P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds

Wish Bone Canine Rescue: P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The P.L.A.Y warm bellies beds are being used at our facility to add comfort to the dogs’ runs. When a dog goes into foster care, his bed goes with him so he has an easier transition. Upon adoption, beds are returned to the shelter for another dog to use.

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

Having a warm bed to curl up on in the kennel rather than just a Kuranda bed or the floor gives the dog more comfort, allowing them to rest more comfortably. Kennel life can be stressful for dogs, so these beds really help the dogs relax and enjoy their stay with us a little more.

How many pets did this grant help?

10 dogs initially; however, as dogs get adopted, the beds are washed and given to another dog.

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

Jasmine is an 11-year-old senior Pekingese mix whose owner passed away, leaving Jasmine homeless and dropped off at an animal-control facility. When we brought her into our care, she had a very painful back, could only walk a few steps, was badly in need of a dental cleaning and extractions and had an enlarged heart. Our vet diagnosed her with discospondylitis, gum disease and generalized dermatitis. Jasmine has been seeing a veterinary chiropractor for her back as well as being treated with medications for all of her medical conditions. She had multiple dental extractions at the time of her cleaning. After three months, she has improved enough to start meeting prospective adopters. While waiting for the perfect family to notice her, Jasmine enjoys resting on her Chill Pad — we place it on top of a blanket to help insulate her further from the cold floor, as she is unable to step up onto a Kuranda or other elevated bed. We are hoping Jasmine will find her forever family soon. Meet Jasmine here.

Furry Friends Foster and Rescue, Inc.: P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

To provide comfortable resting places for our dogs in their foster homes.

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

Many of the dogs in our rescue have not experienced the comforts of home prior to coming to us. With your beds, we were able to provide soft, comfortable resting places for them.

How many pets did this grant help?

dozens

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

Dewey (first photo) is a senior Scottish terrier who came into our rescue quite a long time ago from a local Connecticut shelter. He had been surrendered to the shelter along with three other dogs, all related, when his family was found not to be able to provide adequate care for them. Dewey spent a very long time in foster care, was adopted, and then was returned to us when he and the other dog in the home did not see eye-to-eye. He has returned to his previous foster home (and his P.L.A.Y. bed!) and is now seeking a new forever home. In the meantime, however, he is happy to relax on the bed and we love being able to provide him with the “creature comforts” he didn’t have prior to coming to us. Meet Dewey here.

Safe Haven Cat Sanctuary: P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The beds have been used to provide bedding for pets awaiting adoption.

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

The beds allowed for me to provide a comfortable bed for kittens as they wait for adoption. When they are adopted, the bed goes with them as it allows for an easier transition when they have something at their new home that is familiar.

How many pets did this grant help?

4

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

Daphne was discovered cowering on the outdoor patio of a restaurant. She was approximately 6 weeks old. She was quite feral when I took her in and she needed to be kenneled in order to properly socialize her. She was provided with one of the pet beds for comfort, a cat tree for climbing, and toys, because as a feral, toys were foreign. Daphne was posted on my Facebook page because she had not yet been altered (I only adopt out pets who have been altered and vaccinated). One of my followers contacted me through Facebook the day before she was listed and Daphne ended up going to a home with another tortie. She is very happy with her new family and made a successful transition from feral to domesticated and socialized.

Humane Society of the Ohio Valley: P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We originally planned to use the P.L.A.Y. pet beds for senior dogs awaiting forever homes. As often happens in shelters, a new, more pressing need takes center stage. Our beds arrived at the start of puppy season. Two particularly miserable dog mamas-to-be were Mia and Maria. We were able to make these ladies-in-waiting more comfortable while in our care until they could deliver their puppies.

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

We were able to make homeless dogs more comfortable, especially late-term pregnant dogs who were struggling to get comfortable. We also use them for some of our senior dogs.

How many pets did this grant help?

12, so far.

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

Maria was a very pregnant beagle mix dropped off at our shelter. She was young, scared and ready to give birth any day. We twice tried to place her in a foster home because we wanted her to be comfy and not exposed to any disease or illness that could hurt her pups-to-be. But Maria darted out the door of two separate foster homes, and search parties gathered to find her. It was a difficult decision, but we decided the shelter was the safest place for her. She was very uncomfortable, so we decided to try the P.L.A.Y. beds for her. She was able to rest easy on them until being sent to rescue, where she gave birth to five little beagle-hound mixes. All have been adopted into loving homes, including Maria.

Orange Street Cats, Inc.: P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The beautiful and warm P.L.A.Y. beds were used to “comfy up” Orange Street Cats’ sanctuary for feline leukemia-positive cats.

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

While our FeLV-positive kitties may not have the same length lives as those who are negative, they deserve all the love, care and compassion that all kitties deserve! While all are available for adoption into single-cat and FeLV-positive homes, many do stay their entire lives with us. Because their time may be shorter, we try to provide above-and-beyond love and care for them.

How many pets did this grant help?

10

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

Smoky, more fondly known in the FeLV sanctuary as Nanny, is one of the kitties who enjoy these beautiful, cuddly and warm beds. Nanny was an owner surrender at the age of 18 who was discovered to be FeLV-positive. She loves to eat, she loves to be petted, and she loves to cuddle on her new bed. She loves it even more because it matches her beautiful green eyes! Nanny, due to her age and FeLV status, probably will not be adopted, but we’d like to think that the volunteers shower her with enough love and attention that she doesn’t mind!

Carolina Poodle Rescue: P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The grant was a gift of 20 P.L.A.Y beds. These beds were put to great use providing cool, comfortable sleep spots for dogs in our care. The majority of beds went to dogs in our long-term care and sanctuary program, Save Our Seniors.

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

The grant was very beneficial to our older residents, providing comfortable and cool beds. Summers in South Carolina are hot, even with A/C, and a soft, cool surface during the summer is greatly appreciated by our dogs.

How many pets did this grant help?

20

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

These beds primarily went to our long-term Save Our Seniors (SOS) residents. The majority of our SOS dogs will live out their lives at Carolina Poodle Rescue. However, there are a couple of cuties who are up for adoption:

Gizmo (first photo) came to Carolina Poodle Rescue in March of 2018 through no fault of his own. His owner was ill and could no longer care for this sweet boy. Gizmo was heartworm-positive when he came into our care and had to be treated before becoming available for adoption. Gizmo has a cataract in his left eye and a pronounced underbite, but this just adds to his charm when paired with his amazing personality. Gizmo is a snugglebug, and an adopter who is willing to rub his belly and let him cuddle is at the top of his list. Gizmo is a young-at-heart senior dog with a lot of love and life left to enjoy. He is in our foster facility in Rocky Mount, N.C., while we work to find his forever home. Meet Gizmo here.

Another sweet boy who will be up for adoption as soon as we can resolve his allergies is Lucas. Lucas is an owner-surrender who came to CPR Sept. 15, 2019. Lucas was surrendered to a shelter in North Carolina by his owners. Heartworm-positive and covered in scabs from an allergy, Lucas was a “hot mess” when we picked him up to get him to CPR. The second and third photos are before-and-after pictures of Lucas to show how far he has come in just a couple of weeks. Lucas got his bed in our medical facility, as it is gentle on his tender skin and he is showing no adverse reactions to the material. Lucas is having his heartworm treated while we figure out his allergy issues. He is also getting lots of cuddles and rubs, as he is a very sweet and shy young man. Lucas gives the best hugs, climbing up to your shoulder to snuggle against your neck. As soon as he is medically cleared, Lucas will be up for adoption.

These are just two of the amazing dogs who benefited from this very generous grant. Carolina Poodle Rescue was honored to be selected and we look forward to participating again.

Rockin P Rescue, Inc: P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

They were given to our foster homes as beds for their dog crates. Most of our foster caregivers work during the day and the dogs stay in crates. The P.L.A.Y. beds made a nice, comfortable place for the foster dogs.

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

The beds increased the comfort of the crates for the dogs by making a nice comfortable spot for them while they were staying in the crates during the day.

How many pets did this grant help?

10 plus

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

Noah (first photo) is an older boy who came in to rescue a few months ago. He has had a rough life. He has callouses on his knees and butt bones. The addition of the P.L.A.Y. bed in his crate was great and now he runs in to get his treat and sit down. He has a meet-and-greet on Aug. 22, 2019, and hopefully will be adopted. Meet Noah here.

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

What was the money or product used for?

This grant awarded us 20 pet beds that we were able to use to provide comfort for the dogs on our adoption floor. These beds were lightweight enough that they were able to be washed many times in order to give that comfort to multiple dogs while they were in our care.

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

These beds (along with canine enrichment) go a long way to provide a sense of comfort and stability for the dogs on our adoption floor. Comfort and enrichment lead to higher adoption rates, less noise on the adoption floor and a healthier, more centered pet.

Due to the high turnover of dogs, we are not often able to provide beds or any longer-lasting comfort items due to sanitation issues. These beds are a great addition to the adoption floor, as they are thin enough to be washed and sanitized along with blankets and towels. This made a huge difference in the long-term comfort of our dogs.

How many pets did this grant help?

60

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

Charlie came to us as an owner-surrender in pretty bad shape. He is a 102-lb. border collie mix who was double the body weight he should have been. Charlie had low mobility and sore joints, and he struggled on the adoption floor. Providing Charlie with one of the beds from the P.L.A.Y. grant really helped us to provide him a soft cushion for his body, which allowed him to have some comfort during his weight-loss journey.

Charlie has since been relocated to a foster home to help him lose weight in a more effective way while receiving more individualized care. His bed continues to provide him comfort in his foster home, where he is doing very well!

Humane Society of the Ozarks: P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Product: The P.L.A.Y. beds were used for our senior dogs and pets who board at boarding facilities. We also let some of our foster homes use the beds.

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

Helped make the dogs (and some cats) feel more at home and comfortable rather than lying on cots without bedding or floors.

How many pets did this grant help?

So far, 10

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

We allowed Chyanne to use the beds after she began heartworm treatment. We used a couple of beds on her cot to give her more cushion and make her post-treatment rest period a little more comfortable. She has gone to a foster-to-adopt home. We will finalize her adoption once she is finished with heartworm treatment.

Heartland Animal Shelter: P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

As a finalist in the P.L.A.Y. Warm Bellies Voters’ Choice Poll, we received 10 Special Edition Chill Pads for our shelter’s cats and dogs!

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

The Chill Pads have helped us provide soft, comfortable places to sleep and relax for the cats and dogs in our shelter’s care. We distributed five beds to the cats and five beds to the dogs and all of the animals took to them immediately! The beds are so warm and inviting and have been giving our adoptable animals much-deserved comfort and security in their cages and kennels while they wait for beds and homes of their own.

How many pets did this grant help?

Ten at a time (the beds are being washed and reused to help new animals as others get adopted)

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

One of our dogs, Paige (first photo), had been waiting for surgery on her knee. She is a large dog and our kennels are made of brick and concrete, so the Chill Pad provided her with a wonderful cushion for her joints and a sense of comfort and security when she needed it the most. Paige has not yet been adopted but just received surgery this week and is now recovering in a foster home, so her bed was able to be given to another dog in need at the shelter!