Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
These super cool and durable Kong toys are being used for enrichment here at Oregon Dog Rescue. They are great tools to stimulate and enhance the dogs’ fun while they are awaiting their forever homes.
The 2020 Kong Toy Grant is helping to provide mental and physical stimulation to the rescue dogs while keeping them safe with these trustworthy and durable toys. Enrichment benefits the dogs in so many ways. We like to stuff Kongs with peanut butter and freeze them so when the dogs lick them it takes a little extra effort and focus for them to get the reward. Having these toys makes our dogs so happy, reduces their stress, stimulates their brains, puts their olfactory senses to good use and makes their tails wag! Kongs are staples here at Oregon Dog Rescue.
This grant will bring joy to countless dogs over months to come! We currently have 60 dogs who will enjoy these toys, not to mention the future residents who will benefit as well.
Teddy (first photo) is a super energetic and sweet cattle dog mix who is shy around the other dogs but has lots of love to give as well as energy to exert. These Kongs are bringing him a whole lot of entertainment while he waits to find his perfect match. You can meet Teddy here.
Primarily food, but we did have a special medical case come up that cost nearly the amount of the grant. So thanks to the Petfinder Foundation Covid-19 grant, we were able to feed our animals AND take care of a kitty with medical issues.
In addition to helping a mama cat with heartworm and her two kittens, it also helped us provide food for the 125+ cats and kittens at our all-cat shelter.
Thanks to the Petfinder Foundation Covid-19 grant, we were able to help meet all our animals’ dietary and supply needs during this time when donations have been down. It became especially helpful when we found ourselves with an unusual medical case. Rose came to us with her two kittens, Remi (F) and Ramsey (M). Upon closer testing and inspection, we discovered that Rose had heartworm. Our on-call shelter vet provided the diagnosis and treatment, which ended up being nearly $1000 ($991.16, to be exact). So the funds we received for the care and feeding of our pets went a long way because we were able to get her care and treatment thanks to the other additional funds from the Petfinder Foundation. We’re happy to report that Mama Rose is doing great and all three felines have been adopted and are in loving homes.
The Petfinder Foundation grant funds were used to help feed, house, and provide enrichment for the over 30 parrots currently in our care. At a cost of $80/bird/month, the additional $500 grant enabled us to make sure that each bird was given fresh fruits and vegetables, as well new toys to enrich their current shelter environment.
With Covid-19, we have seen an increase in the number of birds that have been relinquished into our care, resulting in additional expenses to properly care for all the birds. This grant has helped us continue to provide fresh fruits and vegetables, along with enrichment, for the additional birds brought into our care.
Kimber is one of our very special birds who has had a hard life. She was originally wild-caught and brought into the USA for trade. Since her owner passed away, Kimber has struggled to move forward, resulting in a severe dislike of men and children. This has made it difficult to find her the perfect home, but we will continue to search because we know that home is out there! This grant has helped us continue to provide for her needs while we still look for that forever home for her, and for that, we are extremely grateful. You can meet Kimber here.
Dog food, cat food, cat litter, and other animal care supplies, as well as storage rental fees
Due to COVID-19, our events and fundraising came to an abrupt halt. Typically, our adoption fees and veterinary fees offset each other, and any extras we need to provide our animals come from donors or are purchased. Money and in-kind donations have been limited due to the pandemic, so this Operations Grant from the Petfinder Foundation helped us fill the gap where the pandemic hit us hardest.
Despite the coronavirus pandemic hitting Minnesota in mid-March, rescue requests continued to roll in, and we had an unexpected surge in foster and adoption interest. This allowed us to bring in more than 180 animals in just three months. One cat in particular is a senior kitty named Buddy Bartholomew, who has well-managed kidney disease. He requires weekly subcutaneous fluid, a special water fountain with filtered water, and his foster goes through a lot of litter because his condition causes increased urination. Providing these extras is made possible by funds from the Petfinder Foundation COVID-19 Operations Grant. Buddy is still available for adoption, looking for just the right home! You can meet him here.
Hay – feed for horses
It allowed us to purchase hay for one week for the horses in our care.
We are a sanctuary. This grant helped to feed all the horses in our care who are unadoptable. These horses participate in our community-service and emotional-therapy programs. We thank the Petfinder Foundation for their help and support.
Board, food and medical care
It covered the cost of one adoptable animal for two months.
This grant directly helped Windy Nate, who has been in our kennel for quite some time. It provided funds for kennel, food and medical fees. Nate has not been adopted yet.
Monies were used for increased operating expenses required to house animals for an extended length of time in foster homes and at the shelter. Help with food costs was wonderful at a time when revenues are down.
We were able to house animals with no time limits thanks to the extra $500 in funding for food costs.
Mac (first photo) and Mittens (second photo) have been in foster with a volunteer family since the middle of March. They are a 4-year-old bonded pair of cats who, without funding for added food costs, we may not have been able to keep. With your support, we have been able to continue to care for our harder-to-place foster animals until suitable homes can be found.
Funds were used toward the continuation of operations during Covid-19 and helped MCPAWS offset some financial losses due to the pandemic. Funds went directly toward cost of care for animals at the shelter and in foster homes.
This grant helped MCPAWS cover the cost of care for animals at the shelter during the Covid-19 pandemic. We were able to continue providing care to all animals during very uncertain times thanks in part to this grant. We appreciate the support very much!
During the pandemic, we had several long-term residents find loving homes. Scooter, Keiko, Hali, and Brandi (pictured, top to bottom) were all at MCPAWS for several months before finding forever homes during a pandemic! We are so excited for these guys to be in loving homes. We’d like to thank the Petfinder Foundation for the financial support during these uncertain times. Thank you!
The money was used to support our foster program. We were able to purchase Breeder’s Edge Foster Care Feline Milk and Miracle Nipples as supplies for our volunteer kitten fosters.
Our foster program was expanded during this COVID situation and your generous grant was a big part of making that happen. We grew to foster over 90% of our inventory!
We had well over 100 pets in foster care from mid-March to June 30th.
Because we had your funds to help pay for kitten milk, we were able to help our dog fosters too! Andrea was fostering a puppy who was very shy, so it was recommended that the puppy meet as many people as possible to learn that people are okay. Andrea took this puppy everywhere she could: shopping at Petco, going to parks, picking up kids from school — if that puppy could go, it did! Not only did she help the puppy overcome its fear, Andrea turned into an ambassador for our facility and eventually helped find the puppy its forever home. She didn’t stop there; she helped coach the new family, making the transition easy and comfortable for both the family and puppy.
The grant funds were used to provide heartworm preventative medicine.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all spring fundraisers at the shelter were cancelled. The spring fundraisers normally bring in approximately $20,000 in revenue for the shelter, which greatly helps with veterinary costs.
The funding provided by the Petfinder Foundation assisted with providing heartworm preventative to the shelter dogs to insure that the animals remain healthy and do not contact the potentially fatal disease.
The grant helped 50-100 dogs receive monthly heartworm preventative until they were adopted
Spade was surrendered to PALS Animal Shelter. This poor pup had spent his young life tied to a tree. Spade was examined by PALS’ vet, neutered, microchipped and given all the appropriate vaccinations. He tested negative for heartworm and so he was started on a monthly heartworm preventative to make sure he remained healthy and heartworm-free. This sweet, goofy, playful guy has been adopted and is living the good life in his forever home. Spade is one lucky pup! Thank you, Petfinder Foundation, for your support of PALS’ animals!