Petfinder Annual Survey General Animal Care Grant

Friends of the Jefferson Animal Shelter: Petfinder Annual Survey General Animal Care Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We have used this grant to provide enrichment for the cats in our adoption center: Cat hammocks, cat beds, toys and cat scratchers for their cages.

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

It provided enrichment to the cats in our offsite adoption center waiting for forever homes.

How many pets did this grant help?

25

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

The cats love their hammocks and beds, which provide comfort while they are waiting for their forever homes. The cat scratchers for their cages provide them a place to do what comes naturally! And toys are always fun. Having happy, relaxed cats helps them find forever homes! Cats pictured include Willow (first photo). From her Petfinder profile: “This teenage kitten is super sweet and fun-loving. She’s been fostered with cats and dogs.” Meet Willow here.

Lucas County Canine Care & Control: Petfinder Annual Survey General Animal Care Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The $1,000 of grant money was used towards the purchase of sound baffles for our large adoption area.

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

The sound baffles that were purchased with help of our Petfinder Foundation grant (recently purchased, so not yet delivered or installed) will help to drastically reduce the noise in our large-dog adoption area. This area houses 27 adoptable canines at any one time, and it can be a noisy room when all of the dogs get excited and start barking. Enrichment such as playgroups and Kongs help keep the dogs calm and happy, but when they get started barking, the room can be very loud to the dogs, volunteers and staff, and to possible adopters. This noise has even deterred potential adopters from viewing dogs in this area. We are really hoping that these sound baffles can help reduce the noise, thus helping the dogs and hopefully resulting in more adoptions.

How many pets did this grant help?

There are 27 kennels in our large adoption area, with new dogs coming and going every day.

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

Sweet Daria (first and second photos) has been waiting for a home since June 2018 and she resides in our large-dog adoption area. Although dogs have playgroups, volunteer time and enrichment throughout the day, this area still becomes very noisy, and sensitive dogs such as Daria and subject to the loud noises of the kennel for the majority of the day. These sound baffles will help to provide her with a more quiet and comfortable environment until the day she gets adopted. Meet Daria: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/41678495

Keebler (third photo) is another pup who, although she can really pull off the noise-cancelling headphone look, will absolutely love the new sound baffles thanks to the Petfinder Foundation.

Animal Defense League of Washington County, Inc.: Petfinder Annual Survey General Animal Care Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Prior to any adoptions, our cats are fully vetted, which includes flea treatment, de-wormer, vaccinations, testing and, of course, spay/neuter surgery.

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

The funds received enabled us to promote our cats by saying they were the whole “cat and caboddle,” as we like to say. Offering a fully vetted/altered pet is a perk and reassures us that the animal will not reproduce, leading to unnecessary euthanasia in our shelters.

How many pets did this grant help?

About five

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

This is Topaz. He was found walking around a local store’s parking lot and rescued by one of our volunteers. We began our intake process of assessing and vetting and, once he was ready for adoption, uploaded his pics and bio to Petfinder. He’s a little lovebug — shy and needs time to warm up, but hopefully his fur-ever home is out there. Over the years, Petfinder has been such a valuable tool since it’s well-known and countrywide. We are able to showcase our adoptable cats on a much larger scale. We feel it’s efficient and easy for people to use. It’s such a wonderful tool. Thank you for this generous donation and keep up the great work! We’d love to continue our partnership with you. Meet Topaz: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/39546827/

Richland Hills Animal Services Center: Petfinder Annual Survey General Animal Care Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We were able to provide medical attention, spay/neuter and vaccinations to ten 3-week-old puppies who had been dumped in our city. All of those puppies are now adopted and living in loving homes.

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

We are constantly over-budget, due to being a very small shelter. This grant allowed us to care for animals that we would have had to raise funds to save.

How many pets did this grant help?

10

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

Ellie was one of the 10 pups who was saved after being dumped in our city at the age of 3 weeks. She was the last to be adopted, but she’s so happy in her new home, along with her new big brother, Brodie. These pups appear to be shepherd/mastiff mixes, so getting them into homes was a challenge, but one we happily accepted!

Furry Friends Animal Rescue: Petfinder Annual Survey General Animal Care Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money was used to pay medical bills for three dogs who had demodectic mange. They each had several visits to the vet requiring prescription meds to help clear up their mange.

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

Furry Friends Animal Rescue was able to commit to rescuing these dogs even though we knew their treatment would be expensive.

How many pets did this grant help?

Three dogs were helped by this grant – Athena, Amie and Howie

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

Athena, a German shepherd, was adopted by a wonderful family (third photo) after her foster parents spent weeks treating her for mange. The treatment was both expensive and time-consuming. Her new forever family sent us this update: “We are still doing great. Athena now weighs 65 lbs., and runs or walks every day! This is her after our three-mile walk this morning — tough life! Thanks for helping us find the missing piece of the puzzle to our family. We are so blessed to have Athena in our lives. We go on walks together, eat at the dinner table together — because Athena can’t reach the kid’s plates :o) — and she is teaching the kids to keep their things picked up, too! She has really whipped our family back into shape.”

Athena’s former foster mom says, “It’s incredible that the hairless, mangy, 39-lb., scared-of-people dog we got in March is now a fluffy 65-lb. dog who’s flourishing in her new family with a 4-year-old and an 8-year-old. We’ve had many fosters, but she holds a special place in our hearts. We are so glad she finally got the home she deserves and is being spoiled rotten.”

Thank you, Petfinder Foundation, for the grant which helped us rescue Athena, Howie and Amy.

Southern Counties Rescue: Petfinder Annual Survey General Animal Care Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Every penny we get in seems to go to vet bills! This time of year we are busy testing and spay/neutering lots and lots of kittens. We also spend the money on vaccines, deworming and microchipping.

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

We are constantly short of funds to cover our vet bills since we never put a cat or kitten down if it has something that is treatable. In the last 12 months, we have had two eyelid surgeries costing $1,300 each and and a badly infected eye which ended up having to be removed, costing an extra $700. Your grants help us to continue rescuing cats and kittens in need. Last year we did over 200 cats and kittens and this year we may make it to 250!

How many pets did this grant help?

I have included four photos below of cats/kittens your grant helped. The last one shows paperwork from a very high-[volume] shelter. We were able to save the sweet mama cat and her four kittens because we had the funds to vet them.

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

BK, a.k.a. Boy Kitty (first photo) was one of three cats who were abandoned when their owner got ill and went into assisted living. He is a total love at around 3 years old, and we just couldn’t see him left on the street to fend for himself. One of our volunteers took him in and is fostering him until he finds his forever home. We have vetted him, had him tested for FeLV/FIV, vaccinated and microchipped him to keep him safe forever. Meet BK: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/38495972

Another recent rescue is a mama cat and her four kittens from a very high-[volume] shelter. They are all adorable, but came down with a cold, and we rescued them before they were scheduled to be euthanized that afternoon. The mama cat’s shelter pic is the second photo.

We also rescued four bottle babies (third photo) from another shelter which was unable to care for them. Now named Sterling, Sawyer, Sebastian and Sissy, these guys are adorable and now ready for adoption. Sterling and Sawyer (fourth photo) turned out to be twins. Meet them: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/38254670

The Cats' Cradle: Petfinder Annual Survey General Animal Care Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money was used for x-rays ($250), a FIP test ($120)and a taxoplasmosis test ($300) as well as ongoing medication for taxoplasmosis including two different types of antibiotics, eye drops and eye cream and steroids. As well as weekly follow up appointment.

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

This grant was extremely helpful in being able to provide this cat with the necessary medical care it needed. This is one of our rescues in one of our foster homes. Due to this grant we were able to get the necessary treatment without draining funds from our spay/neuter, vaccination, and other medical care that we provide to each of our rescues. We are low in funds as we are small and rely soley on public donations. We recently paid the vet bills for 17 cats that were shot as target practice in our area and it left us with almost nothing. The grant that was provided was the only way this kitty would have received any treatment at all.

How many pets did this grant help?

Specifically Nelson but in turn it helped us be able to continue to get the necessary care for our rescues currently in foster care and ones to come

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

Nelson was born in late April 2016. It was soon after his birth that his foster parents saw an indention in his chest cavity. X-rays were performed and it was determined to be a congenital midline shift. His sternum is pushed in towards his heart but at this time it looks as if he will not have any ill effects from it. He is a lucky little kitten.rnThen at 5 months old Nelson’s eyes began looking cloudy. He was taken to the Veterinarian who was concerned that it may be a result of FIP. He was tested for it and he does not have it. The second possibility was that he possibly had toxoplasmosis. He was tested and was found to be negative for that. He has undergone rounds of steroids, antibiotics, eye drops and creams for the past month and a half with little improvement. One of his eyes darts back and forth occasionally. The next step for Nelson is to be taken to an Optometrist in order to determine if he can keep his eye sight or if he may go blind. However we can not afford to do so as we have already spent close to 1,000 dollars on his treatment.rnNelson is a mixed Siamese. He has the greatest personality and spirit. He takes his medicine with little or no fuss. He is so good natured and laid back. rn

Sanilac County Humane Society: Petfinder Annual Survey General Animal Care Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Special medical expenses for our dogs.

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

Frannie came to us with another dog who was from one of her many litters. Her name is Beaner. They were inseparable, so we wished to keep them together. We did find a good home for them; however, the adopters had limited funds, so we used Petfinder Foundation funds to get the surgery for Frannie as well as to spay Beaner.

How many pets did this grant help?

We were able to use Petfinder Foundation funds to help with medical care for five of our animals.

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

Frannie (first photo) and Beaner (second photo) came to us from a breeder. They are adorable dachshunds. Beaner is from one of Frannie’s many litters. Both needed to be spayed, but Frannie had very large mammary tumors. The surgery for her was very extensive as all her mammary glands had to be removed with the tumors. Recovery was slow, but seven weeks since surgery, she is doing well, is energetic and is giving and receiving much love from her new owners. Beaner has been adopted as well.

Last Hope Cat Kingdom: Petfinder Annual Survey General Animal Care Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Severe illness and injury medical care

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

We were able to provide surgery for a young kitten with severe eye infections and a dog with spinal nerve damage.

How many pets did this grant help?

2

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

Cher (first photo) was one of a litter of unweaned kittens with severe eye infections found outside an auto body shop in Merced, CA. One was adopted by the shop owners, and Cher came to us, followed a few days later by her sister, Sunny. Sunny had eye infections also, and required treatment as well as bottle feeding, but Cher had to have her eyes removed. Totally blind, she is a happy, snuggly kitty who loves to play with toys. She and her sister are now looking for their forever home, hopefully together.
Meet Cher: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/35790842
Meet Sunny: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/35790907

Bruce (second and third photos) is a dog whose foster mom calls him “awesome and sweet.” His owner was a murder victim, and Bruce was left behind and on his own. A neighbor took pity on him and brought Bruce to our rescue, where it was immediately apparent that something was terribly wrong with one of his front legs. The vet determined that Bruce’s inability to use that leg was due to spinal nerve damage, origin unknown, and the leg had to be amputated. He is a friendly and fun-loving guy, waiting for someone to take him home forever. Meet Bruce: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/35647334

Pitt County Animal Shelter: Petfinder Annual Survey General Animal Care Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

1. Purchase Bordatella vaccine to give to dogs upon entry to assist with decrease in URI in shelter.
2. Paid for eye removal surgery for Pekinese mix dog
3. Purchase eye ointment for cats with URI
4. Purchase DHPP vaccines

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

1. Allowed us to purchase Nuramune vaccine to give dogs upon intake to help us combat URIs in the shelter population. When DHPP vaccines ran out, it allowed us to purchase those to also give upon intake when budget funds ran out.
2. Also allowed us to buy antibiotic eye ointment cream to help treat our cat population.
3. Paid for eye removal surgery for a Pekinese whose eye had ruptured.

How many pets did this grant help?

50+

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

Princess came in with a terrible eye issue. We had her evaluated by a vet, who determined the eye needed to be removed, and a surgery date was set. She was placed in a foster home. In between the days waiting for surgery, the eye ruptured and emergency surgery was performed. Since then, Princess has thrived and the foster family fell in love and adopted her. She is truly living a life of luxury now and even has her own Instagram page!