Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
We used this grant to reduce pet adoption fees so that more of our kitties could get adopted during this time.
This grant allowed 20 cats to get adopted with a reduced adoption fee. Due to the financial challenges of COVID-19, it was helpful to allow adopters a break on their adoption fees and place 20 kitties into loving homes.
During this time, we took in a family unit of 25(!) cats — five sister cats who lived in the same home and all had babies within a few weeks of each other. Our foster homes took in the cat families and nursed them to health. Thanks to the adoption grant, we were able to offer a reduced adoption rate for 20 of these kitties and I am happy to report that all 25 have been adopted! Specifically, we had one adopter adopt one of the mom cats, Lana (first photo), and thanks to the adoption grant, she came back to adopt a second mom cat, Izi (second photo) into her family!
The $200 grant was used to sponsor the adoption fee of Stevie. Stevie a 6-year-old blind dog.
With the sponsorship of Stevie’s adoption fee, he was able to go to a special home that was willing and able to care for him with his special needs.
Stevie was rescued from a shelter from the south. Both his eyes are missing and he was 6 years old when he became part of the Last Paw Rescue fosters. Because of his blindness, he needed training and time to adjust. The foster family worked with him for a couple of months. He was posted as adoptable in October. He received very little interest. That changed in early November. His family stepped forward and were very appreciative of his adoption fee being sponsored. He is doing amazing with his new family.
The grant money was used for emergency eye surgery for a kitten who had a ruptured eye.
We had a kitten, Violet, who had what initially appeared to be an eye infection. After several trips to the vet and weeks of eye drops, it was discovered that her eye had ruptured and collapsed and needed to be removed.
Violet was rescued from beneath a rural porch in Spring 2020 with her four siblings. They all had respiratory infections, fleas, and were significantly underweight. Her four siblings were able to recover from the respiratory infection, but Violet just couldn’t overcome it despite numerous veterinary visits. It eventually spread into her eye, became an ulcer, and ultimately her eye’s structure collapsed and it had to be removed.
Throughout the long days and nights of antibiotic eye drops, pain medicine, steroids, and eventually eye surgery with sutures and weeks of e-collar use, Violet was one of the sweetest kittens we’ve ever fostered. She has a strong spirit and has proven her ability to overcome anything with a cheery disposition!
She now lives happily in her forever home with two other cats who love her very much. She enjoys running, playing with string, and chasing a laser light, although if the light passes to her blind side, she’ll cry until she can see it again. She has a giant personality in a tiny bundle.
The 2020 Emergency Medical grant was used for littermates Zeke’s abdominal hernia and Chloe’s inguinal hernia repairs, along with their respective neuter and spay. Both 8-week-old pups were rescued from the Tracy, CA, shelter as the state mandate shuttered animal-control facilities for Covid. Although we applied for funds solely for Zeke’s severe hernia repair based on the only clinic available for surgery at the time, we were able to work them into a different vet for a reduced fee, which allowed us to cover 100% of Zeke’s surgery and a majority of Chloe’s severe hernia repair surgery also.
Through the Petfinder Foundation’s 2020 Medical Emergency Grant, the funds enabled us to launch our two 8-week-old shepherd puppies to bright futures. Our vets had recommended immediate surgery to repair Zeke’s and Chloe’s hernias to avoid life-threatening complications, and the $1,000 grant allowed us to cover both littermates’ hernia repairs.
Zeke’s foster family, who cared for him from the time he left the shuttered shelter through the critical pre-surgery and post-surgery stages, found him to be irresistible and adopted him. He continues life as Zeke. His family had just lost their young shepherd to hemophilia, and Zeke filled their hearts with joy.
Chloe’s foster mom loved and cared for her through her critical time in rescue and during her recovery stages, and said goodbye when Chloe was matched with another shepherd-experienced family who had recently lost a beloved shepherd to cancer. Chloe is now Luna, living with a couple of teens and parents who adore her, posting regularly on an Instagram page dedicated to Luna: @gsd_.luna
We received P.L.A.Y. pet beds to provide the dogs in our shelter with comfort as well as a way to cool down in the summer months and stay warm this winter.
This grant has helped us to provide the dogs in our shelter with cooling beds in the summer and soft, warm beds this winter.
Scarlett is a shepherd mix who was surrendered to our municipal animal shelter. She had terrible hookworm and whipworm infections and required several days of treatment. Following her treatment, she only spent a few days at the shelter before a wonderful gentleman came to take her to be his girl.
We received Kong toys for shelter dogs’ enrichment and entertainment.
Because there is no time limit on how long a dog remains at AAR until adoption, enrichment and entertainment toys are vital to help prevent shelter stress. At AAR, dogs are taken outside twice a day for exercise and play; they spend the night in an indoor kennel. Kong toys are great for both areas; they provide entertainment both in the exercise yard and overnight in the kennel.
Fifteen at a time. We will sterilize and reuse them.
Haylie was rescued with her sister after living as strays in a rural area. AAR provided heartworm treatment and lots of tender, loving care. Haylie was nervous after being separated from her sister, and had some issues being in a kennel. Having a treat-stuffed Kong toy helped her get through the nights. She was heartworm-positive and is now awaiting adoption. You can meet Haylie here.
Bruno was heartworm-positive when he arrived at AAR. During heartworm treatment, the dog must stay quiet — no playing or running. The classic Kong toy that can be stuffed with treats was a great help to an active pup like Bruno when he was going through the treatment. And he still loved them when he was finally allowed to play in the exercise yard. Bruno is now awaiting adoption. You can meet Bruno here.
Costs associated with animal rescue during the Slater Fire in California. Pet food and animal supplies for pet owners who lost their homes in their fire.
The grant helped to provide extra food and supplies for the animals displaced by the fire and helped cover expenses to send a team out for boots-on-the-ground rescue.
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We received many cats from the Slater Fire after no one had claimed them. Buck (first photo) was my favorite; he was a beautiful manx kitten. All the cats have been adopted.
The money was used to reduce the adoption fees for two older (11-year-old) female Labradors. The girls were brought in together and had lived their entire lives outside. They were not socialized, nor had they received vet care. They had a lot of needs and adopting them out was difficult. The grant monies helped us lower the fee for each.
The grant money allowed us to lower the fee on two elderly Labrador sisters to successfully place them in loving homes.
Lacey and Chelsea were 11-year-old Labrador retrievers who had spent their entire lives living outside. Their owner was elderly and no longer able to care for them. They were surrendered to a shelter in Southern Ohio, which contacted us and we transported them up to Grafton. These girl were frightened beyond imagination and so very dependent on each other for support. We had a vet come to the farm to examine them as we feared the stress would be too much. Eventually we had them placed in separate foster homes and started working on socialization. Within weeks the girls started to adjust. Both have been adopted.
Cataract removal surgery
It helped to allow the dog to regain his sight.
Journey was a frightened dog in the shelter when he was rescued. His fear had to have been amplified by the fact that he could not see well and staff did not notice his sight being poor. The vet gave Journey an 80% chance of good vision post-surgery, which would allow this sweet 6-year-old dog a much clearer and brighter future when he is adopted by his fur-ever home! Meet Journey here.
Medical expenses: leg amputation due to severe injury
Cherry Darling’s injury was unexpected and expensive, so this grant allowed us to provide the medically necessary care (amputation) to give this amazing and sweet kitten a future.
Cherry Darling was found in the yard of a good Samaritan with a very badly injured back left leg and trouble breathing. She was taken to Jules Veterinary Center, where she was surrendered when it was apparent the good Samaritan couldn’t afford the level of care Cherry Darling needed.
Animal Rescue of Tracy stepped in and took ownership of Cherry Darling. At first it was thought that her leg was broken, but after radiographs it was determined the bone was not broken, but that there was significant soft-tissue damage. Though Dr. Valdez, the lead veterinarian, tried to save the leg, she determined there was too little soft tissue left to repair and the infection was too deep into what was left. Therefore, the best option was to amputate the leg. Cherry Darling was hospitalized for four days and then put on crate rest and medication for pain and inflammation as she recovers.
Cherry Darling is named after a character in the movie Planet Terror: the leader of a ragtag group of survivors of the zombie apocalypse who lost her leg during a battle, but continues to fight to survive. This kitten has fought against the odds to survive already and we just know that it is the best name for her.
Cherry Darling’s injured leg was not able to be saved, so it was amputated. With the love and care of her foster family and veterinary personnel, she made a full recovery and learned to function successfully as a tripod. She has since been adopted.