Success Stories

Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.

Maple Hill Farm Toy Breed Rescue: WAHL Grooming
What was the money or product used for?

To bathe rescued dogs that we save from puppy mills.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

We used the granted shampoo to clean the dogs in our care. Many of our dogs come to us from puppy mills and have never been bathed or groomed. They often need to be shaved and thoroughly bathed.

How many pets did this grant help?

All 25 dogs in our care benefited from this grant.

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Angel came to us a hairy mess. We weren’t even able to see her eyes too well. We shaved her then bathed her several times to get rid of the smell. It was obvious that she had never had these things done to her before.

4 Luv of Dog Rescue: WAHL Grooming
What was the money or product used for?

We received six large bottles of shampoo, all of which were used to provide baths for over 150 rescue dogs, some of which required extensive grooming and multiple baths.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

In July 2013, law enforcement raided a puppy mill near Wheatland, ND. Sheriffs’ deputies seized 174 dogs they found housed in cages stacked three high in a stifling unventilated, un-air-conditioned trailer. In most cases there were three to five dogs in each cage, living in a bed of feces- and urine-soaked newspaper. Some animals were so matted that they were immobilized and in pain. The Casselton Veterinarian Clinic accepted the dogs and provided medical care and clean kennels. Six 4 Luv of Dog Rescue volunteers went to Casselton three times a day for six weeks to bathe, groom, socialize and evaluate the dogs. As the dogs were certified healthy, they were placed with foster families while adoption applications were screened and approved.

How many pets did this grant help?

Almost 200

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

The dogs confiscated from the puppy mill were terrified of humans, so it wasn’t surprising that a few escaped capture. One of these was Howie, a 15-lb. mixed Bichon. Howie eluded capture for 29 days. While the other 168 dogs were groomed by 4 Luv of Dog Rescue volunteers, given medical treatment at the Casselton Vet Clinic and socialized in approved foster homes, Howie kept running. Finally, on day 28, two loving ladies spotted Howie and tried to catch the filthy little dog with gray dreadlocks, but he fled into a cornfield. They got food and water and left it overnight, resuming their hunt the next day. With the help of a farmer’s Shelties, they were able to herd Howie into a building and capture him, bringing him to Casselton Vet, where he was groomed by 4 Luv of Dog volunteers before neutering and vaccinations.

When 4 Luv of Dog Rescued placed Howie in foster care he was terrified of human touch, turning stiff as a board — but he loved other dogs. His foster mom said, “He was frightened in the house but loved running through the backyard grass, his tail wagging furiously. He was never nippy, but it took weeks for him to begin to relax. Walking on leash was fine, but teaching him to potty outside took over a month. Soon after that, he stopped retreating into his kennel and from there he just blossomed. I credit my dog and my other puppy-mill mother and her five puppies with teaching Howie to be a dog. I had posted his progress on 4 Luv’s website and after two months started taking him to Adoption Days.”

There was soon an application for Howie, and we were overjoyed to learn they had a small dog and older children. At the home visit, the family met Howie, and their dog Pixie’s immediate acceptance paved the way for Howie’s successful adoption. Cautious with men, Howie surprised us all by jumping right up in dad’s lap the first night!! Yes, Howie has his forever home. Mom Ruthie told us she fell in love with him reading blog posts and seeing pictures, saying, “He made me smile, and between his cute face and sad story, I was hooked. I looked at other dogs on the web but could only think of his face and how much he needed me. He’s made great leaps already fitting into our home. He’s walking proudly on his leash, going potty on walks, kennels when we say ‘time for bed’ and jumping up on the furniture to sit and snuggle with us.”

This foster momma is so proud of the little white dog she called her Howie Wowie! Looking at the photos, it is hard to believe that the dirty, matted, dreadlocked little dog is the same little puff ball playing in his new yard. Your support made a difference to Howie and to hundreds of dogs just like him who have started new lives in loving homes.

The Marin Humane Society: WAHL Grooming
What was the money or product used for?

Grooming the pets in our care.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

It helped us groom pets like Pierre from our Pet Partnership Program.

How many pets did this grant help?

Multiple (final number pending)

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

The dog in the photos is a miniature Poodle/Cocker Spaniel mix named Pierre. He came to us through our Pet Partnership program. A quick word about that: About half the animals we offer for adoption have been rescued from under-resourced, overwhelmed sister shelters throughout the state – most in low-income rural areas. Whenever we have shelter space, we make trips to these partner shelters to take as many animals as we can. We generally make trips at least weekly. The animals we bring back to Marin for adoption were almost always facing imminent euthanasia due to lack of space, time, and other resources. All the animals we offer for adoption are given as much time as necessary to find the right, loving home.

Pierre came to us from a shelter in the Fresno, CA, area. We don’t know how or why he wound up there. He was about 5 years old, and you can see the condition he was in. His behavior assessment at MHS indicated he was smart and cooperative, and would benefit enormously from a stable, comfortable home and a caring guardian. Thanks to the loving kindness of staff and volunteers, he was transformed, and was with us for about two weeks before he was adopted. A happy ending, for sure!

Underdog Pet Rescue of Wisconsin, Inc.: WAHL Grooming
What was the money or product used for?

We have been using the awesome-smelling shampoo to clean animals upon intake. It has been fantastic to have the dogs who come in smelling terrible come out of the bathtub smelling like lime verbena! The soap lathers nicely and really makes a difference in getting our intakes clean.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

It’s helped us save money and use a higher-quality product than we would normally be able to justify affording. It’s helped our animals smell good and attract more adopters during meet-and-greet events.

How many pets did this grant help?

So far, we’ve washed about 25-30 dogs with the shampoo we got from the grant. Because it’s concentrated, we have a ton left to keep on helping our animals.

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Ophelia came into Milwaukee Animal Control, the shelter we most frequently pull animals out of. We found that her owner had passed away, and a family member had kept her and three other large dogs in a trailer with no access to “go” outside. A large bucket of water and food was scattered each week in the trailer and, needless to say, this dog was not fresh-smelling. Despite the the shelter giving preliminary baths out of necessity, she still required two baths with our Wahl products, but now she smells like a dog should — and her fur is surprisingly shiny. She didn’t look as bad as she smelled, but here is a picture of her today, very happy to be an adoptable in our program.

Bishop's Small Dog Rescue, Inc. NFP: WAHL Grooming
What was the money or product used for?

The product, Wahl doggie shampoo, was used for bathing our rescue dogs.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

This grant helped us by giving us a good, quality product to use on our very deserving (and sometimes pretty stinky) rescue dogs. The product did a great job at cleaning and deodorizing them and making them much more adoptable.

How many pets did this grant help?

20

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

This grant really helped out our Toto. He came in as a stray to Union County Animal Control in Southern Illinois and when his time was up. We rescued him and brought him into our shelter and foster-based program. Toto was what I call a “hot mess” when he got to us. He smelled of farm-animal manure along with being VERY matted and dirty. He also ended up having parvo, which we pulled him through. This shampoo made him into a “new” dog! We bathed him several times the first few weeks and this shampoo kept him from getting too dry, but also helped to make him smell and feel better. Toto is now ready for and searching for his furever home for the holidays thanks to the help of your grant. Thank you, Wahl and Petfinder Foundation!

Humane Society of Clarksville-Montgomery Co.: WAHL Grooming
What was the money or product used for?

We received six bottles of Wahl shampoo to be used to provide extra pampering for resident and incoming pets in our foster program. Ninety percent of dogs brought in to our foster program are saved from the local [open-admission] shelter. The shelter dogs come to us in many stages of “stink,” so one of the BEST gifts we can give to our foster families is to provide them with a CLEAN dog. 🙂 And the dogs feel SO much better, too!

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

We maximized our Wahl grant by partnering with a local grooming shop, The Vanity Fur, who offered a dozen FREE baths and grooms for current and future dogs in our foster program using Wahl products. Each Christmas, the Humane Society solicits for items from each foster pet’s wish list as part of our Secret Santa Paws fundraiser program. This year, the Wahl donation inspired us to expand our Secret Santa Paws program to include a FREE bath and groom for every foster pet. Our foster families have been elated, and I’m almost ashamed that we never thought to do it sooner! We thank Wahl for the inspiration!

How many pets did this grant help?

Twelve, with potential for more …

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Fatty Patty was an overweight 9-year-old Puggle who was picked up as a stray by the county shelter. Despite her sweet disposition, her chances of adoption were bleak because she was heartworm positive and had a huge fatty tumor the size of a baseball hanging from her back leg. We were SO happy to have found a foster home for Patty Cakes (a name change was in order!), and she was the very first pooch to benefit from the Wahl grant. And then, the BEST news ever: Patty Cakes was SO charming with the grooming staff and with every person and dog who entered, they unanimously decided to ADOPT her as their top shop dog! Patty Cakes “lives” at the shop but goes home with the owner on nights and weekends, when she has even managed to weasel her way into their bed at night. Patty has started her heartworm treatment and goes in for surgery this Friday to have the fatty tumor removed from her leg.

Minnie is a senior Rat Terrier who has been our longest foster resident, having been with us for over a year now. Despite her age, Minnie is all terrier and loves to romp and play in the backyard, which means it’s tough to keep her clean! Her foster mom was quick to take advantage of the free Wahl bath offer and the very next day (before Minnie could dirty herself again in the yard), she brought Minnie to see Santa Paws at our photo shoot fundraiser where Minnie and her foster mom both asked Santa to send her a forever home for the holidays!

Humane Society of Dickson County : WAHL Grooming
What was the money or product used for?

The shampoo samples were distributed in adoption packets and the bottles of shampoo are being used to bathe dogs.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

This grant provided a product that helped staff bathe the dogs. This is especially important in preparing the dogs for our adopt-a-thon events and when we receive dogs from animal control that are in need of extra grooming.

How many pets did this grant help?

27

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

An old black Lab was found abandoned by the side of the road on a blanket where she gave birth to a litter of puppies. She was picked up by animal control and then brought to the shelter. She enjoyed the attention the staff gave her when she got a bath. Her fur was dirty and matted but the bath not only brightened her spirits, but made her coat shine.

Southern Arizona Greyhound Adoption: WAHL Grooming
What was the money or product used for?

Shampoo was used for bathing the greyhounds at the kennel and the samples were added to adoption packets.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

We are able to send a shampoo sample to all new adopters.

How many pets did this grant help?

Eight at the kennel and as many adopted greyhounds as we had samples.

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

All of the greyhounds in our kennel were given a good bath.

Canine Castaways, Inc.: WAHL Grooming
What was the money or product used for?

The shampoo was used to get our rescued dogs squeaky clean!

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

Shampoo samples were added to our adoption gift packs. The shampoo was shared with our foster homes to keep our dogs clean.

How many pets did this grant help?

It is still ongoing.

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Maggie is a senior poodle waiting for her forever family. Giving her a bath with our Wahl shampoo prior to adoption events helps make a good first impression when she is interviewing potential families.

A Pathway to Hope: WAHL Grooming
What was the money or product used for?

Shampoo was used for bathing our dogs after transport.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

This grant made our pets feel clean and cared-for after being in shelters, neglected and/or abused.

How many pets did this grant help?

Numerous.

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Our rescue dogs are shelter animals who are usually on the brink of being put to sleep. When they are transported to us, they are normally dirty and smelly. After being bathed, they get a look on their face of indescribable happiness because they are clean and pretty. They may not like the bath at the time, but it makes such a difference in their attitudes when they feel pampered and loved. It also makes them more adoptable if they look cared-for and people are able to love and handle them when they are smelling pretty and they are glowing with happiness.