P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds

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

What was the money or product used for?

We received P.L.A.Y. pet beds to provide the dogs in our shelter with comfort as well as a way to cool down in the summer months and stay warm this winter.

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

This grant has helped us to provide the dogs in our shelter with cooling beds in the summer and soft, warm beds this winter.

How many pets did this grant help?

88

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

Scarlett is a shepherd mix who was surrendered to our municipal animal shelter. She had terrible hookworm and whipworm infections and required several days of treatment. Following her treatment, she only spent a few days at the shelter before a wonderful gentleman came to take her to be his girl.

Sonoma County Animal Services: P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The P.L.A.Y Chill Pads have been used with kittens, cats, and dogs who have come into our care at the shelter. They help us to provide a cozy, warm, and comforting space for animals who often arrive unsure and nervous of their surroundings. A comfy bed is often one of the first signs to an animal that they will be safe and cared for here.

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

Receiving the Chill Pads has helped us keep animals warm and cozy through this challenging fall season. Donations are down due to the pandemic and ensuring that we can maintain high levels of care for our animals has been so important. So far, all of the beds have been placed in circulation. We appreciate that they are easy to wash and can be used with multiple animals.

How many pets did this grant help?

40 so far!

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

Dhalia, the black kitty in the photos, is currently up for adoption. She came to us as a stray. She is a shy girl, but ever so sweet. While she does take time to warm up to you, once she does, she’s yours forever. She always lights up when she sees a familiar face and immediately seeks attention. She enjoys head rubs while she makes biscuits on her cozy P.L.A.Y Chill Pad. Meet Dahlia here.

Little balls of energy, orange kittens Trixie, Johnny, and Stevie had a blast playing and snuggling on their P.L.A.Y Chill Pads. They attended a local contactless Halloween event in our Mobile Adoption Center and a city police officer fell in love with Trixie. Johnny and Stevie were adopted at Western Farm Center, our local feed-store partner. We know they are making their families so happy!

4 Paws 4 Life Rescue: P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The P.L.A.Y. beds that were provided to 4 Paws 4 Life are being used to make the rescue pups a bit more comfortable while they await forever families.

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

With extreme temperatures setting in, the P.L.A.Y. beds are keeping the rescue pups in our care nice and toasty while they await their forever homes.

How many pets did this grant help?

40

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

Carmie is the mom of a litter of pups who have already been adopted. Momma dogs are sadly the last to be adopted, and this sweet girl is no exception. She is patiently waiting for an adoptive family and, thanks to P.L.A.Y. and the Petfinder Foundation, her wait is a bit more comfortable.

From Facebook: “Carmie is ready to be your new best buddy! Carmie is a sweetie who wants to be with you all of the time. She loves playing with other dogs and going on walks. She is 98% house trained, calm, sweet, snuggly, and very entertaining. Carmie is the perfect dog if you want a best friend that sticks with you through anything.”

Animal Rescue Fund, Inc.: P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We received a box of really nice P.L.A.Y. beds. The beds were used to make the dogs more comfortable in their runs.

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

It allowed us to make the dogs more comfortable in their runs and, as they were adopted, the dogs got to take their bed with them to make their transition easier.

How many pets did this grant help?

15

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

The picture is of Rascal. He was adopted from ARF. Here is a picture of him at home on his P.L.A.Y. bed. He loves it.

Happy Tales Ranch and Rescue: P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Cat lounging

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

The cats love the beds. They wash great also and look fantastic.

How many pets did this grant help?

100

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

Luka and his brother Jonas are enjoying lounging, sleeping and wrestling on the new beds. From Luka’s Petfinder profile: “Luka is an active 3-month-old boy who loves to chase his brother around, playing with toys and getting attention. He needs to be adopted with his brother Jonas” Meet Luka here. From Jonas’s Petfinder profile: “Jonas is very energetic 3-month-old guy. He is ready to explore his new home with his brother Luka. He loves playing and attention.” Meet Jonas here.

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

What was the money or product used for?

The products were used for our foster dogs as they came into the rescue to help provide warm soft beds and toys for socialization

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

The beds are amazing for the dogs to decompress when coming from a shelter environment. They are soft, cozy, and warm — and often the only bedding these dogs have ever had. And the cloth bones have a great squeak that is playful yet not scary for dogs who have never been introduced to toys.

How many pets did this grant help?

75

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

The first pup pictured, Marissa, a rat terrier, was scared of everything. She literally shook nervously at all times. We used the comfy mats to hold her in our laps; the cushion provided her comfort and let her relax. She was much more amenable to being carried if we used a P.L.A.Y. bed under her.

We used the beds if we had to administer meds, trim her nails, or take her for a vet visit; they always provided security for a very nervous dog. She has since found her forever home and they have purchased several of the P.L.A.Y. items to place throughout their home for her comfort.

The second pup pictured is Bull. He has been adopted. He came to us not knowing how to be a puppy. He had no manners, tons of energy, and no idea what to do with any of it. We gave him one of the bone toys and taught him how to fetch it. It became his “security blanket” and he took it everywhere. He wouldn’t cooperate for his pictures until we put his toy on the table, and then he stood really still to let us get a photo. I have attached his caught-in-action shots as well.

Allegany County Animal Shelter: P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The beds were used for both shelter cats and dogs. They were especially helpful for the seniors, as they provide an additional layer of comfort for older dogs.

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

We were able to make our shelter pets more comfortable, thereby reducing their stress and anxiety.

How many pets did this grant help?

Our shelter population has been at approximately 30 dogs and 150 cats over the past several months.

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

The beds helped the mama cat and her babies in the photo. She had been found outside in the dirt under a porch. Being able to bring her in and provide a safe, secure and comfortable place for her to nurse and raise her babies is why we do what we do.

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

What was the money or product used for?

Beds for adoptable dogs in foster care.

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

The dogs were given new beds to lie on and the bed went to the new owner when they were adopted. It helped the dogs transition to the new home because they had a familiar bed.

How many pets did this grant help?

8 so far

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

The first recipient of the new P.L.A.Y. beds was Frankie. Frankie is a little mixed-breed pup who was in foster care with me. When the beds arrived, I put a new bed in his kennel. He sniffed and examined it, then he rolled around on it then took a nap. When we returned to the room where Frankie was sleeping, he had dragged the bed out of the kennel and continued his nap outside of the kennel on the bed! He loves his new bed. He has been adopted.

Pets Alive: P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We used the Chill Pads for our dogs.

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

We have many senior animals who come to Pets Alive; some have been with us for a long while, whereas others come in and get adopted quite rapidly. We try to prioritize the Chill Pads for our more senior dogs who may have arthritis — or who may simply enjoy a softer bed than the plain vinyl Kuranda beds that all our kennels have.

Therefore we targeted use of the Chill Pads for our senior dogs or dogs who need the extra padding (and don’t chew the beds!).

How many pets did this grant help?

20

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

One senior dog who enjoyed the Chill Pad is Fancy Fajita (first photo), who is almost 8 years old. Fancy has lived at Pets Alive since she was one year old and originally came from Puerto Rico. Behavior issues reduced her chances of adoption early on, but our team and volunteers have worked with Fancy over the years and more recently, she has been very friendly with many of the volunteers and much more adoptable, although she’d do best in a home without other animals or children. Her Petfinder adoption page can be found here.

Sasha was another senior dog who benefited from the beds. She originally came to Pets Alive in 2012 from Baton Rouge, LA, as a young dog. She was adopted out but came back in 2017; was adopted out and then returned again in 2018 due to behavior issues. Our team continued to work with Sasha on her behavior issues, which helped her become more adoptable. Sasha was only able to use the bed for a short time because in June 2020, she was adopted by a wonderful lady (second photo)!

We also acknowledged your generosity for sponsoring the P.L.A.Y. contest and donating the beds. It had a very similar message as our Facebook page, a photo of which is attached. The email went to over 11,000 supporters.

I have also attached a picture of the acknowledgment posting on Facebook viewed by many. We had a similar posting on Twitter.

Shaw Pit Bull Rescue, Inc.: P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Keeping our adopt-a-bulls comfortable in kennels, or while hanging out in the office or adoption areas.

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

Providing extra comfortable beds for them to lie on helps them acclimate to possibly being in a new adoptive home.

How many pets did this grant help?

6

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

Luca was found abandoned, shot twice, and left to die. He was chained in the woods with no food or water. When he arrived in our rescue, he stayed in our adoption room with several of the donated beds to lie on. He needed the comfort and coolness the beds provided him while he healed. He has not yet been adopted, as he is still awaiting complete medical (vaccinations, neuter, etc.).