Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
For our shelter cats.
All of our cats and kittens love to use the scratch pads that we received.
At least 75 cats and kittens, and still counting!
All of our little kittens love the scratch pads! But we have one little girl that is special; her name is Faith she came to us two weeks ago completely frozen, skinny and her hind paws still had ice frozen to them. She lost most of her skin on her back pads. She is the sweetest little girl going through her treatment, but she still loves to use her scratch post! And we are going to send one home with her when she gets adopted, because she loves it so much!
The KONG toys were used for the dogs in foster care.
This helped with the separation anxiety by helping keep the dogs busy. We filled the KONG toys with peanut butter and other yummy treats. It keeps them occupied while fosters are at work. It has also helped cut back on the destructive chewing.
Eight so far, it will continue to help more as we get new dogs in.
Romeo had two knee surgeries and was confined to his crate a lot as his activity was restricted to heal. He was a bit kennel crazy from being in there so much. The KONG toys gave him an activity to occupy his time. He became less depressed and destructive. The picture attached in the cast is Romeo. I couldn’t get one with the KONG; he wouldn’t cooperate. The second pic is of Hooch saying, “Where’s my Kong mommy?”
To help keep our cats entertained and provide a scratching surface for cats to take to their homes when adopted.
Our cats loved the Stretch and Scratch product and our adopters were happy to receive the scratching pad with their new pet.
Oatmeal was one of our longer term cats who had become slightly depressed in her kennel. When the Stretch and Scratch shipment arrived we spritzed them all with catnip and began passing them out in the kennel. Oatmeal in particular was very energized by the product and much more playful. She kept her scratcher with her until she was just recently adopted.
The Stretch and Scratch grant was used to stimulate the cats that are currently in our shelter waiting to be adopted as well as begin the learning process as to where is and is not appropriate to scratch. Therefore, when going into new homes we would have less returns for cats that are scratching furniture or other undesirable areas.
The Stretch and Scratch cat scratchers were placed on the inside of each individual cat’s cage. They were beneficial in aiding proper scratching behavior. When sending a cat home with their new family, we sent them home with their scratch pad to continue teaching them where is appropriate to scratch. Also, to help keep the current cats housed in our facility stimulated and happy. Another way this has been beneficial to our organization is the door in the cat room has a wooden frame and the cats loved to scratch it! We placed a Stretch and Scratch pad on the door and it has deterred the cats from damaging the door frame and they are now happily scratching in a location that is acceptable.
This grant has helped all of the cats that have been housed in our care. Up-to-date, the Stretch and Scratch cats scratchers have helped 17 cats!
One of our older residents came in very afraid and not very social. His name is Biggie and he was seized from a home where he was not cared for properly. It has taken some time to get Biggie to come around and begin socializing with our staff and potential adopters. In the beginning, Biggie didn’t even want to come out of his cage. Even with the door open, he would keep to himself. The Stretch and Scratch cat scratcher has helped him relieve stress in an environment that’s hard to get adjusted to. He now comes out every morning and is happy to see new people. Biggie has become much more adoptable and should be finding a new home soon. Learn more about adopting him here: http://bit.ly/AdoptBiggie
Scratchers were hung in each of the cat cages at the shelter.
The cats now have a scratching pad to use, which gives them at least some activity rather than sitting in a cage all day. It has helped with boredom.
To date, I would say at least 24 cats.
An individual surrendered Giorgio, their household cat, to the shelter due to lack of funds to care for him. While at the shelter, Giorgio would cower in its corner just totally lost.Once the scratchers were placed on his cage, he started coming out to partake in scratching. More and more he came back to his own personality, and now he has been adopted. This scratcher actually saved this cat by giving him activity and moving around.
It was used to rebuild our compound’s roof covers.
In November 2013, our region was badly hit by flooding and a hurricane. The damages to our shelter were considerable. The roof covers of the compounds were damaged very seriously and, as we speak, many of the dogs’ fenced areas are now completely exposed to the elements, day and night, causing inevitable distress to our beloved animals.
For this reason, what matters to us most, even from a financial point of view, is the rebuilding of the roof covers to the fenced areas. This is an extremely expensive exercise. But it is paramount to provide adequate shelter to all our “guests,” both in winter and in summer.
The shelter is caring for about 700 dogs and 150 cats.
Photo 1: Eins lives in compound n.39. He will finally have a new roof over his head.
Photo 2: Ine of the enclosures just after the hurricane hit… it looks more like a swimming pool!
Photo 3: Labbry, rescued during the floods, will be able to keep nice and dry!
Photo 4: Once Rossino has recovered, he will be able to enjoy a warm and dry place at the shelter, very different from the life he had as a newborn kitten in the streets.
Two large bags of Cat Chow.
We were able to purchase extra food.
Almost all of our cats/kittens are rescues from the street along with some owner surrenders and kill shelter rescues. The grant money was used to buy extra food for the cats we care for like Alina, Cameo, Felicity and Galdby.
$180 will cover the cost of spay/neuter surgery for four cats.
Fonzie is an adorable and oh-so-sweet little baby boy. He and his siblings are waiting patiently for their forever homes but surely won’t last long! Fonzie can be met and paid for and then will be able to go home on Friday, Jan. 25, after his neuter surgery. His adoption fee is $60 and includes his neuter, vaccines, FIV/FeLV test and microchip.
The money was used towards veterinary costs, spay/neuter costs and supplies for the animals in our care.
This grant helped FOWA and the pets in our care by allowing us to continue our mission and by helping the animals that come into our care until we can find them a furever home of their own.
We currently have almost 70 cats/kittens and 17 puppies/dogs — and this grant helped all of them a little bit.
We received an email telling us these kittens’ momma was poisoned and died..and these little kittens were surely headed for a life outside in Paterson, N.J. Well not so! This shot was snapped yesterday at our vet! We were able to convince the young woman whose cat it was to turn them over to us. They are receiving the best care possible and this grant allows us to continue to do so.
Our first sponsorship disbursement was $45 for a three-month period, and it has been deposited into our general operating account used to pay for shelter supplies such as clumping litter, cat/dog food and cleaning supplies.
Every little bit helps. Our first disbursement showed us that people WILL give using this method, and we are currently working on marketing materials to spread the word to others who, although they may not be able to adopt or foster, can still help our pets through sponsorship.
All of them.
Big Leo came to us in December 2013 when we received a call from the local Wounded Warrior Program. Leo’s family had been affected by deployments and later by traumatic brain injury. When an extended family member was brought in to care for his people, the extended family member dumped Leo on the side of the road in another county to avoid caring for him.
We brought Leo into our facility and have housed him since. He was deficient in vet care, hadn’t been neutered and had tummy issues due to poor quality food. In our care, everything has been brought up to date, he’s been “fixed” and is getting the attention and exercise he needs, allowing him to be a calm, well adjusted boy!
UPDATE: May 8, 2014: Big Leo went to his forever home. He now has a big fenced yard, four children, a trampoline, lots of tree branches to chew on — it’s a rough life. I will miss him terribly, but we did right by Leo, and he is in a wonderful home with lots of children to play with and watch over. Godspeed, Big Leo.