Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
The Orvis grant money was used for enrichment items at our dog shelter. We were able to purchase items that the dogs would otherwise not receive while staying at the shelter. The items included a radio and rechargeable batteries for music enrichment, dog treats, Kong toys, baby pools for cooling down and baths, blankets, leashes for going on walks with volunteers, and shampoo. It’s like Christmas at the dog shelter!
It’s very obvious that music calms the dogs. We house an average of 35 dogs within one building, so music has a great calming effect. All the dogs love their daily treats and walking with volunteers on their new leashes. Another big hit among the dogs are the cow ears and Dentastix. All these wonderful enrichment items reduce the overall stress level of each dog.
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Poor Lolita (first photo) is currently the resident who’s been with us the longest. She enjoys the radio being by her kennel. She gets excited to get a daily treat. She is thrilled to go for walks with volunteers now that there is an adequate supply of good leashes available. Lolita’s favorite treat is cow ears! She was also able to enjoy a cool-down bath in the baby pool twice already. She’s an easy girl to please, but it’s heartwarming to know we can now provide her and many others with an added bonus on each of their days with us.
Lolita is still available for adoption but has a commitment from a rescue organization and will be transported in two weeks. Meet Lolita here.
We used a Petfinder Foundation grant of $988.28 in the following manner to provide enrichment for the cats in the Cattery at the HART Animal Center:
Materials to build three Window Box Catios® – $332
Labor – $480
Three Drinkwell Fountains, including filters and brushes – $176.80
As is true at any organization that shelters animals, adult cats stay longer at the HART Animal Center — an average of six months. In addition, during “kitten season,” orphaned kittens arrive every day and are placed in quarantine to keep them healthy until they are adopted or transported to larger rescues. We used the Petfinder Foundation grant to build a large window-box Catios for adult cats in the Cattery and two small units in the kitten play areas. These window boxes will provide all sheltered cats with the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors without any danger to themselves. They will also allow kittens to familiarize themselves with the world from their play areas. The three Drinkwell fountains became a greatly appreciated addition to the kitten areas, with two or more kittens simultaneously enjoying the running water.
An average of 50 felines per month, and a total of 500 or 600 year.
The window box Catios were completed and installed the second week of August. The first cat to use them was the Adoption Wing cat, Waylon (first photo), who toured the addition as if he had ordered the window boxes himself! Other cats who enjoyed the improvements were Macie (a spayed surrogate mother who loves to take care of orphaned kittens) and Sterling, a formerly outside cat now enjoying the indoors. The cats currently available for adoption are still checking out the new structures. One of those is Gracie (second photo), a 1-year old female, whose Petfinder profile can be found here.
They were given to our foster homes as beds for their dog crates. Most of our foster caregivers work during the day and the dogs stay in crates. The P.L.A.Y. beds made a nice, comfortable place for the foster dogs.
The beds increased the comfort of the crates for the dogs by making a nice comfortable spot for them while they were staying in the crates during the day.
Noah (first photo) is an older boy who came in to rescue a few months ago. He has had a rough life. He has callouses on his knees and butt bones. The addition of the P.L.A.Y. bed in his crate was great and now he runs in to get his treat and sit down. He has a meet-and-greet on Aug. 22, 2019, and hopefully will be adopted. Meet Noah here.
Grant funds supported femoral head ostectomy (FHO) surgery and a dental for Louie, a 5- to 6-year-old Pomeranian/terrier mix. These surgeries were necessary to heal old injuries and prepare Louie for adoption.
Louie is one of 80 dogs whom we took into our care during the first week of July as part of our Foster the 4th program, which saves dogs at risk of being euthanized for space when the shelter fills up around the 4th of July. This program has been embraced by our community, and we had a surplus of volunteers to temporarily foster dogs over the holiday period. As a result, our main barrier to further lifesaving was funding for medical care. We are committed to providing the best care for all dogs in our custody, and medical costs for this program were more than $32,000, given the number of dogs like Louie who required surgeries and other non-routine medical care. Dedicated grant funding has a major impact for dogs like Louie, allowing us to schedule his surgery without delays for fundraising. For Louie, that means less time in pain, less time until he is fully healed, and less time until he is ready for adoption. We are very grateful to the Petfinder Foundation for supporting Louie’s surgery and allowing us to give him timely care in preparation for adoption.
Louie came into our local shelter as a stray and was there for almost two months. He was overlooked by adopters because he was quite fearful in the shelter and had some untreated medical problems that tend to be a financial concern for families. In particular, an untreated and unhealed leg injury was causing Louie pain and problems with mobility, and it appeared likely that Louie would require surgery.
We took Louie into our rescue’s care during the first week of July as part of our Foster the 4th program, ensuring that he would be safe over the 4th of July holiday when the shelter is full.
After our trusted veterinarian performed x-rays, we determined that Louie would indeed require a femoral head ostectomy (FHO) surgery in order to properly heal. Removing the femoral head would allow it to regrow, giving his leg an opportunity to heal properly. Louie also needed a dental, which could happen on the same day.
Louie’s surgeries took place this week, and he is currently healing in his foster home while he awaits placement with a permanent adoptive family. He is now toothless, but he’s the same playful, happy pup, and we know he will feel much better in no time. He is in loving hands with an experienced foster family who are helping to promote him for adoption into a permanent home.
Louie is currently listed for adoption here. He is smart, happy, and eager to please. We are excited to find this pup the loving, secure home that he deserves!
Adopter receives funding to assist with the cost of medication, prescribed food and supplements for the duration of the adoptable senior pet’s lifetime.
This grant provided incentive to a potential adopter to offset medical costs for a senior dog who had been at Little Shelter for almost two years. Brynn was on several medications and supplements for kidney issues. Little Shelter was able to alleviate the expense of Brynn’s medication for almost a year to her new family.
We are so happy to be able to share with you that Brynn has been adopted! When Brynn first arrived at Little Shelter two years ago, she was very ill. This poor girl’s body was riddled with mammary tumors that encompassed every nipple on both sides of her belly. Mammary tumors are a common problem with unspayed females, but this was one of the worst cases we had seen. Through the determination of Little Shelter’s staff and Brynn’s own will, she made it through all her treatments and was declared cancer-free.
The only thing left to do was to find Brynn the perfect home. During her time at Little Shelter, Brynn made friends with every staff member and volunteer. She spent her days hanging out in the adoption office or sunning herself by the front gate, where she could greet visitors in hopes of finding a family of her own. Brynn quickly became a favorite and would enjoy home-cooked meals that volunteers would bring in, as well as occasional car rides, which she loved. One day a family came in looking for a senior dog and Brynn came right up to them, wagging her tail and looking for love. Needless to say, they fell in love with the senior pitty on the spot.
A few days later, staff and volunteers gathered to say goodbye. Brynn was excited to have all her friends come to give her attention, and even more excited when she realized she was going for a car ride. Staff brought her to her new home and helped her family get her all cozy and comfortable. Now she is enjoying the life she’s always deserved – a life of luxury and being spoiled like the queen she truly is. Congratulations, Brynn and your new family!
Travel expenses for prison trips $117.12
Dog food and treats 705.34
Medicine and first aid (Cosequin) 120.07
Training supplies 57.47
Our 2019 Orvis Animal Care grant supported WAG’s Clallam Bay Corrections Center (CBCC) Program for three months. In the CBCC Program, puppies and dogs received the training and socialization they need in order to be suitable for adoption. Dogs in the program were paired with the incarcerated trainers, who cared for them around the clock every day. Additionally, WAG volunteers traveled to the prison weekly to visit the dogs and discuss training issues with the handlers. Some of the dogs who participate in the program require serious rehabilitation. They stay as long as required to pass the American Kennel Club obedience test. Thus, during the grant period, we had animals who graduated and were adopted, some who completed training and are now back at the WAG Ranch and eligible for adoption, and some who are still working on their training at the prison. Our Orvis Animal Care Grant provided food, treats, medicine, and training supplies for the Clallam Bay Corrections Center dogs and puppies, and also covered some of the travel expenses for WAG volunteer visits to the prison.
About 50 dogs and puppies in the CBCC program are or will be helped by this grant.
This grant supported WAG’s Clallam Bay Corrections Center Program, where our rescued puppies and dogs are paired with incarcerated handlers who provide the socialization and training the pups need in order to be adoptable. We would like to highlight the stories of three dogs who participated in the prison program during the grant period.
Chief (first photo) is a handsome male staghound who recently celebrated his first birthday. He belonged to a single man who fell on hard times and gave his puppy to friends who owned a farm, hoping to secure a happy future for him. But because of Chief’s high prey drive, common to his breed, he did not do well living on a farm and surrounded by chickens and other small animals. Luckily, the farmers entrusted with his care brought Chief to WAG. By this time, Chief had high anxiety and not many house manners, as he had always lived outside. During his prison training, he was able to overcome most of his anxiety and learn how to live as an inside pet. In May, our magnificent Chief was adopted by an awesome family, including two young children who adore cuddling and playing with him (second and third photo). He now has a big fenced yard, someone at home with him every day to guide and work with him, and even regular outings to the beach!
Sylvee (fourth photo) is a beautiful black and silver husky/shepherd mix, currently only about 7 months old. She was originally from Texas, and was brought to Washington State by a young couple traveling and living in their van. Poor Sylvee was crated all the time and deprived of food. When she was first taken in by WAG, she did not know how to live in a house or even how to eat out of a bowl, though she was remarkably sweet and trusting. Sylvee spent some weeks at WAG, where she came to feel safe, gained weight and confidence, and grew completely healthy. Little Sylvee got lots of attention and care from the volunteers at WAG, who described her as “loving, so patient for a puppy, and a jewel” and “bright, fun, and beautiful; full of spirit.” Once she was ready, Sylvee entered the prison program, where she quickly became a well-adjusted young dog, receiving the basic training she still needed. At the end of July, Sylvee was adopted by a phenomenal couple with an active lifestyle. Not only has she gained a loving home, she now has a wonderful big brother, Koda, with whom she bonded immediately (fifth and sixth photos). Her new family has already sent WAG a video of Sylvee and Koda racing around their beautiful yard together — such a joyous scene!
Andy, a friendly whippet mix/border collie mix (seventh and eighth photos), is 2 years old. He lived for short stints in several homes before being voluntarily relinquished to WAG. Though his former groomer described him as “the ultimate good boy,” Andy did not do well in busy homes and was reactive when overstimulated. With a lot to learn, he is currently at the prison, where he is thriving under the care of a patient and experienced trainer. Young Andy has learned to focus his attention, use his boundless energy wisely, walk calmly on a leash, and obey basic commands — and now he is ready for his forever home! Sleek and athletic, young Andy loves to play ball, is built for agility and other canine sports, and would make a great hiking partner. He is already housetrained and would love a canine companion. This striking guy is going to be a fantastic companion for his lucky adopter! You can find out more about Andy here.
Veterinary services, including kitten wellness check and vaccination costs, for a litter of five kittens we received in May of 2019.
Kittens and senior cats are the two classes of kitties that require the largest expenditure of funds and effort. All of our kittens are given veterinary wellness checks and vaccinations before they are available for adoption. We believe this is the foundation of a good, long life for the kittens. In addition, our excellent veterinarians can detect other conditions requiring special care.
Perry was the last of a litter of five kittens. After his four siblings were adopted, Perry was desperately lonely until we were able to introduce him to several other kittens about the same age. Perry is very active, but also very loving. He enjoys snuggling on your shoulder for a nice nap, and then will run and jump wildly with his buddies for a play session. Happily, Perry was adopted in early August. His best buddy is now a young cat already in the household, and they enjoy playing together (second photo). His new family reports: “We love Perry! He’s been such an amazing addition!”
The funds, $22.50, received through the Sponsor a Pet program were use towards supplies and equipment for our foster-a-kitten program.
Fostering found, unowned kittens greatly improves their temperament through taming. Fostered kittens are adopted quickly through on-site programs.
Ernie and Ella are two adorable kittens, just a little bit on the wild side. Through their week spent in a foster home, they got used to both people and dogs. They are now living in great families!
To provide vaccinations, worming, and flea/tick prevention to help this little girl find a forever home.
Every dollar goes to support the animal’s care. One of our largest budget items is vaccinations, spay/neuter and emergency veterinary care.
The pet sponsored was Willow. She has since found a loving furever home, where she will live indoors and have two doggy playmates and two teenagers to play with and take great care of her. Thank you!
The money from this grant was spent on emergency surgery for one of our special-needs dogs, Biscotti, who had 16 stones blocking his urethra. An emergency cystoscopy and urethrotomy were performed. In addition, Biscotti had severe trauma to his right eye, which required enucleation. The emergency surgery cost $3,050.95 in total, and we used the entire $1,000 grant to contribute to this expense.
The Petfinder Emergency Medical Grant helped Poodle and Pooch Rescue by allowing us to focus on rehabilitating Biscotti emotionally and physically, rather than worrying about the incredibly high medical bills to cover his surgery.
Biscotti has experienced more strife in his seven years than many do in a lifetime. He was thrown out of a car and left to fend for himself in the wild. He was attacked by another dog so viciously, his eye had to be removed. Sixteen stones blocked his urethra, causing excruciating pain. But none of these hardships, brought about by abuse and neglect, changed his core essence. After we gave him the medical care he needed to recover physically, we placed him in a foster home to help rehabilitate him emotionally. Biscotti was adopted by a wonderful couple who understand that senior and special-needs dogs are true gems. They adopted Biscotti in late July and now his life is filled with new adventures such as going to the beach and visiting family. Each day, he is treated kindly and adored.