Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
The grant that was awarded was used to help provide food for our animals with limited donations coming in during the pandemic. We were able to purchase food for our shelves to sustain our animals for over two months because of the grant.
This grant helped our food shelf stay full and lessen our stress about the lost income because of canceled fundraisers and lower donations than expected during this time. We provided over two months of food for the animals in our care at the shelter and in our foster program.
While they are here at the shelter, we provide the best care possible to our animals, even those who are in need of special food and extra care. We have been able to continue to provide that care because of this grant. One animal who needed special attention was Nola, a very high-energy dog who needs a specific food to maintain her weight. We needed to buy Purina Pro Plan Sport because of the 28% protein and 16% fat content that the vet recommended. We found a really good price on the bags (since she is the only one on it) and were able to get her a three-month supply of the food! She is a wonderful dog and was able to maintain her weight and eventually gain a few pounds.
Nola is still here, but with any luck she will be going home very soon to a family (we have appointments for her this week and next). You can meet Nola here.
The donated product was used for the behavioral training and enrichment of our canine population.
The ability to provide in-kennel enrichment, especially on days when weather will not permit outside activity, is key to maintaining good mental health in the kennels. Kongs are high-value, sturdy toys that all of the dogs love. We often fill them with peanut butter and you can tell that the dogs enjoy them because the place becomes very quiet!
Mack (first photo) and Boudreaux (second photo) are two very large and very bonded dogs. They have a hard time being apart and this was especially true when they arrived here. Our kennels are big but not big enough to humanely accommodate two dogs of their size. However, when placing them into separate kennels, next to each other, they both showed signs of extreme separation anxiety. We started using peanut butter-filled KONGsS as distractions when they first entered the kennels. This worked, and both dogs have gotten used to being neighbors instead of roommates!
We received a bonded pair of shih tzus named Princess and Spike who had suffered from terrible neglect. Both dogs needed to be fully groomed under general anesthesia to remove years of heavy, matted fur. This cost roughly $300. In addition to needing to be spayed, Princess also had a severe ear infection, and the cytology, injections, and medication cost roughly $300. In addition to his neuter, Spike needed a full dental, which cost roughly $200.
This grant enabled us to help two dogs received as owner surrenders, both in awful condition. We received $500 from the Petfinder Foundation to assist with the medical expenses listed above.
We received a bonded pair of shih tzus named Princess and Spike who had suffered from terrible neglect. Both dogs were around 8 years old and needed to be fully groomed under general anesthesia to remove years of heavy, matted fur. In addition, both dogs had severe infections, were in need of dental care, and needed to be fixed and fully vaccinated. We are happy to report that the dogs made a full recovery and were adopted out together. The family reports that they are loving their new little family, and they recently “bought them a new house” with a large yard in West Seattle. Spike constantly tries to dominate Princess, but Princess is slowly finding her voice and confidence, and even stands up to him sometimes. It’s a happily-ever-after ending for these two.
We purchased both Panacur Granules and Rescue Sanitizing Wipes with the awarded $250 Covid-19 Grant! The Panacur Granules are treating internal parasites in pets that will be placed for adoption, like our Teddy. Rescue Sanitizing Wipes are used for any and all surfaces to keep everything sanitized and safe for all.
The Covid-19 grant has allowed us to treat all of our pets awaiting adoption with lifesaving treatment of internal parasites so they can be healthy and happy going forward into their new lives. The pets truly need to be healthy before being adopted so that they have the best chance at finding their forever homes quickly and safely.
If left untreated, not only the newly adopted pet, but the pets in the home already and neighboring pets could all contract the same internal parasites that the adopted pet has brought with him/her, making them unhealthy, puny and very unhappy.
The Rescue Sanitizing Wipes have kept the staff healthy so we can continue our mission of rescuing pets in desperate need of care.
10+ and it’s still helping
Teddy came to us from an animal-control facility. He was matted tightly to the skin and the smell was horrendous! His skin and coat were patchy and unhealthy and he was lethargic. We brought him to our facility, immediately grooming him to remove the urine, feces and fleas from his skin. Next, the testing. He tested positive for hookworms, a very detrimental parasite that will kill if left untreated.
Once he was treated with the first round of Panacur, his eyes started to light up and he started being the real Teddy, not the depressed Teddy we’d only known since he came to us. He was a completely different dog after his second round of treatment three weeks later!
We placed him on our webpage on Petfinder.com and within days he was adopted to a loving home. Success!
With the Rescue Wipes, we were able to have a sanitized area and the staff weren’t carrying any germs, so Teddy’s adoption was carried out in the most timely and healthy way possible.
We used the money to order vaccinations, medicine, animal bedding, dog food, puppy pads, seven vet-visit fees, copy paper and ink. Because of the grant, we were able to save seven more dogs in North Carolina.
We were able to vaccinate and de-worm all of the dogs in our care. We were also able to save more dogs from North Carolina and bring them to our rescue.
Callie (first photo) and Charity (second photo) were from North Carolina. We rescued them and five other pups from a horrid life in North Carolina. The conditions that these young pups had been in were deplorable. They were kept in an outdoor kennel with a dirt floor, full of fecal matter. Their food was thrown on that same dirt floor, into the feces! Because of this, Callie and Charity and the other pups were so loaded with hookworms, roundworms and tapeworms that they would have perished without treatment! With a lot of de-worming medicine and great veterinary care, they were healthy enough to place up for adoption. They have found their forever homes.
We were so happy to receive the P.L.A.Y. Chill Pads and dog and cat toys. We have all our dogs in foster care who can always use toys, and several cats and kittens at this time.
The P.L.A.Y. Chill Pads were placed in our FIV room, where our cats who test positive for FIV are monitored. The room gets a lot of sun and is small, so these beds are a purrfect place for them to lie and not get to hot. These pads are a great alternative to the fleece blankets we usually have for them and are still washable! The toys are always a hit.
Colony Cats is the only shelter in Columbus, OH, that does not believe FIV is a death sentence. As a no-kill shelter whose volunteers do a lot of TNR, we come across many cats who are FIV+ and will place them into the FIV room for safety until they are adopted. We have a male named Rye (first photo) who spent life on the streets and got in many fights based on his scars. He was taken in, neutered, found to be a total indoor cat and is now looking for his forever home. We currently have 12 FIV+ cats in our care. You can meet Rye here.
This grant was used to purchase food, treats, enrichment items, disinfectants, safeguards and cleaning supplies for the safety of our staff and overall wellness of the pets in our care.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Salt Lake County Animal Services has had a significant shortage in funds and, unfortunately, has had to restrict a large portion of its budget. Receiving this grant allowed us to continue to care and provide for the animals at our shelter in a safe and clean environment.
Dollar, pictured, a 3-year-old neutered male pit bull terrier, was one of the many pets at our shelter who benefited from this grant by receiving a special order of food, treats and enrichment items to help keep him happy and healthy. As you can see by the second photo, he was very pleased with what he received! Dollar has since been adopted into a loving home.
This grant was used for the intake of 22 kittens during the week of May 22. Intake includes all vaccines, a microchip, dewormer, and an FIV/FeLV combo test.
Our intake has been up during this COVID-19 crisis due to an increase in surrenders. The week of May 22, we brought 37 animals into the shelter, which is three times our average weekly intake. The grant money paid for the intake of the 22 kittens that we brought in that week. We would not have been able to intake as many animals without these funds.
These kittens have not been adopted yet, but will be available soon. They are all in foster homes and doing well. They are not on Petfinder yet, because they are not available for adoption yet, but I am including some pictures below. The pictures are of Pawdry Hepburn, Vivian, Neville, Hermione, Albus, Ronald, Dobby, and Minerva.
Granted funds were used to purchase enrichment items for our shelter cats — items such as toys, food puzzles, and training supplies as well as hidey beds and feral boxes to provide a sense of security for shy cats.
This grant was even more beneficial than we could have imagined when we originally applied. During the past few months, our shelter has been operating by appointment only due to the COVID pandemic. Because of this, our cats are not getting the same level of human interaction that they have gotten in the past. This can quickly lead to boredom and loneliness for the cats, which can lead to even bigger mental and physical health issues.
However, because of this grant, we were able to buy additional items that keep the cats stimulated and provide entertainment during times when there are no people for them to socialize with. Having multiple types of items (food puzzles, toys, cat scratchers, etc.) allow us to mix up the enrichment each cat receives daily. This way they are not becoming bored by having to play with the same toy over and over.
These items also provided the ability for some of our shyer cats to come out of their shells. A cat’s natural curiosity can sometimes overpower their timidness, and enrichment items can help this process. Watching another cat play with a toy and enjoy the interaction can entice a shy cat to come out and give it a shot. And, over time, they begin to come out of their shell and even begin playing with the other cats.
30 cats so far, and more expected in the future
Rooster (first photo) arrived as a stray after being found running loose at a resident’s home. When he came in, it was obvious he had been on his own for some time. He had a broken tooth and his fur was so matted, he had to have several areas shaved in order to clean him up. But once he received a few days of care, his loving, playful side quickly came out.
Rooster’s favorite item purchased with the Petfinder Foundation Cat Enrichment Grant was the food maze (last three photos). Rooster had once spent a lot of time having to hunt for his food in order to survive. While we love that he no longer needs to hunt to eat, the puzzle maze provides the mental stimulation he was getting from hunting. So items like food mazes and puzzles allow Rooster to still receive the mental stimulation he needs to be a happy cat.
Rooster was adopted and is now settling into his new, loving home. He will never have to hunt to survive again!
The $250 was used to get surgery for a rescue.
The grant helped us provide a surgery for a rescue that was unexpected. The grant allowed us to use the money towards the surgery so that the rest of the rescue could continue normally.
Callie had two masses on her, one of them very large, and the vet was concerned that it might have been malignant. Her surgery was much more than the rescue had originally thought it would be, so the grant made up for the remaining amount so that Callie could have the masses removed and tested. Thankfully, the tumors were benign and Callie is now at her forever home!