P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds

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.

Save The Cats AZ: P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We were awarded the P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds Grant.

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

Our sanctuary is home to 50+ cats. It is a non-cage enclosure in which they can be either indoors or outdoors at all times. We placed the beds in both areas and got immediate customers to test out the beds. Cats being the great nappers they are, they settled down on the beds and began to nap.

How many pets did this grant help?

50+

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

Occasionally we have adoptions at the sanctuary, but most of the cats are with us for life. We take in cats who are feral, ones who come from hoarding situations and cats that other rescues don’t take in general. While this gift didn’t result in an adoption, it was greatly appreciated by cats who will probably never get adopted, but who are just as special as domestic cats. UPDATE: we did have an adoption. Mitzi (first photo) was adopted by one of the volunteers at the beginning of January.

Animal Shelter of Northeast Nebraska: P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The pet beds are used in our kennels for our adoptable animals while they stay at our shelter waiting for their forever homes!

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

The beds keep our pets cozy and comfy in their kennels and make their stay at our facility less stressful and more enjoyable! Unless the beds are soiled, they stay with the animal until they are adopted, and retain “their smell,” which also helps with the animals’ stress levels during their stay.

How many pets did this grant help?

100

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

One of our shelter dogs, Venus, has a partially paralyzed back leg resulting from her breaking it as a puppy and receiving no vet care to remedy it. Venus loves her pet bed and also loves to snuggle up on it while volunteers and staff cuddle with her in her kennel.

Fetching Tails Foundation: P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We received 10 P.L.A.Y. Special Edition Chills Pads through the Warm Bellies Voters’ Choice Poll and grant. The dog beds are being used at our Haven Hut, which is our facility to temporarily house dogs while they wait for a foster home to open up.

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

The beds have been a great asset to make our kennel space even more comfortable for our dogs at our Haven Hut facility while they await placement in foster and/or forever homes. We are able to house up to five dogs at the Hut at a time, and each dog gets a bed in their kennel space to rest on. We also keep a couple in our indoor play space/park at the facility for dogs to lounge on when they are tired from playing. Dogs can also lie on them while receiving calming massages from a volunteer who specializes in holistic care (the third photo shows a dog named Kara getting a massage! Kara has been adopted). The beds are so easy to clean, and each dog gets to feel the comforts that await them when will move to a foster or forever home!

How many pets did this grant help?

16 so far

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

Lynda is an older, extra-large dog whom we’ve had in our care for nearly a year. She didn’t have the best life pre-rescue, and lived outside before being surrendered to the city shelter. Because of her size and preference of being the only dog in a home, we have had a hard time placing her in a foster or forever home. But she is so happy to receive any affection and attention and is a volunteer favorite because, despite everything she has been through, she is the sweetest lady and just leans into you for pets and snuggles. When we gave her her P.L.A.Y. bed, we couldn’t put it down fast enough before she snuggled up and made herself comfy. As you can see in the first photo, she put on her biggest smile! We can tell she enjoys having something special that is just hers. She is still available for adoption; you can meet Lynda here.

Friends of Pets, Inc: P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The products were 10 Warm Bellies dog beds. They have been used as a source of comfort while transporting rescues and housing foster dogs.

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

We operate purely on donations, volunteers and foster homes. We do not have a budget to buy special dog beds and would regularly utilize donated used blankets to transport scared rescue dogs. What a blessing warm, soft pet beds are to these souls.

How many pets did this grant help?

10 and counting

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

Attached you will find a picture of a dog by the name of Joker. Joker had a rough life and needed someone to give him a chance at a loving, forever home. Joker had even been returned once after being adopted before. He needed someone to care. He loved the bit of specialness and comfort that the donated bed gave him while he was back in foster care. During his time in his foster home, a family did realize how special he truly was. He has been adopted and fits in perfectly with the family and even has his own kitty to snuggle (second photo). We are grateful for the P.L.A.Y. pet beds and so happy they could be a positive part in Joker getting to his forever family. We look forward to these beds playing a role in many more rescue dogs’ “Happy Tails.”

San Nicola Dog Rescue: P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We received a grant of several awesome dog beds. Dogs love them.

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

The beds are a product that we need to replace a lot as they usually don’t last very long. The beds we received are a great help! The best thing about them for me is that they can be so easily washed in the washer and don’t get destroyed.

How many pets did this grant help?

6

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

Sam (first two photos), a husky and a flood victim from Texas, usually sleeps on the floor. But this bed seems so comfortable to him that he changed his habit. We are still looking for a permanent home for Sam. Meet Sam here.

Macey (second two photos) was also rescued from Texas. She is always looking for a cozy place to rest. She loves the bed and often brings a toy with her for the night. Meet Macey here.