Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
To help pay for the orthopedic surgery Cammie required for her broken front legs so that it would be possible for her to survive and find a loving home.
Rabbits are the third most abandoned pet in the country. There are few resources for them. We have a tremendous number of animal agencies and individuals calling us for help. Our shelter houses around 150 bunnies. Spending a huge sum of money on one animal does not help make you responsible towards all of the other animals in your care. This grant allowed us to do both.
Cammie was found and brought to us with both front legs broken. There was someone who thought she'd been thrown out of an apartment window. The breaks were serious and required an orthopedic surgeon. She spent several months with pins holding her bones together, but the surgery ultimately worked, leaving Cammie healthy, happy, and able to walk again. Not only was Cammie healthy, but she quickly found her furever home, so now she is not only healthy, happy, and hopping again -- she is loved.
The beds we received have been distributed to our foster families for use with our foster dogs.
Many of our foster families cannot afford to buy a bed for every foster pet. The rescue's money goes to medical needs and food first, before we can spend it on beds. Many of our foster pets sleep on blankets and towels, but being able to give some of our pets their very own bed was a real treat, especially the larger dogs. Even our rescue cats find the beds comfortable.
Poofy is a 14-year-old poodle mix who has been in the rescue for 18 months. Poofy is arthritic, deaf, and nearly blind. Her days are spent napping and slowly exploring the back yard. Poofy gets very warm in a standard bed, so the P.L.A.Y. pad is perfect for her. It does not overheat her, yet it provides a soft spot for her to lie on when she needs to relax. Meet her: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/39238238
It was used towards Mia's surgeries.
As you know, being a 501(c)3 nonprofit rescue, Speak! STL relies on donations and grants to help the animals we rescue. Some rescued pets like Mia require extensive medical care. Although we are small, we do all we can to make sure our Speaklings are healthy and happy.
Mia was born without an anus and lived outside on a chain the first several months of her life. Thanks to our loving volunteers, donations and this grant, this sweet girl had several surgeries so she can go to the bathroom normally. She is now loving life with her foster family. She loves to play ball and frisbee. It's a joy to see her happy and enjoying life to the fullest. She is still searching for her forever home. Meet her: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/41422875
The Kong toys were distributed to our foster dogs to provide high-quality chew toys for them.
Many of our foster parents do not have the means to buy every foster dog its own toys. The rescue is able to provide some, but the cost of food and medical care outweighs the need for toys. This grant provided some high-quality toys for our more active chewers.
Elaina is an active senior in our rescue. Her foster home includes some large dogs and Elaina was not able to chew on the toys that had been purchased for the larger dogs. She needed a toy that was more her size! The Kong grant sent toys of different sizes and we were able to find one just for Elaina. Meet her: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/41835568
The grant money was used for emergency surgery for our foster dog Dotty. She had an eye removed and the socket became infected. She required two additional surgeries and intensive medical care at the vet hospital.
Dotty has fully healed and recovered from this surgery and has been adopted into a loving home.
Dotty was one of three dogs rescued from a hoarding situation. She was emaciated, dirty, and blind when Connor and Millie's Dog Rescue obtained possession of her. Our vet discovered that she was diabetic and she was started on a proper diet and insulin injections. She went into foster care and was nursed back to health. Unexpectedly, one of Dotty's eyes developed a corneal ulcer and had to be removed. After the surgery, the socket became infected. The infection quickly spread throughout her entire face and she required two additional surgeries to clean out the infection and remove the infected tissue. She was extremely sick for two weeks, requiring IV antibiotics and constant care at the veterinary hospital. She was finally released back to her foster home, where she continued to heal.
Her vet bills were over $4,000. Thanks to the grant we received from the Petfinder Foundation, we were able to pay off a good portion of those bills. Dotty is now happy and healthy and has been adopted into a loving home that can accommodate her diabetes and her blindness.
Vet bills for our senior rescue, Spirit.
Paid 100% of Spirit's vet bill for conditions including:
- Grade 5 heart murmur; he is on heart meds that cost about $78 a month
- His heart is getting worse; he's now on blood-pressure meds, Carprofen and Lasix as well. These are all monthly and cost $142.54 per month.
- He also needs periodic blood work ($75) and x-rays ($50).
Spirit came to us after his owner died. He is super sweet, 9 years old, and weighs about 10 lbs. He is great with dogs, kids, and cats. As of this date (Aug. 10, 2018) he has not yet been adopted, but is living a wonderful life with his current foster in Orange County. Meet him: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/40600447
We received a grant from Kong for enrichment. The Kong toys were distributed to our shelter dogs for additional enrichment while they spend time at the shelter waiting for their forever homes.
Pets who spent a long time at our shelter waiting for their forever homes were given Kong toys to help the time go by faster. For some dogs, we froze treats into the Kong toys to make the dogs more interested. We feel that the extra enrichment helped our long-time dogs get adopted.
Bam Bam was a long-time resident of HSCAZ who was returned twice for being destructive when left alone. We gave Bam Bam a Kong for his kennel, where he enjoyed hours of playing with it instead of thinking about how lonely he was and how much he wanted to get out of the shelter. Bam Bam was adopted recently and we sent his new owners home with two Kong toys. We've heard that he is doing great and, as long as he has his Kong when he is left alone, he is just fine!
The Orvis Animal Care Grant provided lifesaving emergency veterinary services for an adoptable dog in our rescue named Amazon.
This grant help us save the life of Amazon, who received substantial injuries while she was recovering from parvovirus. Amazon sustained substantial injuries while in a secure holding area. She required immediate emergency medical care to save her life from an injury to her front right paw area. The veterinary fees associated with this emergency procedure cost our organization substantial costs. Amazon spent about five weeks in recovery and was adopted in February 2018 (second photo). Amazon is doing amazing and her new owners absolutely love and adore her.
To send someone to learn to conduct dog playgroups
We sent a staff member to DPFL mentorship.
Kayla is a shy gal who, in playgroup, is learning to do better with people and pets.
We were able to waive $150 adoption fees for three senior dogs and $65 for one senior cat.
We were able to waive the adoption fees for our senior pets. I believe this helped get the pets adopted quicker, as they went to homes where the adoption fee may have been the deciding factor for adopting a dog. Each animal went to an adopter who absolutely adores the senior animals. Since receiving this grant, we have started a program, "Seniors for Seniors," to help seniors adopt senior companion animals. We also provide food, flea and heartworm preventative, and anything else the senior needs to be happy and healthy with the senior citizen. We believe this is a need in our community and we thank you for giving us a jump start with our program.
Four: Dogs Margo, age 6; Dulce, 9; and Eddie, 7; and cat Maggie, age 7
Margo was found sitting on the yellow line in the middle of a busy street. A good Samaritan saved her and contacted Halo. We found that poor Margo was not in good health. We spayed her, removed many tumors, and gave her a dental before we placed her up for adoption. We also discovered that poor Margo had severe loss of eyesight. Despite all of her medical issues, Margo was full of life and so loving that everyone at Halo fell in love with her. When she found her forever home, we knew she was just as happy as we were. We hear from the family often and we get the cutest pictures of Margo doing what she loves to do -- lying on a pile of blankets, napping (second and third photos). We love to see the little sweaters that she wears so stylishly! Thank you for allowing Halo to waive her adoption fee. We believe that, because of this grant, Margo was able to find her perfect forever home!