Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
Last Chance Animal Rescue received an in-kind grant of Kongs worth $419.70. These Kongs were used at our sanctuary location, where we have close to 100 dogs who will call the sanctuary their permanent home, along with several rotating temporary dogs. Since receiving the Kongs, we have incorporated them into the dogs’ daily enrichment. By increasing our supply substantially, we are better able to provide this form of enrichment to more of the dogs and on a more-regular basis.
At our sanctuary, we strive to provide each animal the ability to live in a way that is stress-free and most suited for their natural inclinations. In doing so, we work towards providing enrichment opportunities that each dog will engage in. Kongs are a wonderful tool for that, since they are so versatile and mimic activities within a dog’s natural behavioral repertoire.
By receiving this large amount of Kongs, we are able to provide this form of enrichment regularly for all of the dogs at the sanctuary. Many of our dogs have medical problems that reduce their activity levels and enrichment opportunities. Kongs provide a way for many of these individuals with limitations to play and enjoy themselves.
The versatility of Kongs also allows us to increase the novelty of the experience by providing different-textured and -tasting foods. We are also better able to change it up and give the types of foods dogs prefer in a small, easy-to-manage dose. Having this amount of Kongs also lets us have some in use while also letting us pre-make and store some for when we urgently need a Kong. It has made preparing and providing enrichment a lot easier for staff. This improvement has not only made for happier dogs, but also happier caretakers.
Colt (first photo) is one of our dogs who has been at the sanctuary for around a year. He was shot with pellets and has one lodged in his spine. This injury has caused permanent mobility and bladder-control issues. Due to his physical limitations, we will be his permanent home. With his reduced mobility, he is not able to be as active as a young dog like him would like to be. Having Kongs to provide him that extra mental stimulation has given him the opportunity to play and enjoy himself just like any other young dog should. He is just one of many examples we have of dogs who are better enriching their days with Kongs.
The money awarded to our organization from the disaster grant was used to purchase a generator that will allow us to continue operating in the event of a power outage. The generator can also be used for emergency disaster response.
This generator will allow us to continue providing care for the 600+ pets within our shelter in the event of a power outage.
Lola was surrendered on April 5, 2021, at 7 years of age as a euthanasia request due to resource-guarding issues. Lola sat in the shelter, curled up in a ball, unsure of her surroundings, for 88 days before she went to a foster home, where her personality could really shine. After coming back from foster, Lola blossomed and found her forever family after being in the shelter system for a total of 108 days.
Sponsorships are used to reduce the adoption fees of specific pets, helping to draw more attention to ones who might otherwise be less adoptable. It removes one barrier to adoption.
Lou is an approximately 6-year-old feist mix who was transferred to us from a nearby shelter because she was in danger of being euthanized for space. We heard how sweet she was and knew that she deserved a second chance, so we brought her here for just that. She is a precious mid-sized dog who loves other dogs, children, and everyone else! She isn’t the flashiest-looking dog and is a bit older, so we knew that she might have a hard time getting adopted. She was sponsored, so now she is getting more attention from potential adopters, and we have our paws crossed that she will be going home soon! You can meet Lou here.
2021 P.L.A.Y. Pet Bed Grant Award valued at $528, to help provide bedding to our felines while they reside at the shelter.
Our felines LOVED these mats. We put them in their cat cages and they curled on them for their naps and some even covered up with them like they were playing peek-a-boo with staff and visitors. We also placed some of them in our free-roaming cat playroom and they loved lying on them. It seemed like certain felines had their favorite ones to nap on. The beds wash and dry very nicely, also.
Thank you for giving Berkeley County Humane Society this opportunity.
Numerous, since receiving them. We are still using them.
Spider Girl (first photo) came to us with ringworm. We treated her and, once she was ready for adoption, she was moved to the free-roaming cat play room. Spider-Girl was very active and really added some playful action to the playroom. She did get adopted and went home to another cat who was just as lively.
Ash (second photo) came to us as a stray, and he too was adopted. He was very loveable and wanted to be held and get some lap loving every time he got the chance.
The toys were given to the cats in each cat room.
The cats love playing with the toys and definitely look more animated and energetic.
BG was so excited when the KONGs arrived that she climbed in the box and started playing with the toys as soon as I opened it. She has not been adopted yet. Meet BG here.
We received some AMAZING pet beds. These beds help us keep things clean and comfortable. They dry easily and don’t hold odors. These are some really good beds. They are soft, too, so the dogs love them!!
We had nice clean and washable bedding for 27 dogs. These beds are wonderful. They are lightweight, easy to handle and completely washable.
We have Betty and Taylor, two cute puppies that came from the shelter. They have since been adopted, but they love sleeping on the wonderful P.L.A.Y. beds. They have some wonderful homes. Betty leaves on the 28th of this month and Taylor leaves on the 29th. They have lived in luxury at our rescue.
Surgery for a kitten with nerve damage who needed that arm removed to live comfortably
Our small rescue has been inundated with cats and kittens saved from shelters this year, several of whom needed expensive surgeries. We are so grateful for this assistance!
We rescued this kitten, whom we named Sugar Ray, from a public shelter. He had extensive, irreparable nerve damage in his right forearm. The arm dragged on the floor and he developed a sore and potentially life-threatening systemic infection. After consulting with a couple of veterinarians, the only option was to remove the forearm so he could live a comfortable life. He is still a friendly, happy boy who wants and deserves a forever home!
We were able to purchase supplies for foster field trips, so field-trip bags are always packed and ready to go:
● 20 collapsible bowls
● 10 long leads
● 15 “Adopt Me” bandanas
● 6 “Adopt Me” leash sleeves
● 2 “Do Not Pet” leash sleeves
● 10 first aid kits
● 6 dog air horns
Being able to purchase supplies for field trips has been crucial in helping us to grow our Foster Field Trip program. We are now able to have several bags packed, allowing more dogs to go on field trips simultaneously.
Since implementing the foster field trip program earlier this year, our volunteers have taken over 35 foster field trips with 14 dogs. Of the 14 dogs taken on field trips, eight have been adopted, and the others continue to enjoy their breaks from the shelter.
Field trips have not only provided stress reduction for our dogs, but they have been important in helping our adoption staff learn about the dogs in our care. We learned, for example, that one of our dogs absolutely loves swimming! He is now happily living with his forever family on a lake. Additionally, our dogs have gained more “real world” experience and enrichment during their trips. They have been able to visit parks, hardware stores, outdoor cafes, and the homes of our volunteers.
Word has spread quickly about the Foster Field Trip program, and we have several new volunteers ready to start taking dogs on field trips. We are confident that this program will continue to gain popularity, and that we’ll be able to help many more dogs.
Loki (first photo), a large 5-year-old dog who came to us as a stray, was in our care for over 100 days. He had the opportunity to take several field trips with different volunteers during his stay. Loki went hiking, walked through parks, and visited several volunteers’ homes. At first, Loki was afraid of getting into a vehicle. With a little practice, a lot of patience, and the help of our field-trip volunteers, Loki learned that he had nothing to be afraid of; he gained confidence and became the best canine copilot in no time. Soon, he became excited to jump into the car for new adventures!
We learned that although Loki didn’t like walking around the shelter property, he absolutely loved walking, running, and exploring outside the shelter grounds. We also learned, based on interactions that took place at the homes of our volunteers, that Loki was able to peacefully coexist with cats.
It turned out that Loki, who was always stressed and anxious at the shelter, was quite calm and well-mannered on his trips. This information helped our adoption team to place him with his new family, where he shares his space with a feline roommate and spends plenty of time exploring the outdoors!
Enrichment toys to help socialize many cats and kittens to become more adoptable, giving them rich, loving lives by being able to accept love and care from people. Our volunteers, fosters and visitors were able to work with many of the cats, individually and in groups. As a rescue, we bring in many ferals/strays and, this year, many kittens found in woods or yards with no people skills. These toys will continue to give us very meaningful opportunities to help them get great homes. Some of our most feral cats are starting to come around by trying to figure out what is so neat about these people and toys. It’s great to see the results and we are thrilled. Thank you, Petfinder Foundation, for allowing us this grant! It truly is making a difference in lives!
We have been able to work with many feral kittens, and these enrichment toys have made a huge difference — they love them! They are not too sure about people, but they come with the toys, and the toys make the difference! It is a win-win situation. Many are becoming loving, sweet kittens and many are finding awesome homes. These toys give more opportunity for stimulation and gaining trust with people. One of the simplest toys, the wand with string, got one of our very feral cats to finally come out of his tree and join people for play time. We were thrilled — such a huge accomplishment in gaining trust! We look forward to many more success stories with these awesome toys.
Several kittens were born to a feral mama cat. They had a rough start in life, but they are learning to just be kittens and trust. The toys help bridge the gap and get the kittens to let their guard down so they can have fun and trust. They are now in foster care with several of the Petfinder Foundation Enrichment Grant toys, and these toys are making a huge difference in helping these kittens learn to play, socialize, and love people. We know they will be adopted into the best of homes. There’s been a huge difference in their lives thanks to these toys! One of the kittens has been adopted already!
“Fearful Daffodil” — what joy, after many days of Daffodil being afraid of all human contact, to see her come down out of her tree of safety and join the world of play and people just because of one of the enrichment toys (second photo). We were so surprised and thrilled! Interaction with these toys makes a huge difference! Hooray, Daffodil, you have found a new friend and are making great strides in becoming a friendly, happy kitty! Thank you, Petfinder Foundation!
We received 20 Chill Pad beds. As most of our dogs live in foster homes, we were able to provide 15 new beds to our foster homes. The remaining Chill Pads are being used at our shelter.
AHeinz57Pet Rescue and Transport feels strongly that every pet deserves a safe place with a clean bed, and these Chill Pads help accomplish this goal.
Peggy Sue (first and second photos) was rescued from a [high-intake] shelter in Oklahoma with one of her puppies. Her puppy has been adopted but Peggy Sue has not. She enjoys going outside to play in the sunshine and then returning to rest on her Chill Pad. Meet Peggy Sue here.
Chad (third photo) is also currently up for adoption and living at the shelter. He waits patiently on his Chill Pad in our meet-and-greet area to meet his future adopter. Meet Chad here.