Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
The dollars went toward our Medical Fund, which is a constant resource for incoming pets. The dollars donated during Q4 2017 went to Marley. Pictures show the amazing work of foster care.
By contributing to our Medical Fund.
The dollars went toward our Medical Fund, which is a constant resource for incoming pets. The Q4 2017 donations went to Marley, who came into our facility with serious skin issues. The pictures show Marley in the fourth quarter of 2017, as he started his journey in foster care, and in the first quarter of 2018 as he left and went to his furever home. The photos demonstrate the amazing impact of foster care.
We were the recipients of 20 Chill Pads offered through P.L.A.Y.'s Warm Bellies Voters' Choice Poll.
Being able to have these comfortable landing spots for the dogs in our care has enhanced and enriched their lives, not only at the shelter, but also out in the community. We use the beds in the crates at our weekly community adoption events so that, even while they're crated at an event, the dogs are on comfortable beds.
It helps 20 dogs at a time and as dogs get adopted, the Chill Pads are assigned to new dogs.
Oscar came to us badly matted and needed to be shaved down. His skin had sore spots from scratching at the mats. He was pretty miserable. The Chill Pads enabled him to have a soft spot to lie down instead of on the kennel floor or the bare Kuranda bed. When we took him to his first community adoption event, we took along his Chill Pad. He absolutely loved it and, because he was so comfortable, he made a big positive impression on all the people he met. Oscar was adopted by his forever family that week!
The funds received for TeeDee went directly towards paying his medical bills for his sarcoid removal surgery. This was his second procedure and the doctors attempted to remove and freeze the area this time. They are hopeful that it will not return and he'll be able to live a long and happy life.
This grant helped to make TeeDee's surgery possible. We were able to raise funds for his first surgery ($3,000) but donations fell short in our fundraising efforts for the second surgery. This grant allowed us to get TeeDee the care he needed while the sarcoid was still small and helped increase his chances that the surgery was successful and that this youngster will go on to live a long and happy life. It has helped make TeeDee more adoptable and will hopefully help us find his new forever home.
TeeDee is a big pinto baby whom we found in a feedlot at only 2 years old. He arrived as a very sick, skinny youngster who now looks cared-for and happy. TeeDee had sarcoid [skin tumor] removal surgery on his hind leg a few weeks ago and he is recovering now. The vets are hopeful that the surgery did the trick and the sarcoid won't return. We're looking for someone experienced with young horses to bring him along slowly and with patience. He is a clean slate and is as kind and gentle as can be. Meet him: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/42091816
The funds provided by the senior pet grant were used to sponsor Maya's adoption fee and provide her adopters with a year's supply of her hypoallergenic food and allergy medications.
It helped one longtime resident get adopted. Maya is a senior coonhound with severe food allergies who had been waiting in foster care for a long time, hoping to be adopted.
Almost immediately after announcing the grant, we were contacted by a former adopter. Their previous adoptee, also a senior dog, had recently passed away. They had been following Maya's story but were concerned about the affordability of her diet and medication. The grant was exactly the help they needed to offer Maya a forever home. And the timing helped another dog, too, because right after Maya was adopted, another dog, Daisy, was returned to the program. It so happened that Maya's foster family was also Daisy's original foster family. So her getting adopted opened up a new, safe place for Daisy to return to. Since her adoption, we have had several staff and volunteers spot Maya riding shotgun with her new mom. And on more than one occasion, she made her presence known by throwing her head out the window and baying her heart out at passersby. It seems Maya is very happy and her family loves her despite, or maybe because of, her utter houndiness.
Ellie's adoption and transport costs were covered for the adopter, and two giant-breed-sized orthopedic beds and $400 worth of joint supplement were provided for her adopters.
We were able to help offset some of the cost of adopting a senior pet, a giant-breed one at that, so that she was more adoptable and she will be nice and comfy and in the best shape she can be, hopefully for years to come.
Ellie was surrendered by her owners when they returned a dog that they had adopted from us. They had moved and were unable to keep two giant dogs contained, and they ended up at the shelter. We couldn't leave Ellie behind, an older gal who was losing the only home she had ever known. Ellie did very well in foster but waited a long time to find her forever home. Finally she caught the eye of a young couple with a baby who had just moved to the area and settled in, but knew they would probably move in the next five years or so. They had fostered and volunteered for rescues in their old home, and they knew how difficult it can be for seniors to find homes, so they specifically searched for an old lady to share their love with for the time that they are here. We were very honest about her breed and her projected lifespan, and with her big smile and sweet and gentle personality, Ellie was the perfect choice for their family. We were so excited to help out this wonderful and thoughtful family and reward them for their kindness to a good old girl.
Overall care for a senior dog in our rescue named Bandit.
Bandit has a chronic thyroid condition and is having allergy issues. This grant allowed us to pay for his medications and testing.
Bandit is 12 years old. He was pulled from the Orange County shelter last year and placed into foster care. We noticed shortly after pulling him that he was gaining weight. After a trip to the vet, senior blood panel and other testing, he was diagnosed with a thyroid condition. He has also developed environmental allergies. Although his medication isn't expensive, because he's a senior dog, Bandit has been in our care for about eight months and we don't anticipate him being adopted in the near future, as he gets very little interest (we don't understand it -- he's perfect!). This grant allows us to pay for his medication and testing without having to worry about the care of other dogs or longevity of being able to provide the appropriate medication for him. Meet him: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/41537765
The money was intended to be spent on promoting Monty, a min pin, who is on eye medications, medications for pancreatic enzymes, and insulin. The original thought was to offer an adopter the grant funding to support his medical care as a way to attract a potential adopter.
It supported Monty's medical care with medications that cost approximately $200 per month.
Monty is a very healthy dog who must be kept on his on-going medications in order to remain healthy. From his Petfinder profile: "Monty has a personality of his own. He is a loving dog who likes to play, but also has his rest times. He is full of energy. Monty is a special-needs dog: He is on a daily eye drops, is diabetic, and takes pancreatic enzymes. Yes, there is a cost associated with owning Monty, but what he gives back makes it all worth it. Through the generosity of the Petfinder Foundation, dollars have been donated towards Monty's medications, which, for a limited time, will be provided by our rescue. This grant was given in hopes that a special-needs dog like Monty will have a better chance of finding his forever family, which he so deserves." Meet him: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/39792299
We were awarded a Dogs Playing for Life Mentorship Program Grant in the amount of $1,000. We used it to cover our attendance fee for the mentorship at Austin Pets Alive! from Feb. 27-March 2, 2018.
The grant gave us access to the training and experience we needed to build bigger and better playgroups for Corning's shelter dogs. We now have the tools and skills to safely increase the duration, size and frequency of our playgroups; the confidence to recruit and train other playgroup volunteers; and most importantly, the skills to socialize our more selective dogs. We also now have a catch pen and a more secure yard for the dogs to play in.
42 dogs have benefited from our playgroup training since March 3.
Sampson was brought into the Corning Animal Shelter as a stray over two and a half years ago. He is a quiet, gentle, slow-moving guy, but because of his size, appearance, and his description, which says he must be the only pet in the home, Sampson has had very little interest from prospective adopters. Hopefully that will change soon, because for the first time in over two years, he is now getting the chance to socialize with other dogs. We are taking it nice and slow, but so far, so good. Here are a few pictures of his first time romping around with another dog. For more info on Sampson, please visit www.petfinder.com/petdetail/38752037
Our shelter dog, Brutus.
Specifically, the Senior Pet Adoption Grant helped provide initial and continuing care of Brutus to make him more adoptable as a senior.
Brutus was abandoned at the Clark County Dog Shelter by his old owner's family member. He came in and was sad, depressed, and in poor condition. He had severe skin allergies that made him uncomfortable, a horrendous mouth infection with teeth on their way to falling out, and other issues. Thanks to the Senior Pet Adoption Grant, we were able to get Brutus a full dental, get his mouth infection under control and healed, heal his skin conditions, provide allergy shots for continued care, and cover his adoption fee so that he could go to his new family!
Senior Pet Adoption Grant for Abby
The funds we received will allowed us to waive her adoption fee and give a starter kit of supplies to the adopter.
Abby is a gorgeous middle-aged cat who got off to a slow start but has done a total 180. She has decided that humans are great -- especially when they offer a treat! She knows her name because staff and volunteers make sure she gets attention every day. What a great companion she will make for some lucky human. She's been at the shelter way too long ... come take her home! Meet her: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/40918604