Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
Our shelter dog, Brutus.
Specifically, the Senior Pet Adoption Grant helped provide initial and continuing care of Brutus to make him more adoptable as a senior.
Brutus was abandoned at the Clark County Dog Shelter by his old owner's family member. He came in and was sad, depressed, and in poor condition. He had severe skin allergies that made him uncomfortable, a horrendous mouth infection with teeth on their way to falling out, and other issues. Thanks to the Senior Pet Adoption Grant, we were able to get Brutus a full dental, get his mouth infection under control and healed, heal his skin conditions, provide allergy shots for continued care, and cover his adoption fee so that he could go to his new family!
Senior Pet Adoption Grant for Abby
The funds we received will allowed us to waive her adoption fee and give a starter kit of supplies to the adopter.
Abby is a gorgeous middle-aged cat who got off to a slow start but has done a total 180. She has decided that humans are great -- especially when they offer a treat! She knows her name because staff and volunteers make sure she gets attention every day. What a great companion she will make for some lucky human. She's been at the shelter way too long ... come take her home! Meet her: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/40918604
We were able to use the $2,000 grant to run two adoption specials. The first special ran June 4-10, 2018, on cats. This was very useful because we had an abundance of felines in our care who were in need of finding homes and this special helped get 28 of them adopted. The next special we ran was for our state holiday, Pioneer Day, on July 24. We ran the special July 23 and 24 called it Petoneer Day. We offered $24 discounts on all adoption fees for these two days, which helped an additional 28 cats, dogs, and other animals find new loving homes. The remaining funds were used toward our own internal special we offer year-round, which is that any animal who has been with us for longer than 20 days or who is 7 years or older has a waived adoption fee. This helped us adopt seven cats and four dogs.
This grant helped us offer waived or reduced adoption fees on 67 of our cats, dogs, and other animals. This helped offset some of the other costs of maintaining our shelter in order to help even more animals in need than we would otherwise have been able to.
All of the 67 pets were adopted into loving homes during the time this grant was available. This means none of them are still adoptable, but there are two stories I would like to share. Jun (first photo), a 2-year-old chocolate point snowshoe cat, went through a lot to find her new home. She was transferred to our facility in May 2017. Since then, she was adopted and returned to us three times for reasons outside of her control and for no fault of her own. She had become very nervous at the shelter, but finally, she was adopted on June 6, 2018, during the Petfinder Foundation cat-adoption special, and we have a good feeling this home will be her permanent one!
Penny (second photo), a 9-month-old Lab mix, was surrendered to us at the beginning of July. Originally the owners wanted to euthanize her because she had acquired mange in their home they were using for dog breeding and they couldn't afford to treat it. Fortunately, we convinced them to surrender her to us so we could help her. She was treated in a foster home until she recovered. She was very timid and was learning to come out of her shell during this time. She needed a very special, patient adopter who would be willing to spend considerable time and energy building her confidence. We are happy to report that she was adopted on July 23, 2018, during our Petoneer Day adoption special that the Petfinder Foundation supported.
With this grant we were able to purchase 200 quality martingale collars for the dogs currently in our care, as well as future dogs.
The collars we purchased allowed our dogs to be walked safely by staff, visitors, adopters, and volunteers without fear of them getting loose or injured with poor-fitting standard collars. They also aid in the leash-training of the dogs in our care.
To date, 59 dogs have been helped at our facility by gaining training and having safe, reliable collars to start their journeys with their new families, ensuring they can't easily escape and find themselves lost and homeless.
Khai came to the shelter in April of 2018, scared, confused and reactive. He was very difficult to walk and control because of his reactivity to other animals and strange people. With the help of his new martingale collar, staff and dedicated volunteers have been able to work on his leash manners and take him on walks through town around other dogs and strange new sights and sounds with very little issue, helping to make Khai a more adoptable dog and get him on his way to finding his forever home. Meet him: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/42306130
Reducing adoption fees and shelter costs for kittens to get people to adopt a fixed shelter kittens instead of kittens in a box along the road. We also worked with people who were giving away free kittens in the paper to get more kittens fixed by bringing them into the shelter.
We were able to get more kittens adopted to make room for other kittens that were pouring into our shelter. This grant helped us bring in more kittens that would have been given away for free and helped us to fix them and reduce adoption costs on them.
56 so far have gone home and we have another 25 that will be going home in the next week.
We had our largest fundraiser event of the year on June 2. I stopped by the shelter to pick up some items and as I walked up to the door, a kitten ran up to me. Someone had left a small bowl of food and water outside our back door and this kitten running loose. I picked her up to take her inside and realized she had a chain around her neck. I called a staff member to bring some wire cutters so we could get it off her. She only weighed 1.25 lbs. that day and the chain was snug. We named her Chain and she had an amazing personality. She was a customer favorite and brought out a lot of smiles with her climbing abilities. We worked hard to get her up to a healthy weight so she could be spayed and go to a great home. Once she was fixed, she was able to meet her new boy. Please see their first meeting in the fourth photo. Your grant made this and so many other happy adoptions of spayed and neutered kittens possible.
The grant funds were used to offset the cost of Patrick's adoption, vetting prior to getting adopted, travel expenses to take him to a home two hours away from sanctuary location and to support his costs for the next few years.
This grant helped a senior pet named Patrick, who came in heartworm-positive, get a second look by potential adopters and eventually get adopted into a loving home. Not only did the funds help get him adopted, but also his best friend Max who lived at the sanctuary as well. I am thrilled and grateful that this grant was able to get two old dogs adopted who were otherwise being overlooked. THANK YOU, PETFINDER FOUNDATION!!!
Patrick (first photo) is a senior dog who came to our sanctuary from a nearby [open-admission] shelter. He was heartworm-positive and that is the reason he was admitted as a hospice candidate. Months passed and Patrick's health improved, he tested negative for heartworm and he became very close with another senior named Max (second photo). Both Max and Patrick were overlooked by adopters due to their advanced age. Patrick and Max attended adoption events together frequently. They also spent a lot of time together. Thanks to the Petfinder Foundation Senior Pet Adoption Grant, Patrick got a few more views as his potential high medical bills would not be an issue, at least not in the foreseeable future. Then a wonderful woman named Marian decided to bring Patrick into her home, but also wanted Patrick's friend to come along. She has opened her home to senior dogs and now Patrick and Max enjoy long walks in her expansive fenced yards, enjoying their couches in the air-conditioned rooms and getting loved and pampered.
We used the funds granted to us for Bella, a senior dog in our long-term foster care. We purchased her insulin, syringes, and prescription food and have waived her adoption fee. She is still with us (she has not been adopted yet).
Bella is a super docile, well-mannered senior pit bull mix we rescued who is blind and diabetic. While the diabetes is taking its toll on her over time, she still has a great quality of life!
Bella is a beautiful and perfectly behaved senior pit bull who is diabetic and blind. She gets along with dogs and cats and loves to spend time with people and go for walks and car rides! Very docile and sweet-natured girl. Weighs 43 lbs., fully vetted. Here is the link to her Petfinder listing: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/38325562
Angel's Rest is grateful for the donation of Kong products. They are used as enrichment tools for our special-needs dogs, who usually take longer to get adopted into living families, if ever.
The Kongs are also used as reward tools when dogs succeed at a learned behavior.
25 at sanctuary, five in foster care
Sophie (first three photos) was surrendered to Angel's Rest due to a bite history and aggression toward other dogs. As such, she cannot be paired with other animals and enrichment is a bigger challenge. Sophie loves her Kongs. During extended periods of solitude, Sophie gets Kongs that have been stuffed with biscuits and peanut butter and then frozen for maximum duration. We found that with "behaviorally challenged" dogs, their level of intelligence is usually higher, so enrichment is a must to prevent boredom and the exacerbation of bad behaviors. Kongs are instrumental when dealing with animals such as Sophie. Meet her: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/36636251
Money from the Senior Pet Adoption Grant was used to cover Brittany's ongoing medication to help alleviate pain caused by arthritis. Additionally, heartworm/flea/tick treatment were covered. Grant money was also utilized to cover her spay and microchip fee. We had planned to use grant money to waive Brittany's adoption fee; however, she passed away before she could be adopted. She spent her last few months in a wonderful, loving foster home.
This grant allowed us to cover Brittany's ongoing medication for arthritis. Having her medication covered freed up additional funds to provide her more comfort.
Brittany, a 15-year-old Labrador retriever, was found outside a school, collapsed due to malnutrition and pain from arthritis. She was also very lethargic. She took ongoing medication to help manage her arthritis. Her arthritis medication alone cost $78 per month. She later needed to have her medications compounded and given to her topically, as she would no longer take them orally. Thanks to the Petfinder Foundation, Brittany was able to spend the last six months of her life with less pain and in a happy and loving foster home.
The grant was used for the urgent medical care of an FIV-positive cat. The funds were used for laser treatment of an open neck wound, to remove a huge ear polyp and bullet, and to treat a severe ear infection.
The grant contributed to the medical costs for one cat who needed weekly treatments for a severe, open neck wound. This made funds available to help other cats, particularly a large colony of sick cats taken in by the organization earlier in the year.
Jeff was found as a stray in a rural Missouri community, and his caretakers noticed a neck injury that just wasn’t healing after at least six months. They contacted Boone County Animal Care for help, and it was originally thought that Jeff had an old bite wound that had abscessed. However, it was soon discovered that this sweet 4- to 5-year-old, FIV-positive brown tabby had a severe ear infection, a huge ear polyp, a bullet lodged in his ear canal, and a large open neck wound. The polyp, bullet, and his remaining rotten teeth were extracted. The ear infection was treated with antibiotics and Jeff underwent a series of laser treatments to expedite healing of the open neck wound.
Jeff’s ear infection cleared up and his neck wound healed completely. This sweet, affectionate, social kitty is just a big old teddy bear, and he even comes when called! He wins the hearts of all who meet him, so it’s not surprising that this lovable fellow was adopted in a short time. He now has a family to call his very own, including a human brother who always wanted a kitty named Jeff!