P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds

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

What was the money or product used for?

The donated beds are used to give comfort to our kennel dogs while they are awaiting adoption.

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

The beds helped our shelter by allowing us to spend the money we would have used to buy dog beds on something else, such as vet bills, food, and toys for the dogs.

How many pets did this grant help?

It helped 20+ shelter dogs stay warm and comfy in their kennels.

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

Blake, Harley, and Vanessa are three of the dogs helped by our Pet Bed Grant. You can see how happy and comfy there were during their stay with us prior to being adopted into loving homes!

MidAmerica Boston Terrier Rescue: P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The pads were allocated to foster parents to use for foster dogs.

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

It allowed the dogs to have a spot of their own to lie on and relax when adjusting to or living in a foster home.

How many pets did this grant help?

Innumerable; they will be able to be used by lots of dogs who go through the rescue’s foster homes.

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

Sadie is a 4-year-old puppy-mill survivor. She has come to love the pad as her special spot on the couch. While she was nervous at first, having her own place to lie has given her more confidence and she’s coming out of her shell. She has been adopted.

Missy’s Haven Canine Rescue: P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We utilized the beds received as a comfort blanket for the senior dogs in our rescue. We feel they deserve the same comfort as others.

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

Many of our pups are 5+ years old, and having the comfort of their own beds has made them much more comfortable.

How many pets did this grant help?

15

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

Mickey came to the rescue five years ago in rough condition from neglect. His eyes were in bad shape and he had mange. Over the course of being at MHCR, his eyes made great improvement and he became a healthy boy. During year three, he lost an eye due to ulceration. That didn’t stop him at all. He had learned all three acres inside and out and was the best buddy around, welcoming all the new dogs into their temporary home. Around a year later, he started going blind, but was still as lovable and loyal as ever. In August 2018 he lost his other eye, so it was time for him to relax. That’s when his bed came in handy. He just loved lying on it, like it was a whole new world.

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

What was the money or product used for?

P.L.A.Y. beds were used for our foster dogs awaiting adoption.

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

The beds help keep our foster dogs comfortable and relaxed while in foster care.

How many pets did this grant help?

12 so far

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

Cece is a 10-month-old boxer and is as friendly and playful as they come. Cece makes friends with everyone she meets. She loves cuddles and belly rubs and kisses. Cece is one lovable, smart pup. She is still waiting for her forever home. She is so adorable! Meet her: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/42302372. All Take Paws Rescue dogs are saved from high-[intake] shelters in Southeast Louisiana. All of our dogs are healthy, spayed/neutered, vaccinated and on heartworm preventative. They live in foster homes where they are socialized and well cared-for. Many have basic obedience skills and all have been temperament-tested.

God's Feral Felines, Inc.: P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Our kitten-rescue program is based around orphaned babies who need to be bottle-fed. The beds were used and continue to be used for this program.

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

Most important in caring for bottle-fed babies is being able to keep them warm. This comes even before feeding the kittens. In fact, feeding a kitten who is cold can kill it! These beds were able to be used in conjunction with heating pads to provide a desired amount of heat to reach the kitten without being concerned that the kittens were getting overheated, which is a concern when using either sheets or towels. A side benefit to using towels is that the kittens have a tendency to get their claws hooked in them. Your beds solved this problem.

How many pets did this grant help?

As these beds continue to be used, this question is not able to be reasonably answered. To date, we have rescued 148 kittens, but these beds will most likely be used for years to come.

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

God’s Feral Felines seldom takes in adult cats. The third photo, however, shows Bella and her litter. The owner was trying to give away Mama and the babies all individually when the kittens were only three weeks old. Mama and babies are now comfortably in a foster home. When the babies are weaned and litter-trained, they will be moved to another foster home until they reach 2 lbs. and can then be fixed and put up for adoption. Mama Bella will be fixed approximately two weeks after she stops nursing the kittens and will also at that time be put up for adoption.

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

What was the money or product used for?

The P.L.A.Y pet beds were used in our kennels to make older dogs and dogs with medical conditions more comfortable; they were also used to provide fosters with beds for their foster dogs.

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

It saved a substantial amount of money we would have spent on beds for foster and medical cases and it greatly improved the quality of care for the animals who entered our shelter and needed the extra support of the beds.

How many pets did this grant help?

Approximately 200 as we have washed and re used the beds multiple times.

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

Hamlet was an older schnauzer mix who entered our shelter this month. He was one of 29 dogs who came in from a puppy mill that was being shut down. Hamlet had severe arthritis as well as dental issues and skin infections (his photo shows him at intake). The bed provided him with a warm and safe place to sleep after living his entire life not knowing what a soft bed was. He slept almost 24 hours straight after entering our shelter and wouldn’t leave the bed except to go out for walks or to get food and water. This is just one example of how these beds improved the quality of life for a shelter dog.

Connor and Millie's Dog Rescue: P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The beds we received have been distributed to our foster families for use with our foster dogs.

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

Many of our foster families cannot afford to buy a bed for every foster pet. The rescue’s money goes to medical needs and food first, before we can spend it on beds. Many of our foster pets sleep on blankets and towels, but being able to give some of our pets their very own bed was a real treat, especially the larger dogs. Even our rescue cats find the beds comfortable.

How many pets did this grant help?

10

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

Poofy is a 14-year-old poodle mix who has been in the rescue for 18 months. Poofy is arthritic, deaf, and nearly blind. Her days are spent napping and slowly exploring the back yard. Poofy gets very warm in a standard bed, so the P.L.A.Y. pad is perfect for her. It does not overheat her, yet it provides a soft spot for her to lie on when she needs to relax. Meet her: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/39238238

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

What was the money or product used for?

We were the recipients of 20 Chill Pads offered through P.L.A.Y.’s Warm Bellies Voters’ Choice Poll.

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

Being able to have these comfortable landing spots for the dogs in our care has enhanced and enriched their lives, not only at the shelter, but also out in the community. We use the beds in the crates at our weekly community adoption events so that, even while they’re crated at an event, the dogs are on comfortable beds.

How many pets did this grant help?

It helps 20 dogs at a time and as dogs get adopted, the Chill Pads are assigned to new dogs.

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

Oscar came to us badly matted and needed to be shaved down. His skin had sore spots from scratching at the mats. He was pretty miserable. The Chill Pads enabled him to have a soft spot to lie down instead of on the kennel floor or the bare Kuranda bed. When we took him to his first community adoption event, we took along his Chill Pad. He absolutely loved it and, because he was so comfortable, he made a big positive impression on all the people he met. Oscar was adopted by his forever family that week!

Kitten Angels: P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Provide soft beds for the foster cats in our care.

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

We received 10 P.L.A.Y beds from the grant and we decided that, since they were too large for our adoption centers, we would distribute them to our fosters so that our cats in their care could enjoy a nice soft bed.

How many pets did this grant help?

More than 30

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

Walt is a special-needs cat in our care since February 2018. He was born in North Carolina with a heart defect and requires daily medicine to maintain his blood pressure. We brought Walt into our program as he had little to no chance of being adopted in the South. He is a 2-year-old Siamese mix who is very sweet and will keep you company with his talking. Walt sleeps more than the usual cat due to his heart condition, so he needs a comfortable bed. His foster placed the P.L.A.Y bed in a quiet place in her apartment for Walt. He immediately went to the bed and now this is where he sleeps. Walt’s Petfinder profile can be viewed at http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/41140446

Ozark Haven Rescue: P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The P.L.A.Y. beds were happily received by our fosters, and the dogs love them! Having these soft beds was, for some of our foster dogs, most likely their first time to experience a warm and safe place.

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

Many of the animals that come into our organization have experienced abuse, neglect, and abandonment. For some, living in a foster home with, as they say, all the comforts of home is a brand new experience. Having a warm and comfortable place to call their own, or to share with a new buddy if they like, can make the transition from the often cruel environments they have experienced to getting ready for their new, permanent home a much easier and enjoyable one.

How many pets did this grant help?

20

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

Falcore, a beautiful blue pit bull terrier (first and second photo), was a breeder puppy. Rescued from that situation, he landed with us at a very young age. His foster mom recognized what potential this boy had and adopted him as her own. Now trained and certified as a therapy dog, he helps his foster mom and has become an ambassador for his breed. Always at her side, he has displayed such intelligence and kindness toward all who meet him that he is a favorite at local businesses. Falcore also helps his foster mom as she welcomes new foster brothers and sisters into her home. He helps them to feel welcome and loved, sharing his bed and anything else with them. A truly remarkable boy.

Jersey (third photo) lived with an elderly man who had no family close by. Sadly, her person became ill and passed away, and when relatives were called, they found little Jersey in the house. Though the man loved her, he had apparently not been able to properly care for her. She was hungry and matted and also had a mammary tumor. After good grooming and surgery to spay her and to remove the tumor, as well as a nice, comfortable bed to recover on, and she is now residing in her new permanent home.