Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
The funds are being used to promote companion-horse adoptions by waiving adoption fees.
Adoptions have been significantly impacted by Covid-19 and we have been unable to make use of the funds to date. We have been successful at adopting some horses through a virtual program implemented since the beginning of the pandemic, and are hopeful we can get some of our Guardian Horses (companion-only) adopted this way with the help of this grant. We respectfully request an extension to the deadline for using the funds and submitting this final report.
Reuben is now looking for his new home through our Guardian Program! This sweet guy is looking for a companion-only home where he can spend his retirement days living the good life. Though an older gentleman, Reuben still has quite the pep in his step. Although he is no longer rideable, he enjoys dabbling in some ground and liberty work. Reuben likes connecting with one person, and earning his trust is one of the greatest gifts you will receive. He is currently working on liberty circles at the walk and trot, as well as recall and backing at liberty. Reuben would love to show you all that a companion horse has to offer!
The funds were used to supplement adoption fees for situations in which a qualified candidate was identified for a specific animal and it was likely the animal might require medical care after the adoption.
Every pet successfully adopted also gives us the ability to rescue another animal in need. This grant enabled us to get some of our more difficult-to-place animals adopted.
Lil’ Boots came to the shelter several years ago with two siblings who were subsequently adopted. Lil’ Boots is a very loving cat, but he is sometimes shy when meeting new humans, which was a challenge when potential adopters were visiting and wanted to meet him. The volunteers worked with him every day and he gradually became more approachable.
Finally the right human came along and chose Lil’ Boots as their furry companion, but as he was now an older cat, we knew he may need medical care later in life. So we were able to reduce his adoption fee with that in mind.
The money was used to cover the adoption fee when an adopter adopted two cats/kittens.
The grant allowed us to provide an incentive to adopters to adopt a second cat or kitten. The grant helped us showcase many of our adoptable cats and kittens.
We rescued several cats from a local Chevrolet dealership. All of the kittens were feral offspring. They all need to be treated for various infections and socialized. Our dedicated foster got them healthy and very social. Vega and Camaro went to their forever home with the help of your grant.
This grant was used for reduced-fee adoptions for our feline population.
This grant helped us to be able to adopt out our felines at a reduced rate which increased our adoptions. This led to reduced time in the shelter and fewer animals having to be euthanized.
One cat in particular who was helped by this grant is a cat named Saucy (first photo). This little girl was very scared and timid when she came to the shelter. She always stayed in the back of her room and would not come out. Saucy’s new owner came in to look for a cat to adopt and fell in love with her. She was also sad to see how sad Saucy was. Her new owner spent several hours with her that day and decided to adopt her. Saucy is now in a loving, permanent home and has come out of her shell and is no longer timid.
Half-price adoption fees for rescued seniors
This grant has been a wonderful way for families to give rescued seniors a second look. Oftentimes they are passed by, but the benefit of a half-price adoption fee has allowed many of our seniors to find the wonderful homes they truly deserve.
So far, seven seniors have been rehomed with the assistance of this grant. The remaining funds will continue to go toward adoption fees until the grant money has been exhausted.
This is Boogie. We were informed of a situation of possible neglect, and immediately welcomed him into the C.A.R.E. family. Upon his arrival, his love and gratitude were overwhelmingly obvious. Although this 10+-year-old min pin had lost the ability to see, it didn’t stop him from following us around the sanctuary while we were helping other animals, giving kisses every chance he could, and falling asleep on our lap when we had a few minutes to sit down.
Boogie was posted to Petfinder on Aug. 14 and was adopted almost exactly a month later. His new family was more than willing to keep up with his daily meds, and our standard vet reference check gave us confidence without question that this was the perfect home for sweet Boogie.
Age, impairments, or medical conditions do not affect our calling to rescue animals like Boogie who have become victims of circumstance. We are thrilled to have placed Boogie in his forever home, and greatly appreciate the additional exposure Petfinder gives animals to afford them the chance to find the families that they need, and that need them. Thank you for everything you do, and for the help you have already been for placing thousands of animals just like Boogie in loving homes.
Here’s the Petfinder profile that helped Boogie find his forever home: “If love is blind, I’m 100% LOVE!! 🙂
“Hi! My name is Boogie, and I’m a 10+-year-old senior min pin. You’ve probably already noticed my cataracts, but don’t be fooled — I’m an expert at learning new surroundings! When I’m not playing with my friends here at the sanctuary, you can probably find me basking in the warm rays of sunshine. I get along great with everyone I meet, and my faaaaaavorite thing is snuggling into one of my blankets and taking a little nap. The only thing I might like better is curling up on your lap instead! Well, the sun just peeked back out from behind some clouds, so I’m taking a break from all this typing to soak in a few more rays. If you’ve got a lap that I can borrow forever and ever, I wouldn’t mind using it for my future naps 🙂 I hope I hear from you soon!
Caring for and feeding our rescue dogs and cats
It benefitted all our dogs
It will help these dogs find good homes. Danté (first photo) came from a humane society in West Virginia. He has been in the shelter for four years. He is a feist, and most people have never heard of that breed. He is very sweet and friendly to me, but he is nervous around other people, especially men. He has been happy in my home even though no one is interested in adopting him at this time. We look forward to Danté finding a forever home soon. It would help if I had a behaviorist to work with dogs such as Danté so they become better socialized. You can meet Danté here.
The grant funds were used to help offset the cost of the spay/neuter copay for our adult cats. This reduced the adoption fee from $60 to $29.
By providing reduced adoption fees, this helped us place some of our older cats who are always competing with the kittens for adoption during the summer.
Some of the cats who were helped by this grant (and have all been adopted) are:
Daisy the Road Dog (first photo)- 2 years old, owner went into the hospital
Stanley (second photo) – 10 years old and left behind by tenants in an apartment
Mitzie (third photo) – 4 years old, found with a broken pelvis
Louise (fourth photo) – 2 years old, found hiding under a house
Vivie (fifth photo) – 10 years old
Binx (O’Henry) – 6 years old, found injured
Mr. Shy Guy – 1 year old
Babs – 2 years old
Shmoo/Pixie – 3 years
Dwight – 2 years
Charlie – 2 years
Cat dental surgery: $738 covered the actual costs (which were heavily discounted for us), and the remainder helped cover the mileage cost paid to an intern for taking the cat into town and back for surgery (that totaled $66.70).
Due to COVID and our sudden loss of earned revenue and event funds, this grant helped us with a critical dental surgery for one of our cats.
Skibs is currently seeking a home; with her dental surgery done, she is far more likely to find one. She had been adopted post-surgery, but was returned due to the owner’s change of situation. From her Petfinder profile: “Skibs is a mellow, kind cat. She is a sweetheart who loves being pet and will gently nudge your hand to let you know that she is ready for affection and attention. Skibs would love nothing more than to have a person of her very own to snuggle up next to.
“With her striking features, Skibs almost resembles a tiny panther. Not to worry, though: The only thing this tiny panther will be hunting is a nice tasty can of cat food! Skibs lights up at meal time, she loves to eat and gets extremely excited when her food is being prepared.” You can meet Skibs here.
The product was used to provide enrichment and activity for our shelter animals.
The grant of Kong products helped both our organization and our animals. It served as a budget-relieving donation and saved us money that we were able to put back into the care of our animals, and it helped the pets in our care by giving them toys to play with and increasing the enrichment activities they have.
Waluigi (first and second photos) was brought to us a stray, single puppy. Being a singleton, Waluigi needed extra attention, socialization, activity and enrichment opportunities. Kong toys not only gave him many hours of fun, challenge and “good” chewing, they also allowed him to experience different textures and sensations when they were filled with biscuit treats, pumpkin puree, and peanut butter! Between our dedicated staff and foster volunteers, Waluigi got the care he needed to get him ready for adoption. He was adopted into a loving and warm family that will give him a forever home. Thank you!
Our shelter received $280 of Kong toys for our cats.
The Kong products are great as they provide much-needed enrichment for our residents and help us to keep them the healthiest we can, both physically and emotionally. The toys were distributed to our residents and they are theirs to keep. When they find their forever homes, their toys go with them. Specifically, we have several long-stay cats who get as much love and attention as our team of staff and volunteers can give; however, they still need to be cats first and be challenged by their own curiosity and drive. The Kong toys are ideal for this!
Tiger loved his Kong toy from the moment he received it. Tiger came to us more than a year ago when he lost his home because his owner became homeless and had to go to a care facility. He was super scared when he first came in — shut down and depressed. With patience from our staff and volunteers, this boy learned to trust again and waited more than a year to find his second chance. Tiger was a challenging case and he needed a quiet, patient human who would go slow with him. Tiger’s wait was over this past summer when his perfect companion came to us looking to help the cat who had been overlooked and needed help the most. Tiger went home with his belongings, including his beloved starfish!