Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
intake vaccinations for dogs
It Allowed us to vaccinate all incoming dogs for distemper/parvo, rather than only those selected for adoption.
Miller, a male lab retriever/golden retriever mix, was brought in as a stray in February. He stay was longer due to several factors. First, he had to be treated for URI right after his stray hold, then he went up for adoption. Miller was on hold for a week for a rescue and awaiting transport out of state, then that fell through. He went back up for adoption and for a long time did not receive any interest from the public. Finally, we had a prospective adopter coming in to potentially adopt him when a visitor was accidentally scratched by him and he had to be quarantined for 10 days. Miller came back up for adoption and was getting depressed. Finally, just a couple of weeks ago, he got adopted and went home to a large ranch and other dogs to play with – which he absolutely loves! Miller had a happy ending and the shelter staff was so happy for him – he was everyone’s favorite and was loved dearly. Miller’s vaccination, provided by this grant, probably helped him to recover from URI quickly and remain very healthy the rest of his stay.
Vaccinating adoptable animals
Vaccinations have helped safe guard animals against infectious diseases.
Thelma came to our shelter in very bad shape. She had obviously suffered several years of abuse and neglect. She and her puppy captured the hearts of out staff immediately. We vaccinated her and her pup immediately. The vaccines kept them both healthy. Thelma’s puppy was adopted out immediately but Thelma had a long road ahead of her. After heartworm treatment and the amputation of her broken back leg she too has found her place in this world as a loving companion to a wonderful family. We are thankful that Thelma and her daughter were safe guarded against Parvo, distemper and kennel cough! We could not have saved them without you!
The product was used to vaccinate our stray canine and feline population.
The grant allowed us to vaccinate animals and reserve our current supply for high volume intakes or special circumstances.
The grant served 50 dogs and 50 cats.
Meet Tyson, the sweetest and most gentle dog. Tyson was surrendered to SWCHS because his owner could no longer care for him. He is four years old and neutered. Tyson is positive for Lymes Disease, which will need to be monitored by his new owner. Tyson is good with children but needs to be the only pet. Tyson is a gentle giant and loves to carry around his green squeaky toy.
Tyson required medical care when he arrived and was not current on vaccines. This grant helped Tyson receive an Adult 3 vaccination.
Vaccinations were shipped directly to us
Vaccinations are an important part of our animal care program and are vital to keeping our pups and older dogs safe from the deadly diseases of parvo and distemper.
46 dogs and puppies
Seven labs rescued from a rural neighborhood where the family could not afford to spay their animal. We took the seven pups and the mother to make sure no more unwanted animals were born. See the seven labs. they were vaccinated three times to over the six weeks we had them and were able to rehome all of them while they were little and cute! See the seven labs at the water tub and two individual pups highlighted in Pic #2. See Leda in Pic #3 rescued from a park after over a year of feeding her and befriending her. She had likely not been vaccinated ever or in a long time. We were able to save her life and find her a forever home! See her forever family in Pic #4. She is smiling from ear to ear. Thank you Petfinder Foundation for helping us save more lives! WE LOVE PETFINDER!
We were provided vaccines for dogs and cats. These items were used to vaccinate the adoptable animals at intake to help curtail disease in the shelter. If the pet was of age for the booster and was adoptable, staff vaccinated them at intake.
This grant has helped us be able to start our vaccination at intake policy and the animals are healthier for it. Instead of waiting days or weeks for a pet to get selected for adoption and then vaccinating them, vaccinating at intake has helped especially the young ones stay health enough to be adopted.
50 dogs and 11 cats
Gia is a little female lab mix puppy that came to the shelter as a stray. With the vaccines that were provided, we were able to vaccinate her at intake thus increasing her chances of staying healthy and adoptable. Gia found a home with a college student and they love each other to pieces. One of the attached photos of Gia graduating puppy school.
Intake vaccinations for cats, dogs and puppies
They reduced the illness to .014% illness rate, or practically no illness at all. Because of this grant, I have decided to be the humane society’s Angels of Estill County and am seeking help with keeping low income animals at home — food, vaccinations, spay/neutering…all to continue to bring this shelter into the 21 century. Thanks so much.
Riley, a Catahoula hound, was vaccinated and a couple from Florida drove to KY to adopt him. I just got a followup and you should see how much happier he is (and healthier) looking.
Vaccinating 25 dogs
Our vet bill runs around $1,000 per month, so getting this vaccine grant greatly reduced the bill when it came to the vaccinations we provide for each dog.
Cookie was picked up as a stray in town on May 29, 2013. She was only 7 weeks old and very scared! We took her to our vet on May 31 and she received her first boosters from the vaccines we were awarded from this grant. She was healthy and happy and weighed 4.2 pounds! On June 15, 2013, she met her forever family and has been renamed Dainty. She looked exactly like their older dog only a lot smaller! We have received a couple of updates and she is very loved and a member of the family!
vaccines for dogs and cats
we were able to vaccinate many animals with this grant (we are still using the cat vaccines), and this has greatly helped in terms of our budget. We have had a couple of emergencies that would have left us a bit strapped, but instead we had the funding for them- AND had the vaccines too. Good not to have to choose between a shot and a life!
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Tim and Adina are two cats this grant helped- they were named after the punk band Rancid…well as all the band members are guys, Adina is named after a song 🙂 The band came into town and I took the kittens down to meet their namesakes, to see if we could get a meet and greet with the band, get some cool pics…as you can see the guys were very accommodating and it was a big hit! They even put me on the guest list for the night…Tim and Adina are still looking for their home (we hope together), but with this cool publicity we have had renewed interest in them, people asking for apps…hopefully soon they can go home!
This grant helped to provide vet care for several dogs that were brought into our group and then later adopted out.
Cinder is a Beagle/Jack Russell mix that came to us in January 2013. During a health exam, our veterinarian discovered that his jaw was fractured. Because he was found as a stray, there was no way to know how his jaw was actually broken. Sadly, the vet feels that the trauma he endured was from being either hit or kicked. With the grant funds, Cinder received the vet care that was necessary to adopt him out, including taking care of the injuries to his jaw.
Ellie is a Chihuahua that was brought into our group in October 2012. Not long after she was put into a foster home, it was discovered that she was pregnant. In November, while still in foster care, she gave birth to 3 puppies – Nellie, Rocco and Coco. With the grant funds, we were able to care for Ellie throughout her pregnancy. In addition, we were able to provide vet care for the 3 puppies up until the time they were adopted. Ellie has also since been adopted.
The Pedigree Foundation 2012 operational grant helped us buy dog food, vaccinate 10 dogs for rabies, and sterilize 14 dogs for low-income customers.
10 adoptions by senior citizens, $55 each
10 rabies shots, $9 each
4 dogs sterilized for low-income households, $65 each
dry dog food (Pedigree) and wet dog food (Iams), $100
The Pedigree Foundation 2012 operational grant helped us continue to give abandoned dogs food, safety, and health. The Madison County Pet Shelter is a 501(c)(3) in a poor, rural Arkansas county where the long-engrained cultural attitude toward pets as possessions first and companions second means that our base of support is limited. The county government, which had been giving the shelter $1,000 monthly, cut its funding to $500 monthly in January 2013 because of its decreased tax revenue.
Though we had planned to use the Pedigree Foundation money for dog food, we received two unexpected gifts that changed those plans: In December 2012, three grade-school classes conducted a fundraiser from which they gave our shelter $1,000, and a local bank was so impressed with the children’s work that they gave us a $500 Walmart gift card. In March 2013, another local bank’s employees selected our shelter as that quarter’s recipient of their ongoing Jeans-on-Friday fundraiser. They gave us $1,920.
We had purchased $100 of dog food (Pedigree and Iams) during late 2012 then decided to use the Pedigree Foundation balance to support more adoptions and vaccinations through our adoption-support account, which subsidizes the cost of adoptions for qualified adopters.
40 dogs, for a short while, with food; then 24 dogs with sterilization and vaccinations: The first $100 of this grant paid for dog food and so supported all the dogs in our care, or approximately 40 animals, for a while. The balance of our 2012 Pedigree Foundation operational grant was diverted to our adoption-support program after receipt of the two unexpected grants described above.
Rickie was found near death and brought to the MCPS in March 2013. His left eye was badly damaged, he could barely walk, and his weight was so low that his hip joints were starkly evident. Caren, the shelter’s manager, took him home with her each evening for nine weeks and nursed him back to health and a good weight.
Recently, Holden, a 5-year-old boy with autism spectrum disorder, came to the shelter with his grandma and 5-year-old cousin. The boys always want to visit our shelter to see the animals when they visit their grandma. When Holden sat on the shelter floor, Rickie came right to him and stayed with Holden until he left. Holden had always been a bit leery of dogs, his grandma said, but never showed anxiety with this one. “Some dogs really seem to understand children’s needs,” she said.
Over the next several days, Holden kept talking to his Grandma Sue about Rickie. Except Holden knew Rickie’s real name: Fergus. Sue said she had read a story to Holden when he was two about a dog named Fergus, and once Holden saw Rickie, he talked non-stop about Fergus.
Of course, Holden adopted Fergus, and Grandma Sue reports that Fergus and Holden are fast friends. She said that Fergus took to his new home immediately and noted that her grandson’s ability to interact with others is improving.
We are too small and under-funded to be a no-kill facility but do not euthanize arbitrarily at X number of days. We work hard to place animals, and the Pedigree Foundation’s operational grant for 2012 helped in that effort. Holden and Fergus are deeply grateful.
We made another seemingly fated match recently—this one between a four-foot tall female brindle wolf hybrid named Baby and James, an 18-year-old man who suffers from Lionitis (craniodiaphyseal dysplasia). These two took to each other like magnets. Baby, is hard to control on a leash for everyone but James. Now Baby sticks to James’s side, and the two have become inseparable.
By the way, Caren, shelter manager, kept tabs on Baby after adoption and learned they were feeding her Old Roy, and Baby wasn’t doing so well. Caren told the family to feed her Pedigree, and during a follow up conversation learned that Baby is thriving and will now eat only Pedigree!
Caren has learned the hard way that penny wise is pound foolish when it comes to dog food and she spreads that message. We are grateful to the Pedigree Foundation for the operational funds that helped us keep our charges healthy in 2012.
Blondie, a Great Pyrenees mixed maybe with some setter, came to the home of Denise in rural Madison County, Ark., in April 2013 with no traceable clues. But Blondie (a he, not a she) had been so well-trained and was so well-behaved that we think he might have been a service or therapy dog. When a person touched him lightly, he would stop and stay by that person’s side. Denise was heart
broken to take him to the shelter but she could not keep him. Our shelter manager found a loving home for this beautiful courteous dog, an outcome supported by the Pedigree Foundation’s generosity.
Elijah was about 10 years old and blind when someone dumped him in the rural community of Wesley. He wandered into a lady’s house and literally bumped into her porch. She brought him to us.
Our shelter manager was able to place Elijah with a big-hearted couple who took Elijah to Tulsa, Okla., for cataract surgery. They have really embraced Elijah. Here’s a recent email:
— On Fri, 6/21/13, Frank … wrote:
From: Frank …
Subject: Elijah Update
To: “caren sharp”
Date: Friday, June 21, 2013, 8:58 AM
Just wanted to send you a quick update on Elijah. He’s doing very well. His eyesight seems to be pretty good. He has a little trouble seeing things up close, but he follows us around the backyard and likes to look out the windows in the car.
I’m attaching a couple of photos for you. We took him to the groomer yesterday for a summer cut. We didn’t think he could get any cuter, but we were wrong!
Thank you, Pedigree Foundation!