P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds

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

What was the money or product used for?

As a finalist in the P.L.A.Y. Warm Bellies Voters’ Choice Poll, we received 10 Special Edition Chill Pads for our shelter’s cats and dogs!

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

The Chill Pads have helped us provide soft, comfortable places to sleep and relax for the cats and dogs in our shelter’s care. We distributed five beds to the cats and five beds to the dogs and all of the animals took to them immediately! The beds are so warm and inviting and have been giving our adoptable animals much-deserved comfort and security in their cages and kennels while they wait for beds and homes of their own.

How many pets did this grant help?

Ten at a time (the beds are being washed and reused to help new animals as others get adopted)

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

One of our dogs, Paige (first photo), had been waiting for surgery on her knee. She is a large dog and our kennels are made of brick and concrete, so the Chill Pad provided her with a wonderful cushion for her joints and a sense of comfort and security when she needed it the most. Paige has not yet been adopted but just received surgery this week and is now recovering in a foster home, so her bed was able to be given to another dog in need at the shelter!

Stray Cat Blues: P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The 2019 P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds grant provided us with 20 beds that are used in the cages and throughout the Whiskers Way Station shelter for a comfortable resting place for the cats and kittens.

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

See above.

How many pets did this grant help?

Currently about 15 shelter cats, but the shelter will continue to use them on new cats and kittens at the shelter.

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

We often get cats who are pulled from Animal Care and Control (ACCT) in Philadelphia hours before being euthanized. These beds offer a comfortable place for these frightened kittens until they are adopted. In March, Stray Cat Blues was contacted by ACCT about several litters of tiny 2-week-old kittens who not only needed round-the-clock bottle feeding, but had badly infected eyes too. (ACCT doesn’t have the staff to bottle-feed overnight or provide long-term care.) It was obvious that some of the kittens had eyes that were beyond saving and that these babies would require lots of care, but one of our awesome fosters stepped right up and brought five of these tiny babies into Stray Cat Blues!

Simultaneously, we rescued two 6-week-old kittens, Bryce and Harper, from ACCT, who also had one badly infected eye each. We brought them into Stray Cat Blues’ Whiskers Way Station after a short stay in a foster home.

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

What was the money or product used for?

The beds are used for our shelter dogs and puppies. We are usually full and have up to 10 adult dogs and up to 25 puppies at any given time.

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

Our adult dogs LOVE the raised beds, especially the older ones who like a bit of comfort. The Chill Pads are very helpful to have in our hot South Carolina summer!

How many pets did this grant help?

Since we received the beds, 40 animals have benefited.

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

Windy is an adult dog who came to us after being attacked by other dogs as she cared for her nine newborn puppies under a trailer (her puppies were rescued along with her). She had severe puncture wounds that had gotten infected and burst open. Windy required intensive veterinary care with IV antibiotics, surgery and multiple skin grafts to heal her wounds. Windy is a gentle soul. She is very shy and timid. Our volunteers work with Windy daily. It took a couple of months for Windy to even leave the shelter for a walk in the neighborhood. Windy spends most of her day comfortable in her kennel, lounging on her Kuranda bed. We had someone interested in adopting Windy; however, they were not willing to come spend time with her so that Windy could develop trust and willingly walk out of the shelter. Our volunteers work with Windy daily and hope that one day that special person will meet her, fall in love and be willing to allow Windy the time she needs to trust them enough to leave the shelter with them. Until that day arrives, Windy is safe in our no-kill shelter enjoying the comfort of her raised bed. Meet Windy here.

From a March 11 Facebook post: “Kind Keeper rescued Windy and her nine puppies on Thursday. She came to us from the Marlboro County Animal Shelter because they had no room left when she arrived at their shelter. Windy has had a rough life. She was badly attacked by two other stray dogs, but still limped back to nurse her babies under the trailer where she had given birth. She is emaciated, a skeleton at 40 lbs, and is barely able to stand on her own. Windy has been to the vet on Friday and again this morning. She has some very serious wounds that are open and infected. She is being hand-fed and is eating well. She is nursing her puppies and we are monitoring them all closely. Windy is in for a very long road to recovery with her wounds. Despite all that she has been through, Windy is a gentle soul, loving and so very cooperative. We need to continue to raise funds for her care. We will chronicle her journey and keep you posted.”

Charlie's Angels Animal Rescue: P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The grant was for 10 Chill Pad pet mats.

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

The pads were used to make the beds in the kennels at our shelter more comfortable for our older dogs. As dogs were adopted, other dogs were able to use the beds.

How many pets did this grant help?

At least 16

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

We had a bonded pair of miniature dachshunds (first photo) who slept together in a bed with one of the pads. The pair were adopted together and the new parent planned on buying an identical bed because they seemed so comfortable in theirs. More recently, we had another pair of bonded dogs, Chihuahuas (second photo), who were also adopted together. They had used the same bed, which we now consider our good-luck bed for pairs. We are using it now for Ziggy (third photo) and Marley (fourth photo). You can meet Ziggy here and meet Marley here.

Humane Society of Lackawanna County dba Griffin Pond Animal Shelter: P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The product was used for the pets within our care to offer them comfort as they are waiting for their forever homes.

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

This product grant helped the organization by providing comfort to the animals in our care while they wait for their forever homes.

How many pets did this grant help?

50

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

Drum (first photo) was helped by this product grant, as he used a P.L.A.Y. bed up until the point of adoption. From Facebook: “Whether it’s Tuesday or any other day of the week, this big guy is always acting silly with his tongue out. This handsome fella’s name is Drum! Drum is an energetic and outgoing Doberman mix. He absolutely loves to play fetch, so if you like to throw a ball around, then he’s definitely your match!”

Holly (second photo) has also been adopted. From Facebook: “For everyone who has ever interacted with Holly, a.k.a. ‘girlfriend,’ you know how awesome she is despite her advanced age! She is a feisty, spirited, friendly girl who would have been at our shelter a whole YEAR in 15 more days. Well … Holly found her forever home today! Some of the best things in life are worth waiting for. Best wishes, Holly and family!”

Charlie's Angels Animal Rescue: P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

P.L.A.Y. Beds were used to provide better sleeping arrangements for dogs in kennels.

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

Dogs with the new beds seem less inclined to chew up their bedding materials.

How many pets did this grant help?

Six so far.

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

Luna (first and second photos) is a very hyper Anatolian shepherd puppy who is very hard on her bedding. She seems much happier with her new bed and so far has not tried to eat it. She has not yet been adopted because she is so active that people are a little wary of her. We are working with her every day to teach her better manners. Meet Luna here.

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

What was the money or product used for?

In January, we were very fortunate to receive the P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds Grant! We are currently in the process of renovating one of our K9 spaces, and these beds are the perfect addition to their new space. The space, called Lloyd’s Dog House, used to be an empty area where we would house dogs in portable black crates. The space has since been painted, brand new floors have been donated and installed, and new kennels have been erected. When all the kennels have been installed, each one will receive a new pet bed! Right now, our dogs are using them in their current spaces.

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

Many of our current residents have been here for quite some time. Whether they spend just a few days or end up staying with us for several months, it is essential to us to provide them with top-notch comfort and care. These beds are well-loved by our dogs!

How many pets did this grant help?

So far, this grant has helped about 30 dogs, but will continue to help more!

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

Pictured is our longest-term resident, Cooper. He is a husky mix who certainly enjoys the finer things in life, including comfy beds. Because he has particular behavioral needs, he is currently being housed in a private room separate from other dogs and commotion. His bed makes his room, or his “office,” as we call it, nice and cozy for him! He has not been adopted yet, but has been working with a lovely family over the past several weeks to work on his behavior and ease into their lives and home. If it continues going as well as it has been, he will be with his forever family in no time! Meet Cooper here.

Every Dog's Dream Rescue, Inc.: P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

P.L.A.Y. pet beds were (and are still) used for our pets located at our adoption center as well as a few foster homes.

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

The grant has allowed us to have a pet bed that is easily cleaned and provides comfort to our animals. We found this to be super helpful with our pregnant cats who still need some comfort. As you can see in the first photo, we were able to give Priscilla some comfort while she basks in the sunlight with her babies.

How many pets did this grant help?

40

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

Priscilla (first photo) is currently in foster care but has had lots of interest in her and her babies. As of writing this, her babies are just over a week old, so they are not ready to be adopted or even come to our center due to not having gotten their vaccinations.

Photo No. 2 is Marley, who is currently in foster care until we have some space at our adoption center. Marley is the more outgoing puppy compared to her sister, Miley. She is a ham for the camera and loves to be spunky and play. She definitely has the attitude of a chihuahua, so she loves finding mischief for her and her sister to get into. Meet Marley here.

Photo No. 3 is Jazz, who is a very timid dog who needed some comfort. She may be shy initially, but she comes around quickly. Jazz is a sweet girl who loves attention. Meet Jazz here.

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!