Sponsor a Pet

All About Animals Rescue: Sponsor a Pet Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Food and litter

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

The $45 Sponsor a Pet fund actually helped us help another pet too! The donation helped offset the cost of veterinary care that was needed to help an outdoor cat who then came into our adoption program. It allowed us to have funds to do a feline leukemia/FIV test and vaccinate the outdoor cat because the food and litter cost for a cat already in our adoption program was covered by the Sponsor a Pet fund that month.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Baby, a socialized community cat, was taken in and adopted out with the help of this grant. Baby had always lived outside, but her caregiver’s house burned down and she never returned to help any of the cats she had been caring for. Baby now has an indoor home 🙂

Jellystone Barks Rescue Rangers: Sponsor a Pet Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The funds were used to keep a breeding puppy-mill survivor alive when she was rescued from the mill and arrived to us with her side ruptured, as she had been so overbred and un-cared-for she was septic, required blood transfusions and barely made it. Thank GOD our vets were able to save her life. She is now in her forever home with the breeding male survivor from the same mill. She is learning to trust and act like a dog, but it will be a very long process.

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

This grant helped us as this surgery was very, very expensive and without the additional funds we might not have been able to keep this beautiful little girl alive. We cannot thank you enough for what you have done for our homeless babies.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Our Petal was rescued from a puppy mill along with 30 other survivors who were in poor condition. Petal was fighting for her life, as she came in septic and her side had burst open. Our vets took her in for an emergency surgery to repair all of her issues and we were not sure that she would make it, but luckily we were able to save this sweet little girl and find her a wonderful forever home by the same adopters who adopted the stud from the puppy mill. They now spend their days playing chase and taking wonderful long naps on a warm, cozy bed. They will never have to worry about being used as money-makers again.

It is very difficult when you have limited funds and a case like Petal’s comes in, as you want to do everything possible to give them their second chance. Thank you, Petfinder Foundation, for helping us SAVE PETAL!!

The Facebook post detailing Petal’s rescue, from, July 18, 2015: “Please say prayers for our Petal. Petal was rescued when she and her babies were removed from a backyard breeder/puppy mill along with over 20 other purebred Mastiffs. These poor babies were living in horse stalls and not receiving the proper basic necessities in life. The mate to Petal was taken into our rescue last week and he needed medical care to treat his face, which had been torn up by an aggressive male on the premises. Big Ben was a doll and he went to his forever home on Wednesday. We brought our beautiful Petal in today and she was in very poor condition. This baby had a deep horrid gash on her side and went into surgery upon arrival to the hospital early this morning. She was diagnosed with mastitis; her side had ruptured, she was septic and in need of immediate care. She was not doing well during surgery and one of our friends at Yorkville Animal Hospital went home to get her two Great Danes, as our little girl was crashing and needed a blood transfusion. Our wonderful doctors were able to keep her alive and we are praying for her full recovery.”

Detroit Bully Corps: Sponsor a Pet Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Detroit Bully Corps received $45 to sponsor adoptable dog Liberty. The grant was used to purchase a bag of dog food and to have Liberty microchipped before she went to her forever home. She was adopted on April 23 by a family who saw her on Petfinder.com.

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

This grant helped feed the dogs in our care and paid for Liberty’s microchip before she was placed in her forever home. This will help assure that she will never be homeless again.

How many pets did this grant help?

5

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

Liberty was rescued with her parents from a backyard with no food, water or shelter. She is a very active dog and needed just the right family who could keep up with her energy level. After seeing Liberty’s page on Petfinder.com, the Linert family knew Liberty was the right dog for them. They are a very active family with nine children! Liberty is doing very well in her forever home and her new family absolutely adores her.

Ohio Alleycat Resource & Spay/Neuter Clinic: Sponsor a Pet Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

OAR received a donation of $22.50 via the Sponsor a Pet program and these funds were used to underwrite shelter costs including food and medications.

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

These funds helped us care for many cats awaiting their forever homes.

How many pets did this grant help?

40 average adults in the shelter monthly. Kitten numbers vary.

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

Bartholomew is a handsome fellow who is FIV+. This has scared off some potential adopters, but his kind nature will soon win over the right person very soon. In fact, Bart came along with volunteers for a recent event and melted all hearts in the house! More than anything else, handsome Bartholomew would love a lap to call his own. You see, for a while, he wandered the streets of Cincinnati’s west side after being abandoned by his family searching for food and love. He finally happened upon an apartment building where a cat-loving nun resides. She started feeding him, but couldn’t keep him due to pet limits at the building. She became very concerned about Bart when a maintenance person threatened to poison him and reached out for help. Bart is currently in foster home, but is ready for a home with a family or person of his own. He’s a young guy at just over a year old. Now that he’s safe and warm inside, his inner kitten has revealed itself. He loves to play! His absolute favorite thing, though, is to be on your lap, happily purring away. Bart loves people and does great with the cats in his foster home. He would do well with kids or dogs, too. He’s just an all-around sweetheart! And, he’s a great conversationalist, definitely the type of kitty who will tell you all about his day. Also, did we mention that he loves laps? If you have available one, Bart would love to be your lap kitty! Meet Bart: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/31861076/

Carolina Border Collie Rescue: Sponsor a Pet Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Medical care for a dog in need.

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

Allowed us to provide medical care.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Bailey came to Carolina Border Collie Rescue way back in February. This beautiful gal was dumped at a shelter by her owner, who said that he was “unable to confine her when she came into heat and she kept getting pregnant.” (Yep.) She was fearful, shy, underweight, depressed, needed dental surgery and was heartworm-positive. The wonderful shelter staffers took Bailey under their wing while all of us at Carolina Border Collie Rescue searched for a suitable foster home. When a spot finally opened up with one of our most experienced fosters, we scooped up Bailey and she underwent heartworm treatment and dental surgery and received lots of tender loving care from her foster mom, Ellen. We’re happy to report that beautiful Bailey recently hit the doggy jackpot with her new, permanent home! This sweet gal is very deserving of her wonderful new life. As always, endless thanks to our fosters, volunteers, donors, and adopters, as well as the shelter staff, for making this work possible!

Four Paws Rescue, Inc.: Sponsor a Pet Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The funds will be used for dog and cat food.

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

The grant has helped with our pet-supplies budget.

How many pets did this grant help?

One dog and two cats

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

The adopters of Evening, a.k.a. “Evie,” write to us: We still had pain in our hearts from losing our beloved dogs Bennie (12 years) and Sage (8 years). Our 6-year-old daughter, Wren, had been asking us for some time when she would be old enough to get a puppy. Petfinder showed gorgeous heeler-mix puppies in our area! Bing! Then I realized they were in LOGAN, UTAH! Oh geez, that was way too far away from our home in Oregon. The next day I showed Erik the photo of a speckled white pup. I slept on it and the next day I called Four Paws to ask about the puppy. Suddenly it did not seem like an insurmountable task to get to Utah. I told her I was going to try and figure out a way to make it work. When we arrived, the foster mom opened the door and out spilled dogs and cats and JOY. The little white “Puppy #3” was right at the front, and as I crouched down, she climbed up on my neck and gave me puppy kisses. She was ours, from the moment I saw her photo.”

Pets & People Humane Society: Sponsor a Pet Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money was used to help with medical bills for our rescued pets like Clark.

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

The money was used to help care for special-needs pets like Clark.

How many pets did this grant help?

One

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

Our volunteers are used to seeing the horrible, usually “behind-the-scenes” realities of what some humans are capable of. But we get proven time and time again that there are still things that shock us and make us cry. One of our volunteers received a call from an animal control officer about a puppy mill bust in Canadian County, OK. She rushed over, along with two other rescues, to try to help the canine victims. There were 32 dogs total. One of the dogs was a mommy with newborn puppies, and one of the puppies was literally stuck in the mom’s hair and had to be cut out because the mom’s mats were so bad. This same mom was to later get a haircut, and rotting afterbirth was found adhered to her hair.

The dogs were absolutely in horrid condition. Pets & People took the remainder of what was left after the other rescues had taken some, and we ended up with two Borzoi and five Shih Tzu/Poodle mixes. All were unsocialized, scared, in horrible physical condition, and matted solid.

As awful as the pictures look, the reality was much worse. The small dogs weighed at least twice what they should have due to debris caught in their hair. The mats were solid, but when you lifted one up, there was another underneath, and another and another. They all had various kinds of worms and coccidiosis, but no heartworms, thank goodness. The condition of their hair probably kept mosquitoes from finding any skin to bite.

A wonderful Borzoi rescue in Texas took the Borzoi girls. Once they were over some of their initial fear, they were a little friendlier than the smaller dogs, but had severe dog aggression. Thankfully they found great homes and have a brand new life.

The little ones took longer. We got them all spayed and neutered, and they lived in a foster-home setting. They began to want to come to us for loving, but they weren’t sure, and they relied on each other for comfort. There were four boys and one girl. The female was adopted first, as she overcame her fear before the others, but the boys just couldn’t decide.

Those boys were so funny! They were like the Keystone Cops, running out to see us, touching us, running back into their crates and dancing over and over! They always made us laugh with their antics. We ended up naming them after the comic actors in the old movie The Apple Dumpling Gang: Knotts (fitting in two different ways!), Conway, Bixby, and Clark.

Finally, they were ready for homes, and one by one they were adopted. They were so happy, and the updates we get show contented dogs lying blissfully in their owners’ arms.

We always smile when we see pictures of them in their true “homes.” It is why we do what we do.

Casa del Toro Pit Bull Rescue: Sponsor a Pet Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We purchased food and veterinary services for the pit bulls in our rescue.

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

We used the grant monies to provide lifesaving surgery for Gronk, Lenny, Poppy, and Rufus. All of these pit bulls were on the rescue-only list at the shelter and were not considered adoptable pets. Thank you so much for your generous gift. Your gift not only saved the lives of these four dogs, it lives on in the impact these dogs will have on every person who meets them.

How many pets did this grant help?

4

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

We rescued Gronk (first photo) from the shelter when he was five months old. He came in as a police confiscate because someone abandoned him in a garage and a good Samaritan called Animal Care & Control. We used grant monies to repair the luxating patella in Gronk’s rear right leg. This is his first of two surgeries, as he will require surgery on his left rear leg too.

Lenny (second photo) came into the Indianapolis shelter as an injured stray. This handsome guy has such a sweet personality. We used grant monies to help fund Lenny’s heartworm treatment, dental and neuter surgeries. Lenny began his treatment in February and will be available for adoption next month. Meet Lenny: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/31429912/

Poppy (third photo) is a pup who just doesn’t give up. In Feb. 2014, Poppy was surrendered to the shelter by her owners because they were moving. Upon intake, the animal control officer noticed Poppy had an injured front right leg. Unfortunately, Poppy’s leg had been broken and set improperly, so the surgeon had to remove the leg in order to provide her with better mobility. Poppy, now a tripod, was adopted in March 2014 and returned to the shelter in April 2015 because her owners “didn’t have time for her.” Upon intake, the shelter noticed that Poppy was now having problems with her rear legs. They feared this would require surgery and the use of a wheelchair for recovery and therefore put Poppy on the rescue-only list. We rescued Poppy and used grant monies to provide surgery to repair ligament damage in both of her rear legs. Poppy is such a resilient pup! She didn’t require a wheelchair during her recovery; instead, her foster home helped her walk with the use of a sling. We are happy to report that Poppy was adopted this week!

The last pit bull who benefited from your generous grant was Rufus (fourth photo). Rufus was found as a stray by a good Samaritan. That person took him to an emergency vet, who performed Rufus’s first surgery and then surrendered him to the shelter. We rescued Rufus in order to provide him with the continued medical care that he required. We used grant funds to purchase food, vaccinations, neuter surgery and more to help Rufus on the road to recovery and adoption. Meet Rufus: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/32139671/

Rainbow Connection Animal Foundation: Sponsor a Pet Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money was applied to veterinary bills that we have accumulated for the rescue cats.

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

It help pay toward our veterinary bill.

How many pets did this grant help?

One.

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

We used the money to pay toward the vet bill that we accumulated for Mr. Bojangles’ insulin needles. He is a diabetic kitty that is in foster care. Mr. Bojangles says, “I am a super super friendly polydactyl tuxedo kitty — yes, I have awesome paws with extra toes! My paws look like little baseball mitts! I was rescued from an abandoned building on a cold winter day. Every since my rescue mom found me, I cannot stop purring! If she just looks at me I purr! I want a forever home, not one where I will be abandoned to starve and die. I am a forever cat and a 20-year commitment, so serious applicants only! My approximate d.o.b. is March 2013.

“I am currently diabetic, which requires me to have insulin injections twice a day. I’m a really good boy and let my foster mommy give me my injections, because I know they make me feel better! I was drinking a lot of water and urinating in my litterbox a lot, so my foster mom took me to the vet immediately. My vet determined that I have currently have diabetes. Sometimes this condition in cats is reversible.” Meet Mr. Bojangles: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/28722391/

Crossroads Animal Rescue: Sponsor a Pet Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

This money donated was put towards offsetting the costs of bringing an animal into our rescue. The money went towards helping decrease the costs of neutering, vaccinating, microchipping, and deworming one of our puppies who was recently brought into our rescue.

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

This grant helped in the process of finding our animals loving and forever homes. Grants and donations like this not only help vaccinate, medicate, and care for the animals in our rescue, they also help us market our animals to the public by taking them to adoption events. These grants also assist with the promotion of adoption and educating our community about responsible pet ownership. Through this grant we have been able to focus more on training the horses in our rescue, getting more of our animals into foster homes, and finding volunteers to spend time with the dogs and cats that come through our rescue.

How many pets did this grant help?

42 dogs, 10 cats, 6 horses, and 1 rabbit

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

Since the donation was made, we have been able to find foster homes for many of the animals in our rescue, specifically Alladdin (first photo), a Labrador retriever/Plott hound puppy. Alladdin and his five siblings came to CARE after being rescued from the local shelter. These sweet puppies had been outgoing and happy from the start and we have thankfully found homes for four of them since. Only Alladdin and his brother Genie are left and they are currently in foster homes getting all of the love and care they deserve.

Another success story is that of Louie and Lucas (second photo), two brothers who were brought into our rescue as orphaned kittens. This adorable pair was rescued from the local shelter when they were only about three weeks old, after their mother and siblings had died. A volunteer with our rescue bottle-fed them every day until they were old enough to eat kitten food. Louie and Lucas formed an inseparable bond, and the volunteer who bottle-fed them adopted them together shortly thereafter. They now have the good life and enjoy scaling furniture and watching their beta fish friend swim around in his tank.

Finally, sweet Penny (third photo), a 3-year-old pointer mix, had recently been returned to our rescue after being adopted out last year due to a change in her owner’s circumstance. Unfortunately Penny was being overlooked due to the fact that she was not a puppy, even though she was incredibly sweet and loved to go on walks and hikes with our volunteers. During an adoption event weekend, Penny’s luck changed and she was adopted by a wonderful family who have spoiled her ever since.