Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
Providing FVRCP vaccines to kittens and cats during kitten season 2013 to reduce feline disease and illness in our community and shelters
We were able to vaccinate stray cats and kittens when assisting their spay/neuter. It kept our foster homes filled with healthy kittens and allowed us to use the funds we would have spent on vaccinating these animals on other important shelter needs.
Jemma was a tiny kitten who was found abandoned by a Dumpster with her mother. The Good Samaritan who found this kitty family and took them in reached out to us for help. Our shelter manager went to her house and vaccinated the mother cat and baby Jemma. We eventually facilitated Jemma’s adoption into a loving forever home. Helping prevent illness in Jemma and her mother allowed her foster parent to take them in and provide for them while we waited for a home for Jemma. Jemma’s mom became a foster failure for the Good Samaritan who took her in.
The shampoo and conditioners were given to our foster parents for use on their foster dogs waiting for adoption.
Many of our dogs come to us dirty and unkempt. The shampoo and conditioner has come in very handy for making our dogs presentable for photographs and adoption events.
Stella is a tiny chihuahua puppy found in a box. She was so young and small we were worried about what to bathe her with. She did just fine with the Wahl shampoo and conditioner! Another foster parent bathed a poodle mix named CeCe in the Wahl shampoo after the dog had experienced a bad reaction to another brand. She was red and irritated. After the bath and conditioner you can see the redness is much reduced and she is more comfortable.
We received cat distemper vaccinations which has allowed us to vaccinate all our incoming cats and keep our existing cats up to date.
This allowed us to make sure all are our cats are vaccinated at the time of intake to prevent illness and to keep the current animals in our care up to date.
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Bruce and Scarlet were abandoned in a foreclosed home by their owners when a neighbor sought our help for their care. We did not have any vaccination history on these two and vaccinated them upon intake. Peaches and her two kittens, Paulie and Peter, came from a home where they were not taken care of and mom Peaches was on her second litter. One of her kittens had passed away from neglect prior to arriving at our shelter. We gave them their vaccinations upon intake.
We were awarded the “Shot at Life” grant. This was used to vaccinated all the incoming cats in our care.
We were paying $16 per vaccination at our veterinarian, so this gave us the ability to help many more animals. We were immediately able to help a momma cat and her five babies who were found starving, left in a live trap outside.
This grant helped us vaccinate 50 cats.
We were alerted to a live trap that was left with a starving momma cat and her five kittens. Some person had left this trap outside, next to a building. The finder was going to take them to animal control, where any animal brought in a live trap is destroyed immediately. The person who alerted us saw them and knew she had to intervene. She called us and asked if we could take them. Since we were feeling a little financial relief due to being awarded the vaccination grant, we were able to help.
These poor cats were covered with fleas, so skinny and literally starving. The kittens were 4 weeks old and were trying to nurse off of momma, but she didn’t have any milk, most likely from being so emaciated.
They were sweet as can be and all quickly put on weight and were healthy, happy, playful kittens. We are happy to report that every single one has been adopted and a nice person actually adopted one of the kittens and Momma together.
Wahl – shampoo to help clean up and make feel better at least these two dogs that came in needing extra tlc.
Helped clean, soothe their skin, at least these two dogs who came in very matted, dirty.
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The Wahl product grant helped us clean and soothe the skin of these two dogs who came in needing extra TLC: Abigail, who was a cockapoo mix, came in matted and dirty. Bathed, cleaned and groomed, she is now living in a great home. Wynn came in severely matted and needed to be bathed, cleaned and given a skin treatment and is now living in a loving home.
We received 2 cases of Fel-O-Guard Plus 3 for vaccinating cats.
These vaccinations helped us continue our protocol of vaccinating everyone that comes through our facility while freeing up $100 to be used on other expenses.
Missy is an 11 year old cat that was owner surrendered to our facility. She was not current on her vaccinations upon arrival, so one of the vaccines that came from this grant was used to boost her immune system before she was exposed to all the other cats in our care. She remained healthy during her stay with us and was able to go to our new adoption center at PetSmart. It didn’t take her long to win over a customer’s heart who was “just looking.” Missy has a great new home and family where she is spoiled rotten.
This $1,000 grant was used to assist in vet bills for one of our dogs, Mocha, who required patella surgery.
This grant played a substantial role in our ability to fund Mocha’s patella surgery.
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Mocha came into our care as a rescued puppy mill dog. She did require extensive vetting and patella surgery. We were able to show her love, kindness and support in a foster home and eventually we were able to guide her towards her forever home. Mocha is doing very well and thriving with her new family. It is grants such as this Petfinder Foundation that enables us to continue to help the dogs that are in need. Thank you so much.
FVRCP Vaccinations used for Feline Immuization preparing felines for adoption.
The FVRCP vaccination grant helped our organization tremendously. The grant saved our organization roughly $447.00, as that is our cost for 4 trays of FVRCP vaccines through our normal channels.
To date 11/7/13, we have used 1.5 trays and have administered these vaccines to 24 felines. We have 2.5 trays yet to utilize, which will bring our final total to approx. 75 felines.
DANIELLE’S STORY: On Sept. 21, a good Samaritan happened upon two adult cats and two small kittens. The lady explained to us that she lives out in the country and people continuously drop stray cats on her property. The lady also told us that she had already offered her home to many stray cats and could not keep anymore. On Oct. 16, Danielle was adopted to her new furever home.
SAWYER’S STORY: Upon our arrival to work on the morning of Aug. 5, we were alarmed to find that over the night, someone decided to leave four small kittens on our property. These kittens were not confined to a crate or box, they were literally free-roaming the Humane Society grounds, an employee actually had to climb a tree to rescue one of the little kittens who was so frightened, it had taken cover in a branch. Once shelter staff had wrangled the four baby kittens, we immediately brought them into the safety of the shelter and started to prepare them for adoption. On Nov. 1, Sawyer (one of the four kittens) was adopted and moved in to his new furever home!
The shots we received we use to give our young kittens (6 weeks) their first vaccination-either at intake, or once they reach 6 weeks of age.
Having this kitten shot, we are able to use with our young kittens to get them started on a healthy path to adoption. It allows us to use the vaccinations we purchase (and include the additional protection for Chlamydia Psittaci) as the follow on vaccination, and for our older kittens. This has helped us save money on vaccinations for cats while keeping all our shelter kittens/cats healthy and adoptable.
To date we have vaccinated 23 kittens; 12 have been adopted!
On October 8th, we took in a mother cat and her 6 kittens (Megan, grace, Amber, Rebecca, Ryan and Matthew). We estimated their age to be about 7 weeks, and immediately vaccinated them with the grant shot we received. They appeared to be very health, and after their time in our intake isolation room, their health was evaluated as excellent, they were all fixed and put up for adoption. Within a week, all 6 were adopted into loving homes. We are very proud to emphasize healthy and happy pets that we can ensure are ready to go to loving homes as soon as possible, and still operate in a cost-effective manner. This grant has helped us to keep that standard! Thanks!
The vaccinations are boosting adoptions and fosters. All cats and kittens going through adoption or foster are vaccinated thanks to the grant.
By vaccinating cats and kittens at the facility it has greatly reduced URIs, which were a common problem in a shelter environment and slowed the adoption process to a halt while the animals were treated or rescue was contacted to take on the treatment. Prevention is the best method, and by preventing a few common shelter cat illnesses, we can concentrate on finding homes and fosters for these wonderful animals rather than combating illness. Thank you, Petfinder Foundation!
Meet Thor! What a handsome fellow, who found his forever home because his pet mom found out he had received his first set of vaccinations — saving her from a potentially expensive visit to the vet for kitten shots. Thor is loving life now: chasing bugs, sun bathing, and being the apple of his pet parents’ eye! Thank you, Petfinder Foundation!