P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds

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

What was the money or product used for?

The donations of pet beds and toys were used by dogs in our foster homes.

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

This grant provided dog beds and toys for our foster dogs, which saved us money because we didn’t have to buy those supplies. The money we saved was diverted to providing spay and neuter surgeries and other vet care for our animals.

How many pets did this grant help?

25+ and still helping!

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

Pearl is one of our long-term residents. She was suffering from demodectic mange when we rescued her in March, and she’s been in a foster home since recovering. We expect her to travel north to be adopted next week as part of our partnership with rescues and shelters in the Midwest and Northeast. (We work with Oktibbeha County Humane Society and their Mississippi Mutts on the Move program to make this happen.) While in her foster home, Pearl used one of the donated beds and several of the toys. Pearl loves squeaky toys! Thank you for your help!

Colony Cats: P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We were so happy to receive the P.L.A.Y. Chill Pads and dog and cat toys. We have all our dogs in foster care who can always use toys, and several cats and kittens at this time.

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

The P.L.A.Y. Chill Pads were placed in our FIV room, where our cats who test positive for FIV are monitored. The room gets a lot of sun and is small, so these beds are a purrfect place for them to lie and not get to hot. These pads are a great alternative to the fleece blankets we usually have for them and are still washable! The toys are always a hit.

How many pets did this grant help?

30

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

Colony Cats is the only shelter in Columbus, OH, that does not believe FIV is a death sentence. As a no-kill shelter whose volunteers do a lot of TNR, we come across many cats who are FIV+ and will place them into the FIV room for safety until they are adopted. We have a male named Rye (first photo) who spent life on the streets and got in many fights based on his scars. He was taken in, neutered, found to be a total indoor cat and is now looking for his forever home. We currently have 12 FIV+ cats in our care. You can meet Rye here.

Take Paws Rescue: P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Pet beds for our rescue dogs in foster care.

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

Take Paws Rescue has tripled in size in the last three years and continues to grow along with the need in this area. We also experienced a high influx of abandoned dogs due to COVID-19 fears at about the time this grant was awarded. Giving each dog who is brought into our rescue their own bed, that stays with them from the day the come to us until they go to their forever homes, provides them with a sense of security that is so important to them during this stressful time.

How many pets did this grant help?

100

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

It feels like forever ago that we were pleading for a foster for Sky. She had been chained up in the elements, days away from giving birth.
She was fear-aggressive, terrified and had eight puppies in a place she didn’t know. It took weeks for her to come around and months of uncertainty until finally, FINALLY she has found her FOREVER HOME.
She has blossomed into an affectionate, dog-friendly, snuggly girl. She’s learning that life can be really good and people can take care of you.

Melissa's Second Chances: P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The pet beds were used in and out of kennels for dogs housed in the rescue.

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

We love these pet beds and the dogs love them too! We prefer to have our dogs in foster homes, but sometimes we can’t immediately find them a foster and they stay in the rescue. When they are staying at the rescue, our goal is to provide our dogs with a low-stress and comfortable environment. The P.L.A.Y. beds are soft and comfortable and hold up to multiple washings. This allows us to reuse the beds as new dogs come in to the rescue.

How many pets did this grant help?

We took in 140 dogs in the month of April and at any point in time had 8-15 dogs housed in the rescue. May and June have been busy months, as well!

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

Haddie, a Yorkie mix (first three photos), loved to hang out with the girls in the office. These photos were taken right before she met her new forever family — you can see how excited she was to meet them. Her new family, with three young children, fell in love with her spunky personality and came back the following day to adopt her.

Margo, a Chihuahua mix (fourth and fifth photos), is one of our newer residents. While she looks serious in her photos, she has a bubbly personality and zest for life. She met her new family today and will get to go home with them as soon as she is spayed. She can’t wait!

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

What was the money or product used for?

These beds will be used for the animals in our shelter. We were supposed to open earlier this year but due to the pandemic, we have been delayed.

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

See below.

How many pets did this grant help?

It will help 30+ dogs.

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

This will help to bring comfort to dogs in our care. We will be able to reuse them and they will impact many dogs in our care. Our runs are concrete, so having comfortable bedding is essential.

Always and Furever Midwest Animal Sanctuary: P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The pet beds are used by 15+ dogs who inhabit our senior sanctuary and are used for transporting new arrivals.

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

The beds help keep the dogs in our sanctuary comfy and cozy while they await their forever homes. The beds also help ease stress during the transport of new arrivals.

How many pets did this grant help?

15+

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

Written by our transport coordinator: “I drive many freedom rides, transporting innocent senior pups from high-stress situations such as being scared and hopeless in a shelter, often on the euthanasia list, or picking them up from a home where the only owner they have ever known has passed away or been moved to a nursing home. No matter the circumstance, their world has been turned upside down, and they are scared and uncertain about what is happening to them.

“I find that, when doing their freedom ride, it really helps to provide the dogs with a comfortable and safe place to ride as we start their journey to a new and better life. These rides often require them to be in my SUV for several hours. I find that, by making them comfortable, it makes it much easier for me to transport them as they settle in and relax, enjoying the soft, comfy bed I have provided for them. It is a great start to their new life as it shows them their life is changing and they will now know nothing but love, caring, compassion, kindness, and happiness.

“The 14-year-old pup shown in these photos took a four-hour freedom ride to our sanctuary when the only owner she had ever known passed away and other family members could not take her. Our rescue stepped in to help find her a new loving, caring family where she can live out the rest of her life in a home where she feels safe, happy, and loved. As you can see, she was able to relax and enjoy her comfy ride, and I am happy to say she found her forever family within two days of her freedom ride. She is off to live her best life.”

Animal Aid of Tulsa: P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We received the P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds grant! We utilized the beds and toys for our pets in boarding as they recovered medically and also sent beds and toys with our foster families.

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

We were able to provide our pets with soft, comfortable bedding while they recover from medical procedures or are in foster homes or adoption events. Animal Aid of Tulsa had several new fosters start during the quarantine. It was nice to be able to set them up with comfortable dog beds and toys. This helps ease the transition for both the dogs and families.

How many pets did this grant help?

30

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

One pet in particular who was helped by the beds is Cain (first and second photos). Mr. Cain was adopted, but returned after a few months. Sadly, he had to spend some time in boarding before a foster became available. The P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds and toys helped him feel more comfortable during his time in boarding. They also helped him adjust back into a home. He now shares his bed and toys with two foster sisters. He has not been adopted yet, but we and he are patiently waiting for his perfect owners to come along. You can meet Cain here.

Bark And Roll Rescue Companions: P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Bedding and toys for socialization/enrichment

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

The beds are wonderful for the dogs to decompress on when they first come into rescue. They are cozy and often are the first soft place to lie on and relax that they have ever had. The squeak bones are the perfect size for solo play as well as group play. They are soft so puppies don’t harm their tender mouths and adults love the size. They are perfect for all sizes. They are durable and wash well for sanitizing between pups. The beds and toys came sealed, so they were perfect to give to new fosters who, during this pandemic, may be concerned about contamination from one home to another. It’s like P.L.A.Y. thought of everything!

How many pets did this grant help?

50

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

Sammy came in terrified. He whimpered and cried literally nonstop. We gave him one of the soft beds and he curled up and fell asleep. It was the first time he had a cozy, warm safe place so he could relax. At first, any noise would send him into a fear-filled fit. We introduced him to the soft bone toy and he immediately loved snuggling with it. We were then able to squeak it and desensitize him to the noise because it was already a beloved toy.

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

What was the money or product used for?

The P.L.A.Y. beds were distributed to foster homes so that when in foster, a dog has a bed on which to lay their head.

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

This grant was especially helpful in these trying times. We were able to distribute beds to new foster homes as we prepared to pull 15 dogs from a local shelter.

How many pets did this grant help?

15

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

Pebbles (first photo) was pulled from a local shelter at the end of March, right at the height of the coronovirus. She had been in the shelter for several months, living in a kennel with cement floors. Pebbles loved this bed so much, she slept on it every night and would sit on it and wait for her treats! Pebbles has since been adopted and is living the life with her new mom!

Larry (second photo) is our hospice Chihuahua who can never find a comfortable space to lie. He began to chose lying on his new bed, which become the one place he loved to eat his cheese.

Phoebe (third and fourth photos) lived a hard life in a local shelter and found much-needed comfort lying on her bed. She loved the fact this bed was so lightweight that it was able to move to her favorite places — the couch and under the kitchen table — while everyone worked from home (and close to the treats)!

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

What was the money or product used for?

This grant was for 10 P.L.A.Y beds. We were grateful to receive these beds and have put them to use in our shelter. The beds were of varying sizes.

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

We were able to utilize the beds immediately for the shelter dogs. They loved the flexibility of being able to position the bed however they wanted. We have cleaned a few of the beds to reuse, but we have typically been allowing the dog to take the bed with them when adopted.

How many pets did this grant help?

We have continued to reuse the beds after cleaning; to date we have helped 12 different animals with the P.L.A.Y. beds.

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

Meet our wonderful Mister Clark! Clark was with us at the Humane Society of Parkersburg for just over one year. When Clark arrived to our shelter in April of 2019, he was sort of a mess. He had severe skin and allergy issues that we spent many months correcting. He was so uncomfortable due to his skin that it caused some behavioral issues as well. Staff and volunteers spent extra time with him to help correct the behavioral issues as well. Clark became a favorite with the staff and volunteers! He eventually ended up living in the manager’s office at the shelter.

This is around the time that we received our P.L.A.Y. beds. Clark is a pretty big guy, weighing in at just around 80 lbs. We were given a nice large bed that fit Clark perfectly! Clark made himself very comfortable in the office and spent most of his time sharing snacks and snoozing the afternoons away on his bed.

Finally, after more than a year at the shelter, the perfect family came along and fell completely in love with Clark. When Clark left our shelter, we made sure to send him off with all his favorite things, including his food, toys, treats, and of course his bed.

We have received an update on Clark since his adoption day, and he is doing wonderfully! He still enjoys napping on his bed, but now he also has a couch of his very own. We at the Humane Society of Parkersburg would like to say thank you for providing our shelter dogs with more comfort while they are in our care.