Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
We spent $1,000 on Amazon for over 1,000 toys. Each cat currently in the rescue was given $10 worth of toys to play with interactively and independently during their stay with the rescue.
Fosters work on high-fives, sitting, and rolling over so our fabulous felines can show off their skills and cuteness. We provide additional toys that cats can utilize independently, such as tunnels, towers with balls, and any kind of catnip-infused toys. This is especially helpful because we work with many community cats that are friendly enough to get adopted. Some of these cats arrive scared or not yet socialized completely. The play time with cats builds trust and makes adopters see the potential in shyer cats.
This grant will assist over 100 cats.
Ghostrider (first photo) and his three siblings came in a trap to the Humane Society of Yuma. The shelter reached out to All About Animals Rescue to intake and work with these unsocial 6-week-olds. There was no space in the shelter for these cats to blossom. They came to the rescue as “popcorn” kittens, hissing and jumping at us every time they saw us. Fortunately, we had just received the Cat Enrichment Grant from the Petfinder Foundation. With lots of fun toys and love, these boys warmed up in one week! They are now available for adoption.
Denali, a 5-week-old kitten, had emergency surgery. He was suffering from intussusception and eye and upper-respiratory infections.
This year so far has hit us extremely hard with the overwhelming number of dogs and cats surrendered or brought in by Animal Control and the rescues of homeless, abandoned, hoarded, sick and abused animals. We have a hard time saying NO to any animal and we help as many as we possibly can every day. Our veterinarians have had to complete several surgeries for us and this has impacted our budget. As a small, rural animal shelter, we rely on the help and donations from our community and grants we are awarded. By receiving this $500 to pay for Denali’s surgery, it gives us the opportunity to use other funds to help other animals in need.
Denali was one of seven kittens rescued from a hoarding case and living in a bad environment. He was suffering from eye and upper-respiratory infections as well as intussusception [a life-threatening intestinal condition]. Denali had emergency surgery in March 2021 in order to save his life. He made a full recovery and was adopted to his furever home in April 2021. His new family loves him to death and he is being very spoiled. Here is what his momma said: “Denali is very lovable and likes to follow me while I do chores. He is big on just watching while I do stuff. I would say he loves me the most!”
Our senior dogs love the beds inside and outside of their cabins while they are out enjoying fresh air.
We care for many senior pets who live their lives at Missy’s Haven until their time comes to pass over the rainbow bridge.
This is why we do what we do! They always have a special place in our heart — like Cody, who came home with us 10 years ago for the holidays and is still with us at 17 years old. Even though he is completely blind, he always knows where you are, loves his kibble, and is a hunk to all the girls in our senior cabin.
This $1,000 grant was used to support food purchases to maintain the proper level and quality of nutrition during the 2020 pandemic.
The pandemic caused a decline in general operational funding, which helps to support food purchases. This grant helped soften that blow from a donor base that was itself struggling.
On average, 350 pets per month
Billie, Banks, and Brianna are just three kittens out of 50 that found ARC during the summer of 2020. So many kittens were either surrendered or orphaned during the middle of the pandemic. While ARC had the room to provide a safety net for many of them, we were struggling with the vast amount of food necessary to feed these three orphans along with the other 350 residents at ARC!
The Petfinder Foundation’s grant helped contribute to ARC’s ability to maintain proper the quality and quantity of life-saving food. This allowed Billie, Banks, and Brianna to flourish and then be placed up for adoption when they were spayed/neutered, vaccinated, and micro-chipped!
We were thrilled to receive a box of Kong toys. Around 2,000 dogs pass through SPCA Florida’s Adoption Center each year. Some are adopted the same day they become available, but many stay for a long time. We do our best to keep them happy: All dogs are walked at least four times a day on our walking trails, and all get play time with staff and volunteers, training, and other fun activities, but there is still a lot of downtime.
The Kong toys provide entertainment that lasts. And they’re easy to clean and durable even when faced with heavy chewers. We love letting the kennel dogs out for playtime and having a fun surprise ready for them when they come in.
Everyone loves the Kong toys. Dogs who are entertained instead of bored are not just happier — they present themselves better to adopters and find homes faster. That, in turn, makes room for other dogs to enter SPCA Florida’s facility. We work closely with Polk County Animal Control and other organizations that are constantly overrun with dogs. The more pets we can transfer in to us and find homes for, the more pets can have a happy lives in loving, forever homes. The Kong toys help us accomplish our mission.
Hank (first four photos) is a handsome, cheerful, and energetic black mouth cur mix. He loves running around outside, splashing around in the doggy pool, and playing with toys. One of his favorite things to do at SPCA Florida was combining these things into playing with toys in the pool. Hank has been adopted, and I’m sure he would woof a heartfelt Thank You for making his stay at SPCA Florida enjoyable and fun.
Also attached are photos of Hope, Lola, and Yuki with their toys, and images of staff and volunteers unboxing the Kongs and filling them. We hold around 100 dogs any given day of the year, so just filling them takes some time!
The Disaster Grant funds were used to replace collapsed tarps above the outdoor pens, all outdoor water hoses, a puppy pen that was crushed, and outdoor timers for the lights and summer fans.
It allowed us to once again use a row of outdoor kennels which the snow had completely collapsed. When we could not use these kennels, puppies had to stay inside in crates, only being let out a few times a day.
Hose water is our only source of water outside for the dogs to have fresh, cold water and for us to be able to wash doghouses, Kuranda beds, buckets, and whatever else needs to be cleaned. This helps keep these areas clean and healthy for the dogs.
The timers for the summer fans and lights are something we take seriously, as leaving these items on all the time is not only wasteful of energy, but can cause fires.
All the damage was a little overwhelming for our small facility. Thank goodness for this grant, because the puppies are growing fast.
We had a litter of eight puppies, plus two others, that came in right after the storm. Having limits on our outdoor space and the ability to clean things outside made it very difficult to keep up with the day-to-day, not to mention the 10 new arrivals at our small facility.
The litter of eight puppies was turned in by an owner who did not have the funds to provide for them and was a repeat client. They were the typical covered-in-fleas, full-of-parasites, hungry puppies. But the mom did a good job taking care of them otherwise. They were growing fast and needed more exercise and socialization than an indoor puppy pen would allow.
Unfortunately, all of the puppies are still with us and a couple of them have developed a fear of strangers now. But we hope someone will follow the link provided and come give one a forever home. Meet the eight puppies here.
The money received for disaster relief will be used to buy a new generator for the three buildings on our campus. Rolling blackouts are common in our area during extreme weather. With extreme heat, thunderstorms or extreme cold, generators are essential for our campus to keep the animals safe and healthy. The $10,000 gift will provide electricity to Bear’s Den, our large-dog housing for (on average) 50 dogs (approximately 3,000 per year).
These generators will be essential for our extreme Texas weather. Whether it’s 108-degree heat or an ice storm reaching temperatures under zero, these generators will help heat and cool the shelter where the animals temporarily reside, as well as our animal hospital where many animals heal. It’s not only important for the heating and cooling system; electricity is needed in our hospital for those animals who have IVs or who need x-rays, surgeries, or warming blankets.
*We are happy to submit a full report once the project is complete.
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For Blue Bell (first and second photos), coming to Operation Kindness means that he can live a life free of pain. Suffering from severe hip dysplasia and entropion (a condition causing his eyelashes to rub against his eyeball), he needed a trip to a veterinary specialist and surgery to heal. With the transformative treatment he received, combined with lifelong medication, Blue Bell is thriving in Bear’s Den and available for adoption now. Meet Blue Bell here.
Bear’s Den is our large-dog housing area, complete with individual indoor/outdoor runs. Dogs can bask in the sun or snuggle in their soft beds inside. It is essential for Bear’s Den to maintain heat in the winter and air conditioning in the summer to accommodate for Texas’ extreme temperatures and storms. Backup for electricity during natural disasters will create ease and comfort not only for the dogs we care for but for our staff who cares for them.
This grant of $500 was used for the needs of the animals in the shelter that are available for adoption. We have several dogs with special food needs due to allergies, skin irritations, or dental issues. Any animal leaving the shelter is required to be spayed or neutered, so this money helps with some of that cost. Currently we have a couple of senior cats, mommas with kittens, and an FIV-positive cat with special food needs and supplements.
Our current vet bills, food bills, and cat litter bills are extremely high right now. We have had an overwhelming number of animals surrendered or rescued this year and this money helps us tremendously with those issues. As a small rural shelter, we try to save all the animals we can so they have a second chance at a loving home. We rely on our community, volunteers, and supporters. Receiving grant awards is very special and helps us assist more animals in need.
Bella is one of our success stories and was helped by this grant. When she arrived at the shelter, she was scared of her own shadow, extremely underweight, and would throw up from eating too fast (first photo). We were able to purchase a slow-feed bowl and a tunnel tent for her to feel protected in and support her special needs.
Bella was adopted in March 2021 and is doing fantastic. She has come out of her shell and loves life. You will see this by the comments from her new family in the second, third, and fourth photos.
Vlad (fifth photo) and Tiger (sixth photo) are senior cats who needed special food. Vlad was adopted in April 2021 and is spoiled rotten by his new family.
Tiger is a 12-year-old male with a mind of his own. He loves living at the shelter and seems to want to stay with us. He was adopted twice, but decided to do his business outside the litter box (he doesn’t do that at the shelter) both times and was returned. Nothing the new owners did worked in order to keep him in their home. Tiger is reaping the benefits of this grant money with his daily wet and dry cat food, treats, comfortable bed, and toys. He is still available for adoption and we are hoping the third time is the charm! You can meet Tiger here.
Supplies for field trips, including backpacks, leashes, travel water bowls, and poop bag holders
It allows us to now “brand” our dogs and have them stand out while they are on field trips. We have successfully placed several dogs since our grant award.
Sharing this wonderful pupdate: Meet Ms. Brandie. This sweet gal was adopted on May 27th by a longtime supporter of our organization. Brandie’s new family first met her while the pretty pup was on a vacation from her kennel during a Riverside Rovers outing. Her mom shares that during that visit, “Brandie swept us off our feet.” She then shared that, “Brandie is a delight; smart and very loving. She was meant to be as we lost our beloved pug, Misters, last year and we waited until we were ready and Brandie knew it and she melted our hearts. She is a true blessing and we just love her.” Yay! We are so happy that Brandie and this family seem to be the perfect fit, and we wish them many years of fun and love.
The Emergency Medical Grant was used to help cover the surgical costs for Birdie, a loving calico who required emergent specialty surgical repair for a diaphragmatic hernia.
Birdie was diagnosed with a large diaphragmatic hernia. She was having extreme difficulty breathing, as her intestines were taking up space in her chest cavity where her lungs should be. Birdie was referred to a specialty surgeon an hour and a half away who was willing to provide the procedure necessary to save her life.
We were afraid because of the expense involved that we would not be able to save her and had considered humane euthanasia, but we wanted to give sweet Birdie every chance. We made the decision to move forward with surgery, and posted her story on Facebook and Instagram in hopes of fundraising enough to cover the cost of the procedure. We were only able to fundraise $800 of her total medical bill of $1800 (including the rescue discount).
The Petfinder Foundation Emergency Medical Grant generously covered the remaining cost of Birdie’s surgery, helping our organization tremendously by allowing us to pay for the services provided by the specialty surgeon.
Birdie is a young adult female calico kitty whom we rescued from the local municipal shelter. She loves giving head bumps, rolls for chin scratches, and loves to cuddle in your lap. When she was calm, she seemed to be a normal, healthy cat; but when we did her medical evaluation and gave her vaccines and dewormer, she started panting and her gums seemed dusky instead of pink, so we rushed her to our local vet to find out what was going on.
After some x-rays and a barium swallow test, we got the official diagnosis of a large diaphragmatic hernia. She had multiple loops of small intestines in her chest cavity taking up space and preventing her lungs from expanding, making it very difficult for her to breathe.
As mentioned previously, we were dismayed at the cost of surgery, but decided we needed to give her every possible chance — and we are so glad we did! Sweet Birdie had a phenomenal recovery, and rebounded faster than any of her doctors ever expected. She went to a foster home to finish healing, and her foster gave her all the attention and chin scratches she could ever want.
After she was healed up and living her new life, we had a family reach out to us about adopting her; we arranged a meet-and-greet and it was love at first sight! Her adopter tells us, “Birdie owns us for sure, not the other way around!” She is now living life to the fullest with her loving family. We are thrilled for Birdie and so thankful for the generosity of the Petfinder Foundation for making this “happily ever after” possible!