Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
The P.L.A.Y. beds were given to our stray and adoptable animals at the shelter. They were thrilled to get the new, comfy beds! We use Kuranda beds at the shelter, which are great, but the P.L.A.Y. beds are extra-special and really make the dogs extra comfortable.
We strive to create a low-stress and enriching environment for all of our stray and adoptable animals. The P.L.A.Y. beds are great because they’re super comfy, easy to wash, and the dogs don’t seem to want to rip them up (haha!). They also hold scents so we can give them back to a dog after their kennel is fully cleaned and they still have a familiar scent. It’s amazing how something as simple as a new bed or blanket can make such a huge difference to a scared dog.
This summer has been super busy for us, not just with kitten season but also with multiple litters of puppies coming in to our shelter. At one point, we had more than 60 puppies in our care. One of the litters was found on the side of the highway in a cardboard Amazon box. The person who dumped them made sure to rip the shipping tag off the box so that they couldn’t be tracked down.
There were six puppies in the box, all emaciated and scared to death. After getting them all cleaned and vaccinated, we put them in a kennel. They were so tiny that they couldn’t even crawl up on the Kuranda bed and instead huddled underneath it on the cold concrete.
We ended up flipping the Kuranda bed over and putting a couple of P.L.A.Y beds on top. After a little bit, the puppies calmed down, cuddled up on the beds, and went to sleep. When they went to a foster home, we sent the beds with them. The foster said they were great and so easy to just throw in the wash. As soon as they hit 8 weeks old, we put them up for adoption and they all found homes within the week!
We used the funds received from this grant to purchase microchips for our shelter dogs.
PAWS spends approximately $8,000 annually on microchips for the animals in our care. Your grant of $750 allowed us to offset our annual expenditure by this amount.
We had two dogs surrendered to us a few months ago from a humane case – Francine (first photo) and Beans (second photo). Francine was emaciated but was gaining weight and we quickly found out she was pregnant. She gave birth to five beautiful puppies shortly after arriving at PAWS (third photo). Francine, Beans, and all of the “Beanie babies,” as we called the puppies, were micrcochipped thanks to your generosity.
We used the granted money to purchase new cat enrichment toys from Chewy and Amazon.
It allowed us to supply and offer our cats a variety of enriching toys and play towers.
Six to seven so far, but these toys will be offered to any and all cats who come into our rescue.
Pistachio is a small black-and-white kitten who was trapped with many other kittens. She is a very spunky, playful kitten who likes to explore her surroundings. These new enrichments allow her to explore and further develop the skills needed to live a safe and healthy life. She is currently not adopted.
Each healthy dog or puppy costs approximately $200 for basic medical care, including spay/neuter, basic vaccines, de-worming, flea/tick/heartworm prevention, food, etc. Our normal adoption fee is $135, so we used the Bar Dog Operation grant to offset the medical costs towards the adoption fees of dogs during the month of July.
In the summer months our facility, like many others, is near capacity at all times. By lowering our adoption fees to $65, we were able to place more than 30 dogs and puppies in homes during the month of July. Many more were transported to other no-kill facilities in larger areas where the animals have more opportunity for adoption. Every dog who is adopted or transported makes room for the next dog to receive love and care at our facility.
We’re going to say 64: the 32 dogs who were adopted in July, and the 32 more whom we are able to help this month because we have more room! We know that the $1,000 grant specifically offset costs for 7.4 dogs, and we also know that having that cushion allows us to advertise the lower fee, and THAT gets lots of dogs placed locally!
All of the pets in the last two photos were adopted in the month of July! The shepherd-mix puppies (from top: Violet, Sky, Oscar, Max, and Colby) were such a mess when they came in – full of fleas and ticks and, of course, worms. They all got their first baths, then their medical assessments and treatments for all the nasty creatures living in and on them, as well as some time to decompress and get back to a normal weight. Then the adoptions started! That kept us busy for a couple of days, but they are all so sweet and adorable, it didn’t take too long for their adoptions to be completed! We are so excited to have them in their homes and so thankful to the Petfinder Foundation for helping us to help them!
This grant was used to cover the tuition for our Animal Services Supervisor to attend a Dogs Playing for Life mentorship.
After Terry completed his mentorship, we made some adjustments to our play yard and starting hosting playgroups. We saw an immediate positive response from the dogs in our care. Our first playgroup had 10 happy dogs in it!
The playgroups, while still a new program here, have already taught us a lot about the dogs. Two dogs were previously classified as “dog-aggressive” based on their in-kennel behavior. However, when Terry introduced them to the playgroup using the training from DPFL, we found out they actually love playing with other dogs!
This will help hundreds of dogs every year.
Tucker has been a long-time resident here. He was classified as dog-aggressive and recommended to go to a single-dog home. He often lunged and growled at other dogs who passed by his kennel. Admittedly, some of the staff were hesitant when Terry said he wanted to try Tucker in a playgroup. We were all surprised that Tucker loved playing with other dogs and got along well. We learned more about Tucker in 15 minutes of playgroup than we did in all the previous months he has been with us. You can meet Tucker here.
100% of the generous grant money was used to upgrade insulation of our dog kennel building. As we described in the grant application, the vinyl-batt insulation we previously had in place was not sufficient for our building type and Central Texas climate. The insulation was covered with expanding foam for increased energy efficiency by a local installation company as described in the quote.
We anticipate a significant increase in energy efficiency as a result of the upgraded insulation, which should save hundreds of dollars each month and will also prolong the life of the existing HVAC equipment, providing additional monetary savings long-term. Because we are a non-profit, this is money that will be spent on food and medical expenses for our rescued dogs, increasing our ability to save more lives by taking in and adopting out additional dogs to families in the community.
This insulation project will also directly increase the comfort of the 250 dogs we rescue each year, six staff members, and 100 community volunteers who live or work in the kennel building every year. After only a few days with the new insulation, we have already noticed how much more quickly the A/C is able to cool the kennel area and keep it cool.
Of the 250 dogs per year who live in our kennel building while seeking their forever homes, Flash is probably the biggest and furriest and will be helped greatly by the insulation project!
Flash is a 5-year-old, 85-lb. Newfoundland whom we took in from a chaotic local shelter. He is already enjoying the calmer environment, daily walks, and attention from our staff and volunteers inside the newly insulated and cooler shelter building.
He is a perfect example of why we are known as “one special place” due to our focus on helping hard-to-place dogs and getting them ready for adoption into their forever homes. He is still available for adoption. You can meet Flash here.
We purchased a very large cat tree, wall shelving/perches, and benches for our cat rooms.
The benches have been a great addition to the rooms, allowing potential adopters to sit and have the cats come to them in a relaxed environment. They also provide a great space for adoption photos!
The cat tree and shelving/perches have really allowed the cats currently in our care to explore the room, while giving them a safe space to perch and observe.
Sunny (first photo) is a shy cat and used to hide under the furniture when potential adopters would come into the room. With our new set-up, she has become a more relaxed feline when potential adopters are visiting the room. She is able to check them out from a perch and make her way down for pets when she’s comfortable. The new furniture is letting her show off her loving personality. She has not yet been adopted, but it is only a matter of time! You can meet Sunny here.
To purchase mini-splits, have our electricity restored, and fix broken water lines that resulted from the winter storm of 2021.
We we able to buy supplies to repair broken water lines and restore heat to two of our cottages in order to give our young puppies a safe haven, as well as to buy extra supplies that were needed.
During the winter of 2021, we were hit with power outages which caused a surge to our transformer. Our rescue was full of 32 puppies from various owner surrenders. We needed to act fast and provide water and electric to their cottages. Thankfully we were granted some relief which enabled us to purchase two mini-splits, providing much-needed heat for the babies. They are now in loving homes!
To purchase our first microchip starter kit. We have since ordered additional microchips.
It has allowed us to microchip all the dogs adopted from the rescue and also to offer microchips as a service to the community at a reasonable cost.
Forest came to us through a hoarding situation in which we received 19 Chihuahuas. He was very shy and scared, and after we spent some time working with him, he was finally ready for adoption. Forest was microchipped before he was adopted and now his new family doesn’t have to worry if Forest wanders off because he is microchipped, and once he is scanned, the microchip is registered to his new owners.
The 10 dog bed we received from the 2021 P.L.A.Y Pet Bed Grant has provided dogs in our shelter a soft and comfortable play to rest and sleep.
This grant helped our dogs by reducing stress levels by providing relief from an uncomfortable concrete floor where we typically utilize blankets and towels.
Cleopatra (first photo) is a lovely 3-year-old Shih Tzu who wound up at KC Pet Project when she was brought in as a stray by a member of our community. She was so darling that she almost immediately had an early-bird hold placed upon her.
As we could tell Cleopatra had been very loved, we extended our stray hold from the typical five days to 10 to see if we could find her family. She spent those 10 days very comfortably on a bed. Cleopatra was adopted and is now a very spoiled and happy dog!