Success Stories

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

Poodle and Pooch Rescue of Florida: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

This money was applied towards a mastectomy for April, our sweet little Dachshund girl.

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

Helped pay for surgery for April.

How many pets did this grant help?

This helped one very special girl in need.

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

April was a breeder throwaway. She was used for as long as she was useful, then dumped at animal control. She is an absolute sweetheart! April is 7 years old and has mammary tumors up and down both sides and needs two mastectomies. April had a great recovery from her first mastectomy and her second will be in May. We’ll clean her teeth at the same time. She’ll be ready for a home in June. She’ll spend the rest of her life as part of a family instead of an asset in a business!

April is being spoiled in foster care and learning to love, trust, enjoy stuffed animals and soft beds. She’s a special girl and this donation helped to heal her. We couldn’t be more grateful.

Furry Friends Network: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

We used the grant to help us pay for surgery on Shawn.

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

It went towards a very large orthopedic surgery bill for Shawn.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Shawn was adopted out from Furry Friends Network in 2005 as a puppy. He was surrendered back to FFN in February 2014 due to his human family’s divorce. Shawn’s human planned to euthanize him because she figured no one would want him. Not only did he have some anxieties, but also a torn ACL. However, it is amazing what some love and medical care will do.

Shawn is a fine and distinguished gentleman (at 10 years young) who enjoys spending time with his foster family of adults and dogs. Shawn is friendly, loving and enjoys being outside. He looks forward to returning to his daily walks. Shawn loves to be with his people, adults and children, and finds comfort with other dogs as well. He especially feels comfortable with females, both the two-legged and four-legged varieties. He would do best with a family that is home the majority of the day as he gets anxious when left alone for long periods of time. He is housetrained, has excellent house manners and barks very little. Shawn should be back to his energetic self soon. Other than his repaired ACL, Shawn is in excellent health, and is full of life. Because of all his recent changes, he will need extra time to transition to his new home to make him feel safe and loved through his senior years. Do you have a space in your home and heart for Shawn? He is looking for his perfect match so he can finally unpack his suitcase and stay awhile.

Volunteers For Animals: Stretch and Scratch Cat Scratchers
What was the money or product used for?

We received 200 Stretch and Scratch Cat Scratchers through your CatsRCool program.

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

The Stretch and Scratch Cat Scratchers have given our cats another texture and toy in their cage. They provide a whole different texture for them without taking up valuable floor space like other boards. They provide great exercise also!

How many pets did this grant help?

200 cats

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

Pumpkin was one of our first cats to receive her scratcher. She was one cat who received two scratchers! Pumpkin was given her scratcher, which we attached to the cage door. When we came in the next day, her scratcher was ripped to pieces with cardboard all over her cage and the floor! She was thoroughly entertained with it. So we gave her another which she is pictured with — you can see the tattered edges of the scratcher. Thank you so much for this generous grant — it has been nice for the cats and entertaining for us!

The Haven: Cat Castles
What was the money or product used for?

We used the Cat Castles in our 12 cat adoption room kennels. Each cat was given a Cat Castle. The Cat Castles were also used as carriers for new cat owners to take their new friends home.

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

The Cat Castles helped provide extra room for our cats and an enclosed space where our cats could hide out and feel safe. They also helped separate their litter box from their food and water station, helping to create a cleaner environment for the cats. The Cat Castles also provided carriers to new adopters to take their adopted cats home safely.

How many pets did this grant help?

Since receiving the Cat Castles, approximately 85 cats have come in and been adopted our from our cat adoption room. Each of these cats has used a Cat Castle.

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

Mr. Pounce-a-Lot was a 2-year-old domestic short hair that had been in our shelter for several months. He was very reclusive and introverted. After being moved into a kennel with a Cat Castle he began to feel much more secure and slowly opened up to everyone in the shelter. This helped him get adopted!

Doodlebug Manor : Cat Castles
What was the money or product used for?

We utilize the castles to send home with our adopted kitties! It gives them a carrier, but then also a little reminder of ‘home’ while they are new and adjusting to their forever homes!

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

Immensely: When adopters come and choose a cat/kitten, they often think of everything they need except a carrier. By having the castles, they are gaining a temporary safe way to transport their new feline home, and once home, it gives the cat a ‘safe place’ to retreat to that has the familiar scents and space they played in at the shelter. We also add to the castle floor a baby blanket which we also use in the rescue to give our cats that added touch of homey feeling while they adjust. We have a huge adoption event every October sponsored by a local pet food manufacturer/distributor; we have set aside 25 of these just for that event, so when people choose to adopt one of the cats/kittens, they have safe transport out of the fair and home!

How many pets did this grant help?

So far, five. We have 25 slated for the October event and are in the midst of placing 11 kittens now. Each kitten will receive their own castle to go home with!

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

We are currently working a foster mom who is caring for a litter of six kittens. We have been blessed with pre-adoptive parents for ALL the kittens, meaning they are adopted, and once they are a little older and fully vetted, all of these kittens will go home with their very own castle as part of their adoption package with our group! These will be the perfect play houses for them!

Tree House Humane Society: Cat Castles
What was the money or product used for?

Primarily for kitten fosterers and low-income clients to use as houses and carriers

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

At our spay/neuter clinic, we deal with many low-income clients who have absolutely nothing for their cats and often show up with the cats in their arms or in a cardboard box. Also we used them to give to fosterers of small kittens so they’d have not only a carrying case but also a play house!

How many pets did this grant help?

At least 30, but kitten season has just begun and we will start using them twice as quickly.

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

In the past few days I have been out in the field working with low-income clients in a very disadvantaged area of inner-city Chicago. I went to see a great lady, her husband and their handsome cat, Lilly, whom they named Lilly when they thought he was a girl and never changed his name! They live in an illegal basement apartment and had nothing for their cat, who is an indoor/outdoor cat (very common in these neighborhoods). I gave her one of the carriers so she had something to transport the cat in if she ever needed, and it will double as a playhouse for him as well.

Grant County Animal Outreach: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

This money is going to help a cat with his surgery.

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

This helped pay for a surgery for a cat that had come in with a collar embedded behind his leg.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

We had a beautiful, young male cat come in with a pretty badly infected wound. The cat had to immediately be taken to the vet. It was discovered that if the collar had been left much longer, his leg may have been severed. He had his surgery and is now on his way to healing.

Recycled Pomeranians and Schipperkes Rescue: Disaster Grant
What was the money or product used for?

16 puppy mill dogs: Spay, neuter, vaccinations, microchip, grooming, blood tests, x-rays, medicine.

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

Help provide spay, neuter, vaccinations, microchip, grooming, blood tests, x-rays, medicine and food to the puppy mill dogs.

How many pets did this grant help?

16

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

We were notified by the Longview, Texas, Animal Shelter that a breeder was releasing all her poms to them. They could not hold them in their shelter so they called us. Our team went to the breeder’s house and pulled each pom from its cage and hauled them back to Garland, Texas. The Poms’ ages ranged from 2 to 12 years old, but they all looked really old, with horrible teeth, ticks in their ears (that resulted in infections) and every one of them tested positive for hookworms and Coccidia (another parasite infection). Most of them could be spayed and neutered right away, but some were too sick to tolerate surgery. In fact, one passed away after numerous attempts to help her. Her name was Honey Bee and she was the cutest of all of them. She was a sweet girl that deserved a chance in a great, loving home, but she never made it out of the hospital. We are broken-hearted over the loss. The rest of the kids are doing great, though they are struggling with the parasites. It takes a long time to get rid of parasites. They are adjusting well and thriving. Our volunteers have been working with each kid to socialize them and get them used to all the noises of a normal household. It’s a work in progress.

Fresno Bully Rescue: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

Veterinary care

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

This support helps us continue to give the dogs in our care the necessary medical attention and care needed and required.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

This grant helped one of our resident senior dogs receive his monthly arthritis care. He requires joint supplements and prescribed inflammation and pain medications.

Humane Society of Amherst County: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

The money was used to save an emaciated young dog in danger due to the condition he came in.

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

We were able to get him vetted and back to a good/healthy (normal) weight. With meds, his hair came back nicely and he returned to the beautiful dog he was before the neglect.

How many pets did this grant help?

one

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

Dragis (renamed Dakota) came in horribly emaciated. His hair was thin. He was found on the side of the road by a Good Samaritan. He was standing beside his brother that was hit by a car and died. It was a very sad story. We got him healthy and a Malinois rescue group four hours away took him into foster care. His foster mom KEPT HIM!!! He is now spoiled rotten — we get updates and he looks BEAUTIFUL!!