Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
Rescuing pit bulls of varying ages from shelters.
We were able to rescue two momma dogs and their recently born litters of puppies.
Juno was found as a stray and not only as a stray but she was pregnant. She went into the shelter system where we had learned of her. Once her pups were born and reached about 9 weeks she came to our organization where she went into a foster home and each of her pups were also placed into foster homes. Juno and all of her pups were spayed/neutered, dewormed and brought current on all vaccinations prior to being adopted.
Juno was an excellent mother to her pups, she absolutely adored each of them. Juno also proved wonderful with other dogs and even cats! She does great with people of all ages and was a huge hit at adoption events that she attended with us. Juno was lucky enough to find an adoptive home before all of her pups were even adopted! Juno is living happily with her adopter who has now also become a volunteer with our organization.
We are thankful to Orvis and the Petfinder Foundation for making this rescue possible!
Attached is a photo of Juno with her adoptive parent! The other photo is of one of Juno’s pups, Marshmellow, in her foster home.
The money was used to pay down accumulated vet bills to keep us in good standing with our veterinarians at Amesbury Animal Hospital. As you can imagine, horses are large animals with big needs. Routine vaccinations and check ups for 10 – 12 horses at a time can run into the thousands.
NEER North relies on multiple veterinarian hospitals to care for the horses in our care and in foster homes. Routine check ups, Coggins tests, spring and fall vaccinations really add up, and we are always in arrears. Your generous and much-needed donation paid off a lot of vet bills, keeping us in good standing with our veterinarians for future vet needs.
10 – 12
Petey came in emaciated. He required veterinary care to help us decide a plan to get him healthy, shots, teeth floating, worming, and reassessment. Petey blossomed into a happy healthy barn favorite.
They gotta eat. If we don’t have hay we would be in trouble.
Pearl, a 17HH, Grey Percheron Mare was deserted after being shuffled around from home to home. She is now safe with the rescue, healthy and a happy horse. We have many youngsters that volunteer & they have taken the task of giving Ms. Pearl her “lovin” on the days they are here.
We used these funds to buy hay for our equine residents.
Wow! It allowed us to stock up when our supply was running low. It was a BIG assist in making our budgets.
Vincent is one of our permanent residents. He came to us about two years ago in a seizure. His previous owners had him tethered to a tree and he couldn’t escape a group of dogs which attacked him. He lost the coverings over both ears. When he joined us we have worked on fattening him up and helping him build trust. He is one of the stars of our Unbridled Potential program that pairs at-risk youth with equine. The youth help the horses who help the kids. One student wrote that he wanted to work with Vincent because they had a lot in common and he hoped their experiences could help them both.
The product was used to vaccinate approximately 100 cats and kittens.
The grant was a great help to our organization and the cats and kittens in our care. It has been a particularly busy “kitten season” and we have had several litters (and adults!) abandoned in our parking lot. With the help of this grant, our shelter has been able to vaccinate all of these deserted cats and kittens so they can be placed for adoption.
We have not used all the vaccinations yet, but we anticipate it to provide vaccines for approximately 100 cats and kittens.
A Good Samaritan found a kitten with an injured eye, which unfortunately the doctor was not able to save. The doctor and Good Samaritan donated their time and expenses to have him FeLV tested and surgery on his eye. Since his surgery, FeLV test, and vaccination were covered at no cost to the shelter, we were able to take him, and he will be available for adoption in a few days.
We are using the money to build agility equipment for each of our dog exercise yards. The cash went towards/continues to go towards the materials; all labor has been volunteer/donated. The first one (prototype) was completed in early summer, the second is under construction and we expect the other 3 will be completed this fall as funds become available.
The first piece of equipment went into an exercise yard that had very little shade and lots of active dogs. The equipment not only provided a shady area for the dogs to relax in, but also a means for confidence building and training. The dogs and volunteers use the ramp/platform and steps to get the dogs use to different challenges, teaches them simple things like going up and down stairs/ramps, and ultimately makes them much more adoptable. The dogs that use the exercise yard with the first piece of equipment have enjoyed it so much, and learned so much, that we are excited to have the second one completed and installed within the next couple of weeks.
Estimate that at least 50 dogs have benefited from the challenge, the training and the volunteer interaction. Many of our shy, scared and withdrawn dogs became much more social when they were able to work with our volunteers and staff on the equipment.
Harlem and Harlequin were born in the wild, and we had to trap them just to get them off the streets. They had never been in contact with humans (other than probably being yelled at to get away and other things we can only imagine) and were the most withdrawn and unsocial teenage pups we had ever seen. Volunteers and staff worked daily to get them to the point where we could handle them. About the same time, the agility equipment was installed, and both dogs became very curious, allowing people to work with them using collar/leash. Within days they were walking up the ramp and down the stairs. Harlequin has subsequently been adopted (but is currently back at our shelter until the family can complete their fence–Harlequin was escaping). Harlem is doing great and we know it is just a matter of time before he finds his home as well!
Spay and neuter
Offset costs for spay and neuter
So far two
The young female Doberman stray picked up by animal control and taken to a southern California shelter wouldn’t get up in her crate. She was sweet and friendly and apparently had just weaned a litter of pups. But if the shelter couldn’t get her to stand, let alone walk, they would put her down. Nothing showed up on the X-rays, so vets didn’t know what to treat. Could it be Wobblers? Could be a cruciate injury? A shelter volunteer got the word out to local rescues who then spread the word throughout the western Doberman network.
With the wheels in motion to try to find a rescue group to pull her, the shelter gave her time and Tuesday was now Thursday. By Friday, this black and tan beauty was a little stronger. And by Saturday, she was standing when DRNV’s volunteer came to see her and make arrangements to pull her on Tuesday to bring her to Las Vegas.
The shelter vet joked that maybe she heard all the commotion about being euthanized and she realized she needed to stand up for herself – literally. Or perhaps, she simply had a badly bruised leg – maybe had been hit by a vehicle – and needed a few days for the soreness to subside. But when she arrived in Las Vegas to be spayed, she was up and around walking on all fours and you would never had known this was the same Dobergirl who one week earlier was nearly put down just because she couldn’t get up.
She is now spayed and ready to find her forever home. We posted her photo on our Facebook page while she was in transport and we already had an applicant by the time she arrived in her new city – before we even posted her on our own website or Petfinder! Plus a possible adopter from our list of already approved applicants. So life is finally looking up for Dottie and she should be in her forever home soon. A meet and greet is set for this weekend. All paws are crossed!
Farrier services, equine feed and equipment.
By paying for the majority of the equine expenses for this period and allowing us to pay a horse feeder.
Two of the horses at our barn were Artimus and Appy. Artimus came to us a year ago as a stallion and was gelded immediately. he has never exhibited typical stallion behavior. He is a little shy but stands well for the farrier and the groomer. Appy is a sweet 12 yr old mare. She was part of a large scale confiscation of neglected horses we took in almost 5 years ago.. Both horses were visited by potential adopters last week. They couldn’t make up their minds and decided to take both horses! Takes for your help in getting them into exceptional condition!
We used this money to help subsidize spay and neuter surgeries for dogs rescued from euthanasia in area shelters prior to adoption.
Spay and neuter surgeries are by far the largest recurring expense we currently have. By providing this money for this purpose, the grant allowed us to allocate other funds to program services that are lower on the priority list but also badly needed. We believe that all animals should be spayed or neutered prior to adoption and by doing so we are helping them to go onto happier, healthier lives with their new families.
Leah was a two year old blue pit bull type dog who came to us from a high kill shelter in one of the largest communities in Wyoming. She was emaciated and had stayed too long in a kennel. But in true bully style she was all kisses and wiggles for everyone new who she met. Like many other communities across the country, Wyoming’s shelters are faced with handling an abundance of pit bull and pit bull mix dogs. But unfortunately those shelters have not yet taken steps to address the needs of these dogs in their population. As a result, a greater number of them face euthanasia every year. Leah was one of the lucky ones and she got to come to Black Dog Animal Rescue for safety. She was spayed thanks in part to funding from the SNAP-X grant and gained weight well. She overcame some initial shyness and became a great snuggle buddy for her foster siblings. Leah traveled to New York state over the summer with her foster family where she learned to run off leash and that she loves to swim! Upon her return from the family vacation, Leah was quickly adopted by a local veterinarian and her family. Don’t be deterred by her serious expression, she never did learn to love the camera. But rest assured, she has found a happy, forever home. She was the 134th adoption in our Summer adopt-a-thon.
The provided camera, lens and photo editing software is used to take portraits of our adoptable animals for petfinder, our website, social media sites, publications, media spots, etc. Grooming products were used to spruce up our dirtiest residents.
One Picture Saves A Life has helped us show off our pets in the best light. Captivating, quality portraits are able to convey a positive message about shelter pets and motivate more people to consider welcoming an adopted animal into their lives. The tools and knowledge offered at One Picture Saves a Life enables us to take the best pictures possible under the inherent constraints of working a fast-paced animal shelter. The provided Rebel T3 with 50mm is lens ideal for taking a beautiful photo with ease. Seth Casteel did a thorough job of making sure we understood how to use the camera and how to bring out the unique personality of each animal. I am so grateful for the inspiring opportunity to hone my skills to help more pets.
Since attending the workshop, I have taken more than 100 pets’ photos to be featured throughout the community.
1.) Keet the parakeet was immediately adopted by someone who saw her photo on facebook. She now enjoys the perfect life with another parakeet and plenty of room to stretch her wings.
2 & 3.) We receive plenty of senior pets at the Humane Society of Southern Arizona (like Shelby and Spencer). Better photos help us highlight these wonderful companions in all of their grace and splendor.
4.) We recently ran out of peanut butter for our enrichment program. Within hours of putting out a plea on facebook with a cute photo, we received more than 50 jars of donated PB!