Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
P.L.A.Y. pet beds were (and are still) used for our pets located at our adoption center as well as a few foster homes.
The grant has allowed us to have a pet bed that is easily cleaned and provides comfort to our animals. We found this to be super helpful with our pregnant cats who still need some comfort. As you can see in the first photo, we were able to give Priscilla some comfort while she basks in the sunlight with her babies.
Priscilla (first photo) is currently in foster care but has had lots of interest in her and her babies. As of writing this, her babies are just over a week old, so they are not ready to be adopted or even come to our center due to not having gotten their vaccinations.
Photo No. 2 is Marley, who is currently in foster care until we have some space at our adoption center. Marley is the more outgoing puppy compared to her sister, Miley. She is a ham for the camera and loves to be spunky and play. She definitely has the attitude of a chihuahua, so she loves finding mischief for her and her sister to get into. Meet Marley here.
Photo No. 3 is Jazz, who is a very timid dog who needed some comfort. She may be shy initially, but she comes around quickly. Jazz is a sweet girl who loves attention. Meet Jazz here.
It was used for the medical costs for Nala.
We get so many medical emergencies where healthy and adoptable dogs are injured or sick and their families cannot take care of them.
Nala was hit by car and was barely clinging to life. She could not breathe because her lungs had been damaged and she was bleeding internally. We knew the costs of her care would be in the thousands of dollars. We could not let her down. She made it through her first surgery and was recovering when we discovered we needed to amputate her leg. Nala has now been adopted by an amazing family. She was actually adopted by the family of one of our volunteers. Her foster family misses her already!
The grant money was used for luxating patella (knee) surgery on Flounder.
The money helped get much-needed surgery for Flounder, a rescued dog, helping him to walk again.
One very special dog
Flounder was picked up as a stray. He could barely walk. Before Flounder had the surgery, he was unable to put weight on his right rear leg. With the surgery, he is a new dog and able to lead a normal life. Flounder has been adopted into a loving home and is living a good and pain-free life thanks to the help of the Petfinder Foundation.
The $1,000 Emergency Medical Grant was used for the bilateral enucleation of Stevie’s eyes, which had atrophied and were causing discomfort. Originally, an extension was requested due to the fact that his eyes were being treated medically to see if they would respond to medications. Unfortunately, they did not and, as such, the surgery ensued with great results.
Angel’s Rest is a hospice facility that specifically seeks out animals who are first in line for euthanasia due to advanced age, disabilities, end-stage diseases and severe bite histories. This grant helped one of the elderly cats with a disability who was in constant pain get a much-needed surgery.
Stevie came to Angel’s Rest from an Ohio [open-intake] shelter. Due to his age and his eye condition, Stevie was slated for euthanasia. Upon arrival, Stevie was assessed and it was determined that his eyes needed to be removed as they had atrophied beyond repair. His doctor, however, tried to save one of the eyes, as he believed Stevie could see some shadows. Stevie was treated medically for about three months. At the end of that period, it was determined that Stevie’s eyes had not improved and, thus, removal was needed. Stevie has bonded with Tucky, an older dog who is paralyzed due to degenerative myelopathy, and the two have become inseparable. You can see them napping together in the third photo. Stevie has not yet been adopted. You can meet Stevie here.
The money was used to offset the adoption fees and care of two of our senior dogs and one long-waiting adult. We are thrilled to be able to announce that two of the three dogs have been adopted. One is still waiting.
This grant helped us to offer low-cost adoptions for six of our rescues to-date, for various reasons that we felt warranted them lower adoption fees, and to help these special cases get adopted more quickly.
Nicolas was rescued from a garbage dump in Puerto Rico (first photo). Lack of nutrition caused him to have a hormonal imbalance that resulted in a loss of body hair. He was emaciated when we picked him up and estimated to be approximately 10 years old. One of our pet-food donors contacted us with an odd request: Her 101-year-old great, great grandfather had lost his dog recently to old age, and he was lonely and hoping for another dog. No rescues would talk to them when they heard the man’s age. We knew the family situation and that there was enough family involvement that any dog placed with this man would be safe and well cared-for. The family was open to senior dogs, and when they met Nicolas, it was a perfect match! We were able to offer a very reduced adoption fee, and today, Nicolas and his new dad are very happy (second photo). Nicolas accompanies his dad to the workshop every day and keeps him company in the evenings. We are so grateful for your help with this match!
Cece (third photo) was turned in to our rescue after her family went through a divorce. She was considered a bit difficult to place as she needed to be an only dog and did not do well with cats. Cece waited for three months before a wonderful family came along and fell in love with her. We were able to offer a very reduced adoption fee to this family that had three young children and could offer a wonderful, safe and loving home (fourth photo). Cece is so loved and we receive updates frequently!
With the $500 grant, we gave discounts for a few of our foster dogs and donated one dog, Floyd, to become a service dog.
We were able to place dogs in a slow season.
We were able to place one dog at no charge to the adopter. Floyd (first photo) will become a service dog to a veteran. We also lowered the adoption fee for a few others, including Marshall, a black dog (second photo). He is now in his forever home and will be loved dearly. He and other dogs had their adoption feed reduced to $50.
Funds were used to purchase Vetmedin for our senior beagle, Babe, now renamed Marsha. Babe will need to be on a fairly costly monthly medicine for her degenerative heart valve disease for the remainder of her life. With help from Petfinder Foundation, Babe’s entire first year of medication is covered! This medicine was purchased through our primary vet, Grain Valley Animal Hospital in Grain Valley, Missouri.
This one grant ensured that our senior lady got her vital medicine as well as ensuring a wonderful home in the process.
Babe was found as a stray on the rural streets of Oak Grove, Missouri. This senior lady was soon after diagnosed with a moderate heart congestion that left her future adoption in doubt. Through love, prayers, and the intervention of the Petfinder Foundation, her dream of a home was soon realized. Babe was adopted shortly after we were granted funds for Vetmedin medication, which assisted her both physically and mentally. She is now in a wonderful home and we have had quite a few personal follow-ups to see the miracle this grant has been for her.
Our special-needs, senior pet named Kat the cat!
Having the extra funds to cover the adoption, exam and medicine was super helpful because it freed up funds so we could advertise Kat as the star of our Cats for Seniors program. In fact, her adopter came to us because of an insert ad we created using Kat’s picture. That lead her to check out Kat’s bio on Petfinder.com and, after reading it, she knew she had to meet Kat face-to-face.
One very grateful cat seeking a forever home; however, the publicity has helped us drum up support for our Cats for Seniors program in general.
Kat, our senior cat, came to us a couple years ago when one of our volunteers was diagnosed with cancer. Sadly, she passed and Kat, who has a thyroid condition, was suddenly parent-less. Finding a home for her has proved to be problematic. She had some applicants over the years, but they were never a good fit (either they were too active, couldn’t provide adequate care, didn’t have the financial resources or Kat simply didn’t make a connection with them).
However, all that changed March 2019. Knowing that we had a Senior Pet Adoption Grant from the Petfinder Foundation, we knew we could spend a little extra to promote Kat in some of our advertising venues. She was featured via a Facebook ad and in our local coupon publication called Town Money Saver, which is how Kat’s new mom made her way to Petfinder and then to us directly. She visited our shelter and almost instantly they were a match, so it was a “done deal.” Kat found her new person and her person found a new companion to keep her company.
Thanks to the senior cat grant from the Petfinder Foundation, we were able to cover Kat’s adoption fee while also getting her a complete wellness check prior to going to the new home. The adopter also received food and the medication Kat needs, which should last for at least the next two years, along with instructions on how to administer it. We also covered Kat’s transportation to her new home. This way, the adopter, who uses public transportation, didn’t have to worry about getting her there to her house.
In conclusion, Kat needed someone who could offer her the time and support she needs to have an enriched life in her final years. Our adopter wanted to save a senior cat who could keep her company. It’s a perfect match and all of us couldn’t be happier for everyone.
Kongs used for our chewers’ playtime and filled to help with crate-training.
We always include Kongs inside our puppy pens. The puppies love the way the Kongs bounce and will lie there and chew on them as their teeth are coming in. We also have anxious adult dogs and we give them Kongs at adoption events. We went to a large outdoor adoption event to which the public brought their dogs, and one of our high-energy dogs was given a Kong. He settled down and chewed and played with it for well over an hour. Outside with the high-energy dogs, we play fetch with them using the Kongs — they love the way they bounce off-center.
The sizes donated helped 13 puppies and eight adults.
Beau (first photo) is a cur mix and has been in rescue for six months. He is currently 8 months old, and is so full of energy. His foster has been stuffing Kongs and they help him to calm down and have been a great help with crate-training. We attended an outdoor adoption event in one of our local parks and Beau started to get anxious, so he was given a Kong that was not stuffed and he settled down and chewed and played with it for over an hour. Meet Beau here.
Sasha (subsequent photos) is what we call a “secret chewer” at 4 years of age. Her foster has been offering Kongs to help her learn what is okay to chew on, and she will carry them around and find a nice comfy spot to lie down with them. Her foster has been trying to get her to play fetch with them, but after the first throw, the Kong is hers and she will not give it up. Meet Sasha here.
Our “Second Chance Ranch” cat enclosure construction and the items that are in the enclosure such as the cubes, blankets, cat trees, etc.
The new free-roaming enclosure is a wonderful part of our rescue because it’s a great enrichment tool. It allows the cats to interact with each other, with our visitors and with potential adopters. They become more socialized, which makes them more adoptable. Thanks to this enclosure, they’re free to do all the things cats love: run, jump, climb, snuggle. In short, it’s the closest thing to actually living in a real home.
Because of this grant, we were able to afford the construction as well as the shelving and the blankets for the cubes. We also were able to get chairs so that humans can sit down and relax with the cats, which helps them make a connection and increases the chance of adoption. The cat trees provide a place to scratch, climb and play on, which they all thoroughly enjoy.
This free-roaming enclosure also provides more time for our volunteers who do cleaning, because we have fewer cages to clean on a daily basis. The positive side effect is that this allows us more time to interact with the cats beyond simple janitorial duties.
In closing, being able to build this enclosure for them was one of our long-term goals (for both humans and felines). The funding that the Petfinder Foundation provided to realize this dream is much appreciated, to say the least. It’s something that will bring our cats joy and better health for years to come.
Honestly, countless cats, because it will provide years of enjoyment for any felines in our care. But if you’d like an actual number, 200 a year, since that’s about half the number we adopted out last year.
We have some very shy cats, Gabby (first photo) and Gessica (second photo), who really came out of their shell once we were able to let them roam outside of the cages in the new enclosure thanks to the Petfinder Foundation. For 10 months, they’d been confined to their kennels, but this allowed them to really open up. They get to exercise and play and just enjoy being in an environment that’s as close to an actual home as possible. They haven’t been adopted yet, but we’re sure it’s only a matter of time now, since they are already more friendly than they were last week. It’s really remarkable how much has changed in just the last seven days.