Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
This grant allowed Liberty Humane Society to order custom vests which were $35 to produce, allowing us to order 14 in total. The new vests were added to our foster parent take-home packet and, since they are sturdy and of durable quality, they will be used on many dogs for years to come. During walks, the only way to spark up the conversation of adoption is through a dog’s “Adopt Me” vest.
“Adopt Me” vests help us with exposure, which results in more adoptions. With the majority of our pets in foster care, it is very important for us to make sure the pets’ chances of getting adopted do not diminish, but rather, grow. A pet’s chance of adoption is greater when they are seen at the shelter, since we rely heavily on foot traffic. However, in spite of COVID-19, our adoptions were still successful. We attribute this success to the visibility that the “Adopt Me” vests provided.
14 and ongoing
Cerberus came to us as a stray. He was a very sweet dog, a little shy but ready to find a forever home. He would instantly show you his tummy for belly rubs. We knew he would be adopted quickly, but the barriers of Covid-19 made his stay a little longer than we wished. He entered our foster program and his foster parents showered us with photos of how great he was doing. Word spread like wildfire and he was adopted quickly, just like we had hoped for him in the beginning.
Sometimes all a dog needs is a little time in the spotlight.
We received a grant of $250 from the Petfinder Foundation; the funds were used towards the additional care and feeding required for seven puppies who were already placed but could not go to their forever homes due to Covid-19.
This grant made it possible for us to care for puppies who normally would not be in our care for months. It enabled us to let their new families know that they did not have to worry, that we were taking care of them and they will still their puppies despite the adopters being out of state or immune-compromised and therefore unable to take in the puppies right away due to the virus.
This puppy was placed, but the family is out of state; they have an immune-compromised child and the mother is pregnant and in her first trimester, so they cannot travel. We were asked to look after the puppy for them and not to place her elsewhere since they were in love with her, having already come to meet her and gone through our approval process. The puppy still needed to receive her vaccinations and be spayed, and then when the time came for the family to take her home, Covid-19 hit. So the grant helped us take care of this puppy.
The COVID-19 grant was used for pet food and supplies for our rescued cats and kittens. We are an all-foster, all-volunteer (no paid staff) rescue organization and we pay for all food, supplies, and medical expenses for animals in our care. At the beginning of June 2020, we had 147 cats/kittens in our care. During the three-month period from June 1 to Aug. 31, 2020, we took in an additional 123 cats and kittens and were able to find permanent homes for 129 of our rescues. On average, we have approximately 130-150 cats in our care every month, particularly during the months since the start of the pandemic.
We received the Petfinder Foundation Covid-19 grant award near the end of May 2020. In June, July and August of 2020, we spent a total of $5,204 on food and supplies, which was roughly only 16% of our overall expenses during the same three-month period (veterinary expenses account for the majority of our costs). With an average cost of $53 per month for food and supplies for one rescued cat or kitten, and an average stay of two to three months in foster, the Petfinder Foundation grant provided food and supplies for six to nine of our 140+ fostered rescues.
Most of our rescues are strays and many have compromising conditions or injuries upon intake. The story of one recent rescue, Heifer, is, therefore, not unique for us. Heifer, a stray kitten, was hit by a car and brought to us at 11 p.m. one night in late June. He weighed 1.2 lbs. and had two broken legs and an ulcerated eye. We kept him as calm as possible for several weeks until he could be operated on (at a weight of 3 lbs.). Following surgery, he continued in our foster care until the end of August, when he was adopted.
We used the grant funds to purchase a variety of enrichment equipment for the cats in our care. We purchased toys, interactive feeders, safe scratching products, durable cots, and calming products.
This grant helped our cats to have a better, lower-stress, more relaxed experience throughout their stay with us. We also saw a decrease in length of stay for our cats! Their time with us was both better and shorter!
One of the cats this grant helped is Hope (first photo). Hope stayed with us for more than 60 days! That is six times our average length of stay! However, because of this grant, we were able to ensure that Hope received the proper daily enrichment she needed. When we first met Hope, she was unhappy with us. She did not want to accept our presence, let alone our affection. With time and committed enrichment, Hope came around to be one of the most loving cats. And she got adopted!
We used the $750 to pay for two dogs to complete heartworm treatments.
We are a very small no-kill animal shelter in the panhandle of Florida. This grant helped us pay for two dogs to have heartworm treatment because they tested positive for high heartworm. Our local vet gave us the price at his cost, which is $388 per dog.
Two adult dogs
Chipmunk was a stray who was brought in from Animal Control. He tested high-positive for heartworm. The length of time for heartworm treatment is 90-120 days and the dog really needs a quiet, low-key home in which to recover from the shots. We posted him on our website and a wonderful family from Miami, FL, offered to “foster to adopt” Chipmunk through his treatment and then adopt him. They flew up from Miami and rented a car to take him home!
This money was used to cover the adoption fees of some of our most vulnerable and difficult-to-place animals. This group typically includes dogs and cats who are senior or have significant medical or behavioral challenges to adoption.
By removing the adoption fee as a barrier to adoption, we were able to reduce the length of stay in the shelter and find these animals loving homes sooner.
Marie, Cruella, and Berlioz were brought into our shelter halfway through June of 2020 as stray kittens. All three were showing high levels of fear — hissing, spitting, and retreating in the kennel. We began working to build positive associations with people approaching and opening the kennel door.
Berlioz made fast progress, first in our shelter and then in a foster home, and was quickly adopted. But while Marie and Cruella were food-motivated and would readily approach for offered reinforcers, they continued to show reactive — bordering on panicked — responses to any attempted handling.
Happily, we reached out and found an adopter who was specifically looking for a pair of under-socialized kittens with some outdoor experience. We were able to cover their adoption fees and send them to a loving home where their special needs are being addressed.
The $500 grant received from the Petfinder Foundation is much appreciated! We used the funds to assist in medical expenses as we ramped up our virtual adoptions in the era of COVID-19.
With the assistance of the Petfinder Foundation and other funding sources, we’ve seen our virtual adoptions skyrocket in recent months! We’ve been able to rescue more cats and kittens from our local shelters than in any previous year and even assisted in emergency relief work in Louisiana for animals affected by Hurricane Laura. We are also completing significantly more adoptions than we have in the past since pivoting to virtual adoptions during the pandemic. Thank you for your continued support!
Purr Nation rescued Avocado and Coconut from a local animal shelter. They were only 3-4 weeks old, orphaned, and not able to eat on their own yet. Purr Nation’s medical fosters stepped in to assist these two precious babies in learning to eat on their own and managed some health issues they had (likely from being in the shelter environment).
Within a few weeks, Avocado and Coconut were well on their way to being healthy, adoptable kittens. Sure enough, their foster mom’s online posts about these two cuties sparked the interest of a wonderful potential adopter, and once they were spayed and neutered, they found a loving home with their new cat dad, James! Now known as Truffle and Noodle, respectively, these two have found their “purr-ever” home thanks to the help of the Petfinder Foundation and Purr Nation Cat Alliance!
The money was used to sponsor hard-to-adopt animals and make sure they were altered and updated on shots. This covered sponsorship for 20 animals to help find their forever homes.
It helped with spay/neuter and vaccines for the hard-to-place animals we have for adoption.
Yes, this dog was adopted. Gopher was a stray found living in a pile of trash as a 6-month-old puppy. He was a hard dog to catch; we had to trap him after a few failed attempts at catching him. He had been at the shelter for five months and was still shy and didn’t like to come up to the cage when new people came through the shelter, so he was overlooked a lot.
After showing him outside in the play yard to a few families, they saw that he was a sweet, loving pup who just took time to trust people. A sweet family with kids came in and met the sweet pup. They had lost everything, along with their dog, in a house fire. They were now in a new place and looking to find a new family member, but still on a limited income at the time. So this grant helped a family and a dog who had lost everything find each other and rebuild a life together.
Wildthunder utilized the grant money for supplies (cat litter, cat food) as well as medical costs.
Due to the Covid19 pandemic, donations decreased. The grant funds were used for the needs of the 50+ cats at Wildthunder, including cat food and cat litter. Wildthunder also took in a new medical case in July — Luna, the emaciated shepherd — and these funds also helped with the initial vet visit and testing.
Luna, a German shepherd, was an owner-surrender whom Wildthunder took in. Initially described as a thin dog who was very picky about her food, we were horrified to discover that she was emaciated. Upon intake, Luna weighed 20 lbs. at the shelter. She was just over a year old and should have weighed more than double that amount.
Blood work was performed on her and the vet prescribed medication and I/D food to help her digestive system. Luna did better for a few days, but then began throwing up and having diarrhea. She was admitted to the hospital for three days while undergoing additional testing. Lab work was sent out to Texas A&M and it was determined that she had a gastrointestinal infection, which was treated with antibiotics.
Luna has been gaining weight steadily and is now at 40 lbs. She has emotional and trust issues, but Tracy and the volunteers are working with her. It will be some time before adoption is even considered.
Wildthunder is is also home to more than 50 cats who also benefited from this grant. As Covid negatively impacted the donations we received, we still had weekly and monthly expenses such as food, litter and specialized formula for the medically compromised.
The eighth photo shows Tom, Jenny and Chief snuggling in a bed. Chief sustained head injuries from a vehicle accident and is unable to eat. She is tube-fed with a specialized formula to ensure proper nutrition.
Vetting expenses of Lulu Girl:
Vaccinations: three sets $60
Rabies vaccinations: $10
Proheart injection: $45
Remainder towards her vet bill to get her healthy $169
This grant helped us save, vet and find a furever home for one more dog.
Lulu Girl was dumped out at our local lake. She was only about 5 weeks old at the time and sick, as accounted for above. She had to have an IV and antibiotics, but soon recovered and was trying to run with our big dogs once she was fully vaccinated and spayed. Unknown to us, an older couple had been following her story on our Facebook page and they decided they wanted to adopt her, so that is where she happily lives now with her furbrother (first and second photos) who guards her every time I stop in for a visit like he’s afraid I’m going to take her away!