All-Star Dog Rescue Celebration Grant

Crossed Paws Animal Haven: All-Star Dog Rescue Celebration Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Funds from this grant were used to provide vet care for our rescue animals.

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

We used this grant to care for 11 dogs, including five dogs being sterilized (four neuters, one spay), heartworm treatment for one dog, rabies shots for eight dogs, veterinary exams for all 11 dogs, heartworm treatment for one dog, and dental work for one dog.

How many pets did this grant help?

11

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

Sophie is a senior dog who came into our rescue in May 2016 with minimal chance of being adopted at the shelter and would ultimately face being euthanized. After rescuing her, we took her to our vet and found that she had extreme teeth decay and a heart murmur. A crushing blow to many rescues, but thanks to the Petfinder Foundation’s All-Star Dog Rescue Celebration grant, we were able to provide her the needed treatment to remove the decaying teeth and treat her for her murmur. Despite having these issues, Sophie blossomed within CPAH and made her mark on the Titcheners during one of our adoption events. They filled out an adoption application for her that day and met her again at an event we had later the same evening to spend more time with her.

After spending six months with CPAH getting the treatment and care she needed, Sophie headed to her forever home in November 2016 and has been living the high life ever since.

Cochise Canine Rescue: All-Star Dog Rescue Celebration Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Medical care for the senior and special-needs dogs in our care. One of our handicapped dogs, Yassi, needed eye enucleation due to glaucoma in January 2016. In March, an older dog, Sarge, required surgery.

We further used the funds for ongoing blood work on several dogs with valley fever plus their medications. I am pleased to report that by mid-year, all but one of the four dogs with VF had gone into remission or recovered.

In February, our dog Billy, who is living with cancer, had blood work and x-rays to see whether the cancer, osteosarcoma, had spread. To date — 17 months after his initial leg amputation — Billy is doing very well with no recurrence.

We have a number of senior dogs with arthritis and age-related issues living on anti-inflamatory and pain-relieving medications. The grant helped provide these medications to the animals in our care.

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

We have been able to provide the ongoing medical treatment that our senior and special-needs animals require. This grant was literally a lifesaver and has enabled CCR to ensure the dogs are comfortable and healthy.

How many pets did this grant help?

Close to a dozen dogs, either through direct veterinary care or the purchase of medications they needed.

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

Yassi arrived at Cochise Canine Rescue from a northern Arizona Navajo reservation in 2014. She was 2-3 years old, already blind and had rear-end weakness, possibly due to distemper as a pup. Early in 2015 we began noticing that her eyes were beginning to “bulge” — a sign of possible glaucoma. We took Yassi to our veteriarian, Dr. Heist at Rincon Vista in Tucson, who measured the eye pressure with a special device. The pressure was elevated significantly, denoting glaucoma. Although enucleation is a painful surgery, allowing the glaucoma to progress is also very painful, so we had her eye removed. Since Yassi was already blind, she adjusted rapidly, and once she’d healed from the surgery she seemed to be happier and more comfortable! (Attached are pictures before and after surgery.)

Forgotten Paws Animal Rescue: All-Star Dog Rescue Celebration Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Rescue and medical rehabilitation of adoptable small dogs.

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

We were able to give a few very deserving middle-aged Chihuahuas the oral care they desperately needed. They had been suffering excruciating pain, gingivitis, cracked or broken jaws, infection and nasal fistulas. This can at any level prevent them from eating and drinking as needed to support life. We also treat any metabolic or other issue that this or their previous lives has brought on.

How many pets did this grant help?

We helped three directly with this grant and the balance went to two others we were already helping at our own expense.

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

Little Miss Flo was found in the back of a shelter with no food she could eat and some old water. She was 2.7 lbs. that day. She had a very difficult time walking as she could not support her rear end. She was 2.5 lbs. the day we were allowed to exit her and rush her to our vet. Her mouth was one of the worst I have ever seen. She did great through the surgery and is now recuperating and getting her strength back. She will be a while with us on special foods, water rehab and just good old-fashioned rest! Thank you, and Miss Flo thanks you!

Lake Norman Animal Rescue: All-Star Dog Rescue Celebration Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

This grant was instrumental in allowing us to rescue and help five different dogs, all with different medical needs.

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

This grant allowed us to rescue and help five different dogs, all with different medical needs. We rescued a Shih Tzu who, we were told, was blind. We utilized the grant to get this dog examined and get her eyes cleared up to where she is now not blind — she was simply not cared for and the eyes were matted shut. We also used this to help diagnose and help an old beagle stay comfortable during his final stages of anal-gland cancer. We used this also to do heartworm treatment on a young beagle. We used this to perform surgery and heartworm treatment on an injured cocker spaniel, whom I will discuss below. We finally used this to treat a dog with skin allergies and an ear infection.

How many pets did this grant help?

5

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

We were informed of a cocker spaniel who had been rescued by a good Samaritan. She rescued her because she was tied up outside a home from which someone had moved. In her care, the dog had been attacked by two large-breed dogs. We immediately got the dog and took her to our vet. There were multiple bite wounds where the vet had to perform surgery and input drains. While doing that, we also had the spay surgery completed. During her recovery, we found out she was heartworm-positive as well. Many weeks after her recovery, we performed heartworm treatment. This dog has come from the worst situations to now being completely healthy. She has been adopted and is enjoying the love she deserves.

Smiling Dog Rescue: All-Star Dog Rescue Celebration Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The grant money given to Smiling Dog Rescue from the Petfinder Foundation was used for medical expenses of shelter dogs who would have otherwise been euthanized due to severe illness.

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

The grant monies provided by the Petfinder Foundation allowed Smiling Dog Rescue to save 18 severely ill dogs from shelters across the Southwest.

How many pets did this grant help?

We were able to help 18 precious souls!

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

Felix was a precious 5-month-old pup who was found as a stray and taken to [an open-admission] shelter in Southern California. The shelter manager contacted Smiling Dog Rescue in hopes that we would have the resources to perform an immediate eye removal due to trauma on this precious pup who was in horrible pain. Thankfully, because of the Petfinder Foundation grant monies, we were able to say YES! But as luck would have it, Felix came down with parvo the day we pulled him from the shelter and his surgery would have to wait while our veterinarians saved this pup’s life! Our incredible medical team pulled Felix through the parvo along with sensitive pain-management for his traumatic eye injury, and when he was well enough to have his surgery, he came through with flying colors! Felix was adopted by a loving family and has a little poodle brother 🙂

Thank you, Petfinder Foundation!

Forever Home Animal Rescue: All-Star Dog Rescue Celebration Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Spaying and neutering a high intake of puppies from [open-admission] shelters in our community.

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

We typically have to fundraise and ask for sponsors, but since time was of the essence, we pulled the puppies without back-up funding. This allowed us to properly vaccinate, deworm, and fix all of the puppies. They have all since been adopted and will live out normal lives as they will never contribute to the unbelievable overpopulation of unwanted and discarded animals. This is our mission as an all-volunteer rescue.

How many pets did this grant help?

9

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

Fatima was surrendered with her two siblings to [an open-admission] shelter in Bedford, Va. She was adopted shortly after her spay was done then her adopted mom developed MS and had to surrender her back to us. She went to a foster with her sister, who had been adopted, and the two sisters were able to live together, happy. We are happy to report that they love each other and their human mother is over the moon. To think this could have not turned out so well just shows that hard work pays off.

Fatima and Natasha are inseparable, and all the other puppies are doing well and thriving to the fullest. Thank you so much for this opportunity to help us save the lives of nine babies who didn’t ask to be born. There should be no healthy, adoptable animals euthanized due to space.

Greater Hillsdale Humane Society: All-Star Dog Rescue Celebration Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We were able to secure a once-a-week 4X4 pic and article about a dog who is up for adoption at our shelter for all 52 weeks for the $2,000 grant.

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

The first seven weeks the ads ran (attached), five of the seven dogs were adopted the same week. We are thrilled to be able to adopt these wonderful dogs. Only two, a beagle and a pit bull, were not adopted the same week that the ad featured them.

How many pets did this grant help?

One every week featured in the ads, as well as others who were adopted as people visited the shelter during the week.

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

Joe, a dachshund/Jack Russell terrier mix, was adopted the same day the pic of him ran in the newspaper. Joe, like most doxie’s, had a stubborn streak and wanted to do things his way. His new mom recently retired, and told us in a follow-up phone call that Joe has taught her compromise and patience and that they have a loving relationship now. He curls up on her lap to get his loving and fits into Mom’s life perfectly. Another forever home!

Greyhound Pet Adoption Northwest: All-Star Dog Rescue Celebration Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

All of the $2,000 was used for extraordinary veterinary expenses for retired racing greyhounds in our adoption program. Their injuries and illnesses were outside the standard veterinary care we provide all our dogs (spay/neuter, dentistry, vaccinations, and parasite testing and control).

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

Your grant allowed us to provide specialized diagnostics and treatment by veterinarians for several dogs who had medical conditions that precluded their adoption until the conditions were resolved. We had already had medical expenses above our budget for several greyhounds we brought into our adoption program earlier in the year. The grant funds made it possible to have the dogs treated immediately and for us to pay the veterinarians in a timely manner.

How many pets did this grant help?

Three retired racing greyhounds were helped by your grant.

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

Mikey (first photo) is a 4-year-old male who began having vomiting and diarrhea during our transport of a group of dogs from the track to Portland. During April and May, he received an examination, radiology for a suspected blockage, special testing panels and allergy testing for chronic diarrhea; the costs for these procedures was over $800. With treatment, his symptoms had improved to the point that he is now listed as an adoptable dog; Mikey is a beautiful fawn male with a particularly charming, outgoing personality, and we anticipate his adoption shortly. Meet Mikey: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/34012199

Bea (second photo) is a sweet 4-year-old female who had a temporary cast on her leg when we transported her from the track into our program in April. X-rays showed she had a shattered rear ankle and she was operated on by a veterinary orthopedic specialist, who set the bones and put in a pin. She had subsequent x-rays to determine the progress of the bone’s healing. Her initial surgery was completed before we received the Petfinder Foundation grant and was more than $3,000, but we were able to pay off the remaining balance and progress x-rays for a total of $680. She was not offered for adoption during her surgery and post-operative care in a foster home, but she was recently offered for adoption and a local family just chose to adopt Bea.

Darla (third photo): This little female is only 3 years old and has had several unusual medical problems that the grant helped us deal with. While in our care in May, she somehow got her left front foot stuck in a cyclone fence and sliced one of her toes down to the tendon. She received immediate emergency care to stitch the area, as well as laser treatment to promote healing and a splint to immobilize the area. She healed very well and was placed in a foster home prior to adoption. Then we noticed she had several broken teeth, and x-rays revealed three broken teeth that needed removal. We were able to have her dental surgery completed at that time for a cost of $455, and she is now a happy, healthy girl awaiting adoption. Meet Darla: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/35155542

Ashland Animal Rescue Fund: All-Star Dog Rescue Celebration Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

AARF used the generous award to purchase items to promote dog adoptions and transports to our rescue partners in other states. AARF purchased a new, large tent for adoption events and fundraisers, large and extra-large wire crates for adoption events, large plastic transport carriers, and new water bowls and bottles.

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

These items help promote dog adoptions and keeps the animals comfortable on those hot summer days! Our tent provided much-needed shade for the volunteers and animals, as well as attracted attention to our event. The dogs kept cool in their new wire crates, and they stayed hydrated with new water bowls/bottles. Our transports are essential in adopting dogs, so having the transport carriers are a necessity. Additionally, we use these carriers to transport dogs to the vet.

How many pets did this grant help?

The transport carriers help approximately 50 dogs per month. The tent and wire crates assist at adoption events, where we usually have about 15-20 dogs available each weekend for adoption.

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

One of our residents, Hoss, benefitted from this award. Hoss is a 5-year-old Australian shepherd mix who suffers from hip dysplasia. Due to his medical condition, we are always hesitant to bring him to PetSmart. With the new tent and crates, we knew Hoss would be more content and have the comfort he required. Hoss loved getting to go to PetSmart and receiving lots of attention! We hope his forever family will adopt him soon. Meet Hoss: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/31320047

Basset Rescue Network, Inc. at Daphneyland: All-Star Dog Rescue Celebration Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Veterinary care, supplements

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

We were able to remove some unslightly lumps from one of our senior hounds, as well as order various supplements used in our cancer ward to help the energy and overall health of our senior basset hounds!

How many pets did this grant help?

1-7

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

Doreen is a senior hound whom many would look away from. Doreen had several large sebaceous cysts that previous owners had not addressed. By removing these benign lumps and adding supplements for skin and coat to her diet, Doreen’s sweetness shone through and she felt more adventurous and was able to recently participate in a youth camp with the Hilaroo Foundation. Doreen LOVES giving kisses and being snuggled with, and is receiving more attention now than ever with her lump-free self! Meet Doreen: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/34060679