Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
The donations received through the Sponsor a Pet program helped support the day-to-day care of the many animals at Nevins Farm. From hamsters to horses, we take in a wide range of animals each year, and our needs are great. The MSPCA at Nevins Farm receives no funding from state or federal government, so we depend on the generosity of animal lovers to support our work.
The grant funds are used for day-to-day needs of animals in our care.
Padre is a wonderful example of an animal helped by this fund. Padre was surrendered in September when his owner could no longer keep him. As a senior cat, and one who was all-black, it was easy for potential adopters to pass him by in our adoption center (he was just one of many cats). Padre also had dental disease and required surgery.
By featuring him on Petfinder, it was easier to highlight him as an individual, making him stand out from others. We were able to tell his story, and found not just one but three remarkable homes that all wanted him to be a part of their family. Just before the holidays, we were able to provide Padre with much-needed dental surgery, and Padre spent the New Year in his forever home.
The money was used to help pay for a TPLO surgery for a dog named Oreo.
This grant helped us pay for Oreo’s TPLO surgery. Oreo was adopted and returned to our facility due to his injury. The repair to Oreo’s knee will help us better be able to place him in a new loving home.
Oreo arrived at the Middleburg Humane Foundation facility as a puppy in 2013 along with his mother and two siblings. He was adopted in September 2013 to a family we thought would love him forever, but that wasn’t the case. Sadly, Oreo was returned to the Middleburg Humane Foundation in May of 2014. Not long after his return, another family fell in love with Oreo and adopted him. But this too turned out not to be his forever home. Oreo was in need of knee surgery and the family was unable to provide the care he needed. On December 19, 2014, the Middleburg Humane Foundation was able to gather the funds needed in order for Oreo to have a TPLO (tibial-plateau-leveling osteotomy) surgery. He has been such a wonderful patient and so very deserving!
Vet services for our many dogs currently in foster care
The money received was put towards a medical invoice for a puppy that is experiencing seizures and has required multiple vet visits.
Kimi is an 9-month-old lab-hound mix. Within a week of arriving at her foster home she began experiencing multiple seizures; in addition, Kimi has recently been diagnosed as deaf. Kimi is currently on medication and is scheduled to get an MRI in the next 30 days to determine if there are more serious issues causing her condition.
Help support our public low-cost spay/neuter clinic and shelter clinic.
Help us provide spay/neuter services for at-risk animals in the community and support medical care for animals in our facility.
Ward, a senior beagle, was found limping along a country road, hungry, cold, lost, and injured. He was brought to the shelter, where he received the medical attention and care he needed and the second chance he deserved. Ward was adopted and is now living out his golden years in comfort.
Funds were used to support pet-food cost while Tessa was in shelter waiting for her forever home.
The grant assisted with the cost of food for a beautiful blue pittie named Tessa.
Tessa, a big beautiful blue pittie, was brought to the Humane Society of Warren County as a stray. It is suspected that Tessa was left behind at a gas station along a major interstate. Tessa kept jumping into the cars of the gas stations customers trying to hitch a ride back to wherever home was for her. The owner of the gas station brought Tessa to the shelter with the hopes that she could possibly be reunited with her family. No one ever came to claim Tessa and she was placed for adoption. Tessa was adopted by a wonderful family and has a canine brother named Max. Tessa’s family checks in regularly to let us know that she is an awesome member of their pack.
The canine DHPP vaccinations were used to vaccinate dogs upon intake as well as those due for re-vaccination. The vaccinations were also used for our low-cost on-site clinic as well as off-site vaccination clinics open to the public.
This grant helped tremendously, as we did not need to purchase the vaccinations.
Gordon is a male shepherd/husky mix. He was found by a good samaritan running loose near a local bridge. Wet and dirty, it seemed as though he had been on the run for a while. Gordon was brought to The Center for Animal Health and Welfare, where he was evaluated by a vet. As a seemingly healthy dog, he was given his vaccinations upon intake, including DHPP, as his past medical history was unknown. No owners came looking for him and he was not microchipped. After being neutered, Gordon is now available for adoption and will no doubt find the furever home he deserves!
Vaccinations, including the DHPP vaccination for canines, are an important part of the intake process for each stray dog (or any dog not up-to-date) that comes into the shelter as well as an integral step in keeping the other dogs already in The Center’s care safe and free from illness as they wait patiently for adoption.
We received vaccines to vaccinate owned neighborhood dogs at one of our Community Dog Day events — free veterinary clinics — that took place in October 2014.
As a proactive measure, we hold Community Dog Day events in neighborhoods where we see a high intake of dogs at our shelter. Our purpose is to reach out to dog owners in these neighborhoods to provide support in their pet ownerships, to help them keep their pets at home, to embark their pets on a path of good health by administering life-saving vaccines, to answer any questions and share information, and to encourage spaying and neutering and to take appointments. At these events, we also administer free microchips and hand out free gently used dog supplies, dog food, ID tags, and flea and tick applicators.
The responses from event participants confirmed that we did good at our event and helped them by providing access to veterinarians and to necessary vaccines. Most people expressed their concerns in keeping their pets healthy, and not always being able to achieve this goal because of financial challenges.
Statistically speaking, 47% of the dogs that arrived to the event had never previously received vaccinations or the owners were unsure; out of the 37 dogs that were not neutered, 26 of them signed up for spay/neuter appointments; and 33% had never previously seen a veterinarian.
By our holding these events and dispensing life-saving vaccines, people were reassured that the health and well-being of their pets received appropriate attention. Based on the turnout and responses, we feel made a positive impact in a neighborhood where we see a lot of dogs arriving to our shelter, mostly as strays.
We met many wonderful dog owners who love their canine companions and family members. About midway through the event, a woman approached our check-in table with a huge pit bull terrier on a belt. She had real difficulty handling the dog, who was pulling excessively. Behind her arrived her son with two more pit bull terriers. The dogs seemed under-socialized and overly excited being at the event, so we quickly escorted them to a room we had set aside for dogs that might not be comfortable in the environment. Volunteers quickly went to retrieve dog supplies that the owners didn’t have. They made up three “gift bags,” one for each dog, containing collars, leashes, harnesses, toys, and dog food. Meanwhile, one of the veterinarians was summoned to meet the dogs and eventually administer the vaccines. At first, the dogs were overly excited and expressed their excitement in loud barking and lunges at the end of their makeshift leashes. With the patience and kindness of the volunteers and the veterinarian, the vaccines were administered and by the end of their stay, all three dogs were doing beautiful “sits” for treats. It was very satisfying to help the dogs embark on a path of good health by being able to give them life-saving vaccines, as well as to be given an opportunity to provide their owners with tools to help manage their dogs a little better.
We also met Atlas, who proudly introduced us to his little terrier mix named Roger. Roger survived Hurricane Katrina and Atlas had adopted him to give him a new home in Madison, WI. Roger was a happy little fellow and he and his owner waited patiently for their turn to see the volunteer veterinarian. Atlas was proud of rescuing Roger and being able to give him a new life.
Alisa and her Chihuahua, Sweet Pea, were one of the first families in line. Alisa had had Sweet Pea for about two weeks. She had gotten her from a neighbor and didn’t know her full history. Alisa said that she came to our event to use every resource that she could get. “Not everyone has money and this way we can make sure she is healthy,” said Alisa.
Jose Guerrero brought his 3-year-old Maltese, Lulu, for the “whole package.” He’d gotten her vaccines, a microchip, flea and tick control, a brief medical check-up and signed her up for a spay surgery. Jose said that he thought our event was good for the dogs and good for the community.
We received a donation of KONG toys which were used for our dog residents to help keep them stimulated while in their kennels.
We love to have KONGs at the shelter because they are durable, can be filled with food and provide hours of entertainment for our dogs.
The KONGs have benefitted approximately 25 dogs.
Eve is a pitbull mix who has been at the shelter for a long time and we are always looking for ways to keep her stimulated and happy. Filling a KONG with kibble keeps her occupied for hours in her kennel. She loves to play fetch and the KONGs are great because they are durable so she is able to play with the same toy for quite awhile.
Tonka is another dog who has benefitted greatly from the KONGs. He is a young German Shepherd and destroys most toys pretty quickly. The KONGs are far more durable and he is able to chew on them and keep himself occupied.
Vaccinations of rescued pets
Provided our rescued pets with vaccinations they needed to be adopted and live happy, healthy lives. The vaccinations helped us reduce vetting costs, and gave us the means to ensure our rescued pets were healthy.
Tucker, only 7 weeks old, was rescued from a rural field with his three siblings on Christmas Day. Tucker was injured, with a large gash on his thigh that required surgery and stitches. With this grant, we could give all four puppies their series of puppy booster shots without worrying about the cost or having to wait until funds were raised. Thank you!
Shelter dogs in house and in our Penitentiary training program
It helped to stave off kennel stress and boredom.
50 and still helping lots!
We have several long-term, young, very energetic dogs. Currently we have had an enormous influx of puppies and we have been using the KONGs for the puppies. They love them! It has been so great to have the KONGs. We are having volunteers and staff fill them daily and hand them out at closing for them to play with during the evening.