Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
Kong toys were used for the dogs, to be filled with peanut butter and snacks, and to give them relaxing time with the toy when they needed a break.
Giving Kong toys to our more stressed-out dogs helps keep our shelter quiet and keeps our dogs occupied and happy, thus reducing shelter stress for everyone and making our shelter a more home-like environment.
Porkchop is a dog who's been in our rescue for about two months. He LOVES attention so much that he can get a little bit sad when he doesn't have a volunteer hanging out with him. Luckily, we have many volunteers who love to come visit him -- but even a great dog like Porkchop can't have visitors all the time. Porkchop loves spending time with people so much that he'll sometimes grab onto their legs when they try to leave his room, as if in an effort to keep them with him for longer. One thing that has helped Porkchop a lot has been the Kong grant. We are sure to provide him with a Kong stuffed with healthy treats and a little bit of peanut butter whenever he's having a particularly lonely day. It helps calm his nerves by giving him something to focus on and fills his belly with goodness. And of course, because they are Kong toys, they always prove to be durable and long-lasting, even for powerful chewers like Porkchop. Meet him: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/42296551
Mainly the money was used for educating the youth about specific dog breeds. We also used it for better shelter enclosures, food, vetting and any special needs the dogs may have. We built them dog beds so they did not have to lie on the ground or hard floor and they now have an area in which they can be turned out daily for play and exercise.
This grant money helped us provide our animals with good nourishment and vet care, along with better, larger housing for our rescue dogs. We deal with a specific of breed dogs who are hard to adopt out, so we make sure they are healthy and we educate people about the breed; we also train the dogs so that everyone knows what to expect and these dogs have a chance for healthy, happy lives.
Clancy is a pitbull mix who was scheduled to be euthanized at Victoria County Animal Control. We were able to pull him into our rescue. At the time he arrived, he had a pretty bad case of demodex, which is a form of mange. He only weighed 54 lbs., which is small for a dog his size. After treating him with special shampoos, making sure he had a good diet, and putting him through behavior training, he was healed and able to be placed for adoption. The good news is that Clancy's weight is now 78 lbs. and he is healthy, happy and has been adopted into a loving home. None of this could have happened without the grant money from the Petfinder Foundation, which allowed us to better care for our animals.
We received your medical grant. The money was put towards an existing vet debt from the amputation of one of our cats' legs. We rescued Tori from Torrington, AB, and we discovered that she had been shot. The leg was not salvageable.
You have helped us by clearing this debt so that we can continue to help other animals in need. Tori is being nursed back to health by a loving foster family, who have even hinted that they may want to keep her. You have provided a very happy ending to a very deserving and loving cat. We are so grateful!
A volunteer's mother-in-law called us to investigate a cat who was said to have a broken paw. The cat had been living under a car for two weeks and was being fed by an elderly gentleman. After a few days of trying to trap her, we were successful. She was located in Torrington, Alberta, and then transported to our vet in Rimbey, AB.
After an examination and x-ray, we found out that she had been shot. The injury was so serious that she required an amputation. Tori is a little fighter and, even with the loss of a leg, is moving around her foster mom's house quite well.
This surgery put us over our allowed limit at our veterinary clinic, and we needed to get our bill down so that Tori could go back for shots and a spay. She was unable to be spayed while she was under for her amputation, as the amputation was long and keeping her under any longer would have been hazardous to her health.
The grant money was used to pay for vaccines, medicine, pet food, sulfur-dioxide filters, equipment for field officers, and helicopter rental.
This grant allowed us to vaccinate and treat pets who were at the pet-friendly evacuation shelter. Many pets were not up-to-date on their vaccines or were ill. We also used the funds to purchase pet food that we could leave for animals we were trying to rescue and to leave in traps. Almost every day, our staff and volunteers are going into the lava-flow zone to trap and rescue all types of animals. Many are needing to be airlifted by helicopter from the "lava-locked" areas. Our staff and volunteers were also able to receive needed supplies such as SO2 (sulfur dioxide) filters, walkie talkies, kennels and cell phones.
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A dog named Bear (first photo) and his owner were separated moments before they were going to be rescued via helicopter. After numerous flyovers and subsequent searches, Bear could not be found. After several weeks, some volunteers hiked into the lava-flow zone and found him! He was much leaner, but in good spirits and happy to have some company after so many weeks. Fortunately, the rescuers were able to get a call through to us and we were able to pick him up (second photo).
We had been in this area a few days prior to do an assessment and had spotted some cats and a duck. Over the weekend, we received requests for chickens and ducks, so we brought in quite a load of traps, carriers, and food. Approximately three miles of the highway was trapped between two lava fields and both ends had fairly high sulfur-dioxide readings, so we try to get in and out of those areas quickly.
At the end of the day, Bear was joined by three chickens (third photo), three ducks, one adult domestic cat and a weeks-old kitten.
This grant was used to provide a senior dog with amputation surgery for a severely broken front leg.
This grant has helped us free up funds in our veterinary care fund, allowing us to rescue additional at-risk senior pets at Philadelphia's animal control shelter.
This grant helped Bridgette, an older pit-bull mix who was rescued from Philadelphia's animal control shelter, where she was surrendered with a severely broken leg. Thanks to the grant, she received amputation surgery, which has provided her much-needed relief from chronic pain. Bridgette was shy and scared the first couple of weeks in her new foster home due to the amount of pain she had been experiencing for so long. Now that she's recovered from surgery and is no longer in pain, she's opening up, beginning to play, and is finally able to get back to just being a dog. She'll soon be spayed and will begin the hunt for her forever home!
$1,000 grant to attend the Dogs Playing for Life training in Longmont, Colorado, in May of 2018
It was extremely useful to gain insight into behavior types and play styles of the animals. It has assisted us at the shelter to recognize behavior, and compose playgroups accordingly. Learning how to transition the dogs out of cages was very helpful as well. The training gave me more information on training volunteers to assist with playgroups.
It has helped every dog in the shelter currently, and all those coming to us in the future! The training will be useful for years to come, and will benefit all our babies!
Samson (first photo) is learning his manners and not rushing in and out of his cage when we transition him. He is getting better with his eye contact and learning to behave on his leash. He's learning to play with other dogs out in the yard. He is a great big boy who is difficult to handle if you don't have the proper training. We are grateful to the Petfinder Foundation for the DPFL grant! Meet him: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/41707414
Another dog who benefited from my training at DPFL was Sabbath (second photo). Sabbath didn't do well with other dogs. So after training, and watching his style of play and interaction, we were able to discern the type and size of dog that Sabbath could play with. Sabbath was adopted into a family with smaller dogs whom he is able to get along with.
Thanks to $1,000 enrichment grant Tender Loving Cats, Inc., was awarded, we were able to purchase many different cat enrichment toys, including tunnels, Go Cat teaser wands, a Vesper cat tree, Frontpet bubble cat tower and replacement pads, corrugated-cardboard cat scratchers, and a Stretch and Scratch for every caged cat or kitten.
Thanks to the $1,000 enrichment grant Tender Loving Cats, Inc., was awarded, we were able to purchase many different cat enrichment toys, easily disinfected scratching posts, scratching pads and perching towers! These items have helped to stimulate our cats' minds and teach them where it’s appropriate to scent mark and scratch, thus making them more adoptable and prepared to enter their forever homes. In a shelter-like environment, it’s important to have items that can be easily washed and disinfected in play areas. This grant has enabled our grassroots shelter to provide such items as these to our cats and kittens that we otherwise we would not have been able to.
Since acquiring this grant, we have had 30 adoptions in 45 days!
Jax, a 1-year-old all-black male cat (first photo), has truly blossomed since he’s had the opportunity to run, jump and scratch! Jax is a very high-energy boy and a volunteer favorite. He now runs out of the free-roaming adult playroom to climb the scratching tower in the viewing room every chance he gets! His favorite pastimes include playing in the hidey tunnel, climbing the scratching posts and playing with the battery-operated feather wand toy. We can’t believe Jax is still searching for the purrfect home, because he’s a once-in-a-lifetime kind of cat. He will even sit on your shoulder like a parrot! If you're interested in adopting Jax, check out his Petfinder link here: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/41575213
The money from the grant was used to pay bills for Kimber's hip surgery.
This grant was a huge help in aiding us in helping Kimber. He had very extensive hip surgery and thankfully has made a full recovery. It helped all the pets in our care, as we were able to set this money aside for his bills while still continuing to operate in our normal capacity.
Kimber came to us with double hip dysplasia. Due to this, we elected to have a double pelvic osteotomy surgery performed on both sides of his hips. Unfortunately, Kimber had complications and suffered pelvic fractures on both sides of his hips post-surgery. Due to this, he went in for a second surgery two days later. Again, complications came up, and Kimber suffered from a MRSA-type of infection in his hip implants. Therefore, the decision was made to remove those. While the implants were removed, there was enough time before this for the bone to regrow. Therefore, the hip dysplasia was cured. He has been adopted into his furever home and is doing great!
The grant given to FVHA was part of the Sponsor a Pet program and was used to help sponsor the adoption of one of our Grey Muzzle dogs, Gator.
This grant helped with the adoption fee of a Grey Muzzle resident who was having a hard time finding her forever home. She spent a couple months on the adoption floor and she had actually been returned to the shelter once before finally finding the perfect fit.
Gator, a Plott hound, was originally surrendered to she shelter due to there being a large amount of animals in the home. After being adopted a month later and returned after a few days due to the resident pets not adjusting well, Gator was placed up for adoption once again, but was having a hard time finding the perfect family.
About another month later (May) Gator was brought to an adoption event at our local PetSmart and was adopted by adult daughter and her mother who lived in Ripon. Gator was their first dog in a long time and they visited her both days of the adoption event. They spent time with her, walked her around the store and made sure they took the time to get to know her because of her previous return and not wanting to put her through the stress of another home change without being positive.
Finally, after great times together and meetings both days, the two of them decided to take her home on Sunday, the final day of the event. They were excited to give Gator her forever home. They checked in with us about a month after adopting and said that she was adjusting wonderfully and they loved her very much.
This emergency medical grant was used for one of our poor foster pups, Lola, who got too playful in the yard playing with her older brother and ended up with a fractured leg, needing surgery and casting to heal.
Since we are a nonprofit, medical bills are one of our biggest challenges. We do not avoid any costs when it comes to keeping our foster animals healthy and on track. With that being said, there are a lot of times we go without other needed items so that we can cover the medical bills. This grant allowed us to not only provide the total medical care that Lola needed, but to continue to provide the other stimulating and enriching items needed by our other foster pups.
Lola is a 5-month-old American bulldog/Labrador retriever mix. She has been in her foster home for a few weeks now, awaiting her forever home. Unfortunately, poor precious Lola was outdoors playing with her foster brother, who is a large-breed dog, supervised by her foster mom, and she got somewhat carried away, running herself into a tree. She was taken to the vet, and diagnostics showed she had a fractured leg, requiring surgery. With this grant, Lola was able to receive TOTAL CARE for her leg fracture, and is living with the best quality of life now! Lola has been adopted.