Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
The grant was for 10 Chill Pad pet mats.
The pads were used to make the beds in the kennels at our shelter more comfortable for our older dogs. As dogs were adopted, other dogs were able to use the beds.
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We had a bonded pair of miniature dachshunds (first photo) who slept together in a bed with one of the pads. The pair were adopted together and the new parent planned on buying an identical bed because they seemed so comfortable in theirs. More recently, we had another pair of bonded dogs, Chihuahuas (second photo), who were also adopted together. They had used the same bed, which we now consider our good-luck bed for pairs. We are using it now for Ziggy (third photo) and Marley (fourth photo). You can meet Ziggy here and meet Marley here.
The product was used for the pets within our care to offer them comfort as they are waiting for their forever homes.
This product grant helped the organization by providing comfort to the animals in our care while they wait for their forever homes.
Drum (first photo) was helped by this product grant, as he used a P.L.A.Y. bed up until the point of adoption. From Facebook: “Whether it’s Tuesday or any other day of the week, this big guy is always acting silly with his tongue out. This handsome fella’s name is Drum! Drum is an energetic and outgoing Doberman mix. He absolutely loves to play fetch, so if you like to throw a ball around, then he’s definitely your match!”
Holly (second photo) has also been adopted. From Facebook: “For everyone who has ever interacted with Holly, a.k.a. ‘girlfriend,’ you know how awesome she is despite her advanced age! She is a feisty, spirited, friendly girl who would have been at our shelter a whole YEAR in 15 more days. Well … Holly found her forever home today! Some of the best things in life are worth waiting for. Best wishes, Holly and family!”
The Petfinder Foundation Senior Pet Adoption Assistance Grant was to support a DNA breed test and sponsor Goofy’s adoption fee.
Goofy’s DNA test revealed that he is 50% pit bull and 50% boxer — and his boxer side is from AKC champion lines! This allows us to confirm to potential adopters his true mix. In addition, the grant sponsors his adoption fee, which also allows us to showcase our partnership with the Petfinder Foundation! THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH!
Unfortunately Goofy is still available for adoption, but he is still a sweet, people-friendly, goofy boy waiting for that perfect home. Partnering with the Petfinder Foundation has really allowed him and so many of our other dogs to be seen and supported in so many ways! THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH! From his Petfinder profile: “Goofy is a SWEET 8-year-old, people-loving, happy, bouncy (and strong) boy. He enjoys his people and loves his off-leash runs. Goofy is very eager to please and energetic, so regular exercise is needed. He has come a long way and really could use a home environment to help him take his next steps. He is off-leash trained, loves swimming in a river, enjoys walks with a loose leash and enjoys playing retrieve with you. He would make a great companion for anyone who has a fenced property and would enjoy his company. Goofy is not dog-friendly and would need to be the only dog/pet in the home.” Meet Goofy here.
We applied the grant to eight dogs’ adoption fees (our Guardian Angel program).
The grant helped us get Bella, Axle, Alpha, Sirena, Tantoo and Harmonie (who is currently in a foster-to-adopt trial) adopted out. The adoption fees of dogs go towards the vetting and care of incoming dogs.
Bella (first photo) was adopted by an older man who had recently lost his previous dog to cancer. She now lives on a small ranch and spends all day with him and his wife (they are a retired couple) playing and working and going to town!
Axle (second photo) was a senior dog whom the local [high-intake] shelter was going to euthanize for space because he was an owner-surrender and because of his age. We pulled Axle immediately and, thanks to his lowered adoption fee (on top of our senior-dog discount and other grant funds applied), he was adopted immediately (third photo) by the son of the couple who adopted Bella, so Axle and Bella get to meet and play all the time!
Sirena (fourth photo) is a heartwarming story. We pulled her, along with 11 other dogs, from a “rescue” that wasn’t properly caring for the dogs in its care. She had been with us for six months and just kept getting passed over. In April, we were contacted by a woman who had an 8-year-old son whose elderly dog was reaching the end of his life. The dog had been with them since the boy was born and slept in his crib with him as infant. They thought getting him a new dog would help ease the transition when the time came. We evaluated them, approved them for adoption and scheduled a meet-and-greet. The night before the meet-and-greet, the elderly dog passed away in his sleep. The little boy was heartbroken.
The mom went ahead and came and met Sirena and just fell in love. She knew Sirena was the right dog for her son. Sirena went home with her and, when her son got off the school bus that day, Sirena was standing in their driveway waiting for him. He ran up to her crying and Sirena just stood there letting him love all over her. We have received several updates of Sirena and Kason playing in the creek on their property (fifth photo), running in the pastures and sleeping in the bed together. Kason said Sirena is the second best dog in the world!
Hermione (sixth photo) came to us with 10 other dogs from a rescue that was not properly caring for the dogs in its care. She was a 3-month-old puppy with coccidia and hookworms. She developed digestive sensitivities and, after being nursed back to health, she is currently on a foster-to-adopt trial. We’re pretty sure she’ll be adopted based on all the updates we’ve received about how much the kids in the family (seventh photo) and their two other dogs love her.
Tantoo (eighth photo) was in the local [high-intake] shelter for two months before they figured out he was deaf. Upon realizing this, they ordered him to be euthanized. The worker just happened to know us and called. We went right down and pulled him out of that shelter. Within the first three days, he learned several signs and was just a lovebug. His worst habit is jumping up on people to hug them. He puts his paws on their hips and squeezes. It’s so adorable.
Tantoo had been with us for a year. A woman reached out to us who just couldn’t get him off her mind after seeing some of the pictures and videos of him that we post on our Facebook page. He now lives in the country with her and her 14-year-old son and he is adored.
Dog/puppy play yard project
The play yard project has really given our dogs a safe, comfortable and enriching place to play. We noticed that the dogs are showing their true colors once in the play yard. Playgroups have also become a daily enrichment since the play yard project was completed. Our volunteers are thrilled to have a place to interact with the dogs. The public/community has really embraced our play yard as well. They have donated new toys, treats and a kiddie pool just for the play yard. They love our updates on social media and want to give back to our dogs in need. The dogs in our care are truly benefiting in many ways, all thanks to the play yard.
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Burt and Ernie were two German shepherd brothers who came into the shelter as owner-surrenders. Their owner was diagnosed with an illness and could not care for them any longer. We knew adopting out two bonded adult brothers would not be easy. After posting a picture of the brothers in the play yard, we had a wonderful family come by the shelter to meet them. We walked the family into the play yard to introduce everyone. They soon fell in love with Burt and Ernie! Burt was showing off all his tricks and spunky characteristics on the puppy play ramps. Ernie was giving kisses to their youngest granddaughter. The family got to see Burt and Ernie’s real personalities in the play yard, which made them adopt. Everyone got a happy ending!
Grant funds covered the adoption fees for 49 adoptable pets, including 28 dogs and 21 cats, who had been on AHS’s adoption floor for more than 30 days.
For many hard-to-adopt pets such as cats, pit bulls and Chihuahuas, adoption fees can be a barrier between these pets finding a forever home and staying in the shelter for an extended period of time. At the same time, it costs an average of $910 to care for each pet who enters our shelter because we are committed to helping the sick, injured and abused pets in our community and many require extended medical and behavioral treatment before they make it to the adoption floor. Thanks to the Petfinder Foundation’s support in helping us waive adoption fees for those pets who are harder to adopt and who face longer wait times on our adoption floor, we were able to place these pets into forever homes, helping to make space for more pets who are ready to find forever homes.
Stretch Armstrong came into AHS at the beginning of January 2019 through our field team. Poor Stretch had been abandoned by his owners, and this had an impact on his behavior when he was adopted for the first time back in March. Because he had been abandoned before, he developed severe separation anxiety in his new home, tearing up blinds, ripping up the couch, and making a huge mess, all out of his fear that his new owners would never return. Because of this, his new owners ended up returning Stretch to AHS, unable to deal with his anxiety.
Stretch waited two more months and, thanks to the Petfinder Foundation, had a waived adoption fee! After waiting for months, Stretch found his new home with a wonderful couple who have dealt with separation anxiety in dogs before, and who work from home all day!
To assist dogs with medical needs
We were able to help pay a small amount on one dog who needed critical care.
The dog was adopted after surgery. The dog needed surgery and the money went towards his surgery bill. From the group’s website: “One Eyed Willie is a 5- to 6-month-old papillon-cavalier King Charles spaniel mix. We received an email from the shelter that they had a young dog who had an eye injury and he would either need it removed or he’d be euthanized that day. We immediately emailed back that we would take him. He did indeed have to have his eye removed, but honestly, from that first day he has been the sweetest, most loving little guy. He was a bit insecure at first. Wouldn’t you be if you had an eye hanging out of its socket? Something bad happened to this poor little man. But we have seen him blossom and he’s so young that the sky is the limit as to what an amazing personality he will develop.
“Willie gets along great with other dogs. He is currently living with a big and little dog. They were all BFF’s almost instantly. Willie spent most of his time in a crate while he was healing, so he doesn’t hate the crate. When it was safe for him to be a bit more mobile, his foster used an exercise pen and that worked well to contain him and help him heal. His new home will now have options how to introduce him to their home and contain him as well when they are gone.
“Willie is an option for a home that has had a dog as an adult. If there are children, they need to be over the age of 6.”
Our grant funds are being used to offset the cost of adoptions for our longest-term residents at the shelter.
The grant has enabled us to adopt out our longest-term dogs and cats more quickly by decreasing each of their adoption fees by $50.
Sweet Queenie was involved in a house fire here in Burlington with her puppies, but was left behind by the owners. The owners took the surviving puppies from the home, but Queenie was found the next day sitting in front of the burned-out house with one dead puppy. Our director got the call and personally went to the home to bring Queenie to the shelter, but nobody ever came to claim her. We worked with Queenie for almost a month and she was recently adopted to a wonderful new mom.
It will be used towards our medical costs that we accumulate with some of the special cases we take on. Most recently, a dog named Murphy with a fractured jaw cost our rescue more than $8,000.
It helped with our medical costs.
Murphy came to WAG in fall 2018 after his stray hold was up, covered in fleas and with infection oozing out of his mouth. During initial dentistry, he had 13 teeth removed and it was discovered that his jaw was broken, so he’ll be going to a specialist for further care. He has not been adopted yet. He still requires more extensive dental work. He is a super sweet 8-year-old Maltese mix weighing 9 lbs. He would do best in a home with dogs his size. He can live with a cat but isn’t the biggest fan. His ideal smoke-free home would be with a retired couple or someone who is home most of the day. He loves to sit on his human’s lap, get belly rubs and he absolutely loves going in the car.
To help a rabbit named Walter.
It helped get Walter ready for adoption.
Walter came to Rabbit Wranglers because he had health issues. He has since been adopted and bonded to another rabbit. From his Petfinder profile: “Walter is an adorable tri-colored male lop. He is a real charmer who loves sitting in his foster mom’s lap and being petted. He had some issues maintaining his weight in the past, so is fed a mixture of timothy and alfalfa pellets and hay. He enjoys baby spring mix and other greens as well. His litter-box skills are perfect. Walter has a chronic condition that causes his eyes to weep. He needs to have the area around his eyes cleaned daily by either his caregiver or a bunny friend.”