Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
This grant allowed us to purchase 16 pairs of booties, for $36 each, for our Foster Field Trip program.
Our shelter dogs use these booties when they go on foster field trips. The booties protect our shelter dogs’ feet from the hot Las Vegas pavement and anything else that might hurt their feet.
This grant has helped 25 dogs so far and will help hundreds more dogs in the future.
GG, a 6-year-old pit bull-type dog, was at The Animal Foundation waiting to be adopted for more than six months — a long time for a dog to endure the shelter environment. Our Animal Care Team watched as GG’s behavior changed over the months, slowly turning from calm to assertive, an indication that she wasn’t doing well. We knew we had to take action, so we sought out some of our volunteers to take her to the park and spend time with her, to let her be a dog and enjoy life outside of the shelter.
Two volunteers, Kimberly and Julissa, were more than happy to help GG explore and have some outside fun! They spent a few hours walking and seeing the sights at a local park, and then they stopped for a yummy treat, which GG devoured with delight. This simple outing did wonders for GG. Two days after her field trip, she was visited by a potential adopter. GG presented her happy, calm self, which sealed the deal.
After more than six months of waiting, GG was adopted! The booties we were able to purchase gave her access to the outdoors despite the hot pavement, and they will give even more dogs the ability to enjoy foster field trips year-round. Foster field trips contribute to our dogs’ health and wellbeing, which affects their adoptability. Thank you for helping these dogs!
The money is being used to continue outfitting large dogs participating in BoroughBreaks (field trips of several hours), StrayCations (overnight field trips), and even long-term foster placements with well-fitting harnesses. By ensuring dogs leave with harnesses, we enable participants to feel more secure in their ability to manage the dog they are taking into their care. This correlates to getting more large dogs outside of the ACC Care Center and into environments where they are being seen by members of the public. We also purchased treats to help clients navigate around certain behavior issues, and to help dogs focus for better photos, and will be purchasing backpacks that will help participants advertise that their dogs are available for adoption.
By fitting our animals with appropriate harnesses, and giving participants treats to keep their dogs calm, we’re seeing more large dogs leave for extended breaks. Not only does this provide extra exposure, we also receive incredible photos and information that helps match dogs with their future homes.
114 dogs have participated in BoroughBreaks and 29 in StrayCations.
Warrior 80718 participated in a StrayCation on Veteran’s Day. His BoroughBreaker said: “Hello! My husband and I had the immense pleasure of taking Warrior on a BoroughBreak today from the Manhattan ACC. While he definitely could use a little leash training, he was an absolute joy to be around: sweet as can be, loved treats, and sat all morning with us on a picnic blanket in Central Park. We noticed just in the few hours we spent with him that he became more relaxed, and our hearts went out to him after learning he was surrendered a week ago and this has probably been the most confusing few days of his life. He’s also really good at ‘sit!’ He’s just perfect. We took some photos and wanted to share. Thank you to the staff who organize this great program! We also found it ironically suiting that we were paired with ‘Warrior’ on Veteran’s Day and my husband is a vet 🙂 We hope to volunteer again!”
Warrior was adopted the next day.
The grant funding allowed us to send our behavior coordinator to the Dogs Playing for Life apprenticeship at Austin Pets Alive!
This grant allowed our staff to gain the knowledge needed to implement playgroups and get more-accurate evaluations of animals in our care, which will in turn result in more lives saved.
500 (number of animals in our care now able to go out in playgroups)
Bentley (first photo) came into our shelter as a stray, so we had no knowledge of his history. He was labeled dog-aggressive after he came in due to his reactivity to other dogs while walking past their kennels. With the help of this grant funding, and the ability to send one of our staff members to the Dogs Playing for Life apprenticeship, we have been able to get Bentley out into playgroups with other dogs. Although it took a while, he is now learning appropriate behaviors around other dogs and loves being a part of our playgroups. Bentley is still up for adoption; you can meet him here.
Thank you!! We were able to use the money to purchase cameras and lights to allow our dogs to be outside more in a safe environment. In addition, we were able to install an inside bathing area.
The grant enables us to provide warm bathing areas during the cold months as well as for dogs who are struggling with skin infections, and are low in weight and can’t get too cold. It has been life-changing for us. In addition, we are able to allow them to be outside and play in a safe, controlled area.
Clifford was thrown from a car because his owners didn’t want to deal with his skin condition, which was the result of an autoimmune disease. He was in such bad shape, but we were able to give him soothing baths to help alleviate his pain, with warm water in a safe place. He is doing so well now and is adopted!
Vaccines for puppies and to represent less adoptable dogs at events with photo stands.
It allowed us to fully vaccinate litters of puppies to prepare them for adoption. It also allowed us to present less-adoptable dogs not suitable for adoption events at those events.
We rescued a litter of 13 puppies from a shelter in Alabama. Two days later, while in quarantine, one of them broke with parvo; we caught it immediately thanks to our HomeAgain TempScan chips that allow us to easily scan to take temperatures. We rushed that puppy to the vet, where he won a very hard-fought 10-day battle with parvo that cost $10,000 between our general practice vet and the University of Georgia, where he remained in the ICU for over a week. We feel strongly that being able to vaccinate the litter immediately gave them some initial immunity from the parvo — as we learned in Adoption Options — because none of the remaining 12 broke with it.
The P.L.A.Y warm bellies beds are being used at our facility to add comfort to the dogs’ runs. When a dog goes into foster care, his bed goes with him so he has an easier transition. Upon adoption, beds are returned to the shelter for another dog to use.
Having a warm bed to curl up on in the kennel rather than just a Kuranda bed or the floor gives the dog more comfort, allowing them to rest more comfortably. Kennel life can be stressful for dogs, so these beds really help the dogs relax and enjoy their stay with us a little more.
10 dogs initially; however, as dogs get adopted, the beds are washed and given to another dog.
Jasmine is an 11-year-old senior Pekingese mix whose owner passed away, leaving Jasmine homeless and dropped off at an animal-control facility. When we brought her into our care, she had a very painful back, could only walk a few steps, was badly in need of a dental cleaning and extractions and had an enlarged heart. Our vet diagnosed her with discospondylitis, gum disease and generalized dermatitis. Jasmine has been seeing a veterinary chiropractor for her back as well as being treated with medications for all of her medical conditions. She had multiple dental extractions at the time of her cleaning. After three months, she has improved enough to start meeting prospective adopters. While waiting for the perfect family to notice her, Jasmine enjoys resting on her Chill Pad — we place it on top of a blanket to help insulate her further from the cold floor, as she is unable to step up onto a Kuranda or other elevated bed. We are hoping Jasmine will find her forever family soon. Meet Jasmine here.
To provide comfortable resting places for our dogs in their foster homes.
Many of the dogs in our rescue have not experienced the comforts of home prior to coming to us. With your beds, we were able to provide soft, comfortable resting places for them.
Dewey (first photo) is a senior Scottish terrier who came into our rescue quite a long time ago from a local Connecticut shelter. He had been surrendered to the shelter along with three other dogs, all related, when his family was found not to be able to provide adequate care for them. Dewey spent a very long time in foster care, was adopted, and then was returned to us when he and the other dog in the home did not see eye-to-eye. He has returned to his previous foster home (and his P.L.A.Y. bed!) and is now seeking a new forever home. In the meantime, however, he is happy to relax on the bed and we love being able to provide him with the “creature comforts” he didn’t have prior to coming to us. Meet Dewey here.
The KONG toys provided in this grant have been given to the dogs in our care. We fill them with peanut butter provided by a grant from our local Meijer store. We have been able to sterilize them and use them for multiple dogs.
This grant helped, and continues to help, keep our dogs entertained and happy while they are in their adoption kennels. It has helped keep the dogs much more calm and has prevented them from chewing up their kennel walls and beds.
We can use them for the 90 dogs in our care, as they rotate through the adoption kennels.
This grant has really helped Rhyme, a male pit bull mix who has severe anxiety issues and does not do well in an adoption kennel unless he has a KONG toy in his mouth. If he does not have a KONG toy in his mouth, he will go crazy and chew up his kennel wall and bed. A photo of Rhyme, with an old KONG toy and with a new KONG toy provided by this grant, is at right.
The Kong toys were used within the shelter to keep the dogs entertained.
Despite a number of volunteers who walk the dogs, there is still significant time spent in the cages. It is believed that keeping the dogs active with toys like the Kong is an important aspect for our dogs.
All dogs while sheltered were helped, approximately 50.
Cheyenne is a 3-year-old Jack Russell terrier mix. He arrived at the shelter on Oct. 15, 2019, and remains at the shelter. As you can see by the pictures, Cheyenne actively plays with the Kong.
The Petfinder Foundation’s Emergency Medical Grant award was applied towards Ruthie’s surgeries on her legs. Her medical-care costs were estimated to be $2,500, which included multiple surgeries and follow-up care.
Through generous donations and the Petfinder Foundation grant, we were able to afford the medical care necessary to get Ruthie healthy again.
Ruthie came to us as a pull from a nearby municipal shelter in Detroit, where a good Samaritan turned her in after finding her alone, emaciated, and with two broken rear legs. Once Ruthie was released from her initial surgery, she went into a short-term foster with a volunteer of ours who frequently fosters for us. Not long after, a more permanent foster family inquired about her. Ruthie’s sweet and playful puppy antics seemed to immediately win over the family and their dog. After a few more follow-up appointments and positive recovery progress with the vet, Ruthie’s foster family “failed” and wanted to adopt her, making her a permanent family member. Despite all the pain Ruthie endured, she has shown to be a resilient, loving, happy puppy who got the happily ever after she deserves.