Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
Veterinary expenses to repair a broken leg in a puppy to make her adoptable. The veterinarian suggested that this leg was probably broken some time ago and never repaired correctly.
Our organization has a mission to get all animals in the best shape to be adoptable even if this requires substantial veterinary expenses. The Petfinder Foundation grant helped us with the reimbursement of Hazel’s surgery so we could continue to invest in our animals’ needs.
The puppy (Hazel) came into our shelter with her brother. One of our volunteer dog walkers noticed her brother received a lot of attention from potential adopters while Hazel hopped about on three legs and was overlooked. Hazel had surgery on her leg on Dec. 25, 2019, was spayed on Jan. 3, 2020, and was immediately fostered out to her fairy godmother/dog walker and then adopted on Jan. 5, 2020. Her new family at once relished Hazel’s loving personality when she came into their home.
Enrichment time for dogs during decompression, stressful times, or times of crate rest to help keep their minds going.
We absolutely saw a difference in the dogs we had for long time, especially when we began practicing leaving the house for adoption events. They were much more mentally stimulated and calmer when we arrived home, or when we were home and they had to be crated during the day. This is a great asset during heartworm treatment and for seniors or puppies who have different gums. All of our foster families let us know that it was a great tool for them to have. This was especially useful during the decompression period.
This grant actually helped more than the dogs we had, but now we are definitely low (especially with the dogs destroying them after a while). I would say the grant helped 15-30 dogs.
The Kong grant allowed Pippin to learn to have more calming and positive associations with the crate. He once would be super frantic in his crate, and the mental enrichment that his frozen Kongs gave him is unmatched with any other item we have tried. He is now pending adoption. Fingers crossed. You can meet him here.
We used our Kong donation for the animals that reside at our sanctuary property.
We found the products to be extremely useful, especially during the cold months in Minnesota. The drop in temperatures makes it difficult for our dogs to get a lot of outdoor exercise; therefore, we have to find more creative ways to stimulate them mentally and keep them occupied.
Lil Lady is a wonderful dog in our care who was rescued from a shelter after she was hit by a car and abandoned. Due to the trauma, she required an additional surgery to repair her eyelid so she would have the ability to close her eye. Unfortunately, this has left her with a unique appearance, which tends to leave her overlooked. She has been with us for a longer period of time so she now is spending her time at our sanctuary property where she can enjoy her life until her special day comes along! You can meet her here.
The KONGs helped the rescues healing from surgeries and medical procedures at the foundation.
It gives the epileptic dog Belle something to do while she is in her postictal state after a seizure. It gives Snow White and Aurora something to do while Snow recovers from her bilateral TPLO surgery and Aurora from her ACL lateral suture surgery.
Snow White (first photo) needed to have a bilateral TPLO surgery, vulvoplasty surgery, and luxating-patella surgery — all on the same day, in one marathon surgery session. This surgery was hard on her body. We thank KONG for sending us toys to help keep Snow’s mind happy and healthy during her long eight-plus weeks of bed rest while her body heals. You can meet Snow White here.
Grant funds were used to purchase supplies to make flirt-toy poles for the foster dogs in our care. Funds were also used to purchase harnesses needed for the dogs to be on-leash during flirt-pole activities. Our foster dogs benefit from behavior training with flirt poles before they can be adoptable.
Volunteers were organized to help make the flirt poles from donated and purchased supplies. All poles and harnesses can be used for future foster dogs in the rescue. We made more than 30 poles, which will benefit hundreds of dogs, as we will reuse them for years.
We know that the mental stimulation and exercise using flirt poles can provide much-needed enrichment for many of our dogs awaiting adoption. Many of the dogs we pull from [open-intake] shelters are high-energy and highly reactive. During the cold winter months in Michigan, these flirt poles can be utilized indoors to exercise dogs when they’re not able to go outside in extreme temperatures. Both long outdoor poles and short indoor poles are used for the dogs. They are a great training tool for our behavior-challenged dogs who need to work on impulse control, manage energy levels, and practice training commands both on-leash and off-leash. This training tool will help hundreds of dogs to be more adoptable!
30 current foster dogs and many future dogs
Rosa (pictured) is a sweet, fun 3-year-old dog who loves to be rewarded for learning new things. She is eager to train with the new flirt poles, especially with a plush, soft toy at the end of the rope! She is available for adoption through Paws for Life Rescue and you can learn more about her here.
Our dogs in foster homes
The dogs loved the Kong toys.
We had a shepherd-mix puppy. He was getting in trouble by chewing on everything in his foster home. We gave him Kong toys and he loved them. He would lie down and chew on his toys instead of getting into trouble. When he was adopted, he took his toys with him.
The Kong dog toys have been used for kennel enrichment. This has been especially helpful with the bad weather we have been experiencing, including rain and snow, making walking the dogs more difficult. The toys have also been helpful due to a lower-than-average number of volunteers due to COVID-19. The Kong toys help prevent boredom and stress with the dogs.
The grant has helped provide every dog a Kong toy to play with and to help prevent boredom in their kennels. The toys can be thoroughly washed and reused when one dog gets adopted and another dog is brought into our adoption program.
So far more than 40 dogs have benefited, but by the end of 2020 it will be hundreds, as the toys can be used by countless dogs.
One specific dog whom the Kong toy grant helped was Love, a 1-year-old black Lab mix. Love barked continuously in her kennel from stress. Even though Love received several walks a day, she quickly became bored after her walks and would bark nonstop in her kennel. When we gave Love a Kong toy filled with peanut butter or Easy Cheese, Love was quiet during the time she licked the Kong and for a period of time after. Love was adopted within a week of our adding Kong toys to her daily routine.
Thank you for the generous donation of Kong toys for our rescued Shelties!
It gives the dogs some mental stimulation while they are waiting on their adoptive homes.
Tassels is one of our foster pups who has really enjoyed receiving a daily Kong stuffed with goodies! She is a high-energy girl, and having this mental stimulation is really helping her. She is not adopted yet but has a few promising applications.
The Kongs were used to give enrichment to dogs at the shelter.
This grant gave much-needed distraction and enrichment to dogs at the shelter waiting to get adopted. We fill them with peanut butter. It helps dogs who are stressed out or nervous concentrate on their Kongs. It also helps puppies who are still teething.
Dip is a puppy who was rescued with seven siblings from a municipal shelter. He immediately grabbed his Kong and started chewing it and licking the filling. As he waits to get adopted, it helps give him enrichment and much-needed distraction. Because he’s a puppy, it also creates good habits of chewing his Kong while he is still breaking new teeth. It makes him even more adoptable! Meet him here.
To cover medical bills of the rabbits who had to be evacuated during the Getty Fire, the Brush Fire, and the Tick Fire.
In 2019, our holding area in Santa Clarita (which had 100+ rabbits inside) was evacuated, and many of our foster parents situated in Canyon Country and Brentwood were forced to flee. The grant helped cover medical bills for the injured rabbits, and those stressed out to the point of needing supportive care to recuperate from the evacuation ordeal. Some went into GI stasis; some developed pneumonia or respiratory issues and were treated for those. There were also lots of strays we picked up and rescued from the affected areas, as well many who have found themselves at the high-[intake] city shelters facing euthanasia.
Due to fires raging in the area, Augustina was one of many abandoned rabbits found with injuries from a possible attack by another animal. She was found suffering multiple putrid abscesses with rancid tissue deterioration and a build-up of congealed pus throughout. Her injuries had advanced to aggressive abscesses, causing infection to invade her fragile body. She seemed to have ALSO endured an ill-managed spay surgery while already undermined by preexisting infections. She was fighting for her new life, but her will was STRONG, and we were determined to rehabilitate her 100% and provide her all needed care and a bright, pain-free future. Thanks to BWF volunteers running hours-long rescue commutes for her, Augustina was evaluated, stabilized, and rushed to the emergency vet the same day she was rescued and, with the help of a Disaster Grant from the Petfinder Foundation, over the course of a few months, we were able to rehabilitate Augustina and see this youngster get all the love and care she’d been denied every second of her life.
Augustina, who had THREE infected holes in her abdomen when she was rescued, is not only 100% healed, but she also fell in love with Robin (third photo), who had troubles of his own, which also got treated during his post-rescue journey. They are both ADORABLE and STILL looking for that perfect home.
Augustina’s initial emergency treatment involved: Clipping fur and cleaning of all wounds; lancing of abscesses; warm compressing; and administering injectable Torbutrol, Baytril, Metacam, penicillin, and oral azithromycin. She was on three antibiotics, probiotics, pain meds, Critical Care mix, and a full array of holistic treatments: echinacea, colloidal silver, turmeric, coconut, and CBD oils. She’s received intensive daily wound flushing and lancing of abscesses with diluted chlorhexadine, followed by silver sulfadiazine topical antibiotic. Augustina remained on this protocol for one month with weekly re-checks. Despite her discomfort, Augustina remained grateful and loving, rewarding her foster mama with ample post-treatment kisses and pulling at the heartstrings like no other. This young child is the sweetest and most tolerant soul.
Thank you from the bottom of our bunny-loving hearts!