Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
The P.L.A.Y. beds that were provided to 4 Paws 4 Life are being used to make the rescue pups a bit more comfortable while they await forever families.
With extreme temperatures setting in, the P.L.A.Y. beds are keeping the rescue pups in our care nice and toasty while they await their forever homes.
Carmie is the mom of a litter of pups who have already been adopted. Momma dogs are sadly the last to be adopted, and this sweet girl is no exception. She is patiently waiting for an adoptive family and, thanks to P.L.A.Y. and the Petfinder Foundation, her wait is a bit more comfortable.
From Facebook: “Carmie is ready to be your new best buddy! Carmie is a sweetie who wants to be with you all of the time. She loves playing with other dogs and going on walks. She is 98% house trained, calm, sweet, snuggly, and very entertaining. Carmie is the perfect dog if you want a best friend that sticks with you through anything.”
The funds were used to sponsor the adoption fees for six senior cats and one senior dog in order to help remove some barriers to senior-pet adoptions and help them become more adoptable, especially when compared to their younger counterparts, who tend to move into forever homes much more quickly than the senior ones do.
This grant played a tremendous role in allowing us to move senior pets into forever homes quickly. People know that senior pets often require more medical care and therefore, from a financial standpoint alone, often get overlooked. Being able to promote waived adoption fees made a world of difference in being able to place the senior pets we had in our care and as a result, that freed up foster space to take in even more senior pets in need of help and continue the cycle.
We often have senior pets posted for adoption for months before getting even a single inquiry about them, but as a result of this promotion, we actually got a comparable amount of inquiries on these senior pets to our adult pets!
Tobo came in as a victim of neglect. When his original family decided to move across country, they let a neighbor know they were planning to dump him on the road somewhere along the way. Luckily that neighbor called us and we did everything we could to help.
Tobo was an older boy (we were guessing about 13 based on our vet’s analysis), but he still had lots of energy and spunk. Unfortunately, though, the vet did find some minor health issues that come with the territory of an older cat that would need to be managed.
Tobo was thriving in his foster home and doing absolutely amazing with his foster kitty siblings. He loved to play and cuddle and would do just about anything for treats, which was very different from the shy, scared kitty he was when he first came to us.
Tobo had some adoption interest, but went to a home with a large dog for an adoption trial and was not happy with the idea of having a big dog around. When we let the foster know it didn’t work out and that Tobo was coming back, she was heartbroken that the adoption didn’t work out for him and that he was having to move again after all the stress and trauma he had already seen in his life.
She expressed that she would love to adopt him herself, but that the reason she fosters is because she couldn’t afford the adoption fees currently. When we told her about the amazing opportunity this grant provided for Tobo, she instantly started crying and didn’t hesitate one bit to commit to keeping him forever.
Her family was clearly perfect for him and he was so happy to be reunited with his foster (now forever) family. What is even better about this story is that the family who did the adoption trial was so sad that it didn’t work out, that they decided fostering would be the best way to help other senior pets and find the perfect one that fits in their family forever, so even though we lost one foster to a foster fail (which we love), we gained another through the process, and this grant opportunity enabled of that and so much more. The One Love animals and family are so very grateful.
We used this grant to lower adoption fees for 10 animals in our care who were having difficulty getting attention. We are so grateful for this grant.
Covid-19 has put a huge strain on our shelter. We have had to change everything about the way we do business with our adopters.
Baby Girl was so special to us, but she was having a difficult time finding her soulmate. We were able to reduce her adoption fee to $47 and she found her new home. We have recently gotten an update on her and she is doing well in her new home and is so loved.
The funding was used to help cover the cost of 55 pets who were evacuated from their homes during a wildfire and temporarily boarded with us at the shelter.
This grant helped our organization to provide care for our temporary guests and prevent them from becoming homeless. We are now an official disaster-response agency with our county and will continue to respond to disasters in the future to help keep pets and people together during times of crisis.
This grant helped one cat whose family lost their home in the fire. Thankfully, they were able to grab him in time to evacuate. Many of the families to whom we provided assistance were not able to find their cat in time and were forced to leave them behind. When the man who owned the cat came to pick her up, he told us that it meant so much to him to have her back because she was all he had left. We were so happy to be able to reunite them once he found a temporary place to stay.
Surgery for puppy Vanna’s broken leg
The Petfinder Foundation Emergency Medical Grant helped Copiah Animal Shelter with the costs of surgically repairing and saving puppy Vanna’s broken leg. Vanna recovered full use of her leg, with no limp, and is free from pain.
Vanna, a Magical Mississippi Mixed-Breed puppy (aka mutt), approximately 3 months old, was found in a rural area as a starving little stray with a broken leg. She was suffering in pain, emaciated, loaded with parasites, fleas and ticks, and had swollen lymph nodes and a bad skin condition. Copiah Animal Shelter took Vanna directly to the veterinarian and to surgery the next morning to see if her broken distal femur could be repaired or her leg would need to be amputated. Cross pins were inserted during surgery and her leg was saved! After time in a foster home and treatments for other health conditions, Vanna now has full use of her leg with no limp and is no longer in pain! Vanna was accepted by one of Copiah Animal Shelter’s northern rescue partners for adoption and found her family in mid-October 2020!
The funds from the Petfinder Foundation COVID-19 Operation Grant were used to help offset the care of one of our heartworm-positive dogs who arrived at our shelter right around the time when the pandemic began this past spring. Heartworm treatment can be extremely costly, upwards of $1,000 per dog, and we had three dogs in total who arrived at the same time with this condition. The $500 grant from the Petfinder Foundation helped us to cover half the cost of treatment for one dog by the name of Honey.
This past spring, when we shut down due to state regulations, we halted adoptions, events, and all of our service areas such as our veterinary clinic and our boarding, grooming, and daycare. These service areas help bring in essential revenue that supports our shelter operations. Without this income, we would struggle to stay open and save as many animals as we do. The closure this past spring was a challenge for us as it left a gap in our annual budget in terms of the revenue we would normally bring in during this time. This made covering extenuating medical conditions of our shelter animals (such as heartworm disease, which is extremely costly) more difficult. This grant helped to offset the cost of treatment, which was hugely beneficial during this difficult time.
This grant helped provide heartworm treatment to one dog.
Honey arrived to our shelter this past spring from a high-[intake] Louisiana shelter just before COVID-19 hit. The small shelter she was admitted to in Louisiana did not have the resources to treat heartworm, and Honey would have been euthanized otherwise. She was brought to our shelter and, shortly after she arrived, COVID-19 hit, requiring us to quickly find foster homes for all of our animals, which we did.
We found a wonderful foster home for Honey, where she began heartworm treatment. The $500 grant from the Petfinder Foundation helped to cover this treatment, which eased the financial burden we faced while we were closed during COVID-19. Honey successfully completed her treatment and went on to be adopted by her foster family. She is now living her best life in her new home and her adoptive mom adores her. We are very grateful to the Petfinder Foundation for its support in her treatment and adoption!
We used the funding provided by the Petfinder Foundation to purchase hidey boxes for cats in our care.
The shelter can be a stressful place for any animal, no matter how hard we try to make it a comfortable, safe space. For cats, having a place to hide can help them feel more secure and reduce their stress. The hidey boxes purchased with this funding made an incredible difference to pets cared for at the APA. With the support of the Petfinder Foundation, we were able to make sure that every cat had their own hidey box.
Wilma and Gizmo were very shy cats who arrived at the APA through our transfer program. They were both terrified and had a difficult time coping with their new environment. With the help of the hidey boxes, which they utilized often, and a lot of love and patience from our team, they eventually began to trust people and become more comfortable.
They didn’t receive many adopter visits at first, but then one day a kind woman came in and wanted to meet both of them. Because they were bonded, we were elated that someone expressed interest in adopting both of them. When they were put into a meeting room with this potential adopter, they curled up to her as if she was their chosen person. As it turns out, they were her chosen cats, as well. She took them both home.
The hidey boxes made a significant impact on Wilma and Gizmo’s ability to adjust during their temporary stay in the shelter, and ultimately, because they were able to relax and trust humans, they found their forever home.
We are so grateful for the support of the Petfinder Foundation. Wilma, Gizmo, and their new family are grateful, as well.
We received Kongs. The products are used to provide our bigger-breed dogs who have more energy with a means of safely entertaining themselves while in isolation kennels for purposes of quarantine, or at night.
It has proved to save resources such as blankets that would otherwise be destroyed by these pups’ need to chew. Additionally, since they are unable to break the Kongs apart, we have not had to remove them when staff aren’t around in fear of the dogs choking.
Athena (first photo) was a massive, 150-lb. pup. She and her brother came to us as a neglected and bonded pair. Her brother died the night they arrived to the shelter due to prior medical issues. Athena slipped into a deep depression. We couldn’t get her to eat, drink, use the bathroom, etc. We did find that she would eat treats and whatnot out of a Kong and she seemed to be happy while playing with the Kong. We used this as a tool to get her to come around. She was adopted about a month ago.
We pride ourselves on knowing that we are one of the few rescues that will not turn away dogs due to age or illness. The monies were used towards the medical care, treatment and recovery of two dogs rescued from local shelters.
Walk Me Home Rescue Group was excited to receive the Petfinder Foundation grant and be recognized for our efforts in bringing the community together to make a difference and help those without a voice. The grant aided us with our continued goals of clearing the shelters during these tumultuous times. Athena was rescued from the South L.A. Animal Shelter, where she was being overlooked due to her various medical conditions (respiratory problems, open wounds, a skin condition, nasal/ocular discharge, a really bad cough, awful blood work). Marcel was also rescued from the South L.A. Animal Shelter, where he had kennel cough, major ear infections, teeth that needed cleaning and rotten teeth that needed to be extracted; he also needed to be neutered.
The two dogs have both been adopted. Marcel, now Charlie (first four photos), has been adopted by previous WMHRG adopters. Woo hoo! They adopted Gogo a few years ago and they had been looking to add to the family. This adoption is proof that shelter dogs can be the best! Some people think shelter dogs are flawed or something must be wrong with them, or why else would they be discarded/surrendered to the shelter? Well, Charlie is a prime example that there are plenty of perfect dogs waiting in the shelter for loving and responsible families.
Marcel, a tiny little poodle mix, was rescued from the South Los Angeles Shelter. All he needed was a dental and neuter to get him set for an amazing future. His foster and new family have both said that Charlie (Marcel) IS THE PERFECT DOG!
Let’s get straight to what his family has said about Charlie joining the fam: “We adore having Charlie as part of our family. He is a perfect blend of energy and calm. He sits/sleeps next to Dad when he’s working. We initially thought he wouldn’t be a walker, but he goes on two-mile walks with GoGo like a champ. Though he is only 6.5 lbs., he thinks he can take on any dog not in our ‘pack,’ from little dogs to dogs 10 times his size. He and GoGo have become friends and adapted well with each other. The kids like to cuddle with him on the couch. He likes riding shotgun with Dad to get puppacinos. Oh, and we have taught him to shake! Two more fun facts: He can sleep in any room, on any surface. He likes belly rubs on the couch, which usually make him fall asleep in that
position.” Congratulations Charlie, Gogo and Family!
Athena, now Little Barbara (bottom four photos), came to us in July from the South L.A. Animal Shelter. She was in rough shape, with so many things wrong with her. She had respiratory problems, open wounds, a skin condition, nasal/ocular discharge, a really bad cough, and awful blood work. Needless to say, she had a long road ahead of her. But the sweet, well-mannered, silly girl had a will to survive, and survive she did.
She waited patiently to overcome her medical challenges, and in the process she hoped to find a family of her own. We had set up a meet-and-greet for a different dog and Athena tagged along. This is where she caught the eye of our amazing adopters. Lo and behold, she was exactly what they were looking for. I guess things work out just the way they are meant to.
This is what her family has to say about her now: “The moment we laid eyes on this pint-sized weirdo, we knew she was our dog! From her silly, spiky crew cut to her sideways grin, Little Barbara is a true one-of-a-kind. She is literally the easiest dog ever: always happy, always wiggly when she sees us in the morning, and always excited to tag along on all of our adventures.
“We are truly smitten with this 8-lb. cutie, and as her comfort level grows with every passing week, we discover new and mind-blowing personality quirks — like if you say the word ‘buns’ to her, she gets so excited, she starts to sneeze! Thank you, thank you, Walk Me Home! We absolutely love LB and we are so super grateful to have her in our lives!”
We want to thank the Petfinder Foundation for awarding us a 2020 Covid-19 grant to continue helping shelter dogs like Marcel and Athena. Thank you for your continued support and confidence in our rescue.
The money was used for many items to help enrich the lives of our dogs as they wait to be adopted. We purchased several dog puzzle-treat toys, dental chew toys, bones for aggressive chewers, Hyper Pet IQ Treat Mats, interactive KONG toys, snuffle mats, agility tunnels, mega play balls, flirt poles, and several muffin pans for a treat-seeking game that we love to play.
One of the most important things that we had to keep alive during this pandemic was the dogs’ mental and emotional well-being. We have been closed to the public since March 2020, and we have not been able to allow volunteers in since then. The volunteers were so important for keeping our dogs active; they would come to walk the dogs and provide them with exciting enrichment. Without the volunteers, it has been difficult to make sure that every dog had enrichment and daily stimuli.
This grant has provided amazing opportunities to enhance the daily lives of the dogs. The agility tunnels, mega play balls, and flirt poles make for incredible exercise and training opportunities. The snuffle mat, puzzle treat toys, and lick mats force the dogs to use their brains. The muffin pans are filled with treats and then covered with tennis balls, so that the dogs must search for a tasty surprise. The chew toys keep the dogs focused on one activity and prevent them from getting restless in their kennels.
These activities are so critical for the dogs to prevent the onset of depression that can so easily arise from sitting in a shelter day after day. This has been such a wonderful opportunity.
At least 15 dogs so far, but many more will be helped in the future!
Zircon was a dog who was surrendered to us by his owner. Due to job changes, the owner had to leave Zircon in the care of someone else, and this person did not properly care for him. Zircon is an Anatolian shepherd. Though he should weigh well over 100 lbs., he was only about 75 lbs. when he arrived.
He was very shy and nervous when he arrived, and it took him quite a while to warm up to anyone. It was difficult to imagine making him available for adoption in that state. However, we dedicated a lot of time to providing exciting enrichment for Zircon on a daily basis. Puzzle feeders and toys were used to make him excited about eating.
It took a bit of work, but Zircon began to come out of his shell! He would “talk” to people by making “boof” sounds and wooing sounds. He seemed excited to be alive!
As of last week, Zircon is in a really promising foster-to-adopt situation with a loving family. I do not believe this would have been possible without daily enrichment activities that improved Zircon’s well-being tremendously.