Success Stories

Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.

My Dog House Rescue Inc.: WAHL Grooming
What was the money or product used for?

Wahl shampoo to clean dogs

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

Yes, keeps them clean.

How many pets did this grant help?

20

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Baby Boy was dirty and he cleaned up so sweet.

Houndhaven, Inc.: Orvis Animal Care Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Surgery for a dog who was hit by a car and had a dislocated hip

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

See Patton's story below.

How many pets did this grant help?

We chose to spend it on one very needy but deserving pet.

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Patton was hit by an Escalade on Veteran's Day (11/11) and taken to animal control. They did not have the means to help him, so they called us before euthanizing him to see if we could help. We weren't sure what was involved, but immediately got him to our vet. They sent him on to the University of Florida because his injuries were more than they could handle. Vets there put his dislocated hip back in socket and treated his hematomas and lacerations. Unfortunately, the hip did not stay in place and we were faced with a big surgical expense. The Orvis grant came just at the right time, and we were able to say, "Yes! Do the surgery!!" It went well, and our volunteers have dutifully been doing his physical therapy twice a day. He now is being gradually introduced to normal activity and has an application pending. :)

Luv of Dogz Fund: Pedigree Operational Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Spays, neuters, emergency vet care

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

We were able to save more animals with this grant and are so appreciative.

How many pets did this grant help?

6 homeless animals

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

One of the animals we were able to help is Otis, who was found on the streets covered in ticks, and tests determined he had mange. We were able to provide medical care for him and get the appropriate diagnostics to get him healthy. We were able to take him in for regular skin checks and bloodwork. When he was mange-free, we were able to neuter him and he is looking for a wonderful home

Southern Arizona Greyhound Adoption: Orvis Animal Care Grant
What was the money or product used for?

This grant helped Cami (photo 1) with her dog training, Shirley (photo 2) with her track incident that necessitated the removal of her eye and puppy Austin (photo 3) with the bacterial infection on his back.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

This grant provided some very needed funds at a time when we had just treated five Greyhounds who had broken legs or hocks from injuries received while racing. We take as many Greyhounds as we can who have serious racing injuries such as these, while as the same time, we take as many healthy dogs as we can. Any everyday funds receive go toward the neuter/spay surgeries, vaccinations, heartworm testing, de-worming, micro-chipping, dentals and kennel costs of our dogs before they go to foster and adoption. Special funds such as this grant augment our other fundraising efforts for our all-volunteer group.

How many pets did this grant help?

3

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Cami is a 5-year-old ex-racer who has an energy level well beyond what most Greyhounds have. This has caused her to be quite excitable, with several undesirable behaviors, such as jumping and nipping. While Cami has spent some time in foster, she has proven to be a dog who needs to be an only pet. This highly intelligent girl wants nothing more than to be with people, whom she adores. We hired a very experienced dog trainer who has worked with her and our volunteers at the kennel to teach her more-appropriate behaviors. We can say that after several sessions, we are able to better channel her energy and provide more opportunities for her to become a much more calm dog and respond to handlers more appropriately. Now all Cami is waiting for is that special person or persons who want to make her the cherished pet she deserves to be.

National Mill Dog Rescue: WAHL Grooming
What was the money or product used for?

Wahl products were used for bathing and grooming dogs that had been rescued from puppy mills.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

http://bit.ly/nmdr_ty

Above is the link to our Facebook page, wherein we thanked the foundation and Wahl for this donation of six bottles of shampoo. This gift reduced our costs and enabled us to use our resources for other needs.

How many pets did this grant help?

It is difficult to estimate how many dogs were bathed with the Wahl products. What is more important is the exposure through Facebook, which you requested, and which always leads to pet adoptions and donations. Thank you again for selecting us for this gift.

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Here is an excerpt from a report by a first-time volunteer, a college student, who went with our rescue team in November. "One of this puppy-mill breeder's employees mentioned that he had a 3- or 4-year-old golden retriever who did not want to breed anymore, and the breeder was willing to turn her over to us (along with the dogs we had come for). My ears immediately perked up and the thought of leaving her with this man made me sick. With limited room on board, it was a stretch, but, as always, [NMDR executive director Theresa Strader] made it happen. The man brought her out; she was so scared and stayed flat on the ground. Later that night as we serviced the dogs, I stayed with her and watched her frantically run around the yard, ignoring my gaze and avoiding my touch. Eventually, she would come over and stand somewhat close to me; then she would lie down beside me. By the end of the evening, she rolled over on her back, accepting belly rubs. As I loaded her back into her kennel I noticed my hands were black just from patting her. Her temporary name is Whitney until she finds her forever home.

"I hope and pray, like so many others, that one day rescues like this one won't be needed and that every animal will be treated with kindness and that everyone human will understand why."

National Mill Dog Rescue: Shelter+ Challenge
What was the money or product used for?

The grant was used to provide veterinary care for newly rescued puppy-mill dogs. Since 2007, we have rescued more than 8,400 dogs from deplorable conditions in large-scale breeding operations throughout the Midwest and as far east as Tennessee. Our biggest expense is for veterinary care, because the rescued dogs are generally in terrible condition. Incoming animals are spayed and neutered and, at a minimum, receive heartworm tests, microchips and vaccinations. Most require extensive dental procedures; some have completely rotted mouths. Following is a sample of other conditions seen and treated: pyometra, injured and infected eyes, ears scarred from untreated infections, parasite infestation, parvo, leg and foot deformities, genetic defects, blindness, deafness, hernias, mammary tumors and other cancers. On average, the veterinary team treats 60 dogs a month at a total cost of roughly $14,400 or $240 per dog rescued. Veterinarians contracted to provide special care cost an average of $5,000 monthly. Every dog rescued is given every possible chance for survival and a good quality of life.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

This grant helped to cover some of the veterinary costs associated with a puppy mill rescue in September 2013. See explanation above.

How many pets did this grant help?

This generous grant helped four dogs that required spaying, heartworm testing, microchips and vaccinations. As indicated above, the average cost for this basic services is about $240 per dog.

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Among the dogs helped by your grant is Seri. She was 3 months old when rescued from a puppy mill in September. She couldn't be sold to a pet store because of a strong heart murmur, so she was of no use to the mill and was scheduled for euthanasia. We rescued her and learned from her medical evaluation that she had a totally operable condition -- but the surgery was expensive and she needed it immediately. The veterinary team at Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Fort Collins, Colo., undertook the procedure on Sept. 24. Seri stayed at the hospital for a few days but then returned to her NMDR foster family. Very soon thereafter, the family decided to make her their own. Now a happy, healthy 6-month-old beauty, Seri is living life to the fullest -- a life she would never have experienced without National Mill Dog Rescue.

Luv of Dogz Fund: WAHL Grooming
What was the money or product used for?

We received several bottles of Wahl shampoo, which came in very useful for some very neglected dogs we rescued. The product made our dogs look great and smell great too. It also did not irritate the dogs' skin. We thank you all so much for helping with our rescued dogs.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

This helped us make more dogs adoptable by helping with their grooming needs. The dogs were filthy and smelly and were not adoptable. After using the product on our dogs, we were able to get mats out and have them looking their best.

How many pets did this grant help?

We were able to groom five large dogs and four small dogs. Thank you so much!

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

We rescued Barclay from the streets. Barclay is a 7-year-old dog who was dirty and matted and not a happy guy. We saved him from a neglectful situation. With the donated shampoo, we were able to help him feel and look better (see photos). First picture is his before picture and the second is his after picture. Thank you so much!!

Rainbow Animal Rescue, Inc: Orvis Animal Care Grant
What was the money or product used for?

This grant allowed Rainbow Animal Rescue to pull Jessie and restore her to health. She was spayed, had a mammary mass removed, is being treated for heartworm and Erhlichia, and will have her eye removed and have a dental.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

It helped our organization because we didn't have to use our emergency fund to help this dog. We have several dogs who are in various stages of heartworm treatment, which is very expensive. If it hadn't been for this grant, we wouldn't have been able to pull this poor little girl and she would have died.

How many pets did this grant help?

This particular grant helped Jessie.

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

We took Jessie, a small Walker hound, from an outlying county shelter who was on the verge of starvation. She only weighed 24 lbs. She was heartworm-positive, Erhlichia-positive, covered in ticks, and had a traumatic eye injury which caused her eye to be severely infected. In addition, she was not spayed and had a mammary tumor. After getting her weight to normal (45 lbs.), she was spayed and had the mass removed (it was benign). Then she started heartworm treatment. We are waiting for her to recover from the treatment and then she will have a dental and have the injured eye removed. All of this was well over $1,500. This grant was a tremendous help to our organization.

Mary S. Roberts Pet Adoption Center: Orvis Animal Care Grant
What was the money or product used for?

With grant funds from the Petfinder Foundation, the Mary S. Roberts Pet Adoption Center was able to develop and promote a Home for the Holidays campaign. Each pet adopted during the month of December received a commemorative ornament of the adoption and treat bag filled with educational materials.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

With grant funds we were able to facilitate more adoptions than usual and vigorously market pets that had been at the Center for an extended amount of time.

How many pets did this grant help?

102

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Abandoned by his owner and at our Center for more than a year, Buddy, a 2-year-old Chihuahua "blend," waited for his forever family. A little body with big personality, Buddy kept being passed by. This spirited little dog, who made friends with every person and other pet he met, just did not stand out among all the other little dogs available for adoption. Then one day, a family visited the Adoption Center and as they passed by his kennel, Buddy spun with glee as if to say, "Pick me! Pick me! I promise, I'm worth it!" The family asked to meet Buddy and, sure enough, they knew Buddy was the dog for them. We've received several updates that Buddy has fit in nicely with their other dog and enjoys regular tummy rubs! (Buddy and his new family are pictured in the top photo.)

Capital Area Humane Society: Pedigree Operational Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The funds were used to provide medical treatment and spay/neuter to numerous dogs and puppies that we cared for and adopted out in September 2013.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

Each dog that is placed up for adoption at our shelter is spayed or neutered, vaccinated, de-wormed, and given flea preventative. Your donation ensured that we were able to help these dogs to be healthy and adopted into loving homes.

How many pets did this grant help?

Multiple (final number pending)

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

One such dog that was spayed and vaccinated because of your grant was Laverne (now named Bailey). Bailey was a 5-month-old Shepherd mix. Bailey (and her sister Shirley) came to us from a shelter in Arkansas via PetSmart Charities Rescue Waggin. She was not spayed. Due to the generosity of the Pedigree Foundation and the Petfinder Foundation, we were able to spay her and complete her series of vaccines. She was adopted into a loving home within a few days of arriving at our shelter. Attached you will find a photo of Bailey being adorable.