Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
We put the $1,000 Orvis Operational Grant toward our Pet Transfer Program.
This money helped us fund the Pet Transfer Program, a fledgling but successful program that helps us save lives in shelters by transferring animals from high-risk facilities into our own shelter, where we have a great adoption rate and the resources necessary to care for the animals. It also helped our young program establish credibility by donating the first grant funds toward it. Thank you!
This grant assisted 61 pets.
Sailor came to the Animal Protective Association this spring as a transferred pup from our friends at Saint Louis County Animal Care and Control, where she had been living since October of last year. While she had charmed every staff member and volunteer there, she was having a tough time finding her permanent home. When we brought Sailor to the APA through the Pet Transfer Program, she quickly demonstrated to us what made her a favorite at her previous shelter. Funny, quirky and sweet, this delightful pit bull endeared herself not only to the staff but also to everyone who met her -- and that was A LOT of people.
This 3-year-old's laid-back and easy-to-please attitude made her a pleasure to take on mobile adoption events. She attended Sunday brunch fundraisers and corporate PetCare Pride Day events. She strutted her stuff on TV as Pet of the Week and met celebrity ballplayers at Busch Stadium [she's pictured at right with St. Louis Cardinals' infielder Matt Carpenter]. We featured her photo on Facebook and Instagram. Needless to say, Sailor got plenty of attention.
People from both the county shelter and the APA loved this pup dearly and often checked in to see how she was doing. We were always happy to tell them that Sailor was in good spirits and doing fine, but we had to report back that she was still waiting to find her home ... until just a few weeks ago.
One Saturday last month, a very nice couple came to the APA looking for their new pet. They were curious about a couple of dogs but also wanted a recommendation from staff members. Once the man told us he "just had a thing for white dogs," our adoption counselor Stacey recommended Sailor.
APA Animal Care Technician Shelby assisted during the initial get-acquainted meeting and remembers that the woman never stopped smiling as Sailor turned on the charm during the visit. They didn't ask to visit with any other dogs after Sailor. They didn't need to; they knew right away she was their new pup.
"I never imagined that this would be the dog for me," Sailor's new mom told Stacey as she smiled through the adoption process. A huge cheer went out through the building as we took photos and said goodbye to our friend Sailor. Of course, this was front-page news for all of Sailor's admirers. We immediately posted her new family photo to Facebook and shared the news with County Animal Care and Control. What a hit she was! More than 1150 people liked, commented and shared her success story, thrilled by the great family Sailor finally found after nine months of shelter life.
Last week, Sailor's parents reported that she's loving her new home. Her mom said her tail never stops wagging and that she does great with her new friends at the dog park. We couldn't be happier to hear that this lovable girl is enjoying the life she was meant to have.
Thanks to the Orvis Operational Grant we received, Sailor received the additional time and care she needed to find her perfect family. Because of this gift, the Pet Transfer Program offers second chances to animals who need it most. Thank you for helping us help dogs like Sailor!
For the medical/physical care of our shelter dogs.
It's was used to buy specific specials foods to help dogs like Casey and Rose (pictured) take in the extra nutrition needed to build them up and, in Casey's case, re-grow fur. It's also used for medicated washes and medications used.
Casey came to Last Chance Ranch Animal Rescue suffering from severe malnutrition and hair loss. After weeks of good diet and soothing medicated baths from our dedicated volunteers, Casey's hair and spirit are both making an amazing comeback.
Just a few short weeks into her life, little Rose was found emaciated and dying of Parvo under a rose bush in Philadelphia. Under the loving care of the LCR staff, Rose is now "blooming" and has already found her fur-ever home thanks to the wonderful Sponsor a Pet donations!
To help us care for the wonderful pets that come through the door, whom we care for until they can go back out the front door into a new home.
We received the Cat Castles this year and that has helped the felines in our care -- less stress, healthier kitties. The money that we receive through the Sponsor a Pet Program helps us feed the animals that come into our care.
To date, 894 animals have come into our care. Of this 894, 449 have been kittens and cats.
Hootie came in as a stray. His family was not able to afford the fees to take him back. We were able to neuter him, update his vaccinations, microchip him and return him to his owners.
The Orvis grant was extremely useful for our organization to support the animals we had available for adoption. This included purchasing enrichment toys and treats that enabled our animals to be behaviorally healthy and find forever homes much easier!
This grant enabled us to have a record high adoption month: In June we found homes for 30 pets! Our animals were much healthier and could focus on basic training that enabled them to find homes.
Coco was a difficult dog to find a home for -- he marked everything, including people! With the assistance of this grant we were able to purchase Coco a belly band and some enrichment toys that allowed us to guide Coco to better behaviors -- and he even found a home where his family loves him as much as he loves them!
The money received from the Orvis Operational Grant went toward treating Maverick's skin condition. We were not sure if it was mange or ringworm, so testing was conducted. Funding also was used to treat Gretchen's inverted eyelid, which was causing constant, reoccurring eye infections. The lid was corrected, and the eye infections cleared up!
This grant helped offset costs and allow us to treat animals who needed extra care.
Maverick, a very sweet American Staffordshire Terrier, had very irritated skin when he arrived at MCPAWS as a stray. We were concerned it was ringworm or mange, so Maverick had to be kept in isolation for several weeks and treated while tests were conducted. Lab testing showed it was just a skin allergy. We treated the skin allergy, and Maverick was feeling better! Thanks to the Orvis Operational Grant, we were able to treat and test Maverick properly. Maverick was able to come out of isolation and found his loving home just a couple days later.
Gretchen is a 3-year-old very sweet kitty who was cursed with reoccurring eye infections due to an inverted eyelid. Thanks to the Orvis Operational Grant we were able to surgically correct her eyelid condition. Now she is living happily without eye infections! We are sure she will find her forever home soon!
All funds were used for veterinary care for the animals in our care.
We were able to do blood panels for three doggies that came out of the shelter, and part of the funds were used for oral fistual surgery on a tiny little dog named Smokey whom we rescued from the Salinas Animal Shelter after he had been dumped overnight in a shoe box. He has made a full recovery and is in a wonderful foster home. The foster mom is so in love with this little character that she said she would love to adopt him.
The grant was able to help four doggies.
Smokey is a tiny 12-year-old gray Chihuahua whom we were able to help from your wonderful Orvis grant. He was dumped overnight in a shoe box at the Salinas Animal Shelter. When he came to us he was in bad shape, with severe dental disease and oral fistulas. We took him to a specialist where they were able to repair the damage and now he has come alive and runs around like a little puppy! His foster mommy is madly in love and will most likely adopt him. We think he probably has another good many years left. Thank you so much for your support. We love the seniors and special-needs doggies, and we firmly believe that with proper medical attention they tend to thrive and live for many more years! We've enclosed a picture of Smokey when we got him from the shelter, where he looks so defeated (bottom photo), and how he looks now, all happy and bright-eyed!
I have already reported on Martin's teeth. And I'm happy to say he continues to thrive in his forever home.
Another dog to benefit from this grant is Homer. He is still in foster care, recovering from a more serious problem.
We used the money for extraordinary vet care (over and above normal spay/neuter and vaccines), as well as for some bright bandanas and leashes to show them off at events.
Many, but two in particular.
Homer is a 2-year-old Treeing Walker Coonhound who spent two years on the end of a chain. He was never able to hunt because of his hip dysplasia. Homer was in a lot of pain when we received him into our care. He is only 2 years old, though, and is recovering quickly from his FHO (femoral head ostectomy). He will be starting physical therapy in a couple of weeks, as soon as his hip is healed enough. The second photo shows him before surgery. The other three are from the day he came "home" after his surgery.
Rainbow Bridge Can Wait Animal Rescue and Adoption used this money for four things: We bought a photo banner for the events, a camera to take photos of the dogs coming in and getting adopted and shirts with our logo and a poem on the back about adopting a dog; we also used this money to help pay for five animals to get shots, spay and neuters. We adopted out all of those that the money was used for.
The photo banner is used for our adoption events to show people who we are and what we stand for. We have many animals in our program and when we have this sign it shows that we are here at the event and it helps get our fur-babies adopted out.
The camera was bought so that when an animal comes in we can use it to take records of the animal from the intake date and what the animal looked like. We also use this camera for when the animal gets adopted -- we take photos to later show happy tails of all the adoptions we had.
The shirts are what show us support; when someone gets a shirt and wears it, it's showing that they support our rescue and what we stand for. If it wasn't for our fans we would not be able to help so many animals.
The spay and neuters are what we do to keep the animal population down. We also have a few animals that have come in that were horribly hurt and we used the money to help pay the vet bill.
This grant helped in so many ways. It helped provide vet care for so many of the animals. We were able to use this money to help restore five of the animals who were dropped off sick. All you could see on all five of them was nothing but bones and skin.
Five animals: Ace, Leo, Gus, Buster and Twila
We had a dog who was brought in by a little girl who had found him. We at first thought this dog was bleeding to death because he was covered in what we thought was blood. When we got a closer look, we noticed that this dog was covered in red latex house paint. His eyes were matted shut from all the paint. We used the money to help get this paint removed from his face and the rest of his body. We had his eyes checked to make sure that the paint didn't destroy his sight, got his shots and had him neutered. After about three weeks, he was ready to go. At that point he had gone to the event one time and a family with three children fell in love with him. His name was Ace and they kept his name and they keep us updated on how Ace is doing monthly.
This grant was used to further our adoption efforts in preparing these animals for their forever homes. This grant provided these loving animals:
17 sets of standard inoculations
5 heartworm tests
10 rabies vaccines
... guaranteeing bright new futures for over a dozen Ozarks dogs that would have had no future without the generosity of your dedicated foundation.
We are remotely located in the Ozark region; we have no animal-friendly population for an adopter pool. Therefore, we feel that in order to be competitive in the Missouri adoption arena, we must be exemplary in our practices. Adequate funding is essential for these dogs to be prepared for adoption. The parasite control alone is a major issue.
Max was originally an abandoned puppy on a country highway. For many puppies who are abandoned in the Ozark area, there is no salvation. The few survivors often face an ill fate -- as was the case with Max. He was picked up by a couple who took him home, tied him on a chain much too large for him, as he was just a tiny baby, freshly away from his mother. Sadly, Max lost his puppyhood to that chain; the only change was that as he grew larger, the chain seem to become less heavy around his tender neck. After months and months of neglect at the end of that chain, a dedicated, proactive animal lover took a stand and was victorious in liberating this boy. Now he will never be on a chain again. Today Max is enjoying the freedom to run and play while he is recuperating as we wrap up the details of his adoption.
George was one of the lucky ones. He found a loving home with a mother who took care of him for years, until the day she was stricken. Her health-care provider felt it was in every one's best interest to remove George from her life. Unable to find any willing takers, and faced with having to relinquish the dog to the city, the kindhearted health-care provider took the initiative and reached out to Ozark Haven and we responded. George is currently enjoying the benefits of a skilled foster home while waiting for a life-altering event to occur. And until that time, we are ready, willing and able to provide for all of his needs.
The money was used to pay for shelter pull fees to save nine dogs in June and July ($387.81), microchipping, spay/neuter, vaccinations, medical treatment and other pre-adoption expenses.
Three of the dogs we saved have already found their forever homes.
Stitch is a young male poodle mix whom we rescued in June. He had come into the shelter as a stray and had been dyed pink. We had him groomed and cleaned up, and he quickly found a new home with a wonderful family.
Jayne is a young female Catahoula mix who was suffering from mange. She was deemed "rescue only" by the shelter. She was treated and quickly found her forever home.
Leia is a young female Jack Russell terrier mix whom we rescued in July. She also had come into the shelter as a stray. We had a volunteer event two weeks later, and a woman met her (Leia was wearing an "Adopt Me" vest) and adopted her a few days later.
Jade is a 1-2 year old Dachshund-Chihuahua mix with cherry eye. She and her kennel mate (most likely her offspring) were considered "rescue only." We saved both of them in July and Jade will have surgery in August to repair her eye condition. Both will be spayed/micro-chipped and made available for adoption.