Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
The Petfinder Foundation 2020 COVID-19 Operation Grant grant was used to provide heartworm and flea/tick preventative medications for our dogs in boarding (six dogs: Twix, Rayden, Seabiscuit, B-Line, Kenzie, Hashbrown), in foster care (nine dogs: Nevis, Neyo, Jack, Delta Dawn, Savvy, Lobo, Haven, Little Lilly, and Blossom), and in our long-term Home Sanctuary program (ten dogs: Honor, Astro, Baxter Cape, Raina, Goldie, Pinto, Sterling, Dukey, Micah, and Lance Sweets), for the month of April 2020.
The 2020 COVID19 Operation Grant allowed us to continue to provide excellent care to our dogs: first, paying for heartworm and flea/tick preventative for one month for 25 dogs. Additionally, since our preventatives were taken care of for a month, this grant allowed NMDOG to use operational funds towards the expense of isolation-boarding for a new intake, Fauci.
This grant allowed NMDOG to use operational funds towards the expense of isolation-boarding for a new intake, Fauci (first photo), an elderly American bulldog with sarcoptic mange. Fauci is a victim of animal cruelty (charges were filed against the owner), and was near death when he was surrendered to NMDOG. After discharge from the vet he required a sterile, isolated kennel, which was provided by a partner shelter. Fast forward to June 2020, and sweet Fauci is now at our NMDOG HQ and recovering well!
B-Line (second photo) was unchained in January 2020. He is a 1-year-old heeler mix and he has a ton of energy! B-Line is a very fun-loving, excitable boy with a heart of gold. He is very smart! B-Line is currently in boarding and goes on regular outings with an NMDOG volunteer. B-Line is available for foster and/or adoption.
Meet B-Line here.
Rayden (third photo) is almost 2 years old and he is one of the sweetest, silliest, most joyful huskies you will ever meet! You wouldn’t have known that when we first met Rayden a few months ago, because Rayden’s spirit was broken. He was starved emotionally, mentally and physically. He weighed only 28 lbs. the day he was removed from his chain. Today, Rayden weighs at least 45 lbs. and he has received a full medical and behavioral clearance for adoption. NMDOG has promised to love and treasure Rayden, providing for all of his needs and to find the perfect husky home to keep him safe and make all of his dreams come true. We don’t take these promises lightly — that is why we work so hard and sometimes wait so long until the *right* home is found. “Rescue is not about finding a dog a home. Rescue is about finding a dog a great home.”
Meet Rayden here.
Hashbrown (fourth photo) came to NMDOG in early 2019 as the result of a domestic-violence situation. Hashbrown loves to play fetch and splash in the kiddie pool. He likes other dogs, but NMDOG is looking for a home where Hashbrown can be the only pet in the home, so he can enjoy the full attention of a loving family. Meet Hashbrown here.
To purchase distemper vaccines (2-3 per feline), FIV/FeLV tests, microchips and flea treatment/dewormer for the incoming cats and kittens. Our cost is $6.76 per vaccine, $12.75 per test, $8.95 for each microchip and $9.67 for each dose of Revolution. The cost to provide these supplies is $44.89 per cat. A $1,000 grant provides all of this for at least 20 cats. The remainder will be used to supplement our litter, food, kitten formula and general medicines supplies as they become low.
We were able to purchase the necessary supplies to get 20+ kittens off to a healthy start and ready for adoption! These cats and kittens will leave us protected against parasites and distemper. They are also microchipped to prevent them from being sheltered stray cats in the future — a lifelong gift for them!
In April, Stretch (first photo; now named Willow) came to us a 2-week-old orphan kitten. Our foster mom Bobbie hand-raised her and her brother Armstrong. This month, Stretch was finally ready to find a loving home of her own. This grant helped us supply her with her distemper shot, microchip, and Revolution to get her ready for her forever home. She was spayed and vetted two weeks ago and was adopted last weekend! We were also able to add to our supply of kitten food and litter, which helps feed so many babies here!
Poodle and Pooch Rescue used the $500 grant funds to contribute to three special-needs dogs’ medical procedures in order to get the dogs to an adoptable state so they can find their forever homes.
1. VEGAS (first five photos): a 1-year-old special-needs Chihuahua/terrier mix boy — we contributed $300 towards his leg amputation.
2. MOLLY MAE (sixth photo): a senior Yorkie girl — we contributed $100 towards her senior blood tests and x-rays on her bad knees.
3. JOYA (seventh photo): a special-needs senior Havanese/Maltese mix — we contributed $100 towards the surgery she needed to remove mammary tumors.
Poodle and Pooch Rescue specializes in taking in a high percentage of special-needs and senior dogs. These dogs have higher medical costs than healthy dogs. Outside of the basic spay/neuter procedures, on average, basic veterinary services for each “healthy” dog is about $200 and vetting for each special-needs/senior dog on average is an incremental $300 on top of that (typically for additional diagnostics such as extra blood tests, x-rays, heart evaluations, orthopedic exams, checks for mammary tumors, etc.). The diagnostics alone increase the overall average vetting cost per dog, and most require serious medical treatments in order to get them to an adoptable state.
The grant funds helped replenish some of our special-needs medical fund, which then allowed us to take in more dogs with medical challenges from our local shelter and keep up with the procedures they needed. With these extra funds, we can focus on rehabilitating our rescues emotionally and physically, rather than worrying about the incredibly high medical bills they have.
Vegas is a 1-year-old, 14-lb. Chihuahua/terrier mix who came to Poodle and Pooch in poor health (first photo). His back right leg had an older break that was not taken care of and healed incorrectly. His right front leg was atrophied and his paw was knuckling over. We immediately got him to our vet and found out that his right front leg would have to be amputated.
However, before that we needed to get him to a specialized surgeon for his hind leg. After doing the preliminary surgery procedures, the surgeon informed us that Vegas’ kneecap was running into his femur. Once the surgeon started the surgery, she found that she could chisel just enough bone down to pop the kneecap into place. This gave Vegas range of motion in his back leg. She took the remaining bone fragments and used them to fill in other hairline fractures that were present and that did the trick! Soon after this surgery, Vegas had to have his front leg amputated; it could not be repaired, so that was the only option.
Next Vegas went into foster care and he made his foster fur-sibling, Lucy, his absolute best friend. He loved going between dog beds and blankets, snuggling up in them. Because he was so young, Vegas recovered quickly and was loving his new life! He did need extensive physical therapy for his back leg.
He just kept getting happier in his foster home. When he first arrived at his foster home, he was uninterested in everything. He didn’t want to play with his toys and hated peanut butter. This situation totally changed for the better after his second surgery. He starting loving his toys, actually hoarding them, and he got wiggly all over when he saw the peanut butter jar.
Vegas was next listed for adoption and it didn’t take long for this adorable, sweet boy to find a happy forever home (second photo). This handsome boy made the best companion. Although he only has three legs, that doesn’t slow this guy down. Vegas is a happy-go-lucky boy who loves to play with his toys and other mild-mannered dogs.
Spike was the original winner of the grant, but unfortunately he passed away before he could find his forever home. We were allowed to choose another senior in need, and Truman was selected.
Truman is actively looking for his forever home. He is being marketed as receiving $600 worth of food in the first year of his adoption.
Truman suffers from a skin condition due to food allergies and he is on a prescription food. He came to us in terrible condition and it took months to figure out what was causing his problems. Since starting this food, he is doing much better, but is still looking a little rough. The grant will allow his adopter to continue his special diet as “treatment” for his food allergies. Unfortunately, Truman is still searching for the perfect home. You can meet him here.
We received the Kong Toy Grant, and it was perfect timing. We had a number of high-energy dogs and heartworm-treatment dogs at the time, and our fosters snatched up all of the Kongs to use within a few days of arrival.
This grant helped us save money and resources while still providing our foster homes with Kongs. We recommend that our foster homes don’t leave dogs alone with anything other than Kongs in their crate, as we trust Kongs’ safety. We recommend foster parents who have heartworm-positive dogs on crate rest take a few Kongs so they can always have one ready to help their foster dog chill out and still have something productive to do.
20+, as we can clean reuse them.
One of our foster parents noted, “This saved my sanity with Billy Bob (first photo). We used them multiple times a day.” Billy Bob was a high-energy dog whom she fostered who needed a lot of physical activity, but also needed mental stimulation. Filled and frozen Kongs really helped Billy settle down at night in his crate, and helped his foster parents hang in there when they got a foster pet who had more stimulation needs than they had expected. We were able to recommend the adopters go buy a few to have on hand for their use, too. Billy Bob has been adopted.
The grant money went towards covering the cost of Qurley’s emergency surgery to remove a foreign object (a piece of rubber) from her stomach.
We have had several high-cost medical issues with our dogs over the last few months. At the same time, we have not had as much income as usual because our main funding source is a line of dog toys sold on Amazon. We had a huge drop in orders for a time due to the strain on delivery services (very delayed delivery for non-essential items) due to COVID-19.
This grant helped us to pay for an emergency surgery for our dog, Qurley. Therefore, it helped Qurley directly. It helped our organization, as well as our other pets (indirectly) by easing our financial strain so we could continue operating fairly normally.
Qurley is a 14-year-old miniature poodle whom we rescued from the shelter on March 25, 2020. She is blind and deaf and was picked up as a stray before finding her way us. During her time as a stray, we think, she must have consumed some questionable things, as we discovered soon after rescuing her that she needed emergency surgery to remove a large foreign object (a piece of hard rubber) from her stomach! Her symptoms had started with vomiting, then not wanting to eat, and then lethargy. When we took her to the veterinarian, they had to do the surgery right then and there.
She recovered well and got her spunk back! Her foster did a great job of helping her recover, and Qurley has now been adopted!
Nine quality tarps to cover outdoor kennels to account for hot and cold weather.
Although our initial grant request was for a four-cage bank to accommodate larger-scale rescues and for emergency sheltering needs, despite efforts to fund with other grantors, we have utilized the funds for better sheltering for our outdoor kennels. With this grant, we were able to purchase excellent tarps from a local supplier that provide a dark side and reverse light side and can be adjusted based on season. (The white side is reflective in hot weather; black for cold seasons.) These cover nine of our kennels which can also serve as extra, temporary capacity if needed for dog rescues.
Ranger has been with HSO since 2012 and he is a special case and friend to us. Used as a bait dog when he was younger, he does not get along with other animals and requires a 6-foot, solid fence. He is a wonderful dog and well known by our supporters, who love him dearly. Until the day he is adopted, Ranger enjoys his own kennel space both inside and out, so he will enjoy the comfort and cover provided by these tarps thanks to your grant. Please help us adopt Ranger! You can meet him here.
The toys provided by P.L.A.Y. Pet Lifestyle and You products were used to entertain the shelter dogs during their stay with us.
Toys are a way to help comfort dogs in their kennels at night and to provide another method of interaction and play during the day.
Bane came to us in July 2019 as an owner-surrender because his owner was moving. Like many of our dogs, Bane’s ideal home would have no kitties, no young children, and would understand that he is dog-picky! In October 2019, he was adopted to a family that later thought he was a bit too much and he came back to us. We are happy to share that Bane finally found his perfect fit with an active home that likes to hike and take walks and he’s settled in nicely!
We purchased medical supplies (vaccines/medications) at a cost greater than the $1K award. The vaccines/meds were bought in conjunction with the Great Dane Rescue, whose shelter can get a better price than we can for the meds. We repaid them for the meds, which were ordered specifically for our rescue.
There is a recent outbreak of rabies in Bandera County, so rabies vaccinations will assist the rescued dogs to stay current. Health and wellness are a top priority for rescued animals taken off the streets who have never been vaccinated, medicated, or spayed or neutered. The grant award for meds helped our rescue keep the dogs safe while waiting for their furever homes. During the COVID crisis, adoption events were cancelled, big fundraisers were cancelled, and donations are only a trickle of what they used to be. The grant was a blessing to our rescue at a time of great need.
Ms. Molly and her four pups were rescued from the San Antonio streets. A good Samaritan reported Ms. Molly had been living on the streets for over two years. During that time, the Samaritan helped care for Ms. Molly’s two previous sets of puppies. In the past, she’d contacted another rescue, which would take Molly’s pups. Unfortunately, the other rescue said they never had room for the mother, sweet Molly.
There was a different outcome after Ms. Molly’s third pregnancy. When the other rescue, once again, decided not to take Molly, the good Samaritan asked A Doggie 4 You if we would take the entire family. Of course we would, and did. On May 29, 2020, during the COVID-19 crisis, Molly and her pups were brought to our rescue.
An A Doggie 4 You Facebook follower posted the following comments: I loved Miss Molly and was so sad to keep seeing her pregnant and running the busy streets; it was only a matter of time before she would be run over and her babies could die. This awesome rescue stepped forward to save the family and keep them together — bless you for that.”
Ms. Molly’s family consisted of four gorgeous 4-week-old puppies. Ms. Molly follows our Executive Director, Pat, everywhere, and is so grateful for the attention bestowed upon her. She will be spayed as well as fully vetted before being available for adoption.
Ms. Molly and her pups are the first of our rescued dogs to receive medications purchased with funds from the $1,000 2020 COVID-19 Operation Grant awarded through the generosity of the Petfinder Foundation. Without the much-needed medications the Petfinder Foundation grant money provided, the outcome could have been very different for this sweet family and 123 other dogs at A Doggie 4 You. Thanks to the Petfinder Foundation grant, our homeless dogs will remain healthy while waiting for their forever homes. In the meantime, we are amused by their cute puppy antics and love the puppy kisses. It’s a win-win! Meet Ms. Molly here and her puppies Lonnie, Ronnie, and Connie.
Enrichment for our shelter dogs. Kong toys are a great tool in helping dogs keep busy or entertained during their stay at the shelter.
The dogs love the treats we put inside and they work to get them out.
Meeka, 9-month-old pointer mix, loved playing with the treat-filled Kong toys. She was displaying high anxiety and only liked tennis balls until we gave her Kong toys. After we gave them to her, she was able to keep busy and not show so much anxiety from being in the shelter. Miss Meeka has since been adopted and has learned to love other toys, but she still loves her Kong!