Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
A catio that is adjacent to our cat-adoption room.
Provided free-roaming space for cats that allows them access to fresh air and sunshine. This reduces their stress, makes them more social and adoptable and helps maintain their health.
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This renovation grant funded a catio adjacent to our cat-adoption room that provides free-roaming space for cats that allows them access to fresh air and sunshine. This reduces their stress, makes them more social and adoptable and helps maintain their health. We are still under construction (delayed due to other shelter renovations); however, we have several cats that will benefit from being able to free-roam and go outside as they desire. Thank you for making this possible for our shelter cats!
We applied the grant to the medical care of puppy-mill parents that we received.
The grant allowed us to offset medical expenses for several puppy-mill dogs that we received.
We received 12 dogs that we got from a puppy mill and it allowed us to help offset some of the costs due to the extensive medical care that they required.
To help toward his food costs while he was awaiting adoption.
Copper was underweight, so he was on a special food to help him gain/maintain weight. Therefore, the donation helped toward that cost.
Copper was in our care for several months. He was adopted once, but returned due to not doing well with the farm animals at his new home. He was returned to the shelter and sent to a short-term foster home so we could get more information on him. Copper showed signs of mild separation anxiety. He was adopted to a home with other dogs, which helped him be less anxious when his owner was gone. Copper was the sweetest dog, and a pleasure to help find a home.
We used the grant money from Orvis given through the Petfinder Foundation to sponsor eight dogs’ adoption fees (Rawlings, Scout, Anubis, Ayla, Hoops, Galaxy, Barrett and Jake). Currently we just have one dog (Jake) left out of the eight who is still awaiting his hero.
This grant helped us create families when the adoption fee may have caused a hindrance on the pocketbook. Having the adoption fee sponsored by Orvis through the Petfinder Foundation allowed the adopters to spend money on food, toys, crates, heartworm prevention, flea and tick preventative and vet visits for their new family member. The adopters were extremely grateful.
Sweet Hoops (first and second photos) had been at Prairie Paws Animal Shelter for 115 days awaiting his hero. He came to us as a stray. We thought his stay was going to be very short; he was adopted soon after his arrival but was returned for being “too puppy-like.” That didn’t phase this energetic cutie. During his lengthy stay he quickly became a staff favorite and “painted” a portrait for our big fundraising event in October. On painting day, a group of Ottawa University students volunteered at the shelter to walk dogs and help us clean. Hoops caught the attention of one those awesome volunteers. Two months passed and the volunteer couldn’t stop thinking about the little tan terrier mix that stole his heart and called to see if he was still available. He was and his adoption fee was sponsored by Orvis through the Petfinder Foundation! Hoops found the hero he had been waiting for all that time.
The money was mostly used to re-tile our puppy room, purchase kennels, and to build a quarantine kennel area for new incoming dogs, which also doubles as a sick bay for dogs recovering from heartworm treatment.
It helped tremendously by giving us the extra space to house dogs outside more safely, and with the sick bay being able to be built and modified for use in many different ways to ensure all dogs are healthy without the risk of spreading anything to the other dogs.
Jack (first photo) was one of our heartworm-positive dogs who benefited from the sick bay. Since we didn’t have a foster to step up for him, he was housed there while he recuperated. Several dogs have been placed in it until they recovered from kennel cough and could be put in a foster home or with the general population. Thank you, Petfinder Foundation, for the grant to help us help the needy shelter dogs.
Used towards vet bills
We rely on donations to help us pay the vet bills for animals that we rescue from the street. Funds from Sponsor a Pet were used towards Alex’s vet bills — testing and medication.
Alex, a handsome and loving cat, was found wandering the streets looking for someone who would let him in from the cold. Luckily a good Samaritan did and reached out to us for assistance in finding Alex a forever home. This handsome fellow was loaded with all kinds of intestinal parasites and required a lengthy period of treatment and multiple medications to clear him up. We were able to find a foster home to care for him during this lengthy treatment. Happily, we can say that Alex was finally cleared and quickly adopted.
Misty was on prescription food. Money was used for food and litter.
It helped provide for the care of the cat.
Misty was a blind senior cat with kidney issues. The money was used toward her prescription kidney food. From her Petfinder profile: “DOB 2000. My name is Misty and I am blind but don’t let that worry you. I get around just fine. I am a four-paw declaw and a super sweet purr machine. I am on K/D food for life. I was surrendered to the shelter because my owner had to move to assisted living and wasn’t allowed to take me with her. I am currently in foster care and my foster mom says I do great with other cats, probably because I can’t see them. She says mostly I just sleep in my little bed. Once in a while I get up and take walks but I always find my way back to my room where my bed is. I have no litter box issues and have had no accidents. I just need a place where I can basically sleep and be monitored so I don’t hurt myself. I don’t jump on anything either. If you have a quiet place for me I would really like to have my permanent home with you. I don’t require much at all. Just love. Please make an appointment to see me.”
It was used for an adoption donation. The family could not figure out another way to secure a payment, so they utilized the Sponsor Me button! The adoption donations we receive cover the expenses for veterinary care: spay/neuter, vaccinations, de-wormings, flea and tick treatments. Any funds that come from grant money go directly to these expenses and any addition medical treatment needed. We have dogs come in need of amputations, bullet removal, surgery for broken bones, and tooth extractions.
We are able to help the animals, and their recovery, instead of having to refer them to another group or vet, and avoid euthanasia.
This is Ginny. She came in with what we initially believed was a birth defect in her eye, a broken canine and a cyst. Once the x-ray was done, the truth was revealed: Ginny had been shot, most likely intended to end her life! The bullet fragments were found in her eye cavity and in her neck, where the presumed cyst was! We were able to have the fragments removed, and her broken tooth extracted also. She is doing great, loves life, and is a very happy girl.
The money went towards the cost of hip replacement surgery for Arlene.
Being we had to raise almost $4,000 for the cost of Arlene’s hip replacement surgery, every dollar helps, not matter how small.
Arlene, a foster dog under the care of Tails from Greece Rescue, needed hip replacement surgery to alleviate the pain associated with hip dysplasia. From her Petfinder profile: “Arlene, a spayed female weighing about 25 kg, was born in the summer of 2012 and arrived at the shelter with two pups in October 2013. Her pups were adopted long ago but she waits still for her forever home to come along. She’s described as being very sweet, a little shy but not timid and she has no fear of strangers and/or children. She astonished the shelter staff recently when she voluntarily approached some school children who’d come to visit the shelter and enjoyed being petted. And on another occasion she smothered a toddler’s face with kisses. Overall very well socialized with other dogs, both male and female. She could, however, lose a few pounds but at the shelter that’s difficult to do as the dogs share kennel space and they tend to eat more than their own share of food.” Arlene has been adopted!
Our grant money was used in two areas. The first was for an unexpected surgery for one of our dogs in foster care who tore his ACL, probably as a result of an old injury. We were lucky to find a supporting veterinary clinic that offered us a rescue discount. Byron’s total bill came to about $1,000. We used a portion of the grant money to pay his bill. We also used a portion of the grant money to put together wonderful care packages for our foster homes, filled with enrichment toys, training treats and resources on the best ways to use the brain toys. We also provided over-the-phone and on-site consultation with our supporting behaviorist, who also offers us a discount to work with our foster homes and their pups.
Byron’s surgery was a complete success and we were able to find him the perfect match with his new mom and dad. He has shared some great outdoor adventure time and he had lots of gifts under the Christmas tree for him this year. Our foster homes LOVE their care packages and they have taken the training of their foster dogs to a new level, with excitement followed by the reward of seeing their efforts result in wonderful adoptions.
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Byron came to us from a shelter in South Carolina after living on the streets with his homeless owner. His owner sadly passed away and there was no family to be found and nowhere for Byron to go except for the overcrowded shelter. Byron, like the other dogs who enter these overcrowded shelters, was given 30 days. Thankfully one of our wonderful foster moms in South Carolina stepped up and took him into her home. She provided a warm, safe place for him for as long as it took to get him up to Vermont into another foster home where he would wait for his lifelong family. Soon after his transport to Vermont, Byron tore his ACL. The vet thinks it was a weak knee from an old injury. Nonetheless, he needed surgery before he could start a new life with his own family. This grant helped us pay his medical bills. His surgery was a huge success and shortly after his recovery he found the most perfect family! He is showered with love, not to mention lots of gifts under the Christmas tree this year. We are so happy for Byron and thankful for the extra funds to help pay his bills! Thank you, Petfinder Foundation!
I have also attached a picture of our foster-care package that the grant funds were used for.