Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
We used the Adoption Options in Action grant to purchase volunteer-support tools. We were able to purchase a laptop computer to use in our clinic to expedite updating and maintaining the accuracy of our medical records. We were also able to purchase a microchip scanner to keep at each adoption venue location. We bought TILE trackers to put on the scanners as well so they would not disappear.
Laptop computer – $434.39
Two Halo microchip scanners – $163.50
TILE trackers for microchip scanners – $125.54
This grant helped us to be able to verify the accuracy of our records and adoptions. We were also able to verify ownership and reunite animals more quickly when they are turned in at adoption locations. We also used the scanners to help the public outside of our organization by providing additional options to have animals scanned.
While picking up a cat who had wondered into a hotel lobby and needed rescue, we learned of additional kitties on the premises who were being taken care of by employees. We were able to scan all three. Two of them, Zackery and Binx, were chipped to the same owner, who was actually a guest at the hotel. We contacted the guest and were told they could not keep the cats but did not know what to do with them. They had moved all the way from North Carolina to Phoenix recently. An employee of the hotel, Jason, was very fond of the cats and took them home since he knew they needed a home now! The third kitty who did not have a chip is safe with our rescue and awaiting adoption.
Dolly’s mammary tumor was removed and tested. She was also heartworm tested (result negative) and spayed. Costs incurred prior to grant application (and subsequently approved with grant) were rabies vaccine, blood work, fecal test and doxcycyline.
Dolly’s medical expenses would have greatly diminished our veterinary fund for our current dog residents. The Petfinder Foundation grant enabled us to save Dolly and provide safe sanctuary for her while we find her a forever home.
In September 2018, Dolly was picked up by the County Municipal Animal Control as a stray. She did not have any identification, and was scared and thin. She was a middle-aged girl who still had spunk in her and wanted to share her love for life. Shortly after that, a lump appeared on her tummy, and her tenure in the County Shelter was questionable. With her zest for life, she needed to share her sunshine with others and we decided to save her.
Thanks to the Petfinder Foundation grant, she had all the preliminary test work done, the tumor was removed, and tests showed that it was benign! Dolly has not been adopted yet, but we are sharing her and will find her a new home! The photos show her after surgery. Meet Dolly here.
To start a formal behavioral program.
This grant is helping us help the cats in our care. There are some cats who need a little socialization to get them ready for their forever homes and there are some of our cats who are not accustomed to human touch. Both scenarios are very important to us. One will get the kitty into a home and the other will allow us to give medications and be able to groom the cats.
It was a benefit to all 50 of our cats in general. Fourteen of the cats need human introduction and 10 need less-intense interaction.
Terry, our sanctuary manager, has been working with three cats to get them more comfortable with interactions with people. She is working with the more mild kitties first and working on her skills to tackle the spicier ones later. She’s pictured here with our cats Poe (first photo) and Jetta (second and third photos).
To provide medical care to rescued cats and kittens
It enables us to provide needed medical care to our cats.
One: Abraham, not adopted yet; he is still recovering from his injuries.
Abraham was recently (October 2018) rescued off the streets and was in very rough shape! He got his ear sutured, was given a nice bath, had the abscess removed from under his tongue, and had his ears cleaned out, as he had horrible ear mites. We were all supporting and giving him as much medical attention as he needs. His foster mom says that he is such a love bug. Doesn’t like dogs. Loves wet food. He loves to rub all over you. He is the biggest lap cat. He will let you hold him, but only for a bit. Loves to have his ears rubbed. He doesn’t mind other cats as long as they are laid-back. I showed him a kitten; he paid no attention. Abraham is a very, very sweet boy and deserves a second chance. Humans have failed him! He was born around May of 2017 and is fixed, up-to-date on shots and FIV/FELV-negative.
UPDATE ON ABRAHAM as of November 2018: BECAUSE HIS EAR IS VERY BAD HE WILL BE SEEING THE VET EVERY WEEK FOR LASER TREATMENT UNTIL HIS EAR IS HEALED.
He has not been adopted yet; his wounds need to heal. We have not posted him to Petfinder yet. It’s too soon.
We were able to use the money for vetting needs.
Penny is a tripod pittie mix who was adopted out and returned to us because of a change in the family. We were able to make sure she was healthy and found her a loving family where she is thriving. From her Petfinder profile: “Penny is a sweet-natured girl. She loves to be loved and loves everyone she meets. She goes to daycare during the week with her foster brother and plays well with all different sized dogs. She goes to bed when the lights go out and doesn’t make a peep until we are up in the mornings.”
The funds have not yet been spent. They will be used to find a second-chance home for Gypsy, a senior horse currently being evaluated.
Once a home is found for Gypsy, we will have an opening to take in another rescue horse.
It will ultimately help two horses: Gypsy and another that we are able to take in once space is available.
Gypsy’s Good Groove (“Gypsy”), approximately 25 years old, is a Hackney-type pony who arrived at DEFHR for rehabilitation in November 2018 from West Virginia, where she had been a stray for several years. She is a senior with Cushing’s disease, requiring medication to manage it, as well as special feed to help her maintain a healthy weight and optimum wellness. Gypsy is currently undergoing evaluation. As soon as she is ready for adoption, her marketing campaign will be launched, including letting prospective adopters know that the Petfinder Foundation grant will help with the adoption/guardian fee, transport to the second-chance home, and one year’s medication and feed. Please see budget below:
Guardian fee – $100
Transportation to guardian home – $160
Cushing’s disease medication – $280
Specialty feed (senior) – $460
The money we received was used for the care of the sponsored animals, Sonny and Spirit.
This grant helped the pets in our care by funding their food and training.
Spirit and Sonny are a bonded pair of poodles who were rescued from a breeder by Bobbi. At 6 months old, these two had never left their crate, and were completely soaked in urine. They had no idea how to walk on a leash; they barely even knew how to play. With all the love, affection,and training that our volunteers and staff could give them, after some time, this energetic and super-friendly duo was ready to go to their forever home! Spirit and Sonny are now living the good life with their two little human siblings and amazing parents. Happy endings are the best kind!
The money was used to purchase feline leukemia vaccinations.
We are a cage-free cat shelter, meaning that our cats are housed in community rooms after their intake quarantine period. Even though all of our cats are tested for feline leukemia upon intake, there is always a chance for a false negative due to the cat having recently gotten infected. At this year’s Adoption Options conference, the presentation made by the veterinarian emphasized the importance of vaccinating for FeLV in shelters where the cats are in community housing. In the past three months, we have vaccinated all incoming cats with two boosters and those due for re-vaccinations. We have enough funds left over to hopefully continue these vaccinations until the end of the year.
On Oct. 19, 2018, Chex, her three siblings, and their mother were pulled by Eden Animal Haven from a city pound when the kittens were only about 8 weeks old. They all tested negative for feline leukemia and, with help from the Petfinder Foundation Adoption Options in Action grant, we were able give them all a series of two feline leukemia vaccination boosters. This helped ensure that they would be protected from contracting feline leukemia while in our community housing rooms. Three of the kittens have since found loving families. Chex and her mother, Gretchen, are still patiently waiting for their forever homes.
Chex’s Petfinder profile can be found here.
Gretchen’s profile is here.
Bridge to Home Animal Rescue utilized the grant money by purchasing six crates, two puppy scales, and two heat lamp units for dogs and puppies. We were graciously granted $911.94 and the total of our purchases was $926.34.
Bridge to Home Animal Rescue was enormously helped by being able to purchase quality equipment to distribute to our new foster families. In addition, as of Dec. 23, 2018, we have welcomed three litters with a total of 17 newborn pups! The puppy scales and heat lamps cannot come too soon for our brand-new additions. The cages are perfect for large dogs and litters of puppies: The animals are elevated so their paws are not constantly making contact with feces or urine while in transport or at home.
This grant helped numerous dogs, and will continue to in the future. As of the beginning of January 2019, we have rescued 70 dogs, which does not include the newborns!
The story I am going to share with you is about the first dogs who were able to benefit from the crates we purchased with the grant money. They were originally known as the “Y” puppies (first photo), and were finally named Yara, Yanna, Yogi, Yoshi, Yankee, Yahoo,and Yuengling. These puppies had a terrible beginning to their little lives: Unwanted and unloved, they were in a box that was dumped in someone’s front yard. Animal Control picked them up and took them to the shelter at Taylor County Humane Society in Grafton, W.V., where Bridge to Home Animal Rescue rescued them when they were approximately 6 weeks old. Happily, all seven puppies were adopted at the end of December 2018 to their forever homes.
The grant money was used to install a fenced-in play yard for the rescue dogs to play and interact.
The dogs at the rescue can now use the play yard to socialize and play with one another while they await their forever homes. The time in the play yard helps them to learn from each other to read social cues and learn acceptable play habits.
There are currently six dogs who are using the play yard.
Twitty is a female mixed breed who came to the rescue completely afraid of people and other dogs. She would cower if any person or dog approached her. She also appeared to have no experience on a leash. Since the play yard was installed, Twitty has spent time there with two other dogs from the rescue and, while she isn’t playing with them yet, she isn’t running away, and has relaxed when they approach her. Twitty has not been adopted yet but this is a huge step forward for her. Meet Twitty here.