Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
The Shelter Challenge grant funds are not segregated from other unrestricted income. Instead, they are used primarily to support purchase of medical supplies and veterinary services for cats in shelter, foster, and outreach care.
We received two Challenge grants in 2012. Financially, the $2,000 in grants went into our unrestricted funds. As we are an all-volunteer organizations, the grants enabled us to afford $2,000 more in cat care, such as food, veterinary care, and medical supplies than we otherwise could have provided.Organizationally, the Challenge grants assist Feline Rescue to build action and participation among all our volunteers and supporters. We use social media as well as e-newsletters, our web site, and the low-tech walls at our shelter to encourage voting and participation. Finally, because of the regular quarterly challenges, we’ve built greater visibility and awareness of Feline Rescue within Minnesota’s animal welfare community.
Princess Leah and Concho are sisters who have always stuck together. For years, a group of cats lived outside at an armament proving grounds. A caring employee contacted Feline Rescue to help get the cats spayed and neutered to break the cycle of homeless cats. Remarkably, the cats were all friendly. So volunteers were able to help not only get them all spayed and neutered but also to get them all out of harm’s way and into loving homes.
Sisters Princess Leah and Concho were the very last cats to come in from the cold. When they first came to Feline Rescue’s shelter, they would shrink together whenever people approached. But they were curious. Princess Leah and Concho began to come out of their shell – a big cardboard box. They live – and still do – in Feline Rescue’s Flexi Suite, a smaller room that houses cats preferring quiet and not too many noisy neighbors.
One day, someone dumped Jelly Bean, along with several other young cats, outside Feline Rescue’s door. He had a serious eye infection that cost him his sight.
As a no-kill rescue program, Feline Rescue had just created a Medical Miracle Fund, specifically to assure healthy life for ill and injured cats. Jelly Bean had surgery and treatment with a veterinary ophthalmologist. He now awaits his “forever people” at the adoption center. But he’s not waiting alone!
Jelly Bean soon found yet another Miracle: Princess Leah and Concho. These two sisters, once timid, quickly surrounded Jelly with love and protection. They guide him when he needs a guide. He, in turn, washes their heads with affection.
We were able to order medications through MWI Vet Supply to replace a portion of what was lost. We were also able to alter 27 dogs and 10 cats to send to local rescue groups and to send on a transport offered by LASPCA. This allowed us to free cages for incoming animals and send adoptable animals out of our shelter alive at a time when we were at capacity with animals coming in daily. Recovery lasted several months so it wasn’t until the beginning of 2013 that we were able to start playing catch up and use the funds that were awarded to us. We purchased Nobivac Canine vaccines, for Parvo/Distemper prevention, antibiotics to treat infections from wounds or URI, pain medication for animals recovering from spay/neuter as well as those injured, tapeworm tablets to treat tapeworm in canine and feline, lyme sulfur dip to treat skin infections/ringworm, and syringes to administer the vaccines.
We are a small parish shelter that has a limited budget. We were not able to replace lost medications and most of what we had were donated to us by local vets or humane groups because they knew we had a need but not the means to acquire medications. It was upsetting to say the least that we lost supplies necessary to treat animals with minor illnesses and injuries. To be able to treat certain animals gives us the ability to place them for adoption rather than having to euthanize due to a lack of funds.
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We took in two Akitas from a local backyard breeder. They were both severely underweight and riddled with heart and intestinal worms. We posted their pictures and sent out emails requesting assistance from anyone with an Akita rescue. Their story spread far and wide and because we were able to vet the dogs for the two rescue groups they were able to afford the transport and heartworm treatment which allowed them to pull the dogs and get them to safety. The smaller male was 11 months old and weighed only 30lbs. Akitas are normally in the 70-100lb range and sometimes even larger. The are now thriving and waiting for their forever homes.