Technology

Humane Society of Polk County: Technology Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The purchase of a new laptop computer that we can use throughout the facility to update animal medical and behavioral records and upload pictures and place them on our Petfinder web site and Facebook pages.

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

With the new laptop we are able to use it throughout the facility to update animal medical and behavioral records, upload pictures and place them on our Petfinder site, web site and Facebook pages, providing more visibility to the pets in our care.

How many pets did this grant help?

441

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

We helped our local Animal Control last October with an animal-abuse case. We took in 29 pit bull puppies who were actually born at Animal Control to a dog confiscated from a fighting ring. These puppies were hand-fed and fostered by two of our local veterinarians and their staff so we could make sure that they were being raised correctly. One of these puppies, Duke, came back to us and was here for several months before being adopted. Duke’s new parents saw his story on our Petfinder page and traveled two hours to meet him here at the shelter. They absolutely were the perfect match for him. Duke is now in a loving home where he is the only pet and the center of attention. Duke even has his own Facebook page, The Duke of Florida, http://www.facebook.com/ThePitBullDukeofFlorida.

Community Concern for Cats, Inc.: Technology Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Community Concern for Cats, Inc., used the technology grant funds for the purchase of three wireless credit card terminals and data service for our adoption sites, per our grant application to you. The costs were as follows:

Three Ingenico Terminals (model IWL250G): $599.25 per unit
Three SIM cards: $20.00 per unit
Monthly data service fee: $19.00 per unit

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

Previous to the purchase of these credit card terminals, we were encouraging cash or checks at our adoption sites. If a credit card was used, it was batch processed after the adoption paperwork came from the sites. This created a situation where many of the credit cards were declined due to incorrect/incomplete information or lack of funds. We would then spend precious volunteer hours contacting adopters whose cards we were not able to process. Now we can accept and process credit cards in real time, which makes the adoption process much smoother.

How many pets did this grant help?

A third of our adoptions involve credit cards. So we estimate 205 cats per year will be helped by this grant.

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

Batman has a superhero name because this little 6-month-old black cat survived being hurled out the window of a moving car. A family drove to the local county shelter. The father stated that they were moving and could not keep the cat. The shelter had a temporary moratorium on pet surrenders and the man was told to take the cat to another shelter. Instead, he dumped the cat outside the shelter door. When he was stopped from doing this by a shelter employee, he threw his cat into the car and drove off. Our Community Concern for Cats member saw it all and suspected the cat was in danger. She followed the car several blocks in time to see the man toss Batman out the window and into a ditch. Our member ran to pick up the terrified cat.

Once safe, he got the CC4C pre-adoption treatment: neutered, micro-chipped, vaccinated, treated for fleas and worms, and showered with love. Despite his rough start, Batman is friendly and loves attention. He has been adopted through our pet-store adoption site and is now living happily with a lovely couple – a home much kinder than the one he used to know.

Thanks, Petfinder Foundation, for your technology grant! We have put these funds to good use improving our adoption process so we can focus on the important work of rescuing and adopting the cats.

Mutt Scouts: Technology Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Camera with video and a telephoto lens

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

We had been using the same camera for the past 10 years. It finally completely stopped working last year. With this camera, we are able to take great portraits of our pets. We can attract more adopters and make the pets look their very best. We can also use the photos and videos to tell these dogs’ stories. Most of the dogs we rescue come from dire living conditions or have extreme medical needs. Each dog has a story to tell of survival and trust and forgiveness and they all are true inspirations.

How many pets did this grant help?

This grant will help each and every dog that will come through our doors. People often make a connection with an animal through a photo, and this gives every dog the best possible chance at the very best home!

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

Donna (first and second photos) was a dog who came to us completely hairless and covered in sores from mange. She had been chained up and left for dead as a young pup. It took us months to get her healthy and ready for adoption. But when she was ready, she was a black dog who was not getting much attention. She is the first dog we photographed with our new camera. Donna’s new mom says it was her smile in the photo on Petfinder that made her email us. They could not be a more perfect match and we know Donna will be smiling for many more years to come.

Wallace (third photo) was a pup who was found in a box, covered in ticks. We were able to use our new camera to document that this scrawny little hopeless puppy had turned into a GIANT and beautiful young dog and that he could not be more loved by his human mom.

Pixie (fourth photo) also had a heartbreaking beginning. But look at her in her adoption photo — she is all smiles. She is available for adoption; meet her here: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/34877176

Tree House Humane Society: Technology Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The funding will be used for technology purchases as follows:
MacBook Air – $759 x 2 = $1,518
MacBook Pro – $1269 = $1,269
iPad – $339 x 2 = $678
Canon 60D – $450 = $450
Sandisk Extreme Plus 64GB Memory Card – $40 x 2 = $80
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Total: $3,995

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

Increasingly, online and video communication are an important aspect of sharing stories about animal rescue, adoptions, happy endings, the cause, and programs and services which help animals in need and showcase animals who have been rescued by Tree House and are awaiting their forever homes. The technology is a vital component of being able to create messaging that helps gain increased awareness about the cause and the animals and increase adoptions.

How many pets did this grant help?

1+

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

Mike B. was a stray cat who was suffering from serious facial wounds (obviously bite wounds) when he was rescued by the Tree House Community Cats Team. We took him to our Bucktown Clinic for emergency care before transferring him to our resident clinic at Tree House Headquarters for ongoing intensive care. This friendly cat was in grave condition, with deep, penetrating bite wounds which were seriously infected covering much of his face. He also had lesions on his legs, was battling a severe URI (upper respiratory infection), and had serious dental decay, loose teeth, and a mass on his tongue which we removed. Mike also tested positive for FIV (feline immunodeficiency virus).

We placed him in one of our isolation units for intensive care. The combination of a traumatic injury, an infection, and a URI in a cat whose immune system is already compromised by FIV put Mike in a life-threatening situation. He struggled with high fevers, loss of appetite, and lethargy. We were very concerned for this sweet cat’s long-term health. Mike’s recovery was a slow and difficult road. For two long months, Mike’s health was precarious and we continued to monitor his progress. Finally, his wounds began to heal, his fever subsided, his teeth and gums healed, and his appetite returned. Mike was going to make it!

Mike was eventually well enough to be placed in our FIV colony, where he began to thrive. The joyful cat inside emerged, and it did not take long before he caught the eye of an adoring fan. Krys C. adopted Mike B., whom she fondly refers to as Mikey, just before Christmas last year. And Mike soon had a new best friend when Krys adopted another FIV+ Tree House cat named Diamond Jim, whom she now calls Chuck. It took a while for the boys to warm up to one another; however, Krys shared that they are now cuddling together.

“Now that both kitties are on the same diet, they have no problem eating with each other,” Krys says. “They now get along just fine, and I even caught them grooming each other recently! They both sleep in bed with me and play together. I’m surprised they advanced so quickly, and I couldn’t be happier!”

What a wonderful happy ending for two very special cats. Mike B. was featured in a Tree House video to promote adoption, animal rescue, and the campaign to fund Tree House’s new, state-of-the-art facility to help even more animals. The technology will enable Tree House to create even more media and communication to spread the word and increase awareness of cats like Mike B. and Chuck and find more cats forever homes.

LifeLine Animal Project - Fulton County Animal Services: Technology Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

This funding was used to supply LifeLine Animal Project’s field officers at the Fulton County shelter with basic equipment to help them build animal cruelty cases, including: digital still cameras, infrared thermometers, GoPro video cameras, universal chip scanners and an evidence hard drive.

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

After bringing the Fulton County Animal Shelter to the no-kill threshold in late 2015, one of LifeLine Animal Project’s next big priorities – in conjunction with maintaining the no-kill status – is to more successfully combat animal cruelty in Metro Atlanta. Now, armed with enhanced equipment made possible through this grant, LifeLine’s field services officers are able to build stronger cases in hopes of bringing stiffer penalties for cruelty perpetrators — and, ultimately, send the message to the community at large that animal cruelty comes with significant consequences.

How many pets did this grant help?

This equipment will help hundreds of pets a year for as long as it survives such regular use.

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

A concerned neighbor called Fulton County Animal Services to report a tethered dog who appeared to have a “cut around the neck” in mid-March 2016. When LifeLine’s field officer arrived at the scene that afternoon, he found 4-year-old shepherd mix “Sunshine” on an embedded chain. The dog was confiscated, and the owner was cited for animal cruelty and no license.

With equipment made possible by this Petfinder Foundation Purina Technology Grant, the officer took pictures of Sunshine’s injuries just prior to LifeLine’s veterinarian performing surgery that afternoon.

The field officer presented this case in court a few weeks later, and the owner was found guilty of animal cruelty. The judge looked very carefully over the photographs of Sunshine and held up the chain that was removed from her neck, and, addressing the defendant, said: “This is the stuff nightmares are made of.” The county-assigned solicitor recommended a minor fine (per the usual), but the judge disagreed and told the owner that he was imposing the maximum fines for both the cruelty violation and the license violation and ordered him taken into custody to serve 60 days in jail.

The courtroom was stunned, as were the officers in court, who present these kinds of cases every month. Animal cruelty convictions and stiff penalties have been a challenge to come by in Fulton County, historically. Now, fully equipped to tell these terrible stories more clearly, LifeLine Animal Project is intent on changing that.

As for Sunshine, she left the shelter with a New York City rescue group on March 24! (The final photo included below is her just before getting into the van to leave.)

Community Foundation for Southern Arizona on behalf of Pima Alliance for Animal Welfare: Technology Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The grant was matched by the Community Foundation and a private donor to pay the $5,000 fee required by the University of Arizona/Eller School of Management when utilizing the services of a student team to work on a project for your organization. In our case, we requested and were assigned a team of 4 master’s level students to gather data from Pima Animal Care Center and the Humane Society of Southern Arizona, analyze it and make recommendations regarding geographic areas of focus for programming, volunteer recruitment, and funding along with suggestions about an easy-to-use format for capturing this data in the future.

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

The data and information will be used by the volunteer work groups that have recently formed to tackle three specific community-wide projects: 1) TNR 2) the need to support low-income seniors who want to remain in their homes with their pets (transportation to and from vet appointments, medications, food, etc.) and 3) a marketing campaign around the “adopt, don’t shop” message culminating in a mega-adoption event next spring.rnIt will also be helpful as we seek funding to support these efforts as they will require coordination, equipment, program supplies, printing, etc.

How many pets did this grant help?

This will ultimately help hundreds of pets as these three programs get launched.

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

We understand that this grant was different than the funding you typically provide. We are most appreciative – your $1,250 investment will be leveraged many times over as we use the data to raise additional monies and as a baseline to show improvement. This project has also brought the Pima Animal Care Center and the Humane Society of Southern Arizona closer together and we are looking forward to including data from the rescue groups in to the new format.rnWe do not have photos of the Eller students. I selected care of shelter pets and technology (below) though that isn’t entirely accurate.rn

Cats Exclusive, Inc.: Technology Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We used it to purchase a new tablet.

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

This will help us with our adoptions at remote sites away from the shelter/adoption center. We take a few cats with us on the weekends when we are inside a local PetSmart store. There are also other times during the year when we attend community events where we can bring a few cats with us for display. At any of these, we are limited in the number of cats we can display so this tablet will allow us to conveniently show anyone who might be interested all of the other cats available at the time. We can also play videos from our extensive array of YouTube supplies.

How many pets did this grant help?

This will be continuing for many years and we have just started using our new playtoy. To date, we can attribute at least a half dozen adoptions to this device, with many other people being introduced to our facility via virtual tours.

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

One very important way this has helped has been in the placement of several cats that belonged to one of our longtime volunteers. Carol Dickinson recently passed away and left behind quite a few cats. These were all “retired” breeding cats that she had brought into her home. These cats range in age from 6 to 12 and her surviving family thought it best to leave the cats in their familiar home until placements could be arranged. Her daughter has taken a few into her home but we had many others needing to find new homes. This is an excellent example of how we are using this new tablet to show people cats that we could not bring with us to the remote site. We are also using it within the shelter to show people Carol’s cats when they are browsing at our adoption center. Carol’s cats can be seen on our website on this page: http://www.catsexclusive.org/carolscats.html.

Kitty Angels Inc: Technology Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

medical bills

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

helped with the expense of surgery on a critically injured cat

How many pets did this grant help?

one

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

Nixon had been hit by a car and had crawled up onto a porch where he stayed for several days. Unable to eat and with a terrible infection he was near death when we rescued him, He needed 2 surgeries to wire his broken jaw, reattach his gums and remove broken teeth from being hit by a car and then dragged along the pavement. He is incredibly sweet and has recovered nicely.