Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
The grant award will go directly toward animal care at our shelter!
COVID has allowed us to spend wonderful time with adopters on a one-on-one basis, and working by appointment allows us to give adopters plenty of time to interact with animals here at the shelter. The downside has been the loss of attendance at events to seek donations and hosting actual fundraising events. An award like this one is greatly appreciated so that our organization can continue to treat, fix and shelter needy pets!
$500 pays for a pallet of cat litter to last us an entire month!
Abigail is one of our long-term adult cat residents. She’s delightful but has been overlooked. She is listed on Petfinder and has recently had two appointments to see her. Through social media posts, as with Petfinder, she has been cross-posted by other cat groups. We are delighted to say that she has several more appointments scheduled and we feel confident her new family is on the way! Meet Abigail here.
Reduced-fee adoptions for cats and dogs
This grant opened up more opportunities for placement of homeless pets by reducing adoption fees. Due to COVID-19, folks in our community have experienced decreased income. Reduced fees make it easier for adopters to open their hearts and homes to our cats and dogs.
These grant funds helped Friendly, a redbone hound mix. Friendly was transferred to the Alleghany Humane Society from the Monroe County Animal League. She had been found as a stray. Monroe County, West Virginia, does not have a shelter, so we helped them out by taking in Friendly. The Alleghany Humane Society managed all of Friendly’s medical care, including her spay, and she was quickly adopted into a loving home thanks to the reduced-fee adoption that was funded by this grant.
Grant monies went to provide heartworm treatment for Julianne, a pregnant, heartworm-positive dog.
This grant enabled us to provide heartworm treatment to a dog who would have otherwise been a financial strain.
Julianne came to Furry Kids Refuge pregnant and heartworm-positive. After she had her puppies and they were weaned, she went through heartworm treatment, paid for by this grant. In mid-August, after finishing her heartworm treatment, she was adopted to a loving family.
The $500 grant was used to spay/neuter 12 cats. Due to Covid, no TNR (trap, neuter, return) was being performed. This resulted in an abundance of kittens.
We had limited funding during this pandemic. Receiving the grant allowed us to help more cats, thus decreasing the stray population.
One of our volunteers went to pick up a pregnant mama. During transit, the cat gave birth in the carrier. She and her five babies’ chances of survival were very slim. The area she came from is a highly populated area and the kittens in that area were being used for BB-gun target practice. All the cats have been or will be adopted.
It helped us to be able to feed the dogs.
We have two dogs with cancer for whom we purchase special canned food. It’s the only thing they can eat because it’s all protein. Both moved out of state: MJ (first photo) went to the state of Washington and Donovan (second, third, and fourth photos) went to Nashville, Tennessee.
When Covid, hit our donations were gone, our events were cancelled, and this entire year has been very difficult to manage. Your generous donation was used to buy heartworm and flea prevention for all the dogs in our rescue for one month.
Chelsea (first photo) was rescued from a breeding situation and has been waiting for her home in our care. From her Petfinder profile: “Chelsea is a female husky born Oct. 9, 2010. She is much smaller than most huskies and was used as a breeder her whole life. She is shy, but never aggressive, and is starting to like this new life and the attention that comes with it. She walks very nicely on a leash, does not bark a lot, and is just so very sweet.” You can meet Chelsea here.
Due to COVID restrictions and the hit the economy took, our donations were all but gone. Thanks to the Petfinder Foundation,
this girl got her heartworm and flea prevention for the month of August along with all the other dogs in our care at that time.
Thank you, Petfinder Foundation!
It was used for spaying/neutering cats and kittens that were trapped, given follow-up medical care, and then kept in our care until adoption.
We are in a rural community and cats as well as kittens are frequently dropped off “out in the country” to fend for themselves. During the COVID shutdown, we were one of the few shelters that continued to do spay-and-neuter clinics in the area. Daily, we received calls from people who had kittens or cats dropped off at their farm, etc., that they could not afford to keep or have fixed. This grant allowed us to accept these animals into our shelter and get them fixed and eventually get them adopted rather than leaving them outdoors to reproduce and increase the feral-cat population.
Luke, Lester, and Luna were found orphaned on someone’s porch at about 5 days old. We bottle-fed them, had them fixed and vaccinated, and happily watched Luna find her forever home. Luke and Lester are still at PAWS waiting for theirs, but they are the most affectionate and friendly kittens you have ever met. Without this grant, we would have been hard-pressed to find the financing to take them on along with all the other cats we have taken in during kitten season!
These grant funds were used to purchase an approximately one month supply of Hill’s Science Diet and Hill’s Prescription Diet dry foods for shelter dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens. This food was provided twice daily to all these shelter animals as their primary nutrition source.
This grant was greatly helpful by providing the funds for approximately one month to purchase food for shelter dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens. A consistent and healthy diet for all shelter animals is critical in providing the best possible care for these animals until they are adopted into their forever homes. Providing for abandoned, injured, abused or neglected animals in need is a core principle of the WHS mission statement. This grant allowed WHS to continue our mission for the animals in our care.
Mabel was a beautiful 8-year-old tortoiseshell who arrived as a stray at the WHS domestic animal shelter at the end of May 2020. This sweet girl was missing most of her teeth and because of this, she needed a home without dogs, other cats, or small children, as loud noises and other animals would be too overwhelming for her without her natural ability to defend herself.
With these requirements, Mabel was anticipated to be a more challenging adoption than most. Mabel spent nearly a month at the WHS shelter, patiently awaiting the perfect forever home that would provide just the quiet and comforting environment she needed. With her sweet personality, adorable face, and inclination to be a lap cat, Mabel found her forever family on June 22 and she has since been adopted into a perfect home.
The grant was used to purchase necessary enrichment for the cats and dog during the lockdown where volunteers were not allowed to come in and socialize the animals.
We were able to purchase frisbees and clips to hang outside the 160 dog kennels to give them something to do along with treats and peanut butter. We also purchased toys for the cats to play with.
“Hello, my name is Rusty. I was surrendered to the shelter by my owners through no fault of my own and I was very sad. I missed them dearly and I did not know why they left me. I was unsure of my new surroundings and the new people at the shelter. At first, I was very shy, but with each day of playing with toys, going on walks and enjoying my chew toys, I was growing more confident! Eventually, after growing to trust the fun people who often played with me and the fun toys, I broke out of my shell and was like a changed dog!”
The enrichment program at our shelter helps scared and shy dogs learn to trust our staff and volunteers every day. The difference that our enrichment program makes in a dog’s personality from their first day at the shelter to their last really helps their anxiety, fearfulness and their ability to trust! Thanks to the recent grant, we have been able to pour more resources into keeping our dogs happy and help them transition to shelter life!
The $1,000 grant was used to purchase lifesaving core vaccines for the cats and dogs housed in our shelter. We were able to purchase 700 vaccines, which included the canine and feline distemper vaccine (DAPPv and FVRCP) and rabies vaccine.
The vaccines purchased with these grant funds are core vaccines vital to the health of any pet. By vaccinating our residents before adoption, we are setting them up for success and a healthy life with their new family. These vaccinations also ensure that the residents do not become ill while in the shelter setting.
Guppy and his brother and sister were found abandoned inside an unoccupied home, with their mother nowhere to be found. At only three weeks old, it seemed that life had dealt him a bad hand, but then he and his siblings were found and brought to the Humane Society of Harrisburg Area by a local animal control officer. This allowed this shy but sweet silver kitten to have a chance at survival.
When Guppy reached the appropriate age, he received his core vaccines, including the HCP vaccine, which protects again herpesvirus, calicivirus, and panleukopenia, and the rabies vaccine. Without these core vaccines, Guppy would be susceptible to some of the illnesses and diseases that are most contagious and deadly to felines.
Guppy was adopted at 4 months old and his adopter says he has adjusted well and his personality is really starting to shine. Guppy is happy and healthy thanks to healthy foundation provided by these vaccines.