Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
This grant covered Peanut’s and Tinkerbell’s adoption fees, as well as some supplies for their adopter!
This grant helped immensely in getting Peanut and Tinkerbell adopted; they were a bonded pair, uneasy around other dogs except each other, and one of them was a senior. They were always overlooked at our adoption events except for when people assumed they could be split up. These sweet girls were previously adopted, but unfortunately their adopters were allergic and they had to be returned.
Peanut and Tinkerbell came to us as bonded sisters when Covid-19 first hit and their owner could no longer afford their care. They were in foster care with our amazing volunteer Ashley for several months with zero applications for their adoption. Peanut was a senior gal, and they required a specific family for their cute quirks.
Their foster mom Ashley became very attached to them after caring for them so long and mentioned that maybe they were just meant to stay with her; that is when we broke the amazing news that the Petfinder Foundation had approved us for an adoption-assistance grant that would cover their adoption fees and some supplies.
That was Ashley’s deciding factor in officially adopting these sweet sisters! She was scheduled for a vacation back home on the East Coast, and the extra supply money from this grant went to getting Peanut and Tink airline-approved carrying cases so that they could go on vacation with their official new mom!
This grant money was used to purchase 350 Nobivac feline 1-HCP vaccines that protect against feline rhinotracheitis, calici, and panleukopenia viruses.
With all of the uncertainty in the world right now with COVID-19, this grant was very helpful in securing needed vaccines for our feline population.
Thirteen-year-old Missy came to CAHS after her owner passed away suddenly. Thanks in part to this generous grant, our medical staff gave her an exam and got her vaccines up-to-date, and she was put up for adoption. She quickly became a staff and volunteer favorite due to her spunky personality. Unfortunately, she was overlooked for a few weeks, as many potential adopters chose young kittens. Finally, after about a month at our shelter, her new family stopped by. They fell in love with her, and she is now a part of their family.
The $250 was used to sponsor a portion of the adoption fees.
It allowed us to reduce five dogs’ adoption fees by $50 each.
Hope (first photo) was a young adult beagledor (beagle and Lab mix) who was abandoned by the side of the road. We were able to help her medically and find her a fabulous home that matched her needs. She bonded with an active vet who was looking for an emotional-support animal and she was just what he needed; she needed him as well. It’s a match made in heaven. The second and third photos show Hope and her new dad. The other dogs pictured are are Capone, Leah, Teddy and Roxy.
Help with care of animals displaced due to Covid
We were able to take in a few more animals that the owners had to surrender due to financial hardships due to Covid.
Pepper was a Lab mix who, through no fault of her own, had to be surrendered because her owners were unable to care for her after losing their jobs as a result of the Covid pandemic and feeling that it was unlikely they’d be able to find new jobs any time soon. We took her in and cared for her until she found her new home.
The Emergency Medical Grant of $700 was used for surgery to remove a large, infected inner-ear polyp and also the biopsy for a cat we named Lefty.
The Emergency Medical Grant saved the life of one unassuming little tabby cat whom we brought to our sanctuary who had been doing his mousing job for a dairy farmer but was never going to receive the medical care he would need to restore his health and live a pain-free life.
Lefty is a sweet boy whom we encountered as part of a group of dairy farm cats in Maryland that we were trapping to spay/neuter and vaccinate. He had a head tilt at that time; the ear polyp was tiny and the vet at the TNR clinic could not remove it because it was so deep in his ear.
We kept him at our sanctuary so we could monitor him, and I am glad we did because the polyp grew so large that is grew out of his ear (while the last photo is not the best, you can see the pink thing in the container and it is the size of my thumb!).
We drove two hours to the eastern shore of Maryland to a vet who did these kinds of ear-polyp removals at a reasonable cost, where they drill into the bone in the neck and remove the polyp from the side.
Lefty still has a head tilt, and the vet said that it will most likely never go away. But Lefty gets around just fine and he has adjusted to seeing life at an angle! Lefty is still looking for his forever home, but it will need to be a very special one. Until that time, he will remain here at our sanctuary in Western Maryland, where he can live indoors and outdoors (his choice) within the protection of a fenced yard. He loves to bask in the sunlight and play with the leaves as they dance in the breeze.
The products were used for our foster dogs as they came into the rescue to help provide warm soft beds and toys for socialization
The beds are amazing for the dogs to decompress when coming from a shelter environment. They are soft, cozy, and warm — and often the only bedding these dogs have ever had. And the cloth bones have a great squeak that is playful yet not scary for dogs who have never been introduced to toys.
The first pup pictured, Marissa, a rat terrier, was scared of everything. She literally shook nervously at all times. We used the comfy mats to hold her in our laps; the cushion provided her comfort and let her relax. She was much more amenable to being carried if we used a P.L.A.Y. bed under her.
We used the beds if we had to administer meds, trim her nails, or take her for a vet visit; they always provided security for a very nervous dog. She has since found her forever home and they have purchased several of the P.L.A.Y. items to place throughout their home for her comfort.
The second pup pictured is Bull. He has been adopted. He came to us not knowing how to be a puppy. He had no manners, tons of energy, and no idea what to do with any of it. We gave him one of the bone toys and taught him how to fetch it. It became his “security blanket” and he took it everywhere. He wouldn’t cooperate for his pictures until we put his toy on the table, and then he stood really still to let us get a photo. I have attached his caught-in-action shots as well.
We were able to use the Covid-19 grant for daily care of pups, vaccinations, vetting and enrichment while they were in our care for longer periods of time due to quarantines and decrease in adoption ability. We appreciate the generosity during this trying time.
We purchased extra vaccines and supplies to cover all of our fosters during the stay-at-home order with the grant.
Motley (first photo) came into our rescue with his siblings, covered in fleas and severely anemic. Due to this grant, we were able to have Nutri-Cal and high-protein puppy food on hand during the stay-at-home order to nurse Motley and his siblings back to health. He is now in his forever home and is a happy, fluffy, healthy family member. His sibling Zeppelin (second photo) was adopted to a sweet lady who had actually lost her husband to Covid-19 and he helped to heal her broken heart.
General operating expenses, to replace lost income from COVID-19.
This grant helped us provide food, shelter, and warmth for the animals that came to us in need. Love don’t cost a thing, but everything else does!
Twinkle Toes is a kitten who came to us born with pectus excavatum, a condition in which the breastbone is sunken into the chest. When the Cromwell family saw the kitten’s story, they knew she was meant to be part of their family, as their son Cris has the same condition. They were searching for a cat at first just to have as a friend. Then they came across Twinkle Toes’ story, and that was it! Cris renamed her Tabby, and she is very happy in her new home.
We used the money to medically treat ringworm-positive kittens in our care as well as to be able to supplement kennel staff to help with the higher number of cats/kittens in our care.
This grant allowed us to purchase medication and treat ringworm-positive kittens as well as to treat a litter of panleukopenia-positive kittens to give them a chance to survive. We have treated 15 ringworm-positive kittens thus far and there are nine being treated currently. The grant also allowed us to supplement a part-time kennel assistant to help with the care and cleaning of the animals.
A litter of kittens came in underage and were sent to foster. After about four to five days in foster, one of the kittens began to fail. He was lethargic and started to vomit. He tested positive for feline panleukopenia. They were immediately isolated and began panleuk protocol. Although we lost two of the kittens, the other one, Owen, survived and is now 5 weeks old and growing strong. This grant allowed us to purchase the medication for this new (to us) panleuk protocol to try to save these critically ill kittens. Owen isn’t old enough to be adopted yet and, since he is underage, he isn’t profiled on Petfinder yet.
This grant also helped to supplement kennel staff to care for the ringworm-positive kittens in quarantine at the shelter.
Discounted adoptions for three dogs and one kitten
Our adopters (like us) are financially strained, and being able to discount the adoption fees for a few of our pets really helps us give back to our adopters. We wouldn’t be able to stay in business without our supporters, and this was a nice way to show how much we appreciate them.
Cheeto, a 3-month-old bobtail Siamese mix, arrived to our shelter with three siblings, and all were skinny as a rail. These kittens were found to have giardia and required additional treatment to get healthy enough for spays/neuters and their forever homes.
While most of our pets are adopted within a few days of arrival at our shelter, this litter stayed with us for two weeks after their transport from Louisiana, and have finally been adopted!
Cheeto’s new mom was one of the recipients of our Spring Into Adoption grant, and his new family is so excited to take him home!