Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
Through this grant from the Petfinder Foundation, we were able to provide Haley with the emergent-eye enucleation surgery that she needed following a dog attack over a french fry.
This grant saved Haley’s life. Her owner was not able to pay for the surgery and considered euthanasia. In a heart-wrenching decision, the owners surrendered Haley to Friends For Life for a second chance at life. Today, Haley (renamed Tuna) lives in a new home with a yellow Lab whom she adores.
This is a from Haley’s recent adopter: “It’s been about three weeks since I took Tuna (f.k.a. Haley) home. I want to say thank you to you and the FFL staff, volunteers, and donors. FFL chose to give a partially blind, fully deaf, senior dog a second chance at life through surgery. Not everyone would make that decision. I am so grateful you did. And I am doubly grateful to your behavioral-therapy team for teaching me how to communicate with Tuna. Tuna is such a gift. She is loving, hilarious, and a pro at finding squishy spots in the house for naps with her older brother (who is smitten and happily adjusting to his new shadow). Thank you for all that you for dogs like Tuna and for the people who are lucky enough to love them.”
Back in March, our Animal Control received a call about an injured dog. When they arrived, they found Janett. She had a 6-inch prolapsed vagina and part of her bladder was out. Our veterinarian performed emergency surgery to help her. We are happy to say that she is fully recovered and this emergency medical grant covered her treatment.
We are the open-intake shelter for the largest county in the state, and most of our animals are in need of varying levels of medical care upon arrival. The funds from the Petfinder Foundation emergency medical grant enabled us to save this sweet dog’s life and stretch our medical funds to help other animals in need. Thank you to the Petfinder Foundation for the difference you are making supporting shelters like ours and being a true partner in saving the lives of animals in need!
One in particular directly, but indirectly at least six other animals were helped by the funds saved.
Meet Janett! This sweet girl was picked up by Animal Control after she was spotted running around with a large mass under her tail. She was immediately taken to the veterinarian, where it was determined that she was suffering from a vaginal prolapse. Vaginal prolapse is a condition seen in intact female dogs in which the tissue of the internal vaginal walls swells and protrudes through the vaginal opening. Upon further inspection, it was found that Janett’s bladder had also prolapsed and she required immediate medical intervention.
The fastest way to treat this condition (and the only way to keep it from reoccurring) was to perform a spay surgery and allow her hormones to decrease. So within a few hours of intake, Janett was taken to surgery. Janett may need another surgery later this week to help keep her bladder in place, so please keep her in your thoughts.
Janett is such a loving, energetic girl! All of the workers at Chatham Animal Clinic love her personality and gentle, playful nature. The Pittsylvania Pet Center strives to give animals like Janett a fair shot at a happy life and a loving, forever home.
To help defray the costs associated with having reduced-adoption-fee events, especially to promote harder-to-adopt pets.
Since we received this grant, we have been able to promote several half-price adoption weeks and half-price foster features. We hope to be able to continue to offer these periodically throughout the remainder of the year and attract more adoptions.
Lizzie Lou (first photo) and Halle (second photo) were two of the dogs we were able to get from a horrible breeder/hoarder situation earlier this year. They were both fearful of humans and being used to breed, kept in cramped kennels stacked on top of each other in a garage. On top of being undersocialized, they were completely unvetted, and Lizzie Lou had a broken leg that needed to be set. Thankfully, we were able to get the owner to surrender them to us and we then got them medically treated and into loving foster homes. Both girls found amazing forever families during one of our reduced-fee adoption events.
The grant money was used to sponsor tuition for a Dogs Playing for Life Mentorship Level II.
The grant helped our organization by allowing a staff member to attend the DPFL Mentorship Level II. With the information and training techniques learned there, we have been able to increase the number of dogs who attend playgroups each day. We have also started some basic command training and are laying the foundation to develop a formal Behavior Department and training program. We plan to do some behavior-modification training with certain dogs who are not showing well at the shelter, which will allow them to be adoptable.
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Quinn is a 7-month-old pup who came to the shelter about a month ago. She was terrified in her kennel, but she showed her fear by growling, snapping, lunging, and biting in the kennel. We were finally able to get her out and on a leash using some of the techniques learned at the DPFL Mentorship Level II. Once she got out to the play yard, her demeanor changed from fear-aggressive dog to playful puppy. We began taking her out to playgroups, and now she is a Playgroup Rock Star! We also started walking her on-leash and saw how quickly she learned commands. She was always intent on what the trainer was doing and so eager to please. She quickly learned sit, down, and place. She has also started to master duration in all of these things. Even though Quinn still needs some work to get her ready for adoption, we now have the tools, training, and confidence to work with her and find her a forever home!
The KONG toys were used for enrichment activities for the cats at our shelter and in foster homes. We also brought the toys to our adoption events at Petco and Petsmart to help alleviate stress with the cats at the event.
Enrichment is crucial to helping our cats feel calm and comfortable while they are living in a shelter situation. It can be a stressful place and these KONG toys allow them to relax, play, and release some energy. Potential adopters love to see the cats playing and showing their fun side with toys. Kids especially like to visit and play with the cats, so these toys allowed them to interact in a positive way with our shelter cats.
Our big boy Titan (first two images) loved to play with these KONG toys. We featured him playing with the toys in photos on our Facebook page. Titan had a more difficult time than most cats getting adopted, because he is FIV-positive. The photos of him playing with toys showed that he is just like all other cats and gave potential adopters a good idea of his feisty personality. This sweet boy did get adopted to a loving family at the end of April!
This grant was approved by City Council on May 21, and we were able to access the funds on May 31. We purchased 712 hanging cat scratchers from stretchandscratch.com, and due to the volume we purchased, they donated an extra 50 scratchers. They arrived on June 7, and we have begun putting them on adult-cat kennels.
They are cardboard scratchers that hang on kennel bars via twist ties on the back. They help our cats practice normal cat behavior (scratching), reduce stress, and help make them more adoptable.
We haven’t had to euthanize a cat for space in over two years. That is great, but does mean that we sometimes have cats that stay here for months. It’s really helpful for us to be able to offer them 24/7 at-will enrichment to help combat kennel stress.
Penny is an FeLV+ cat who has been with us since April 30. She’s very friendly and social but, unfortunately, due to her specific adoption needs, she hasn’t found the right match yet. Being in a shelter long-term is stressful for any pet and compromises their immune system, but an FeLV+ cat especially needs to minimize stress and maximize immune system functioning. When we put the scratcher in her kennel, she immediately began playing, scratching, and even climbing. This scratcher is going to help keep her stress level down and show adopters just how fun and lively she is! Meet Penny here.
This funding was used to subsidize the adoption fee of a senior long-term rescue resident, Amelia.
The $250 funding from the Petfinder Foundation allowed 4 Paws 4 Life to successfully place Amelia with an adoptive family.
Amelia was in rescue care for 378 days. Being a bully breed, she was overlooked until the Petfinder Foundation pushed her to the forefront with a waived adoption fee. A wonderful family was able to see her potential and gave her a forever home. From Facebook on Jan. 31, 2019: “Meet Amelia! Amelia came into the shelter as a single mom caring for her two pups. We were able to save the family and bring them to Colorado, where the puppies almost immediately found loving homes. Amelia has really flourished in her foster home. She is housebroken, great on a leash and super affectionate. She can be choosy with her canine friends but has yet to meet a human she doesn’t adore!”
Funds were used to offer $50 discounts on adoption fees for the dogs in our care to help stimulate adoption rates.
Cayde came to our rescue from New Mexico in late March of 2019. Because he was a pit-bull mix, we knew finding the right home for him would be challenging, but we had the Petfinder Foundation’s help. Sure enough, not long after his arrival, a wonderful young family stepped forward to give Cayde a chance. Here is what they say now: “Cayde is doing so amazing and we are so grateful for finding him through y’all. He and my son are non-stop on-the-go. Cayde loves the river and jumping into my son’s crib and sleeping with him. Forever grateful. Thank you!”
We used the $2,000 grant to reduce adoption fees for 40 cats.
The reduced-fee adoptions helped get adult cats adopted faster. As we reduce the amount of time a cat spends in the shelter, it opens up more space for us to help other cats and kittens.
During this period, we had three pairs of bonded cats who were surrendered to the shelter, including Anna and Elsa, a pair of sisters who were given up when their owner had to move. Normally, adult cats who need to be adopted in pairs are some of our hardest ones to adopt, but because we were able to lower the adoption fees, they were adopted in just 29 days (first photo). Both of the other bonded pairs were also adopted in under two weeks.
Kylo (second photo) was a young black cat who was adopted out as a kitten and returned several months later. Kylo also had a heart murmur, making it difficult to adopt him. But after we lowered his adoption fee, it only took a couple of weeks for him to find a great home (third photo).
This money will be used to eliminate the adoption fees for nine adoptable animals who have been with Gateway Pet Guardians for an extended amount of time.
Unfortunately, none of our featured dogs have found their own couch yet! We plan to use some of our advertising budget to purchase social media ads supporting these nine pets. We will also utilize an existing spot in a local newspaper, which a donor funds, to increase the visibility of these sweet dogs.
At this time, these dogs are still with Gateway Pet Guardians. We are currently increasing efforts to find them their people and get them home. Their adoption fees will forever be funded by the generous Petfinder Foundation grant. One of the sponsored dogs is Baby Bella (first photo). From her Petfinder profile: “Baby Bella is GPG’s certified DIVA! Bella doesn’t let her small stature (only 25 lbs.) stop her from demanding the very best in life! A huge fan of the Real Housewives series, Bella knows the importance of keeping in shape and looking great! She enjoys walks and hikes to keep her girlish figure and requires daily massages/petting to keep feeling like a star.
“Like most famous divas, Bella surrounds herself with a small entourage of friends whom she showers with love and affection. Worried you aren’t cool enough to roll with Bella’s posse? Don’t be! A little bit of patience and a whole lot of corn dogs are the key to this lady’s heart. And other dogs? Bella graces our shelter’s doggie playgroup on occasion, so we think she could live with a dog willing to let her shine. Big personality, impeccable style, and slobbery kisses … that is what you get with Baby Bella!” Meet Baby Bella here.