Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
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!
The six bottles of Wahl Oatmeal shampoo have been given to foster homes, and the box of $1 coupons with shampoo samples will be distributed to foster and adoptive homes at our upcoming Howliday Party.
Lessens the cost of grooming and enables us to help our foster homes care for the dogs they have temporarily, or – in some cases – as long-term fosters.
The first bottle of the Wahl shampoo used resulted in very pleased results from the foster home – Lacey, a white basset mix, is a frequent participant at a local doggie daycare center. As you can imagine, the white fur can easily pick up the dirt and sand from the day of play. She looked beautifully clean and smelled great!
This grant money was used to buy Immiticide to heartworm treat 18 dogs at our facility. We see Heartworm Disease in approximately 70% of the adult animals we intake at BARK. Heartworm Disease is caused from mosquitoes and living in Louisiana, we have lots of mosquitoes. All the animals that come to BARK are given a heartworm preventative pill each month regardless of their heartworm status. After heartworm positive dogs are given three months of heartworm preventative and one month of Doxycycline, our veterinarian gives the Immiticide injections. For one month, these animals have to stay calm and can only be leashed walked. People are scared of Heartworm Disease, and animals are less likely to be adopted with heartworms. BARK does not euthanize animals that suffer from any treatable Disease or illness. It is not the animal’s fault they have Heartworm Disease; it was lack of heartworm preventative given to animal in the past. Once an animal enters BARK, we give any and all medical attention to him/her until we find their forever home!
This grant could not have come at a better time. BARK had just ordered the Immiticide to treat the 18 dogs when we found out we came in First Place Winner for the state of Louisiana!!! Wow!! We were all so shocked and excited. I honestly could not believe it at first. That morning I continued to get text messages from volunteers and supporters saying “Congrats” and “We are so excited!!!” I didn’t even realize we won yet!!! BARK decided to do a Raffle to help us pay for the $1,022.18 veterinarian bill for the heartworm supplies. Then we received this grant which allowed us to use our Raffle money on spays and neuters. This grant was so beneficial to our organization!! These 18 dogs that were heartworm treated are now up for adoption. We are hoping they will find their forever homes just in time for the holiday season. Thank you so very much!!!
This grant help heartworm treat 18 dogs. In addition, we were able to use money we were raising from a raffle for spays and neuters so it actually helped more than 18 dogs!!!!!
Barney has already gone home!! He was one of the dogs that just finished the heartworm treatment. His family met and fall in love with him right before he started his treatment. They brought him home for a couple of days and then back to BARK for his Immiticide injections. For the month he was with us, they would come and walk him and bring him special treats. Really heartwarming and it definitely kept his spirits up during the treatment. I am happy to say he is home and loving the life on his new couch with two little girls that adore him!!! Thank you so much for this grant money! It was an early Christmas present for all of us at BARK especially the 18 dogs that were heartworm treated! Below are pictures of Barney and Gypsy. These are two of the 18 dogs that were heartworm treated.
Neighborhood Cats’ Shot at Life grant of 100 doses of Feloguard 3 FVRCP was used to vaccinate feral cats at the monthly spay/neuter clinic for ferals underwritten by NC at Park Slope Veterinary Center in Brooklyn. Friendly kittens and cats removed from colonies during the course of Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) projects and destined for placement in permanent homes were also eligible to receive free FVRCP vaccines through this grant.
This grant from the Petfinder Foundation and Boehringer Ingelheim helped to safeguard the health of both the feral and friendly cats receiving their FVRCP vaccines. Vaccination of the younger cats, who are most vulnerable to panleukopenia, promotes better overall health of feral colonies when free-roaming cats are returned to their outdoor homes. Friendly adult cats and tamable kittens are more “adoption ready” when they have received appropriate vaccines, especially when entering multi-cat homes.
100 kittens and cats were helped by this generous grant!
Kensi and Templeton, the first two cats pictured below, are friendly kitties who were likely abandoned, and were able to survive by joining feral colonies. They have been vet-checked, spayed and neutered, rabies vaccinated and they have had their FVRCP vaccines. Both are now safe in new adoptive homes. The next cats pictured, Joseph and Rowdy, are feral. Now also vetted and vaccinated, they are back with their Brooklyn colonies under the watchful eyes of their devoted caretakers. Thanks to support from the Petfinder Foundation and Boehringer Ingelheim, all four cats – and 96 more! – have received needed care that is helping them to live much healthier lives!
Veterinary expenses, which are 73 percent of all our costs.
Because we spend nearly $40K/month on veterinary expenses and medications, it allowed us to provide one more needed medical procedure to a senior dog in our care.
We will consider it to have helped Satchel, an adoptable dog who had surgery and a dental the day after we realized we had won this grant.
Our example is Satchel, a 10-year-old black Labrador mix. He was taken to a shelter as a stray after the 4th of July; his owners declined to reclaim him and he stayed for nearly two months before ODH was asked to take him into one of our foster homes. He fit in immediately, received a thorough veterinary exam with lab work, and a perianal tumor was found along with a few teeth needing extraction. The procedure to remove the mass (which was benign), clean his teeth and do extractions with dental radiographs plus pain medication and antibiotics cost $1229.60 including the 20% discount from our vet. Our grant covered most of this procedure. He has recovered well and will be posted for adoption very soon. UPDATE as of 1/26/14: Satchel has been adopted!
We received FVRCP vaccinations. These were used to vaccinate our shelter cats.
This helped our organization by providing us with vaccines that helped to save us money on vaccines. This grant helped us to be able to provide vaccinations to our shelter cats. This year was an especially tough year as many of the cats that came into our shelter had not had vaccines prior to intake. This meant that we had to vaccinate these cats, as well as provide a second FVRCP vaccine if necessary.
This grant help to vaccinate 200 cats.
Cheri and her two kittens, Peter and Brandy, came into our shelter. The owner had too many pets to care for. Cheri had no prior vaccines so she required not just the initial FVRCP vaccine, but a second vaccine 30 days later. Her kittens also required vaccines. One of the kittens, Brandy, was born with only one eye. This grant helped us by providing these vaccines. The cost of care for shelter pets continues to rise each year so the savings of these vaccines is a wonderful help in our mission.
The product was used to vaccinate adoptable cats at our shelter. We do not routinely vaccinated incoming felines, but this grant allowed us to vaccinate cats that on intake at the shelter could be potential adoption candidates
This grant aided in vaccination of cats that were placed for adoption, and allowing earlier vaccination of cats that had the potential of adoption to aid in the decrease of disease.
Currently, we are still using the vaccinations to vaccinate cats that have the potential for adoption. From start of the grant in September we have vaccinated over 50 cats and are continuing to use the vaccines
This is Cornbread, who was adopted on Oct. 4. She went to live with a family where their 2-year-old will cherish this little girl forever!
Cornbread originally came to us as an owner surrender (along with some litter mates).
Chucky (second photo) was adopted Oct. 29.
China (third photo) came to us after her adopted owners surrendered her less than a year after adopting her. Her owners were moving and had to give up their animals. China is barely over a year and seemed to liked the dogs that would come sniff around in the cat room! She was adopted to a wonderful home on Oct. 11!
This product was used to vaccinate cats and kittens to protect them from disease. All cats and kittens in our shelter and in foster care are given these vaccines as appropriate.
This grant has helped ensure the health of our center residents and helped reduce the cost to the shelter and adoption center of providing necessary vaccines to our resident population.
33 cats and kittens have been vaccinated using this grant
We used this grant to vaccinate Gypsy, a domestic short hair, gray and white kitten who was rescued from a young couple who had her tied to a grocery cart by a string. The individual who rescued Gypsy saw the couple abusing her, took her and brought her to PAWS of Bremerton. Gypsy’s front leg is dislocated at the shoulder and is under veterinarian supervision to see how she can best be helped.