Orvis Animal Care Grant

A Positive Promise Pit Bull Foundation (formerly NEPA Avail-a-bullies): Orvis Animal Care Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Rescuing pit bulls of varying ages from shelters.

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

We were able to rescue two momma dogs and their recently born litters of puppies.

How many pets did this grant help?

10

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

Juno was found as a stray and not only as a stray but she was pregnant. She went into the shelter system where we had learned of her. Once her pups were born and reached about 9 weeks she came to our organization where she went into a foster home and each of her pups were also placed into foster homes. Juno and all of her pups were spayed/neutered, dewormed and brought current on all vaccinations prior to being adopted.

Juno was an excellent mother to her pups, she absolutely adored each of them. Juno also proved wonderful with other dogs and even cats! She does great with people of all ages and was a huge hit at adoption events that she attended with us. Juno was lucky enough to find an adoptive home before all of her pups were even adopted! Juno is living happily with her adopter who has now also become a volunteer with our organization.

We are thankful to Orvis and the Petfinder Foundation for making this rescue possible!

Attached is a photo of Juno with her adoptive parent! The other photo is of one of Juno’s pups, Marshmellow, in her foster home.

PAWS Humane Society: Orvis Animal Care Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We purchased some large, heavy crates and used our Thundershirts from another grant won to better serve our dogs that have severe separation anxiety. Through crate training and Thundershirts, we hoped to lessen their anxiety when their foster mom’s were away.

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

This grant allowed us to better supply our 10 dog fosters with proper crates/cages for their foster dogs, helping to crate train them when needed and to keep them safe, also to prevent damage in the foster home.

How many pets did this grant help?

monthly intake of dogs is about 12

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

Harley is a semi-neurotic Chihuahua. He has trouble being still and was not fully housetrained. The Thundershirt helped calm him and the crate kept him out of trouble when the foster was not home. His housetraining is much better (still not perfect) but an understanding parent adopted him, flaws and all…

Remembering Ruthie Rescue Inc: Orvis Animal Care Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money was used to get 5 dogs vetted(all of their shots,fecal tests,dewormings,HW tests and HW medications)one of which needed an x-ray on his back because he had been dragging his right rear leg. He also needed medication for his Cherry eye.Also it allowed us to rescue a cute 5 lb Chi who had demodex mange and is on medication for that.

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

Since we are small and don’t have alot of supporters just it enabled us to get all Dogs in our care UTD on vaccines and take in a couple of special needs cases which noone else would touch.

How many pets did this grant help?

5

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

The lil guy weighed in at 10 lbs and probably won’t get any bigger. Although he can gain a couple of pounds but not to much more due to his leg issue(more to come on that). He had several Ticks removed from each ear,has hook and whip worms, but luckily is HW- . He has the cherry eye which has to have the surgery but in the meantime we have antibiotic ointment to put on it 2x a day. They believe him to be 7-8 months but no more than 1 year due the tarter buildup he has already. Now to the leg issue Pugsley has been shot in the back with a pellet gun. It is located near the l-1, l-2 vetrebre causing some nerve damage to the right back leg. The injury is fairly recent as we found the sore just above the pellet location.The Dr thinks it’s at least a week old but no more than 2 weeks old. Because of him dragging that foot his nails are down to the quick.Surgery isn’t an option as he thinks the muscle tissue may have attached itself to the pellet keeping it somewhat stable. Trying to remove it could cause paralsys. He also has No Muscle on that right leg. So the plan of action for that is Rehab. We will be walking him frequently in the grass as to keep him off any concrete to prevent any further damage to his nails. They do not believe he will get any worse hopefully better seeing how it is a fresh injury and he’s young. I am sure i’m probably forgetting something but my head is killing me. I don’t know how anyone could hurt this precious baby and just leave him He is very Calm,Quiet, and Loves to Give Kisses. Below are pictures of him.

Indiana County Humane Society: Orvis Animal Care Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

These funds were used to spay and neuter shelter animals.

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

These funds helped the community by having the animals already spayed and neutered prior to adoption to help with the animal overpopulation. It also helps promote better health for the animals.
We are a small open admission shelter runs mostly on donations and grants. With the funds we received this has helped us greatly!!

How many pets did this grant help?

15

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

Ozzie is a lab mix that was an owner surrender. He is older around 7yrs. He was passsed over by many potential adopters maybe because of his age or because he was black? We will never know. He even had a sponsor for his adoption fee!!

He was one of our longterm residents and was here several months and we had him neutered and then he finally found his Furever home!!!

Ponca City Humane Society: Orvis Animal Care Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The funds went to treat 5 parvo puppies that we obtained as strays. Our local vet graciously reduced our cost to allow us to be able to treat the puppies at $250.00 each. We sadly have very limited income to treat parvo cases and financially we are always in a bind. We are very thankful for the donation since it allowed us to save 3 of the puppies.

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

This grant allowed us to provide the much needed medical care for the litter of puppies. Some did not succumb to parvovirus while others became seriously ill. We sadly did lose 2 of our puppies. All of the remaining puppies have been adopted and have wonderful homes now because of the support offered by Petfinder Foundation and Orvis!

How many pets did this grant help?

The grant allowed us to treat 5 parvo puppies. Even though the cost was $250.00 each, our veterinarian helped us reduce the cost lower to cover all 5 puppies for $1000.00. We were very grateful for Dr. Free’s assistance and support.

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

Roxy and Her Babies: A Story of Survival and Determination to Win the Odds

PCHuS was contacted back in beginning of March 2013 by an individual who had found a stray that had had puppies behind our local skate park. We at that time did not have room to take the stray and the puppies in but we were able to secure the person who found them to keep them as a temporary basis as a foster. She was able to house them momentarily but began to inform us that her neighbor was trying to take the mother dog, now named Roxy. Roxy sadly was stolen from foster’s yard on March 17th. The puppies, who were still nursing, were found scattered in the driveway of the home. Luckily, the foster was able to locate all 8 of the puppies. We scrambled for fosters and were able to find two fosters that were willing to take the puppies in. They were fostered for roughly two weeks and returned to our facility. Roxy was eventually found at our local Animal Control and we were able to reclaim her from there.
The puppies continued to thrive but sadly they were exposed to parvovirus by another litter of puppies that we obtained from our local Animal Control that same week. Of the 8 puppies, only 5 came down with parvovirus. All were admitted into our local vet and aggressive treatment was started. Sadly, we lost 3 of the female puppies. We were very saddened that with even aggressive treatment we were unable to save them all. The remaining puppies recovered well and our first puppy from that litter, Disco, was adopted on March 8th. The second puppy from that litter, Buster, was adopted on March 10th. Disco went home with a lovely young lady. While Buster now named Ace, was adopted by a father and son/daughter team. On June 12th, Linus was adopted by the Wyckoff family and they adore him. Hank, our last male puppy, was adopted on July 5th by the Browns. Our last puppy to be adopted was Pepper. She was growing fast and making friends here but had no luck being adopted. That was until Nate from Wichita, KS looked through PetFinder and found her picture. He contacted us and request more information. He loved what he heard but it was until we sent him a video that he was “sold.” He arrived on July 11th, did a meet & greet, and fell in love. He adopted her on the spot! We wish all the puppies the best in their new homes.

The only animal left in this story is Roxy herself. She is a 1-2 year old Catahoula mix, adorable, outgoing, friendly, and smart dog. She is still looking for that forever home which we know will come one day for her. We do welcome anyone interested in Roxy to contact us. We promise that once you meet her in have some social time in our play yard, you would fall in love.

The Ponca City Humane Society does want to give Petfinder a huge Thank You! for the generous Orvis grant. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit no-kill small Humane Society that does not receive any government funding and relies on the good will and generosity of individuals, corporations, and adopters, and donors to keep us going. The survival of this family came down to the ability to obtained needed funding for the veterinary cost and ultimate vaccinations and spaying surgery. We are grateful for the support as well as Petfinder’s ability to help us network our animals to find forever home!

Pearl River County SPCA: Orvis Animal Care Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Our grant money was used to promote adoption specials and to subsidize some of the adoptions done under the specials.

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

The promotion of adoption specials brought more people into our shelter and resulted in several of our long term residents finding forever homes. The promotions also increased community awareness of our facility.

How many pets did this grant help?

Approximately 30 dogs and cats found homes under our special pricing promotions.

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

Lisa had adopted a dog from us in the past and had him trained as a service dog to help her thru daily life when her husband was offshore. Recently she had to have him put to sleep because he was suffering from cancer. The only time he would get up to go outside was when she brought out his service harness. About this same time we received a super sweet GSD, Roxy, who was very particular about whom she would cozy up to. The first time she and Lisa met, Roxy went straight to her and laid down at her feet. Naturally we had to find a way to make Roxy Lisa’s new partner. The Orvis adoption grant played an important role in helping us make this possible.

Humane Society of the Black Hills : Orvis Animal Care Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Spay and neuter 14 of our harder to adopt dogs

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

In most cases the dogs were at our shelter for two or months, showing very little sign of being adopted. Once they were spayed or neutered and were adopted within two weeks. HSBH accepts over 5,000 animals a year and would not have been able to afford the cost of these surgeries to help get these animals adopted

How many pets did this grant help?

14

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

Thanks to the Orvis Foundation for the grant to spay and neuter 14 of our harder to adopt dogs. All the dogs have been adopted but Shay animal #19705323, she is currently in a foster home waiting to find her Furever Home. Shay is currently being shown at all adoption events and knows the right home will someday be hers. All of the dogs were very special in their own way. I am going to share a couple of the stories about a few of these remarkable dogs.

Bertha was an older dog very sweet but not to attractive to a lot of potential dogs due to her age of nine and having to be spayed. We showed her at many events and did have a little interest, a couple from out of town fell in love with her but did not want to pay the fee to have her spay at her age. A week later HSBH had her spay thanks to Orvis Foundation, the same couple that fell in love with her came back that next week and she went to her Furever Home.
The next three dogs were all liter mates, Penny animal #19893892, Bailey animal #19893887 and Buster animal #19893875. All three of these puppies spent over two months with us, who would have thought three loving puppies would be by passed by potential adopters for over two months. The puppies were shown on TV news shows and taken to radio shows with no luck for adoption. Once they were spayed and neutered they were adopted within two weeks. Thanks again to Orvis Foundation.

Indiana County Humane Society: Orvis Animal Care Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Spaying and neutering of shelter animals

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

By spaying and neutering we are helping the community with the overpopulation problems we have. This also helps with the health of the animals. The fact that they are spayed and neutered helps increase the chance of them being adoted into a furever home!!!

How many pets did this grant help?

15

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

Ozzie a black labrador mix who was originally an owner surrender because they could no longer keep him was a long term resident at our shelter. He had been here since November of 2012. he was passed by by many potential adopters possibly because he wasnt neutered, his age(7), or maybe because he was a big black dog?? He was a very nice dog. We moved him to the first cage hoping he would get adopted? We had a sponsor for his adoption still no adoption.

We decided since he was such a nice adoptable dog to have him neutered. It was a very short time after he was neutered that he was adopted into a furever home!!

Animal Rescue of Tracy: Orvis Animal Care Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

eye surgery for dog in our rescue group

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

this dog would probably have gone blind without the surgery and the grant paid for most of the surgical costs. At the time our group did not have sufficient funds and we were very worried about how to help this darling girl.

How many pets did this grant help?

just one, a beautiful girl named Nana

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

Nana a 12 week old Shar Pei came into rescue on May 5. She was an owner surrender due to the fact that 2 people in the home had terminal cancer and were no longer physically or financially able to provide for her. The following day we took her to the vet for a check up and were told that Nana had Entropian, an eye condition that causes a dog’s eyelids to fold in towards the eye and causes the eyelashes to rub against the cornea. We were told the dog needed immediate surgery or she would become blind. 2 days later she had her surgery then again 3 weeks later a second surgery was needed. Today Nana is doing well and was adopted on June 1 by a wonderful couple that will be able to provide for all of her needs. She will be missed.

Williamson County Animal Control and Adoption Center: Orvis Animal Care Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We refreshed our supply of dog leashes which are used by our volunteers to provide several walks each day for the dogs in our adoption area. We also were able to buy some new collapsible wire cages that we use to loan out for use in foster homes and at offsite adoption events. For cats we were able to buy new brushes, feeding bowls and scratch pads.

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

This grant enabled us to improve the general quality of care we can provide for the animals under our responsibility. The leashes are necessary for our volunteers to provide the five or six walks each dog receives every day. The scratch pads and brushes keep the cats entertained and more comfortable and presentable, thus more adoptable. And the specific case described below enabled us to save the life of a heartworm-positive dog.

How many pets did this grant help?

We were able to use the grant to directly or indirectly help all the animals in our adoption area, which averages about 35 dogs and 30 cats at any given time.

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

Wilbur is a Staffordshire Terrier mix who was with us for several months. He needed heartworm treatment, which was a deterrent for many potential adopters. When the right person came along, we were able to utilize the Orvis grant money to pay for his medication. A local doggie day care facility agreed to keep him during his recuperation period and several local people donated money to pay the reduced rate at the doggie day care. Wilbur spent five weeks recovering, by which time his adopter was ready to take him into his new home. The Orvis grant, in combination with the efforts and money of shelter staff, volunteers, and generous members of the community, enabled Wilbur to end up in a loving home.