Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
The Petfinder Annual Survey General Animal Care grant was used to ready 15 cats for adoption.
This grant provided significant financial support to give appropriate veterinary care to 15 cats from a hoarding situation. Our intake over the summer months was particularly high. In the early fall, we were faced with taking animals from two hoarding cases back-to-back. This put both great financial strain on us and strain on the staff’s time to care for such large numbers at the same time. This funding helped to expedite the process of readying many of these animals for adoption, thus decreasing their time in the shelter, reducing the staff time needed and making room to accept more animals.
During the early fall, we took in two hoarding cases, one of 15 cats and one of 22 dogs and 14 cats. In both cases, the animals were in need of general veterinary care, spay/neuter, testing, vaccinations, fecal analysis, etc. A significant percentage of animals in both cases were also in need of extraordinary medical care, including mass removals and major dental work. The grant funding, used in its entirety, helped to provide basic veterinary care and spay/neuter services for 15 of these cats, many whom have since been adopted.
The Kong toys that we received were used for cat enrichment in our free-roaming adoption lounge, isolation kennels, and foster homes.
This Kong grant helped our organization by giving us a fun, new toy option for the cats in our care. They especially helped us provide enrichment for cats required to be in isolation. The cats have really enjoyed them!
After Madame President was rescued from a euthanasia list at a local animal-control facility, she quickly charmed her caretakers at Tenth Life! Due to her unknown health status at the time she arrived, isolation was required until she could be tested and cleared of all communicable diseases, parasites, etc. We were told that she was aggressive and could not be picked up. While in isolation, Madame President was given the Kong stuffed toy that we received through this grant. She loved playing with it and it allowed us to offer a her a unique enrichment experience.
We quickly learned that she is as sweet as she can be! She loves to play and adores human companionship. She is currently available for adoption. We will send her favorite Kong stuffed toy home with her!
This grant was used to send a staff member to the Dogs Playing for Life mentorship.
Brittney Muto attended this training and has put it into action in our shelter in variety of ways, the first being that she has used what she learned to provide assessment and socialization for dogs that we received and house as part of a dog-fighting case. Second, she has used it for intensive one-on-one training for dogs in our care that are non-social, displaying behaviors of concern, or are deteriorating in a kennel environment. Third, she used this training to create an in-kennel enrichment program for all dogs in our facility. Additionally, she is teaching a training to our volunteer staff on leash-walking skills.
Brittney has used this training to work with 20 dogs from a fighting case. In addition, she has worked with six “challenging-behavior” cases since attending the training. She has also used what she learned regarding kennel enrichment training to begin a kennel program and leash training for volunteers, which has benefited all 265 dogs who have passed through our shelter in the last three months.
Corky came in marked as dog-aggressive by staff for his kennel reactions; walking him past kennels, he would attack every cage he could. I assessed him in playgroups and quickly realized he wasn’t dog-aggressive at all. I started by walking him on a loose leash through kennels and squirting him with a water bottle when he would try to run up on a cage and treating him when he would come back to me or look at me. He was also horrible about busting through doors, so I worked with him on sitting and waiting to be “freed” to walk through. When Corky left for rescue, I could successfully walk through the whole shelter and he constantly made eye contact with me, not even paying attention to any dogs, and patiently waiting to walk through doorways.
The P.L.A.Y. pet beds we received at Underhound Railroad dog rescue were passed out to a new incoming group of transport dogs and puppies as they arrived here in Maine to go to their loving foster homes. Each dog was greeted with warmth, love, and something to call their own. They each took their soft place to rest, P.L.A.Y. pet beds, with them to their brand new foster homes.
The P.L.A.Y. pet beds provided a safe and comfortable place in each foster home for these new foster pups to begin to feel safe, protected and loved and start to learn what being part of a family is all about. Because they were donated, it also meant valuable funds could be spent on other necessary needs while we could continue to be able to offer these safe places for our new foster dogs.
Our sweet, lovable, goofy Smoke (first photo) has had it rough. What we know is that he was run over with a lawnmower and then left at the ER vet to be put down rather than try to save him. Fortunately for him, there was a vet tech there that day who said Smoke deserved a chance and saved him from being put down. He has three legs now as a result of his injuries, but that hasn’t slowed him down or changed his endearing personality. His savior was unable to keep him, though, so another volunteer stepped in to keep him safe while he found a home. But he was still living in an outdoor enclosure.
Fast forward and Smoke became an Underhound! He was welcomed with love and a new P.L.A.Y. pet bed of his very own when he was transported from the south to Maine. He took his new P.L.A.Y. pet bed with him to his foster home, where he quickly learned that being indoors was comforting and family life was for him.
Our sweet Smoke went from a horrific injury, facing euthanasia, to living outside in an uncomfortable enclosure spending much of his time alone, to a comfy foster home with a bed of his own. His P.L.A.Y. pet bed was part of this fantastic process.
Smoke is now adopted and in his forever home! Thank you, P.L.A.Y., for providing that little bit of comfort and sense of belonging to these sweet souls who are just trying to find their place in this world.
Funding was used to promote the adoption of a senior rescue pet in need of re-homing. The grant allowed us to offset the adoption fee and provide the family that adopted the pet with a variety of cost savings to help with the responsibilities of an aging pet.
The grant provided our senior pet his chance at finding the loving family and forever home he deserved. Funding provided our organization with the ability to not only offset the cost of adoption but also allowed us to assist the family with providing Old Man his needed medications, vet appointments, and more for up to one year post adoption. Without help from the Petfinder Foundation and Purina ONE, Old Man may have never found his forever home, where he can rest peacefully for the remainder of his golden years surrounded by those who love him most. This senior-pets grant opportunity gave our senior pet his second chance at living his life full of love that we had been trying to find for him alone without success.
Old Man came to our rescue as an abandoned and injured senior back in 2019. After months of searching for his owners with no luck, we finally listed him for adoption, but were not surprised to have limited inquiries due to the stigma or costs associated with owning an elderly or aging pet. Desperate to find him the loving home he so deserved and yearned for, we took the chance and applied for the Purina ONE Senior Pet Adoption Assistance grant, which we were awarded. It allowed us to offer a waived adoption fee, and provide one year’s worth of medications, food and more as an added benefit to the family that was interested in adopting Old Man. Shortly after posting the new ad, we were pleased to have a variety of inquiries, which led to him successfully finding the forever home and love he deserved.
To buy leashes and harnesses for our Come Over Rover program, which gets adoptable dogs out of the shelter for a couple of hours or the weekend.
By getting the harnesses, we were able to send dogs out on field trips safely. There is no fear of them getting off the harness, and they are double leashed thanks to the money received.
Yesterday is a beautiful husky mix who was brought in as a stray by a member of the public. She didn’t want to bring him to the shelter, but she didn’t think she could handle him. He was heartworm-positive and while he was being treated during his stay at the shelter, the finder kept coming to to visit him. This is about the time we started the Come Over Rover program and she started to take him home for the day, then overnight, always saying she couldn’t adopt him. But she fell in love and bonded with him and she finally decided to adopt him. He is now happy and healthy and living the good life. I believe she never would have adopted him without knowing him first. Being able to take him with the safety net of bringing him back, she fell in love.
$451.50 for dental
$75.00 for adoption fee
$50 for home visit (two hours away)
Total grant was $576.50
O’Malley was in need of a dental so we were able to have it done thanks to this grant. $75 of O’Malley’s adoption fee and $50 for the home visit helped to get him a good home.
O’Malley came to our rescue two years ago with horrible ear infections, gingivitis, FIV and food allergies. He was neutered and a dental was done when he first arrived here. It took several months of treatment and tests to determine that O’Malley had food allergies which were causing his skin problems and ear infections. O’Malley was put on prescription food and his ears were to be cleaned two to three times a week once the infection was under control. Four months ago, O’Malley was drooling excessively, and the vet determined that he had gingivitis again. The cost for his dental, bloodwork and fluids was just under $500, which was a financial strain for our small rescue. We applied for and were given this grant. O’Malley had his dental on Jan. 14, 2020, was rechecked by the vet on Jan. 24, and was adopted on Jan. 25! His new family loves him so much and has another special-needs cat with food allergies, so he and O’Malley have the same requirements to keep them feeling their best.
The grant funds were used to purchase a year’s supply of eye medications, Optimmune and Dorzolamide, and heartworm/flea preventatives, as well as waiving of the adoption fee.
This grant helps offset the costs incurred by the prospective adopter for one of our senior dogs, Baxter, who requires lifetime eye medications. The grant enables us to provide a year’s worth of both his glaucoma eye drops and Optimmune ointment to treat keratoconjunctivitis sicca as well as providing heartworm and flea preventative for a year. Additionally, the grant allows us to waive Baxter’s adoption fee. Providing these medications and preventatives helps make Baxter more adoptable for many families.
Baxter was first adopted from Wish Bone Canine Rescue back in 2015. Four years later, in 2019, his adoptive family returned him to our rescue after he nipped at a child. Upon his return, our veterinarian diagnosed Baxter with keratoconjunctivitis sicca and glaucoma in his right eye. Because of these conditions, he requires two different eye drops daily for the rest of his life. Baxter is quite adjusted to his eye-drop routine, sitting very politely and patiently — mostly because he knows he will receive a special treat afterward. Baxter’s foster says he is a wonderful companion, well-behaved and very sociable. Nevertheless, Baxter needs to go to a home without small children since he tried to nip one once. He is also dog-selective, so due to those limitations, along with the cost of medications and grooming, he is taking longer than hoped to find the right adopter. He is still waiting to find his forever family. Baxter can be viewed here.
Pet beds were distributed to cats and dogs in the shelter.
The beds provided comfort to animals in our care.
Millie (first photo) was a 1-year-old stray whom we took on from a shelter in Modesto, Calif. She is sweet but shy and loves to play. When she was first found, nobody came to collect her, so we don’t know too much of her background. Since this photo was taken, she has been adopted!
Scraps (second photo) is an older Jack Russell terrier with some OCD tendencies who came to us as a stray. He’s been at our shelter for many months now because of his age and need for special attention. Scraps is friendly to all but has required special medications for his condition. We hope a special person will come take Scraps to a loving home. You can meet him here.
We had several kittens (third photo) who loved their comfortable beds. They were all adopted soon after this picture was taken.
Sponsor a Pet funds were used to help care for shelter dog Apple during her stay at PAWS.
Apple received spay surgery, a microchip, and other basic vet care at PAWS before finding a home.
Apple, a 2- to 4-year-old mixed-breed dog, was found as a stray in Philadelphia and landed at PAWS for rescue and adoption. After a brief stay at our Northeast Adoption Center, she found a loving family!