Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
Keeping the dogs in the kennels warm during the cold months.
The Warm Bellies Grant’s Chill Pads actually came at the perfect time! Our kennel furnace broke and wouldn’t heat above 50 degrees for two days. The dogs stayed snuggly and warm with the Chill Pads and did great through the repairs. Now they’ve still got them and consider them their “woobies.” Chill Pad security blankets all around. Thank you so much for the grant! We appreciate you all!
Leo has been with us for quite some time. He came from [an open-admission] shelter in Kentucky and we believe he was abused. He is timid and scared around new people and it is certainly an obstacle for potential adopters. We’ve been working with Leo for almost three years now and, while he’s doing better outside of the kennel, he traditionally goes back to his fearful behaviors once returned to the kennel. Now that Leo has his Chill Pad, he has become more confident in his space. He is less afraid and is definitely getting more rest over the nights. We used to come in and find any toys completely torn up from his anxiety over the nights. Now, his kennel is clean, his toys are intact, and his Chill Pad is right where we left it … under his belly! Meet Leo: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/27129473
The grant that MisUnderstood Siberian Husky Rescue received in the amount of $1,000 was used to vaccinate, spay/neuter, and run standard tests on five dogs: Asher, Chicka, Dani, Kiva, and Rusty. Three of the five dogs have since been adopted!
Asher Received The Following Treatments:
Adult Vaccine Examination
Remove Dew Claws
Chicka Received The Following Treatments:
Adult Vaccine Ex
4DX Test In House
Dani Received The Following Treatments:
Adult Vaccine Examination
Remove Dew Claws
Kiva Received The Following Treatments:
Adult Vaccine Examination
Rusty Received The Following Treatments:
Adult Vaccine Examination
In House Heartworm Test
This money allowed MUSH to help five dogs by providing them with medical care, necessary vaccinations, and spay/neuter surgeries. So far, it has enabled three of the five dogs to get adopted!
This grant directly helped five pets and indirectly it helped many more as we were able to spend our funds that were dedicated to these five on other pets.
Dani, known today as Waffles, came to us from a hoarding case in Manistee County, Michigan, in October 2015. Deputies removed 26 dogs and three horses from the property. Investigators found empty food and water dishes and most of the dogs were kept in pens without any shelter. Most of the dogs were malnourished and had severe infestations of parasites. MUSH received Waffles in November 2015. She was skinny and afraid of humans, especially men. Waffles, a Siberian Husky mix, is now 2 years old. Due to a deformity of her humerus bone, she only has three legs. But that doesn’t stop her from getting around! After some much-deserved love and attention, she is the sweetest dog! She loves other dogs, loves to play, and loves belly rubs. She is now crate-training and very obedient. Waffles has begun to trust again and has found her wonderful forever home!
Our organization received a $1,000 Petfinder Foundation Emergency Medical Grant that was used specifically for one of our rescued dogs named Reason. She had been severely neglected and abused before coming to us. Reason was in constant pain from having her canines shaven and front teeth pulled out by her abuser, leaving her unable to eat. Already emaciated and malnourished, Reason needed to have dental surgery/procedures done to relieve her pain. The grant was used to provide Reason with the vet care and procedures needed to start her recovery journey.
Receiving this grant helped our organization provide the necessary care needed for one of our previously abused rescue dogs named Reason. Without this blessing our small nonprofit would have struggled to raise the funds needed, which would have taken much longer and could have been detrimental to Reason’s health. Thankfully, Reason was able to start her new life as a happy and healthy girl quickly after the procedures were completed. Because of this grant, Reason is no longer in pain and has gained much-needed weight since she is now able to eat nutritious food.
Reason came to our rescue after being abused and neglected, used for breeding multiple litters of puppies. Upon intake, she was extremely emaciated, weighing 30 lbs. You could see every bone and vertebra of her body. She was dehydrated, starving, dirty, broken and sad, but she trusted us immediately without any hesitation. We noticed her tail had been broken in several places and her claws had overgrown so much they twisted, but the worst of all was that her canines had been shaved down and both top and bottom teeth had been pulled from her mouth, causing her gums to be swollen, bruised and painful. Reason was knocking on death’s door and needed a miracle to save her life!
She was immediately taken to our vet for examination, where they performed standard testing and procedures. Her age was estimated at 2 years old, but because of her mouth, it was difficult to say for certain. For weeks we fed her whatever she could eat without being in pain, which did not help her gain weight or overcome her malnourishment. Returning to the vet, they reexamined her and told us her only option was to have dental procedures to help relieve the pain and correct her biting technique, but that those were not considered emergencies; therefore, without full payment, there was nothing they could do to at the time.
Immediately we began trying to raise the funds on our own to have this done for Reason as quickly as we could. Unfortunately, being a newer and smaller rescue, raising the funds was impossible and almost became hopeless. She managed to gain 15 lbs. after the first month of being with us, but she needed to gain much more. Thankfully, around this time was when we received word that the Petfinder Foundation was going to help us by approving the emergency medical grant application for her procedures. Within days of receiving the funding, Reason had her procedure and was recovering well.
She has been able to eat almost everything she wants to now, even the hard kibble we feed the other dogs. Her testing shows that everything has improved and she has gained 45 lbs. in total as of today. You can no longer see any of her bones or vertebrae and her gums are no longer swollen, bruised or painful, which allows her to be the healthy, happy girl that she has always deserved to be!
Because of the Petfinder Foundation’s grant, Reason is alive without pain and now has a second chance at the life she should have always lived. Meet Reason: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/33693174
Our main theme was animal enrichment. We chose three specific areas to implement within our shelter:
1. Clicker training: We purchased clickers (extras to go with the dogs at adoption), wrist bands for staff and volunteers to keep their clickers with them during their shifts, waist aprons to keep treats handy but leave their hands free, and treats (we cut the smallest treats in half so it is just a nibble).
2. Music enrichment: We purchased waterproof speakers, amplifier, and all the things we need to set it up. We received an MP3 player with pet-friendly music from Dr. Pamela Fisher.
3. Kennel enrichment: We purchased Kong supplies through the Kong Cares Shelter Program.
Before these projects were implemented, the dogs would bark non-stop when ever anyone came into the shelter. As you can imagine, this was a deterrent for many of them to get a forever home. Since implementing these projects, the animals sit quietly at their kennel doors, excitedly awaiting a human to come and give them their treat. The music brings a calming effect over the entire shelter. The Kongs have been a huge hit with both the animals and the staff! The staff are looking up and trying different recipes, all of which have been a huge hit. We also received several of their ice cube trays and are excited to bring a cooling treat to the dogs this summer. I have attached a couple of links to videos below so you can see the peace in our shelter. They can be found on our YouTube channel, Enid SPCA.
Music In Kennels
In the 2-3 months that we have had these projects implemented, 173 animals have benefited, but thousands will benefit in the future.
Missy (first and second photos) has been with us a little over a year. Although she is small, she is mighty. Rescued from our local Animal Control, Missy has always been happy with her new digs, but always prefers to be in control. Missy’s huge personality, in her bored state, came across as apathetic and disengaged. Since the implementation of the clicker training, she sits quietly at her door waiting to be treated by whatever human walks past her door. The music seems to calm her spirit and the Kong toys keep her mind on very positive things. We feel confident that our longest guest has blossomed into the most adoptable pet of all.
UPDATE: Missy has been adopted!
Buzz (third and fourth photos) came into our shelter a certified wild child. He had an enormous amount of energy and was unresponsive to basic commands. After implementation of the clicker training and the music, he has become a new dog. He waits patiently at his kennel door for his treat and has even learned the basic commands: sit, down and stay. Buzz also enjoys his kennel time with his Kong. The boredom that used to cause him to act out has been replaced with contentment. Last weekend at our adoption event, he got as small as he could to play with a 3-year-old little boy. (Video is available on our Facebook page.) Some family is going to be very lucky to make this guy a part of their home.
You can go to our Facebook page and see videos of both Buzz and Missy. http://www.facebook.com/EnidSPCA/
UPDATE: Buzz has been adopted!
The money was used to help pay for Lucky’s neutering surgery.
We spay or neuter every rabbit in our care before each is adopted. Each year we have to raise all the money needed for the 50+ surgeries we schedule. We drive the rabbits 50 miles from our shelter to a Gettysburg, PA, vet who does surgeries at a discounted price for rescue groups. The transportation and post-surgical care is all done by volunteers at their own cost. We make every dollar count!
Lucky was thrown from a vehicle traveling 70 miles per hour on the Pennsylvania Turnpike and rolled across the travel lanes without being hit. A motorist who witnessed it stopped to pick him up and located BunnyPeople on her phone as they drove through central Pennsylvania. We met her at a Turnpike exit and our volunteer rushed Lucky to the vet. Somehow he managed to avoid serious head and back injuries; other than cuts and abrasions, his only real injury was a broken toe (the first photo shows his injuries). He recovered so well in foster care that the vet determined he could be neutered within a few months of his ordeal. He is a loving, friendly bun who is now ready to be adopted into his permanent home. Meet Lucky: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/32878297
UPDATE: Lucky has been adopted!
The grant was used for a dog we had name Stryker. It was used so he could see an opthalmologist at UW-Madison Veterinary School for bilateral corneal opacties.
Stryker would not have been able to see a specialist for his condition, or improve his quality of life.
Due to the grant and being able to be seen by a specialist, Stryker was adopted into a home almost immediately. He is doing fantastic in his forever home and loving life. Thank you for helping him!
The Kong toys that we received were used to provide enrichment and play time for the dogs in our care. Our behavior specialist was also able to use the product during training sessions as rewards for the animals he was working with. In addition, it is also a great training toy for the puppies we have in our care.
Boredom is a constant issue that the dogs in our care face every day. The Kong toys you provided give our dogs a break from their boredom and allow them to get some mental stimulation during times when staff are not able to play with them. Our ultimate goal is to ensure that every dog in our care receives the highest quality of life possible while waiting for their new forever home. The Kong toys allow them to be mentally stimulated and get a fun treat in the process, which is always an added bonus.
Also, using the Kong toys for the puppies we have in our care can alleviate their boredom as well as promote proper chewing habits as they continue to grow. Puppies and their chewing can always be a concern for a potential adopter, so developing the habit of our puppies playing with Kongs during times of intense chewing is something that can make life better for both puppies and their adopters further down the road.
To date, it has helped over 20 dogs in our care. But we still have more Kongs to share, so in all this grant should help at least 50 dogs.
Zorro (first photo) is a dog who has been in our care for several months. Unfortunately, Zorro has a few behavioral issues our staff is working through before we find him the perfect family. After being in a shelter for an extended amount of time, a dog can decline and begin to show symptoms of boredom and this can affect their mental health. Zorro was a part of the first play group we introduced the new Kong toys to when we received your generous grant. To be able to see a dog who is usually cautious and unsure of new things be so excited about this new toy was amazing. He was all wiggles and truly enjoyed his new toy. It provided some much-needed mental stimulation and allowed him to get out some of his energy by playing with his new toy. For however long Zorro stays with us, we will ensure that he receives all the stimulation and exercise he needs, including the use of the Kong toys you donated.
UPDATE: Zorro has been adopted!
Corbin (second photo) was one of a litter of five puppies we received. He was the last puppy to be adopted and so he was without his playmates for about a week before finding his new home. The Kong toy provided him a fun, new and interesting toy to stimulate his mind as well as promote the proper chewing habits he needed in his new home. Being able to chew on his Kong toy helped Corbin to learn not to chew on other items in his foster parents’ home. Also, by sending this toy home with him, it also gave him something familiar when he met his new family, which helped to reduce his stress level during the first few days in a new environment.
UPDATE: Corbin has been adopted!
Chloe (third photo), a foxhound mix, has also been adopted.
Products provided were pads to be used as dog beds.
Provided comfortable sleeping pads for a number of our resident dogs.
Charlie came to Cochise Canine Rescue a half year ago. He is a blind 6+-year-old Shepherd/Sharpei mix found running down a heavily trafficked street late at night, dragging a 20-lb. chain behind him — a chain wired to his neck! Taken to the Pinal County pound, he was never claimed by his owners and he was put on the euthanasia list. With the help of a Lulu’s Angel Fund (medical) grant, CCR took him. We found that he was not only blind but had painful, advanced glaucoma. His eyes were enucleated (removed) to relieve the pressure and eliminate the pain caused by the glaucoma. Since he was already blind, once healed, Charlie became so much more comfortable and content. Charlie is looking for his forever home, but needs to be an only dog. We know he must have been attacked while blind and chained up alone, as he is terribly afraid when other dogs come near him.
Charlie loves people, pets, cuddles and treats — things he obviously lacked in his previous life. He spends much of his time in our office where, if not pressing up against us for head-skritches, he often sleeps in his always-open pen on his comfortable P.L.A.Y pad — although he does bring in his “blankie” and his toys to cuddle with. Meet Charlie: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/33226715
The sponsor’s donation was used to help pay the veterinary bills for two ACL surgeries and physical therapy.
The $25 went directly to pay Willie’s vet bills.
Willie was picked up as a stray and immediately he had to have two teeth pulled. Then we discovered he was not sitting correctly and he was diagnosed with two ACL ruptures. It took almost a year for almost a full recovery. He was adopted by a family who understands his needs and they are in love with him.
The Petfinder Foundation helped us give cats rescued from the South Carolina floods the medical care they needed. Shelley Thayer, executive director of Cat Depot, says, “The Petfinder Foundation enabled us to take more cats than we typically would have been able to move through our system at the time of the disaster. Our budgets are predetermined at the beginning of the year, and although somewhat flexible, incoming cats – especially cats from disaster relief cases – are typically more medically expensive, putting a strain on our resources. This was the case for the South Carolina cats. The financial support we received allowed us to participate in the rescue effort and provide the necessary care these deserving cats needed. We are forever grateful to the Petfinder Foundation for helping us change the destiny of the South Carolina cats.”
All of the cats arrived with medical issues, and the grant has helped us address the needs of each cat. Cats, staff, and volunteers are all grateful for your assistance.
Myrtle (first and second photos) came to Cat Depot with severe eye problems and Lexington (third photo) had an ulcer on her tongue, dental problems, and infections. By now, four out of the six cats have found loving furever homes. Myrtle and Lexington are the only ones still remaining at Cat Depot, still receiving care from our veterinarians.
Spartanburg (fourth photo) required medical care on arrival, just like the other cats from South Carolina. He made a quick recovery and turned into a healthy and playful kitty who would approach visitors to his pod, inviting them to interact with him. He was adopted on Christmas Eve and got to spend the holiday seasons in his forever home!