Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
The Kong toys granted are used to stimulate the minds of rescues while they are crated.
The rescues are busy in their crates with treat-filled Kongs while at adoption events and in their foster homes.
Cuba (first photo) was very nervous in his crate and the Kong toy helped calm him down enough to show his true personality. He was adopted two weeks ago. From his Petfinder profile: “Meet Cuba! Cuba is a 10- to 11-month-old boxer mix. This guy is a hunk! He currently weighs 39 lbs. and is close to fully grown — we don’t expect him to be more than 45-50 lbs. We have rescued a lot of boxer mixes that look like him recently and we believe some of them may be related. Cuba is a sweet boy who is a little shy at first but warms up quickly. He is getting a ton of socialization at his current foster home! He gets along great with dogs big and small. We also think he would be fine with children. He is house- and crate-trained. He walks great on leash and is very submissive.”
Adoption fee of $125
Bed, blankets, toys $250
Supplements: The remainder of the funds were used to get two different veterinary check-ups (since it took so long for us to find her a home after receiving the grant). This included an update on all vaccinations, blood work including a senior panel, and monthly Heartgard for the adopters.
This grant provided a senior dog in our care with not only vet care and quality-of-life items, but aided in her finding her forever home.
CJ had been up for adoption for 11 years. Some of her time waiting was at the kennel and some was in and out of foster homes. I think the main barrier was her intensity with other dogs and her exuberant energy. One day, a new volunteer came to Saving Grace and began spending time with her. Brandi Lewis began taking CJ on day-trip outings, overnights, ice-cream dates, etc.
This is what she had to say: “We fell in love with CJ about seven months ago. She was waiting for us to take her forever and we made the promise that we would never give up on her. She is now going to be spoiled every day.”
CJ gets to be an inside dog, just like she deserves. She goes on a one-mile walk twice daily and loves to play fetch. We couldn’t have prayed for a better ending.
Two dogs were helped with this grant: The crate, bed, blankets, and toys were donated back by the adopters as a pay-it-forward, so our sweet Rosie was sent with these items to her new home!
From Facebook: “After ELEVEN YEARS of waiting, CJ has finally been adopted! Brandi and Stephen have been a blessing to the Saving Grace dogs. They take them for outings, sleepovers, and also foster little Abby. CJ captured their hearts and they decided weekly outings weren’t enough time with this precious old lady. She gets to be a spoiled only child with Stephen and we couldn’t be happier. We cried tears of joy as she left yesterday. Our hearts are so full of joy and gratitude. Calamity Jane is so deserving of a good life in a forever home, and she finally gets her happily ever after.”
Cat enrichment grant: $900 was used to purchase enrichment supplies for cats who must be kept in kennels and cages during quarantine periods, medical/surgery recovery, etc.
10 Kat Kaves were purchased at a total of $620.00.
Four 50 packs of Stretch & Scratch corrugated cardboard scratchers were purchased at a total of $295.80.
The enrichment supplies purchased have improved the lives of the cats and kittens who must be kept temporarily in cages before being introduced to the general shelter population. The cats who have experienced life in decked-out cages have been happier overall and more energetic. Integration into the general shelter population has been easier on those cats and they seem to adjust better.
Billie Jo was a sickly, frail kitten who came into our care. She was placed in one of our new Feline Serenity Suites, which was decked out with a Kat Kave and a Stretch & Scratch pad. She was able to sleep under the Kave with her blanket, and as she began feeling better, she would weave in and out of the Kave and rub herself against it. Finally, when she had fully recovered, we had a rambunctious kitten on our hands and she discovered the scratching pad. I have never seen a kitten so happy in a cage! Billie Jo literally hung off of the pad and has been tearing it up ever since. She is actually being adopted tomorrow and of course her scratching pad is going home with her.
We had another cat named Flo who had been in a cage with all the new enrichment supplies and she loved her pad, so it went home with her when she was adopted and her family reports that she still loves it so they can’t throw it away. We expect Billie Jo will have a similar story.
The $500 grant for Senior Pet Adoption Assistance specific to our senior German shepherd-mix dog, Jesse, was utilized to support her ongoing supplemental daily medical needs in her new home. The grant will go towards her adoption fee of $150, cost of her spay surgery $150, and monthly regime of supplements/medications cost $180 per month, and possible transportation to approved vendor cost may vary.
Jesse is on a regime supplements to help with anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory. Monthly costs for supplements average $180.00 which include fiber treat, CBD, claritin, glycoflex plus, fortiflora and curcuwell. This does not include the cost of preventatives, flea/tick and heartworm along with food.
Any assistance is greatly appreciated. Most of the senior dogs who come into our care require additional medical attention or special foods in order to assist the new families upon adoption.
Jesse, a 9-year-old German shepherd mix, is a sweet, low-activity dog, approximately 50 to 55 lbs. She has a bad back, and prefers a home with few stairs and rugs or carpeted floors. Jesse gets along with other dogs, though she prefers a home without small dogs or cats. She recently had surgery to remove two mammary tumors, and recovered very well. Jesse loved playing with her beagle foster sibling, taking walks, going on rides, and just being with humans.
She has been placed in a new home. She has a human who is retired, and she continues to follow her around the home. Jesse randomly plays with the toys when the other dogs in the home are sleeping.
The grant of $22.50 for Q3 was used to help support medical costs for a kitten who came to us with multiple parasites, ringworm, a very distended tummy, and rapid respiration.
The grant helped support the medical needs of a very sick kitten.
Cotton was just 7 months old when he and his littermates arrived. All had challenges, but Cotton was the most debilitated. He remained in isolation for months while being treated for multiple medical issues. Now 7 months old, he is big and healthy, being treated long-term only for asthma. Cotton and brother Peter will soon be adopted into a loving and capable forever home.
The grant funds were used to pay for part of Gesa’s hospital stay.
The medical expenses for Gesa were in excess of $6,000. This grant helped us to pay some of the expense fairly quickly.
In September we saw a video floating around Facebook of a senior gal at a shelter who was clearly suffering. We immediately put out a request for a foster. Gesa, meaning strength and power, was brought to our emergency vet, where she was placed in isolation to be examined. As we suspected, she had pneumonia, but we didn’t expect it was going to be as bad as it was. She had bilateral pneumonia in both lungs and all fields. Her little body was filled with scars and it appeared she’d recently had a litter of pups.
The severe case of pneumonia had developed after she acquired an upper-respiratory infection at the shelter. She spent days in the hospital, dependent on oxygen. After several weeks of antibiotics, nebulizer treatments and rest, we are happy to say that she has fully recovered. She is now in search of her forever home. If you are looking for a middle-aged (7- to 8-year-old) love who enjoys the company of people and other dogs and would do anything for treats, check out our chocolate diva. She will melt your heart like a sweet Hershey’s kiss. Meet Gesa here.
We received $528 worth of P.L.A.Y beds to use for our dogs and cats. These were used to increase comfort and quality of life for our pets.
Since receipt of the beds, HSHC has received 1,014 animals. These animals, and the ones to follow, will benefit from these beds. Following use, we are able to launder the beds and continue use.
Meet Gabriel! As a deaf senior, Gabriel immediately felt out of place at HSHC. When he found comfort, it was in the snuggles of humans and the warmth in his kennel. He especially loved his new bed, curling up and enjoying the new plush bed he had previously not known. We are so grateful for the support of the Petfinder Foundation and their gift. So is Gabriel.
From his Petfinder profile: “Who’s a good boy? Gabriel is! The staff and volunteers at the shelter will tell you how even-tempered and chill he is. Gabriel is 9, neutered and housebroken. And aside from a few freckles on his snout, he’s solid white and gorgeous. He is good with kids and other dogs, so he’d make the perfect family pet! (Gabriel would pretty much make the perfect pet for anyone.) His foster family told us that ‘Gabe’ spent a good amount of time snoozing on the couch with their elderly chihuahua. His other favorite activities were watching their small children play on the floor, sniffing around in the yard and (yes!) going for walks. ‘Gabe is an excellent companion and really loves being around his people,’ says his foster mom. And the shelter’s behaviorist says, ‘Gabriel is just a great dog overall!’ So, what are you waiting for? Come and meet this sweet handsome fella.” Meet Gabriel here.
Money for this grant was used for Kariann’s amputation surgery and rehabilitation.
She has made a full recovery and is living her best life! She was adopted one month later to a loving home!
Kariann is a 3-year-old poodle who has seen the worst and survived. She came to us from China through the Yulin Dog Meat Festival, saved from a meat truck where she was so packed in with other dogs that she broke her leg. When we received her, she was completely bald, covered with scabs and very malnourished. Her leg was shattered in two places and, after several consultations, we were told it had to be removed. We removed her leg thanks to your grant and now she is a happy, loving normal dog! One of our volunteers fell in love with her and she has been adopted.
Funds were used to purchase two types of hide boxes for our caged shelter cats.
The grant has helped our organization to keep the cats in our care happier, more comfortable and above all, healthier. The hiding boxes reduce the amount of stress that a cat experiences after shelter intake. In the past, this stress typically lead to a cat developing an upper-respiratory infection. The boxes have helped our organization reduce our amount of vet visits needed.
It helped/will help a total of 360 cats per year.
Molly, Pippy, and Mildred were all cats who were terrified upon admittance to our shelter. The hide box provided them with a place to feel safe and decompress. Each was able to come out of their box little by little each day at their own pace, until they eventually came to feel comfortable interacting with our staff.
The funds from this grant were used to purchase supplies to support dog playgroups at our shelter. The supplies we purchased were suggested by the professionals at Dogs Playing for Life and included martingale collars, long leashes, air horns, and walkie talkies. We also purchased Gentle Leader halters and basket muzzles for our high-energy dogs who can easily become overstimulated. To avoid resource-guarding, we provided our playgroups with kiddie pools instead of traditional water buckets. We provided each staff member involved in playgroups with a walkie talkie to keep our staff safe and make it easy to call for additional help in the case of an emergency.
This grant made such a huge difference for the pets in our care! With limited resources, we try our best to provide our animals with enrichment opportunities to keep them both physically and mentally stimulated. After attending the conference, our staff was excited for the opportunity to implement playgroups at our shelter. We had tried playgroups at our shelter before but never with more than three or four dogs at a time. The benefits of playgroups were very apparent, especially after learning more about Dogs Playing for Life at the conference. Since implementing playgroups, we have seen a huge change in our dogs! Stress in the kennels has definitely decreased and the dogs are visibly more relaxed.
Working in a shelter environment, it’s easy to have our guards up and be prepared for the worst to happen. I think that’s why we had been a little apprehensive implementing large playgroups at our shelter before. We always imagined the possibility of a large dogfight breaking out. The people at Dogs Playing for Life made a point to tell us that it’s unlikely for animals of the same species to want to hurt each other. Dogs are social beings and communicate differently than we do and it’s our job to learn how they communicate and offer them freedom and support while in playgroups.
Every dog we have introduced to playgroups has done amazing! Each dog has their own particular play style and we have learned which dogs will do well with others. This program has worked wonders for many of our dogs who were considered “dog reactive” initially. Playgroups allow us to do a much more accurate assessment of their personality and gauge whether they would do well in a home with other dogs. The public also loves watching dogs interact in playgroups and doing so helps them consider dogs they may not have previously considered. We have seen the length of stay decreased for some of our dogs and placed others who had been considered long-term residents.
Bailey (first photo) was a 4-month-old German shepherd dog who’d come into our care months earlier. Some kind people had saved her from a bad situation and she was severely under-socialized. For the first couple of weeks in our care, she wouldn’t let any of our staff members even touch her. We sent her to an experienced foster home, but she wouldn’t warm up to strangers coming into the house. Eventually, she came back to the shelter, where we worked with her each day to ease her stranger-danger and make her feel safe with new people.
She was one of the first dogs introduced to playgroups at our shelter and we saw a change in her immediately! She loved being around the other dogs and easily read their body language. She was tolerant and understanding and quickly became a playgroup rockstar. She also started warming up to strangers very easily when in a playgroup setting and back in her kennel. She was the first one to join the playgroup and the last one back to her kennel at the end of the day. For the first time, we saw her hold her ears up in excitement.
After 112 days in our care, Bailey was adopted just a week after first participating in playgroups. The change in her, as with many of our other animals, has been astounding. We are incredibly grateful to have received this grant and look forward to witnessing more success stories each week!