Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
Wahl grooming supplies were sent to us and we used them to make our dogs look better-groomed for potential adopters.
The improved looks and cleanliness helped get more dogs adopted.
Our groomer bathed about 130 dogs and did special grooming on about 30.
Voo Doo came in as a stray. His hair was matted and rather looked like it was fixed in dreadlocks. After grooming and shampoo with the new Wahl products, he looked clean and fluffy. Three days after his treatment, he was adopted by a very nice young family. Unfortunately his adoption picture does not show how nice he really looks!
The bottles of shampoo are being used to help us keep our shelter animals clean, which is especially helpful since we are under construction, and there is dirt everywhere!
Keeping our animals clean helps them look and feel healthier, thus making them look more adoptable.
Eight so far, but we anticipate helping many more
Simba, one of our adoptable animals, had a great day rolling in the mud left by the construction vehicles. Please see the attached photos.
Wahl Oatmeal Shampoo Concentrate
Kim Acres benefited from a grooming grant from Wahl because our dogs get a bath and smell nice before going to an adoption event.
We currently have 145 dogs in our rescue and the grant helps all them get a bath, get clean and smell good too.
Spankie, a white Schnauzer mix, was a stray we saved off the side of a country road. He was matted, full of ticks and fleas and his skin was red and you could visibly tell that he was miserable. Our first step in saving him was to get him a much-needed grooming so the ticks, fleas and mats wouldn’t irritate his skin any more. Once shaved and de-flea- and -ticked, we were able to bathe Spankie in the oatmeal shampoo from Wahl, which acted as a soothing agent on his skin. After 24 hours he was soft, clean and smelled wonderful. This shampoo worked wonders for him, and a good meal did too. Although he will not be ready for adoption until after his neuter on Dec. 27, he is scheduled to go to his first adoption event at Petco on Jan. 5 and hopefully he will find his forever home.
Grooming of rescue dogs when they leave shelter/vet clinic
We always like to bathe and groom our rescue dogs when they leave the shelters or boarding facilities. It makes them so much more presentable to their potential new families.
We rescue between 50-60 bull terriers each year in South Texas.
The Wahl grooming equipment and shampoo will help our rescued bull terriers feel so much better. We often pick up these dogs in bad condition and flea-infested. Bull terriers also have very sensitive skin and are prone to lots of skin conditions. Bingo joined our rescue last week. He looked so scared at the shelter and had that “dog pound odor” about him. He was in a sorry state! A couple of days later, after a good grooming, Bingo was feeling like a new man and ready to start looking for his forever family.
Grooming shelter pets
The shampoo provided allowed us to not have to purchase any. It is a lovely kind of shampoo which the pets seem to enjoy.
Thirty so far; we still have shampoo remaining.
Shaggy was a “hot mess” upon arrival. Not only the most smelly, yellowed, matted coat we’d ever seen, but more importantly, he had been severely mistreated. Shaggy wouldn’t go for a walk, laid in his own urine, hid behind the toilet and wouldn’t look at anyone. Our terrific volunteer groomer, Erin, got him into her grooming bus and, using her great techniques and some Wahl shampoo, got Shaggy to look highly presentable. Within days, he was a new dog, looking at everyone, even walking on a leash. I think he was proud.
Pet No. 2: This sweet little terrier mix was dumped by his owners because they were moving. His fur was matted, dirty and tangled. He instantly felt proud and smelled great. He was adopted quickly.
We received some wonderful oatmeal combination shampoos that we are using on dogs.
This fall, we had a number of dogs who came to us with skin problems. Some had demodectic mange, one dog had been dunked in motor oil (a shih tzu mix), and others had flea dermatitis. Finally, we had a litter of 6-week-old puppies with horrible sarcoptic mange. All of our dogs benefited from the great shampoo, because it not only smelled GREAT, it lathered and rinsed well, and soothed the irritated skin of the dogs and puppies!
We’ve used it on about 30 right now, and we still have shampoo to use.
The first dog is Castor Oyl. Castor came to us as a stray, and he had horrible flea dermatitis and had lost most of his hair. However, the people who found him thought he had mange, so they’d dunked him in old motor oil. He stank to high heaven! I only have a “before” picture, because he got adopted the day we got him groomed and we didn’t think to grab a photo. The second photo shows one of the litter of puppies that came in with sarcoptic mange. His name is Hardy, and he just represents what the litter looked like. The third photo shows him after his treatment and a shampoo with the Wahl Oatmeal. While the shampoo alone won’t cure the puppies, it does make them less itchy and soothes their skin while we are treating their mange.
The shampoo has been used to help clean multiple puppies and dogs who have come into the shelter. The samples have been given out to puppy and dog adopters.
The products supplied by this grant helped our shelter staff bathe many of the puppies and dogs who came into our facility in preparation for adoption. It has been particularly helpful since we usually do not see very many puppies at our facility. However, we have taken in 18 relatively small puppies (four litters) since September. They have had to be potty trained, and many had severe diarrhea. Therefore, these supplies really helped us with cleaning up after all these dogs. New adopters/owners are always excited to receive samples and freebies as well.
Nine dogs and six puppies have been adopted through Nov. 30; 22 dogs and puppies are current residents.
A few weeks ago, a very old toy poodle whom our staff renamed Betty While arrived at our shelter. She was found wandering near the City of Pullman’s garbage collection and recycling facility, and no one came in to claim her. We estimate that she is about 12 years old. When she arrived she was in poor shape. Her teeth were very bad, and many of them had to be pulled out. She had lost much of her hair, and the hair she did have was severely matted. She has a cataract in one eye and what appears to be cherry eye in the other. The “cherry” eye is also unable to produce tears at this time. Our shelter staff have gone to quite a bit of trouble to clean poor Betty up, and we are now looking for an adoptive home or a permanent foster home for her. WCHS thanks Wahl for helping us help Betty White!
We used the wonderful Wahl shampoo to bathe our dirty, stinky dogs! They went to their new homes smelling fresh and squeaky clean!
The grant helped by letting us bathe all of our dogs and getting them smelling fresh and looking great.
The grant helped 24 dogs.
A couple of days before one of our dogs, Charlie, was going to be going to his new home, he was outside and decided to roll in some dog poo! He came in all stinky and dirty. We bathed him with the Wahl shampoo and he came out smelling great and very clean. Thank you, Wahl, for the grant of the shampoo. His new family also took home some of the samples of the shampoo and they will be buying that for all of his baths.
For the care of the Shelties within the organization, for general expenses such as food, shelter, vet care.
It provided food and vet care.
Honey Bear is a long-term foster within our program, as she is in her 16th year. She requires special meds and care as her age demands. She came to our organization with another senior Sheltie in 2009, when the economy tanked and their family lost their jobs and home. She weighed 58 pounds, which is severely overweight for a Sheltie, and her teeth were rotten. I got her dental work done, and she weighs 23 pounds now. She has a very strong constitution, and she is just an unbelievable dog. Thank you for allowing us to care for her as we should.
The product was six bottles of the oatmeal shampoo concentrate and 50 free samples with $1.00-off coupons. The shampoo was used to bathe dogs and the free samples were given out in the goodie bags that we give clients when they adopt a dog.
Not only did it save us the cost of buying shampoo, it also fostered goodwill with the clients who adopted from us.
It has helped 50 adopters and is still helping the animals at the shelter.
Most of our animals that we adopt are picked up by animal control. They come into the shelter with numerous skin problems and fleas and ticks. The first bath they get is with flea shampoo. After they are at the shelter for a week, they can have their spay/neuter surgery. This is when they were bathed with the oatmeal shampoo. Not only was it good for their coats and skin, it smelled great. Since the animals could not be bathed for 10 days after their surgeries, the clients were happy to take home a dog that smelled great and had a shiny coat. They especially appreciated the free sample and the coupon that was given them in their gift bag when they took home their forever pet.