Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
We are a small, no-kill shelter in the Bootheel of Missouri. All our kennels are indoors, but we have an outdoor play area. While the dogs go outside for a bit two times a day, some high-energy dogs need challenges for the kennels. We have many dogs that are high-energy and we find that the Kong toys help keep them occupied and give them something to do. They are durable and easy to clean between use.
We have really seen a change in the hyperactivity in the kennel room. When you give the Kong toys to an active dog, it helps keep them occupied and gives them stimulation. We have found that they are ideal in our setting and help us to keep the animals busy and using their minds.
Biff (first photo) is a boxer mix who is afraid of his own shadow. He barks aggressively when people come into the kennel and gets passed over for adoption, but he really is a scaredy cat. He loves the Kong toy. He is not one to take a treat from someone, but he will play with the Kong toy for hours and stay involved with the challenge. It helps keep him quieter and socialized in the kennel.
This was a sponsorship for a long-term dog we had named Wally. We used the money to reimburse his care. We had him for almost 1.5 years so we were able to use this money to make sure he was completely ready to go when he finally got adopted.
We were able to pay for dental cleaning for one dog and also purchase supplies like flea treatment and new collars/leashes, etc., for another dog.
Two dogs that were in the care of one foster.
The two dogs this grant helped were Charlie and Wally. Wally (first photo) had been found abused on the streets in a not-so-nice neighborhood with his brother Buddy. He was scared and timid and it took him a long time to get over that fear. He was shy with new people and always hid behind the other dogs. We had him for over a year and a half with little adoption interest. Finally this summer a young man fell in love with his picture, and at the meet-and-greet, Wally fell in love with him. It was an awesome connection and worth the wait! Charlie (second photo) is a senior dog who had been moved around quite a bit. But he finally found his forever home last month and is living the high life with his new mom and dad.
Copiah Animal Shelter gratefully thanks the Petfinder Foundation for the $1,500 Rescue U Renovation Grant for new kennels. We had designated the funds for five total new kennels. The four new small kennels, where none existed before, increase our small shelter capacity by 36%, to 15 inside kennels. These kennels give CAS flexibility to take in more small dogs, or puppies, that we would otherwise have to turn away. The one large kennel requested replaces a rusty, aging kennel.
Impact of the new kennels:
Increases inside dog-kennel capacity by 36% to 15 kennels with addition of the four new small kennels: This gives CAS the capability of taking in small dogs or puppies that would otherwise have to be turned away.
Improved functionality/safety for animals and caretakers: The new large kennel replaces an old, rusting, dilapidated kennel. The gaps by poles were so large we had to line the old kennel with a puppy pen for animal safety, making it difficult for caretakers to access.
Improved shelter appearance: The new kennels definitely improve the shelter appearance to the public and volunteers.
Dudley was lucky. The person who found him roaming kept him for more than a week because CAS did not have space. In the meantime, the new small kennels were installed, and we now had space for Dudley! A few days later, a family who came to pick up the dog they had adopted (whom they had seen on Petfinder), saw Dudley and adopted him too! Dudley never made it on our Petfinder listing, but he wouldn’t have been adopted then if he hadn’t been in that new kennel!
Heartworm treatment for Scarlett.
Heartworms are very prevalent in the Southeast. We took in a pretty, friendly, affectionate pit bull this summer, but she unfortunately had heartworms, which we treat prior to making the pet available for adoption.
Scarlett is a super-friendly pit bull-mix female dog. She came to us this summer, but she had heartworms. This disease is so easily prevented, but sadly, many dog guardians fail to keep their dogs on preventatives. Scarlett was treated by one of our local vets who helps out. Even with a discount, her treatment cost our shelter over $1,000. Every donation toward her treatment helps, and we were thankful to receive the Petfinder Foundation grant.
The funds received from the Petfinder Foundation were used to neuter and provide pain medication after the neutering procedure for two dogs that Monty’s Home rescued. The remaining funds from the grant will be used for spaying/neutering purposes when the next group of canines is pulled from the local shelter by Monty’s Home at the beginning of January.
The grant helped to provide services that will help with the problem of overpopulation of dogs and encourage responsible pet ownership. Spaying/neutering the canines that Monty’s Home rescues prior to adoption is an added benefit for the families that are adopting the dogs. Our organization is 100% volunteer and our budget comes from donations, our own fundraising and through grants like the one provided by the Petfinder Foundation. Monty’s Home is grateful for the additional funds provided by the Petfinder Foundation in order for us to continue to rescue dogs and provide them with the forever homes they deserve.
This grant has helped two dogs, but will be helping five more canines in January 2016.
Disco, a 4-year-old beagle/retriever mix (first photo), and Tango, a 5-year-old Labrador retriever (second photo), were found as strays and brought to the Pender County Shelter in North Carolina. After a 19-point temperament evaluation, Monty’s Home identified these two dogs as good candidates to enter our Pawstive Partners Prison Program (PPPP is an eight-week program that uses inmate dog trainers to teach basic obedience and household manners). Both dogs were heartworm-positive and needed treatment before they could enter the PPPP. Disco and Tango were rescued by Monty’s Home, neutered, had their vaccinations brought up-to-date and are currently receiving heartworm treatment in order to enter our PPPP program in January.
San Antonio Feral Cat Coalition Community Cat Foster/Adoption Program: Petfinder Adoption Options in Action Grant (Invitation Only)
– 195 FVRCP vaccines & syringes
– 3 tracking thermometers
– 13 bottles of broad spectrum worming medication
– 4 bottles of worming medication (pyrantel pamoate)
– 100 microchips
– 2 steam cleaners
This grant provided funds to improve the health and safety of cats and kittens in our foster program. We did not have steam cleaners or tracking thermometers, and the cost savings on the medical supplies and microchips allowed us to intake and save more kittens off the streets.
We have had a few outbreaks in our stores and are hopeful the steam-cleaning machines will prevent further issues. We have not had them long enough to evaluate at this point.
Microchips are an important investment, we feel, to ensure all cats and kittens adopted through our program have a chance for recovery if lost. We only adopt to people who promise the cats will be indoor-only, so this is an added benefit we provide in case of accidental escape.
63 cats and kittens have/will receive FVRCP vaccines. 260 kitties have/will be wormed. 100 cats and kittens will receive microchips. The thermometers will provide assurance that vaccines are kept at optimum viability to enhance immunity for all cats in our program. The steam-cleaning machines will reduce/prevent the spread of microorganisms and parasites for cats in our care.
All cats and kittens in our foster program are benefiting from the grant through enhanced wellness and sanitation practices. This is the story of one lucky litter of kittens. Four kittens were first seen at 4 weeks of age by an elderly couple who called the San Antonio Feral Cat Coalition for help. The kittens’ mother was a feral cat who had her kittens in the couple’s back yard. (Mom-Cat has been trapped, spayed and returned to avoid repeated births.) One of the kittens was unable to walk and could not use her back legs. A volunteer took her to the vet, where a severed spine was diagnosed. She was humanely euthanized. The SAFCC Foster and Adoption program accepted the remaining three severely malnourished and parasite-ridden kittens. Petal, Peaches and Prince blossomed in the expert care of their foster caregiver. With the help of the Petfinder Foundation grant, we were able to provide timely vaccinations and worming medication to keep them healthy, as well as microchips to help find them if they get lost.
Petal, Peaches and Prince were posted for adoption on Petfinder.com, where they received a lot of attention! They were quickly pre-adopted, pending spay/neuter. Being able to provide necessary care and wellness support makes the difference between healthy kittens and the sad alternative. Thank you, Petfinder Foundation, for making a difference in the lives of Petal, Peaches and Prince!
We at Animal Allies Humane Society would like to thank the Petfinder Foundation for awarding us the Petfinder Foundation Kong grant. We are using the Kong toys as part of an ongoing animal-enrichment project.
Animal enrichment is a big focus for us. We want to make sure that animals are challenged and remain curious while under our care.
Ty (first photo) is a vocal German shepherd. He loves his Kong time and it has helped him adjust his kennel behavior. He would get very vocal in his kennel, which can be intimidating to potential adopters, but thanks to the Kong enrichment toy, he has learned that if he is quiet he will get rewarded with a Kong treat. He is so well-behaved he even got to be featured in our front lobby for our visitors.
Tela (second photo) is a bundle of energy and has learned that if she waits patiently for the Kong that she is greatly rewarded in the end. And, great news, she is going to a forever home!
The Kongs have been a great learning tool for the dogs! As shown in her pic, Lucy (third photo) learned that yummy snacks come out of the Kongs and she has decided to bury her treasure to save for later.
The funds from this grant were used to treat heartworm disease in several dogs surrendered to Suncoast Humane Society’s animal care center as heartworm-positive.
This grant helped the Society save dogs who would have otherwise been too unhealthy to adopt out. Through the use of these grant funds, we are able to continue our mission to “reduce the number of homeless pets and improve the quality of life.”
This grant provided treatment for five dogs with heartworm disease.
Awa, a 5-year-old basset hound mix, came to Suncoast Humane Society’s animal care center in September 2015 after being with her latest owner for just three months. Her previous owner’s son turned out to be allergic to Awa. Upon careful examination by trained Suncoast Humane Society staff, Awa tested positive for heartworm and began her treatment regimen to beat the life-threatening disease. Within four days after becoming adoptable, she met the human who would become her forever family. She went home to live with her new family on Nov. 17, 2015.
The grant funds were allocated to support Woods Humane Society’s summer program, Critter Camp, which increased enrollment this year by 25 percent (from 160 children to 200 children) over the course of the summer. Each child had the opportunity to work one-on-one with shelter dogs for an entire week, learning about training, safety, responsible care, and more.
Due in part to this Humane Education grant, Woods Humane Society has been able to increase enrollment in existing Humane Education programs by 15% from July to September, while offering more dynamic and enriching experiences for the youth involved. This dramatically improves our ability to fulfill two of our core missions at Woods Humane Society: providing humane education and nurturing the human-animal bond.
At least 100 pets were helped by this grant through the one-on-one socialization they received from Critter Campers.
Bonnie and Clyde (first and second photos, respectively) were a senior, bonded pair of cattle dog/catahoula mixes that came to our shelter in January of 2015. Due to the fact that they were 9 years old and had been outdoor dogs (and therefore not house trained), we were having a very tough time finding a suitable home for them. In addition, Bonnie was extremely shy around new people and needed a good deal of socialization and confidence-building. Both dogs made a great match for our Critter Camp program, working each day for at least two hours with a child age 9-12. During our first week of camp, a 9-year-old girl named Aubrey was assigned to Bonnie. Even though Aubrey, a bright, high-energy gal, was hoping for a very smart, outgoing dog to whom she could teach lots of tricks over the week, she quickly understood that Bonnie would need patience and understanding to help her come out of her shell. By the end of the week, Aubrey had bonded immensely with Bonnie, crying passionately after camp “graduation” out of sadness to end her time with the dog.
Over the next few weeks, we promoted Bonnie and Clyde on a local radio show to try to find the right owners for them. As our Executive Director spoke on the show, a little girl called in to try to help the cause by telling everyone how much she loved Bonnie and what a great dog she was. Before she hung up, the host asked the girl what her name was. The little voice responded, “Aubrey.” Needless to say, this Critter Camper made an enormous difference in Bonnie’s life. Soon after, both Bonnie and Clyde found their forever homes and we get regular updates on them still. Aubrey continues to participate in programs at Woods often and plans to come back for Critter Camp 2016.
The total amount received has been enough to fully vet one animal. Every animal we save is a miracle 🙂
Renegade was sponsored and has since been adopted. From his Petfinder profile: “Renegade is a sweet boy who loves to play. He is learning basic commands and already knows ‘sit.’ Renegade would be a great pet for a household with another dog his size to play with and expend his puppy energy. Renegade is crate trained and house trained.”