Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
We purchased both Panacur Granules and Rescue Sanitizing Wipes with the awarded $250 Covid-19 Grant! The Panacur Granules are treating internal parasites in pets that will be placed for adoption, like our Teddy. Rescue Sanitizing Wipes are used for any and all surfaces to keep everything sanitized and safe for all.
The Covid-19 grant has allowed us to treat all of our pets awaiting adoption with lifesaving treatment of internal parasites so they can be healthy and happy going forward into their new lives. The pets truly need to be healthy before being adopted so that they have the best chance at finding their forever homes quickly and safely.
If left untreated, not only the newly adopted pet, but the pets in the home already and neighboring pets could all contract the same internal parasites that the adopted pet has brought with him/her, making them unhealthy, puny and very unhappy.
The Rescue Sanitizing Wipes have kept the staff healthy so we can continue our mission of rescuing pets in desperate need of care.
10+ and it’s still helping
Teddy came to us from an animal-control facility. He was matted tightly to the skin and the smell was horrendous! His skin and coat were patchy and unhealthy and he was lethargic. We brought him to our facility, immediately grooming him to remove the urine, feces and fleas from his skin. Next, the testing. He tested positive for hookworms, a very detrimental parasite that will kill if left untreated.
Once he was treated with the first round of Panacur, his eyes started to light up and he started being the real Teddy, not the depressed Teddy we’d only known since he came to us. He was a completely different dog after his second round of treatment three weeks later!
We placed him on our webpage on Petfinder.com and within days he was adopted to a loving home. Success!
With the Rescue Wipes, we were able to have a sanitized area and the staff weren’t carrying any germs, so Teddy’s adoption was carried out in the most timely and healthy way possible.
We used the money to order vaccinations, medicine, animal bedding, dog food, puppy pads, seven vet-visit fees, copy paper and ink. Because of the grant, we were able to save seven more dogs in North Carolina.
We were able to vaccinate and de-worm all of the dogs in our care. We were also able to save more dogs from North Carolina and bring them to our rescue.
Callie (first photo) and Charity (second photo) were from North Carolina. We rescued them and five other pups from a horrid life in North Carolina. The conditions that these young pups had been in were deplorable. They were kept in an outdoor kennel with a dirt floor, full of fecal matter. Their food was thrown on that same dirt floor, into the feces! Because of this, Callie and Charity and the other pups were so loaded with hookworms, roundworms and tapeworms that they would have perished without treatment! With a lot of de-worming medicine and great veterinary care, they were healthy enough to place up for adoption. They have found their forever homes.
We were so happy to receive the P.L.A.Y. Chill Pads and dog and cat toys. We have all our dogs in foster care who can always use toys, and several cats and kittens at this time.
The P.L.A.Y. Chill Pads were placed in our FIV room, where our cats who test positive for FIV are monitored. The room gets a lot of sun and is small, so these beds are a purrfect place for them to lie and not get to hot. These pads are a great alternative to the fleece blankets we usually have for them and are still washable! The toys are always a hit.
Colony Cats is the only shelter in Columbus, OH, that does not believe FIV is a death sentence. As a no-kill shelter whose volunteers do a lot of TNR, we come across many cats who are FIV+ and will place them into the FIV room for safety until they are adopted. We have a male named Rye (first photo) who spent life on the streets and got in many fights based on his scars. He was taken in, neutered, found to be a total indoor cat and is now looking for his forever home. We currently have 12 FIV+ cats in our care. You can meet Rye here.
This grant was used to purchase food, treats, enrichment items, disinfectants, safeguards and cleaning supplies for the safety of our staff and overall wellness of the pets in our care.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Salt Lake County Animal Services has had a significant shortage in funds and, unfortunately, has had to restrict a large portion of its budget. Receiving this grant allowed us to continue to care and provide for the animals at our shelter in a safe and clean environment.
Dollar, pictured, a 3-year-old neutered male pit bull terrier, was one of the many pets at our shelter who benefited from this grant by receiving a special order of food, treats and enrichment items to help keep him happy and healthy. As you can see by the second photo, he was very pleased with what he received! Dollar has since been adopted into a loving home.
This grant was used for the intake of 22 kittens during the week of May 22. Intake includes all vaccines, a microchip, dewormer, and an FIV/FeLV combo test.
Our intake has been up during this COVID-19 crisis due to an increase in surrenders. The week of May 22, we brought 37 animals into the shelter, which is three times our average weekly intake. The grant money paid for the intake of the 22 kittens that we brought in that week. We would not have been able to intake as many animals without these funds.
These kittens have not been adopted yet, but will be available soon. They are all in foster homes and doing well. They are not on Petfinder yet, because they are not available for adoption yet, but I am including some pictures below. The pictures are of Pawdry Hepburn, Vivian, Neville, Hermione, Albus, Ronald, Dobby, and Minerva.
Granted funds were used to purchase enrichment items for our shelter cats — items such as toys, food puzzles, and training supplies as well as hidey beds and feral boxes to provide a sense of security for shy cats.
This grant was even more beneficial than we could have imagined when we originally applied. During the past few months, our shelter has been operating by appointment only due to the COVID pandemic. Because of this, our cats are not getting the same level of human interaction that they have gotten in the past. This can quickly lead to boredom and loneliness for the cats, which can lead to even bigger mental and physical health issues.
However, because of this grant, we were able to buy additional items that keep the cats stimulated and provide entertainment during times when there are no people for them to socialize with. Having multiple types of items (food puzzles, toys, cat scratchers, etc.) allow us to mix up the enrichment each cat receives daily. This way they are not becoming bored by having to play with the same toy over and over.
These items also provided the ability for some of our shyer cats to come out of their shells. A cat’s natural curiosity can sometimes overpower their timidness, and enrichment items can help this process. Watching another cat play with a toy and enjoy the interaction can entice a shy cat to come out and give it a shot. And, over time, they begin to come out of their shell and even begin playing with the other cats.
30 cats so far, and more expected in the future
Rooster (first photo) arrived as a stray after being found running loose at a resident’s home. When he came in, it was obvious he had been on his own for some time. He had a broken tooth and his fur was so matted, he had to have several areas shaved in order to clean him up. But once he received a few days of care, his loving, playful side quickly came out.
Rooster’s favorite item purchased with the Petfinder Foundation Cat Enrichment Grant was the food maze (last three photos). Rooster had once spent a lot of time having to hunt for his food in order to survive. While we love that he no longer needs to hunt to eat, the puzzle maze provides the mental stimulation he was getting from hunting. So items like food mazes and puzzles allow Rooster to still receive the mental stimulation he needs to be a happy cat.
Rooster was adopted and is now settling into his new, loving home. He will never have to hunt to survive again!
The $250 was used to get surgery for a rescue.
The grant helped us provide a surgery for a rescue that was unexpected. The grant allowed us to use the money towards the surgery so that the rest of the rescue could continue normally.
Callie had two masses on her, one of them very large, and the vet was concerned that it might have been malignant. Her surgery was much more than the rescue had originally thought it would be, so the grant made up for the remaining amount so that Callie could have the masses removed and tested. Thankfully, the tumors were benign and Callie is now at her forever home!
Medical expenses and food. I have all the receipts and everything put together if you would like them.
Our regular low-cost vet was limiting services, so we had to use more expensive care. Also we had one stray kitty whose finder wouldn’t leave the house to get him to the vet because of Covid-19.
We were emailed about a wounded stray cat whom someone had found. The finder was desperate for help for him but unable to get him to the vet. Our foster picked him up and took him straight to Blue Flint Animal Hospital. The foster also ended up foster failing Sheeran (first photo) and is keeping him!
To pay a transport driver to drive from his home to Washington D.C., then to Georgetown, KY, and back home in southern Virginia.
Layla Sunny Rose was being returned from her adopted home in Washington, D.C., to her foster in Georgetown, KY. We needed help paying the transport driver to make this long trip.
Layla Sunny Rose was adopted from us to a family six years ago. The family dynamics changed and Sunny needed to be returned to the rescue. Sunny was living near Washington, D.C., and needed to be returned to her foster in Georgetown, KY. With the Covid-19 quarantine and the fact the owner was working from home and has a young child, driving the dog back to KY was a huge problem for her.
She asked if she could just take the dog to the local shelter, which is a violation of our contract. We said no. We contracted a reputable transport driver to go from his home in southern Virginia. He was able to drive from his home to D.C., then to a Georgetown vet and then back home. His charge was $0.20 a mile so he charged us $250. Layla Sunny Rose is now safe and in her foster-to-adopt home. Once we get all her medical issues cleared, she will be adopted.
We are so grateful to Petfinder, our best tool for adoptions. Petfinder assists shelters and rescue groups in promoting available pets to potential adopters near and far!
We were so delighted to be awarded a grant from the Petfinder Foundation 2020 COVID-19 Operation Grant program for $1,000! The grant was used to enrich the lives of pets in our care. We felt like our cats would enjoy new scenery in the free-roaming cat lounge to give them activities while passing the time waiting for homes. They already had many cat towers, but honestly, what’s better than climbing up walls to higher places? This also gives the cats needed cage breaks too!
With recent COVID restrictions and our being closed to the public (besides pre-approved adopters visiting), we took the opportunity to freshly paint the walls a new color, get the floor waxed and add a double Juggernaut wall-mounted climbing center!
It’s a big success — the cats love it and it’s all thanks to the Petfinder Foundation grant! If you are interested, we purchased the units at Catastrophic Creations. THANK YOU, Petfinder Foundation!
Many of our cats live in cages and, besides cleaning and occasional time out to play, they needed another avenue to get exercise and be cats! With this addition to our facility, ALL the cats in our care get the benefits of the new and exciting addition to our free-roaming cat lounge, where they are able to stretch out, hang out and just have freedom to do things cats enjoy most.
All the current cats in our care, and future cats too — especially the long-termers !
Since we are now open to the public, a cat who had been living in our cat room (Izza, the snowshoe mix pictured with the blue eyes, first and second photos) was placed and two others that have potential adopters got to spend valuable time with the cats they plan to adopt.