Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
Half of the grant funds are being used for staff training (scheduled for the month of October — a 4-week class with a trainer/behavior management issues). The other half is being used to purchase accoustic wall mats for the long dog runs.
Good Shepherd averages about 40 dogs in the shelter daily. Some of our dogs have been here a year. Although they get regular walks and exercise outside, the kennels can be noisy and uninviting to potential adopters. The training class will give all the staff and any of our dog volunteers who want to participate a basic level training to handle large and small dogs, plus help us all be “on the same page” in dealing with dogs who are experiencing stress or other difficulties. rn The accoustic mats will help decrease the noise from the dogs barking. We have two long runs perpendicular to each other. The structure is concrete block, so the noise just reverberates. If we can reduce the noise volume with the mats, the dogs will be calmer, and then potential adopters will be better able to talk with the animals and with staff in a friendlier environment.
Molly and Sarah have been with Good Shepherd for over a year. They are sisters and have never been apart. The staff training will help us build on our work to help the girls deal with kennel stress. Also, both dogs get quite agitated when the other dogs start barking, and the accoustic mats to lower noise levels will help keep them calmer.
To purchase shavings, supplements, farrier care for elderly horses.
It helped to maintain a clean and safe environment for older horses that came into the barn to stay at night as well as provide much-needed supplements to help with elderly horses’ joints, maintain a healthy coat and keep them active for our program. It helped provide farrier care for those elderly horses with feet issues.
This helped LadyX who is an elderly miniature (28) who stays in the barn at night. She foundered in the past and with a coyote problem in our area it gave her a clean place to stay at night as well as much needed supplements to help her with her walking. LadyX is a big part of our program as she is loved and adored by the small children here who are intimidated by the larger horses.
Feed, supplies and rehab costs.
It provided us the means to support the horses in our care during their recovery.
Lakota came to us last year severely abused and neglected. We have brought him back to health, however he still has a lameness issue that we are continuing to work on. Through his special diet and holistic veterinary care, he has made remarkable progress and should have a complete recovery. He will be able to find a permanent loving home within a year or two. Until then we are committed to providing him with the best possible care, while he continues to thrive in our safe, loving environment. Thank you Tractor Supply and Petfinder Foundation, for helping us with his transformation!
This is used to further our adoption program for cats and dogs.
Sending my Program Assistant to the workshop has given her added skills in photograing shelter animals in a positive and favorable manner.
This grant helps the 25 dogs and 12 cats we currently have in residency, and the knowledge gained will help many more animals to come.
Patsy was an adorable, 2 1/2 year old black Chihuahua that entered our shelter in March of 2013. It’s difficult being a black Chihuahua, there are so many Chihuahuas in shelters these days. Patsy was quiet and shy and was repeatedly overlooked. We knew what a sweet little dog she was, but we weren’t sure just how to promote her so our clients could see what we saw. After being in our residence for two months we showcased her as Pet of the Week, but the photograph we used made her look sad and pitiful. With our new Canon EOS camera and the newly acquired photographic skills obtained at a recent workshop, our Program Assistant, Sandi, made it her mission to photograph Patsy in a new light. She set about snapping good quality pictures showcasing Patsy at her playful best. We discovered that Patsy loved to chase soap bubbles, but didn’t like them to touch her. It was quite fun to watch. We updated her profile photo on our website, in Petfinder, and on her kennel card. Finally, Patsy’s day came. A woman came in to look at the adoptable dogs and fell in love with little Patsy. After 5 months in our shelter, Patsy was adopted into a loving forever home.
Helps us to continue providing quality care for the cats.
These 3 little fellows (Peanut, Skittles, Jellybean) were found as strays and taken to the local [open admission shelter]. With horrible upper respiratory infections and bad eye infections they had become blind. A local group contacted us about them. They will need eye removals, shots, neuters etc. So your check will be a great help.
Taking better photos of our adoptable animals.
We have received increased interest in our adoptable animals since posting better-looking pictures on Facebook, Petfinder.com, Instagram and our website.
It’s difficult to determine an exact number of animals helped but interest has definately increased. We have received many compliments from our Facebook followers about the more appealing photos.
Two-year-old Poodle mix Frannie (first two photos) was at our shelter since June 22. Her photo was not particularly flattering. Since retaking her picture with the One Picture methods and reposting, Frannie received interest from a family in Wisconsin and a family in Northern California, and was adopted on Sept. 4 by family who live an hour’s drive from our shelter. There is no question that the increased interest was a direct result of Frannie’s new pictures on Petfinder.com.
Brandy (fourth photo) was actually a transfer in from a rescue organization we occasionally work with in the Central Valley. She had kennel cough and some pretty bad skin issues when she first arrived, but after medical treatment she healed and perked up quite a bit. She was a resident in our kennels for less than a month before finding her perfect match, a family of four (last photo). You can see what a difference a good photo makes!
$607 was used for vet care of 5 Malamutes
$143 was used for flea/tick preventative, heartworm preventative and de-worming meds
$250 was used for transport
Vet care is our largest expense. We pulled two seniors this month from [open admission] shelters knowing that we had the funds to help them from your generous Orvis Operational grant. Keeping the Mals on preventative meds obviously saves us from the additional cost of treatment if we had not done so. Many times we can find the space to keep a dog safe, however we don’t have the funds to pay for transport. Your grant helped with 2 Malamutes that we may not have been able to transport without your funding.
Beck, and his brother Mickey, were owner released [from a breeder] at 7 months. Both boys were overflowing with parasites, giardia, coccidia, and had never been vetted. They were underweight, totally matted with mud and full of fleas. With your generous grant, we were able to get the boys cleaned up, vetted and adopted. The phone of the lake is Beck with his new family.
Tonka, who is 6 years old, found himself in an [open admission] shelter through no fault of his own. His human was sentenced to jail and Tonka was let loose on the streets. We were able to have him transported with Pilots n Paws, get him vetted with your generous donation, and placed him with a loving family. There are two photos – one of Tonka coming off the plane and one with his family.
Mrs. Radish and Mr. Rhubarb were found wandering and picked up by Animal Control, where they were brought to a kill shelter. No one came to claim them and they were scheduled for euthanization due to an overcrowded shelter. A bonded pair, we were able to find an adopter willing to give them a home together. With your generous donation we were able to arrange transport for them to spend the rest of their days running on a securely fenced 3 acres of land. A Malamute’s dream – cool country, lots of places to run and play, and a family to love them. The picture of the two dogs standing at the kennel door are R & R.
The money was used for the complete care of our rescue dogs.
We were able to save two dogs from euthanasia and take in a dumped dog that we otherwise would not have had the funds to take in. We also have several other dogs in our rescue including 8 young puppies, 3 dogs between 8-12 months old, and 4 adult dogs. We have used the money to some degree for each of the dogs in our care. We’ve paid for spays, neuters, microchipping, vaccinations, deworming, flea treatments,grooming, toys, boarding, and food using this grant.
Here are three dogs that we were able to save and give full medical care to because of the Orvis Operational Grant.
The first dog is Wallace. Wallace was dumped in the country and luckily a nice farm family found him. They took him to one of our board members and asked if we could take him into our rescue. Wallace was intact and we assume never vaccinated at the time. Wallace is now neutered, microchipped, and fully vaccinated. He is also an absolute joy and gets along great with other dogs/people/kids.
The second dog is Diamond. She was out of time at the shelter and on the euthanasia list. We were able to pull her, spay/microchip/vaccinate, and we feed her a high quality dog food to take care of some minor skin issues. Diamond is a very happy girl now and loves her foster family (dogs included)!
The third dog is Precious. Precious was also out of time at the shelter. We were able to pull her, spay/microchip/vaccinate, and feed her a high quality food also. Precious fits her name perfectly! She loves her foster mom and gets along well with the foster family’s other dogs.
These are three lives that we were able to save solely because we had the funds to save them due to receiving the Orvis Operational Grant. We are sincerely grateful for the grant money! Thank you!!
Our Petfinder grant helped to fund operating expenses this summer. In just one month, we spent $1583.21 on facilities repairs and upkeep, vet bills, feed and supplements, so our Petfinder grant was a great help.
The grant helped to pay for the essentials that keep our horses healthy, sheltered, and well-nourished. Some of our horses are up for adoption and others are permanent residents.
On Aug. 16, we took in a horse seized by law enforcement because he was severely malnourished. He was standing in two feet of manure, the only horse left in the barn after an earlier seizure of 60 horses. His owner was planning to shoot him — a horse who had no name. Erin, our director, named him Rudy. He was so weak that he collapsed several times as he struggled to walk into our barn and spent the next few days under a vet’s care, with constant attention from our volunteers. While he still has a long way to go, he is making steady progress and we are optimistic about his recovery and future life. He has captivated the hearts of many who have been following his story on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/AGequine) and website (www.rescuehorses.org/rudy). Thank you for providing the funds that allowed us to take in Rudy and other horses in need.
Grant money was used for medical expenses for the animals at the Montville Animal Shelter.
We were able to focus on non-routine medical care/expenses for a number of dogs. In many cases dogs found running at large were in terrible shape, heavily matted, with sores and severe tooth decay. Infection treatment was able to be provided quickly. We also have one sweet little dog with heartworm who is now receiving treatment.
A total of 7 dogs were helped, 5 have been adopted.
Chiquita (Chihuahua): Ten year old Chiquita had blood in her urine and was taken to the vet. While there it was determined that she had a heart murmur, calcium deposits caused the bloody urine and several teeth that were infected. Chiquita was treated for the urinary issue and dental work. Chiquita was adopted. This grant allowed us to pay for the medication, dental cleaning and extractions, x-rays and blood work.
Puff (Bichon Frise): Puff was found and brought to the shelter. She was severely matted, and had abscessed teeth causing her trouble when eating. Puff was sedated so she could be shaved. It was determined that several teeth were abscessed and causing her pain. They were removed. All the teeth were on one side causing her tongue to hang out of her mouth. Puff has adopted by a family with a 13-year-old daughter and has become the love of her life. This grant allowed us to pay for the sedation, cut/trim of mats and tooth extractions/cleaning.
Kanga (Mini Pin): Nine-year-old Kanga was having problems eating hard food. Dental examination determined the need for tooth extraction and dental cleaning. Kanga was adopted. This grant allowed us to pay for the dental cleaning and extractions.
Bianca (Bichon Frise): Bianca was found running on a highway by a resident and brought to the shelter. She was severely matted, covered in urine and feces and had several infected teeth. Bianca was sedated so she could be shaved and dental work to remove the infected teeth. Bianca has been adopted by a family with several children and has the life that every dog deserves. This grant allowed us to pay for the sedation, cut/trim and tooth extractions/cleaning.
Edna (aka “Ed): Although Ed didn’t appear to have any other signs, the ACO’s noticed that Ed appeared to have some “milk” and was concerned that may be pregnant after she was scheduled for her spay appointment. Not wanting to harm any unborn puppies an x-ray was performed. No puppies where found and we proceeded with the spay. Ed is a sweet girl who is still waiting to find a home. This grant allowed us to pay for the x-ray for Ed.
Sparkle: Sparkle was surrendered and was found to be heartworm positive. She is undergoing treatment. Sparkle hasn’t been adopted and we are looking for a quiet home or foster where she can continue her treatment . This grant allowed us to pay for vaccinations, blood work, medication for treatment and x-rays.
Jack (Bichon Frise): Jack was turned into the shelter because the owner could no longer care for him . He was severely matted covered in urine and had several teeth that were infected and very loose. Jack was sedated so the heavy matted fur could be removed, the loose and infected teeth were removed and sores from the matting were treated. Since he was an older guy, bloodwork was done prior to sedation. Jack has found a home with an older couple. This grant allowed us to pay for bloodwork, the sedation, shaving and tooth removal.