Sponsor a Pet

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/.

Cedar Bend Humane Society: Sponsor a Pet Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money received from this grant will offset the costs of food, shelter, and medical care needed by the homeless animals in our care. The Cedar Bend Humane Society practices an open-admissions policy, meaning we never turn away a homeless animal, even if it is need of substantial medical care. At the moment we are treating three dogs who came into our shelter with heartworms. In addition to the medical costs required to prepare these dogs for adoption (outlined in the next section), these three dogs must undergo a series of treatments to eradicate the existing heartworms, and also to prevent them in the future. The cost to treat an individual shelter animal for heartworms is approximately $175 per month. Follow-up treatments are approximately $120 per month. Thanks to generous donations from organizations like the Petfinder Foundation, we are able cover these costs more effectively, and to continue practicing our open-admissions policy, never turning away an animal in need.

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

Every animal in our care is tested, vaccinated, microchipped, and spayed/neutered before being placed up for adoption. The cost of preparing one dog for adoption is as follows:
Spay/neuter: $50
Rabies: $1.50
Microchip and registration: $16
Distemper: $4
Flea/tick treatment: $5
De-wormer: $5
Heartworm test: $8
TOTAL: $89.50

The cost of preparing one cat for adoption is as follows:
Spay/neuter: $30
Microchip and registration: $16
Rabies: $1.50
Distemper: $4
Flea/tick treatment: $5
De-wormer: $5
Feline leukemia test: $10
TOTAL: $71.50

The $90 granted to CBHS through the Petfinder Foundation was able to fully prepare one cat or one dog for adoption, getting them one step closer to finding their “fur-ever” home! Any remaining funds are added to the general operations budget, to be allocated toward the next animal in need.

How many pets did this grant help?

This money makes it possible for one dog or one cat to be fully prepared for adoption (tested, vaccinated, spayed/neutered, microchipped).

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

Joey (first photo), Nacho and Six are the three dogs currently undergoing treatment for heartworms. Six was brought to us by a family member after her owner passed away. Joey and Nacho came to us thanks to the rescue efforts of the ASPCA. We are happy to report that both Six and Nacho have found foster homes to live in as they undergo their treatment, and, once treated, will be fully adopted by their foster families.

Meet Joey: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/31973828/

Foothills Humane Society: Sponsor a Pet Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Heartworm treatment for our dog Brownie.

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

We were able to treat one of our heartworm-positive dogs, increasing her chances of being adopted.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Brownie came to us in very poor shape and scared out of her mind. With lots of socialization, Brownie was able to trust the staff members. She is incredibly sweet and now goes to adoption events to show off how far she has come. She is perfect with other animals and will be a great companion to the right person. Brownie was high heartworm-positive and, with generous donations that were given to us, we were able to treat Brownie for heartworms, making her healthier and more adoptable.

Meet Brownie: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/30941420/

Taz & Penny's Happy Tails Rescue: Sponsor a Pet Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Vaccinations (rabies, distemper, parvo, etc.) and 4Dx tests for a senior dog, Taylor. She was Lyme-positive and needed a 30-day treatment of antibiotics. She also had some very stiff knees and this helped provide her with some much-needed medication to help her with her discomfort.

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

It helped us get veterinary care for a senior dog who tested positive for Lyme disease. Also, by helping with the cost of her vaccinations and tests and medication, we were free to use our other resources to bring three other new dogs in while still treating our senior dog, Taylor.

How many pets did this grant help?

Four dogs: Taylor, Sid, Sarge and Castle

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

Taylor came to us as an owner surrender. She had lived for 10 years with her family and suddenly found herself homeless when her owner had to move and couldn’t take Taylor with her. She is sweet, loyal and oh, so loving! At 10 years old, Taylor wasn’t the “cute little puppy” that everyone wanted. She was larger and older and starting to slow down and have those sore joints that bother older ones. We got her updated on all her vaccinations, found that she was Lyme-positive and treated her with antibiotics for 30 days and gave her some much-needed medication to ease her knee pain. She is enjoying herself at her foster home and doing very well while waiting for her forever home and family!

Meet Taylor: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/32004029/

Pack N Pounce Animal Rescue: Sponsor a Pet Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money that was donated was used to pay a vet bill for a dog who had acid thrown into her eyes.

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

The grant helped relieve the stress of having to come up with funding for a very special dog who had an immediate need and could not wait for vet care. She was able to get the care she needed and we were able to have the funds needed for other animals to get spayed/neutered and vaccinated.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Stinzy came to our rescue from her owner, with the claim that she was in excellent health except that she had conjunctivitis. Her owners admitted to not being able to take her to the vet for care, but we could not imagine leaving her with her eyes so hurt. We brought her to the vet for her first exam and the vet thought she might have eyelid entropion and would need several surgeries. After medication, the swelling went down and we realized that it was not entropion but acid damage to her eyes. She will be permanently blind in one eye but she has recovered excellently. Her hair may never fully grow back in but she is very happy in her new home. Her new family doesn’t mind that she isn’t perfect. They are just grateful to have her in their home.

Double Dog Rescue: Sponsor a Pet Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money was used for additional medical expenses not covered by our adoption fee.

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

We were able to pay for treatments of a dog with a severe case of mange.

How many pets did this grant help?

One

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

This money was used to help a beagle-mix dog named Abigail who had a severe case of mange. She was almost unrecognizable as a dog because it had ravaged her face and body, leaving sore, red, bleeding skin behind. She was only four months old at this time and in [an open-admission] shelter. No one would adopt her in this state. We pulled her to safety and, with the help of a very dedicated volunteer, treated the mange over the course of several months. Once she was healthy and had her fur back and looked like the cute dog she is, she was quickly adopted. Now she is enjoying a happy life with her forever family. Your grant allowed DDR to treat and save a dog who would have been overlooked and possibly killed because no one could see past her outside. Thank you, Petfinder Foundation!

A Way For A Stray Rescue: Sponsor a Pet Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Vetting and health care for our rescue dogs

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

Helped pay our vet bills and helped us take in a few more medically needy dogs from animal control!

How many pets did this grant help?

2

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

Words from Walter: Hi, folks! You haven’t heard much from me, but it’s about time I spoke up and told you my story, since not much was known when I was taken in. Two weeks ago, people thought I was a Chinese crested mix, because I had such little hair on my back and weird black freckles. Actually, I found out I’m a shih tzu (I hear that’s a good thing to be). I lived in a house with people who fed me crappy food — it tasted bad and it made my hair fall out and my skin itch. Then my tummy hurt and I peed all the time in the house. They got really mad at me, but I couldn’t help myself! Instead of taking me to a doggy doctor, who could have helped me feel better and not pee all the time, someone put a knife to my throat and cut it. Then they dumped me and left me all alone on the street to die.

Don’t feel sad, though, because these nice rescue ladies saved me! Now I’m with my foster mom, Bonni, and I get wonderful healthy food, good oils for my skin, and pills to make me feel better. I’ve only been on them a few days, but already I don’t pee so much and my tummy doesn’t hurt all the time. I heard the doggy doctor say that I had a “leathery bladder,” whatever that is, because I was in pain with this infection for a long time. Hey, not being able to talk about what ails you really holds a guy back! I’m just 14 lbs. and will be looking for a new home with kind people to love me and take good care of me. I’m only a few years old, I love people and dogs and cats; oh, I don’t swim very well, but that’s a story for another day!