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R.O.A.R. to Relieve Abandoned Dogs’ Anxiety

Daisy

Give to us through Global Giving from 10/14-11/12 and have double the impact for homeless dogs like Daisy.

Our grant helped Southside Animal Shelter in Indianapolis, Ind., comfort nervous Daisy (above) when she came to the organization pregnant and suffering from heartworm. And if you donate to us through Global Giving from Oct. 14-Nov. 12, you’ll help twice as many homeless pets like her.

For those 30 days, Animal Planet’s R.O.A.R. is matching donations to the Petfinder Foundation dollar-for-dollar (learn more about the campaign here). That means twice as many shelter dogs can be calm and comfortable while they wait for their forever homes. Shelter representative Larai Dicus tells us how our ThunderShirt grant program has helped prepare Daisy for adoption:

Daisy 2

Daisy

“Daisy came to us pregnant and heartworm positive. After delivering her puppies and recuperating we started her heartworm treatment. Daisy has successfully completed her heartworm treatment and has been living in a foster home. Her foster mom has been using a ThunderShirt to help Daisy cope with her anxiety, as she barked constantly at every noise.

“I recently fostered Daisy so her foster mom could take a much needed vacation. Daisy had acclimated to living with her foster mom but with her leaving she brought me the ThunderShirt to use on her. I was amazed at how she would relax.

“Thank you so much for the grant.”

Daisy and thousands more homeless dogs across the United States have benefited by our grant program, supported by our friends at ThunderShirt.

Donate to us through Global Giving from Oct. 14-Nov. 12 to double your impact!

R.O.A.R. to Comfort Retired Racing Greyhounds

Pepper - NE Ohio Greyhound

Give to us on Global Giving through 11/12 and have double the impact for homeless dogs like Pepper.

Our grant to Northeast Ohio Greyhound Rescue in Harpersfield, Ohio, helped the group comfort retired racing Greyhounds during times of stress. And if you donate to us on Global Giving through 11/12, you’ll help twice as many homeless pets like Pepper (above).

For those 30 days, Animal Planet’s R.O.A.R. is matching donations to the Petfinder Foundation dollar-for-dollar (learn more about the campaign here). Rescue President Duane Jackson tells us how our ThunderShirt grant is helping the group comfort Pepper, a recently retired Greyhound who was struggling to cope with her new life:

“She was a little nervous when she transitioned from track to a home, and to help her, we use a ThunderShirt. She LOVES it and would wear it 24/7 if she could. We always put it on her when we take her into new situations and to potentially stressful places like pet stores and vets. She has been picked to be adopted and will be going home shortly, with her ThunderShirt, of course! THANKS!!!!”

Donate to us through Global Giving through 11/12 to double your impact!

R.O.A.R. to Comfort Frightened Shelter Dogs

PETUNIA-from safe

Give to us through Global Giving from 10/14-11/12 and have double the impact for homeless dogs like Petunia.

Our grant helped Saving Animals from Euthanasia (SAFE) in Tucson, Ariz.., comfort the frightened dogs in its care. And if you donate to us through Global Giving from Oct. 14-Nov. 12, you’ll help twice as many homeless pets like Petunia (above).

For those 30 days, Animal Planet’s R.O.A.R. is matching donations to the Petfinder Foundation dollar-for-dollar (learn more about the campaign here).

That means the world Petunia, who was helped by our ThunderShirt grant to SAFE. The 5-year-old spayed Xoloitzcuintli mix is able to stay calm at the group’s adoption events thanks to her Thundershirt, which applies gentle, calming pressure to her abdomen.

Donate to us through Global Giving from Oct. 14-Nov. 12 to double your impact!

We’re Helping Animal Victims of California Wildfire

Joey is at the Humane Society of Tuolumne County, which just received a disaster grant.

Eight-week-old Joey is at the Humane Society of Tuolumne County, which just received a disaster grant.

We’re rushing $2,500 in disaster aid to the Humane Society of Tuolumne County in Jamestown, Calif., a small shelter that’s working day and night to care for 30 dogs and cats displaced by California’s raging Rim Fire.

In addition to our cash grant, we’ve partnered with Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc., to send the shelter cat vaccinations, dog vaccinations and pain medicine, which will help pets recovering from spay/neuter surgeries. We’re also working with our friends at Thundershirt to send the calming shirts to the shelter, which will not only help the 30 displaced pets but the 25 homeless pets also in residence.

“We’re so happy [about all the donations],” Shelter Operations Director Doryene Rapini tells us. “We’ve been wanting to buy Thundershirts, but we can’t afford them. This will really help because some of the animals are so scared.”

Harvey

Our granted Thundershirts will help calm Harvey.

Rapini says one of her staff members has worked for 12 days straight, and that she’s had to hire additional staff to care for the displaced pets.

“In addition, we have called for all available volunteers to help with the increased workload of cleaning, walking, cuddling and nurturing the animals in our care until this crisis is over,” she tells us. “Although at this time we are unsure how long [the crisis] will last, we are currently at day 12 as the fire continues to spread and 4,500 structures are threatened.”

Rapini says our grant was going to make a huge difference: “We’re so small, and our community is not the wealthiest, so getting help is just amazing.”

Donate to help us save more pets when disaster strikes, and Orvis will match your gift!

 

ThunderShirt Transforms a Blind, Frightened Beagle

Little Fella the Beagle was comforted by the ThunderShirt we granted to

Little Fella is comforted by his ThunderShirt (and a pal).

Our ThunderShirt grant to Friends of the Animals in Lancaster, S.C., transformed the life of Little Fella, a 1-year-old blind Beagle who was abandoned by his guardians and terrified of the world.

“Once the shirt was on, I could pick him up and place him in a crate with a stuffed dog to begin his socialization training and to provide him comfort,” Friends of the Animals foster mom Renae Barnett tells us. “It worked!”

Little Fella wore the Thundershirt continuously for a month, during which time he bonded with the other dogs in his foster family.

“I have a pack of dogs,” Barnett says, “mostly big: two blind and deaf Aussies and some small elderly dogs. Little Fella came out of his shell and within two weeks he was sleeping with them and playing with them.”

Littel Fella is Happy Today

Little Fella has been adopted.

Although he couldn’t see it, Little Fella managed to map out his foster home and get around the house well. He was eventually adopted, and we’re thrilled that our ThunderShirt grant helped make room in the rescue for another dog in need.

“He is an awesome boy and we miss him and love him,” Barnett says. “But the goal is always to find the best home for each pet.”

Help us help shelters and rescues save more pets like Little Fella.

Are you a Petfinder member? Apply for a ThunderShirt grant.

 

Oklahoma Shelters Preparing for Surge of Lost Cats

Kitten rescued from rubble

Oklahoma City animal control officers rescued this kitten from the rubble around Moore.

After the May 20 tornado devastated Moore, Okla., the Petfinder Foundation rushed $15,000 to help Central Oklahoma Humane Society and City of Oklahoma City Animal Services Division cope with the influx of lost and injured pets. Intake numbers are finally slowing down – but with cat-search efforts underway, that the number is expected shoot up again.

“We are beginning our cat-trapping efforts on-site before they do the demolition, so we expect to bring in about 30 to 40 cats in the next few days,” Christy Counts, founder and president of Central Oklahoma Humane Society, tells us.

In addition to the cash grants, we worked with ThunderShirt to get the comforting shirts to displaced dogs, and with Wahl to deliver shampoo, clippers and other much-needed grooming supplies to the shelters. We helped Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. rush vaccines to the facilities as well.

As of yesterday, the shelters had taken in close to 130 displaced pets and reunited at least 60 with their families.

“We are still in the recovery phase, so things haven’t completely slowed down quite yet,” Central Oklahoma Humane Society Director of Outreach Amy Shrodes tells us. “But we are definitely a lot more caught up than we were this time last week.”

Happy Reunion between Dog and Girl

This girl was reunited with her dog at Central Oklahoma Humane Society.

Donate to assist with the recovery efforts in Oklahoma.

 

A Miracle for an Escape Artist with Separation Anxiety

King

We got this grant report from Humane Society of Warren County in Front Royal, VA. Executive director Lavenda Denney tells us:

“A loving pit bull named King had once been adopted but then returned to the shelter because he was suffering from separation anxiety. During times of separation, he was chewing excessively and causing destruction in the home.

“He was also an escape artist. His first adoptive family lived in town limits and the neighbors were scared of King due to his breed. All of these behavioral issues combined forced the family to return King, although he had been wonderful with the family, very kind and loving, as long as he had adequate attention.

“Once returned, we placed King in a Thundershirt. He did very well in kennel, participated in shelter dog-play groups and off-site adoption events. King was even featured at a Chamber of Commerce after-hours event. He was given a second chance when a wonderful family came to adopt him.

King in his Thundershirt. “He was so excited to be adopted that he wouldn’t sit still,” Denney says.

“The family was made aware of his separation anxiety and escape issues. King was sent home with his Thundershirt in an effort to continue to reduce his stress level as he transitioned (once again) from the shelter to a new home environment. King’s new family was trained on the use of the Thundershirt and encouraged to purchase a shirt.”

 

 

 

A Thundershirt Proves Better than Meds for an Anxious, Deaf Dog

Champ in his Thundershirt

Thanks to our friends at Thundershirt, we were able to send 60 of these great shirts to Big Fluffy Dog Rescue in Hopkinton, MA.

Big Fluffy Dog’s Elizabeth Zaccaro wrote to tell us how a Thundershirt has helped a dog named Champ:

“Champ is a 1-year-old, deaf Golden Retriever-Great Pyrenees who is available for adoption through our rescue. Champ has severe anxiety issues and we have found the Thundershirt calms him. He was on medication, but it did not help him, so we are using non-medical ways to help relieve his anxiety.

“When Champ gets adopted, we will send him home with his shirt.”

Donate a Thundershirt to the shelter of your choice.

Are you with a shelter or rescue group? Apply for a Thundershirt grant here.

Interested in adopting Champ? Learn more about Champ here.