Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
Alas, Jax has not yet been adopted so the funds have not been spent.
We would like to ask for a three-month extension on the grant in order to get Jax adopted. Although we have advertised Jax and the grant on social media, we regret to say Jax remains unadopted. Palm Springs is a highly seasonal resort town — our population almost triples from November to April. Summer — when our temperatures reach triple digits — is our slow season. Now that the snowbirds are returning, we hope to find Jax his forever home and hope that you will agree to a three-month extension.
It is for one dog, Jax.
The Petfinder Foundation awarded our shelter $967.25 to pay for Jax’s medical care after adoption. Jax is a senior dog who suffers from arthritis but is otherwise quite healthy. He requires pills daily and a monthly shot. Jax is an older dude who wants to be your one and only companion in the home. A yard would be nice and Jax enjoys regular walks. If you are a couch potato, Jax likes to be one too. Jax would be very content and prefers just adults in the home. Jax needs love and attention, just like kids! Meet Jax: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/42656545
The grant funds were used to provide heartworm treatment for dogs in our shelter and to provide medical care to animals being transported out of the shelter to partner agencies for adoption.
The dogs that were provided with heartworm treatment using the grant funds were given a much better chance at being adopted. Heartworm treatment is expensive and when potential adopters learned that grant funds were covering the expense, it made adoption feasible. The animals transported to other agencies needed veterinary care to make the trip, and these grant funds allowed us to provide that.
15 animals were directly impacted by this grant; however, because the grant was able to help provide positive outcomes for those 15 animals, another 15 animals were afforded space within our shelter.
Doodles came to our shelter in May 2015 as a young pup with a bright future. He was quickly adopted by a family who promised to provide shelter, food, medical care, love, etc. That promise wasn’t fulfilled, and Doodles was found running the streets in August 2018. He was underweight, had patches of fur missing with superficial wounds, and was undersocialized. Our veterinary team went to work on getting him well and our animal-care staff gave him extra attention. Our staff couldn’t help but feel as though we had failed him. After a few weeks of treatment and good nutrition, Doodles was feeling much better and was ready for adoption again — this time to the best home only.
But because Doodles wasn’t properly cared for over the last three years, he contracted heartworms, which made it more difficult to find a great home willing to take on the expensive burden of heartworm treatment. When the Petfinder Foundation Adoption Options in Action grant was awarded, Doodles’s heartworm treatment was an easy decision for staff. The shelter was filled to capacity when one of the shelter’s foster parents came in to offer assistance. She found Doodles and fell in love instantly. She officially adopted Doodles and he is currently undergoing heartworm treatment thanks to the generous grant funds from the Petfinder Foundation. The foster home also adopted a friend for Doodles (who is also being treated for heartworms using the Petfinder Foundation grant funds) so that he would have great company and never experience a day of sadness ever again.
The money from the grant was used to purchase insulin for a diabetic dog named Nick.
Having his insulin costs covered made him much more adoptable.
Nick was saved from being chained in the yard of an owner who suffered from dementia and often forgot he had a dog. When Nick was rescued, he had little to no hair and was skinny and blind. Thanks to the rescue group that took him in, he was gaining weight and getting his hair back. They had him placed in a foster home and Nick was finally living a good life. Then Nick’s foster became terminally ill and could no longer keep him. Nick was once again homeless, and that’s when we heard of his situation.
Nick would not make it in a traditional shelter setting. Though he was blind, he hit our sanctuary grounds running. If he bumped into something, he would just shake it off and try a different direction. This silly boy loved water. It didn’t matter if it was the pond, the pool, or a mud puddle. He also loved playing in the hose. He would have both you and him soaked by the time he was finished.
After some blood work, we learned that Nick was also diabetic. He took his injections like a champ, but who would want to adopt a blind, diabetic dog? We adored Nick but really wanted him to have a real family. He seemed to be doing well with his insulin and we were so excited when we got the grant to pay for it. This grant renewed our hope that Nick would find his forever home.
Then, just a few weeks ago, he was diagnosed with advanced cancer that stemmed from his not being neutered when he was younger. This past weekend, our dear, sweet Nick crossed the rainbow bridge in our arms. Nick was a volunteer and staff favorite. His tail would wag like crazy every time he heard them say his name. He will be missed by many. Though he was never officially adopted, he now has a forever home at the rainbow bridge. Run free at the bridge, old friend.
On Aug. 15, 2018, I submitted a request for an Emergency Medical Grant for a sweet little kitten named Babe. She had come to us as a stray with a terrible eye infection. She had been seen by our supervisory veterinarian three times and treated with different types of antibiotics with no results. Our veterinarian said we had exhausted our medical options and the only answer was enucleation (removal of the eye) before it burst.
The Petfinder Foundation generously awarded our grant request and Babe had her surgery on Aug. 22, 2018, at Helping Hands in Richmond, VA. Back in 2013, the Humane Society of Warren County founded “Olive’s Fund,” which provides advanced medical care for animals in our facility. The funds are provided through grants, fundraising, donors and our community members. We had already paid for two other major surgeries when Babe came along and had exhausted our funds.
Once Babe’s surgery was complete, we shared her story along with her picture, and it wasn’t long before someone came in to meet her. We are so happy to say that on Sept. 1, 2018, Babe was adopted and is now living in the lap of luxury! Thank you, Petfinder Foundation, for making this possible and helping us help Babe!
Friends of Michigan Animals Rescue (FMAR) used the money to purchase new items to use in our dog kennels for enrichment purposes. We purchased two essential-oil diffusers, a variety of oil scents, KONG toys in multiple shapes and sizes, and an assortment of rope toys and puppy chews.
This grant helped FMAR by supplying the funds needed to purchase enrichment items. Our funding is very limited and we rely heavily on donations and grants. These items could not have been purchased without the grant from the Petfinder Foundation. Our dogs have enjoyed these new items tremendously! The essential-oil diffusers help to calm and relax our dogs, while the KONGs and toys provide kennel enrichment and both physical and mental exercise.
We have 14-20 dogs at any one time.
Reilly is a high-energy pup who LOVES to chew! He was chewing up every toy we could find for him, as well as his slow-feeder dish! He was also starting to chew his bed and the entryways to his kennel! One of our Kong toys was for extreme chewers, so we used multiple toys filled with yummy treats like peanut butter and yogurt. With the toys and the diffusers, which help provide a calming environment, Reilly has definitely shown improvement. He is more calm, and using his goodies to chew on instead of his living quarters. Thank you, Petfinder Foundation!! Meet him here.
The KONGs we received were used for the dogs in our care, to help enrich their lives during their stay at our shelter.
We stuffed the KONGs with treats, then put them in the freezer. Once they were frozen, each dog received a KONG and trying to get the treats out helped them stay mentally stimulated. It also provided them with a toy that they could chew on but not destroy and consequently have taken away.
Five dogs so far and many more to come!
We had a puppy who came in very scared and confused. She didn’t know where she was or why she was with us and not at home. I gave her the small puppy KONG filled with peanut butter and she was so happy! She was distracted with her KONG long enough for her family to contact the shelter and come pick her up! Because of her treat toy, she did not spend hours in her kennel scared and worried but instead content until she was able to go home.
I give these KONGs to every new dog to try and help them cope with the change of coming into the shelter and have provided pictures of some of the dogs who have benefited from it.
All grants help by providing food, vaccinations, spay/neuters, transportation, etc.
The grant helped pay for the neuter of Brody, who has since been adopted. From his Petfinder profile: “Brody is a 3-year-old Morkie who was given to our rescue when his owner passed away. He is about 6-8 lbs. Brody is super sweet and loves to be pet. He is a friendly, beautiful little dog. Brody will be completely vetted and neutered before adoption. He is housebroken but will mark, so he needs work in that area. The marking should subside with the neuter. He also really hates being in a crate and will scream and yell until you let him out. Other than those two things, he is a perfect gentleman.”
The grant money was used for me to participate in a Dogs Playing for Life mentorship at the Longmont Humane Society.
This grant helped me learn how to utilize playgroups. We have the area, but we have never implemented this program. I am looking forward to showing my volunteers and staff how the program works. We have only one dog at the shelter at this time, so we are not able to do any group play yet.
Hopefully all the dogs that come to our shelter
This will help all of our dogs at the shelter so they can interact while here. Keeping them busy and their minds stimulated will tire them out. The staff and our volunteers will get to learn more of each dog’s personality as we see them interact with other dogs. And we will have a better understanding of where to place him/her — a quiet home, an active home, etc..
Kong toys for our shelter dogs.
Each and every one of our greyhounds now has a Kong toy in his kennel to help with boredom and enrichment until he is adopted.
We currently have 18 greyhounds in our shelter.
Mr. Blu Spirit is one of our current adoptable greyhounds whom we received from a local Sarasota track. He is very playful and eagerly awaiting a new forever home. He is the type of dog who definitely needs to be kept occupied, and the Kong toys could not have come at a better time. He is much more happy while in his kennel and also much more calm when potential adopters come to our shelter. Meet him: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/42614296
The funds were used for our medical account to help an injured cat who came into our shelter.
This grant helped us to offset the cost to treat A174118, a cat who was brought to our shelter with a nerve injury to his left front paw.
ID #A174118 was a stray who was brought into our shelter with a bandage on his left front paw. Upon removal of the bandage, it was observed that he had a large open wound. We transported him to Feather River Veterinary Hospital, where Dr. Matt Tucker x-rayed the leg and determined that it was not broken, but the cat was suffering from nerve damage from an old injury. We were given medications to treat the wound. After his leg began improving, a local feline rescue contacted us and wanted to take him into their rescue to continue his recovery. A few weeks later, they reported back to us that he had been adopted and was doing well in his new home.