Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
We received 150 doses of FVRCP in August 2013. The product was and is being used on felines that we pull from an animal control facility and from free-roaming cats that are brought to us by the public.
We are a small organization and we place several hundred felines each year along with 200-250 dogs each year. We sometimes when we get into the adult cat season keep them longer in our facility before they are adopted. With the help of this grant it has cut our costs dramatically so we can concentrate on taking in more cats that need our assistance. With this grant we were able to vaccinate and if we kept them 2-3 more weeks prior to adoption we were able to booster them with the 2nd dose which is required when you have them in the public for adoption.
As of this date Oct. 19th, this grant has vaccinated 55 felines and we just took in 8 kittens this AM and have 2 more liters waiting to come in and at tha time they will be vaccinated for the 1st time. Then when 8 weeks of age they will be spayed/neutered and ready to be adopted.
The one picture of the 3 kittens shows them after they had been fostered since they were 4 days old. They are now 7 weeks of age and healthy. They have been vaccinated for the 1st time and will be spayed/neutered next week and then go up for adoption. The kittens were found along a road- we assume mom cat was moving to new loaction when she was hit by a car and she and 1 kitten were killed. The person who hit them did stop – she had run out under his horse trailer and he did not know until he thought he had hit something in the road and stopped. He found the kittens in a ditch culvert and brought them to us. Not often will a person who is on their way someplace stop and help out a stray animal. He missed the horse show he was going to so he could help these stray kittens.
We received feline vaccinations which were used to vaccinate cats and kittens that came into our rescue.
By supplying us with vaccines it saved us the expense of purchasing them.
approximately 20 – kittens require a series of 3 vaccinations each, plus 2 momma shots
We took in a litter of 6 kittens that an elderly local woman had found outside her home. Mom is feral and we were unable to find her to try to bring her in as well. The kittens were socialized in foster homes and have all found loving homes. Our policy is to include a series of 3 kitten shots in the adoption fee, so when kittens are adopted prior to receiving all of their shots, the adopter brings them back on scheduled dates for the remaining vaccinations. This grant provided the full series of vaccinations for approximately 18 kittens.
We received FVRCP vaccinations. These are being used to vaccinate new arrivals on intake and vaccinate our kittens as they wait for adoption.
This grant has saved us the expense of buying the vaccinations we use on a regular basis. We have been without our low cost spay/neuter clinic and have been paying more for those services. Every penny saved goes toward additional medical bills.
So far eleven kittens have each received two vaccinations in their kitten series and two adults received their intial and booster vaccinations.
Meet the cheese kittens! Their mom Elsie showed up as a stray very pregnant. The next morning we had four newborn kittens. Once the kittens were old enough they received their initial vaccination along with their mother. They receive another vaccination every two weeks until they are adopted or reach 16 weeks. Muenster and Colby have been adopted. Sargento and Monterey still wait to be adopted along with their mother.
The product was Fel-o-guard plus 3.
We have cats who stay here (very slow to be adopted) who have their very own area, in our barn, to play in. They are all sweet and are mostly leftover mommies whom we spayed and who just have a good life while they wait. The grant also helped with cats who went out a little easier. Every time we save money on anything, means we are able to save more and provide more. The Petfinder Foundation is always there to make life just that much easier for us.
Not only did our grant of Fel-o-gaurd plus 3 help the slower-to-adopt cats, it also helped find these cats happy homes. Placing these happy, purring faces is a great feeling. Here are some of the ones that were adopted with help from you.
Your donation of 100 FVRCP Vaccinations is currently being used mostly for those cats that we trap and return to their colonies. The vaccinations are brought to our clinic of choice with the trapped cats for their sterilizations. The clinic is extremely helpful as they take your donated vaccinations and use it that day on our cats.
It has now been two months since receiving the donation. Since the vaccinations are being used as we trap the cats, we have gone through 37 shots, with 33 of them being used on cats that were returned to the field. The other 4 were given to kittens that we have placed into our foster care system for eventual adoption.
To give you an idea of some of the strange circumstances that lead to holding cats for adoption, we would like to share this story with you as it has provided us with a rather unusual experience this past year. It just shows all of us working in animal rescue that you can never judge people or their intentions solely by their stations in life. Recently, it is been our pleasure to work with a homeless man who has set up his tent in a public park right down the street from one of the trailer parks that we are currently working. Back in the beginning of the year, one of the residents in a park told us about this gentleman who had incredible success working with feral cats in the park. They were helping him feed the cats, but obviously nobody was taking the time to get the cats sterilized. We met with this man, who we have come to call Roo because he claims to be from Australia. However, we really think he’s from New Jersey. We have now been working with him and for the most part, the adult cats have come to like him and become friendly with him to the point where he can actually pick them up. This makes it very easy for us to take them in to get them sterilized. He also works with their litters and has become a very valuable socializer for the kittens. As the kittens are ready to be adopted we take them into our care and they have proven to be some of the most gorgeous, adoptable kittens we have ever had. Sometimes, Roo can be a little too insistent when he wants us to come take the kittens as he really doesn’t quite appreciate our space limitations within our homes. But other than this one small obstacle which is very easy to step around, Roo has become one of the most unusual and productive volunteers our organization has ever had. We wish there was more we could do for rue personally, but the man is really very happy living as he does. And now he has his own little family of cats who at least will not be giving him more babies.
We were given 100 FVRCP vaccines to use on cats in our care.
Having these vaccines generously granted to our organization allowed us to allocate the money we typically spend on these vaccines to other critical health care for the cats in our care.
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Pictured here are just 3 of the kitties in Tenth Life’s care that have benefited from this generous vaccine grant. The first photo is of Blueberry, a tiny kitten who came to the organization with most of the fur and skin scraped off her back from an unknown cause. The second cat is a young kitten named Lewis. He has a congenital condition called cerebellar hypoplasia that causes a lack of balance and makes Lewis tremor and wobble a bit when he walks. The final cat is Earl, a 12-year-old with hyperthyroidism. Earl receives daily medication and eats a special diet due to kidney issues. All three of these cats received vaccines that were obtained from this grant. Having the vaccines allowed our organization to use funding for medical care other than the routine expenses of vaccinations. Thank you!
We rec’d vaccines that were used for rescue cats in our care.
We were able to provide vaccines for 100 cats that came into our rescue during the months of August, September, and October. The cats that were helped with this vaccine grant were extremely healthy and our organization had record adoption month because all of our kittens were healthy!
Cosmo came into the rescue with his three siblings – all who had extreme URI’s and other illnesses. Cosmo was the only survivor and he had to be syringe fed for 2 months. Once he was able to eat on his own, he began getting very healthy. After 4 months, he was healthy enough for his vaccine and after he received the vaccine; he was never sick again. He was later adopted into a family who treats him like royalty! Everyone in the rescue calls his “The Miracle Cat!”
Lifesaving. We take in young kittens from shelters and local animal control facilities. These kittens are very vulnerable and susceptible to deadly disease. There is no doubt that by vaccinating these kittens on intake, the vaccinations save many lives.
The average kitten we take in will receive 2 vaccinations (sometimes more) prior to adoption. This grant will probably help about 75 kittens
Faith is an absolute LOVE, so sweet! She and her siblings came to us from [a regional shelter]. Faith is very playful and normal in every way with the exception she has a leg deformity which is the result of inbreeding. Her front legs turn inward, which forces her to walk primarily on her front forelegs rather than front paws. When she sits up, she looks like a baby T-Rex; it’s the cutest thing (see photo). Faith has no clue she isn’t like every other cat! In fact, she can climb, run, jump, and play with absolutely no problems! And when she’s finished rough housing with her brothers, she wants to be on her persons! She will purr and nuzzle under your chin. She snuggles next to her foster mom every night! Faith has already received 3 vaccinations provided by this grant and is now ready for adoption. Update: Faith was adopted Oct, 26th, 2013 to a wonderful family that lives in Olathe, KS!
Vaccinations were used for vaccinating cats and kittens.
We follow a rigorous vaccination protocol for our kittens. They receive vaccines every 2 weeks until they are 4 months old. Because of this protocol, we used all of the vaccines in 4-5 weeks.
We had approximately 50 kittens in our program and each received 3-4 vaccines prior to adoption.
We rescued a mom and her kittens shortly after they were taken to our local animal control. This was a very high-kill shelter, so their lives were saved! Sandy, along with her kittens, was dumped in a neighborhood, shortly after her kittens were born. A family took them in and tried to care for them. They had other pets in the home who were not doing well with the new additions so they were taking them to animal control.
The product was used to vaccinate the cats that arrived at our shelter to help them get a better shot at life and adoption by being given a healthier start. Forty individual cats received the product once and 10 of the 40 received the product twice, totaling 50 doses.
This grant helped us by giving us vaccines to use on our cats and kittens. These vaccines allowed us to give our cats and kittens a head start on long, healthy lives in their new adoptive homes. Forty individual cats were vaccinated and 10 of those received a second dose two weeks after the initial dosage. Because these kittens and cats were vaccinated, they felt better and healthier. Healthy cats are more adoptable than sick ones because they are friendlier and are more likely to live longer, happier, and healthier lives.
40 cats (10 received two doses)
Kentucky: This little kitten was rescued by one of our Society members. Her mother is a semi-feral cat. Kentucky (first photo) and her five siblings all received two doses of the donated vaccine to date. They are happy and healthy and both Kentucky and her sibling Spot (second photo) were adopted. Kentucky was the first kitten of this litter to warm up to human interaction, and she taught the rest of the litter to play and that humans were alright too. She was adopted on Oct. 11, 2013, to a good home where she will have her own little boy to play with. Her new name is Sally and we are so thankful that, with a good head start on becoming a fully vaccinated and healthy kitten, she will live a long and love-filled life.
Apollo: Apollo (third photo) and his sister Artemis came to us as a pair of forlorn strays in need of a good home. He received one round of the donated vaccine before he was neutered and then went home along with one of our other available kittens to a wonderful home. He is sure to live a happy and healthy life with all of his animal siblings thanks to a great head start from the Shot at Life vaccine grant.
Hawke: A lonely little kitty who had lost his way found himself staying with us. Thanks to the Shot at Life vaccine grant, he got a dose of good healthcare before going to his new forever home. We are certain that, with a good head start on future health practices, little Hawke will grow up happy and healthy.