Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
Funds received were to cover expenses for grooming, heartworm treatments, geriatric screening, joint supplements, dentals, and medications.
This grant was a tremendous help to our senior-dog population, as we have taken in nearly 40 seniors dogs from 2015 to current. These dogs presented with a multitude of serious issues, including infected gums and teeth, heartworm, lupus, Addison’s disease, grooming needs, etc. As we all know, as dogs age, their medical condition deteriorates. We were able to successfully vet and adopt all of the dogs (except for one who is still undergoing treatment for Addison’s disease) who were recipients of this wonderful grant.
Tulip, a basset hound (first photo), is a sweet sweet girl who is 6 years old and only weighed 30 lbs. when we first got her (she should weigh in the 50s.) Upon intake, her nails were growing right into her paw pads, she was severely underweight and heartworm-positive, had a mouth infection and needed a dental — the list went on and on. Her owner let her live this way with her sister (a pit bull) who is in the same condition she is. After being in a loving foster home for nine weeks and receiving much TLC, Tulip made in through her heartworm treatment and had her dental, her mouth infection is gone, she had to have an eye removed and she has put on needed weight. She was in foster care with two other dogs and did well. Since her eye was removed, she startles a little easy at loud sounds and quick motions.
Tulip is very intelligent and will be easily trained. Her favorite thing is getting her belly rubbed. She also likes to lie on your lap and get her cuddles. She was adopted by a retired couple who loved her breed and she is an only child. She will live her remaining years in health and happiness.
Spring is almost here! Thanks to the Petfinder Foundation, we made it through winter without frozen water buckets and our dogs each had a warm area to lie. The Petfinder Foundation awarded us a $1,000 grant in December that allowed us to purchase several infrared heaters as well as have electrical outlets installed to operate the heaters.
Our shelter is partially enclosed, with both the east and west ends being fully open-air. Our aging heating system consisted of a forced-air heater mounted on the ceiling in the corner farthest from the dogs. In the worst of winter, this heater could not even keep the shelter above freezing, and the dogs’ water would be frozen. With the help of your grant, we were able to install electrical outlets and purchase three infrared heaters that can be moved to focus the heat where it is needed most. Infrared heat allowed us to keep water from freezing and to provide each of our dogs with a warm spot to lie.
From the time we received the grant in December 2015 to the time of reporting in March 2016, our total intake was 41 dogs. We expect to help approximately 200 dogs during the 2015-2016 fiscal year.
Cody, a brindle pit bull, came to us in January 2016. He was found roaming a field, skinny, cold, and scratched-up. Despite his rough appearance, Cody was one of the sweetest dogs we have ever had in the shelter. Other than being skinny, Cody was in good health. He enjoyed the warmth of the shelter, which was provided by our new heaters, and loved lying on his Kuranda bed. He quickly gained weight and, shortly after we posted him on Petfinder.com, a family came to meet him and immediately fell in love. Cody now lives nearby and is enjoying a very spoiled life.
Boarding and training three dogs who required extra support and balancing in order to prepare them for successful adoptions.
As much as our group tries to ensure that dogs are healthy and balanced prior to flying to their new life in Canada, things come up from time to time. Chata (second photo) is a wonderful, sweet girl who did really well in Mexico, but she became reactive and aggressive to dogs that she did not know. We assessed Chata and then hired Last Chance Training to board and train her. Meet Chata: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/33437762/
Etta (third photo) was a dog who had been adopted a few years back through our group; things in her family changed and she was returned to Mexpup. Etta was fearful of so many things and was not a happy, well-balanced girl. Last Chance worked with her and her new adoptive family to ensure that she will continue to grow and be a happy, well-balance girl.
Freud (first photo) has been in care the longest; no one seemed to want this sweet boy. Freud, although lovely, was a challenge to walk on leash and too much for his foster mom to manage. We again hired Last Chance for training walks for Freud as well as his foster mom. They are now both learning to go for much more pleasant walks together.
Three amazing Mexpups
Freud (first photo) was found in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, injured and unable to walk. He was taken to the vet and his new beginning in life. It was determined that his hip had an old injury that would require surgery, so once he was strong enough, we had a local orthopedic surgeon attempt to repair his hip. He was given months of rehabilitation in Mexico prior to flying to Canada. Sadly, once he was here, we did not see much more improvement with his mobility and range of motion. We began water therapy and massage; still no major improvement, and his hind leg just seemed to be in his way.
The decision was made to consult an orthopedic surgeon in British Columbia in hopes that there was more we could do to save his leg. Sadly, we had done all we could could and now we had to face the awful choice to remove his back leg. In September 2014, we had the leg removed, and after some recovery time, Freud was like a new dog: happy, comfortable and ready to play.
He has been in Canada for almost two years now and we continue to look for his forever family. He is a wonderful and goofy boy but I think because he has been in care for so long, people just assume that there must be something very wrong with him. Everyone who meets Freud loves him. We all just wish he had a family of his own. Meet Freud: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/28932923
Denver Animal Shelter (DAS) used the generous grant, Petfinder Foundation Adoption Options in Action, in two main ways: adoption counseling training and behavior/enrichment.
Half of the grant went towards behavior and enrichment to purchase catnip and cat grass, camping stools for reading to shy cats and dogs, wall pockets to encourage communication between staff and volunteers about behavior observations, and funding to bring dog behavior expert Sue Sternberg to the shelter to review shelter processes and evaluations. Sue also spent time educating senior staff members on how certain dog behaviors correlate to risk in our community.
The other half of the grant was used for conference attendance for a staff member to receive training in adoption counseling and a better understanding of animal welfare. This staff member will continue to share her knowledge and enhance the adoption counseling process at Denver Animal Shelter.
This grant offered a team member the ability to enhance the customer experience through adoption-counseling techniques. This will be immensely helpful in placing shelter animals in appropriate homes as well as assuring consistent customer service to our adopters. In addition, this grant made it possible to bring Sue Sternberg to the shelter to participate in behavior evaluations. She helped our staff understand the language used across the nation to explain behavior we are seeing. Sue also helped our staff explain the behaviors as they were happening and put them into the context of the animal-sheltering movement and other municipal animal shelters. The grant also made cat enrichment a priority, which is key for our felines.
The training and enrichment this grant made possible will impact hundreds of animals in the coming months.
We sometimes see animals who struggle in the shelter environment. This is especially true for our cat population. Cats, like dogs, are very sound- and scent-sensitive. In particular, we have a long-term feline resident, Shadow. He struggles with the adoption center because of the bustle and noise. When we introduced catnip to Shadow, he became more visibly comfortable and continues to be calmer when this resource is available to him. We hope that the catnip will help to ease his transition into a home and provide a sense of familiarity when he meets his new family. Thank you for this grant that made it possible to introduce more cat enrichment to Denver Animal Shelter!
We received 10 Chill Pad pet mats for the animals at our shelter. We have used the large mats for our canine friends, and the smaller mats are loved by the cats. These pet mats have provided a warm and comfortable place for our dogs to rest or lie on while in their kennels. The Chill Pads have been perfect for our cats recovering from being spayed. They have given them a warm and comfortable pad to lie on during recovery. Before we received the Chill Pad mats, the cats recovered on towels. We provide cots for the dogs, and the Chill Pads have provided them with an extra comfortable spot to rest. Potsdam Humane Society (PHS) is located in Northern New York about 30 minutes from the Canadian border. As you can image, it can be frigid here, and the Chill Pads have added to the animals’ comfort while they are waiting for their “furever” homes.
We have not found a blanket yet that can compare to the Chill Pad mats for warmth and comfort. We have noticed that the dogs spend more time on the cots in their kennels when they have a Chill Pad mat as opposed to the dogs with just blankets. With the temperature fluctuations that can occur here at night, we do not worry any more if the dogs are warm and comfortable thanks to the Chill Pads. The Chill Pads are so warm, soft and comfortable that the dogs must feel like they are sleeping on a cloud. We have also used the smaller Chill Pads for kittens with and without Mom. The kittens love to snuggle up with Mom or their littermates, and they are noticeably warmer than the kittens who have the traditional cat beds.
Casey (first and second photos) is a senior dog here at PHS waiting for her forever home. Her Chill Pad gives her extra comfort for her old bones while she rests in her kennel. These bundles of joy (third photo) are some of the kittens who have enjoyed the added warmth that the Chill Pad provides. The soft, warm material and extra padding have given the animals at PHS a little luxury while awaiting their “furever” homes.
Thank you again for providing Mercy Fund Animal Rescue (MFAR) with a Disaster Fund grant of $2,000. Funds from the Petfinder Foundation paid for spay/neuter expenses ($1,625), food ($280.70), cleaning supplies ($27.89), training pads ($28.47), one dog crate ($29.99) and two small dog beds ($11.50) to care for 25 dogs that were rescued from a puppy mill in January of 2015. Today, 20 of these dogs are already in their new forever homes.
Before the dogs were rescued, they were crowded into a small mobile home with urine and feces everywhere. They were all in poor health. Several suffered from coccidia. All the dogs had urine burns on their skin and severe cases of intestinal parasites. The dogs received veterinary care including worming and vaccinations. One dog required two surgeries to repair a severely herniated colon and bladder. Two dogs required dental procedures including tooth extractions. One dog had chronic eye issues and several suffered from ear infections. Dogs that were old enough were spayed or neutered once they were healthy enough for the procedure. Adopters who chose young puppies (that were too young to be spayed or neutered) received a certificate for a free spay/neuter procedure at a local Marion, NC, veterinary office. The MFAR adoption agreement requires adopters to have their dog spayed or neutered when it is age appropriate.
One dog who suffered from severe gastric-hernia issues died from complications after two surgeries. There are only four dogs who are still waiting for their forever homes. Two are ready for immediate adoption. One of these dogs has hydrocephalus (an excessive accumulation of fluid in the brain) and will require a special home. The remaining two dogs are not ready for adoption due to health and behavioral issues. One is a very fearful male adult German shepherd who is underweight and suffers from severe anxiety and a lack of socialization. The second is a geriatric female dachshund who suffers from chronic eye problems and severe anxiety issues. These dogs will not be available for adoption until their health improves and their behavioral issues are addressed by their foster families.
Most of the rescued puppy-mill dogs found their new homes through Petfinder. For example, one of the dogs that was saved was Duchess, a 4-year-old female dachshund with six puppies who were approximately 4-5 weeks old when they were rescued. Duchess and her babies lived in a small mobile home with 32 other dogs. She and her pups never got to go outside. Her feet and skin were burned by urine because there were feces and urine everywhere. Her puppies also had urine burns, coccidia and intestinal parasites. Duchess had already had numerous litters and faced a life of continuously having babies.
On Jan. 14, 2015, the McDowell County Sheriff arrived with Mercy Fund Animal Rescue. All the dogs were rescued and placed into loving foster homes. Duchess and her babies went to a foster home where they were loved and given proper care. Duchess was very frightened, but she trusted her new foster mom and stayed close by her side. Duchess and her puppies went to the vet, where they were wormed, treated for coccidia and received vaccinations. Duchess was spayed after her puppies were weaned. After receiving vet care, she and her puppies started to feel better and gain weight. Slowly, Duchess gained confidence and started to approach other people for attention.
After two months, she was feeling better, her skin had healed and she was less frightened. Her puppies were healthy, happy and playful. Mercy Fund Animal Rescue put their profiles into Petfinder.com to help find their forever homes. Duchess was adopted by a couple who had lost a 14.5-yead-old dachshund; they renamed her Georgia. Shortly after her adoption, her new owners sent a note to Mercy Fund Animal Rescue that said, “After I first visited her I knew she had to be part of my life. She is the best dog ever and so sweet! I am very blessed to have her in my life!”
One of Duchess’s puppies (Julie) was also successfully adopted after being posted on the Petfinder website. Another of Duchess’s puppies also found her forever home thanks to Petfinder. Her new family named her Hana. Shortly after they brought her home, Mercy Fund Animal Rescue received a note from this new adoptive family that said: “Hana is doing great! She definitely is a daddy’s girl, but has her momma’s heart. Hana’s favorite thing to do, aside from sleeping, is to steal toys from her big brother and paw at him. Kuma (her big brother) keeps a watchful eye on her at all times and has been showing her the ropes. Hana has been doing great with eating and potty training.Thank you again for allowing us to be this amazing girl’s parents. We are so in love!”
The money was used to improve our isolation room. Plexiglass was added to each of the kennel doors and the top 18 inches of the room walls were enclosed to the ceiling. Two air vents were added and wall-mounted Purell containers were added throughout all four rooms. In addition, we purchased Trifectant for disinfecting.
As of the day of the conference, we had had no URI or ringworm cases in our facility, which we just opened in April 2015. The following week, we took in a kitten full of ringworm, and shortly thereafter, we got a cat from another shelter with a terrible URI. Unfortunately, the cases came in before the work was done so we had our work cut out for us. We have also changed our contamination protocols so now when an illness or fungus comes in with a cat, the volunteers and other cats are much less at risk.
The initial answer is two, the ones who started the outbreaks. The larger answer would be four who came down with ringworm and 17 who got a URI before the work was complete.
Three of our volunteers attended an Adoption Options seminar and were very interested in some of the isolation ideas given. We had all dealt with ringworm and URI over the years in a foster-based situation, but not in our facility. Zappa is one kitty who has really benefited from our new changes paid for with this grant. He was “patient zero” for ringworm, only 12 weeks old when he came to us from a colony, one of seven kittens, all siblings or cousins. Most of his body was covered in lesions. Within a couple of days, we transferred him to a volunteer’s secure room, but the spores had already contaminated three other cats. Zappa recuperated from ringworm and coccidian and came back to our facility. He then contracted a URI and moved into the new isolation room. That allowed our volunteers to isolate the virus, control the moisture he needed from a humidifier and monitor his condition. For all he has gone through in just a few short months, he has become a very lovable kitten. Zappa will be ready for adoption in another month once his immune system is stronger.
We utilized the money from the grant to order 11 Kuranda beds, 30 West Paws Design Zogoflex toys and 10 water buckets.
By receiving the grant we decided to revamp the kennel area that the beds and toys would go in. We increased the number of runs by two, getting dogs out of large crates, and rearranged to ensure ease of use. Each run now has a Kuranda bed to keep the dogs off the concrete floor, toys to play with and a new water bucket to keep them in water. We also have a radio playing music during the day. The dogs are much more comfortable and occupied with the new additions to their runs.
15 dogs are housed in these runs at this time.
Many of our kids are long-timers. Gucci and Freeway (first photo) are both bully-breed kids who have been with us a long time. They both are reaching double digits in age. To be able to give them a bed for comfort and to keep them off the floor is a wonderful thing. Gucci is a chewer, so having the Zogoflex toys to chew helps keep her occupied. These two older girls feel much better and have more energy in the morning after a good night’s sleep on their new Kuranda bed! Both girls still are awaiting homes. Meet Freeway: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/21764261
Chloe (second and third photos) is another older girl who is so happy she has a nice bed and toys to play with. Meet Chloe: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/33727826
Medical expenses for dogs we rescue.
We received $22.50 in donations, but every dollar counts.
The dogs we rescue are senior dogs. The $22.50 was used to help Quincy, a senior dog with diabetes, get the vet care he needed. From his Petfinder profile: “Quincy is a 5-year-old, 14-lb. terrier mix. He will stare at you with his soulful eyes and melt your heart. He is super sweet with everyone he meets at home or away, wagging his tail gently and asking for some love. He gets along great with the other dogs at his foster home and is good with dogs he meets out in the world too. Quincy has a nice moderate energy level. He loves going for walks to the beach or the woods or anywhere else, and he is good on a leash. He’s also happy to entertain himself with a bone or just hang out around you at home. He would never turn down a game of fetch-the-tennis-ball, but he’s not obsessive about it. He’ll cheerfully ride along next to you in the car, often taking the opportunity for a nap. He is not a big barker but he does bark happily sometimes when he’s excited. Quincy was found in a severely emaciated, weak state. Yet despite his physical condition, he still wagged his tail and gave kisses. After receiving much-needed vet care and being diagnosed with diabetes, he is making a remarkable recovery. He has gotten much better in a short time and continues to improve every day. He’s gradually gaining weight and should reach a healthy weight of 16 lbs. or so. Quincy is still in the process of getting his diabetes under control, which requires frequent testing. He will require two daily insulin shots for life. Quincy wants to find a diligent, loving person who can help him manage his diabetes. In return, you’ll get an amazing companion and loving friend. Quincy was picked up as a stray and taken to the Hollister Animal Shelter. POMDR was contacted immediately to take this pup into our care to start medical treatment.”
Meet Quincy: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/34692174
The $1,800 Petfinder Foundation grant monies purchased an HP Pavilion X2 10.1 inch Detachable 2 in 1 Laptop (32GB) for $305.84, a Canon Powershot SX710 HS 20.3MP Camera with 32GB Deluxe Accessory Bundle for $309.00, and one 55-gallon drum of ProVet Logic kennel cleaner for $1,100.00. Total spent was $1,714.84.
The new marketing tools provided by the Petfinder Foundation grant allow us to effectively market all pets in need that come through our door, increasing their ability to be adopted. It allows us the ability to make off-site presentations in our efforts to secure donations, along with off-site adoptions to accommodate the public. The ProVet Logic cleaner is used daily to keep over 100 kennels clean and disease-free. This helps maintain the health and happiness of so many homeless animals waiting for adoption.
The new marketing tools provided by the Petfinder Foundation grant allow us to effectively market all pets in need that come through our door. In 2015, we had 1,393 adoptions, 233 lost animals returned to their owners, 556 sick or injured animals were treated, 973 pets were spayed or neutered, and 158 pets were exchanged with other rescues to help increase their adoption chances. We are incredibly pleased with these numbers, and know they were helped thanks to your continued, loyal support. Thank you!
Elsa, a 4-year-old Pitbull, came to Cedar Bend on a very cold evening right before a big snow storm. In extremely poor condition, Elsa likely would not have made it through the night. With a large wound under her tail, and only weighing 36 lbs., Elsa was just skin and bones in desperate need of help. Through some gentle love and affection, as well as proper care and support, Elsa has gained weight and is now thriving and more beautiful than ever. Although extremely shy, Elsa is a very sweet girl who just needs a little time to warm up to people. Elsa is very playful; she loves chasing after toys and chewing on rawhides. Elsa gets along well with other dogs and doesn’t tend to show much interest in cats. Elsa is up-to-date on vaccinations and is heartworm-tested. She is currently waiting to be microchipped and spayed. A special thank you goes out to the generous donors who allow dogs like Elsa to be given a second chance and let their true potential shine through! Meet Elsa: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/34432181
UPDATE: Elsa has been adopted!