Tractor Supply Company Grant

BEST FRIENDS SANCTUARY, INC.: Tractor Supply Company Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

BOEHRINGER INGLHEIM GRANT for cats. Leucemia shots.

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

We have over 100 cats in our system and most are feral cats. We were able to give 50 shots to those on the outside which were at greater risk of getting sick. With fewer cats getting leucemia the better the chances are of having healthy cats. We are most grateful for the grant.

How many pets did this grant help?

50

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

Piper was one of 6 kittens raised on bottles from day one. Her Momma was killed and we had to take care of these little ones from day one. She is now 3 years old and has been adopted. What a beautiful loving cat. I will send pictures of two of the other cats we are fostering from this litter.

HAPPY ENDINGS ANIMAL RESCUE SANCTUARY: Tractor Supply Company Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The funds from the grant award were used for one particular rescue of a starving, neglected, abused horse whom we named Miracle. She was barely able to walk and needed not only nutrition, but also medical care and rehabilitation focused on trust issues. Your award of $1000 provided these essential things at a critical time for this horse. rn(See before and after photos attached.) rn

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

The Petfinder/Tractor Supply grant award made all the difference in this horse\’s life. Without this money, we would not have been able to take her on since we were at the limit for our sanctuary in being able to afford to care for more horses.rnrnrnrnrnrn

How many pets did this grant help?

One horse in particular, but indirectly many, since it helped us to stretch our capacity enough to include this rescue. Miracle is now being trained to be one of our

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

She has come to be known as \”Miracle\” because her turn around was just that.rnrnWhen Miracle arrived at our rescue sanctuary, she could barely walk. She was starving, had been severely neglected and what little attention she did get was not good. We did not know how we were possibly going to be able to take her on and give her all of the nutritional, medical, and rehabilitative attention that she so obviously needed. But, we did take her on and then reached out to Petfinder and the Tractor Supply Company for monies to help us help one more horse even though we were at our maximum threshold for rescues. Because of Petfinder and the Tractor Supply Company Grant, we were able to afford the food and supplies and medical care that Miracle required to get a jumpstart on making it. rnrnAnd make it she did– miraculously! The vets had told us that we should not get our hopes up; that she most likely would not make it. However, we knew we had to try. Volunteers at Happy Endings saw that she was fed five times a day with good quality feed and Platinum Equine supplements to build her strength and immune system. Veterinarians supervised. As soon as she was strong and stable enough, she began rehabilitation to work on trust issues.rnrnToday, Miracle is almost unrecognizable as that horse that came to us barely able to stand or walk. She is sweet, mild-mannered, and an eager worker. We are now training her to become an \”ambassador\” in our animal educational programs. And although she has scars from the gashes that she had, to us and everyone who meets her, she is a beautiful Miracle.rnrnThank you SO much Petfinders and Tractor Supply!rnrn

Doxy's Horse Recovery, Inc.: Tractor Supply Company Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Doxy’s used $578 for dental and [eye] exams and treatment as indicated. The remaining $422 was used to purchase hay.

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

We have 2 horses who exhibited eye conditions that were examined with recommendations provided by the veterinary to enhance the quality of life and promote the safety of these 2 equines. Six horses were examined by an equine dentist to ensure proper and comfortable grinding to promote optimal nutrition. The funds provided through the grant enabled us to provide our adoptable horses with services that are surely important to their lives but not always able to be provided for financially. Having the “gift” of hay for our 17 adoptable horses was a plus and benefits each horse.

How many pets did this grant help?

The grant specifically helped 8 adoptable horses and contributed to the daily welfare of the other 9 horses waiting to be adopted

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

Windsong was a senior, 25 year old, mare that came to us in poor condition. Through improved nutrition, dental and good daily care she blossomed into a handsome senior and was adopted on September 7, 2013 to a wonderful, loving home. Magnum, who had been adopted and was waiting to go to his new home, was found to have failing peripheral vision and will now remain at Doxy’s until he can be adopted to a family with no more than 2 other horses in order for him to safely live. The first 2 photos show Windsong’s before and after pictures and the 3rd shows Magnum in a pasture where he can safely live with only 1-2 other horses.

Center Valley Animal Rescue: Tractor Supply Company Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

CVAR used the grant money to complete and build two horse pasture shelters. Cement floors had been laid for both shelters and one shelter had been partially constructed. Both shelters are now completed. Labor for the project came to $870.00 and additional materials needed came to $716.34 for a total of $1586.34. CVAR used the Petfinder/Tractor supply grant for the first $1,000.00 and CVAR paid out of its own reserves for the remainder.

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

CVAR is located in Quilcene, WA, an area which experiences fall and winter rain and snow storms. It is essential for the well being of our large farm animals to have adequate shelter during inclement weather. Additionally, the shelters are used as a shelter for the feed for these animals so that the feed does not become water logged or moldy. A third reason for the shelters is to enable our Veterinarian to examine and treat animals with a cement floor and a sheltered roof.

How many pets did this grant help?

CVAR takes care of an average of 140 to 150 animals at any given time. As one of the few local places which takes large farm animals, CVAR averages around 10 to 14 horses, 4 llamas, 2 alpacas, 3 sheep, 4 goats, 1 emu, 1 large steer and 1 large pig.

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

Page was one of four horses who came to CVAR through the efforts of CVAR and the local sheriff department. Page, a 25 year old thoroughbred, was in the worst shape. Along with being covered with lice and other parasites, she had three split hooves and a heart murmur due to muscle breakdown from starvation. This once beautiful racehorse looked pathetic. In just the first 24 hours, each horse put on about 20 pounds with just water and bland grass hay. After a month, they had gained 76 to 189 pounds. Page was the one who gained the most weight. It’s amazing what proper feeding and good medical care and love can do.

Amaryllis Farm Equine Rescue: Tractor Supply Company Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The generous grant was used for feed for the rescued animals as well as for educational, informative literature for children and adults visiting the sanctuary.

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

This grant enabled us to purchase sustenance for the rescued animals. The bunnies, chickens, ducks, goats, pigs and horses all enjoyed the nutritious feed.

How many pets did this grant help?

55

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

EmmaClara came to us via the veterinarian who was called in to euthanize her. She was 5 and walked on her knees because her hooves needed trimming. I guess the people thought she should just die. It took a lot of care for many months and the vet and farrier had to work on the happy goat. She needed daily walking on pavement to toughen up her hooves as well. She is fat, happy and rears and plays with her little friend goat Faline daily now.

Pig Pals of NC: Tractor Supply Company Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Feed purchased from the Tractor Supply store in Siler City, NC. Wood and fencing to expand existing structures to accommodate 4 new pigs, and medical expenses.

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

The grant award from Tractor Supply was used in various ways. The organization used the grant to purchase feed for over 30 miniature pigs. In fact, the feed was purchased from the Siler City, NC Tractor Supply store! In addition, we had 2 newly rescued pigs that needed emergency medical care. One pig was rescued with hooves that were 5-6″ in length, crippled, and not walking (Abigail). Her companion pig (Bearista) had a 8″ by 4″ mass on her abdomen. Both had to be seen immediately by our attending veterinarian upon intake. To our sadness, Bearista passed away 2 weeks after surgery. Her necropsy revealed lesions within the intestines and cancer. Finally, we expanded our pig barn to accommodate 3 other new pigs that came to reside with Pig Pals of NC. So, the funds were also used to purchase wood for separating the stalls and fence panels for expanding outdoor pens.

How many pets did this grant help?

35

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

Abigail was rescued with hooves that were 5-6″ in length, crippled, and not walking. Her companion pig (Bearista) had an 8″ by 4″ mass on her abdomen. Both had to be seen immediately by our attending veterinarian upon intake. To our sadness, Bearista passed away 2 weeks after surgery. Her necropsy revealed lesions within the intestines and cancer. Also, we expanded our pig barn to accommodate 3 other new pigs that came to reside with Pig Pals of NC (Max, Baxter, and Rooty).

Dream Equine Therapy Center: Tractor Supply Company Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The $1,000 grant was used for Strategy horse feed. We were able to buy 60 bags of feed which fed our yearling and older horses for 6 weeks.

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

This grant directly affected 20 horses by providing them feed for 6 weeks. This grant also indirectly affected 50 + more horses/foals. We are scheduled to break ground on building our new foal barn at the end of Sept. By providing this grant, it helped us to conserve our funds to be able to build the barn as scheduled. This barn is crucial for us to be able to continue to rescue orphan foals in 2014.

How many pets did this grant help?

It directly affected 20 horses; indirectly affected 50+ horses/foals

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

Story/Pic #1-Bambie- Bambie was rescued at just 2 weeks old and was raised on milk replacer. She was adopted at a few months old and was returned earlier this year due to her owner losing her business. She was sent to a trainer to start her under saddle in late May as a 3 year old. She was adopted in July by Brooke, a 13-year-old girl. They love each other and trail ride every day. Story/Pic #2 Storm – Storm was also rescued at a few weeks old. She was adopted at a few months old and was returned as a 2 year old, not even halter broke. She was like a wild mustang. Through the help of a few trainers she was started under saddle earlier this year as a 3 year old. She was recently adopted by Regan, a 13-year-old girl, and they also will be hitting the trails and shows soon. Over recent years with the economic downslide we have had 10+ horses returned every year due to no fault of their own. Most reasons are due to owner finances. Whenever a horse in our program is in need, we always offer them assistance or a home. We then provide proper training and again find them a good, qualified home. This grant was also able to assist with these horses that again found themselves homeless.

Horse Feathers Equine Rescue: Tractor Supply Company Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

To purchase shavings, supplements, farrier care for elderly horses.

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

It helped to maintain a clean and safe environment for older horses that came into the barn to stay at night as well as provide much-needed supplements to help with elderly horses’ joints, maintain a healthy coat and keep them active for our program. It helped provide farrier care for those elderly horses with feet issues.

How many pets did this grant help?

6

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

This helped LadyX who is an elderly miniature (28) who stays in the barn at night. She foundered in the past and with a coyote problem in our area it gave her a clean place to stay at night as well as much needed supplements to help her with her walking. LadyX is a big part of our program as she is loved and adored by the small children here who are intimidated by the larger horses.

Saffyre Sanctuary, Inc.: Tractor Supply Company Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Feed, supplies and rehab costs.

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

It provided us the means to support the horses in our care during their recovery.

How many pets did this grant help?

3

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

Lakota came to us last year severely abused and neglected. We have brought him back to health, however he still has a lameness issue that we are continuing to work on. Through his special diet and holistic veterinary care, he has made remarkable progress and should have a complete recovery. He will be able to find a permanent loving home within a year or two. Until then we are committed to providing him with the best possible care, while he continues to thrive in our safe, loving environment. Thank you Tractor Supply and Petfinder Foundation, for helping us with his transformation!

Amazing Grace Equine Sanctuary: Tractor Supply Company Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Our Petfinder grant helped to fund operating expenses this summer. In just one month, we spent $1583.21 on facilities repairs and upkeep, vet bills, feed and supplements, so our Petfinder grant was a great help.

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

The grant helped to pay for the essentials that keep our horses healthy, sheltered, and well-nourished. Some of our horses are up for adoption and others are permanent residents.

How many pets did this grant help?

16

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

On Aug. 16, we took in a horse seized by law enforcement because he was severely malnourished. He was standing in two feet of manure, the only horse left in the barn after an earlier seizure of 60 horses. His owner was planning to shoot him — a horse who had no name. Erin, our director, named him Rudy. He was so weak that he collapsed several times as he struggled to walk into our barn and spent the next few days under a vet’s care, with constant attention from our volunteers. While he still has a long way to go, he is making steady progress and we are optimistic about his recovery and future life. He has captivated the hearts of many who have been following his story on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/AGequine) and website (www.rescuehorses.org/rudy). Thank you for providing the funds that allowed us to take in Rudy and other horses in need.