Success Stories

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

Wilson County Animal Control: A Shot at Life Vaccination Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Vaccinations

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

With the vaccinations we received we were able to vaccinate all the animals that were brought into our facility.

How many pets did this grant help?

Over 100

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

On July 25, 2012 we received a call from the Wilson County Sheriff’s Department. A lady’s property was foreclosed on and she left everything including her two dogs. When we arrived there we saw two very energetic dogs come bounding towards the truck happy as could be they appeared to be Pointer mixes. When we opened the boxes on the Animal Control truck they each jumped into their own box. Being that they were so far out in the country we named them “Luke and “Bo” both health and both had been neutered, and a joy to be around and to play with.

A local rescue took “Luke” on November 13, 2012 he was adopted about 2 weeks after he got there but “Bo” didn’t get to go with him to the rescue; they didn’t want 2 dogs that looked alike. We were so happy hear that “Luke” had gotten a good forever home, and we waited an prayed that they would come and pull “Bo” too but they didn’t.

We posted Bo on Facebook, took him to adoption events had someone come in and work with him, but no one wanted “Bo”. We new “Bo” was special because of the Heart shape spot on his right side. One our officers, who would take “Bo” to the adoption events, would also take his children with him and noticed that “Bo” was very good with kids and loved all the kids that would stop to see him. We told another rescue in our area about how Bo is with children and they knew a lady who would take in foster children and wanted a dog that is good with kids. So Bo went for a trial run, we received work that as soon as he arrived he was the perfect gentleman, he greeted the lady with love and affection and all the children with the same affection and was gentle and kind and loving. Miss Betty put Bo’s bed next to hers and she said he knew immediately that it was for him and he slept there all night without a peep. She says its like he has always lived there, he even got a ride in a wagon behind a four wheeler the night before…life has taken a turn for the better for this abandoned dog.

“Bo” was with us from July 25, 2012 to April 6, 2012, 9 months, we were lucky that he never got sick. We here at Wilson County Animal Control work very hard to keep our facility clean and to keep all diseases and germs at bay. We are the 4th largest County in the State of Tennessee and cover 500 square miles, 95% of the dogs we bring into our facility are malnourished, may have the mange, most all have tape worms, fleas, and tick. There is no telling how long they have been without food, or water, or what they have been exposed too.

With the vaccinations not only can we vaccinate the adoptable dogs but can also vaccinate all dogs coming into our facility and help to prevent any diseases that may come through the facility with each dog we bring through.

“Rocky” Blue Heeler Mix 8 month old pup now lives in Indiana his new mom says he likes to go out to the barn and take a nap with the colt that is about the same age as he is.

“Romeo” a Bichon new parents called this morning and said that he love camping, fishing and riding on the boat.

“Slimm” found in a field with a bag of dog food Chihuahua mix, “Scooter” has a flea allergy no hair when we brought him in a Yorkie Mix, and “Dyna” tied to a mail box on a busy highway a Pomeranian no one ever called to claim all live here in Lebanon with a wonderful couple who love to ride their motor cycles so they all have biker names. Wanted to add Slimm, Scooter, and Dyna but maybe next time.

Thank you again for the vaccinations we have helped so many with them, and without them who knows what would have happened.

Wire Fox Terrier Rescue Midwest: A Shot at Life Vaccination Grant
What was the money or product used for?

In April 2013 we received 25 Duramune Adult 3 vaccinations shipped from Boehringer Ingelheim. These were short-dated vaccines and were to expire in a month. I immediately delivered them to the rescue’s animal hospital, Midwest Animal Hospital in Orland Park, Illinois. They are a large animal hospital that not only helps rescues with our organization but many other breed rescues and shelters in the area.

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

Wire Fox Terrier Rescue Midwest is a breed-specific rescue group and does not have a facility, but fosters our rescues in our homes. Many rescues arrive already having received a distemper vaccination. We were only able to utilize three of the vaccinations for our wire fox terriers, as the short date was so close; however, the animal hospital used the remainder vaccinations for the influx of dogs that were arriving from other rescues and shelters. The Midwest was experiencing severe storms, tornadoes and flooding and a lot of dogs were incoming and being rescued. Wire Fox Terrier Rescue Midwest was happy to be able to help other stray and homeless rescue dogs by gifting the vaccinations we had received as a generous grant.

How many pets did this grant help?

Three within Wire Fox Terrier Rescue Midwest and 22 rescue dogs with area shelters and rescues who partner with us and Midwest Animal Hospital

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

Chumley was relinquished by the son of his owner, who had to enter a nursing home. He was extremely overweight due to diet of unhealthy people food, sugary treats and lack of exercise. The family also did not take him to the vet for care since 2011. The weight needed to come off for his health, breathing, heart and joints. Chumley was put on a grain-free low-calorie dog food, received daily walks and exercise and progressed on the road to fit and trim. He was able to benefit from the Adult 3 but was also a frequent visitor to Midwest Animal Hospital for his bi-weekly water treadmill therapy. Chumley loved to go and see all the people and the other dogs at the vet and greet many of the dogs who were able to benefit from the vaccinations. He is a happy boy with a kind heart who loves to receive affection. Chumley enjoyed giving back the love to the homeless dogs who were able to benefit from the short-date vaccinations with him.

Sheryl's Den Animal Rescue: Shelter+ Challenge
What was the money or product used for?

Vaccinations provided and used for the dogs rescued.

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

The grant of vaccinations helped us to vaccinate dogs upon arrival. DA2PPV and Bordatella

How many pets did this grant help?

25

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

We had rescued a pregnant dog, named Hunny. Hunny gave birth to 7 puppies. The entire litter and mom were vaccinated. Also vaccinated were dogs rescued from shelters with no medical history. Two weeks later, we were able to provide a second vaccination to others that remained in our care.

Friendship Animal Protective League: Shelter+ Challenge
What was the money or product used for?

We used the money to rescue and spay and neuter dogs and puppies from at risk shelters in Ohio.

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

This money provides the most basic care for companion animals from spay and neuter to vaccinations.

How many pets did this grant help?

This would help save over 20 dogs and puppies.

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

The money raised from this program allows us to reach further out in to the community to rescue dogs and puppies from shelters where they might otherwise not have a chance to find a forever home. Alana was a 2-3 year-old Stray Bulldog mix at the Holmes County Dog Kennels. It is a shelter that has a lot of difficulty finding homes for the dogs they find. We made arrangements for Alana to come up to Elyria and within a week – Alana was off to her new home. Grants like the one received make this type of work possible. Alana is now happy in her new home and has the second chance that she deserved.

The Pennsylvania SPCA: One Picture Saves a Life
What was the money or product used for?

The grant allowed one staff member and one volunteer to attend the One Pictures Saves a Life photo workshop. The grant also included a new DSLR camera to be used for taking photos of shelter pets.

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

The camera and training obtained through this grant have helped our organization by giving us the tools and knowledge needed to take higher quality photos of shelter pets available for adoption. These photos are used to market adoptable pets online via our website and social media platforms. The pets in our care benefit greatly from higher quality photos because potential adopters see a lively, beautiful pet and are quick to imagine the pet in their home. Clean, bright photos make people feel positive, which means they feel good about adopting and are more likely to come into the shelter and adopt. In theory, even pets that don’t have their photos taken are indirectly benefiting due to the increased shelter foot traffic.

This grant has helped us in fundraising and advocacy messaging as well. Images can be very powerful and thanks to the new camera we got through this grant, we’ve been able to send out some emotional, compelling photos and the results have been very positive, whether we’ve asked people to donate or contact local lawmakers. Even if it’s just a photo attached to a facebook post that gets a lot of shares, that means thousands of people were exposed to our agency because of one photo.

How many pets did this grant help?

Hundreds already and hundreds more to come.

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

In the One Picture Saves a Life workshop, we learned that utilizing volunteers is an efficient and fun way to take a large number of photos in a relatively short time period. We often have groups of corporate volunteers come in, so we recently had them help us handle dogs for a photo shoot. The photos turned out great, but one dog, Prince, didn’t even need his photo posted online because a corporate volunteer fell in love and ended up adopting him herself! I thought I would include this story because it shows how photography is really just another way to connect people with the shelter and the animals, and in this case the connection came in the actual process of taking the photo instead of afterwards.

We’ve had many animals adopted due to adopters seeing photos online and being moved to come into the shelter, specifically the dogs Aretha Franklin and Madison.

Finally, a recent photo-centric fundraising campaign for new dog beds was very successful thanks to two adorable dog photos taken with the new camera. That means that literally all of the dogs in the shelter were helped by the photos of Gideon and Louie, two shelter dogs.

Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter: One Picture Saves a Life
What was the money or product used for?

New camera, photoshop software, pet care products

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

This grant allowed our staff to take better photographs of our adoptable pets to use on Petfinder. This has increased traffic to our Petfinder and potentially helped get our pets adopted quicker.

How many pets did this grant help?

n/a

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

I have attached photos of Franklin before and after taking the workshop that the grant allowed me to attend. You will see that Franklin had an awful photo originally, showing him uncomfortable and undesirable. His new photo, thanks to the camera and training provided by One Picture Saves a Life, shows how stunning Franklin really is. Although he is still not adopted, his views on Petfinder have certainly increased! Thank you for this opportunity!

Forget Me Not Animal Shelter: A Shot at Life Vaccination Grant
What was the money or product used for?

25 Fel-O-Guard Plus 4 + LVK cat vaccines

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

Provided immunity against multiple cat diseases for up to 25 cats during their time at the shelter

How many pets did this grant help?

25

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

Two juvenile sister kitties arrived at the shelter after their owner moved away, leaving them behind. These girls, called Thelma and Louise, had lived outside all their young lives without any medical care, and were immediately vaccinated with the grant vaccine at intake. They remained healthy during their time at the shelter, and were adopted together into a wonderful home, where they are enjoying their new indoor/outdoor lifestyle.

Their new Mom says “Cute little Eloise (fka Louise, on the chair) – she is so adorable! Though Madeline (fka Thelma, on the fence) is quite the huntress and has her own feline agenda, she’s also a world class snuggler, and purrs as loudly as her sister, Eloise. She loves to sit with me when I’m on the computer (like, right now), sitting behind me on the chair, purring away. Love these kitties!”

The photos are of them in their new home.

Pearl River County SPCA: A Shot at Life Vaccination Grant
What was the money or product used for?

We had $1000 for vaccines which we used mostly on shelter animals going up for adoption. (We also vaccinate on entry but used this grant for the booster shot)

We also received short dated vaccines which we used in our first ever Wellness Clinic for the publc.

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

Having the money for the shelter animal shots (cat and dog) allowed us to use our other funds to treat more of our sick animals and get them on the adoption floor. We would not have been able to do this otherwise.

The short dated vaccines gave us the extra boost to actually do the Wellness Clinic we had been talking about for a while.

How many pets did this grant help?

Shelter animals received about 400 vaccinations and we vaccinated over 200 at our Wellness Clinic

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

Trouble came in with 3 pups on a Thursday and they all got 5 way and bordetella vaccines that day from the grant money we received. Early Friday, we noticed Trouble had an issue with sores on her underside. A trip to the vet showed that she had mastitis and would need 2 weeks of antibiotic. (We could afford this because of the Vaccine Grant) On Saturday a lovely couple came in and fell in love. We let her go home that day with meds on a “foster to adopt” plan. She would get spayed when she was well and the adoption would be finalized. We received the following email the next day:

Ms. Judy,

I wanted to take the time to let you know that we appreciate the opportunity to foster and adopt Trouble from the shelter. Since yesterday we have found her to be no less than a pleasure. She rides very well and obeys many commands. We have also discovered that she will play fetch with some toys on occasion but I am sure in time and with more attention she will be playing it regularly as we all enjoy playing with her. She gave no resistance to a bath and we really think that she is absolutely house broken. She sat at my husband’s chair and barked twice and then went and sat at the door. He took her out she did her business and that has so far been the only noise she made other than when we put her in the laundry room last night to sleep she was not thrilled to be alone so we let her out and nothing was messed up or chewed up in the house this morning and for zero signs of an accident. Actually I got up to make coffee and couldn’t find her and when I did find her she was in a queen size bed with my 19 year old son. He instantly fell in love with her when he saw her and had to take her for a ride to show her off to his friends. Our 2 yr old grandson can hug on her and kiss on her to no end and she just takes his attention in stride and returns his kisses. She takes her medications with no issues appears to have a healthy appetite we did replace the hose clamp holding her tag with an appropriate key ring. We were able to find an appropriate leash 6′ at Tractor Supply as well as a high protein food and they told us the store is pet friendly and that we could bring her in anytime. So when she is healed we will be taking her for regular visits when she needs to shop a girls gotta shop you know… As soon as things are less hectic I will email pictures of her and her new home and family. This being the weekend we are busy and have company coming today but on Monday I will return her leash. at the moment she is sleeping at my husbands feet and he has discovered she snores which will be no issue the 19 yr old does as well.

Thanks so much

Connie and Michael Hinman

(Her picture from her ride home is included below)

Pitter Patter Animal Rescue Inc: A Shot at Life Vaccination Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Product — vaccinations

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

This grant was such a blessing. The pets in the care of Pitter Patter Animal Rescue — dogs and cats — received vaccinations. They and we all appreciated this so very much.

How many pets did this grant help?

This grants assisted all the pets in this rescue.

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

These vaccinations were so very much appreciated and needed. Each dog and/or cat did benefit from this. It is so important for them and is so needed to receive vaccinations. This is a foster-based rescue and all animals are in foster homes. Thank you so much from all of the pitter-patter paws at Pitter Patter Animal Rescue.

Lost Paws Rescue of Texas: A Shot at Life Vaccination Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The shots were used to vaccinate cats that were rescued from local shelters. We spay/neuter and provide all the vaccinations prior to adoption.

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

The cat vaccinations we recieved allowed us to use the funds we usually alocate to vaccinations to additional medical expenses, such surgeries.

How many pets did this grant help?

25 cats were vaccinated

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

BB King was a rescue kitten from one of our local shelters. He was very timid and was very small for his age. We were able to rescue him and provide the needed vaccinations to help him build his immune system and become a healthy kitten for adoption.