Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
To build to 42 x 20 slabs to provide space for additional dog kennels.
This grant will allow us to house additional animals for adoption, in addition to providing space to quarantine animals that are taken in from abuse cases until medical checks can be done. We will also use this area to allow our current animals space to be outside and enjoy the different surroundings.
We have 11 dogs that this grant will help, plus additional animals that will be presented to our adoption center.
We have a dog named Holly (pictured) who will be able to be outside and enjoy the different surroundings. She came from an abusive situation. She lived on a 10-foot-long chain for the first 10 months of her life. She is a very sweet dog, but very shy. We hope that allowing her to be outside and see different things will help her get over her shyness. Meet Holly: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/31357173
The donation was put towards the purchase of an outside kennel to help Ryder get adopted.
Ryder’s adopter had an unfenced yard and spends a lot of time outside gardening and relaxing and needed a way to contain Ryder while he’s with her, in the yard. Adopt A Dog purchased a used 16’x16′ kennel that was delivered and set up in the adopter’s yard and that enabled the adopter to finally come and get the dog.
This one donation was specifically donated for this one dog.
Ryder had been adopted back in 2012, but the owner fell on hard times and returned the dog to us. Shortly afterwards, the ex-girlfriend found out Ryder was with us and she drove over an hour to come visit him. At the end, she was determined to adopt Ryder for herself. But she had no way to contain him while he was outside. We checked references and did a home visit, and once we were certain Ryder would be headed to a great home, we decided to do a fundraiser in order to purchase something that would help them out. Thanks to this donation, we raised enough to get a large kennel that fit perfectly in the yard, so now Ryder can always be with his person.
The Chill Pad Pet Mats were given to our foster pets in their foster homes to be used in their crates at night. As they are/were adopted, they will take/took their beds to their new fur-ever homes so they had at least one familiar item in their new space 🙂
Many times people donate old, junky beds with tears, missing parts, etc. These brand new beds had no smell from previous dogs so the dogs loved them! They are super soft and easy to wash.
Many times people donate old, junky beds with tears, missing parts, etc. These brand new Chill Pad Pet Mats had no smell from previous dogs so the dogs loved them! They are super soft and easy to wash. The smile on Lucca’s face says it all; he loves his Warm Bellies bed!
The Dogly Do Good Grant from the Petfinder Foundation was used to support the No-Kill Los Angeles (NKLA) Pet Adoption Center (PAC). The PAC is changing the landscape of adoption in Los Angeles and is a place where the collaborative spirit of the NKLA Coalition can be seen in action. It’s a beautiful, welcoming space with interactive technology where more than 2,700 cats and dogs were adopted in 2015!
The grant helped us care for the animals at the NKLA PAC while they waited for adoption. With capacity to house 80-90 dogs and 50-60 cats, half of the PAC’s kennel spaces are reserved for NKLA Coalition members to showcase their animals pulled from L.A.-city shelters. This means that half of the animals that get adopted from the PAC were pulled from shelters by Best Friends, and the other half were pulled by other rescue groups. The PAC provides 24-hour animal care for all pets, trainers, and volunteers, facilitates the adoption process for every pet, and passes along all the adoption revenue to Coalition members. The Dogly Do Good Grant helped support these operations and in particular the enrichment we give every dog who is waiting for their forever home.
Filthy, underweight, and covered in wounds—that’s how Samson arrived at one of the L.A.-city shelters. An NKLA Coalition Partner, Labs and Friends.org, pulled Samson from the shelter and brought him to the NKLA Pet Adoption Center for healing and adoption. “When I arrived to pick him up, a staff member had to carry him out,” says volunteer Lotta. “He laid him on the pavement by my car, and Samson just laid there, no willpower to stand.” For weeks, Best Friends staff and volunteers worked tirelessly with Samson to help him build confidence, overcome his fear of people, and heal from a life of neglect.
While Samson was regaining his trust in people, U.S. Marines veteran Doug was searching for a therapy dog with the help of another NKLA Coalition partner, Hounds and Heroes. Doctors helped heal Doug’s physical wounds after he survived an explosion in Afghanistan in 2013, but he was left with emotional scars. Like many veterans, Doug was battling PTSD, so doctors suggested he get a therapy dog. Doug visited the NKLA Pet Adoption Center and met a few candidates, but he didn’t make an instant connection until he met Samson.
Doug was drawn to how well Samson stayed by his side on-leash, giving him the sense of security he desperately needed. “When no one’s around, I’m on edge,” says Doug, who endures seizures, frequent headaches, and vivid nightmares about combat since his service. “But just having Samson around makes me more comfortable and relaxed.”
Labs and Friends.org was so moved by the instant friendship that Samson’s adoption fee was waived. “It was our small way of saying thanks to the troops for all they do for us,” says Julie Jones, founder of Labs and Friends.org. “We wouldn’t have a free country if it weren’t for veterans, so we just wanted to do something.”
Bonnie-Jill Laflin, founder and CEO of Hounds and Heroes, says Samson’s instant effect on Doug isn’t a surprise. “So many veterans get paired up with a dog and then tell me that it has saved their life,” she says. “The suicide rate for veterans is now 22 per day, so not only are you saving a dog’s life who would have been euthanized at the shelter, but you’re also saving a hero’s life.”
While that may seem like an obvious win-win situation, Bonnie-Jill says it still takes teamwork among rescue groups and shelters. “Best Friends has been such a great help with all of the NKLA Coalition partners,” she says. “Everyone’s been so helpful and just phenomenal in the way they handled this situation. It was a total team effort.”
We received Kong toys; they were given to puppies in our care.
Typically we must purchase new toys for every puppy we have, as disease can spread easily, or they are destroyed by puppies. These toys can be sanitized and used over and over.
Ongoing — we are still using the toys. They’ve gone through around 30+ puppies so far.
The toys came at a time when we had a mother with a litter of pups. The pups were destroying every toy we gave them. The Kong toys were perfect — they kept the puppies busy and they were unable to tear up the toys. For three weeks, those puppies played with their toys and we were able to interact with them.
Training dogs in foster care to ready them for their new homes.
By allowing our trainer to work with fosters on behavioral and/or obedience training issues in order to make our dogs more easily adoptable.
An exact number is hard to gauge, but I would say dozens!
Quintin came to MARS from a local animal shelter that was unable to place him for adoption. He had been hit by a car and had received femoral head ostectomy surgery. This poor guy was very matted and extremely unsocial — so unsocial that his first foster home could not continue to foster him. Enter the second foster parent, who was willing to work with Quintin and our trainer on staff and, with the help of the Beggin’ Strips donated to us, Quintin was able to find his road home through MARS!
To send home with the fur babies and to use at the fosters’ homes or in kennels
All the fur babies get quiet when they see a bag of treats coming their way. It is nice, when you have to leave them, to give them something special.
At least 50 cats and 25 dogs
One of our cats who is very shy went home and the adopters were concerned she didn’t like them. In her going home bag was Party Mix. We told the adopters to put some out and out came the cat! Eventually she took it out of their hands. Even though the treats were for the cat, it made the adopters feel very special.
Pictured is Tabitha. From her Petfinder profile: “Hello, my name is Tabitha. Let me tell you about myself. If I were a person, I would be a real “girly girl.” I would get manicures, highlight my hair and get massages. I would connect with friends on Facebook and love to go shopping. Well, as you know, I’m not a person. I’m a 6-year-old, sweet, easygoing feline who would do anything to be part of a family again. I have lots of love to give, so please come to meet me. Perhaps you will give me a chance to show you what a wonderful companion I could be. Oh, I almost forgot to mention that I am much prettier than my picture.” Meet Tabitha: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/33582996/
This money was used to buy Heartgard.
We provided heartworm preventative to 12 dogs for one month.
Sissy came from a puppy mill along with 13 other poms. Sissy is special-needs Pomeranian with brain damage. She is sweet but a little unusual in the way she does things. We love her anyway and hope to find her an understanding home. From her Petfinder profile: “Sissy Sneakers has some brain damage. She acts blind sometimes but she isn’t blind. She is a sweet girl but she is not so great around other animals. She does get along fine with dogs her own size or larger, but she will harm a dog smaller than her because she thinks they are chew toys. She loves to play with furry toys and toss them around for hours.” Meet Sissy: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/34647103
Used to treat Kitty Lane’s heartworm infestation
Were able to provide medical care for Kitty Lane and her heartworm infestation.
Kitty Lane came to our rescue pregnant and with a chronic cough related to her heartworms. Due to the generosity of the Petfinder Foundation, we were able to provide her with the best veterinary care to alleviate her cough — a reaction to the parasite infestation — and provide the proper treatment to rid her of the heartworms and allow her to have the best life possible. We are happy to report she has been adopted and is living the life she deserves, being spoiled rotten, treated for the infestation of heartworms and free from her chronic cough. She should have many wonderful, happy years due to the kindness and generosity of the Petfinder Foundation.
The Kong products were used to socialize our puppies, keep our sick/recovering puppies from becoming bored while on crate rest and help distract during procedures.
The Kong products were great options to keep the pups in our foster homes busy during the day while in their crates and foster parents were at work.
The Kong products were wonderful distractions for pups in our care like Fury (first two photos), who had to have daily eye meds placed. Before the grant, we would have to hold him down to administer his eye medication; however, we when were able to give him a stuffed Kong toy, he stood happily to let us put the salve in his eyes. We also were able to socialize our orphaned puppies and help them learn proper social skills as well as bite inhibition, and to help with teething for those with new chompers coming in, as in the case of Captain (third photo). The last photo is Brule, who has been diagnosed with an inoperable heart defect. She is a 3.5-month-old hospice puppy who has some days when she is physically unable to play, so the Kong gives her an outlet to exercise her mind and expend some energy constructively chewing while on crate rest.