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Ridgefield Operation for Animal Rescue (ROAR): Bar Dog Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Petfinder Foundation grant has been used to purchase special food for our senior dog, Jericho, for his food allergies; his joint supplement medication for arthritis; and training sessions while he is at the shelter and in his foster home as we try find him his forever home.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

In addition to the special food, Jericho has also undergone two x-ray procedures to monitor his digestive system. Proper equipment has been purchased, including a lead harness, crate, the durable toys we are observing him with, a slow-feeder for meals, and a month or more of the special food.

The total cost of these necessities for Jericho, including annualization of the cost of his special food, exceeded the grant amount. We are securing additional funding with our appeals and social media fundraising plans.

How many pets did this grant help?

one

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Jericho is a pittie/Staffordshire terrier/bulldog. During his nine months at ROAR, he celebrated his eighth birthday. Nine months in the shelter is a long time given that the average stay for our pets is approximately one month. Jericho is a big boy with a number of medical issues, the costs of which the Petfinder Foundation grant is intended to offset.

He is deaf, has vision issues, has had multiple grade-2 mast cell tumors removed, has had multiple teeth pulled, and he will most likely need more teeth pulled in the future. While he has had skin issues potentially due to food allergies, a change in food and a strict diet has helped to get this under control. He interacts well with dogs in a doggy daycare setting.

Jerico’s background is unknown, so his quirks are interesting to figure out. He loves to be pet and kissed but doesn’t know how to cuddle, which is typical of many shelter pets. He is extremely food-motivated, which is very helpful for training purposes. He will do anything for a treat and is a fast learner.

Jerico has been living in foster care, which is fully financed by ROAR, and outside of the shelter environment has shown himself to be a perfect gentleman. He is house-trained, has never tried to run away or out a door, and has never chewed anything, including our foster mom’s much-loved Ugg boots. He sleeps on his own bed and can snore with the best of them.

There is nothing not to love about this wonderful pet and companion. ROAR is dedicated to supporting him in the right home.

Jericho has yet to be adopted. Meet Jericho here.

ROAR: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Enrichment activity for the dogs during socialization and physical exercise

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

We learned about recipes to try inside of the KONG from the KONG website. The pets got to explore new flavors to enhance the taste and get some great mental and olfactory stimulation, too.

How many pets did this grant help?

Four instantly when we received the items and about 12 more since the grant was received.

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Harley (first and second photos) is a physically active dog with lots of energy, so between volunteer shifts, he would get a KONG to entertain him while he waited for his next walk or training of the day. From his Petfinder profile: “Harley is a sweet and loving boy who is full of energy. He loves chasing around tennis balls and swimming.
Harley is positive for microfilaria but thankfully is negative for heartworm. Since he has microfilaria, there will be some ongoing medical treatment needed, however, ROAR will be helping with those costs!” Meet Harley here.

Ridgefield Operation for Animal Rescue: Sponsor a Pet Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Chunky Peanut Butter came to us from Animal Control….her teeth were in very bad shape. We brought her to the Vet for a dental and she needed (6!) teeth extracted. This kind donation went towards her dental bill.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

The donation from the “sponsor-a-pet” grant helped us offset the cost of Chunky Peanut Butter’s much needed dental

How many pets did this grant help?

1

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Chunky Peanut Butter came to us from Animal Control. Her teeth were in very bad shape. We brought her to the vet for a dental and she needed six (!) teeth extracted. This kind donation went towards her dental bill. We are happy to say that Chunky Peanut Butter healed up quickly and she is now in her forever home.

ROAR Donofrio Family Animal Shelter: Sponsor a Pet Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money was and is being used to offset medical costs for the care of the pets for our veterans. Our first pet match needed help to pay for medical bills for his dog, Aliana. Because we have a fund for medical costs, not only were we able help pay for the unexpected medical costs incurred, we also were and are able to pay for preventative care and well-visit check-ups, which reduces stress for our returning veterans but also keeps the pets healthy and up-to-date on all vaccinations and medical needs.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

Your grant allows us to keep the pets that we adopt out healthy. We are able to make sure all our pets are completely current and up-to-date with their vaccinations and all medical needs, as well as preventative medicines. We are able to help with long-term care for the pets, offset the yearly costs of medical costs incurred to care for a pet, and, most importantly, help when an unexpected medical issue arises — which happened with Charlie and Aliana. Many of our veterans suffer from PTSD and stress and anxiety. When we told Charlie that we had the funds to treat Aliana, it was lifesaving on both ends.

How many pets did this grant help?

To date, we have completed two pet-veteran matches. We are currently looking for two more dogs to rescue and place with deserving veterans. Our goal is to help at least 6-8 veterans per year.

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Charlie adopted Aliana through our Pets for Vets program. Although Aliana was completely up-to-date on all her vaccinations, she got sick suddenly and Charlie was questioning whether he could properly care for her and financially afford her care. Through your grant, we are able to give Charlie preventative medications for Aliana’s medical care. She has helped him so much with his PTSD. Not only has your grant taken away the worry about expensive, unexpected and long-term care, but Charlie also knows we are there to help him keep Aliana healthy. Charlie has said that not only have we saved a rescue dog, we have saved a Marine as well.

Ridgefield Operation for Animal Rescue: Sponsor a Pet Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The $90 sponsorship donation was used to neuter a male puppy.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

By adopting out an already-altered dog, we decrease the amount of unwanted litters.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Ken came to ROAR from Tennessee. He and his sister Kara had been abandoned at a local shelter. Ken was a mix of Lab and Basset hound (Bassador!) and loved to chase tennis balls. Once we had him neutered, he was put up for adoption. He actually ended up going home with one of our volunteers (he was a charmer).

Ridgefield Operation for Animal Rescue: Perkins Bordetella Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The generous grant of $1,250 was/will be used to purchase bordetella vaccinations and associated veterinary expenses.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

This grant helped by providing protection to our dogs and pups against kennel cough. In turn, it also helped keep our veterinary expenses down as kennel cough can be costly to treat. It also helped get our dogs adopted in a more timely manner since there was no quarantine time (which can sometimes be more that two weeks) in order to treat a dog for kennel cough.

How many pets did this grant help?

83 dogs have been/will be benefiting from this generous grant.

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Nola (a 2-year-old mountain cur mix) came to ROAR on March 9 with her nine(!) 5-week-old puppies. Upon her arrival at ROAR, we found out Nola was positive for heartworm (and a skin fungus). Because she was able to immediately receive the bordetella vaccine (provided by the generous grant), kennel cough was not a worry, especially since we had to concentrate on treating the heartworms. The pups also received the bordetella vaccine and thus their very young immune systems were not compromised by kennel cough. The pictures are of Nola at her new home and three of the nine pups when they were at ROAR (all nine have been adopted).