P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds

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!

Stray Cat Blues: P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The 2019 P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds grant provided us with 20 beds that are used in the cages and throughout the Whiskers Way Station shelter for a comfortable resting place for the cats and kittens.

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

See above.

How many pets did this grant help?

Currently about 15 shelter cats, but the shelter will continue to use them on new cats and kittens at the shelter.

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

We often get cats who are pulled from Animal Care and Control (ACCT) in Philadelphia hours before being euthanized. These beds offer a comfortable place for these frightened kittens until they are adopted. In March, Stray Cat Blues was contacted by ACCT about several litters of tiny 2-week-old kittens who not only needed round-the-clock bottle feeding, but had badly infected eyes too. (ACCT doesn’t have the staff to bottle-feed overnight or provide long-term care.) It was obvious that some of the kittens had eyes that were beyond saving and that these babies would require lots of care, but one of our awesome fosters stepped right up and brought five of these tiny babies into Stray Cat Blues!

Simultaneously, we rescued two 6-week-old kittens, Bryce and Harper, from ACCT, who also had one badly infected eye each. We brought them into Stray Cat Blues’ Whiskers Way Station after a short stay in a foster home.

Kind Keeper Animal Rescue: P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The beds are used for our shelter dogs and puppies. We are usually full and have up to 10 adult dogs and up to 25 puppies at any given time.

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

Our adult dogs LOVE the raised beds, especially the older ones who like a bit of comfort. The Chill Pads are very helpful to have in our hot South Carolina summer!

How many pets did this grant help?

Since we received the beds, 40 animals have benefited.

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

Windy is an adult dog who came to us after being attacked by other dogs as she cared for her nine newborn puppies under a trailer (her puppies were rescued along with her). She had severe puncture wounds that had gotten infected and burst open. Windy required intensive veterinary care with IV antibiotics, surgery and multiple skin grafts to heal her wounds. Windy is a gentle soul. She is very shy and timid. Our volunteers work with Windy daily. It took a couple of months for Windy to even leave the shelter for a walk in the neighborhood. Windy spends most of her day comfortable in her kennel, lounging on her Kuranda bed. We had someone interested in adopting Windy; however, they were not willing to come spend time with her so that Windy could develop trust and willingly walk out of the shelter. Our volunteers work with Windy daily and hope that one day that special person will meet her, fall in love and be willing to allow Windy the time she needs to trust them enough to leave the shelter with them. Until that day arrives, Windy is safe in our no-kill shelter enjoying the comfort of her raised bed. Meet Windy here.

From a March 11 Facebook post: “Kind Keeper rescued Windy and her nine puppies on Thursday. She came to us from the Marlboro County Animal Shelter because they had no room left when she arrived at their shelter. Windy has had a rough life. She was badly attacked by two other stray dogs, but still limped back to nurse her babies under the trailer where she had given birth. She is emaciated, a skeleton at 40 lbs, and is barely able to stand on her own. Windy has been to the vet on Friday and again this morning. She has some very serious wounds that are open and infected. She is being hand-fed and is eating well. She is nursing her puppies and we are monitoring them all closely. Windy is in for a very long road to recovery with her wounds. Despite all that she has been through, Windy is a gentle soul, loving and so very cooperative. We need to continue to raise funds for her care. We will chronicle her journey and keep you posted.”

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.