Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
The Friskies Party Mix cat treats given to us through the Purina and Amazon Treats for the Holidays campaign, organized by the Petfinder Foundation, were used to provide much-needed pampering to our homeless cats and kittens waiting for their forever homes.
Many of the cats we rescue and adopt into loving families are transferred in from municipal shelters that kill for space; most have been through a great deal of stress before they arrive at our adoption center. Your treats have helped them feel relaxed and loved and have given them some pleasure during this transitional phase in their lives. We very much appreciate your generous support!
Miss Kitty (calico) was one of our long-term residents who was a little unsure around people but was very treat-motivated. By having treats on-hand, we were able to get her very comfortable with people and she came out of her shell. The family that adopted her actually used treats to get Miss Kitty to socialize with them when they visited her. She is now in her forever home.
Zoro (blue male) was a very energetic cat who loved to play and didn’t really want to spend time with people. With the help of treats to socialize him, he was able to bond with potential adopters and find his own happy home.
Umbilical hernia repair, heartworm treatment, spays, neuters, and medicines.
These funds helped us to get animals ready for adoption more quickly (by not having to wait for funds) so that we can adopt out more animals!
26 in total: Five spays, two neuters, 18 rabies vaccinations, one heartworm treatment
Louie came into the shelter with high-antigen heartworms, meaning that his heartworms were advanced and it was too late to do the slow-kill method. With this grant we were able to get him the heartworm treatment he needed in a timely manner, and he was adopted out soon after!
The funds were used to alleviate the cost of surgery for a stray who had a broken leg.
This grant lifted the burden of the cost of an emergency surgery, and allowed a sweet puppy to keep his leg.
Laeddis came to us in the arms of a good Samaritan. He was limping down the side of a busy road. He was dehydrated and scared, but in no time he was filled with wiggles and tail wags. We estimated his age at 3 months old. He was taken to our vet and x-rayed. It was determined that his femur was broken and he would need immediate surgery to set it. During surgery the vet was able to estimate his injuries at a few days old. Had he come to us any later, Laeddis would have lost his leg. He had a rod inserted to stabilize the bone and allow him to keep his leg. Laeddis has since been adopted and is living with his new parents. He is in training to be a therapy dog in a retirement home. We could not thank the Petfinder Foundation enough! Thank you for helping us change this little life!
The product, pet lounging pads, are currently being used at crate pads for transport to events and adoption events bi-weekly. These pads are plush and thick and hold up well in the wash. They allow our rescue dogs to ride and arrive in style and comfort, even when some are very timid to get into the crate and the car.
This donation has helped give some comfort to our dogs who have to be transported to and from adoption events every other week. Some dogs we’ve had in our care for over a year. The little amenities that help put our pooches at ease allow them a soft spot to play and lie on while they are in transit or sitting in their crate during adoption days.
One little pooch named Ian (first photo) was abused; we pulled him from Harbor Animal Care Center in February 2016. Poor Ian had multiple injuries, but the worst of all were the scars we could not see: his fear and anxiety of new people, especially men. The P.L.A.Y. pads helped with a little bit of comfort while en route to his first adoption event ever –coincidentally, the first place he met his forever mom! Ian is now enjoying life with Chelsea and her family in Gardena, CA.
Hershey (second photo), a scared pit bull mix who was abandoned in the Coachella Valley, loved his P.L.A.Y. Chill Pad so much, as it stood up to his slobber, rugged play, and even his licking/chewing when he was being crate trained! Today, Hershey is the happiest, most perfect pittie in all the land and enjoying a life all rescue dogs should get: a real home in Hermosa Beach, CA, with a loving mom and dad whose world revolves around Hershey!
Janet (third photo) also loves her Chill Pad; she would lounge on it daily at her foster home! Janet knew it was her “place” when her P.L.A.Y. Chill Pad was positioned on the couch. She felt special, and nested right on it! Janet was a perfect little doll from the moment we rescued her from Harbor Animal Care Center, and she continues to be a good girl in her forever home in Redondo Beach, CA!
The best thing about P.L.A.Y. Chill Pads is that, not only do they give a BIG slice of comfort to formerly neglected, abused, and abandoned rescue dogs, but they are recyclable for our rescue group. They touch many of our dogs as each one leaves on his or her journey to greatness, then the Chill Pads are washed and disinfected and used for another precious soul who has just joined our rescue group. Thank you to P.L.A.Y. for helping us give our dogs all the comfort of home, even when they are waiting for their forever homes in our rescue group!
The grant paid for three dogs to obtain much-needed training, and for part of one dog’s heartworm treatment. These dogs had waited a long time in bad environments for help, and the grant gave us the extra funding needed to give them a second chance.
It allowed us to give these dogs the additional help needed to make them more adoptable without having to spend our vetting monies.
Stan (first photo) was an owner-surrender who had lived on a chain. Training helped him become adoptable. He has been adopted!
Micah (second photo) had lived his entire life in a shelter. Training helped him become adoptable. He has been adopted!
Maynard (third photo) was pulled from a Mississippi (open-admission) shelter and had dominance issues. He is now adoptable. Meet him here: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/34216528
Hazel is being treated for heartworm and is in her forever home. She was pulled just moments from euthanasia at a Kentucky shelter.
To help socialize our cats.
We hung small cups to the front of our condo doors and asked visitors to treat the cats that came to the front of their cages and sought attention. We also gave containers of treats to our socialization volunteers so they could spoil the cats roaming the floor.
We care for ~235 cats on a daily basis.
Amy was returned to our shelter after her owner passed and there were no family members willing to take her in. Amy was grieving and scared, but the treats helped her make some new friends here and acclimate to being at the shelter.
Pictured is Dizzy. From her Petfinder profile: “Dizzy is a young spayed female who came to us as a stray cat. When she came into the shelter it was noticed that she had a head tilt. Upon examination it was discovered that she had an ear polyp. Surgery was done to remove the polyp, but she may always have a head tilt. Dizzy is very acrobatic and she has a lot of energy. She is a little bit shy at first, but she warms up as she gets to know you. Dizzy is curious about everything going on around her and she asks for petting and love. She is a very pretty girl and she would love to have a home.” Meet Dizzy: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/33731586
For 48 years, PAWSibilities, Humane Society of Greater Akron has served as our county’s haven for victims of animal abuse, neglect, and abandonment and strays suffering from illness and injury. Our staff includes two full-time humane officers who respond to calls, investigate animal cruelty and, as warranted, prosecute offenders. We take the time to nurse animals back to health and find them loving, permanent homes through adoption. We are a no-time-limit facility and adoptable animals are cared for until they find their forever homes. We are also an independent, nonprofit organization directly dependent upon the generosity of our community for funding and supplies.
PAWSibilities, Humane Society of Greater Akron was honored to be chosen as a recipient of eleven cases of Friskies Party Mix cat treats through the Amazon Treats for the Holidays grant. The products from the Petfinder Foundation have been used to build trust and foster life-changing relationships between our rescued felines and staff, volunteers, visitors, and adopters.
One way that our staff and volunteers garner trust and bonding is through treats! Due to our mission, most animals we care for at PAWSibilities have experienced and survived terrible situations — some at the hands of neglectful, abusive humans. With patience, understanding, and yummy treats, we are dedicated to teaching our animals that not all humans are malicious. Over the past few months, our visitors, potential adopters, and volunteers were given packages of Friskies Party Mix donated from the Petfinder Foundation to offer to our adoptable cats to build relationships and ease anxiety. Appealing to our felines’ taste buds with Friskies Party Mix has encouraged the development of confidence and trust for our most challenged cats.
We extend our most sincere appreciation to the Petfinder Foundation for providing PHSGA with the means to continue to give second chances and bright futures to our rescued felines.
On Jan. 15, 2016, the day in which PHSGA received its Petfinder Foundation award, our facility was sheltering 120 cats. Within the following few months, our organization rescued 132 cats from desperate situations of abuse, neglect, illness, or injury and provided not only rehabilitative physical care, but also socialization. By coaxing rescued felines into building trust and confidence, we prepare them for successful integration into their new adoptive families. Thanks to the support of the Petfinder Foundation, PHSGA placed 143 cats into loving homes from January 15 to March 31!
Begonia’s story at PHSGA started on Sept. 2, 2014. She was barely two months old when she was brought to us after a thoughtful citizen found her alone and helpless. It became evident that Begonia, as she came to be called, would be a bit of an extra-special case for PHSGA staff. Although Begonia was an adorable, healthy little kitten, she had not received any proper socialization before coming to PHSGA. Little Begonia was fearful, anxious, and overwhelmed by her foreign surroundings. She had only ever known the outdoors and had not learned how to bond with humans. It was decided that without extra-special time and effort to win Begonia’s trust, she would not thrive at our facility.
Luckily for her, Begonia’s tough shell won her a coveted spot within PHSGA’s Office Cat Program. At first, Begonia still struggled with her surroundings. She would often hide, dart around, and avoid attention from people. Eventually, though, by observing PHSGA’s other two office cats, Begonia would allow specific people to come closer and learned that people really are not all that bad, especially when tasty treats were involved!
Today, a year after her start in the program, Begonia is much more comfortable, confident, and trusting. She even solicits attention from a handful of regular office employees and allows a bit of a belly rub once in a while! She was also the first cat to inspect and approve of the delivery of Friskies Party Mix from the Petfinder Foundation! A package of these treats, which just happen to be her favorite, have been used to positively reinforce her confident behaviors and further encourage her to trust more people and situations.
Although she still waits for an adoptive family to open their heart and home to her special needs, we now know that Begonia can live a happy, comfortable life as a part of a patient and understanding family – as long as there are treats!
Purina Beggin’ Strips dog treats product grant from the Petfinder Foundation. The donated products (dog treats) were/are being given to our rescued dogs and we provide a package with any adopted dog. This makes the adopter aware of your products and treats that the dogs enjoy.
The donated products (dog treats) were/are being given to our rescued dogs and we provide a package with any adopted dog. This makes the adopter aware of your products and treats that the dogs enjoy. We are a small group and getting quality, nutritious treats that the dogs enjoy is a blessing. Giving them the treats helps to distract them from the confines of a rescue kennel situation. They really enjoy your gift.
We have Champ who was on a euthanasia list at another large shelter. We transferred him in because he appeared to be a dog who could be adopted and he was only 12 months old. Upon arrival, he was either very antisocial or trying to escape the kennels, jumping, and barking. When our volunteers entered the kennel, we gave him one of your treats every time. He became more social and enjoyed seeing his humans. He is now closer to being adopted and has calmed down some. Meet Champ: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/34561644
The Emergency Medical Grant was used to provide surgery to restore the use of a leg and hip for a little one who had been hit by a car and left along the highway.
Without this grant, it would have been nearly impossible for our organization to provide the very costly surgery that was required to save and restore the use of this little one’s leg. He now can live a life free of pain, with the full use of his leg!
Dexter had a guardian angel! Good citizens spotted a little battered bundle on the side of the road in the pouring rain. The selfless act of picking up this crushed puppy, wrapping him in a coat, and making a call saved Dexter’s life that day. Ozark Haven Rescue answered that call and sought immediate medical care. This poor tiny crumpled puppy had been struck with such force that his hip and pelvis snapped. While homeless pets with medical needs are common, funds are not plentiful. However, with skilled foster care and attentive doctors who performed a femoral head dissection, Dexter had hope. Between experienced therapeutic fostering and the Petfinder Foundation’s support, we were able to turn this adoptable baby around. What was once a doomed little life is now a flourishing, adopted rescue puppy. Dexter now has a long, happy life to look forward to.
Friskies Party Mix Cat Treats product grant provided treats for in-shelter use in our cat rooms.
These treats have been a wonderful tool to assist our volunteers with the cats’ socialization, habitat enrichment, and photography. The only problem is, the cats like the Friskies Party Mix so much that they won’t eat any of the other types of treats we have — so we’ve put other types away for now.
The Party Mix treats are great for shy cats, as we are able to lure them out from their hiding boxes and watch them grow bolder each day when they realize the rewards of coming out (treats AND love, YAY). We use the treats as “hide and seek” objects, placing them in various locations around each cat room, which is a quick and easy habitat enrichment tool. The treats have also worked wonders with our photos and videos of adoptable cats — even the shyest cat will perk up for camera day when there are Party Mix treats involved.
So far, approximately 40 different cats have moved into (and out of) the shelter since we received the grant; we still have several of the treat containers left, so hope to help another 40-60 cats before the treats run out!
Shelter stray kitty Parmesan (first three photos) turned into a big ham for the camera when we brought out the Friskies Party Mix treats! Within days of his photo session, he was spotted by his wonderful new mom, who traveled an hour from home just to meet him — and ended up bringing him on the hour-long trip back home the same day. He is blissfully happy, and is now called Windle Poons.
Current shelter cat Tiger (fourth photo) is one of our “shy guys.” We used the Friskies Party Mix treats to keep him engaged during his recent video session, so he no longer reacted to the camera as if it were a demon trying to steal his soul. We are hopeful that his new video will do the trick to show potential adopters that, if they are patient enough (and have Friskies Party Mix), they will be able to win over this shy guy and get to know the loving creampuff hiding within. Meet Tiger: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/34410798
UPDATE: Tiger has been adopted!