Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
We received $580 and used it to purchase new Kuranda cat tiers for our three cat rooms and two more for a new cat area that will soon be under construction. These replaced old wooden ones we received as a donation decades ago that were starting to deteriorate and did not have as many spaces for cats as the new ones.
We house about 10 cats per cat room, so now more of the cats have their own personal space to relax, groom and sleep when they don’t feel like interacting with the others in the cat house. There is not as much fighting over which cat wants to dominate which space. They can play from level to level or get away and just be alone if that’s what they want. This also gives them more places to get up off the linoleum floor, which can get cold. Previously, they’d crowd each other off of shelves or window sills, but now there seem to be plenty of individual spaces for everyone.
Thirty plus. There are about 10 cats per room right now and the other two tiers will be going into a new area that is going to be converted this spring.
Katydid (first photo) and Kitkat (second photo) were both long-term residents waiting to be adopted. Both had been with us about a year and were constantly getting overlooked. The tiers help spread the cats out more so adopters can view them individually better and gave these two girls something new in their environment to explore. Both have since been adopted!
The beds are used for the dogs to lie on all throughout the house and in their crates.
I have a lot of seniors and these beds are everywhere for them.
These beds will help 15 dogs or more.
I have one very senior German shepard in bad shape. He was attacked in the shelter by another dog. His joints hurt, as do other parts of his body. He has a crate he loves and one of the beds is in there. He lies on it and sometime squishes it up and lays his head on it. He loves it! He has not been posted on Petfinder yet, as his wounds are still healing. I also have another P.L.A.Y. bed in the kitchen, where another of my senior dogs likes to lie on when I am in there.
We were able to fully offset the adoption fee for Jolie, a senior bulldog mix dog in need of a furever home. In addition, her family was given a voucher for her Rimadyl, predisone and meloxicam for the entire year.
Penelope’s adoption fee was also offset due to the grant. Her medications for long-term care and a breathing surgery for her palate were made possible due to the grant.
Jolie was a senior pet who was going to have ongoing medical expenses that were daunting to most families looking to adopt. This grant allowed Jolie to get a great home and family who made the decision to adopt based on her personality and not on the ongoing medical expenditure.
Penelope received a much better quality of life and a great family who adopted a senior dog with few medical needs other than Rimadyl.
Jolie (first and second photos) lived with one family for all of her 10 years. Life was good for her and she never saw the change coming. Her family got a divorce and suddenly Jolie found herself alone most of the time, being passed around between the two parents and not getting medical attention. Peaches Bully Rescue took pity on this sweet girl and brought her to foster care. There, Jolie received the meds needed for her arthritis and a loving home full of kids and a fur-sister to love her. Jolie was adopted by this family, who couldn’t bear to let her go. Thanks to the Petfinder Foundation grant, Jolie’s family could afford to take on a senior dog whose medications would be paid for by the rescue.
Penelope (third and fourth photos) lived her life as a breeding mom until Peaches Bully Rescue stepped up to take her in. At 9 years old, this petite girl had recently been bred (way past when she should have been) and her puppies died. This left this sweet mama brokenhearted and needing a new purpose in life. Penelope needed an expensive breathing surgery to help her take in air to her lungs, and palate surgery can be quite invasive. After receiving the grant, we were pleased to give her a second shot at a great quality of life. Penelope’s new family was excited to rescue a senior and, with help from the grant, this sweet girl got a new home of her own.
P.L.A.Y. beds were provided to our shelter animals as part of this grant.
The P.L.A.Y. beds grant provided warm and comfortable bedding for our shelter dogs and cats. Normally our animals have only blankets to lie on to keep them off of the cold floor. The P.L.A.Y. beds provided a warm and cozy layer to protect our shelter animals from the cold floor as well as a comfortable surface for them to rest on. This allowed us to provide this care to 10 of our shelter animals who normally would have only a thin blanket to lie on.
Cersie was a 1-year-old tabby cat who was brought in as a stray with her seven kittens, Cersie Babies 1-7. Cersie was very agitated on entry with just having had kittens, and no matter how many hide boxes and blankets staff placed in her kennel, she was very restless and was not able to be a good mother to her kittens.
Soon after Cersie’s arrival, our P.L.A.Y. beds arrived and our staff asked to try a P.L.A.Y. bed to see how Cersie would react to having a different form of bedding. Upon placing the P.L.A.Y. bed in Cersie’s cage, the staff left and allowed her to be alone with her kittens. Several hours later, when staff went to check on Cersie, they snapped the attached photo of Cersie and her kittens resting comfortably on the P.L.A.Y. bed. This was the first photo staff had been able to get of Cersie with her kittens due to her restlessness.
Thankfully, in the coming days, Cersie’s personality really began to emerge and she was a very loving cat and an outstanding mother to her kittens as they refused to leave their P.L.A.Y. bed during morning cleaning.
Cersie soon moved on to Purrrffect Paws Cat Rescue in Nashville, Tenn., where she and her seven kittens found their forever homes. We truly attribute Cersie’s ability to come around to her having one of our newly acquired P.L.A.Y. beds!
For a staff member to attend Dogs Playing for Life training in Austin, TX.
Provided a knowledge and skill foundation for implementing dog playgroups as part of daily care and enrichment.
Champ, a beefy American bulldog mix, was not adapting well to life in the shelter. His barrier reactivity intimidated customers and he pulled violently on-leash. After a near redirect-bite to a volunteer, he was restricted as a “staff-only” dog and removed from the adoption floor. Using the DPFL platform, we began auditioning Champ with a smaller groups of known dogs. Champ was noticeably tense when meeting new dogs, but remained respectful of their space and seemed to know how to de-escalate rising tensions from other dogs. After only his second group session, Champ showed no reactivity to other kenneled dogs as he was walked back to his run with a completely loose leash. Champ never played with other dogs, but the time he spent freely navigating space among other dogs seemed to be the cure for his kennel frustration. Once we saw this, Champ was moved back to the adoption floor with a much-improved kennel presence and was adopted within 10 days.
The money was used to purchase various items such as toys, treats, scratching pads, scratching trees, hammock beds, pillows and exercise toys to enrich the cats’ time spent in Paws 4 Life Rescue prior to adoption/foster or to assist in extended stays. We can supply the list of all items in detail upon request.
The items selected assisted various cats, kittens and elderly cats.
Kittens: Microwaveable plush stuffed pillows helped in a great way to encourage cats to sleep in new places and heated stuffing is soothing and calming for stressed cats and kittens.
Elderly Cats: Thermal Cat warming bed mat helped the elderly cats to relax and soothes the anxiety on them when they are moved to a new places such as our rescue.
Overall, the grant helped us to:
1) Take better care of our animals by providing comfortable bedding.
2) Provide better nourishment through nutritional treats.
3) Help the kittens and other cats relax and ease into the new environment by providing interactive toys and scratching pads, trees and furniture.
Jix (first and second photos) is a beautiful 12.5-year-old male long-hair cat. He LOVES to roll over and get neck and chin rubs. He also loves catnip and will knead and roll around in it. Jix does have a lion cut and really enjoys it. In his senior years, he gets a little lazy about grooming himself with all that long hair, so by having a lion’s cut, he can spend more time rolling around in catnip! Although he has been around other cats, he is cat-selective and may do better in a home where he is the only cat.
He became more friendlier and more relaxed because of the care and environment we could provide for him using the 2019 Cat Enrichment Grant. Meet Jix here.
The grant funding was used to cover medical expenses for Quinn’s enucleation.
This funding allowed us to schedule and pay for Quinn’s enucleation. We might not have been able to afford the procedure without the generous grant funding.
Quinn came into our care emaciated and with a face full of porcupine quills. Through her exhaustion and pain, she had raised a completely healthy kitten named Harley. Upon intake, Quinn was immediately taken to the vet, where they removed all the quills. One quill had lodged itself into her tear duct, causing major damage and infection to the eye. That eye required removal, and the Petfinder Foundation’s Emergency Medical Grant money allowed us to get Quinn this much-needed procedure.
Though Quinn still generally distrusts people, she is coming out of her shell more and more each day. She has joined our free-roaming general population, and is frequently seen goofing off late at night when there are fewer people at our facility. Quinn was even reunited with an old friend of hers, a male cat named Joaquin, with whom she was seen roaming during her stray days. Quinn and Joaquin can often be found sharing the same hiding spots during the day. Quinn is still waiting to find her forever home; you can meet her here.
On the surface, the Petfinder Foundation’s Emergency Medical Grant funding provided Quinn with much-needed emergency medical care. But in the end, it provided so much more. Thanks to this vital aid, Quinn now has a second chance at life, love, and happiness. Thank you, Petfinder Foundation!
The money we received as a 2019 Senior Pet Adoption Assistance Grant for Mouse was used for her adoption fee and medication.
The grant helped one specific senior dog find her forever home! Mouse was a senior pug who suffered from arthritis and was partially blind so required assistance with stairs. She loved to eat and wander around the back yard. It was going to take the right kind of person to give Mouse the care she needed in her final years.
Mouse was adopted out to a loving lady after the grant was issued last fall. Her mom told us in January 2020 that Mouse had crossed the rainbow bridge and shared this sweet message: “This sweet girl and I had a Divine appointment. I knew when Mouse came to me that it was to give her a little space of love, peace, and rest after a tough life of abandonment and neglect. She was scared, blind, deaf, and slow-moving. Last night, I wrapped her in a blanket, rocked her, and affirmed to her the belovedness she hadn’t always experienced. A little after midnight, she crossed into what I hope is a place where she is whole and she is love. Vaya con Dios, my sweet pug dog. I already miss your waddle, your ‘hold me’ yelp, your utter delight in peanut butter. Thank you for all the lessons in love and compassion you’ve given me.”
This was used to send one of our staff members to a Dogs Playing for Life mentorship session.
It has helped tremendously. It has helped our staff member gain more knowledge and more self esteem. She has done such a great job keeping the dogs in our care socialized and learning more about their behavior, which obviously makes them more adoptable.
200+ since November
Jeanie (first photo, with a friend) came in as a stray, beyond broken and scared. She would shake and cower in her cage, afraid of everyone. Karla got her out into playgroup and she just blossomed. Watching her play and enjoy the company of the other dogs made us all very happy. She was just adopted this weekend and now has a wonderful family — and a doggie companion — who love her.
The money was used for Carrie Johnson, our Enrichment Coordinator, to attend a Dogs Playing For Life mentorship session.
Carrie was able to learn valuable skills on how to successfully run playgroups. She was able to bring these skills and information to the other dog handlers at Orphans of the Storm. Together, they can reach and help many dogs.
Jupiter arrived at Orphans of the Storm with very few doggy social skills. He would come into playgroup and start fights with the other dogs. Carrie went to her mentorship in Austin and returned to OOTS with a new perspective. Using what she learned, she helped socialize Jupiter with other dogs. Jupiter participates in playgroup every day now and is much more adoptable. He is still up for adoption at Orphans of the Storm.
From his Petfinder profile: “Jupiter is a super-playful pup who loves toys. The first thing he did on a recent trip to the off-leash run was to pick up a stuffed duck toy and proudly carry it around the run. Jupiter later alternated between carrying the duck and a stuffed octopus. He’s happy to chase after toys if you throw them, but prefers holding them to bringing them back for more fetching. Jupiter can pull a bit on the leash when he first comes out of his kennel, but as soon as he gets going he settles down into a nice walking companion. He likes to sniff and explore, but doesn’t stray too far from your side. He is also happy to take the occasional break for pets and snuggles. Jupiter is ready to join a fun-loving home that will have fun loving him.” Meet Jupiter here.