P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds

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

What was the money or product used for?

Our senior dogs love the beds inside and outside of their cabins while they are out enjoying fresh air.

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

We care for many senior pets who live their lives at Missy’s Haven until their time comes to pass over the rainbow bridge.

How many pets did this grant help?

10

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

This is why we do what we do! They always have a special place in our heart — like Cody, who came home with us 10 years ago for the holidays and is still with us at 17 years old. Even though he is completely blind, he always knows where you are, loves his kibble, and is a hunk to all the girls in our senior cabin.

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

What was the money or product used for?

The product was used to help our dogs to feel that they have a safe and comfortable place to sleep while they are in our care at the shelter.

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

This grant helps us to provide further care for our animals in need, specifically dogs who feel more comfortable in a cushioned bed. Many of our dogs come in scared, confused, and with medical issues. We hope to make them as comfortable as we can while they are in our care.

How many pets did this grant help?

10

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

I would like to spotlight a dog named RJ. RJ is a Lab-shar pei mix. RJ has suffered with a severe skin condition for a long time and is finally getting the treatment he needs to be his beautiful self again. A bed is always provided, but our usual dog beds are a plastic material that is not comfortable for an itchy skin condition. The P.L.A.Y bed helps RJ feel better until we can clear up his skin condition and find him a loving home!

Many of the dogs who come to us are scared and suffer from medical conditions and anxiety. Many don’t understand why they had to leave their home. We have had two such situations recently: One dog lost an owner in a house fire and the other also lost his owner to death. Some of our dogs have simply been surrendered because they are no longer wanted. Any and all bits of comfort we can give our animals is so important. We want to thank you for helping us with our mission!

Elk County Humane Society: P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The P.L.A.Y. beds were used in kennels with certain dogs who either were afraid to use the Kuranda beds or couldn’t have them due to chewing them. And they worked great! We would put a blanket over the top to help prevent them from getting chewed on or dirty and the dogs seemed to love it. We have actually sent two home with the dogs who would only lie on the P.L.A.Y. beds.

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

It helped us by creating a kennel space more like a home environment than a shelter. Most dogs at home will have a dog bed or two to lie on, so it helped ease that transition from shelter to home. It also gave them a much more temperature-controlled bed: Our heat is through the floor, so in the winter, it helped them keep a more regular body temperature.

How many pets did this grant help?

8

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

Pictured is a dog named Kingsley. Kingsley was a very scared fella who never really knew people could be super awesome! He did not lie on the Kuranda bed we had in his cage, so we took that out and used one of the P.L.A.Y. beds with a nice blanket underneath. He loved it! It became his safe space and traveled with him to his forever home.

From Facebook: “Say hello to Kingsley, a 5-year-old Lab/retriever/pit mix who was found as a stray in South Carolina and is now available for adoption. Since he was a stray, he is just now learning the world isn’t a big, bad, scary place like he once thought. As a result, he is very shy when he first meets someone new, but once he gets to know you, he is the biggest cuddle bug you will ever meet. Along with being shy, Kingsley is also frightened by loud noises and, honestly, anything he hasn’t come into contact with before; because of this, he will need someone who can be patient and loving towards him while he learns to trust them and become comfortable in their home and with them.

“Kingsley loves going for walks in the woods; he really comes to life with his head up high and tail wagging whenever he gets onto one of the paths around the shelter, cheese of any kind, stuffed toys that squeak, and his soft, comfy bed and/or a couch. He also feels very safe in his kennel. Because of this, we would recommend having a safe place, like a crate or place to hide, set up in your home for him so whenever he feels overly stressed or anxious, he has a place he can go to calm down. Kingsley does great with other dogs that are his size or bigger and kids, but he doesn’t do well with cats or small dogs.”

Furever Home: P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Rescue cats available for adoption

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

It provided cats with a soft, comfortable place to lie.

How many pets did this grant help?

5

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

Barry (first two photos) is a senior, FeLV-positive cat who is always looking for a soft place on which to lay his weary bones. These mats will be placed around the foster home for him and his other buddies to use while awaiting their furever homes. Meet Barry here.

Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA: P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The P.L.A.Y. pet cooling mats were provided to foster families as part of the supplies and equipment we send home with our foster pets. Each pet is provided with a collar and/or harness and leash, food and water bowls, a bed, toys and Hills Science Diet pet food. Cat foster families are provided with non-clumping litter and a litterbox. The P.L.A.Y. cooling mats were sent home with 12 foster families to make their foster pets comfortable in their temporary homes.

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

Since the pandemic started in March 2020, we had a huge increase in the number of families participating in our foster program. Because of this, we have increased the number of pets in foster care from approximately 40% at any one time to over 70%. While expanding our foster program has had many positive impacts on the pets in our care and on our shelter, it has required us to be able to provide many more resources to foster families. The P.L.A.Y. pet cooling mats helped relieve us of a small part of that burden by allowing us to provide safe, comfortable bedding to several foster families for the pets in their care.

How many pets did this grant help?

The P.L.A.Y. pet cooling mats were sent home with 12 foster families, who have fostered 17 pets from December 2020 to March 2021.

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

Ducky, formerly known as Valerie, has had a bit of a rough go. She arrived at the SPCA back in 2017 as an owner-surrender. We provided her with routine veterinary care, spayed her, and she was quickly adopted. However, three years later, we heard that Valerie had arrived at the Fluvanna SPCA and her owners could not be contacted.

We transferred Valerie back into our care and provided her with some much-needed TLC. She was treated for internal parasites and kennel cough and sent to a foster home, where she quickly settled in with the help of a comfy P.L.A.Y. bed.

Valerie, now known as Ducky, was adopted by her foster family, and today she happily shares her P.L.A.Y. bed with the resident cats and a new foster puppy named Pip, a 5-month-old beagle transferred to the SPCA from Buckingham County Animal Shelter. Ducky’s foster (now forever) mom says: “Ducky and our foster puppy really like it — but the cats like it the most!”

NaNook & NaKoda's Big Paw Rescue: P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The beds were used as we were trying to unpack them! The dogs immediately began lying on them and they have now been put in the dogs’ crates (set up like little bedrooms) and laid around their fosters’ living room floors and outside on the deck for those senior dogs who appreciate something soft to lie on while they enjoy the outdoors.

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

This grant helped us provide warm, soft bedding for all the dogs in our care. This is sometimes difficult to do, as some of the dogs tend to chew on their beds, but we’ve now had these out for four days and none of the dogs have tried to chew on them, but are instead enjoying the soft places to lie.

How many pets did this grant help?

23

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

We pulled Violet from [an open-intake] shelter when she was about 12 weeks old. She was in danger of being euthanized because she was a huge, black puppy. She has had three adoption attempts that didn’t take, so she continues to be with us. However, she earns her keep: She helps discipline and teach new dogs the rules, she intervenes when young puppies are annoying our senior dogs, and she is a great ambassador for our community programs where we go around to schools and talk to kids about how to be with a dog and the fact that they are a lifetime commitment. Violet loves having a soft place to lie and was one of the first babies to check out the new beds when we began opening the box! Watch a video of opening (box) night. Meet Violet here.

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

What was the money or product used for?

We received several of the P.L.A.Y. beds, which will be used in our kennels to keep our dogs nice and comfy!

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

The dogs were much more comfortable than lying directly on the floor, or on one of the typical hard-type beds. I believe that this, along with other tricks we use, helps their mental health quite a bit.

How many pets did this grant help?

When the beds came in, we had a total of 17 dogs in our kennels.

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

This is Herbie. He was one of two litters totaling 15 puppies. All of the puppies ended up getting parvovirus, so the beds were a real boost in keeping them comfortable and warm through their recovery. Herbie DID get adopted and, as you can see, he’s doing just fine now!

The Greater New Haven Cat Project, Inc. (GNHCP): P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Greater New Haven Cat Project, Inc. (GNHCP), is very grateful for the P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds grant awarded to us in January 2021 by the Petfinder Foundation. The 10 Chill beds GNHCP received were used for our foster cats who reside in our small, no-kill adoption facility located at our GNHCP Center or in the homes of volunteers until there is room at the Center. These beds were used exclusively for our foster cats and kittens.

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

GNHCP currently has 17 foster cats and kittens, and we are deeply committed to the health and well-being of these cats. The care of these cats and kittens is very important to GNHCP, and we provide these cats and kittens with full veterinary services (spay/neuter, rabies vaccination, FeLV/FIV test, distemper series 1 and 2, deworming, and essential medical treatments), as well as making sure they have a comfortable and safe place to live. The generous supply of Chill beds that were received through the Petfinder Foundation greatly contributed to helping GNHCP ensure that our foster cats and kittens have a cozy and warm place to relax and sleep while they await adoption.

How many pets did this grant help?

10

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

Dale (first photo) is one of GNHCP’s foster cats. When Dale was rescued by GNHCP volunteers, his right eye was swollen and discolored. He did not have vision in that eye, and after being examined by our veterinarian, it was recommended that his eye be removed. Dale is still a little nervous because of this limitation, but he is coming out of his shell and beginning to bond with some of our other foster cats at the Center. Dale will be adopted on Saturday, March 13, with Gregory, another GNHCP foster cat. We will send the Chill bed home with Dale for familiarity as he adjusts to his new home. (Dale is posted on Petfinder. You can meet him here.)

Olympic Peninsula Humane Society: P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The 10 P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds awarded to Olympic Peninsula Humane Society (OPHS) were immediately put to use in our Bark House, where dogs reside until they are adopted into their forever homes. When dogs using these beds are adopted, staff provides the beds to other dogs to relax in and enjoy.

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

The comfort and quality of these pad beds provide solace in a shelter environment that can be stressful for our canine guests. They are placed on top of an elevated bed in kennels for maximum relief and well-being.

How many pets did this grant help?

More than 30 dogs have benefited from the P.L.A.Y. pet beds. After dogs using the beds are adopted, OPHS staff launders the beds and puts them in a kennel with a new dog to enjoy.

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

OPHS partners monthly with an animal-transport rescue and receives homeless dogs from high-risk shelters throughout California and Mexico. In November, we took in 12 dogs, including a shy 2-year-old Chihuahua named Salvatore (first photo). Following his intake evaluation, Salvatore was given his own indoor/outdoor kennel with an elevated bed and blankets. Soon after, Salvatore was neutered and settling into a routine with daily walks and socialization.

When OPHS was awarded and received P.L.A.Y. pet beds from the Petfinder Foundation in early December, one was placed in Salvatore’s kennel. It provided him the comfortable luxury he deserved. He opened up more to staff and began showing his sweet and spunky personality to potential adopters.

On Feb. 4, 2021, little Salvatore met an interested adopter and it was mutual love at first sight (second photo)! After completing his adoption paperwork, Salvatore rode off into the sunset with his new mom to enjoy his forever home in the Pacific Northwest, far from his former existence in a California shelter.

Fairy Tails Rescue: P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Pet beds for the cats and dogs in our rescue to help keep them a little warm and more comfortable, especially during these cold winter months here in the Northeast.

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

We are a small rescue that takes in local owner surrenders. Because we are small and still a young rescue (not quite two years old), donations are limited, especially during this time of COVID. Having these extra-special pet beds to give to the pets in our care has been an enormous help.

How many pets did this grant help?

We are still in the process of delivering them to the pets in need, but we were granted 10 total.

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

The first pet bed was distributed to Mrs. Peabody. She is an 8-year-old cocker spaniel mix that came into rescue on Christmas eve after her owner passed away. Mrs. Peabody came to us with a large tumor hanging off her back end. When we brought her to the vet for a check-up and vaccines and to assess the tumor, they did blood work as well. The results of the blood work indicate that she is in the beginning stages of kidney failure. We immediately put her on prescription food to help support her kidneys and gave her a P.L.A.Y. Chill Pad to help make her remaining days just a little more comfortable.