Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
Seven XL Kuranda beds for dogs
We are so happy to have the seven XL Kuranda beds. Our old Kuranda beds had holes in them from the dogs chewing on them and also they were not as large as the ones we purchased with this Orvis Animal Care grant. We mostly have large dogs and many are older, so these beds help them feel comfortable during their stay at our shelter and keep them elevated off the ground until forever homes can be found. The beds are durable, easy to clean, last for many years and can help many dogs. We appreciate the Orvis Animal Care Grant and the Petfinder Foundation for providing these beds.
Seven and many more, as they can be reused.
Lucy (first and second photos) and Ringo (third and fourth photos) needed the new beds the most, as their beds had huge holes in them. Once the beds were assembled, Ringo and Lucy were the first in line to receive their new beds. It only took them a couple of minutes to check them out and climb on on top of them, lounging comfortably. Their former beds had huge holes in them and they would still lie on them, but they were certainly not as comfortable for them as these wonderful new beds. These new beds are larger, too, so Ringo — who is a very large senior dog at over 75 lbs. — can stretch out in comfort while waiting for his furever home. Ringo and Lucy are both senior dogs and are still awaiting furever homes. The remaining five beds go to the other pups at the shelter. These beds are amazing because they can be easily cleaned and reused for many dogs in the future.
We received Kongs and various other products from KONG! We fill them with peanut butter, treats, and food and give them to our kennel dogs daily.
This grant has provided our dogs with an amazing way to keep themselves busy and active, and to get a tasty treat! It helps them to be calm in their kennels as well!
Al was healing from some major health issues and had to be mainly on crate rest. He would get restless and want to play so badly. Thankfully, he LOVED the Kongs! We would fill them up with his treats and some of his meds daily and he would go to town on them for hours until he got every last bit! They absolutely made his day. He was finally adopted as well!
We received a box of KONG toys. Take Paws Rescue saved over 1,000 dogs in 2019, and upon receipt of the toys, each dog we took in got a KONG, along with a blanket of their own to help through the transitions.
Take Paws Rescue pulls dogs from high[-intake] shelters and other high-stress environments. When they come to us, they are usually traumatized and require a lot of TLC. By supplying us with the KONG toys, the Petfinder Foundation has enabled us to give each dog in our care a toy of their own, along with a blanket and plenty of love and patience to help them recover from their trauma and get ready for their forever home.
Take Paws Rescue saved over 1,000 dogs in 2019. We received the KONGs in September and they have been give to over 200 dogs.
Nearly three months ago, we welcomed Pansy (first five photos) into rescue. She had wounds all over her body and was covered in demodectic mange and extremely emaciated. She was found with two young babies hidden in a rotten tree trunk. She is currently with one of our trusted fosters, and Take Paws Rescue is supporting her ongoing treatment for an ear infection, as well as a secondary staph infection from and along with her reoccurring demodetic mange.
Pansy is the sweetest girl. She is quiet as a mouse and timidly follows you around. As you gain her trust, she will come for pets and even try to roll over.
She has lived a life most of us don’t want to delve in to. But what we do know is she also deserves a future better than we can imagine, and with the help of our supporters like the Petfinder Foundation and KONG, we will be able to give that to her.
Pansy is not quite ready for adoption yet so she doesn’t have a Petfinder profile, but hopefully she will be ready for her forever home soon!
The Kongs were used to replace some of the old, worn-out Kongs we were using for our dogs, and replace others that we had let dogs take to their new homes with them.
The Kongs are a big part of our enrichment plan. We try to give them to all the dogs daily to give them something to look forward to every afternoon. This helps make their stay here more pleasant, especially for the long-term residents.
Tripp was a 6-month-old Vizsla who was surrendered to HSWC. He initially had a little anxiety and a lot of pent-up energy. Being able to offer him a Kong was a great way to help make him comfortable here and give him something to do with all that energy. He was also underweight, so having the extra treat in the afternoon helped with weight gain as well. We love that we can customize what we load into the Kongs to meet the needs of each dog. He was adopted just a week after he was neutered.
The other dog is Bailey, an 8-year-old boy. He was surrendered because he had anxiety issues. He has been very satisfied with having a Kong to play with here, and even took it to his foster home. We have noticed pretty normal behavior since he’s been given a task to do daily and hope he will be adopted soon. He currently has an adoption pending.
This grant provided us with educational toys for our shelter dogs that come from many different backgrounds. These dogs oftentimes come to us from very bad backgrounds and they need extra care.
This grant of toys allows our foster dogs to have the extra educational push needed to be adoptable. Kong toys are very durable and indestructible, so the dogs who have separation anxiety can spend several hours playing and eating the treats without causing damage to property. They also allow these dogs to learn positive ways to channel their anxiety.
Tron (first photo) is a gentle giant who has been with our rescue for two years, with several applicants interested until they were informed of some of his needs. Since we have gotten this grant, Tron’s behaviors have improved greatly. Tron now has a family that is interested in him and has been working with us and him for about a month to acclimate him into their home. The Kong toys have helped Tron develop trust and security in new places and with new people. Before the end of January, he will be in his forever home.
Kong products were given to each intake canine.
The Kong toys helped keep our canines entertained during intake and before transitioning to new homes.
Icy (first photo) and Rowdy (second photo) are two of our highest energy dogs here at the shelter. Both become destructive if they are not kept busy in the kennel. Their peanut-butter Kongs will keep them busy for hours and help them avoid injuring themselves while in their kennels and while they’re enjoying their outdoor exercise time.
The money will provide approximately six months worth of prescription food and medication for Whitman, a senior cat, in his new home.
Whitman was adopted on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2019, after 440 days in our care. Being able to offer his new family this safety net was an added perk that solidified their commitment to his lifelong care.
Whitman spent 440 days with the VHS. He came in with a very angry, red, itchy face and eyes. He constantly scratched, even finding ways to scratch around his E-collar, and eventually had to have an eye removed from infection. We spent several months trying to determine the cause of his allergies using trial and error, and he visited a dermatologist in July. We finally found the right combination that worked for him, and had to give it a few weeks to work. He was available for adoption most of that time, but not as visible as many of our other cats because he lived in our Spay & Neuter Clinic under close supervision. Finally, someone adopted him on Dec. 29. She was on board with his extra lifelong expense even before we were able to let her know that, thanks to the Petfinder Foundation, the first six months were covered!
The Kong toys are used for our dogs at our adoption center to play with and entertain them.
We have used the Kongs for enrichment for the dogs in our care. Volunteers fill the Kongs with treats and peanut butter and the dogs love to play with them and eat from them.
One of the dogs that this grant helped is Punk (first photo). He has some stress in the kennel environment, and having a Kong to play with and eat from helps entertain him and reduce his stress level. From his Petfinder profile: “My name is Punk, but I go by Punkie or Punkin. Don’t let my name fool you — I’m a sweet boy! I’m a people-lover, potty-trained and I know ‘sit,’ ‘speak,’ and ‘down’ and I love to play catch. I seem to be okay with cats and just about every other animal I meet, although if I could pick, I’d like a home either by myself or with a mellow female about my age and size. I’ve gone through two obedience classes and I’m very treat-motivated and want to please my people. Obedience class really helps my self-esteem and makes me a proud dog. I have also done doggie daycare and like socializing with the dogs in a big group. I need an owner who has experience with dogs, and who will enjoy playing catch with me and teaching me new commands. I would be best with kids 12 and older.” You can meet him here.
This grant provided transport, deworming, vaccinations and medical supplies to 20 cats and kittens rescued from Vidor, Texas, following Hurricane Imelda.
It allowed us to intake 20 cats beyond our capacity at the time, thus saving more lives.
When the Vidor Animal Shelter was flooded during Hurrican Imelda earlier this year, Friends For Life took in 20 sick cats and kittens from the shelter. Eight of them are still waiting for their forever homes: Chadd (first photo), Bradd (second photo), Betty, Angelo, Phoebe, Delilah, Jet, and Meow Ming. Eleven of them have been adopted: Burt (third photo), Agnes (fourth photo), Jake (fifth photo), Belinda, Begonia, Angelica, Jordie, Claire, Miranda, Jewel, and Jermaine. One, Gerard, a 4-day old kitten, ultimately passed away.
These cats all received immediate medical care, vaccinations, and antibiotics.
The items were used for animals being housed at our facility. Since most of the dogs stay here a long period of time, the KONG toys are given to the ones who have a tendency to destroy average toys in their kennels due to their chewing habits.
We were able to use these and cut down on the costs of replacing items such as copper water lines in their kennels due to the animals chewing on the toys instead of the lines.
Hannah (first photo) was one of our animals who was very energetic, she would just bounce in her kennel when someone would walk by. She received one of the KONG toys and played with it a lot while she was in her kennel. She was at our facility for 233 days. She was finally adopted out on Dec. 11, 2019, and is doing wonderfully in her new home.