her insulin. At 4.5 lbs., she is very delicate.

Three of the dogs came from a terrible hoarding situation. The wife was a breeder and died three years ago. The husband was living in the house and had a heart attack during the hurricane. The dogs were discovered having lived in urine and feces for years. The home was damaged by the hurricane; luckily for the dogs, the hurricane actually saved their lives.

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

With the money we received, we were able to pay for some of their expenses. Red, Thelma Ann, Louise Kay, and Dory are all heartworm-positive and will be undergoing heartworm treatment. We were able to buy meds and supplies for Dory’s diabetes. The three shih tzus were completely vetted and had dentals, and they all had various eye issues. Meadow, one of the females, had to have an eye removed due to glaucoma.

How many pets did this grant help?

13

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

Louise Kay and Thelma Ann are a bonded pair of Yorkie/dachshund mixes. They were surrendered to the Corrine T. Smith Animal Center in Brownwood, TX, by their rescue, Sweetie Pups in Winnie, TX, when Sweetie Pups was in the path of Hurricane Laura. The dogs have been fully vetted and received a full-panel blood work and dentals. They will receive fast-kill heartworm treatment, as their 30 days of meds prior to the treatment has just passed. Their adopter is willing to get them through the treatment.

Ayla's Acres No-Kill Animal Rescue, Inc.: Disaster Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Ayla’s Acres No-Kill Animal Rescue, Inc. (Ayla’s Acres) was severely impacted by Hurricane Irma in 2017. Saint Augustine flooded. The thrift shop used to support our animals with vet care, food, for those in foster care as well as provide the same for our animals at our Sanctuary, had three feet of water when the hurricane left. The $1,000 awarded by the Petfinder Foundation was used to provide vet care and food for some of the animals we had placed in foster homes and to provide food and vet care for animals at our sanctuary.

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

This grant was a huge help in helping our animals during a time when a community faced a natural disaster. Animals in our care still needed to be fed and vetted so they could find their forever homes. Our Thrift Shop provides our largest source of funding, and with it being closed, the grant from the Petfinder Foundation helped with necessities.

How many pets did this grant help?

The grant helped 20 dogs and 15 cats with food as well as vet care for 2 dogs.

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

Louie was a 7-year old terrier mix who had been surrendered by his owners and placed in foster care. Louie needed all his vaccinations, a heartworm check, and flea medication in order to be placed in a forever home. The Disaster Grant from Petfinder helped pay for Louie’s vetting and he has since been adopted.

Arabian Rescue Mission, Inc.: Disaster Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Repair barn due to hurricane damage

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

This helped with rebuilding our damaged barn and gave us back 10 stalls for shelter for our horses.

How many pets did this grant help?

10

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

On June 26, 2019, a tornado hit our Kentucky farm, causing major damage to our back barn, the roof of the front barn, trailers, and fencing, and minor house damage. We had 10 stalls that needed an entire new roof, electric, and supports. Funds from this grant covered the deductible on the insurance policy and damages not covered by the insurance.

Juuri (the white horse pictured) was one of the horses housed in the barn that was damaged. He was adopted in December. Dan (the brown horse) was a horse whom we would not have been able to help had we not had all our stalls available. He came in November, spent the winter with us in his cozy stall at night and was adopted in February of this year.

Berkeley-East Bay Humane Society: Disaster Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Kincade Fire broke out on Oct. 23, 2019, and burned 77,758 acres in Sonoma County, Calif., over the subsequent two weeks. There were widespread power outages and nearly 200,000 people were evacuated. Berkeley Humane transported 14 shelter animals from Marin Humane to our shelter in Berkeley to free up space in Marin for evacuated animals. The animals transported were 13 cats (Asha, Biscotti, Empress, Gordon, Huckleberry, Jasper, Julie, Marty McFly, Poppy, Prudence, Puff, Sierra, and Terra) and one dog (Chandler). These animals included a blind cat, a cat with an undetermined crystalized mass, multiple cats with skin conditions, and a dog with a mass, dental disease, and skin disease. By transporting these animals, we freed up space at Marin Humane for evacuated animals.

Seven of the cats and the dog were seniors and, as such, required more intensive care. Funding from the Petfinder Foundation was used to provide medical care and boarding for these pets until they were adopted. Fortunately, all pets have been adopted.

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

This grant provided vital resources to allow us to support Marin Humane as they were serving evacuees by providing boarding for their animals. This grant defrayed the costs of transporting 14 animals to our shelter, out of harm’s way from the Kincade Fire.

How many pets did this grant help?

14

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

We didn’t know how long Chandler had been a stray before arriving at Marin Humane and then being transported to our hospital; all we knew was that this sweet senior dog had significant medical needs and needed a second chance at a new life — and we were determined to make that happen.

If you say any kind word to Chandler, his squinty smile takes over his entire face and you can’t help but smile back! He is an adorable big ball of love, but this sweet disposition masked his severe skin condition, advanced dental disease and, most concerning, a mass on his abdomen that required urgent surgery. Thanks to the Petfinder Foundation, Chandler received the surgeries he needed, and after he recovered, he was adopted by a loving family. They renamed him Churro, and report that he loves meeting new dogs and cuddling with his family.

Bunny World Foundation: Disaster Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

To cover medical bills of the rabbits who had to be evacuated during the Getty Fire, the Brush Fire, and the Tick Fire.

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

In 2019, our holding area in Santa Clarita (which had 100+ rabbits inside) was evacuated, and many of our foster parents situated in Canyon Country and Brentwood were forced to flee. The grant helped cover medical bills for the injured rabbits, and those stressed out to the point of needing supportive care to recuperate from the evacuation ordeal. Some went into GI stasis; some developed pneumonia or respiratory issues and were treated for those. There were also lots of strays we picked up and rescued from the affected areas, as well many who have found themselves at the high-[intake] city shelters facing euthanasia.

How many pets did this grant help?

12

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

Due to fires raging in the area, Augustina was one of many abandoned rabbits found with injuries from a possible attack by another animal. She was found suffering multiple putrid abscesses with rancid tissue deterioration and a build-up of congealed pus throughout. Her injuries had advanced to aggressive abscesses, causing infection to invade her fragile body. She seemed to have ALSO endured an ill-managed spay surgery while already undermined by preexisting infections. She was fighting for her new life, but her will was STRONG, and we were determined to rehabilitate her 100% and provide her all needed care and a bright, pain-free future. Thanks to BWF volunteers running hours-long rescue commutes for her, Augustina was evaluated, stabilized, and rushed to the emergency vet the same day she was rescued and, with the help of a Disaster Grant from the Petfinder Foundation, over the course of a few months, we were able to rehabilitate Augustina and see this youngster get all the love and care she’d been denied every second of her life.

Augustina, who had THREE infected holes in her abdomen when she was rescued, is not only 100% healed, but she also fell in love with Robin (third photo), who had troubles of his own, which also got treated during his post-rescue journey. They are both ADORABLE and STILL looking for that perfect home.

Augustina’s initial emergency treatment involved: Clipping fur and cleaning of all wounds; lancing of abscesses; warm compressing; and administering injectable Torbutrol, Baytril, Metacam, penicillin, and oral azithromycin. She was on three antibiotics, probiotics, pain meds, Critical Care mix, and a full array of holistic treatments: echinacea, colloidal silver, turmeric, coconut, and CBD oils. She’s received intensive daily wound flushing and lancing of abscesses with diluted chlorhexadine, followed by silver sulfadiazine topical antibiotic. Augustina remained on this protocol for one month with weekly re-checks. Despite her discomfort, Augustina remained grateful and loving, rewarding her foster mama with ample post-treatment kisses and pulling at the heartstrings like no other. This young child is the sweetest and most tolerant soul.

Thank you from the bottom of our bunny-loving hearts!

Meet Augustina on Petfinder.

Meet Augustina and Robin on Petfinder.

Meet Robin on Petfinder.

Friends For Life: Disaster Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

This grant provided transport, deworming, vaccinations and medical supplies to 20 cats and kittens rescued from Vidor, Texas, following Hurricane Imelda.

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

It allowed us to intake 20 cats beyond our capacity at the time, thus saving more lives.

How many pets did this grant help?

20

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

When the Vidor Animal Shelter was flooded during Hurrican Imelda earlier this year, Friends For Life took in 20 sick cats and kittens from the shelter. Eight of them are still waiting for their forever homes: Chadd (first photo), Bradd (second photo), Betty, Angelo, Phoebe, Delilah, Jet, and Meow Ming. Eleven of them have been adopted: Burt (third photo), Agnes (fourth photo), Jake (fifth photo), Belinda, Begonia, Angelica, Jordie, Claire, Miranda, Jewel, and Jermaine. One, Gerard, a 4-day old kitten, ultimately passed away.

These cats all received immediate medical care, vaccinations, and antibiotics.

Lee County Humane Society: Disaster Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We used this grant to provide large outdoor kennels, dog houses, food and other supplies for families with pets that sustained damage to their homes and fences.

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

This grant allowed our organization to assist our community with their companion animals while they repaired their homes, mended their fences, and tried to bring their lives back to a normal state. We also were able to house animals for people who completely lost their homes to the storm while they relocated or rebuilt.

How many pets did this grant help?

35

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

A very sweet and scared orange kitty was picked out of the rubble after the F4 tornado screamed through Lee County and left the area devastated. He was healthy and handsome, although terrified, and brought to Lee County Humane Society in the hope that his owners would be able to find him. Fortunately, we had a very happy reunion just days later! His name is Tiger and his family was so very happy to have located him. Thanks to our Animal Control Officers and our resources provided through our Petfinder Foundation grant, we were able to care for Tiger until he was happily reunited with his family. We were also able to help so many families who had property damage by providing them with kennels, dog houses, food, and other supplies.

Capital Area Rescue Effort (CARE): Disaster Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

As a result of a record snowfall, the roofs on six of our outdoor play areas caved in under the weight of the snow. The play areas were unusable during periods of snow or rain. The grant was used to replace six 10 ft. x 10 ft. outdoor kennel covers with ones better able to withstand future snowfall.

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

These covers provide the play areas with protection from snow, rain and sun so that our dogs receive outdoor exercise, play and enrichment.

How many pets did this grant help?

We rescue and place 250-270 dogs a year. A large portion of those dogs will use the outdoor play areas.

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

Miss Mary is a 3-year-old hound mix who has short legs and is low to the ground. She was surrendered to a shelter with her seven young puppies. We rescued Miss Mary and her pups and cared for the family until the puppies had received all of their shots. All of the puppies have been adopted and Miss Mary is waiting for the right family to come along that finds her as beautiful and sweet as we do. She spends her days now in one of our covered outdoor play areas. Meet Miss Mary here.

Jefferson County SPCA: Disaster Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

On January 12, 2019, during a particularly cold night when temperatures reached -5 degrees in Watertown, New York, a pipe burst in our main shelter location, which resulted in over four inches of water flooding the facility. As a result, the Jefferson County SPCA (JCSPCA) suffered major water-damage loss.

Fortunately, no animals were harmed directly by the flooding. However, the flood caused over $50,000 in damage. Although insurance will cover the majority of the structural and property loss, it will not cover the loss of income or payroll expenses during the closure. During the flood, we were closed for two weeks, leaving us with only our second location at Petco open, which has limited caging. In order to keep getting animals adopted from the main shelter, we had to have multiple staff members transport to Petco to showcase them for the day so they could get adopted. The grant monies paid for this to happen for two weeks. The great news is that we were still able to adopt 114 pets that month with the closure.

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

This grant was imperative, as being closed for two weeks made it almost impossible to do business and pay staff to care for the animals. This allowed us to care for animals and also pay staff to transport animals to our other shelter so they could be seen and adopted.

How many pets did this grant help?

114

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

The first picture is Rusty, a dog who was in a Long Island Shelter for almost two years. We transferred him up here to help try and get him adopted, but he wasn’t doing well with the transition. So when the flood occurred, I tried to get him out and into the public as much as possible. I brought him on TV and begged the community to help get him into a home (second photo). Staff kept bringing him to Petco to try and get him adopted.

Anyway, long story short, the contractor doing the repairs to the shelter was working I had Rusty and was doing a TV interview about the flood and had Rusty in the shot; then Rusty walked over and peed all over the contractor’s tools! I was devastated, but the contractor went home and told his wife what this dog had done and she said, “Oh my gosh, that’s the dog Heather was on TV with! He was marking his territory — it’s a sign we should adopt him!”

The next day they came in and met with Rusty and did a foster-to-adopt! Today, he’s gained 15 lbs., he’s super happy and a big couch potato (third photo), and he has two loving kids who give him all the attention in the world! So if it wasn’t for the extra exposure for Rusty, the wife wouldn’t have seen him and he may still be looking for a forever home! Thank you, Petfinder Foundation!

Butte Humane Society: Disaster Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The support we received was used for our Pet Pantry. The Camp Fire hit our community on Nov. 8, 2018, and raged for weeks. We started our Pet Food and Supply Pantry on the 9th. To date, we have helped more than 6,000 households and 18,000 animals who were impacted by the fire.

We also provided veterinary care for injured animals and are continuing to provide veterinary services for families displaced by the fire.

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

This support helped thousands of people in the immediate aftermath of the fire to be able to meet the immediate needs of their animals.

How many pets did this grant help?

More than 18,000

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

One of our goals during this crisis was to help people keep their animals so they wouldn’t have to surrender them. One story that stands out was a 67-year-old man named Garth. He and his wife had recently retired. He was a former roofer and construction manager. They retired and planned to live in Paradise and enjoy their retirement with their dog, Quincy. Then the fire happened, and Garth and his wife are now living with his former supervisor. Their dog was at the North Valley Animal Disaster Group shelter because his supervisor had a dog who wasn’t friendly to other dogs. Garth got a crate from us at no cost and started to cry because that meant he could get Quincy and have him stay with his wife and him.