Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
The products were used to provide enrichment toys and tools for dogs in our signature foster and adoption program. Additionally, the products were also given out to pet-owning families who attended Agape’s Community Canine Coaching Classes.
These are classes ranging from one-day to 4-week that offer basic behavioral training to prevent intake, and are offered on a low-/no-cost basis to people from underserved communities who may be at higher risk of surrendering their pet due to behavioral issues.
Enrichment activities are an important part of the curriculum. As some families were attending on a scholarship, we provided the KONG enrichment tools to them at no cost and to help provide enrichment and stimulation for their pets at home.
This product grant helps dogs who are new to the program and overcoming social, medical, and behavioral issues during foster care, for which enrichment is helpful in providing decompression and destressing activities. We are able to provide these products to our foster families at no cost.
In addition, in our Community Canine Coaching Program, we were able to provide these enrichment toys and treats to families who otherwise may not be able to afford them to assist them in their behavioral training and efforts to move towards responsible pet ownership.
Dottie was adopted as a puppy from Agape’s foster and adoption program after she was dumped at Metro Animal Care and Control alongside her seven littermates at just 4 weeks old without their mother. She is pictured in the first photo on her adoption day with her canine big sister, Doris.
Dottie was adopted quickly, but has needed additional support post-adoption due to neurological issues, anxiety, and other common behavioral issues that did not resolve as she grew out of puppyhood.
Dottie participated in Agape’s four-week Community Canine Coaching Program to learn basic behavioral training and to socialize with other dogs, and in doing so her owner learned more about the benefits of enrichment.
Since receiving a KONG toy (second and third photos), Dottie has benefitted from the mental stimulation and opportunity to engage in natural behaviors at home (Doris has as well). These items have made a great difference in both the pups’ and their owners’ quality of life, and Dottie has remained happily in the home.
The metal ceiling in our 3,000-square-foot Bow Wow Boulevard wasn’t designed to keep our dogs cozy and comfortable through northern Utah’s cold winters and hot summers. The barking contributed to anxiety and our adopters’ experiences were often stressful.
Support from the Petfinder Foundation allowed us to install an insulated, sound-absorbing ceiling below the cold, hard metal roof.
Our dogs have already noticed a difference; barking and stress have been significantly reduced. Our adopters are noticing that Bow Wow Boulevard is still a great place to come look at dogs, even as the temperatures outside drop.
Support from the Petfinder Foundation helped us improve our aging shelter to provide a healthier and happier stay for our shelter pets. The new ceiling in Bow Wow Boulevard replaces the original metal ceiling that was hot in summer and cold in winter. The metal reflected noise and contributed to shelter stress and an unpleasant adopter experience.
Our new ceiling provides insulation, sound absorption, and a better experience for shelter pets and people.
Daisy is jumping for joy in her new and improved temporary home. As one of our longer-staying residents, we want her time with us to be safe and fun. She gets daily walks around our play yard, social time with her fellow canines, and now she comes back to her bed and toys in a warmer, quieter kennel. Thank you, Petfinder Foundation!
Learn more about Daisy here.
Indiana County Humane Society used the money from the Bar Dog Grant for vet trips, medications, and special dog food.
This grant helped us provide our dogs with the special foods they need for their diets. We have many dogs in our facility who need to be on specific food just for them, and this grant helped us pay for that. We also had a couple dogs who needed to go to the vet and get medications for issues they were having, such as medications and steroids for skin issues. This grant helped our dogs so much and we are so grateful to have gotten approved.
It helped all our dogs, but it really helped two of them the most.
Jed (first four photos) came to ICHS as an owner surrender in June. When Jed arrived, he was severely overweight and in great pain from being overweight. He weighed around 140 lbs. He could barley walk; he would walk for a few minutes and then need to sit or lie down to catch his breath.
Jed has had to make several trips to the vet for his weight. They put him on a special food and a weight-loss plan. ICHS noticed one day that Jed was acting unlike himself, so we rushed him to the animal hospital, where we found out that Jed had a bunch of rocks in his stomach.
The vet gave Jed something to see if he would pass the rocks on his own before deciding whether he needed to have surgery. Thankfully, the medication worked and Jed passed the stones on his own. After Jed recovered from the stones, we got him back on his weight-loss plan and he is down 30 lbs.!
Jed now weighs around 110 lbs. and is running and playing in the pool every chance he can get. Jed is still with us for the time being.
Fronz (bottom two photos) came to ICHS as a stray. Fronz was a mess: He had a horrible skin condition and an infection in one eye. Fronz was also so scared when he came to us, he did not want anyone to touch him or come near him.
It took ICHS some time to get Fronz comfortable with us. We took him to the vet and he needed drops for his eye infection and an antibiotic. They also put him on medication for his skin along with a steroid.
Fronz was incredibly thankful when he finally started feeling better. Once he was finished with his medications and all healed up, he became available for adoption and got adopted in a week! Fronz’s new owner has contacted us to keep us updated on his progress and she has said that Fronz is a completely different dog and is such a happy guy.
Fixing of structural damage, electrical damage, and fans.
This grant helped pets in our care by enabling us to fix the fans in our outback kennels. In our location, summer months can be very hot. The fans in our outback kennels help the outdoor dogs get some relief. The repair of structural damage ensured that we had no leaks in our cat and kitten rooms.
Lucky is a 10-year-old treeing Walker coonhound in our care. He has been here well over 130 days. Lucky is in an outdoor kennel. It is very hot in our area in the summer months. Thanks to this grant, the fans above Lucky’s kennel are in full effect! You can meet Lucky here.
The funding received is being used for potential adopters to offset Barry’s adoption fee and to purchase food, litter, and other items needed to set up a new cat, as well offsetting some of his ongoing medical costs, such as monthly depo shots for gingivitis-related ulcers in his mouth related to his FIV status.
Finding a home for a senior, FeLV- and FIV-positive cat requiring ongoing medical treatment is no easy task. Let’s face it, adopters’ largest fear is cost. Utilizing the grant, we can offer to offset these expenses, making Barry’s adoption more likely. As much as we love Barry and would allow him here furever, every adoption frees up resources, both physical and fiscal, so that we can help another needy cat.
Two: Directly, Barry, but indirectly, Barry’s replacement.
Barry is a very special boy who’s had a rough life. This senior, FeLV- and FIV-positive boy found himself at a very crowded shelter with little hope. We are grateful we were able to pull him into our program. This grant will go a long way toward offsetting the financial concerns many have associated with the prospect of adopting a senior cat. Barry has not been adopted yet, but we’re hopeful! His Petfinder page is here.
The grant funds were used for medication to provide to an adopter to reduce the barrier to adopting a senior animal with a long-term, manageable medical issue.
This grant allowed Penny, one of our longest-term residents, to be placed into a forever home by providing a year’s worth of medical care and medication for her at no cost to the adopter.
Penny was a super special girl who came to the rescue after the only person she had ever known passed away. She was clearly stressed and took quite a while to decompress, but once she did, she blossomed into one of the sweetest and most affectionate cats.
During her bloodwork, it was found that she had hyperthyroidism, a lifelong but manageable medical condition. Senior cats are always the hardest to get adopted and often live their lives out in foster care, but luckily, Penny had an amazing family reach out and express interest in her. However, they were concerned about being able to provide financially for her medical needs.
This Petfinder Foundation grant enabled us to cover her medications for a year and help these adopters say yes to making Penny a part of their forever family. She is now living the good life in her retirement home, having the run of the house, getting lots of pets and cuddles, and sleeping in her favorite spot — on the top of the cat tree by the window.
We are so happy that this girl got the happy ending that she so greatly deserved thanks to the generosity of the Petfinder Foundation.
The funds were used to upgrade our existing play yard in front of our administrative offices, converting the one play yard into a much safer dual play yard. Additionally, our outdated and dangerous shelter-side play yard gate will be upgraded.
The play yard will be completed in October 2021. Due to supply-line disruption and supply shortages caused by COVID, we had to postpone our project. We now have a signed contract with a construction vendor and a pending date. This project will help the organization by creating a safe pathway to the front door of the admin offices, as well as double the play yard capacity for the admin-office dogs. These play yards are far away from other dogs and have nice grass and good shading. Additionally, the fixed gate will keep pets and people much safer at the shelter.
The dog featured here is Snowball. He was very anxious at the shelter and selective around other dogs, so getting to spend time in the admin yard was very important to him. Whenever we brought him in from the admin play yard to the offices, he would hurl himself onto our laps even while we were trying to work. Although Snowball was adopted and returned twice within the same week (for barking!), he was quickly snatched up by the right family. The third time was the charm for Snowball!
The generous $500 Petfinder Foundation Cat Enrichment Grant was used to purchase cat enrichment items, including:
6 cat tunnels
6 small cat trees
6 scratcher poles with marble track built into the base
6 feather wand toys
70 catnip mice
30 mouse toys
24 bell toys
60 ball toys
These items were provided to 10 of our foster families to help in socializing our cats and kittens prior to their adoption to their forever homes.
CFFR is an all-foster based rescue with a network of about 60 foster families. One of each foster’s key responsibilities is to socialize our cats and kittens so that they can successfully transition to their permanent adopted homes.
Many of our cats and kittens have been abandoned or surrendered by their original owners, and oftentimes they are wary of people and hide or are afraid of being touched or held. This can be especially heartbreaking since these are innocent animals who may well have been neglected or abused, and it takes time and loving attention by our fosters to help them to begin trusting people again.
The cat enrichment items purchased through the Petfinder Foundation grant enabled our fosters to more effectively socialize our cats and kittens, thereby reducing the time it takes to socialize them prior to adoption and enabling us to foster and rehome more cats and kittens, ultimately saving more lives of these precious and innocent animals.
So far, 40 cats and kittens have benefited from the enrichment items, with 25 of those already adopted, five currently up for adoption and listed on Petfinder, and the remaining 10 not yet ready for adoption. Since many of the items purchased are durable, they will be available to help many more cats and kittens in our foster homes.
One of our fosters is a perfect example: She initially fostered a litter of four kittens who used the items (cat tree, tunnel, scratcher pole, and mice). Those kittens have been adopted and she is now fostering a second litter of three kittens who are also using those same items. We expect that our fosters will each use these items for multiple litters, as well as single adult cats, so in the end the Petfinder Foundation grant will have supported well over 100 cats and kittens!
40 cats and kittens have directly benefited from the enrichment items so far, with many more expected over the next few months.
Our fosters work hard to ensure their cats and kittens are socialized since cats and kittens that are playful and comfortable around people are adopted more quickly and have more satisfying and loving lives in their forever homes. The cat enrichment items purchased through the Petfinder Foundation grant have played an important part in socializing our foster cats and kittens, as described below by two of our fosters.
CFFR fosters Mark and Heather H. write: “We received the scratcher pole, cat tree, tunnel and toys, and a few mice from the Petfinder Foundation grant and brought them home to our 2-year-old foster mama cat, Miley, and her five kittens — Margy, Milly, Miles, Meek, and Marven (first photo).
“The kittens were initially leery of the toys, but since we showed them how they worked, they have spent hours playing with them. They love climbing up the cat tower and pouncing on each other, sleeping in the cube on the bottom, and ambushing any siblings who walk by.
“The scratcher pole is also a very fun toy, as it has large marbles that roll around in the base. The kittens will pass the balls back and forth to each other and use the top to play king of the mountain (one kitten will climb to the tippy top of the post while their siblings try to knock them down!).
“Miley, our mama cat, is 2 years old and has spent much of her adult life raising kittens (this litter is probably her second or third). She is a great mama, but she has missed out on playing and being a kitten. Due to this, we haven’t been able to engage her with toys — she just wasn’t interested. One night after we brought home the grant items, I caught her wrapped around the scratching post and she was playing with the marbles! She batted them around for a good while and her kittens even joined her. We were so happy to see her being a playful cat! The second photo shows Miley playing with the scratcher pole with her kittens.
“All of the kittens were posted on Petfinder and have been adopted into their forever homes. Miley is currently available for adoption on Petfinder. You can meet Miley here.
“Once Miley is adopted, we look forward to using the enrichment items to help socialize another litter!”
CFFR foster Jennifer D. writes: “My foster kittens loved the enrichment toys! We put the assorted toys that came with the tunnel in a box and presented it to the kittens. They sniffed them and chose their favorites to pull out, which were the mice and the balls with the feathers.
“That particular group of fosters was still pretty shy, and they were hesitant to play and interact with us or each other much, but I saw one of the kittens bat a mouse to one of the other kittens to invite her to play. I saw it with my own eyes!
“The larger toys — the scratcher pole, the tunnel, and the tree — were huge hits with both recent groups of fosters I’ve had. The marbles to chase at the base of the scratcher pole got them interested right away. They love doing surprise attacks from the other side of the pole. The tunnel has been great for a group because they can pounce on each other from several entrances, or even from the top opening (third photo). They love the crinkly sound it makes when they’re running through. They also like to hide or relax while peeping out (fourth photo).
“The tree is so soft that it has become a favorite spot (fifth and sixth photos). Of course, they like to be up high, so the top perch is very popular, but the middle perch gets a lot of use when the top one is occupied. The bottom, partially enclosed, area doubles as a private sleeping area, but it might be used even more as a position for attacking and being attacked. The two openings are great because they keep every kitten on his or her toes, deciding which way to go.
“Last but not least, you can’t go wrong with a feather wand (bottom photo)! They love it so much that they’ll attack it and carry it around during solo play, but they will happily watch it and chase it for as long as a human will dangle it and shake it, so it’s a great way to spend playtime together. It’s a good way to get the kittens to interact with each other, too. It’s funny to see all their heads bobbing at once to watch it, and then they wind up wrestling each other, so it’s a win-win. Kittens will play together no matter what, but the right toys, like these, help them socialize no matter how shy they are. Play helps them become the best adoptable kittens they can be.
“All of these kittens were posted on Petfinder and have been adopted, and I am now fostering another litter of three kittens who are reusing the same cat enrichment items!”
We used money to help purchase worming medication.
We put it towards a bottle of pyrantel to worm new pups upon intake. Thank you!
Our three newest intake pups received the pyrantel, and what relief they must be feeling getting rid of those pesky intestinal parasites.
We were able to receive compounded ponazuril, metroniazole, and vaccines to keep the rescues healthy and rid of coccidia. With a recent coccidiosis outbreak in a litter of puppies, we were able to obtain a prescription that helped treat those pups and the pups they were in a play yard with. All the pups were treated and had been given ponazuril compounded medication, which is a fast-acting medicine that kills the coccidia. Treatment was three days rather than the typical 10-day regimen. Two trays of vaccines were also purchased to vaccinate 50 pups in rescue. We thank you for helping us help the voiceless animals.
This is the remarkable story of Fallon the Fighter. She just found her forever home, and she will have a wonderful life. Her eight siblings were not as fortunate, but I’m sure they will all be watching over her as she experiences her new healthy, happy life.
On July 1, 2021, 2 Hands Saving 4 Paws Humane Society, Inc., received a plea for help from a resident within in our community. They had a litter of puppies that needed to be surrendered due to a family member being unable to care for them.
Upon viewing the initial photo we received (first photo), and the deplorable condition the pups were living in, we immediately took the puppies into rescue.
When we received the puppies, they were extremely dehydrated and infested with fleas. Their tiny bodies were bloated with worms; they had skin issues and weeping sores all over their bodies; they were lethargic, lacking a proper food source; and several had neurological issues, as evidenced by their tremors and shaking.
We immediately bathed, wormed, and settled them into our indoor quarantine area (second photo).
Over the next several days, we rushed them one by one to our veterinarian (third photo) for declining health and an overburden of intestinal parasites like nothing we’d ever seen.
The director of the organization watched them around the clock, giving them supportive care, subcutaneous fluids, vitamins, glucose, probiotics, and wet food by hand to help them gain strength. The puppies were diagnosed with several different parasites, coccidiosis, giardia, and skin infections. One by one, they started to pass away, leaving just one survivor, whom we named Fallon the Fighter.
Like her siblings, Fallon had enormous abscesses develop all over her body as a result of living in a crowded crate and sleeping in her own feces and urine. Some of the abscesses needed to be drained several times a day and have warm compresses applied to help keep them from hardening.
Unfortunately, the initial treatment for the coccidiosis and runny stool was not working.
The grant we received gave us the funds to purchase a stronger, compounded medication that immediately helped kill the coccidiosis that was ravaging Fallon’s body. We ordered and received our ponazuril overnight, along with a compounded metronidazole prescribed by our veterinarian. After the first couple of doses, we noticed an immediate change (fourth photo). Fallon was eating more, and no longer having watery, greenish stools.
Fallon the Fighter was living up to her name: She started to bloom and grow (fifth photo). She no longer weighed just a few ounces. She become playful and found her bark rather than only crying and whining. Vaccines were given every two weeks and in late August 2021, she was healthy enough to be spayed.
Just this past week, Fallon the Fighter was cleared for adoption, and we transported her to New Jersey (sixth photo), where we host adoption events monthly. This past Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021, she found a wonderful forever home (last photo). We told her new dad her story and the fight she fought to thrive and survive the horrific start to her life.
We know her eight siblings will be watching over her from beyond the Rainbow Bridge and cheering her on as she gets to experience a full, healthy, happy life.
We are thrilled with this “happy tail” ending for one very special little fighter who was determined to live on.