Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
To attend a Dogs Playing For Life Mentorship training session
It has helped us conduct playgroups with dogs to increase social skills and facilitate behavior modification.
Sierra (first photo) is a dog who had been at the shelter for several months prior to my attendance at the mentorship training session. After returning, I was able to use the skills I had learned to work with her reactivity and aggression toward other dogs. Slowly, we were able to progress from high arousal and reactivity just at the sight of other dogs to her being able to be off-muzzle and off-leash with select dogs in playgroup. One week after reaching this milestone, she was adopted!
The grant was used to purchase pools and misters for our main kennel areas to keep the rescue cool during the summer months. Our kennel area can get very warm, especially in the summer. The misters allow our kennel areas to keep cool and the pools provide extra recreation for our animals to play and have fun in. The products purchased allow us to greatly improve the quality of care within our facility.
This grant assisted our organization in keeping our animals nice and cool during the warm summer months. The misters are on during the afternoons and the pools are routinely cleaned and replenished for our dogs to play in during the summer.
This grant specifically helped our long-term residents find some recreation. The dogs in our facility can keep nice and cool in the summer months, and the quality of life offered for our animals is increased. Overall, the grant helped us increase adoption outcomes because our animals are happier and experiencing significant stress reduction. One dog helped in particular is Leo (first photo), a basset hound mix who is about 5 years old. He was surrendered to our organization because his owners were moving and decided that they would not move with him. Leo was heartbroken and very depressed while in the kennel areas.
Over the course of several months, our staff learned that Leo loved playing with water. When we would be hosing the kennels, he would get extremely excited and would try to immerse himself with the water in his kennel area. Through the grant, we purchased pools for our kennel area and Leo was one of the first dogs to experience one of them. He loves rolling and playing in the water! About six months later, Leo was adopted by a family who loves to go to the marina. They wanted a dog who wasn't afraid to get down and dirty and play with the family in the water. Leo was the perfect match for the family!
Atlas (second photo) is a shepherd mix who is about 2 years old. Atlas is a special-needs dog, as he experiences seizures and requires medication. We noticed that his seizures would be worse during the summer, as temperatures can reach up to 113 degrees in this area. When we introduced the pool to his kennel, he fell in love with it. He would stay in the pool to keep nice and cool and would also play with his toys in the water. The pool gave him a great opportunity to enjoy some recreation and keep himself from overheating during the summer. Atlas was eventually adopted by a couple seeking a special-needs dog for their special-needs child.
Paid the vet bill for surgery on a stray dog who required leg amputation.
Relieved the pain the dog was in and gave him a better chance at adoption.
Roady is an American Staffordshire terrier mix who is about 2 years old. On May 22, 2018, he was found limping down the street near our shelter, begging for help. He appeared to have been injured several days before and was unable to walk normally on his right front paw. The paw was turned under and the skin on top of the paw was rubbed raw from walking on it. The dog was obviously in pain and was taken to the vet.
The medical examination revealed that he had nerve damage to his right front leg, requiring it to be amputated, and a testicle that had not descended, required neutering. Roady also had a broken tail and numerous scrapes and sores.
After recovering in foster care, where he learned to get around on three legs, Roady was presented at an adoption event hosted by the local Tractor Supply in Livingston, Texas, on Aug. 25. Roady is a sweet, gentle dog who would rather be petted than eat. A young couple saw Roady and fell in love with him. They had recently lost their pit bull to illness. They loved their pittie and wanted another one to fill the hole that had been left in their hearts. The potential adopters had three other dogs, so Roady visited their home the following Monday for a very successful meet-and-greet. He stayed with the couple on Tuesday and Wednesday and was adopted the following day.
The money was used to subsidize both reduced and waived adoption fees.
We were able to waive adoption fees for veterans and reduce adoption fees on some of our harder-to-place animals.
One specific pet who comes to mind is Quielo. Quielo was found tied to a four-foot chain in the yard of a burned-out house. His owner had been in jail and, when released, only fed and watered the poor dog once or twice a week. The poor guy was underweight and had a terrible skin condition. His ears had been cropped so close that he hardly had any ears left. Still, after all that, he was still a sweet, loving boy. Of course, being a pit bull didn't help his situation due to the negative reputation that follows this breed. To make matters worse, he was diagnosed with heartworm.
We thought his luck had changed when a retired veteran came by the shelter, fell in love with him and took him home. With the help from another rescue group, RADAR (Raising Aid for Dogs At Risk), we were able to raise the funds to pay for his heartworm treatment. Being a recipient of the Petfinder Foundation New Year, New Home Grant, we were able to waive the adoption fee. Seems like all is great -- but not so fast! When Quielo's new owner's son came to visit with his family and saw that his father had a pit bull living there, he told his dad that either the dog goes or neither he nor the grandkids would ever be back to visit. Consequently, Quielo came back to the shelter. Poor guy was so depressed.
A couple of weeks later, a truck driver comes in and wants to adopt Quielo so he can travel around in the truck with him. Sounded like a great fit, as Quielo just loves going for rides. Once again, off he goes, only to be returned again because the boss of the trucking company wouldn't allow him to travel in the truck and the owner's elderly mother could not take care of him. Once again, Quielo is back at the shelter.
Several weeks pass, then one day this sweet young lady comes in and just falls in love with him. So in love that she actually is crying. She promises to take him for his heartworm treatment and give him the best home ever. Again we were able to waive the adoption fee and, with our fingers crossed once again, we said goodbye to Quielo (first photo). I guess the powers that be were finally smiling down on him, because he is now in a loving home and is receiving all the love and attention he deserves. It really was a New Year, New Home for him.
This emergency grant was used for orthopedic surgery to fix a broken femur in an 8-week old puppy who had been found abandoned in a park by local animal control. Freddy also had a mass between his shoulder blades that was removed and tested and found to be benign.
This was an expensive surgery to have performed. At the time, the break was already a few days old, and his little body had tried to encapsulate the break with scar tissue. This tissue had to be cut away to expose the femur, which was fractured in two pieces. Multiple screws and pins were used to repair the femur. Due to the age of the break, it was uncertain whether Freddy would regain the use of his leg. If he did not, then his leg would have been amputated. Thankfully, he regained full use of his leg after a few months. Meet Freddy: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/41427234
The money was used to help with the vetting of the seniors. We rescue so many and the vetting is a lot for these guys.
It enabled us to rescue the seniors whom we would not have been able to otherwise. We just don’t have the money for the vetting.
Little Zinnia was in the shelter dying of pneumonia. Literally. This money allowed us to rescue her and take her straight to the vet. It was touch-and-go for a couple of weeks, but finally, after about six weeks, she turned around. After that, she needed a dental. Her teeth were completely rotten. We were so thankful for this grant.
We purchased the materials to build a new cattery for the rescue (third photo). Previously, the adolescent cats were kept in crates with litter boxes and food and water. This method does not give them ample room to run and play and it is difficult to keep their habitats clean. We purchased the materials to build a cattery so that the young, sterilized cats awaiting adoption can have a place to get some energy expended.
In 2017, Castaways Pet Rescue adopted 205 cats and kittens, and we are on track to adopt many more this year. We are currently at over 170 adoptions for 2018 as this grant report is being written. It has been a horrific kitten season and the rescue is currently housing approximately 50 cats and kittens.
Mama kittie Sheba (first photo) gave birth to the kittens in the second photo. The kids have now "flown the coop" and Sheba is getting a little exercise time to get her girlish figure back before she goes to PetSmart for adoption.
The Petfinder Foundation Emergency Medical Grant award of $1,000 was put towards Jase’s medical bills. His surgery alone cost almost $5,000. PALS is very grateful for the Petfinder Foundation award to assist with these veterinary expenses.
The Petfinder Foundation grant helped with the shelter’s veterinary expenses for Jase, and allowed the shelter to continue to provide veterinary care to other homeless animals who have entered the shelter. PALS receives no government funds and relies solely on private donations. PALS is very appreciative of the financial assistance provided by the Petfinder Foundation to ensure that Jase gets to now lead a happy, healthy life in his forever home. He is one very lucky pup!!
Jase’s journey began about three months ago when he was rescued and brought to PALS Animal Shelter after being hit by a car and left alone in a ditch, frightened and in tremendous pain. This young sweet 7-lb. Pomeranian was taken by PALS to a specialist, where it was determined that he had a right femoral fracture, right ischial fracture, pelvic fracture, and a femoral fracture. With no identification or microchip and no owner who came forward to claim the poor pup, PALS volunteers and supporters rallied to help Jase (the name he was given by PALS). He required a metal plate, four wires and six screws to repair his right leg and toggle-pin fixation for his hip.
All of PALS volunteers' and supporters' love and care, along with Jase's foster family, helped him become the pup that all dogs deserve to be. Jase loves to play and cuddle, and the best news is that Jase hit the jackpot by finding his forever home. He will be one spoiled pup! Jase thanks PALS supporters, volunteers, Mizzou vets, and the Petfinder Foundation for making this possible. Jase sends doggy hugs and kisses to you all!
Your generous $1,000 grant was used for medical expenses related to Mango's surgery: approximately $5,600 for three days of acute care, $4,100 for surgery, plus about $2,000 for boarding in Texas, transport to Virginia, and physical/water therapy in Virginia for several months. All the while he was in a loving and caring foster home.
This grant enabled SSR to rescue one more dog and give him a chance to have a long, wonderful life, rather than be euthanized because his injuries were too costly to fix.
Mango, a 9-month-old shepherd mix, was hit by a car in Texas and brought in to an emergency vet by a good Samaritan. He was minutes away from being euthanized when a vet there contacted SSR in Virginia and SSR agreed to stabilize him. If they could not find a local rescue, SSR would move forward with his care. At that time, we were quoted $1,000-1,200. The final bill escalated to over $5,000 (not including and additional $4,000+ for surgery done by our regular vet in Texas). It was much more than we had bargained for. He was 9 months old and his prognosis was very good; he would be ready for adoption once he was strong and healthy enough to travel to Virginia.
Once in Virginia, he received physical and water therapy for several months. Mango will always walk with a slight limp, but otherwise is a very happy, healthy, and active puppy (now about 15 months old) who loves the water and his toys! Mango was adopted in late July by a loving young teacher and renamed Hexham (there is a back story to his new name). He joins a four-legged sister as well. He has integrated quickly and happily into his new family and forever home. Happy tails, Mango/Hexham!
The money was used to waive Pom Pom's adoption fee (she was adopted on Aug. 28, 2018), which was $50 (senior price) and we will give the remainder of the funds to the owner for her special diet for up to two years. A 22-lb bag of Purina One Sensitive Systems dry cat food averages about $33 per bag, and we can assume that she will consume about one bag every two months. Pom Pom also suffers from seasonal allergies and stress that causes her to sometimes scratch at her neck until she is raw. This funding will help ease her discomfort from the allergies/stress and help to treat any wounds/abrasions she may sustain because of overscratching.
To be able to receive a grant from the Petfinder Foundation (and any other organization) is a very special gift and, even though we did not have the grant funds for very long (we received the notice on Aug. 7 and Pom Pom was adopted on the 28th!), we were able to buy one bag of the food that she requires. Just knowing that the Petfinder Foundation was able to help Pom Pom is enough to draw awareness to the other pets looking for new homes. We thank the foundation for considering us and awarding Pom Pom this grant.
The best thing happened here, and we are SUPER excited to share the news! After 2 1/2 years here at the shelter, Pom Pom was adopted! Our staff and our volunteers loved this sweet girl and could not be happier that she went home with Anne. Anne did not care that Pom Pom was 10 years old, she did not care that Pom Pom had no teeth, and she did not care that Pom Pom has an autoimmune disease! Anne just wanted to rescue a cat who really needed a home. She cried tears of joy when she walked out our doors with Pom Pom, as did we.
Many may not know that Pom Pom was pulled from another local shelter, where the volunteers loved her as well. When we held a fundraiser for Pom Pom's surgery, they were the first to donate. One of them also painted a beautiful picture of Pom Pom (shown in the first picture) that was to be given to her adopter. Anne was thrilled to receive this gift. Happy life, Pom Pom -- you truly deserve it!