Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
We were given 100 FVRCP vaccines to use on cats in our care.
Having these vaccines generously granted to our organization allowed us to allocate the money we typically spend on these vaccines to other critical health care for the cats in our care.
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Pictured here are just 3 of the kitties in Tenth Life’s care that have benefited from this generous vaccine grant. The first photo is of Blueberry, a tiny kitten who came to the organization with most of the fur and skin scraped off her back from an unknown cause. The second cat is a young kitten named Lewis. He has a congenital condition called cerebellar hypoplasia that causes a lack of balance and makes Lewis tremor and wobble a bit when he walks. The final cat is Earl, a 12-year-old with hyperthyroidism. Earl receives daily medication and eats a special diet due to kidney issues. All three of these cats received vaccines that were obtained from this grant. Having the vaccines allowed our organization to use funding for medical care other than the routine expenses of vaccinations. Thank you!
We rec’d vaccines that were used for rescue cats in our care.
We were able to provide vaccines for 100 cats that came into our rescue during the months of August, September, and October. The cats that were helped with this vaccine grant were extremely healthy and our organization had record adoption month because all of our kittens were healthy!
Cosmo came into the rescue with his three siblings – all who had extreme URI’s and other illnesses. Cosmo was the only survivor and he had to be syringe fed for 2 months. Once he was able to eat on his own, he began getting very healthy. After 4 months, he was healthy enough for his vaccine and after he received the vaccine; he was never sick again. He was later adopted into a family who treats him like royalty! Everyone in the rescue calls his “The Miracle Cat!”
Lifesaving. We take in young kittens from shelters and local animal control facilities. These kittens are very vulnerable and susceptible to deadly disease. There is no doubt that by vaccinating these kittens on intake, the vaccinations save many lives.
The average kitten we take in will receive 2 vaccinations (sometimes more) prior to adoption. This grant will probably help about 75 kittens
Faith is an absolute LOVE, so sweet! She and her siblings came to us from [a regional shelter]. Faith is very playful and normal in every way with the exception she has a leg deformity which is the result of inbreeding. Her front legs turn inward, which forces her to walk primarily on her front forelegs rather than front paws. When she sits up, she looks like a baby T-Rex; it’s the cutest thing (see photo). Faith has no clue she isn’t like every other cat! In fact, she can climb, run, jump, and play with absolutely no problems! And when she’s finished rough housing with her brothers, she wants to be on her persons! She will purr and nuzzle under your chin. She snuggles next to her foster mom every night! Faith has already received 3 vaccinations provided by this grant and is now ready for adoption. Update: Faith was adopted Oct, 26th, 2013 to a wonderful family that lives in Olathe, KS!
Vaccinations were used for vaccinating cats and kittens.
We follow a rigorous vaccination protocol for our kittens. They receive vaccines every 2 weeks until they are 4 months old. Because of this protocol, we used all of the vaccines in 4-5 weeks.
We had approximately 50 kittens in our program and each received 3-4 vaccines prior to adoption.
We rescued a mom and her kittens shortly after they were taken to our local animal control. This was a very high-kill shelter, so their lives were saved! Sandy, along with her kittens, was dumped in a neighborhood, shortly after her kittens were born. A family took them in and tried to care for them. They had other pets in the home who were not doing well with the new additions so they were taking them to animal control.
The product was used to vaccinate the cats that arrived at our shelter to help them get a better shot at life and adoption by being given a healthier start. Forty individual cats received the product once and 10 of the 40 received the product twice, totaling 50 doses.
This grant helped us by giving us vaccines to use on our cats and kittens. These vaccines allowed us to give our cats and kittens a head start on long, healthy lives in their new adoptive homes. Forty individual cats were vaccinated and 10 of those received a second dose two weeks after the initial dosage. Because these kittens and cats were vaccinated, they felt better and healthier. Healthy cats are more adoptable than sick ones because they are friendlier and are more likely to live longer, happier, and healthier lives.
40 cats (10 received two doses)
Kentucky: This little kitten was rescued by one of our Society members. Her mother is a semi-feral cat. Kentucky (first photo) and her five siblings all received two doses of the donated vaccine to date. They are happy and healthy and both Kentucky and her sibling Spot (second photo) were adopted. Kentucky was the first kitten of this litter to warm up to human interaction, and she taught the rest of the litter to play and that humans were alright too. She was adopted on Oct. 11, 2013, to a good home where she will have her own little boy to play with. Her new name is Sally and we are so thankful that, with a good head start on becoming a fully vaccinated and healthy kitten, she will live a long and love-filled life.
Apollo: Apollo (third photo) and his sister Artemis came to us as a pair of forlorn strays in need of a good home. He received one round of the donated vaccine before he was neutered and then went home along with one of our other available kittens to a wonderful home. He is sure to live a happy and healthy life with all of his animal siblings thanks to a great head start from the Shot at Life vaccine grant.
Hawke: A lonely little kitty who had lost his way found himself staying with us. Thanks to the Shot at Life vaccine grant, he got a dose of good healthcare before going to his new forever home. We are certain that, with a good head start on future health practices, little Hawke will grow up happy and healthy.
To improve the pictures of our adoptables
We learned more about grooming, photographing and marketing our adoptables with a goal of increasing adoption rates and decreasing the time from take-in to adoption.
Our two workshop attendees have shared this knowledge with all volunteers so many cats now and in future.
Since attending the workshop Bobcat and Munchkin have been adopted. These boys came into Chicago Cat Rescue’s care when their elderly human companion passed. They lived with a dog and another cat. The dog was rescued by a dog only rescue group who notified us of the three cats. The boys were clearly a bonded pair and we were so happy Maggie was looking for an adult bonded pair to adopt!
The money was used for the spay and neuter of unaltered rescue dogs.
RAGOM dogs are required to be spayed or neutered before adoption. Though our territory covers five states, we are fortunate to take advantage of a partnership with a low-cost, mobile spay/neuter unit in the Minneapolis area, which is where a majority of our dogs are fostered. Our Shelter Challenge Grant paid for spay and neuter costs for 14 of our rescue dogs, ensuring they would not contribute to pet overpopulation.
Early this summer RAGOM agreed to take a pregnant momma from Kentucky. Before she could get on transport she gave birth to 9 adorable puppies. Once they were old enough to travel, they all made their way to a foster home in Minnesota where, before they were adopted, they were each spayed or neutered with grant money from the Shelter Challenge. These special pups are Wren, Gia, Cinnamon, Drake, Romeo, Bella, Ace, Nutmeg and Dozer.
We used the shelter challenge grant for two projects. One was focused on medical care of senior dogs we rescued, and the other was to provide spay/neuter assistance to Anchorage Animal Control during their “Price is Right” shelter cat adoption promotion
The dogs we rescued had been left at Animal Control by their former owners at age 11, 12, and one unclaimed stray at age 13. All three dogs still were vibrant with love left to give. Rescuing a senior dog takes extra resources because senior best care — that includes blood work, x-rays etc. — is expensive. Two of the dogs also needed dental cleaning and extractions. We were able to find homes for each of the dogs (two in one home!) and the new owners were grateful for the investment in their health care. During the cat adoption promotion, 64 cats were adopted from Anchorage Animal Control and we assisted to spay and neuter 16. The remaining cats were already altered.
Aspen is a sweet Jack Russell Terrier who found herself as a stray at Anchorage Animal Control at about age 13. No one came to look for her and her adorable personality grabbed our hearts and we asked if we could rescue her. The veterinarian diagnosed some health concerns, including a significant heart murmur, but we invested in getting her to a baseline of “senior” health, had her teeth cleaned and set out to find her a home. A veterinarian who was traveling to Alaska from Canada for a conference was looking at dogs available for adoption in the Anchorage area and came upon Aspen’s picture and it grabbed her heart. What better match for a senior dog than a veterinarian! After she, her husband and their current dog had a chance to spend some time together and agreed that they were willing to make the commitment, off they went back to Canada. The reports and pictures we have received indicate that Aspen could not have landed in a better home. Her antics make them laugh and she has gone from abandoned stray to a well loved member of the family.
Emmy and Robby are a pair of very sweet senior Bichons. They were released by their owner to animal control due to a new baby in the home and not having time or resources to care for the dogs. Emmy and Robby have wiggled their way into the hearts of a family in Wasilla!
The grant money was used to help us secure a larger facility to care for the dogs in our rescue.
We received the grant right on time to help us secure a larger facility for our rescue dogs. This new facility is in a central location which is easy for adopters and volunteers to get to, and can house many more dogs than our previous location. In fact, we were immediately able to save 6 additional death row dogs which included 2 seniors.
This grant has helped over 40 dogs to date.
Daddy is a 6 year old Cane Corso mix. He was surrendered to the shelter by his owner, for reasons unknown. Being quite charming and loveable, he became a volunteer favorite. However, due to his age and being listed as a “pit bull mix,” no adopters expressed any interest in this big boy and he was running out of time very quickly. Because we now had the extra space, we were able to save Daddy and bring him in to rescue. He still hasn’t found a home, but has lots of interest from adopters and we know it’s just a matter of time until we find his perfect forever home! We love him dearly and are so happy we were able to save him.
We are an in the trenches, chained dog rescue serving the Forgotten Dogs across the state of New Mexico. NMDOG is an all volunteer, foster based organization. All grants and donations go directly to meet the medical and daily needs of dogs currently in our care, as well as dogs in or Community Outreach program. NMDOG regularly does Outreach missions across the state. We deliver dog houses, food, toys, winter coats to chained and backyard dogs in need. We also replace heavy chains with trolley systems in the areas with no anti tethering legislation. NMDOG works in conjunction with many law enforcement agencies throughout the state and we are called in on cases of severe cruelty as well as some hoarding cases. The dogs we serve are the most neglected, abused and forgotten ones…the ones that need us the most.
Many dogs come into the NMDOG program broken, both physically and emotionally. Many of our dogs require extensive physical and behavior rehabilitation before they are ready for adoption. We provide comprehensive medical care to every dog that comes to us, routine vetting (including s/n, vaccs/HW test and microchip). We also provide our dogs with training and emotional enrichment…all of which costs money, lots of it! This is where every cent of every dollar of our Shelter Challenge grant money goes.
$1000 provides basic vetting, initial intake, housing, food & training for 2 previously chained dogs.
Panda was a sweetie pie Cattle Dog mix that was been chained all of her young life on the Okhay Owingeh Pueblo. When Panda came to us, she was just a year old. She longed for a chance at at real LIFE where she will be able to fulfill her true potential and have the family she has always dreamed about! Panda entered the NMDOG program scared and unfamiliar with love. We helped Panda become the dog she always wanted to be and found her a wonderful family!!! Boone was been chained for the past 2 years out on the Mesa of Valencia County. Recently, his family began leaving for long periods of time and he was left to depend on his one and only friend….a neighbor that has been watching over him, worrying for his safety and health. After a long discussion with Boone’s guardians, his friend was able to convince them that Boone deserves better!! Day in and day out…for weeks that turned into months, he waited for his people to return. When they did, it was only for a short time and they never paid him any mind. Boone is now safe with us here at NMDOG. He has learned to walk well on a leash, basic obedience & is now a healthy weight of nearly 90 pounds! Boone is a great dog still looking for his forever family! There are many more out there that await our assistance and this is why we are so grateful for awards like the Shelter Challenge grant to keep us going! We do our very best to touch as many parts of NM as we can, as often as we can! The ones that suffer the most are often the ones that no one ever knows about…the forgotten DOGS 🙁 We never forget them!