Sponsor a Pet

Rutland County Humane Society: Sponsor a Pet Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Veterinary care for shelter animals.

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

Paid for veterinary care

How many pets did this grant help?

5

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

We recently had an extremely overweight dog come to the shelter. Our fear was that he needed weight management and that finding a home that could provide that care to help him lose weight was questionable. We needed to test his thyroid levels, which were fine, and do some other blood work on him. Now he is off to a foster home with a special diet and exercise plan. When he gets to normal weight, we can adopt him out with instructions for keeping him healthy.

Another dog at the shelter is Champ, pictured. Champ is a 1-year-old, neutered Jack Russell terrier mix. He says, “I’m a silly, friendly fella who loves being with people. I’m a lap dog and will hop up and give you a kiss or two as soon as you sit down. I’m an energetic guy who enjoys walks, hikes and other activities so I’m looking for an active family. I’ll need lots of exercise and play time so I don’t get into trouble and get into things (I did that sometimes in my previous home!). I don’t play with toys very often because I’d rather just hang out with my favorite people. I’m a little shyer and quieter than my friend Chief but I’m still an awesome guy. Chief and I were surrendered by our owner on July 3 because we were too much for her. I will need some work on house training but I’m smart so I think I’ll figure it out pretty quickly, especially when I get into a routine. My previous owner said I was good with kids but I have no known history with cats. If you have a dog at home it will be important that we meet to make sure we get along. I’m quick on my feet so you’ll need to watch the doors to make sure I don’t get out. I’m a great size for snuggling on the couch after a great day of exercise so if you think I might make a terrific addition to your home, please stop by for a visit!” Meet Champ: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/32692540/

SPCA of Martinsville & Henry County: Sponsor a Pet Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money was put into our spay/neuter fund to help with the cost of surgery.

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

By increasing the number of animals spayed/neutered in the public, we decrease the numbers coming into the shelter for adoption.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Pawpaw is an elderly gentleman who needed special care during his neuter surgery, funded in part by the Sponsor a Pet grant. Meet Pawpaw: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/31792113

Humane Society of Warren County: Sponsor a Pet Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Funds were used in support of Olive’s Fund. Olive’s Fund is a special fund designed to help provide for shelter pets in need of advanced medical treatments.

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

Benjamin Button showed up outside our shelter as a stray. He was horribly matted and ill. In addition to needing a serious grooming, Ben was suffering from bladder stones. Ben was a new man following his surgery and is now available for adoption. He’s a sweet boy who is looking for a constant companion of his own. Ben loves children, cats, and other dogs but would probably prefer a nice quiet home of his own.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Benjamin Button showed up outside of our shelter as a stray. He was horribly matted and ill. In addition to needing a serious grooming, Ben was suffering from bladder stones. Ben was a new man following his surgery and is now available for adoption. He’s a sweet boy who is looking for a constant companion of his own. Ben loves children, cats, and other dogs but would probably prefer a nice quiet home of his own.

Patches Place Cat Rescue: Sponsor a Pet Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money will be used for spaying Lady and neutering Romeo and for paying for their vaccinations.

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

A large part of our expenses are spaying/neutering and vaccinations. We do not adopt out any cat or kitten that has not been spayed/neutered and vaccinated. When funds are short, we pay for these expenses out of our personal funds.

How many pets did this grant help?

Two

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

Lady and her mother, Katie, were abandoned at a farm. The owner is an older gentleman with health problems and he could not take care of them. He brought them here to Patches Place after a possum attacked Katie and killed Lady’s sibling. Romeo was found abandoned in a bank parking lot; the lady who found him works in another state so she is only home on weekends. She could not take care of him so he came here and is a wonderful playmate for Lady. Pictures, in order, are Lady, Katie and Romeo.

H.O.P.E. Safehouse Inc.: Sponsor a Pet Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The $90 we received through the Sponsor A Pet program went to pay off medical bills for Stuffing (a canine).

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

HOPE’s biggest expense is medical bills, as we take in animals who have curable illnesses but may be euthanized at their current facility because of the expense or time required to care for the animal. Any donation to help with our medical bills helps us rescue more animals.

How many pets did this grant help?

One

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

HOPE Safehouse went to an animal transport location where we had agreed to take a few dogs and cats. Stuffing, a Rottweiler and Shepard mix, was not one of our agreed-upon animals, but none of the other rescues wanted her because she looked old, so HOPE took her. After Stuffing was taken to our veterinary clinic, it was determined that she was six years old, tested positive for heartworm, had nub teeth from eating rocks and garbage and had tin foil in her stomach.

We gave Stuffing all the necessary medical care she needed before and during her stay in a foster home. The local newspaper ran a story about Stuffing on Dec. 24, 2014, and she had an accepted adoption application on Dec. 26. Stuffing’s story is what HOPE is all about.

Burbank Animal Shelter: Sponsor a Pet Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The donation was applied directly towards the adoption fees of Beverly and Wagner. We hope that the reduced adoption fees will help bring attention to these animals and get them adopted into good homes.

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

The grant helps our animals have reduced adoption fees thanks to the donors.

How many pets did this grant help?

2

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

Sponsor a Pet donations were applied directly towards the adoption fees of Beverly and Wagner. Beverly has been at the shelter since January. She is a very independent cat who will need an owner willing to spend time with her. She is a sweet girl but can be moody. She came in as a stray and is approximately 4 years old. She can be a bit of a diva at times and needs an experienced cat owner who is willing to deal with her attitude and know when to leave her be.

Wagner is a wiry-haired, cream border terrier mix with a signature underbite. Wagner is bonded with another dog name Katie. Both are a bit shy at first, but will open up in a tender, new home. Older kids and experienced dog owners are much appreciated. Wagner came in as a stray and is approximately 7 years old. It would be great to home Wagner and Katie together, but if not they must be adopted to a home with another dog. They can NOT be the only dog in the household. Wagner will need basic training and housetraining. He loves going on walks.

Meet Beverly: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/31367634/
Meet Wagner: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/30810058/
Meet Katie: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/30810059/

Recycled Poms Houston: Sponsor a Pet Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Medical treatment

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

The donation of $90 went to the medical expenses of one dog named Almond.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Almond was rescued from a shelter. He was in such bad shape, we weren’t sure he was a pom. It has taken a few months, but he is now neutered, current on shots, free of heartworms and microchipped and ready to find a new home. The photos are the before-and-after pictures of Recycled Poms’ Almond and his wonderful transformation.

Meet Almond: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/30189491/

Iroquois County Animal Rescue: Sponsor a Pet Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Special food

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

We have to run our shelter on a very tight budget, subsisting mainly on donations. Every dollar is so crucial to our survival as an organization. There are many months when we have to do without essential items, like paper towels and garbage bags. The money we receive from the Petfinder Foundation helps us to meet more of our basic needs.

How many pets did this grant help?

One specifically, but all of them!

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

In February, we took in a kitten named Patches who was in much pain due to two golf-ball-sized bladder stones! After her operation, we were told that she would need to be on a special diet for the rest of her life. Her food is not cheap, and we are grateful to the Sponsor A Pet program for helping us provide for her needs.

Poor, poor Patches. By just three months of age she has already endured three surgeries. She came in for a rectal prolapse; we rushed her to the vet for immediately and she had surgery to repair it. Then, two weeks later, it prolapsed again and she went in for her second surgery. Just a few days after that, she was found to have two large bladder stones. In she went for surgery number three to remove the bladder stones. She is so sweet and cuddly; all Patches wants is love. We recommend that she stay on a Science Diet c/d food for the remainder of her life to prevent the formation of bladder stones in her future. Other than that, she is perfectly playful and healthy! Can you turn Patches’ luck around and finally give her the home she will need? Meet Patches: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/31536123/

OAR: Sponsor a Pet Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Bridging the gap on kitten vetting versus adoption fee.

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

We are now in what we call “Kitten Purricane Season.” We offer a two-for-one adoption fee that many adopters of kittens accept. When we receive financial support, we can afford to take in more kittens from at-risk situations. We fully vet them, including deworming, combo test, vaccinations, spay/neuter and microchipping, so support from the Petfinder Foundation makes the difference to kittens like the Pizza Boys.

How many pets did this grant help?

This grant pays for the vetting of our four pizza boy kittens.

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

The “Pizza Boys” — kittens Domino (pictured), Donato, Jet and Marco — were born to a feral mom cat in rural Kentucky. The individual who TNR’ed the mom has fixed more than 20 ferals at the spay/neuter clinic associated with our shelter. She drove over 60 miles one way, twice in one day, to get the mother cat fixed and then, the very next morning, repeated the trip to get the kittens assessed. We think she is great for her tireless work fixing ferals.

Laura's Hope Rescue: Sponsor a Pet Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Our building fund

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

This will help us provide a more pleasant place for our pets to stay.

How many pets did this grant help?

There are usually 10-20 dogs in our care at any one time.

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

We will be using this money to update our current building and/or upgrade to a new building. Our dogs are currently housed in a garage-type building. We use propane heat and the circulation is poor. We hope to upgrade this building or build a new one to house dogs like Bella: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/31821737/.