Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
Orthopedic surgery for leg injury
While overall, our intake of new retiring or stray lurcher-type dogs from the field-trial racing industry was slightly lower than average in 2020, the number needing special medical care was high. At a time when COVID-19’s impacts to the economy were significant, winning a medical emergency grant helped us afford and access care needed for quality of life issues.
Griffin, whose race name was Bob, suffered a devastating, career-ending injury during a field-trial racing event in July of 2020. Recognizing the severity of his injury, the owner arranged to surrender him to us in the hope that we could get him evaluated and provide the necessary medical care for him to enjoy a retirement in a loving pet home.
American Lurcher Rescue Project immediately had him seen by our vet, who was concerned with the swelling and potential bleeding — or even rupture and loss of the limb. At his recommendation, Griffin was quickly transported to the Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center in Columbus for specialty orthopedic care. His serious injury was evaluated through their Emergency Department as a complete tear of the left CCL, coupled with a meniscal tear.
Griffin, as he was re-named, had first a meniscectomy followed by a TPLO surgery at Ohio State. He was able to recover with a devoted medical foster family while they were working from home due to COVID-19 during his four months of rehabilitation. During his recovery, this sweet boy really charmed his caretakers — so much so that when he was fully fit and neutered, they were approved to adopt him and became his forever dads in November.
Griffin’s leg has healed well and he is enjoying life with his greyhound siblings; he even helped his dads with another emergency medical-foster lurcher girl for the American Lurcher Rescue Project, showing young Rosie the ropes as she recovered from her orthopedic surgery.
The Petfinder Foundation Emergency Medical Grant helped us give Griffin his best possible outcome to live his retirement life without pain, and with all four of his legs!
The beds were excellent at giving the animals in our care a comfortable place to sleep in the shelter.
The shipment of beds helped all the animals in our care have better living quarters during their stay. The direct correlation of their sleeping/living quarters helps make the animals feel safer and more well rested to have a better kennel presence for adoptions.
Around 200 animals total
Wonder Woman (first photo) was an elderly dog in our care who was found as a stray by Madison County Animal Control. She had trouble walking due to arthritis and had severe skin allergies. She has since been adopted to a loving home.
We utilized the KONG toys for babies brought into rescue. We fill the KONGs with peanut butter and place them in the freezer. When pups are removed from a shelter or placed into a new foster, we allow them one week for decompression. We allow the animals to have the KONG in their crate. It helps with anxiety and gives them something to do while they decompress.
It absolutely did. Kongs are expensive, and we took in almost 150 animals in 2020.
Most of our 2020 pets have been adopted. Fudge (first photo) is still looking for her forever home. She LOVES her KONG! She enjoys chewing on it for hours in her down time. Meet Fudge here.
We used the donated Kongs for enrichment while in the shelter.
The donated Kongs helped our shelter dogs to get enrichment time while they waited for their new homes in our shelter. Because the Kongs are durable and easy to sanitize, they are reusable. This allows us to continue using them for longer periods of time.
The three dogs in the pictures, Angus, Vandy, and Buddy, were on our adoption floor when we received the Kong donations. They were given peanut butter in their Kongs and were the happiest dogs because of it. Through our partnership with Wings of Rescue, all three dogs were transferred out of our shelter to other shelters where they went to their new homes.
General lifesaving work
Donations and grants are deposited in our Fund for the Animals, which supports our clinic costs for animals who need surgeries, medicine and dental work.
Lentil was just a tiny kitten at 4 months old when he was picked up as a stray. He was cold, hungry, flea- and mite-infested, and suffering in pain. An x-ray showed us that his pelvis and both his hips were broken, most likely the result of being hit by a car. It was a miracle he survived. Lentil was able to receive the surgery he needed thanks to this grant and other donations to our Fund for the Animals.
Lentil has been adopted. His adopter writes: “We were blessed to be the ones to adopt this little guy. He is no longer named Lentil, as we thought Mr. Bo Jangles was more appropriate with his adorable bowed stance and walk. We call him Bo. Look how far he has come and we are so lucky to have such wonderful shelters in our region to help abandoned and helpless pets.”
Puppy food is one of the things we almost always have to purchase. We receive dog food donations, but rarely puppy food, so having cash to purchase that is a godsend!
Five: One litter
The puppies are just now starting to eat kibble and will be ready for adoption in about seven days.
It paid for a rabies and combo test for a cat
The cat helped by this grant was Morticia, who has been adopted.
Everything goes towards our animals’ vetting.
This amount covers one dog’s spay.
Kelly is a 6-year-old puggle (pug/beagle mix) who was rescued from a puppy mill when she was no longer useful. This super sweet girl is a little shy at first, but incredibly nice and easygoing once she comes out of her shell. She can’t wait to discover what it’s like to live the spoiled life she keeps hearing so much about.
She has been adopted.
Vet care and supplies for the pet rats in our care.
By having a healthy vet fund, we are able to provide necessary care, such as tumor removals and emergency spays.
Overall, we serve approximately 200 pet rats each year.
The pet sponsored was JoKoy, a neutered patchwork male domestic rat. He came from a situation of a near-homeless family: a single mother, pregnant with the second child, and too many animals. Someone helping the family contacted us. JoKoy was initially very skittish and did not like being picked up. We had him neutered and worked diligently to find him just the right home.
Unfortunately, he is now back with us. He was returned because his adopters thought he appeared depressed. We have since been working with him and find him to be a happy boy. He likes to scamper and wrestle. He may be able to go as a single, as previous attempts at friends did not work.
We have received numerous applications for him in the past two weeks and are confident that his loving, forever home is on the horizon.
The grant money was used to reduce the adoption fee for veterans and/or senior citizens from $300 (for dogs) to $100.
The grant helped us promote rescued animals in our organization. Those who received the grant knew the money came from Purina and were honored that veterans and senior citizens were being recognized. We promoted the grant on our website, where we have more than 22,000 followers. The pets in our care were showcased to adopters, who learned more about rescuing animals.
The $1,000 grant helped five animals, as the adoptee paid only $100 and the $200 balance was covered by Petfinder Foundation grant money.
In September 2020, A sweet, beautiful German shepherd pup was surrendered by her owner. We took the pup, whom we named Lia, into our rescue and found a foster to give her all the care and love until adoption.
On Nov. 4, Matt and his wife, Satoko, saw the promotion for veterans and applied to adopt Lia. Matt had served seven years in the Navy in Japan, where he worked on jet-engine propulsion. While stationed in Japan, he met Satoko, who later became his wife. Both Matt and Satoko fell in love with Lia and have the time and space to give her all the love and room to play that she wants. Congratulations to this beautiful family.