Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
We received a check in the total of $22.50. This amount was able to pay for a microchip and a rabies vaccination for one animal.
This grant helped ensure that an animal would be able to locate their owner if ever lost; it also provided a routine vaccination to protect them against rabies.
The sponsored pet was Tarzan, who has been adopted. From his Petfinder profile: “Tarzan is super affectionate and loves attention! He is a laid-back young male kitty.”
The donation received allowed us to reduce the adoption donation for a pair of adult kitties who had been awaiting a forever home but needed to be adopted as a pair. Our regular adoption donation is $175 per cat (for a total of $350), but we were about to lower their adoption donation to $200. The extra $75 received from the sponsor donation was used to provide additional veterinary care for one of the cats. He had a lump on his chest and we were able to use the extra $75 to have the lump biopsied.
As mentioned above, we were able to lower our adoption donation and use the extra money for a biopsy of a lump on one of the kitties. We always want to be sure our animals are 100% healthy prior to adoption.
The pets sponsored, Sam and Susie, waited for seven months to be adopted. They were both older kitties, one very shy, one very large and on a weight-loss regimen. They were a bonded pair and we had a tough time finding the right home for them. We’re happy to report that Sam and Susie have found their forever family.
This money that was donated through Sponsor a Pet was directed towards Henry’s Fund, an account that was established to provide medical care for dogs in need who enter our shelter.
The majority of dogs who arrive into our facility are found as strays and are in dire need of medical care — everything from spays/neuters, dentals and vaccines to heart surgery and leg amputations is given.
One, a sweet dog named Frosty.
This grant has been directed towards Frosty, a Cockapoo who arrived into rescue last week in pretty rough shape. Frosty came in with infected ears and eyes, needed dental work and is now awaiting surgery to repair a torn ACL. (A different dog named Frosty is pictured.)
The donation was used for Eeyore the dog.
This grant helped provide vaccinations to Eeyore!
Eeyore came from Tennessee with a couple of siblings from a very rural area. She was found under a porch with her siblings, fending for themselves at such a young age. She was adopted here in New York!
To support the rabbit Walter.
The money helped to cover the cost of Walter’s most recent veterinary visit.
Walter is an adorable tricolored 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 he 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. Walter is currently pending adoption! Meet Walter here.
Sponsorships that we will use towards the veterinary care of the senior dogs in our care.
Veterinary care is our largest expense, so the funds that come from this grant will help provide the essentials such as vaccinations.
Teddy is a dog who benefited from Sponsor a Pet through Petfinder! Because of programs like this, we were able to get him fully vaccinated.
Added to funds for vet care
Marge was adopted and is now called Olivia. She was with us a long time. Here is a quote from her listing: “When I arrived here, staff immediately noticed I was trembling all over. Seeing that this was more than just fear, I was rushed to the vet, where I was diagnosed with mild cerebellar hypoplasia.” In her new home she barely trembles at all.
The Kongs were used to go with each foster so their dogs had stimulation while with them.
It helps us not to have to come out of pocket so our dogs could have interactive toys while with their fosters.
The kong grant helped many of our fosters and the foster dogs! We use them at adoption events to keep them busy so they enjoy being in the crates while there! Maxine, Cam, and Ollie enjoyed them over the weekend during their time at the adoption event!!
When Levi first came to me he was so shy, but after being here he has absolutely come out of his shell. Every time he sees you is like the first time! He is a spunky, clumsy boy who falls all over the place every step. He loves playing with chew toys and loves the Kong ball! He is so smart and just the funniest. At dinner time he’s so excited to eat, he sits in the food bowl and eats around himself. He makes me laugh every day!
The money was used to cover Shadow’s neuter, heartworm treatment, Metacam injections and adoption fee.
It helped him get his Metacam injections for his arthritis. It also helped us cover his heartworm treatment and paid his $200 adoption fee so it would help his adopter. It also helped us cover his neuter from when we first got him and paid to have it done.
Shadow is 10 years old and found his perfect furever home. From his Petfinder profile: “He is neutered and up-to-date on all of his shots. He is house- and kennel-trained. Excellent on the leash. Super easygoing, gets along with every dog he sees. Wants to be everyone’s best friend. Great with children of all ages as well. He is NOT a fan of cats. He enjoys walks and exploring. He is such a sweetheart and a happy little wigglebutt. His favorite thing to do is sleep, and he’ll lie down and snuggle with you with a little help to get on the couch. He loves butt and back scratches, antlers, pig ears, hanging out in the yard with his foster dad while he works in his shop, and rolling around being goofy in the grass. Once he settles in, you’ll have a best friend for life with this one.”
Update on Shadow: “Shadow came to us early 2018 from Cumberland county animal shelter. He is 10 years old and his time was coming due. One of our amazing fosters stepped up for him. He had never been inside so she had to start fresh with him after 10 years. She was very patient and understanding though! He was surrendered for jumping the fence. In the time we had shadow, he never jumped fences or tried to escape his foster family. Sadly his foster family was facing PCS’ing so we had to move Shadow, he transitioned well. Shortly before hurricane Florence we were looking for a foster for him since his family had to evacuate. A new foster family stepped up, a few days later. They were considering adopting him from the start of fostering him! wishing a few days they confirmed they couldn’t imagine their home without Shadow. Before finalizing his adoption we made sure he didn’t have any medical issues. Come to find out, he has arthritis and would need apaquil injections weekly to help his pain and inflammation. He has settled wonderfully into his home with his fur brother!!”
The donation was used towards medical costs.
It helped pay medical costs.
This will go towards the medical bill for Burt. He is heartworm-positive, has broken and rotten teeth that will need to be extracted, has ear infections in both ears, and is totally emaciated. He is currently undergoing treatment and is not ready for adoption. From Facebook: “We are pulling Burt from Warren county in North Carolina. This is what the shelter said about him: ‘Burt has found himself in a situation no animal should be in — homeless! He’s elderly, most of his teeth are broken or rotten, and his skin is raw, cracked and painful from demodex mange. He watches people walk by him without a second glance while he wags his tail to catch their attention. He spends the rest of his time quietly thinking about having his own toys, a fluffy bed and warm hugs. These things he probably never experienced and may never experience. Burt is a sweet, gentle soul who deserves to live out the rest of his days knowing nothing but how good life can be; he just needs a chance. Burt is 10-12 years old and is being treated for mange and infection.’ As you can see, he is in bad shape and we don’t want him living out his life in a shelter. So we did the only thing that was right in our book: We pulled him and he will live a life of luxury while he is getting healthy and then hopefully we can find him a nice home.”