Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
Our Petfinder Foundation grant funds were spent to purchase supplies and labor to build a shelter for shade in our dog run and construct and move catch pens in order to have bigger and better dog playgroups. While we are in a holding pattern because of labor schedules and weather, we did get the catch pens constructed and we do have the supplies and are ready to finish construction on the shade structure.
In November, we began implementing the Dogs Playing for Life program principles at Prairie Paws thanks to the Petfinder Foundation grant to send Tim, our director of operations, to Austin Pets Alive! for a Dogs Playing for Life mentorship. Dogs Playing for Life is a program developed by Aimee Sadler (a nationally recognized dog trainer) to help reduce cage stress for dogs. The program gets the dogs out of their kennels and into playgroups. They get to have fun, work off excess energy and learn social skills under the watchful eye of the facilitators. It helps keep them mentally healthy and it helps us learn how they may behave outside the shelter.
After the initial playgroup implementation, it became clear that, in order to have a great playgroup session in the ever-changing Kansas weather, we needed to construct a shelter in the dog run for shade and construct better catch pens. This grant helped us do that. And it will continue to help hundreds of dogs each year become enriched during their time at Prairie Paws while awaiting their forever homes.
One of the dogs the playgroups in our dog runs have helped is Waylon. He came to us not a huge fan of other dogs, but after spending time in the dog playgroups, he has realized that socializing isn't all that bad. Meet him: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/41648789
Playgroup video: https://youtu.be/CH5L3J53Re8
The money was used to repair a broken leg (FX, Lg Long Bone, Plate) on Buddy, a German shepherd mix.
The grant helped Animal Shelter Volunteers of Texas to provide needed surgery to fix Buddy's broken leg, which was causing him pain and preventing him from being adopted, as most adopters are unlikely to be able to afford the expense of surgery. This surgery allowed Buddy to successfully find an adoptive home.
Buddy, a 4-month-old German shepherd mix, came to ASVT's attention after he was hit by a car. A community member found Buddy injured and contacted ASVT for assistance. He had suffered a broken leg and required surgery to put a plate in his leg. ASVT provided medical care, boarding, and foster care and then transported Buddy to find his forever home in Iowa. He has since been adopted and is much-loved by his new family.
It was used as a part of the payment to have a diseased eye removed from a pony we took in in March 2017.
We fundraised the balance of the eye removal fee. With the grant from the Petfinder Foundation, we were able to avoid dipping into our general or veterinary funds. Grady feels much better without the diseased eye, and funds for further herd care were preserved.
In essence, 25, as our entire herd benefited from not using our budgeted funds for this unexpected and expensive surgery.
In early March we were told that Braydy, a miniature donkey, and Grady, a miniature horse, were in rough shape. When I first visited, the owners were not interested in assistance and would not allow me to meet the animals. A few days later, they called and we left to pick up Braydy and Grady. Their condition was alarming: Their feet curled up and above the hairline, and they were scurfy and matted with burrs. Worst of all, Grady's right eye was a sunken hole filled with pus.
When they arrived at the farm, we cleaned them up and had their first hoof trims on day one. We also realized that Braydy needed to be gelded. We soon had our vet out for exams. Her conclusion was that Grady's eye was painful and should be removed. We scheduled the eye removal with a wonderful vet hospital. While we waited for "the day," we had Braydy gelded and began worming them according to our vet's protocol. They went to the hospital together, as the vet had realized that Braydy acted as Grady's guide and comfort.
The surgery went very well and the boys were treated like visiting royalty. Grady recovered quickly; his stitches dissolved in about 10 days. Once he was stable, it was time for much-needed dental care. They are now both healthy, charming and looking for their forever homes! Meet them both: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/42386734
Multiple surgeries and diagnostics for Bernie the cat: Eyelid agenesis repair, cardiac ultrasound and cryptorchid neuter,
Bernie's procedures could not have been done without the grant funds. He has healed from his surgeries and is living pain-free and in an adopted home. He plays and is enjoying a second kittenhood!
Bernie was brought in to a high-risk shelter as a young adult intact male with a serious hind-leg injury, a heart murmur and a genetic condition that caused him to be nearly blind. Despite his clearly having had a rough start, Bernie's incredibly sweet and mellow personality touched the shelter staff and they reached out for this unlikely candidate to go to rescue. Three surgeries later, Bernie and his an unwaveringly kind and happy attitude found a home. He moved into a home with two other rescue cats and family with a young boy. Bernie curls up every night with a pillow sewn just for him, cuddling his favorite toy and holding hands/paws with his new best friend.
To help pay for the orthopedic surgery Cammie required for her broken front legs so that it would be possible for her to survive and find a loving home.
Rabbits are the third most abandoned pet in the country. There are few resources for them. We have a tremendous number of animal agencies and individuals calling us for help. Our shelter houses around 150 bunnies. Spending a huge sum of money on one animal does not help make you responsible towards all of the other animals in your care. This grant allowed us to do both.
Cammie was found and brought to us with both front legs broken. There was someone who thought she'd been thrown out of an apartment window. The breaks were serious and required an orthopedic surgeon. She spent several months with pins holding her bones together, but the surgery ultimately worked, leaving Cammie healthy, happy, and able to walk again. Not only was Cammie healthy, but she quickly found her furever home, so now she is not only healthy, happy, and hopping again -- she is loved.
The beds we received have been distributed to our foster families for use with our foster dogs.
Many of our foster families cannot afford to buy a bed for every foster pet. The rescue's money goes to medical needs and food first, before we can spend it on beds. Many of our foster pets sleep on blankets and towels, but being able to give some of our pets their very own bed was a real treat, especially the larger dogs. Even our rescue cats find the beds comfortable.
Poofy is a 14-year-old poodle mix who has been in the rescue for 18 months. Poofy is arthritic, deaf, and nearly blind. Her days are spent napping and slowly exploring the back yard. Poofy gets very warm in a standard bed, so the P.L.A.Y. pad is perfect for her. It does not overheat her, yet it provides a soft spot for her to lie on when she needs to relax. Meet her: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/39238238
It was used towards Mia's surgeries.
As you know, being a 501(c)3 nonprofit rescue, Speak! STL relies on donations and grants to help the animals we rescue. Some rescued pets like Mia require extensive medical care. Although we are small, we do all we can to make sure our Speaklings are healthy and happy.
Mia was born without an anus and lived outside on a chain the first several months of her life. Thanks to our loving volunteers, donations and this grant, this sweet girl had several surgeries so she can go to the bathroom normally. She is now loving life with her foster family. She loves to play ball and frisbee. It's a joy to see her happy and enjoying life to the fullest. She is still searching for her forever home. Meet her: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/41422875
The Kong toys were distributed to our foster dogs to provide high-quality chew toys for them.
Many of our foster parents do not have the means to buy every foster dog its own toys. The rescue is able to provide some, but the cost of food and medical care outweighs the need for toys. This grant provided some high-quality toys for our more active chewers.
Elaina is an active senior in our rescue. Her foster home includes some large dogs and Elaina was not able to chew on the toys that had been purchased for the larger dogs. She needed a toy that was more her size! The Kong grant sent toys of different sizes and we were able to find one just for Elaina. Meet her: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/41835568
The grant money was used for emergency surgery for our foster dog Dotty. She had an eye removed and the socket became infected. She required two additional surgeries and intensive medical care at the vet hospital.
Dotty has fully healed and recovered from this surgery and has been adopted into a loving home.
Dotty was one of three dogs rescued from a hoarding situation. She was emaciated, dirty, and blind when Connor and Millie's Dog Rescue obtained possession of her. Our vet discovered that she was diabetic and she was started on a proper diet and insulin injections. She went into foster care and was nursed back to health. Unexpectedly, one of Dotty's eyes developed a corneal ulcer and had to be removed. After the surgery, the socket became infected. The infection quickly spread throughout her entire face and she required two additional surgeries to clean out the infection and remove the infected tissue. She was extremely sick for two weeks, requiring IV antibiotics and constant care at the veterinary hospital. She was finally released back to her foster home, where she continued to heal.
Her vet bills were over $4,000. Thanks to the grant we received from the Petfinder Foundation, we were able to pay off a good portion of those bills. Dotty is now happy and healthy and has been adopted into a loving home that can accommodate her diabetes and her blindness.
Vet bills for our senior rescue, Spirit.
Paid 100% of Spirit's vet bill for conditions including:
- Grade 5 heart murmur; he is on heart meds that cost about $78 a month
- His heart is getting worse; he's now on blood-pressure meds, Carprofen and Lasix as well. These are all monthly and cost $142.54 per month.
- He also needs periodic blood work ($75) and x-rays ($50).
Spirit came to us after his owner died. He is super sweet, 9 years old, and weighs about 10 lbs. He is great with dogs, kids, and cats. As of this date (Aug. 10, 2018) he has not yet been adopted, but is living a wonderful life with his current foster in Orange County. Meet him: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/40600447