Sponsor a Pet

Humane Society of Jefferson County, WA: Sponsor a Pet Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

General animal care and veterinary expenses.

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

This grant helps us pay for medical procedures (like spay/neuter) as well as necessary supplies for operation, such as cat litter, food, cleaning supplies, etc.

How many pets did this grant help?

5

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

Last year a senior dog named Harley arrived at our shelter. His owner had passed away, and the family who had inherited the dog rapidly noticed he was very ill. They rushed him to the vet, where he was diagnosed with a dangerous and painful condition: urinary crystals. Unfortunately, they could not pay to fix little Harley up. The vet took him on and fixed him up, but knew that he would need to remain on a prescription diet to keep the crystals from reoccurring. The vet, having a good relationship with our shelter, passed Harley along to us, knowing we would find him a great home where he could get the care (and love) he so needed. Harley was with us from late September to early January before he found his forever home. While he was at our shelter, we had his urine retested to make sure he was doing well, and (of course) bought several bags of his expensive prescription food! Harley did have someone donate towards his care via his Petfinder Sponsor a Pet, which helped us purchase his prescription food and keep him healthy!

Labs N More Puppy Rescue, Inc.: Sponsor a Pet Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Eight dogs were spayed or neutered, vaccinated, dewormed, chipped, fed, transported and examined. Two were treated for infections. The donation didn’t cover all the expenses, but every small donation helps. Thank you, Petfinder Foundation, for your help!

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

See above and story below.

How many pets did this grant help?

8

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

One of our volunteers was approached by a restaurant employee while eating out one night. Seems word had gotten out that our volunteer was a dog rescuer. The employee had unaltered dogs, one male, one female. As a dog rescue volunteer we know puppies are a sure thing with two unaltered adults. We learned that they had just had their second litter — seven babies this time. The first litter had been given away “for free.” We knew we had to help not only get the pups to safe homes but to prevent another unwanted litter. The family was kind and loving to their dogs but simply did not have the financial ability to spay/neuter or provide vet care for the pups or their parents. They also did not have a car to get to/from vet appointments. Our volunteer offered to be their driver.

The first step was providing the mother dog with lots of food so she could produce milk. When the pups were age-appropriate, we also started deworming them. During this time we decided not to take any chances and had the daddy dog neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. Fortunately he was in good health.

Mother dog was not as lucky. From having a chronic untreated ear infection, she had a hematoma on her ear that required surgery. After months of our volunteer driving the owner and mother dog to the vet, she was finally spayed, current on vaccinations, and healthy (with her ear infection cleared up).

Unfortunately, two of the pups were given away. Our rescue took in the remaining five and did the usual altering, deworming, microchipping, and vaccinating. We learned that a family member of the owner had one of the pups that had been given away. We were able to arrange and pay for that pup’s vet care and neuter as well. One of the five in our rescue developed a UTI that had to be treated. All have found wonderful homes and are healthy. We are getting happy updates!

In summary, eight dogs were spayed or neutered, vaccinated, dewormed, chipped, fed, transported and examined. Two were treated for infections. Three of the eight dogs were never part of our rescue but were helped anyway. Cost? Not sure, never added it up. We just knew we had to do what we had to do and paid the bills as they came to us. We have never regretted it. Thank you, Petfinder Foundation, for your help!

Golden Retriever Rescue of Atlanta: Sponsor a Pet Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Veterinary expenses

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

The funds helped with the expense of returning a golden retriever to health so that he could be adopted into a permanent home.

How many pets did this grant help?

One

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

Lexray (now Lex) was an outside dog. He has a beautiful red coat, but entered our program as a very sick boy. Lexray was heartworm-positive and had a severe ear infection. Lex received TLC from his foster who got him on the road to recovery and to his new home. His adopting family previously adopted from GRRA, and Lex’s canine sister, Nadia, is a GRRA alum.

Lenawee Humane Society: Sponsor a Pet Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

This grant allowed us to lower the adoption fee on one of our long-term resident cats.

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

By allowing us to lower the adoption fee on one of our long-term cats, we were able to spotlight him and encourage adopters to pick a cat they normally wouldn’t consider. By lowering adoption fees and promoting specials, we are able to bring in new adopters who may not have opted to adopt in the past, thus increasing our adoptions and saving more animals.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Lincoln, a 4-month-old black kitten, was the kitten specifically helped by this grant. He had been with us since he was just several weeks old. Unfortunately, his litter arrived with severe upper respiratory infections, and after weeks of medical treatments and antibiotics, Lincoln missed his chance at the adoption floor while he was a “cute” kitten. Adopters came in looking for really young kittens or older adults — never the awkward teenagers. Lincoln wasn’t a flashy cat due to his black coat, but he was one of our sweetest! We reduced his adoption fee with the help of our Sponsor A Pet grant, spotlighted him, and within a couple of days his new owner came across him and immediately adopted him. We couldn’t have asked for a better ending!

York Adopt-A-Pet: Sponsor a Pet Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The sponsorship money for Linus was used to help pay for dental work he needed. Additional money received was used for general care.

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

This sponsorship made it possible for YAAP to provide Linus with the dental work that he desperately needed.

How many pets did this grant help?

2

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

Linus is a three-legged Siamese cat who was found in 2012 roaming the streets of York, Neb., several times. The first couple times he was brought to York Adopt-A-Pet, he was claimed by his owners. The final time he was brought to the shelter, his owners never came to pick him up. We do not know how Linus lost one of his legs but it has not affected him in any way. Linus has a mind of his own and was having a hard time adapting to shelter life, so a foster home was found for him. He has spent the last two years living in a beautiful backyard with a heated and air-conditioned shop to come and go as he pleases. Life is grand for him. A few months ago his foster mom ask YAAP if it would be possible for Linus to have some dental work done. His sponsorship could not have come at a better time, as the dental work would have been done but the sponsorship money lessened the financial burden on YAAP.

Last Chance Ranch Animal Rescue: Sponsor a Pet Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

For the medical/physical care of our shelter dogs.

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

It’s was used to buy specific specials foods to help dogs like Casey and Rose (pictured) take in the extra nutrition needed to build them up and, in Casey’s case, re-grow fur. It’s also used for medicated washes and medications used.

How many pets did this grant help?

4+

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

Casey came to Last Chance Ranch Animal Rescue suffering from severe malnutrition and hair loss. After weeks of good diet and soothing medicated baths from our dedicated volunteers, Casey’s hair and spirit are both making an amazing comeback.

Just a few short weeks into her life, little Rose was found emaciated and dying of Parvo under a rose bush in Philadelphia. Under the loving care of the LCR staff, Rose is now “blooming” and has already found her fur-ever home thanks to the wonderful Sponsor a Pet donations!

Humane Society of Kandiyohi & Meeker Counties: Sponsor a Pet Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

To help us care for the wonderful pets that come through the door, whom we care for until they can go back out the front door into a new home.

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

We received the Cat Castles this year and that has helped the felines in our care — less stress, healthier kitties. The money that we receive through the Sponsor a Pet Program helps us feed the animals that come into our care.

How many pets did this grant help?

To date, 894 animals have come into our care. Of this 894, 449 have been kittens and cats.

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

Hootie came in as a stray. His family was not able to afford the fees to take him back. We were able to neuter him, update his vaccinations, microchip him and return him to his owners.

Loving Companions Animal Rescue, Inc.: Sponsor a Pet Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

To provide medical care for the pets in our custody and ensure they are healthy and happy.

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

This grant helped by supporting the needs of our special-care animals. Many of the pets we receive have special medical needs that must be maintained to support their daily health requirements.

How many pets did this grant help?

We are treating 16 pets daily currently.

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

Ghost is one of the current canines we have that was a special-needs case. Ghost came in with a really bad skin condition that had been misdiagnosed. We have had to do daily treatments and many visits to the veterinarian. He is currently going through a series of treatments to improve his immune system to help him find a way to overcome this chronic condition. He is such a sweet dog that has had to endure problems since he was a puppy, but his wonderful personality has never failed him to charm everyone he meets. He is gentle and very smart and will make an excellent family pet.

Meridian Valley Humane Society: Sponsor a Pet Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Spay surgery

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

This grant helped this little girl transition into a new chapter of her life where she will no longer be bred and will be loved as she so deserves.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

We used the Sponsor-A-Pet money to help pay for the spay of a 10-year-old female Min Pin who had been used as a breeder and was no longer useful to the family.

Humane Society of McCormick County: Sponsor a Pet Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Vaccinations and microchipping

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

We are an all-volunteer organization so all money goes to help the animals. In this case, the money was used to give shots to and microchip a stray dog named Mandy.

How many pets did this grant help?

One

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

We picked up a mom dog, Mandy, and her puppy. The puppy was adopted first. Mandy was strong and desperate for love. They were given all the appropriate shots, spayed and microchipped. After giving her a little time to get adjusted, we started bringing her to adoption events on Saturdays at a PetSmart store. At first she was afraid of the slick shiny floors and the automatic doors, but then she learned to enjoy the attention. She was fostered and house trained. Mandy was adopted and is now living in her forever home.