Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
This grant was so helpful to us. We were able to provide enrichment toys in our free-roaming cat area and for our new kittens in their enclosures. We were also able to fix the door and screen so the cats can safely go inside and outside.
Adult cats are the hardest to adopt out. With these toys, families were able to see that adult cats can be just as playful as kittens. It improved our adoption numbers.
We Barney for three years, through no fault of his own. With the new cat tower and toys, families who visited him saw his wonderful personality, and he was adopted!
The Petfinder Foundation grant has been used to purchase special food for our senior dog, Jericho, for his food allergies; his joint supplement medication for arthritis; and training sessions while he is at the shelter and in his foster home as we try find him his forever home.
In addition to the special food, Jericho has also undergone two x-ray procedures to monitor his digestive system. Proper equipment has been purchased, including a lead harness, crate, the durable toys we are observing him with, a slow-feeder for meals, and a month or more of the special food.
The total cost of these necessities for Jericho, including annualization of the cost of his special food, exceeded the grant amount. We are securing additional funding with our appeals and social media fundraising plans.
Jericho is a pittie/Staffordshire terrier/bulldog. During his nine months at ROAR, he celebrated his eighth birthday. Nine months in the shelter is a long time given that the average stay for our pets is approximately one month. Jericho is a big boy with a number of medical issues, the costs of which the Petfinder Foundation grant is intended to offset.
He is deaf, has vision issues, has had multiple grade-2 mast cell tumors removed, has had multiple teeth pulled, and he will most likely need more teeth pulled in the future. While he has had skin issues potentially due to food allergies, a change in food and a strict diet has helped to get this under control. He interacts well with dogs in a doggy daycare setting.
Jerico’s background is unknown, so his quirks are interesting to figure out. He loves to be pet and kissed but doesn’t know how to cuddle, which is typical of many shelter pets. He is extremely food-motivated, which is very helpful for training purposes. He will do anything for a treat and is a fast learner.
Jerico has been living in foster care, which is fully financed by ROAR, and outside of the shelter environment has shown himself to be a perfect gentleman. He is house-trained, has never tried to run away or out a door, and has never chewed anything, including our foster mom’s much-loved Ugg boots. He sleeps on his own bed and can snore with the best of them.
There is nothing not to love about this wonderful pet and companion. ROAR is dedicated to supporting him in the right home.
Jericho has yet to be adopted. Meet Jericho here.
The $500 grant was used to purchase microchips and rabies vaccines.
Having the costs of microchips and rabies vaccines paid for freed up money in our budget to pay for some medical costs for dogs transferred in from overcrowded shelters.
Hank was transferred into our shelter from a small shelter in Iowa. They were having trouble getting him adopted because they could not afford the eye surgery Hank needed.
With the Petfinder Foundation grant covering microchips and rabies vaccinations for 39 dogs, we were able to free up funds so Hank could get his needed eye surgery. Hank was adopted to a wonderful family and is living his best life now!
We used the money for two tall, rugged large scratching posts (SmartCat Pioneer Pet Ultimate Scratching Post and PetFusion Ultimate Cat Scratcher Lounge), an On2Pets Luxury Cat Tree that is 60″ tall and has fake leaves to make great hiding places for our bush dwellers, and four other types of cardboard scratchers.
We purchased eight electronic interactive toys and several tunnels that entertain the cats for hours. We also purchased 100 feather refills because our visitors love to play with the cats with these teaser toys. The feathers have to be replaced daily, but they are, by far, our kitties’ favorite toys. We also purchased a large stock of healthy cat treats to help with meet-and-greets.
This grant supplied scratching posts for our largest cats. These guys needed an extra-tall, extra-long place to scratch! It also helped adoptive families see that giving cats the right enrichment toys can prevent damage to furniture in the home.
We feel that interactive enrichment toys which actually move like prey are very entertaining to our kitties. We also believe that encouraging human interaction with the cats helps potential adopters get to know our felines, and the feather toys are the cats’ favorites. We used to only have one or two of these toys; now we are able to supply dozens, which makes our kitties very happy.
We also have a number of treat-mongers who love to meet people with treats. We had not been able to buy good-quality snacks for picky eaters, but we bought a dozen packs to get our hard-to-reach cats interacting.
More than 50, and it has helped support 25 adoptions so far.
Pumpkin (first photo) is a very big orange tabby cat who weighs more than 15 lbs. He desperately needed a scratching post that was tall enough to allow him to completely stretch out. We positioned the post at the front window and everyone greeted him as he scratched his post when they walked in. Pumpkin is also very picky about snacks, but he loves Churu push pops! His debut at the cat window got him adopted in nine days!
These Emergency Medical Grant funds were used by Second Chance Pets to help offset the cost of orthopedic surgery that was required to save Skipper, a stray puppy who was rescued by SCP volunteers on January 4, 2021, after he was hit by a car. Skipper sustained bilateral breaks in his rear legs (one tibia was broken; the other had a hairline fracture) along with a broken pelvis. He had major orthopedic surgery on January 8, 2021, to repair the damage. The surgery was successful and Skipper made a full recovery thanks to the skills of his surgeon and medical foster mom.
In addition to the baseline veterinary care that Second Chance Pets provides for each pet in our foster program (including alteration, vaccines and microchip), we also rescue multiple animals each year who, like Skipper, have more extensive medical needs such as surgery or other specialized treatment due to injuries, past neglect, and/or major underlying health issues. Vet bills are always the highest expense category in our annual operating budget, so we truly appreciate this Emergency Medical Grant, which helped offset the cost of Skipper’s expensive orthopedic surgery and allowed him to become adoptable.
In early January 2021, Skipper was dumped in the middle of two very busy streets along with his mother and brother. The puppies were hit by a car or cars, with Skipper sustaining major injuries to his rear legs and pelvis. SCP dog volunteers were contacted on January 4, 2021, and immediately picked up the little family and placed them with one of our skilled medical fosters.
Skipper’s successful orthopedic surgery was performed on January 8, 2021, and, thanks to the care of his dedicated foster mom, he made a full recovery and made his adoption debut in early February.
Skipper quickly caught the eye of a wonderful family who had adopted another SCP dog during the pandemic and they decided to open their home and hearts to Skipper, too – his adoption was finalized on May 8, 2021, after his neuter surgery and he is very happy to be safe and loved in his forever home.
Cat enrichment supplies including:
Food Tree (2)
Feliway Scent Spray (3)
Organic Cat Grass (2)
Interactive Tower Toys (5)
Interactive Cat Ball Toys (3)
Natural Cat Sticks (2)
Petstages Grass Patch Hunting Box-Toy (2)
Catit-Senses Food Toy (2)
These items truly helped the cats in our care feel more secure in their environment, as well as provided much-needed mental and physical enrichment. We were able to ensure that every foster home had multiple toys geared towards enrichment of the foster cats in their care. We found that when cats are mentally stimulated, they are more likely to aim their energy towards toys and move more throughout their space.
32 and counting!
Although we feel this grant has provided the rescue the ability to provide all of our cats and kittens with enrichment tools, we feel the most benefited have been our cats and kittens housed at our Petco partner habitat locations. These are located in Romeoville and Downers Grove, Illinois. These tools provide endless amusement for cats and kittens of all ages.
One of those cats is Romeo. In his cat habitat, he had toys and an interactive food dish that helped him “hunt” for his dry food and occasionally a treat! The Feliway Scent Spray has helped kittens like Tobias, Gob, and Maybe settle into the habitat and feel more like it is home. All of these cats and kittens have been adopted! Thanks to this grant, we have seen an increase in activity and a decrease in stress and fear!
To provide enrichment for our animals while they wait for their forever homes
Kongs provide GREAT enrichment for the dogs while they are waiting for their next volunteer interactions and for their forever homes.
Blu is waiting to find his forever home. He came to the shelter as a puppy and was adopted. He was returned 10 months later when the family no longer had time for him. The Kong toys will help him stay happy and entertained while we find a better family for him! Meet Blu here.
The toys were used for enrichment by our dogs!
Our dogs actually look forward to “bedtime” every night. We put their beds down and they each get a Kong toy with peanut butter!
Shorty, pictured, is one of our longest-stay residents. He is extremely insistent at night that he gets the “right” toy, which is a red Kong with peanut butter. If he does not get this, he actually throws a temper tantrum and will flip his bed over and chew the legs. So now you know why he has the metal-framed bed, too! You can meet Shorty here.
We used the $500 granted to us to purchase one month’s worth of vaccines for our shelter pets.
This was a blessing; we were able to vaccinate a month’s worth of pets coming into our care. Vaccinations ensure that our pets remain healthy as they wait to find their forever homes. Vaccines are a big expense for our organization, so we appreciate grants that can help cover these kinds of required medical costs of running an animal shelter.
During this grant period, we had a transport mission that went down to Arkansas and brought up 19 dogs that were in desperate need at one of our partner shelters. Bringing these dogs up while continuing our normal intake can put a strain on our medical budget, but thanks to the support of this grant, we were able to cover the vaccine costs without issue.
I’m attaching photos of animals that cane to us from this rescue and benefitted from the vaccines purchased by this grant.
One in particular is Popcorn (first photo), a gorgeous white puppy who arrived malnourished. We are hoping Popcorn will find his fur’ever home this week. The majority of the animals from this transport have found homes already, though.
Funds were used to cover Joe’s adoption fee of $200, thirty hours of training,12 bags of food, and supplies such as a new bed, collar, and leash.
This grant helped us find Joe a loving home by defraying some of the costs associated with getting a senior pet. Thank you SO much, Petfinder Foundation!
Joe found his forever home on June 11, 2021 thanks to the Petfinder Foundation and Petfinder.com! This grant helped us find Joe a loving home and also broadened our foster care program thanks to the interest in Joe.
Joe, a senior Shiba Inu, came to our organization as a surrender bonded with another senior small dog, Bodie. Joe and Bodie were not wanted anymore. We did a senior wellness panel on Bodie and it was discovered that Joe’s best friend was in the final stages of kidney failure and was declining fast.
Joe lost his best friend. Joe was sad in the shelter. He is very sweet but had never been in a shelter environment. Joe did have a senior wellness panel done and his bloodwork was within normal limits. Unfortunately, Joe’s mental health wasn’t doing as well in the shelter environment. He was going back and forth to foster care, but now is in his permanent home! They are very happy with Joe, who enjoys watching birds, lounging around on the couch, and taking naps with his new people!