Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
The money granted was used to attract potential adopters for three of our senior bonded siblings who have been in our care for more than a year. The money was used to cover adoption fees, transportation, basic necessities and food for three months.
This grant helped Pawsibilities to feature the bonded trio and get more interest in them by offering fee-waived adoptions and help with their care for the first few months.
Little Lee, LB, and Baby Girl came to Pawsibilities after their owner passed away after a long illness. Little Lee and LB are siblings and Baby Girl is their mom. From the moment they entered our shelter, they clung to each other and sought each other out for comfort and play. When LB went to our medical facility to have dental work done, Little Lee and Baby Girl would look around our adoption room to find him. When LB returned, his mother and brother would sit and comfort him. One of them was always with him until he was feeling better.
While Little Lee, LB and Baby Girl are bonded, they each have their own sweet and wonderful personalities. Baby Girl, while the smallest and seemingly the most meek, is really the leader of their pack. Baby Girl is a great mom and very tolerant of her boys, but also lets them know when she has had enough of their shenanigans. She loves pets, brushes, and treats. Baby Girl is a snuggler with people. Little Lee is the larger of the boys. He enjoys his treats and sneaking up on his brother and pouncing for playtime. LB is a little more distinguished than his playful brother. He enjoys our outside pen, lounging in the sunshine, playing with his brother, and special attention from his person. This trio would do best in a quieter home that could provide lots of love and, of course, treats.
Because this trio came to us bonded and older, we were having difficulty finding a family that would take all three seniors. With this grant, families were attracted by the waived adoption fee and help with care for the first few months. Because of the Petfinder Foundation Senior Pet Adoption Grant, the bonded trio this grant helped was able to stay together in a loving home. Little Lee, LB, and Baby Girl will live out their lives happy and cared for in a loving family.
The Kong toys are distributed to dogs entering foster homes or adoptive homes with their “Go Bags,” which include leash, collar, toy, food, treats and any medications.
The Kong toys we received allow us to provide our network of foster dogs with enrichment while they wait for their forever homes.
Kong toys are sent home with all adopted dogs as stock allows. Recently we did a Shelter Clear and Holiday Cheer event in which we saved 25 dogs from euthanasia and each one went to a foster or adoptive home with one of the Kong toys provided by this grant.
We used the money to provide an adopter with funding they needed to give a senior kitty ongoing medical care. Specifically, it was to help this adopter continue to pay for ongoing acupuncture for the cat’s condition.
This money helped us get this kitty adopted. It can be very challenging for someone to adopt an animal when they know that the animal must have ongoing medical care for the remainder of his or her life. With the funding we received, we provided the needed medical care for this kitty for the next year. This funding was important for that adopter and the decision they made to adopt this kitty knowing the expenses they will incur.
Max was adopted! Max was a kitty whom we took after a plea from the Arizona Humane Society about a kitty who needed ongoing medical care. They deemed him “unadoptable” because of his medical condition. Max is a senior snowshoe and came to us with a degenerative neuromuscular disorder after his owners returned him because they could not afford to care for him. His symptoms required acupuncture treatments. These treatments give him more muscle control.
We took Max in on Aug. 29, 2019, and immediately starting getting him the medical treatments he needed. As a result, there was great improvement for Max and he became an “adoptable” kitty. However, we knew Max would need ongoing medical care that his adopter would have to provide. This was not funding we could afford to provide to an adopter, so we reached out to the Petfinder Foundation and applied for grant assistance, which we were awarded.
On Dec. 4, 2019, we were granted $850 from the Petfinder Foundation to help a potential adopter continue with Max’s care. On Dec. 31, 2019, Max was adopted and placed into a loving home where he will continue to get the acupuncture treatments he needs for the rest of his life!
The product was Chill Pads from P.L.A.Y. for our fosters to use for our rescue dogs/puppies! We are a foster-based rescue. Each one of our rescue dogs/puppies is in a foster home with a loving family. These Chill Pads were great for the foster homes were they stayed until they were adopted.
It helped provide a soft, comfy place for our rescue dogs/puppies. A lot of our dogs came from outside and poor living conditions. This was a nice addition to some of our foster homes to provide a much more comfortable sleeping place for our pups.
Liesel is a 4-month-old puppy who was found as a stray in Oklahoma. She was quickly pulled into rescue by Pawsitive Tails Dog Rescue and transported to Kansas City to find her forever home. On her journey to freedom and finding her best life, she was exposed to the deadly parvovirus. She began to become very sick and was boarded into a parvo ward, where she received around-the-clock care for several days. After about a week in the hospital, she was finally feeling better and had made an amazing recovery! She then made her way to her new foster home and this is where she was presented with her very own P.L.A.Y. Chill Pad. She went from living on the streets to a not-so-comfortable enclosed kennel area in the hospital to her very own Chill Pad! She absolutely enjoys spending her days sharing it with the other dogs her new foster home, or just lying around and relaxing. Thank you P.L.A.Y. for adding just a touch of coziness to Liesel’s amazing recovery!
She ended up being adopted to a very loving family.
The Kong products were used to bring joy to our foster dogs’ lives! They love to chew them, eat treats in them, and even sleep with them. We love that Kongs can be used again and again, and that they are virtually indestructible.
Foster dogs often display anxiety. After all, they have often been through multiple homes, veterinarians’ offices, car rides and other stressful events in their recent pasts. Kongs are soothing toys that help them relax through licking, chewing and gnawing. And Kongs help to direct those urges to toys rather than furniture, crates, or other undesirable items.
Vera (first photo) is a German shephard mix who came to us heavily pregnant from a full Chicago shelter. She gave birth to 11 puppies in December, and is busy being a great mom. Vera does play with her Kongs, and we found them to be a great way to give her peanut butter for a few extra calories during her pregnancy. Now her puppies are enjoying their little Kongs, too (second and third photos)! Vera and her puppies will be available for adoption, although they are not yet on Petfinder because the puppies are still so little.
Jax (fifth and sixth photos) is an adorable 4-year-old male doberman/pit-bull mix who is a very good boy. He loves his Kong treats and will sit very nicely while they are prepared! Jax is adoptable, and he is currently listed on Petfinder! You can meet him here.
Joint supplement medication, x-rays, adoption-fee subsidy, joint-health food, collar, leash and bed.
Thanks to the Purina One Senior Pet Adoption Assistant Grant, we were able to find Sweet Potato a loving home. We were able to remove barriers for potential adopters by providing medications, special food, supplies and a subsidized adoption fee.
Sweet Potato is a 12-year-old yellow Lab who came to Circle of Friends Animal Shelter as a stray. He was found roaming on the county roads and was brought to us by a concerned citizen. At his entry exam, Sweet Potato was in rough shape. His nails were extremely overgrown, he had large calluses on his elbows, and he was limping and in desperate need of a bath. Most concerning, he had difficulties even standing on his own. When he found the strength to stand, he could only support himself for a short while before needing one of our laps to flop onto.
We immediately contacted our veterinarian and got him started on Dasuquin to help support his joint health and Vetprofen to help manage any pain he may be in. After being on his medication for a bit, he is almost like a brand new dog! He is now able to move around much better, though he still knocks himself over while trying to play like a puppy.
After he’d been in the shelter for a few days, we noticed that his right hock had started to swell. Our veterinarian recommended x-rays. Once we got him in for an x-ray, we received the sad prognosis from the veterinarian that Sweet Potato had bone cancer and only a few weeks to a few months left to live. The swelling was a pathological fracture that our veterinarian suspects was caused by the cancer. This prognosis would make it difficult for us find him his last loving home before he passed, but we believed and had hope that there is someone out there who will take this amazing Sweet Potato into their heart and home for his final days.
Sweet Potato was adopted on Nov. 29, 2019, after having multiple visits. The family who adopted Sweet Potato originally was looking for a new family pet as theirs had recently passed away of cancer. Once they saw Sweet Potato on our Facebook page, they fell instantly in love. The family now calls him Sweetie and is happy to have him for as long as they can.
The grant we received was used to help Ethan, a 13-year-old Maltese mix. It enabled us to provide his adopter with pimobendan for his heart condition as well as Fresh Pet dog food that was recommended by his vet. It allowed us to reduce his adoption fee to $100. It also paid for Ethan’s pre-surgical blood work, in which his white blood count was found to be extremely high and he was referred to a specialist for further testing. With permission from the Petfinder Foundation, the grant was used to pay for part of his specialist visit, which included x-rays and flow cytometry, as they suspect he may have leukemia or a bone-marrow issue.
This grant helped pay for Ethan’s much-needed medicine and medical care. His adopter is extremely grateful, as is turns out this beautiful senior boy may have leukemia or a bone-marrow issue. He went for his specialist visit on Jan. 21 for more extensive testing, which was paid for in part by this grant.
This grant was to help Ethan, a 13-year-old Maltese mix who was surrendered to a local New Jersey shelter when his owners could no longer care for him. He was initially diagnosed with a heart murmur, but after further testing, it may be something much worse, such as leukemia. Ethan is seeing a specialist for a diagnosis and to come up with a plan for his care. He was adopted by a loving family that has three other dogs for Ethan to play with.
The money from this grant was used to send our Animal Behavior Manager to the Mentorship II in October at the National Canine Center in Wellborn, FL.
Our biggest challenge is behaviorally challenged dogs. We have more of them than helper dogs, and getting a good mix of dogs for a stable playgroup can be challenging. We try to keep things safe and stable, while at the same time we want to make sure those behaviorally challenged dogs also are getting the socialization and training they need.
Karen attended the course specifically dedicated to this issue to help with the challenges our team faces when working in playgroups with these dogs. Our goal is to see a reduction in playgroup issues for these dogs and ultimately reduce their length of stay.
To date, since this training, we have be able to serve 165 dogs with this program.
Jasper came to us a shy, fearful dog. He would not play and he was fearful of other dogs, relatively hesitant of all strangers, and was a flight risk, so he had to always be on-leash. With the skills learned at the DPFL mentorship training, Karen was able to work with Jasper to ensure that he felt safe and slowly introduce him to other dogs without an accidental encounter on the property before he was ready.
Because of the work that this team did with him, he was able to be adopted and is now visiting dog parks, playing with toys, and holding play dates!
With the $1,000 grant investment, the Arizona Humane Society (AHS) was able to purchase six bubble machines, 17 liters of bubble solution, 12 silicone lick pads, one interactive slow feeder, 10,000 pipe cleaners, two iCalmDog portable speakers, three packages of essential oils, two sound balls, seven training clickers, and 70 squeaky toys.
AHS firmly upholds the practices of providing enrichment actives to all shelter pets at least once a day. With the support provided from the Petfinder Foundation, AHS was able to purchase $1,000 worth of canine enrichment supplies used to keep dogs happy and healthy while waiting to find their forever families! Attached are photos of enrichment activities taking place with AHS’s shelter canines. These activities would not be possible without the support of the Petfinder Foundation!
AHS purchased enrichment supplies that are easily cleaned and shared among shelter animals. Thus far, the Petfinder Foundation’s grant has been able to help about 200 canines who are waiting to find their forever families! Based on the supplies that AHS was able to purchase, we foresee being able to help nearly 600 more homeless canines in the coming months with these enrichment supplies.
As of Jan. 17, AHS is housing more than 150 canines, 88 of whom are available for adoption. Thanks to the Petfinder Foundation, AHS was able to purchase a variety of enrichment supplies that have not only kept our dogs entertained, but have also helped address various behavior challenges while they are waiting to find their forever homes. Cane (first photo), a 2-year-old American Staffordshire terrier mix, has greatly benefited from the Petfinder Foundation’s investment by learning to pace himself while eating.
Cane entered AHS’s shelter as a stray and our staff immediately noticed that he enjoyed his meals so quickly, he often made himself sick. AHS initially used a puzzle feeder to slow down his eating, but this smart boy learned to flip the tray upside down to release all the kibble, allowing for easier access and a quicker meal. With the Petfinder Foundation’s grant, AHS purchased an interactive slow feeder which requires Cane to rotate a container filled with food and drops small amounts of kibble into a puzzle feeder (featured in a social-media video). Thanks to the Petfinder Foundation, this interactive feeder had prevented Cane from eating too quickly and also provides him with mental stimulation.
Cane and one other canine featured in AHS’s enrichment video are currently available for adoption and listed on the Petfinder website.
One of the most obvious barriers that must be addressed for a senior pet to be adopted is how to minimize the financial impact of their medical care for potential adopters. The dog which we were seeking assistance for was Mischief, a sweet senior dog who battles with arthritis and maintaining a healthy intestinal tract. In order to move Mischief into his forever home more quickly, grant funding is allocated to support his adopting family by 1) waiving Mischief’s $150 adoption fee; 2) funding just under two years of Proviable DC probiotic to reestablish healthy intestinal balance ($29.99 per 80-capsule bottle [taken once a day] x 8 bottles = $239.92); and 3) funding one year of Galliprant 60 mg to treat Mischief’s osteoarthritis pain ($50.74 per 30-capsule bottle [taken once a day] x 12 bottles = $608.88).
It is well documented by shelters and humane societies across the country, including PAWS Atlanta, that individuals and families looking to adopt are most often drawn to younger animals, particularly puppies and kittens. Adoptions take longer and become less frequent in direct correlation with a dog’s age. Many, many wonderful senior dogs come into our shelter, but they just do not move into their forever homes at a pace similar to younger, more active dogs. Our current length of stay for a senior dog is 105 days, compared to 65 days for younger dogs. Our goal is to reduce this length of stay for senior dogs, because we know that new surroundings and circumstances create an enormous amount of stress on an animal. Their worlds are turned upside down. To reduce this stress, dogs (and all abandoned pets) ideally need to be placed into their forever homes as quickly as possible. Being able to reduce the length of stay for a dog at our facility—especially a senior dog—is critical to reducing this stress and settling them into their new homes.
Grant funding through the Petfinder Foundation’s Senior Pet Adoption Grant will help us, most importantly, find a forever home for Mischief and reduce the financial burden on his new family because of the medical care he requires. Funding also helps our organization because, as we move animals into their new homes, this opens space at our facility to help yet another dog or cat.
Unfortunately, Mischief has not been adopted yet, but he is in a wonderful foster home while he waits to find his new home. We know that once he is adopted, he will be greatly helped by this grant. Mischief’s photo and story have been highlighted repeatedly on social media, including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, since we received the grant. He has also been highlighted in our email blasts, is posted on the Petfinder site, and our shelter manager and adoption counselors have been talking about him to potential adopters.
Grant funding will be used to support Mischief, an 11-year-old, 75-lb. pit bull mix who came to us for safekeeping after his beloved parent passed away over a year ago. Mischief has not been adopted yet, but we have been working very hard to publicize Mischief using a variety of communication tools (e-newsletters, social-media outlets, etc.).
Currently, Mischief is staying with one of our foster families. Our foster family has really been enjoying Mischief, providing him with a lot of much-needed love. They recently told us, “Despite his name being Mischief, he’s a real easy-going kind of guy. He loves to be in the same room with us, especially his foster dad. He’s a good companion to his people and does exceptionally well with other dogs. Mischief loves to play with toys and adores treats of all kinds. Being an older dog, Mischief is really a low-key guy and would thrive in a home that is quiet. He has a tiny bit of separation anxiety and would probably love to be in a home with someone who is retired or works from home.”
We will continue our outreach efforts to find Mischief a permanent home and the funds generously donated by the Petfinder Foundation will be used for the purposes outlined in the grant. We are extremely grateful to the Petfinder Foundation for its support of our organization and its commitment to join us in finding Mischief his forever home.
From his Petfinder profile: “Walking Mischief yesterday, he seemed like the happiest boy in the shelter — happy to have his paws on the trail, happy with all the delicious smells, happy to be outside, happy to have a human friend to walk with him. He’s a leisurely walker at 10, prone to many ‘sniff-stops’ to investigate who’s been where doing what. Mischief came to PAWS Atlanta for safekeeping after his beloved owner died. He loves that all the volunteers and staffers are making a big fuss over how handsome and sweet he is, and he loves it even more when they give him treats for being a good boy. Mischief is friendly with other dogs and would probably love to have a dog companion. Most of all, he would love to be back in a home with someone he can love and watch over. He seems house-trained and very used to being around people. This guy is just smooth, easy company. And, also, his tiny picket-fence teeth. Can we talk about his tiny picket-fence teeth?!” You can meet Mischief here.
UPDATE March 2, 2020: “We submitted our senior dog grant report for Mischief back on January 21, and at the time we had to sadly report that he had not been adopted yet. Over this past weekend we had some great news! We thought you might enjoy knowing that Mischief found his new forever home. We have attached a photo of Mischief with his new family (first photo). He came to us back in September 2018, after his longtime owner passed away, and now he finally has a new home. We cannot begin to thank you and everyone at the Petfinder Foundation enough for helping to make this special day possible. The Senior Pet Adoption Assistance Grant is just what Mischief needed. We are incredibly grateful for your support and I know Mischief is incredibly happy too.”