Success Stories

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

The Animal Care Society: WAHL Grooming
What was the money or product used for?

The donation of Wahl shampoo was (and is) being used to bathe our dogs upon intake and throughout their stay at The Animal Care Society. This makes them clean, which makes them feel better, and also look better, which makes them more adoptable.

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

This grant of Wahl shampoo is helping our organization because we do not have to go out and buy shampoo to bathe our dogs. When an animal comes into the shelter, he or she is often dirty, smelly, has fleas, has mats, etc. This grant helps us bathe our incoming dogs, which makes them happier and more adoptable.

How many pets did this grant help?

30 so far

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

Attached are photos of Cosmo, a Shih Tzu/Pug puppy who came to The Animal Care Society several months ago. Cosmo is adorable and a desirable breed, but because his previous owners neglected to socialize him, he is a special little guy who is going to need a patient and understanding home. Cosmo is very fearful of new people and situations and will bite out of fear. For the past couple of months, however, he has been going home in the evenings with one of The Animal Care Society's staff members and slowly but surely learning how to trust new people and tolerate new situations. He is not as fearful of new situations and has learned how to "sit" and "come."

Cosmo, as a Shih Tzu/Pug mix, has a strange type of hair that becomes oily very quickly and looks like he hasn't had a bath in weeks when it's really only been a few days. With this grant of Wahl shampoo, he has been receiving regular baths that make him smell fresh and clean. They also make his fur softer and make him look nicer overall. We are hoping that with his new training, trust, and clean appearance, Cosmo will find his furever home by Christmas. If not, he will enjoy the perks of living at The Animal Care Society (such as getting his Wahl shampoo baths) until he finds that perfect furever home -- no matter how long it takes. Thank you.

West Feliciana Animal Humane Society: WAHL Grooming
What was the money or product used for?

Our product was dog shampoo. We wash our dogs before an adoption event or before they are adopted and when they need a good bath.

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

Our dogs look and smell so much better after a bath and are more likely to be adopted.

How many pets did this grant help?

35

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

Elvis, a hound dog, has been at the shelter for almost a year. We have taken him to adoption events and had some people look at him at the shelter, but he has not been adopted. One Saturday morning after a night rain, a truck drives up with a young couple in it. The husband hops out of the truck and heads for Elvis. We had only been open for a half hour and had not cleaned up all our dogs. We put a leash on Elvis and walked him out. The husband had a big smile, but the wife looked at his muddy feet and back. I told them to give us 30 minutes while we washed him up and walked him around. They came back and saw Elvis, such a handsome pup, all clean and neat. It was smiles from everyone and an adoption was made.

Pintler Pets Humane Society: WAHL Grooming
What was the money or product used for?

Shampoo for grooming, bathing dogs.

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

As a small private shelter, we do not have much extra cash for incidentals such as grooming products. We get many dogs (and the occasional cat) arriving who benefit from baths. Many of our dogs come from the Blackfoot Reservation in Browning, MT, as transfers and have a variety of skin issues because of poor nutrition and terrible living conditions. Initially we have to treat them with drugs to take care of the mange and/or ringworm, but then they need baths to sooth their skin.

How many pets did this grant help?

Several: ongoing use of Wahl products.

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

Big Red came to us from the Blackfoot Reservation near Browning, Mont., in October. Initially, we didn't know if he would even live. He was emaciated and had the worst case of mange any of us remembered seeing. His feet were inflamed and he had lost most of his hair because of the mange mites. We treated him for intestinal worms (of which he had many) and mange. His skin was flaking off. At first we just used water to soothe is skin, but as he got stronger, we would give him baths, which he enjoyed immensely. He was the sweetest, kindest dog and the entire shelter staff fell in love with him. Through good nutrition, a warm place to sleep and proper care, including his baths, he blossomed, and we considered him one of this year's greatest success stories. He was adopted, thanks to Petfinder.com, and now lives with his family in Idaho. We have gotten several glowing reports on him, and even the fur on his previously bare tail and chest is growing in. See more pictures of Big Red in his album on our Facebook page. http://bit.ly/BigRedPhotos

Animal Rescue League of Southern Rhode Island: WAHL Grooming
What was the money or product used for?

Wahl shampoo grooming grant

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

Allowed us to bathe our dogs to make them more presentable for adoption

How many pets did this grant help?

40

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

Lilly is a white pit bull mix who loves to find a mud hole while out in the play yard or on a walk with one of our volunteers. We transport dogs in from a southern rescue and due to their outdoor living conditions, most are dirty and have never had the opportunity to have a warm bath until they arrive at our shelter.

Dogwood Rescue Society: WAHL Grooming
What was the money or product used for?

The shampoo was used on our rescued dogs to make them feel good, as well as to improve their wellbeing, to enhance their appearance, and to ultimately increase their chances of being adopted into a permanent and loving home.

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

We continued to have several successful adoptions during the time period that we were using the shampoo on our rescues.

How many pets did this grant help?

Eight dogs were adopted after we used the shampoo on them

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

Jenny was a young stray Doberman Pinscher cross whom we rescued from a high-kill shelter before she was due to be euthanized because of a lack of adopter interest. When she arrived in our care, she was extremely thin and the poor condition of her coat, which consisted of brittle straw-like hair covered in white dry skin flakes, told a clear story: an absence of care and a lack of healthy and regular food. Obviously she had endured a sad and lonely life, with no human compassion or intervention, for a long time. Our volunteers gave her a lovely warm bath and it seemed like she truly enjoyed the attention, as well as the feel of human hands on her body, massaging the gentle Wahl shampoo into her skin, reassuring her that her life was going to be better now. We were able to find an active retired couple who already had a young female Springer Spaniel, and they welcomed Jenny into their home and into their lives. She will now reside happily with them for the rest of her years, surrounded by love and compassion (and lots of healthy food!), as well as the playful companionship of her new sister.

Save a Yorkie Rescue: WAHL Grooming
What was the money or product used for?

To groom rescued Yorkies who came into our care.

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

It helped us transform dogs like Pee Wee, whose story is below.

How many pets did this grant help?

Multiple (final number pending)

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

While stalled dead in traffic on the I-95 corridor around Baltimore, a couple noticed a small movement on the side of the road. They wondered what it was: a kitten? a groundhog? Just a little mat of tangled fur. Traffic wasn’t moving at all and, curiosity getting the best of them, they got out to investigate the puzzling bit of movement. Instinctively, the man reached down to touch it and there was a soft whimper. The filthy fur ball was alive and in danger of being hit on the expressway. The situation called for a quick decision. They looked at each other; then the woman scooped it up using her purse so as not to touch it because its smell was so offensive. With the quivering tangle of fur securely stashed, they got back in the car.

They drove the little mystery to a nearby animal shelter and dropped it off before reluctantly proceeding on their way. The shelter workers gently began to trim away the mats and tangles. Bit by bit, knot by knot, they uncovered a very small, sick Yorkshire Terrier in dire condition weighing little more than a pound. Emaciated, scared and bewildered, its legs were welded together and to its body with filth and hair. The dog could not move on his own. They cut the mats so he could stand and finally take some trembling steps.

They found he had two full sets of very bad teeth. He was probably over 9 years old – old for a dog with nothing going for him. Before committing to the major amounts of treatment it would take to bring him back from the edge, they had to find out if there was someone to take him in and actually do the work to save him. Since the little dog was a Yorkie, they Googled "Yorkie rescue" and found Save A Yorkie (SAY) Rescue online.

Would SAY Rescue take in a sick, half-starved, older Yorkie? Yes! Yes, we would. Yes, SAY would take over the vet bills and foster him until a permanent home was found for him. All he could wish for was granted! From lying by the side of an interstate, stinking, dirty, unable to walk, he had won the dog lottery.

The dog was picked up on the Mason/Dixon line -- small and frail, shaved to the skin, with bones protruding, he stank so badly we had to drive home with the windows down.

The dog was neutered, had dental work -- 17 teeth pulled -- a heartworm test, two vaccinations, and a microchip inserted, all in one day!

SAY organizers Marilyn and Don took on foster duties themselves. He was such a tiny dog, Don suggested the name Pee Wee. No harness would fit him, not even a cat’s. Although he had been shaved, he hadn’t been bathed and he reeked of urine and feces.

To the rescue: Wahl’s Four In One Shampoo – over and over again, bathe, rinse, and repeat. Finally, the fresh clean smell of lavender and chamomile was all that was left. He smelled like a flower. He knew he was clean at last and he finally lifted his head in pride.

Just three months later, Pee Wee is hefty for his size – almost 4 lbs and fuzzy as a peach. The Faughners knew he was a keeper – they adopted Pee Wee, now an obedience-class graduate who loves to go for long walks carrying his favorite toy, Pumpkin Man, every step of the way.

Thank you Wahl's! You're a keeper too!

Humane Society of McCormick County: WAHL Grooming
What was the money or product used for?

We received six large bottles of Wahl shampoo. Our dogs are picked up off the street, so many of them are dirty and full of fleas. Some dogs and puppies are suffering from mange and most are skinny. Their fur is often in bad shape and after some good nutrition and several baths, they transform into beautiful dogs and puppies. Our dogs are in outside pens and foster homes. We used this product to bathe our dogs before adoption events.

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

Our dogs are kept in outside pens and foster homes. Although the outside pens are on concrete, the dogs are walked in areas with red mud and they are outside in the weather. They get smelly and dirty and they need regular baths before going to adoption events. We have several volunteers who take the dogs home and bathe them before they meet potential adopters. We are an all-volunteer group and we do not receive any funding from the government. Grants of shampoo save us money on supplies that we would otherwise have to purchase ourselves. And they help us adopt our dogs and puppies.

How many pets did this grant help?

We have 25-30 dogs in our care and 10 of them are kept outside. This grant helped the 10 dogs get multiple baths and 12 dogs in foster care.

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

Mandy and her daughter were living her life on a chain. The family surrendered the dogs to us and they were dirty from being kept outside their whole life. We did not have a foster home available so they were taken to our outside pens. After their quarantine period, both were given baths with Wahl shampoo. They both went to adoption events and Mandy's daughter was adopted first. Mandy continued her stay with us in our outside pens, so she needed regular baths to look her best for our Saturday adoption events. When someone contacted us to see her, we gave her another bath and the person fell in love with her and now both Mandy and her daughter are in their forever homes.

Forest County Humane Society: WAHL Grooming
What was the money or product used for?

Grooming

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

Since we have no groomer on staff and cannot afford to pay for regular grooming for our animals, the grant helps to ensure our animals stay clean and well-groomed during their stay and look nice for their new adopters before going home. The shampoo reduces the amount of time and money we need to spend grooming our dogs so we can focus our funds on veterinary care and improving the facility.

How many pets did this grant help?

25

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

Kip is an 8-year-old Australian cattle dog mix who was abandoned in the yard of a shelter employee a few months ago. He was sweet off the bat but had an enlarged eye that needed to be removed due to glaucoma. He was shedding terribly and had dandruff due to poor food quality. Kip's loving yet sassy personality captured the heart of every shelter staff member and volunteer and he soon became a favorite. Through the help of a caring individual, we were able to raise enough money to cover the cost of surgery to remove his eye, lowering his pain level and cosmetically improving his appearance. Being one of the only longer-haired dogs who came in who did not have severe matting, we knew that although he simply required a shampoo and conditioning, we wanted to make him look as adorable as possible in hopes of finding him a home sooner. After a good washing with the WAHL shampoo and a quick brushing, Kip's fur looked better than ever! Although we have not found him an adoptive home yet, we are positive that his upgraded appearance will increase his chances of finding a home for the holiday! Thank you for choosing the Forest County Humane Society as a recipient of the WAHL shampoo grant and for helping us help them!

Washburn County Area Humane Society: WAHL Grooming
What was the money or product used for?

Shampoo for dogs

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

A different product for bathing dogs other than flea/tick shampoo.

How many pets did this grant help?

So far we have bathed 4-5 dogs who really needed grooming

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

This is Max. He is our shelter mascot. He lives at my home. He has been super itchy the past week or so, so I brought him to the shelter and gave him a bath with the Wahl shampoo for dry, itchy skin. He isn’t itchy anymore! I was actually sort of surprised that he didn’t itch at all! He must feel SO much better! Thought I would share this with you. You can’t see the difference, but if Max could talk, he’d tell you he feels the difference! (-:

Island Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary: WAHL Grooming
What was the money or product used for?

We are using the shampoo to bathe our dogs and have given the samples to adopters since we received them all.

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

The product has given us a nice way to spruce up our animals on bath days.

How many pets did this grant help?

50 plus

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

Toto, a small Yorkie, came to us after being flea-infested and nearly bald from the abdomen back. His skin was very sensitive and he still itched constantly, making it difficult to allow the new hair to grow in. But along with some medications and using the Wahl shampoo, he finally became calm and stopped digging at his tender bare spots, which allowed the hair to finally start growing back. The Lavender is such a calming aroma to our animals.