Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
The Emergency Medical Grant of $920 awarded to Grey Face Rescue was used to support payment for double tibial-plateau-leveling osteotomy surgery on one of our senior rescues, Cara, a 9-year-old yellow Lab.
This grant allowed us to say “YES” to a senior dog in need. Cara’s double TPLO surgery came at a time when Grey Face Rescue was experiencing a high number of emergency medical cases. Because Cara’s need was not deemed an emergency, she had to wait longer than initially anticipated to receive her surgery. Because of this grant, we were able to move forward in helping Cara while still supporting other senior pets in need.
Cara is a sweet, goofy, 9-year-old Lab who is young at heart. She came in to rescue with a limp and it was later determined that she had torn ligaments in both of her hind legs. Not only was this condition painful for Cara to live with, but it held her back from living her best Lab life with her foster siblings. When the option for a double TPLO surgery to address Cara’s condition came to the table, our board of directors immediately wanted to move forward. Cara’s foster parents, Ashlei and Blake, were on board to help her through her recovery. They went so far as to rearrange their home and relocate their main living area to their basement so Cara would not have to deal with stairs post-surgery. Cara had surgery in early November and has recovered like a champ! She can now properly “sit” and “lie down” with ease and no pain. She is able to be her true, goofy self and live the life she deserves. The best part of the story? Cara’s foster parents are now her FOREVER parents! Ashlei and Blake have officially adopted Cara into their pack of Labs. The whole family is looking forward to when Cara is at the off-leash stage of her recovery so she can truly enjoy a Minnesota winter and play in the snow!
We received a 2019 Senior Pet Adoption Assistance Grant in June 2019. Bellaboo, the dog we received the grant for, was finally matched with the perfect home and went home on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020. Her mom has been issued a check and will use it for medications and medical supplies for Bellaboo to treat her diabetes and Cushing disease.
The grant allowed us to help identify an adopter who could handle the medical needs of Bellaboo and we have passed the grant on to her to help defray the cost of the medications.
Bellaboo was taken in to our rescue after being surrendered to a local vet’s office as her family could not provide for her. Her blood sugar was over 600 at the time and her Cushing disease had been untreated. Once she was stabilized, we brought her into the rescue to help find her the perfect home. Bella waited several months for just the right home to find her, and on Jan. 11, her new moms and her foster moms each drove four hours one way to give Bella to her new family. She now has dog siblings, a monkey sibling, two moms who adore her, and lots of toys and clothes, and she gets to go to work with her one mom every day at her grooming shop. We couldn’t be happier!
To help find an adopter for two senior (11-year-old) bonded cats, Sonny and Buddy, whose owner died recently. R U 4 Me Pet Rescue is an all-foster organization (no shelter), so these cats are being cared for in a foster volunteer’s home.
We hope the grant will make it easier for us to find an adopter, because it is often difficult to find homes for senior cats. Potential adopters may worry about the medical and other costs associated with caring for older cats. The grant will help us offset these costs, which may help us find a good permanent home for these two cats. We will not separate them, which also will likely make it harder to find a new home for these cats.
The Purina One Senior Pet Adoption Assistance Grant will fund adoptable pets Sonny (first photo) and Buddy (second photo). These two were initially adopted from us as kittens in 2008. Unfortunately, their adopter (who at one time also volunteered for our organization) has died. Sonny and Buddy will be in our foster care for as long as necessary as we search for a suitable permanent home for them. However, we expect it will take a long time to find an adopter, given the age of these cats and the very large number of younger cats currently up for adoption from our rescue group. Both Sonny and Buddy are on prescription diets (Royal Canin Hydrolized Protein Veterinary Diet). Also, as senior cats, they will need periodic veterinary check-ups and senior blood panels. You can meet Buddy here and meet Sonny here.
The $1,000 grant was used to support Molly’s adoption. She was our senior gal who had been with us for 14 months and the grant provided the impetus for her to get adopted. Her adopters have already used $388.65 of the grant for vet visits to support the flare-up of her anal fistulas following her annual vaccinations.
This grant allowed Molly’s foster family, who had cared for her for 14 months, to say yes to adopting Molly. With three adopted shepherds in their home already, the $1,000 grant was just the right incentive, a small financial cushion for Molly’s veterinary and food expenses, to allow Molly to join their pack permanently as their fourth shepherd.
The $1,000 grant was just the right incentive for Molly’s foster family to take the leap to become her forever family on Nov. 29, 2019. Molly is now part of a four-shepherd family that is continuing her care seamlessly. And with the flareup of her fistulas in December, the availability of grant funds for her vet care has been a blessing. Thank you!
Molly’s story is a long one, with multiple rescue organizations coming to her aid in early October 2018 after her long days at the shelter. Molly was rescued from Yolo County Animal Shelter on Oct. 8, 2018, her euthanasia date, by Wonder Dog Rescue with our commitment to dedicate a ShepHeroes foster home in which she could heal and be
adopted. The pull occurred after multiple extensions of her euthanasia date by Animal Control.
As a rescue incorporated in the summer of 2018, with our first adoption day held in September 2018, we felt that we could care for Molly and rely on Wonder Dog’s long-standing position in the community to find her a forever family. However, by the end of 2018, due to Wonder Dog’s smaller dog-adopter base and lack of interest in Molly through Wonder Dog’s outreach, it was agreed that ShepHeroes should take ownership of Molly and manage her care directly.
Molly arrived in rescue as a severely neglected 9-year-old white shepherd with raw, untreated anal fistulas and skin and ear infections with embedded foxtails. Molly has been in her adopter’s home as their foster dog since the day of her pull. After six months of ongoing vet care, her chronic anal fistulas and dry-eye condition got under control, with a medical plan moving forward to minimize flareups.
Molly gained 20-plus pounds to reach her optimal weight via a limited-ingredient diet, has nightly care with ointment for her dry eyes and a prescription cream required on her bum to keep the fistulas from flaring up. Her bum has to be cleaned nightly prior to the cream application. Her bum will always be discolored, which contributed to the lack of follow-through by all the potential adopters she met, including a veterinarian who had expressed interest in her. Molly also has crummy-looking teeth from a lifetime of lack of care, and has a permanent head tilt that had been a deterrent to adoption.
Prior to her adoption, Molly attended 14 out of 16 of our adoption and outreach events, stretching from Sacramento to San Jose, and met other interested and approved adopters at meetings outside of our events.
She had courtesy posts by Muttville Senior Dog Rescue and Bay Area German Shepherd Rescue websites and was featured regularly by Bay Area German Shepherd Rescue on their Facebook and Twitter accounts in addition to our own social-media accounts. Molly had also been part of our outreach to other senior-dog organizations and to the White German Shepherd Rescue organization based in Arizona who pull from Southern California shelters. Thulani Senior German Shepherd Rescue had declined her for their program.
The money was used towards Bobbi’s adoption fee and veterinary costs after his adoption was finalized, which included tests for his diabetes and Cushing disease and medicine to treat those conditions, as well as cataracts.
This grant directly assisted us in successfully adopting Bobbi out to a loving forever home. He had been with us for 21 months, but we had been unsuccessful in placing him until we received this grant. We’d had quite a few applications for him, but once we disclosed how much his monthly medications cost, the adopters backed out. The grant paid for Bobbi’s adoption fee and we are using the remainder by paying for Bobbi’s medical costs at the adopter’s veterinary office until the grant has been spent in full.
From his Petfinder profile: “I am Bobbi, a handsome shih tzu-bichon cross. I am 8 years old. I am crate-trained and house-trained. I currently weigh 10 kg. My foster mom takes me on daily walks to make sure I get my exercise. A guy has to look good!
“I have been diagnosed with diabetes and Cushing diseases. I am on medications for that and take them without any fuss! I will need these medications for the rest of my life and once you apply to meet me, my foster mom can give you more details about that.
“Now that you have read my story, I am sure you realize how special I am. I am looking for a loving family who will understand my needs. Having diabetic cataracts, I have virtually no vision in both my eyes. I do learn quickly to be mobile and independent. I need to go to a home with another canine sibling to help me adjust and settle in. Being diabetic, I need to go out every few hours to use the bathroom, so I do need a home where someone is home more.”
The money was used to provide supplements for Artie, cover his spay/neuter surgery with dental extractions, waive his adoption fee, and allow for transportation to his adoptive home.
This grant really helped open the door for Artie. Having his fee waived and transportation to his adopter covered I think encouraged his family to apply for him over other animals up for adoption. Not only did Artie find a forever home fast, but this also saved us money in the long run. The longer he is in our care, the more cost we would have incurred with a senior dog.
Artie was adopted right before Christmas! Artie was rescued from a rural shelter in south Georgia. Without help, he would not have made it out alive. He was skinny, unaltered, had terrible ear infections, and needed serious dental work. Thankfully our program was able to save him. With help from the Petfinder Foundation and Purina ONE, we were able to waive his adoption fee in hopes that a family would take a chance on this special boy. Right before Christmas, a family that only adopts senior and special-needs animals applied to adopt him. Their SIX other dogs accepted him into their pack and Artie was at home. We have gotten multiple updates and he is doing wonderful!
Chico is a larger senior dog and therefore has joint issues and pain. We purchased Rimadyl and Cosequin to help ease his discomfort. When an adopter is identified, we will provide three months of the same items for his care.
We boosted our Facebook posts that specifically identify Chico as an adoptable pet and we were able to reach a much wider target audience. We also included the fact that grant money was available to assist in his adoption and care. We will continue to promote Chico on social media and elsewhere.
It is always challenging to find homes for senior dogs. Chico had a rough life and has many tumors that may detract from his appearance, but having the funds to promote him as adoptable on media such as Facebook and in local newspapers and our own newsletter will help find that right person for him.
It is important that we can afford the medication he needs and the veterinary care. When people visit the shelter and understand the depth of care that our dogs and cats receive, they begin to appreciate the costs involved and the number of volunteer hours required to accomplish that.
One, although we do have other dogs taking Rimadyl.
When we applied for the Senior Pet Adoption Assistance Grant, it was with the intention of finding Chico a fur-ever home. He is a good-natured boy who had obviously had a rough life before he came to us. He was abandoned by his previous family. At first, he was very reserved and wary of our volunteers, but now he loves his exercise time in the yard and still has a playful side. He can be seen throwing his toys around and loves to interact with the volunteers who care for him. We will continue to search for the right home for Chico. You can meet him here.
The funds have been used to provide ongoing care to Fetty, a senior cat adopted from Humane Animal Rescue on the last day of November (Adopt-a-Senior-Pet Month).
Fetty needs extra vet attention for the remainder of her life. Although this commitment to Fetty’s needs made a few potential adopters hesitate, Fetty was able to quickly find a home after the announcement that one year of post-adoption care would be paid for. Fetty was adopted by a staff member of Humane Animal Rescue who fell in love with her at first sight. The cost of care was an obstacle that this staff member, Amanda, was worried she couldn’t afford. After hearing about the grant, Amanda wasted no time in taking Fetty home!
Fetty had her first follow-up appointment in early January. She’s adjusting well to her new home and is receiving the specialized care she needs.
This grant helped Fetty get adopted. Fetty, being a senior cat with dental disease and early kidney disease, and needing ongoing blood work and fluids along with a specialized diet, was having a hard time finding a committed home.
With the grant, Humane Animal Rescue was able to offer the first year of Fetty’s care free of charge. After this announcement, Fetty had no problem getting adopted. Without this grant, Fetty may not have found a loving home so quickly, where she’s been able to relax and enjoy her golden years.
Fetty came to Humane Animal Rescue in late October 2019. At her senior-pet exam, it was noticed that this older cat had poor body condition and dental disease. Her blood work came back consistent with early kidney disease. She was also losing weight despite a good appetite.
With a specialized diet and ongoing subcutaneous (SQ) fluids, Fetty stabilized and and was made available for adoption. To keep her healthy, she would need frequent vet visits for blood work, a specialized diet, and an owner willing to give SQ fluids to keep her creatinine level stable. The level of hands-on care needed, along with the price tag associated with that level of care, drove away a number of potential adopters. After receiving the Purina One Senior Pet Adoption Assistance Grant, Fetty was adopted quickly by a staff member who is dedicated to giving her the care she needs and the love she deserves.
The money reduced vetting expenses for our Waldo and Wiggles.
Waldo and Wiggles’ owner passed away. They were a bonded pair of bichon-Maltese mixes. Both were such sweet little boys — well behaved, playful and so loving. From their Petfinder profile: “We are handsome, lovable 8-year-old bichon-Maltese mixes. Waldo here was born on Nov. 18, 2011, and weighs 16 lbs. His brother Wiggles was born on Oct. 23, 2011, and he weighs 13 lbs.
“We have had a very rough past year. Our mom passed away and we were left in the house by ourselves. Someone would stop in and feed us when necessary. Another wonderful rescue was able to save us and we then joined PATR. We are very bonded and need each other so. Both of us are such sweet little boys, just full of love. We want nothing more than to be held and cuddled. We get along great with the other pupsters and love romping and playing with them. Please consider giving us a loving home. A fenced-in yard is a must and we prefer no small children.”
They have been adopted.
The Orvis grant was used to provide enrichment and stress-relief items for our shelter animals. We were able to provide enrichment items such as Kong treat toys and Nylabone chew rings, as well as stress- and anxiety-relief products such as Thundershirts, Feliway cat calming pheromones, and Adaptil calming diffusers for our adoption and stray-dog areas.
Many of the animals that enter our shelter are under a tremendous amount of stress, especially those animals who are here for extended periods of time. Boredom also becomes an overwhelming stressor for many of the animals in our care. By combining pet enrichment with stress-reducing products, we were able to provide items to our cat and dog areas to help reduce their boredom and stress levels. Some of greatest successes were in our cat rooms and puppy rooms. Our cat rooms were provided with a Feliway diffuser, which provided calming cat pheromones in each room. The result, observed over a period of a month, showing a vast majority of cats in our care were much more relaxed, easier to handle and were much more comfortable. This helped in increasing our cat adoption rates over the last two months due to patrons being able to handle and interact with our adoptable cats more easily.
One challenge we had faced in the past was reducing stress for our small dogs and puppies that entered our shelter. In most instances, our smaller dogs and puppies were delayed in being able to be moved up for adoption due to their heightened stress level and requiring a longer isolation period to become adjusted to the shelter environment. Upon deploying two items, an Adaptil diffuser providing calming pheromones and a Smart Love behavioral toy, we saw great progress with our smaller dogs and puppies, especially our puppies.
The Smart Love toy is a small stuffed dog that emits a constant heartbeat and heat to mimic another living creature. See our success story below! We were also able to provide various sizes of Thundershirt anti-anxiety vests for our animals that display a higher than normal stress level while here at the shelter.
Delvina is a chocolate Labrador puppy who entered our shelter and displayed higher than normal stress and anxiety. Delvina was difficult to handle, would constantly tremble, and became aggressive around other dogs. Delvina did not interact and would stay to the back of her kennel each day during morning cleaning. Staff had attempted several different techniques, some with slight success, but Delvina was still very timid and scared in her kennel.
Staff then requested to try the Smart Pet Love Behavior Aid toy and equipped the toy with a heating pack and activated the internal heartbeat. Upon providing this item to Delvina and rechecking her status later in the afternoon, staff were pleasantly surprised to see Delvina interacting with the toy and later had fallen asleep on top of it.
After a couple of days, staff noted a tremendous improvement in Delvina’s demeanor: She became easier to handle, and after several days, displayed no aggression towards other dogs. We were able to move her up to adoption after four days of this treatment, although she retained her plush toy, and she became a smash hit with the shelter and our patrons! You can meet her here.