Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
Scratchers for the cats' enclosures.
We were able to use the Stretch and Scratch cat scratchers without having to purchase them ourselves; thus, saving the shelter money. The scratchers are very helpful to the cats in enclosures. They allow them to do a behavior that is so natural for them which makes them more comfortable and more adoptable.
Serena was very scared when she came to the shelter. She would hide in her litter box quite a bit. The scratcher was one of the first things she showed interest in. Once she came out and scratched on it, she continued to do so and volunteers were able to then work with her to help her become more adoptable.
The Petfinder Foundation Sponsor a Pet grant money is put into our general fund. which supports the food and medical care we provide to our pets, as well as keeping our lights and electricity turned on.
The grant helps to keep our doors open, as we are a nonprofit organization that is supported entirely by donations.
Approximately 85 cats, plus one foster dog
Our foster dog, Buddy, had to board at a vet clinic because we had no foster home for him. We try very hard not to keep animals at the vet clinic, but sometimes it is a necessity. The grant helped with the cost for his stay. Buddy is now in his forever home!
The Stretch and Scratch Cat Scratchers helped foster animals at our two rental locations and at foster homes.
This grant helped to relieve stress for animals that are surrendered and anxious in a new environment.
So far 127.
Taylor is a tabby male cat who benefited from the posts. He is still in fostering and was recently returned due to a new family situation. He was extremely skittish around the other shelter cats and very scared; the scratching posts help relieve anxiety and allowed him to open up more.
Bootz, a Siamese who was surrendered and extremely stressed, was hiding a lot in his crate and even hissing at volunteers. The scratching post gave him some stimulation and lessened stress.
We used it to purchase a new tablet.
This will help us with our adoptions at remote sites away from the shelter/adoption center. We take a few cats with us on the weekends when we are inside a local PetSmart store. There are also other times during the year when we attend community events where we can bring a few cats with us for display. At any of these, we are limited in the number of cats we can display so this tablet will allow us to conveniently show anyone who might be interested all of the other cats available at the time. We can also play videos from our extensive array of YouTube supplies.
This will be continuing for many years and we have just started using our new playtoy. To date, we can attribute at least a half dozen adoptions to this device, with many other people being introduced to our facility via virtual tours.
One very important way this has helped has been in the placement of several cats that belonged to one of our longtime volunteers. Carol Dickinson recently passed away and left behind quite a few cats. These were all "retired" breeding cats that she had brought into her home. These cats range in age from 6 to 12 and her surviving family thought it best to leave the cats in their familiar home until placements could be arranged. Her daughter has taken a few into her home but we had many others needing to find new homes. This is an excellent example of how we are using this new tablet to show people cats that we could not bring with us to the remote site. We are also using it within the shelter to show people Carol's cats when they are browsing at our adoption center. Carol's cats can be seen on our website on this page: http://www.catsexclusive.org/carolscats.html.
Our scratchers were used in our cat cages. Each cat got their own scratcher.
These scratchers were used for making our kitties happy while they stay with us. The scratchers gave our cats exercise and a chance to stretch and play.
Up to fifty of our cats have used these scratchers. Some liked to rub against them while others enjoyed clawing at them until they were completly used up.
Marcela and her brothers loved playing on the scratches by jumping and hanging on them, chewing on them and of course scratching at them. The scratchers gave them hours of entertainment!
These dollars were directed towards our medical fund, for the care of animals with medical needs beyond preliminary vetting and sterilization.
Funds like these make it possible for us to be able to care for pets that have medical problems that require treatment before they are considered adoptable by the general public.
These funds were spent on one cat.
The generous funds received through Petfinder Foundation were used to help diagnose and treat an ill 10-year-old cat named Ginger. Ginger arrived at Nevins Farm in late October with significant eye issues. Her initial exam indicated a probable melanoma and the treatment recommendation was for a right eye enucleation.
Ginger underwent surgery successfully shortly thereafter, recovered well and was adopted on November 1!
Thank you for helping us heal this deserving cat who now has a loving home to spend her final years in.
The ten Special Edition Chill Pads were used to keep the shelter dogs warm during the cold winter months.
It has been a very cold winter and the Chill Pads came at the right time to keep the dogs warm. It is very difficult to keep warm bedding available for the dogs, and it is very expensive to buy. The shelter has to rely on donations to keep a supply of bedding for the dogs. Most of the time we use blankets, rugs, pillows and occasionally we receive dog beds. The shelter was thrilled to receive this grant award.
Edward is a 2-month-old Blue Heeler mix that was found on the street and brought into the Conour Animal Shelter by an individual. He is fortunate to have been found because of his age and the cold weather. He is such a cute precious little guy. He loves to lay on his Chill Pad to keep him warm.
We received Stretch and Scratch Cat Scratchers.
Allowed for cats in our shelter area a chance to reduce stress by scratching.
This product was used with cats in our shelter area. One special cat is named Claudius. He was in our Ringworm Isolation Ward for nearly 2 months while we treated him and awaited a negative culture. Because the Stretch and Scratch Scratcher is disposable, we were able to give him a new one every few days. Other cats have also benefited from the scratchers and will continue to do so as we go through our allotment. Thank you!
The Wahl grant award was for grooming products: clippers, blades, trimmers, brushes and shampoo samples -- all valued at $270.00. The award was solicited by an AWA Facebook follower.
The Wahl grooming products help AWA provide husbandry care to shelter dogs and cats. Matted long-haired cats are in pain and often suffer from skin infections. Unkempt and smelly dogs don't draw the attention of potential adopters. While trimming hair and the "crazy" clean-up grooming job can resolve some things, a more proper grooming job really does help adopters see the pet for his/her beauty.
At this time it has helped 2 dogs.
Cinnamon was matted. He needed to be sheared down. There are times when a pet's grooming care needs exceed the ability of their caretaker. Days of "missing the brushing" and weeks of skipping the groomer due to no transportation or money can take their toll on a pet. It is sad to see, but when the pet is free of the tangles, the mats and his/her skin is airing out and healing and they look so happy.
True Friends is completely dependent on donations to keep our shelter operating. It is our goal to spay and neuter all our pets before leaving our facility. This is a significant expense to us and the funding received made a tremendous difference for us.
19 dogs and cats
Our shelter adopts out over 50 animals each month. Because they were spayed and neutered through your funding, we were able to adopt them out quickly making room at our no-kill shelter for 19 more animals to have a safe haven during these cold winter months.