Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
The shot meds were used to give shots to new intake rescue dogs.
This grant saves us money that can be used for food and other vet procedures.
So far we have given 5 shots
Our Max is a very special Saint Bernard who is 10 years old. That is very old for a full saint. Max’s life has not been a easy one. Max has lived his 10 years tided to a tether chain to a tree in all kinds of weather. He was never allowed inside a home. Of course he was not neutered or had received any medical care. The owner took him to a city shelter and asked them to euthanize him because they did not have funds to pay for his ear infection. The city shelter contacted us and we rescued him. He is now safe!!! He is living inside with air condition and loving his quiet room with 3 other older saints. All have beds and have room to run and play if they feel like it on 2 acres. He is so beautiful and sweet. Your vaccines were used to help him get caught up to date. Thank you so so much. (UPDATE: Max has been adopted!)
We received a gift of 50 dog and cat vaccinations.
We attempt to place the majority of our animals through local rescue groups. Having the animals vaccinated has made them more appealing to these groups, as it reduces their costs in preparing the animal for adoption. We have also had the typical increase in the number of cats as the weather gets warmer, but we have had no cases of upper respiratory disease.
We impounded a feral cat from a yard in Eagan. The cat was eligible for our Trap-Neuter-Release program. While she was under anasthesia for her spay, we vaccinated her at the same time. She was released to a farm that has several other feral cats. Having this cat vaccinated will hopefully prevent introducing any new URI to the colony.
I have included a picture of Ashketon, a long hair tortishell cat that was found wandering around an apartment building. We were able to vaccinate her prior to her being released, and we found a rescue group that was willing to take her right away. She leaves tomorrow for her new foster home.
I have also included a picture of a gray and white neutered male cat. He was impounded on Tuesday, and hasn’t been named yet. He will be vaccinated tomorrow if no owner has come to claim him. This will allow a few days for the vaccination to take affect before he is released for adoption next week.
Puppies/dogs in rescue
It helped a lot because we had received several puppies in that truly benefited from the vaccines. It came just in time as we had several young litters at once that were turned in.
So far, about 40.
We took in a litter of puppies that had no shots and were 6 weeks old. On the first day they came in, we vaccinated them with the vaccines that were donated to us. It was extremely helpful with them (and others that came in). The 3-in-1 shots were a great vaccine start for several of our puppies because a lot of them were small and we felt it was best to start small then next time do a 5-in-1. We really appreciate the grant!
Vaccinations for a few groups of puppies, first and second shots.
Well we didn’t have to buy the vaccinations, or take the pups to the vet. We could get the pups started on parvo/distemper shots in a timely fashion. They are now ready to be adopted. We had more than we could use in the time before expiration and we were able to share with a sister organization. Also a rural shelter.
22 from our organization and 25 at a sister organization
I got a call from some people who live quite reclusive, they have 8 dogs. Most are not fixed. We helped them place a dog once before. They had seven puppies, living in a horse trailer. I went out to see about them. They were large puppies, chow and hound mix. All the other dogs they have are either chained or inside an old trailer. I couldn’t bare to leave this pups, or see them be given away in front of the grocery store. I had to see if we had room, and could afford to take them. I knew the vaccines were on there way, and that helped make my decision to take these seven pups. Six boys and one girl. I couldn’t take them right away, but I was able to go out in a couple of days and give them their first shots. and I felt good about that. I felt like these seven pups were going to get a chance to live a better life, then the ones that were living in that yard. We offered to work with them to reduce the number of dogs, but they said they wanted all the rest. They promised to get the two females spayed.
eye surgery for dog in our rescue group
this dog would probably have gone blind without the surgery and the grant paid for most of the surgical costs. At the time our group did not have sufficient funds and we were very worried about how to help this darling girl.
just one, a beautiful girl named Nana
Nana a 12 week old Shar Pei came into rescue on May 5. She was an owner surrender due to the fact that 2 people in the home had terminal cancer and were no longer physically or financially able to provide for her. The following day we took her to the vet for a check up and were told that Nana had Entropian, an eye condition that causes a dog’s eyelids to fold in towards the eye and causes the eyelashes to rub against the cornea. We were told the dog needed immediate surgery or she would become blind. 2 days later she had her surgery then again 3 weeks later a second surgery was needed. Today Nana is doing well and was adopted on June 1 by a wonderful couple that will be able to provide for all of her needs. She will be missed.
The Distemper Vaccines were used for part of our Intake protocol.
The grant allowed us to make sure that every dog of all ages are vaccinated upon intake for their health and well-being, and for the other dogs in our care’s protection.
This grant allowed us to vaccinate 100 animals. (some puppies with 2 doses)
We accepted a mother Pit Bull from a town a couple hours away from us due to the city ordinance of euthanizing all Pit Bull Terriers. She was a skinny and shy mother with 8 puppies. Once she arrived at the shelter we made sure to vaccinate her, and got her placed into a foster home that same day. She and her puppies continued to thrive in the foster home. The shelter staff visited the foster home twice in order to make sure the puppies were current on their Distemper vaccine, and deworming. We were able to find homes for all of the animals before they even came back into the shelter for spaying/neutering!
Vaccinations of canine and feline
Our organization could not afford vaccinations due to the influx of critters and lack of donations. The vaccinations helped a great deal for the dogs and cats and adoptions thereof.
Lakota is a Blue Heeler/sneak neighbor dog terrier mix with the biggest, kindest blue eyes. Before any dog or cat is adopted out, they are vaccinated, spayed/neutered, and Vet checked. Lakota had a wonderful family waiting for him but we couldn’t afford the vaccination right away and was planning to do a fundraiser. Your grant helped us adopt Lakota to this awesome family quicker.
Vaccinating our dogs and cats, puppies and kittens in foster care.
We were able to save a significant amount of money by having our vet use the vaccines donated to our rescue. This helped us be able to take in more kittens from overflowing shelters this spring than usual and a few more dogs than we would have been able to otherwise help.
So far, I’d say 25.
Lucy is a pretty little Pittie. She came to us from and (open-admission shelter), where she had been for over a month. That facility will euthanize for any signs of aggression in pitties, and the fact she was there for so long helped us know that she was a keeper. Plus she did great on all her temperament testing there. We agreed to to take her in and we were able to get her vaccinated with supplies from this grant. We were able to afford her care due to the saving we had on using the vaccines on other animals. We couldn’t be happier (or more appreciative) for this great ‘Shot at Life’ for sweet Lucy.
To vaccinate shelter dogs and cats.
This grant helped ease the burden of cost for needed vaccines. The city doesn’t provide vaccines. Volunteers do fundraisers to vaccinate. It also allowed us to do a shelter wide sweep and ensure everyone is vaccinated. This helps us to be more proactive in protecting our shelter pets.
approximately 200 pets
Garth, a lab mix found wandering in the city, was recently adopted by a wonderful local family. Garth loves children. At a Walmart adoption event, Garth was blessed to meet this family and instantly fell in love with them. The little boy in the picture, Brock, talked about Garth all week, until his mom contacted us and Garth was adopted. The vaccine grant helped Garth to be ready for his new home.
Popcorn was found in the middle of a busy highway. He was recently adopted by a loving family with 2 little boys. The vaccine grant helped Popcorn to be ready for his new home.
Vaccinate shelter cats and dogs
By providing the vaccinations, we were able to booster some of the cats and dogs in our care. This allowed added protection against illness in the shelter population.
All the vaccines were used and admisnistered to incoming pets. I don’t have a record of how many vaccines we recieved.
I don’t have a specific story. Even though we are an open admission shelter that intakes ober 7,700 animals annually, we save at least 90 percent of them, mostly through adoption. Keeping them healthy is a huge part of the success and challenge in the shelter setting. Without vaccinations we should not be able to save as many animals. With this grant we were also able to booster some of the animals that took longer to find their home.