Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
Our organization was so thankful to receive the KONG toy grant! We usually have around 60-70 dogs at our shelter at a time and keeping them busy and enriched is a major goal for us. The shelter can be extremely stressful at times and we are always working hard to provide a safe, low-stress, enriching environment for all of our animals. In addition to providing enrichment, the KONG toys have helped them to build the skills they need to cope with the stress and anxiety of shelter life. Building and developing those skills to cope will help them to transition to a new life outside of the shelter and set them up for success in their new homes.
The KONG toys we received have been extremely popular at our shelter and have provided countless hours of fun for our dogs and cats. Our staff members concocted a special recipe of canned food, chicken broth, treats, hot dogs and vitamin supplements which they then stuff inside each KONG and store in the freezer until ready to use. The frozen KONG toys have been amazing for use in the shelter as well as at off-site events, especially during the hot summer months. The KONG toys not only keep the animals busy and provide a delicious and healthy treat, but have also helped to reduce stress and boost confidence. We have recently implemented a training and behavior program at our shelter and the KONG toys have been perfect for our crate-training exercises and clicker-training sessions.
This grant has helped over 200 animals in our care! As much as the dogs love their KONG toys, the cats seem to love them too, especially the young kittens with tons of energy to play all day. Not only have the KONGs been fantastic for our active animals, they have also been a great resource for our elderly animals and those coming out of surgery that are on cage rest and need to take it easy. The KONG toys have provided comfort and fun and been the perfect resource for behavior training and modification. KONG toys are perfect for the shelter as they are easy to sanitize and extremely durable. The toys we received through this grant will continue to improve the lives of shelter animals for months to come!
At the end of June, a stray pit bull named Shay (first photo) came into our shelter. She was nervous and full of anxiety, but had the sweetest disposition. She was adopted and reluctantly returned three weeks later due to behavior issues. After working with our behaviorist, it was determined that in addition to being a very anxious soul, Shay also had a severe storm and noise phobia. She was put on medication to help with the anxiety but the most important factor has been to manage her stress level and provide a calm environment until she is adopted. KONG toys have been AMAZING for her and we have seen a huge difference in her since we started implementing KONG toys into our management techniques. She loves to hang out in a quiet office and spend the afternoon chewing on a frozen KONG. It keeps her busy and helps her to release some of the stress she is harboring. By the time she finishes her KONG, she is ready to curl up in her bed and take a peaceful nap. She has gotten acclimated with her routine and looks forward to her daily KONGs. From Shay and all the staff here at the Central Missouri Humane Society, THANK YOU, PETFINDER FOUNDATION, for changing the lives of shelter animals everywhere! Meet Shay: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/32973141/
Recovery from the damage of high winds and flooding in the Seguin area in May 2015
Approximately 105 dogs
High winds and flooding in the Seguin, Texas, area in May 2015 destroyed kennels, destroyed a window air conditioning unit because of a downed tree, and resulted in six inches of water in our outdoor kennels. We used the funds to clear downed trees, replace the a/c unit, repair damaged kennel fences, and bring in truckloads of sand and gravel to raise the ground level of our outdoor kennels and exercise spaces. This grant helped more than 80 dogs who are residents in our outdoor kennels by enabling us to buy truckloads of sand and gravel to raise the ground level of these kennels. This prevented them from having to live in standing water.
The grant was used to pay for temporary kennels for TRPA’s cats, kittens and a dog displaced due to flooding. The foster home most of our cats were housed in flooded with up to four feet of water. The dog’s foster home does not exist anymore. It was washed away during the flood.
The grant paid for temporary kennels for our cats, kittens and one of our dogs. The grant also paid for two kittens’ veterinary care while they were at the kennels. This grant enabled TRPA to wet-vacuum, clean, dry and sanitize the cats’ and kittens’ regular foster home while our pets were safely housed in a dry kennel environment. The grant also enabled us to kennel the dog until another foster home was located and approved.
32 pets were helped.
Two of our kittens, Frankey (first photo) and Cheezy (second photo), were standing in water when rescued from the flooding at their foster home. They experienced some hypothermia and needed IV fluids and around-the-clock veterinary care to recover. We cannot thank the Petfinder Foundation’s Disaster and Emergency Response Grant enough for helping TRPA through this disaster.
The funds were used to keep a breeding puppy-mill survivor alive when she was rescued from the mill and arrived to us with her side ruptured, as she had been so overbred and un-cared-for she was septic, required blood transfusions and barely made it. Thank GOD our vets were able to save her life. She is now in her forever home with the breeding male survivor from the same mill. She is learning to trust and act like a dog, but it will be a very long process.
This grant helped us as this surgery was very, very expensive and without the additional funds we might not have been able to keep this beautiful little girl alive. We cannot thank you enough for what you have done for our homeless babies.
Our Petal was rescued from a puppy mill along with 30 other survivors who were in poor condition. Petal was fighting for her life, as she came in septic and her side had burst open. Our vets took her in for an emergency surgery to repair all of her issues and we were not sure that she would make it, but luckily we were able to save this sweet little girl and find her a wonderful forever home by the same adopters who adopted the stud from the puppy mill. They now spend their days playing chase and taking wonderful long naps on a warm, cozy bed. They will never have to worry about being used as money-makers again.
It is very difficult when you have limited funds and a case like Petal’s comes in, as you want to do everything possible to give them their second chance. Thank you, Petfinder Foundation, for helping us SAVE PETAL!!
The Facebook post detailing Petal’s rescue, from, July 18, 2015: “Please say prayers for our Petal. Petal was rescued when she and her babies were removed from a backyard breeder/puppy mill along with over 20 other purebred Mastiffs. These poor babies were living in horse stalls and not receiving the proper basic necessities in life. The mate to Petal was taken into our rescue last week and he needed medical care to treat his face, which had been torn up by an aggressive male on the premises. Big Ben was a doll and he went to his forever home on Wednesday. We brought our beautiful Petal in today and she was in very poor condition. This baby had a deep horrid gash on her side and went into surgery upon arrival to the hospital early this morning. She was diagnosed with mastitis; her side had ruptured, she was septic and in need of immediate care. She was not doing well during surgery and one of our friends at Yorkville Animal Hospital went home to get her two Great Danes, as our little girl was crashing and needed a blood transfusion. Our wonderful doctors were able to keep her alive and we are praying for her full recovery.”
The product was used in the kitten room, adult cat room and for senior dogs to lie on.
The kittens congregated on the pad every day and napped. The pad was completely covered with kittens. It is a very comfortable place to the cats to lie on. And it makes the stainless-steel cages much more comfortable for the senior dogs.
Since the time we received the pads, approximately 20 kittens, at least 10 adult cats and 10 senior small and medium adult dogs.
The day the P.L.A.Y. beds arrived, we put one in the kitten room. Five minutes later, when we walked by the room they were all piled on the pad socializing, then napping. They are so much more comfortable on the pads and it helps new kittens to be in contact with the other kittens, giving them an immediate sense of belonging.
Temporary boarding while dogs find forever homes
We prefer foster homes for our homeless animals but the problem in Southern California is the numbers of homeless boxers is huge. There are never enough fosters for the number of dogs being left in shelters. So boarding allows us to save more dogs while finding good forever homes.
Five: Hana, Tutu La Rue, Bruce, Angie, and Graham
Bruce was dumped at the Kern County Shelter in Bakersfield along with two of his siblings. His owner had a pair of boxers who had a litter. The owner kept four of the pups for a year before he decided that six dogs was too much to care for. Of course, none had been spayed or neutered. West Coast Boxer Rescue picked up all three boxers, and all three were wonderful dogs with great temperaments. All are doing great in their forever homes.
Medical treatment for rescue dogs
Our expenses are very high and this grant helped us get four dogs with heartworm the full treatment.
These Poms came to us with heartworm disease and the grant enabled us to get them the treatment they needed. They have since recovered and been adopted. Starlit (first photo) is 6 years old and 7 lbs. She was left in an abandoned home to starve and when she arrived here she was just 5 lbs, just a skeleton. She holds no grudges and is a very loving affectionate girl. She tested a very low positive for heartworms but because of her small size, it was decided it was best to do the slow kill with Heartgard. We expect she will test negative in less than a year.
Tesla (second photo) is 5-6 years old and weighs 8 lbs. She was a stray at the Garland shelter. A super sweet little girl with lots of personality, she would make a great lap dog or walking partner. Her favorite activities include sleeping, eating, getting some love and going for walks.
Vetting of dogs from death row.
We were able to save more dogs because of the extra funds for veterinary care.
Luca was saved from [an open-admission] shelter in Los Angeles. He was fearful and emaciated. We were able to get him excellent veterinary care because of this grant (as well as four other dogs in our care) and he is now in his forever home, receiving daily love and care from people who think he is the best dog in the world. The difference this amount of money makes to a responsible rescue cannot be overestimated. Lives are literally saved. Thank you!!!!
“The greatest legacy you can ever leave is a heart beating that wouldn’t have been if not for you.” Thank you, Petfinder Foundation. There are many hearts beating because of you.
Since the donation was granted via a submission from a former foster provider who fostered a sweet boxer/pit bull mix with serious medical issues for almost two years, we decided the most appropriate use of the funds would be to apply them to our special medical needs fund to help other animals in need.
The donation has gone toward helping animals in our care with special medical needs, specifically toward a pit bull with Demodex.
Sven came to us as a stray, emaciated and with a terrible case of Demodex. He was clearly not well cared for, and we just had to save this gentle and sensitive boy to ensure he gets the life he deserves. He’s now fully recovered and ready for adoption! Sven would love a family who will appreciate his calm, mellow personality, and continue to help him blossom into the sweet, laid-back boy that he is becoming. Sven is a very gentle and sensitive boy. Sven loves children big and small, and is quite tolerant. He is very gentle, even with little ones. It’s unrealistic to think any dog will never accidentally knock over a toddler, but Sven is pretty careful. His foster mom says his personality is similar to several Golden Retrievers she has known. He is a big-time “mama’s boy,” although we think he could easily be a “daddy’s boy.” He is very attached to his main “person,” even though he loves the rest of the family very much.
He has come a long way since he came to the Shelter as a stray. He was VERY anxious and had bad separation anxiety at first (wouldn’t you, if you were lost from the only home you had ever known?), but he has settled down to be a really pleasant dog at his foster home. He needs an experienced confident owner who will respect his fears and gently encourage him to continue to overcome them. In order for him to keep improving and becoming more confident, he needs a family who will avoid exacerbating his fears by reinforcing them either negatively or positively. Meet Sven: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/32729982/
The money was used to purchase a container for food storage.
Donations have been down, food donations have been nonexistent. We had 35 inches of rain in two months. Our food was getting wet and this gave us a place to put the expensive food and keep it dry.
Hundreds, current and future
This grant did not help one or two or 10 dogs, it helped hundreds. By getting the container, our food will stay dry and vermin-free from here on out for years, I hope. So it helped every dog who will ever come though this rescue. It also helped us save more because we are not having to replace wet dog food. That money can now be spent on saving dogs. (The building that stored dog food at OK Save a Dog was damaged by the severe flooding that affected Texas and Oklahoma in May 2015.)