Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
Project Precious Paws/Montgomery City Animal Shelter: Petfinder Adoption Options in Action Grant (Invitation Only)
We bought agility equipment including weave poles, a tire jump, a tunnel, a see-saw base and other supplies.
We are able to use the equipment to enrich the daily lives of the dogs in our care as well as using it in teaching basic obedience commands. Any training makes them more adoptable.
So far we have used it with the three dogs we have had in our care since we set up the equipment.
Maddie came to us as a puppy. She was returned after her first adoption and was out of control and full of energy. We started working with her on the agility equipment and on obedience commands and she was able to use up a lot of her energy and be able to focus on training. She was doing well and had the “sit” command down and was adopted in a week. The photos are of her on her first day of training.
The money provided for by this grant went to several different enrichment toys and tools. We purchased ball launchers so that our staff could throw balls to the dogs in our play yards much farther than by hand. We are using a few different types of these launchers in order to evaluate which one is the most popular with our animals. The dog puzzles, treat-dispensing games, and fun feeder bowls are all part of our mental-stimulation program that offers our dogs the chance to think and activate their minds while playing. We notice an increase in calm behavior and general well-being when dogs are using these tools. Several of our products also aid in teeth-cleaning, so these toys offer the chance for dogs to receive physical stimulation while also improving their oral health. Our dog pools are another product that is enjoyed by our dogs; they provide environmental stimulation, and are a favorite with several.
This grant has helped us to increase the mental and physical enrichment, as well as the behavioral and environmental stimulation, of the dogs in our care. Offering these tools is key to keeping a high quality of life for the animals at our humane society and ensuring that they are receiving the best care possible. Without this grant, the number of toys, diversity of toys, and quality of activities available for the dogs in the play yards would not be as high.
Over the past six months, this have been more than 75 dogs who have benefited.
Bingo (first photo) is one of our adoptable dogs who has especially enjoyed our mental and physical enrichment and stimulation program. He especially loves our dog wading pools and will play in the water, splash around, and have so much fun, he never wants to leave! He is a 20-month-old retriever and Labrador mix who was brought in as a stray in July of this year. He is very energetic, loves treats, and is very sweet. We have included some photos of him. He was transferred to one of our mainland partner agencies, East Bay SPCA on Oct. 11.
The beautiful and warm P.L.A.Y. beds were used to “comfy up” Orange Street Cats’ sanctuary for feline leukemia-positive cats.
While our FeLV-positive kitties may not have the same length lives as those who are negative, they deserve all the love, care and compassion that all kitties deserve! While all are available for adoption into single-cat and FeLV-positive homes, many do stay their entire lives with us. Because their time may be shorter, we try to provide above-and-beyond love and care for them.
Smoky, more fondly known in the FeLV sanctuary as Nanny, is one of the kitties who enjoy these beautiful, cuddly and warm beds. Nanny was an owner surrender at the age of 18 who was discovered to be FeLV-positive. She loves to eat, she loves to be petted, and she loves to cuddle on her new bed. She loves it even more because it matches her beautiful green eyes! Nanny, due to her age and FeLV status, probably will not be adopted, but we’d like to think that the volunteers shower her with enough love and attention that she doesn’t mind!
To fund medications and other medical costs for a senior cat, Addie, in our care. Addie, thus far, has not been adopted. She is 14 with some urinary issues. She is on medication to help this, but her right person has just not discovered this wonderful girl yet.
This grant has helped us highlight Addie to potential adopters at the shelter and we tell them that we will provide medication for her after adoption.
Addie is a sweet old girl who came to Ohio Alleycat Resource and Spay/Neuter Clinic (OAR) via our intake program with a local open-admission shelter. Addie has litter-box issues and is on medication and a special diet to help with this. Our vet team and volunteers are giving her great care! Addie prefers to be an only cat. This, coupled with her lifetime need to be on medication, fluoxetine, and the extra cost of urinary-care food, turns off most adopters. OAR is honest in sharing this information and also letting potential adopters know that she sometimes “thinks outside the box.”
As you can see from the photos, Addie is an office favorite and a fine supervisor!
An older cat with health issues is not for everyone, but OAR hopes that by providing an adopter with medication and covering some other expenses, her person will see past the costs and focus on her beautiful (and spirited) personality. She has not been adopted yet. We know her day will come! Meet Addie here.
The funds were used to provide waived or reduced adoption fees for some of our long-term dogs and cats in foster or boarding.
This grant helped to get several of our longer-term dogs and cats adopted. We featured some of our adoptables with the reduced fee and were successful in placing several.
Taylor (first and second photos) is a sweet, playful girl who was born in foster care with her brother and sisters. She is a purring machine, so happy and content. We knew that Taylor would bring a whole lot of love to a family, but for some reason, this quiet beauty was overlooked for months and months. We featured Taylor with the fact that her adoption fee was sponsored, and she soon found an amazing home. We always say that the longest fosters are just waiting for the perfect home to come along!
We installed a huge outdoor play yard.
We can take 10 to 15 dogs out at the same time for exercise, and they are loving every minute of it. Before, we just had small play yards, and we have turned those into meet-and-greet kennels.
We have a very special girl, Cola (first photo), who is terrified of people but absolutely loves other dogs. She is our go-to girl when it comes to playgroups. She has not gotten her forever home yet, but only because she hasn’t found the right person. Cola says thank you to the Petfinder Foundation. Meet Cola here.
We use the Kongs for enrichment purposes for the dogs and the cats in the shelter.
We have a large number of dogs and cats that we cycle through without a large volume of volunteers, making their stimulus time short. By utilizing the Kong toys, we are able to expand their enrichment time with minimal personnel.
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We had a dog named Tripp (first and second photos) who was extremely good outside of his cage, but when he was in his kennel and members of the public would walk through, he would bark and jump, not showing well. He also would make a mess out his kennel every time a person would walk by. Before we’d walk families through, we would give him a frozen, filled Kong toy to keep him occupied, and he was adopted within the first week of using that method. He is now happy in his home with a great family and a nice older brother.
The money was used to purchase a splint and a prosthetic for Daisy.
After getting her prosthetic, Daisy was able to run around and play like other dogs.
Daisy is a 4-year-old shih tzu who arrived from the Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC). Not much was known about her past except that she was found in a basement, abandoned by her owner, severely matted, injured and crying to be saved.
What they found under matted and dirt-caked fur was heartbreaking. Her right paw was missing, leaving only a forelimb with bone exposed. It’s hard to say if this happened due to the constriction of the matted fur or by some other means, but the wound needed immediate treatment. Daisy’s left paw was also badly damaged. There was a chance her left paw could be salvaged, but it required more resources than the shelter had available. That’s when Little Shelter scooped Daisy up and brought her to Huntington.
Daisy needed a custom splint to correct the damage to her left leg and give her more stability. Once her left leg was corrected, she was able to get fitted for a prosthetic for her right leg that allowed her to be able to play with others and live a normal life. The cost for a custom splint and an orthotic was $1900. Little Shelter thanks the Petfinder Foundation for its generous grant, which helped give Daisy the life she deserves. We are happy to report that Daisy has been adopted.
We have used this grant to provide enrichment for the cats in our adoption center: Cat hammocks, cat beds, toys and cat scratchers for their cages.
It provided enrichment to the cats in our offsite adoption center waiting for forever homes.
The cats love their hammocks and beds, which provide comfort while they are waiting for their forever homes. The cat scratchers for their cages provide them a place to do what comes naturally! And toys are always fun. Having happy, relaxed cats helps them find forever homes! Cats pictured include Willow (first photo). From her Petfinder profile: “This teenage kitten is super sweet and fun-loving. She’s been fostered with cats and dogs.” Meet Willow here.
Animal Aid received the Senior Pet Adoption Assistance Grant for Theo, a heeler/great Pyrenees mix. We utilized the funds provided to cover Theo’s adoption fee, neuter surgery, and microchipping. We are providing heartworm- and flea-prevention treatment and routine vaccines for four years.
This grant helped one of our senior dogs get adopted. Senior dogs are often overlooked when people are searching for a dog, but relieving some of the financial barriers can draw potential candidates’ attention back to these wonderful pets.
We are not sure exactly what happened to Theo before we got him, but it is possible he was hit by a car. It also looked as if he’d had all his teeth removed other than the top canines, which were cut in half. Theo had a dislocated elbow. He also had a severe case of heartworm. He was treated for his trauma-related injuries and heartworm, and a pin was put in his leg. He also participated in physical therapy for several weeks.
Theo has completely beaten the odds against him! He recovered beautifully. His past does not take away from his sweet, loving personality. Theo was recently adopted by an amazing family and is loving life in his new home!