P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds

Charlie's Angels Animal Rescue: P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The grant was for 10 Chill Pad pet mats.

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

The pads were used to make the beds in the kennels at our shelter more comfortable for our older dogs. As dogs were adopted, other dogs were able to use the beds.

How many pets did this grant help?

At least 16

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

We had a bonded pair of miniature dachshunds (first photo) who slept together in a bed with one of the pads. The pair were adopted together and the new parent planned on buying an identical bed because they seemed so comfortable in theirs. More recently, we had another pair of bonded dogs, Chihuahuas (second photo), who were also adopted together. They had used the same bed, which we now consider our good-luck bed for pairs. We are using it now for Ziggy (third photo) and Marley (fourth photo). You can meet Ziggy here and meet Marley here.

Humane Society of Lackawanna County dba Griffin Pond Animal Shelter: P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The product was used for the pets within our care to offer them comfort as they are waiting for their forever homes.

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

This product grant helped the organization by providing comfort to the animals in our care while they wait for their forever homes.

How many pets did this grant help?

50

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

Drum (first photo) was helped by this product grant, as he used a P.L.A.Y. bed up until the point of adoption. From Facebook: “Whether it’s Tuesday or any other day of the week, this big guy is always acting silly with his tongue out. This handsome fella’s name is Drum! Drum is an energetic and outgoing Doberman mix. He absolutely loves to play fetch, so if you like to throw a ball around, then he’s definitely your match!”

Holly (second photo) has also been adopted. From Facebook: “For everyone who has ever interacted with Holly, a.k.a. ‘girlfriend,’ you know how awesome she is despite her advanced age! She is a feisty, spirited, friendly girl who would have been at our shelter a whole YEAR in 15 more days. Well … Holly found her forever home today! Some of the best things in life are worth waiting for. Best wishes, Holly and family!”

Charlie's Angels Animal Rescue: P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

P.L.A.Y. Beds were used to provide better sleeping arrangements for dogs in kennels.

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

Dogs with the new beds seem less inclined to chew up their bedding materials.

How many pets did this grant help?

Six so far.

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

Luna (first and second photos) is a very hyper Anatolian shepherd puppy who is very hard on her bedding. She seems much happier with her new bed and so far has not tried to eat it. She has not yet been adopted because she is so active that people are a little wary of her. We are working with her every day to teach her better manners. Meet Luna here.

Salem Animal Rescue League: P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

In January, we were very fortunate to receive the P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds Grant! We are currently in the process of renovating one of our K9 spaces, and these beds are the perfect addition to their new space. The space, called Lloyd’s Dog House, used to be an empty area where we would house dogs in portable black crates. The space has since been painted, brand new floors have been donated and installed, and new kennels have been erected. When all the kennels have been installed, each one will receive a new pet bed! Right now, our dogs are using them in their current spaces.

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

Many of our current residents have been here for quite some time. Whether they spend just a few days or end up staying with us for several months, it is essential to us to provide them with top-notch comfort and care. These beds are well-loved by our dogs!

How many pets did this grant help?

So far, this grant has helped about 30 dogs, but will continue to help more!

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

Pictured is our longest-term resident, Cooper. He is a husky mix who certainly enjoys the finer things in life, including comfy beds. Because he has particular behavioral needs, he is currently being housed in a private room separate from other dogs and commotion. His bed makes his room, or his “office,” as we call it, nice and cozy for him! He has not been adopted yet, but has been working with a lovely family over the past several weeks to work on his behavior and ease into their lives and home. If it continues going as well as it has been, he will be with his forever family in no time! Meet Cooper here.

Every Dog's Dream Rescue, Inc.: P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

P.L.A.Y. pet beds were (and are still) used for our pets located at our adoption center as well as a few foster homes.

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

The grant has allowed us to have a pet bed that is easily cleaned and provides comfort to our animals. We found this to be super helpful with our pregnant cats who still need some comfort. As you can see in the first photo, we were able to give Priscilla some comfort while she basks in the sunlight with her babies.

How many pets did this grant help?

40

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

Priscilla (first photo) is currently in foster care but has had lots of interest in her and her babies. As of writing this, her babies are just over a week old, so they are not ready to be adopted or even come to our center due to not having gotten their vaccinations.

Photo No. 2 is Marley, who is currently in foster care until we have some space at our adoption center. Marley is the more outgoing puppy compared to her sister, Miley. She is a ham for the camera and loves to be spunky and play. She definitely has the attitude of a chihuahua, so she loves finding mischief for her and her sister to get into. Meet Marley here.

Photo No. 3 is Jazz, who is a very timid dog who needed some comfort. She may be shy initially, but she comes around quickly. Jazz is a sweet girl who loves attention. Meet Jazz here.

Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control: P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The P.L.A.Y. beds were distributed equally to our animal-care centers located in Carson and Lancaster. Since we could not give every dog in our care centers a bed, we gave the beds to senior dogs, as well as to those with medical conditions. The beds continue to be used by our dogs at both of our care centers, benefiting their comfort, health, and adoptability.

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

Despite our efforts to provide comfort to our animals, the shelter environment can be incredibly stressful. These beds provide additional comfort for our dogs, particularly those who may be older or have a medical condition, which reduces stress and improves their overall health. When dogs are more comfortable and less anxious, they socialize better with other dogs and humans. This increases their likelihood of being adopted as potential adopters interact with them. Overall, these beds have provided an additional level of comfort that our care centers would not have been able to provide due to limited resources. We cannot speak for our animals, but we can safely assume that they are incredibly grateful — as we definitely are!

How many pets did this grant help?

50

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

Elmo (first photo) is an 8-year-old Chihuahua mix who came to the Carson Animal Care Center (ACC) as a stray on Dec. 15, 2018. After almost two months in the care center, this mature pup was finally adopted on Valentine’s Day.

Described as incredibly laid-back, Ashley (second photo) is a 7-year-old Akita mix who was also adopted out of the Carson ACC. Despite getting into an older age, Ashley still loved to play and socialize with other dogs. After almost two months at the ACC, Ashley was taken in by a rescue group.

Butte Humane Society: P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We received 40 P.L.A.Y. beds through this generous grant. It took less than two days for us to provide these to families who’d been displaced by the Camp Fire. We did limit them to one per household. We were serving about 200 households a day during this time and we’re still serving about 140 per day now.

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

On Nov. 8, 2018, the Camp Fire permanently changed the lives of thousands of people and their animals instantly and permanently. They left their homes, many still in their pajamas, and rushed down the hill and out of town as fast as they could, leaving almost everything they had behind. On Nov. 9, Butte Humane Society started a Pet Pantry to give these people the items they needed so they could care for their animals and hopefully find a way to keep them and not have to surrender them.

How many pets did this grant help?

Forty, but more than 18,000 animals have been helped through the Pet Pantry.

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

The Camp Fire was chaos and many of our staff and volunteers were operating on autopilot and in semi-shock during this time. There are so many stories of people sharing what they lost, breaking down in tears at the kindness of others to make sure that they had food, crates, litter, leashes, etc. One of the most popular items were always the beds we had and it was very challenging keeping enough of them in stock. People shared repeatedly that this little touch of comfort and normalcy helped their dogs and themselves have hope. Imagine, living in your truck for weeks because there was no place to go and how good it would feel to have a nice bed for your dog to sleep in in the back of your pickup truck. It was so important to people to feel they had the ability to make something just a little better in their lives for those they loved. Thank you!

Surfcat Cafe and Adoptions: P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

P.L.A.Y. beds were given to foster cats so they would have something of their own to go with them on their journey to finding their forever homes.

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

The P.L.A.Y. beds are amazing! Warm and durable and easy to care for, these beds are a little out of our price range. We generally use donated towels and blankets and we were so proud to be able to include these beds in our foster kit. We were able to use the funds saved for food and litter.

How many pets did this grant help?

So far, eight

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

Meet Saucy and Koda, survivors of the recent Woolsey Fire in Southern California. Both were discovered a week after the blaze had roared through a Malibu animal rescue, killing 50-60 cats who were unable to be rounded up for evacuation. Saucy, a little orange-and-white girl, spent about a week in the ICU having her burns and respiratory injuries treated. Koda, an orange/buff tabby, spent more than a month in the ICU and there were days that we weren’t certain if he would live. Both cats are still living in Surfcat Foster waiting for their forever homes.

Santa Maria Valley Humane Society: P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Santa Maria Valley Humane Society accepted 77 dogs and cats from Ventura County Animal Services, Santa Barbara County Animal Services and Rancho Cucamonga Animal Services so that those agencies had the capacity for immediate front-line fire-evacuation needs. The animals accepted at our shelter were already available for adoption or had completed their stray-hold period before the fire emergency, so no evacuated animals were separated from their human families who may have been looking for them.

The catnip toys and lush, wonderful beds were used in our enrichment program to help the cats and dogs transferred to our organization become comfortable in their temporary environment, so those animals could eventually find homes. We were able to post super-cute photos and stories to Facebook showing the newly arrived dogs and cats playing with their toys and snuggling on their beds.

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

The Santa Maria Valley Humane Society is a vibrant and exciting organization that exists to rescue, shelter, heal, place, and train dogs and cats while engaging our Central California Coastal communities through education and advocacy to end animal homelessness. Through our state-of-the art Edwin & Jeanne Woods Animal Care Complex, the professional staff and volunteers of the Santa Maria Valley Humane Society have placed 13,370 homeless dogs and cats into new and loving homes and our highly-skilled veterinarians have helped and healed an additional 36,712 dogs and cats.

Our signature Open Paw manners and skills training for shelter pets is a model program that helps to prepare shelter pets for their new homes. Every pet has interactions with 20 people per day, we use toys and food puzzles for mental stimulation, and every cat and dog has a den or warm, cozy bed. We have demonstrated that, by familiarizing pets with people and creating a model environment, our adoptable animals are calm, present in a positive light to shelter visitors, and are adopted more quickly.

The bed grant from P.L.A.Y. enabled us to meet our enrichment goals and provide the very best care for the evacuated animals. The selection of items was perfect and every item has been used. In fact, most of the beds are now being used by new canine residents!

How many pets did this grant help?

77

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

When Santa Maria Valley Humane Society accepted dozens of animals from shelters in the Woolsey Fire-affected area, our partners at the Petfinder Foundation and P.L.A.Y. stepped up to help with emergency grant funds and lots of cozy dog and cat beds. The Humane Society received a total of 77 dogs and cats who had been at Ventura County Animal Services, Santa Barbara County Animal Services and other area animal-rescue organizations. Those pets were transported to Santa Maria to free up space for pets who were in need of evacuation from the fire. Here you can see several transferred dogs and cats enjoying their comfy new beds. From top to bottom: Ronan, Sachi and Harry. All of them have since been adopted.

Animal Protection Center of Southeastern Massachusetts: P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We used the P.L.A.Y. pet beds to keep our pets warm and comfortable this winter. We ended up using them not just for the dogs but for cats as well!

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

Our building is older and sometimes we struggle in the winter to keep the heat up, so having these cozy pet beds really helped the pets stay warm and comfortable, even on cold days. We also put the beds out in the open in our cat lounge, which encourages the kitties, who love the soft material, to stay out in the open and interact with people more.

How many pets did this grant help?

We got 10 beds but we wash and reuse them daily, so really, this grant is helping animals every day.

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

Gus (first and second photos) was a 10-year-old cat who came into the shelter when his owner had to move. Despite a mangled ear and some obvious time outside, Gus was friendly, so we put him in our cat lounge, where our cats are allowed to free-roam. Gus immediately claimed the P.L.A.Y. pet bed right out in the open and, by staying there instead of hiding in a cat tree nook or under a chair or bed, he was viewed more often and finally adopted!

The third and fourth photos show a gray-and-white kitty named Corey. She also loves the P.L.A.Y pet bed and is using it while she waits here for her forever family. Corey is a lovely senior girl in need of a forever home. She came in quite matted and needed a shave. She’s feeling much more comfortable now and is ready to start her next chapter! Corey is friendly and out-going with people, but seems to prefer to be the only pet in a home. Meet Corey here.