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Tri-County Animal Rescue: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Money for this grant was used for Kariann’s amputation surgery and rehabilitation.

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

She has made a full recovery and is living her best life! She was adopted one month later to a loving home!

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Kariann is a 3-year-old poodle who has seen the worst and survived. She came to us from China through the Yulin Dog Meat Festival, saved from a meat truck where she was so packed in with other dogs that she broke her leg. When we received her, she was completely bald, covered with scabs and very malnourished. Her leg was shattered in two places and, after several consultations, we were told it had to be removed. We removed her leg thanks to your grant and now she is a happy, loving normal dog! One of our volunteers fell in love with her and she has been adopted.

Tri-County Humane Society (DBA Tri-County Animal Rescue): Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Grant funds were used to treat our senior rat-terrier mix Minnie’s behavioral issues. We spent quite a bit of the grant on a trainer who worked extensively with her. The funds were also used to waive her adoption fee and provide her forever family with heartworm and flea and tick prevention.

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

This grant 100% changed the life of one of our very sad pups. Minnie’s history is absolutely heartbreaking. Minnie, a rat-terrier mix, was rescued by Tri-County along with eight other dogs over two years ago from a horrendous hoarding situation in Athens, GA. They were living in the most deplorable conditions imaginable. The eight dogs she arrived with were adopted quite quickly, but Minnie remained. There were two issues that made finding a forever home for her challenging: Minnie came to us a senior, and she was consumed with fear.

It was an incredible experience to see Minnie’s transformation after working with a trainer. She still has trust issues, but working one-on-one with a professional made a huge difference. It helped turn a dog who we once feared was unadoptable into a pet with a shot at a second chance. Thanks to your generosity, all of us at the shelter have a renewed sense of hope, because on April 20, 2019, Minnie left our shelter in the loving arms of her forever family.

And she wasn’t the only dog who benefited from your generous grant: Minnie’s adoption opened up an additional kennel and I am pleased to report that since April 20, 2019, nine other dogs have been placed in Minnie’s old kennel and eight of them have found forever homes.

How many pets did this grant help?

9

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

Our beloved Minnie, a senior rat-terrier mix, had spent the first 10 years of her life living in the most deplorable conditions imaginable. Prior to Tri-County rescuing her over two years ago, she lived her life in a heartbreaking hoarding situation. Minnie arrived at our shelter consumed with fear, and no matter how much love we lavished on her, shelter life was incredibly stressful for her. Despair was written all over Minnie’s face; life had disappointed her. We knew that she was desperate to form a connection, but she was paralyzed with fear. Staff and volunteers could barely make physical contact with her. She’d growl sometimes, but never showed aggression. It was hard to look into Minnie’s eyes, because they were filled with such a deep longing. Minnie needed someone to become her “person.”

We frequently highlighted her on social media, but truth be told, while we NEVER give up on any one of our animals, given Minnie’s age and issues, we were beginning to lose hope that she would ever experience the feeling of being in a secure home filled with love. Your grant helped change all of that. The moment we had the funds in-hand, we hired an animal behaviorist/trainer and he began working with her one-on-one. The transformation was pretty astounding. On April 20, 2019 — two long years after her arrival — Minnie left our shelter in the loving arms of her forever family.

Since that time, nine other dogs have been saved thanks to that open kennel space, and thus far, eight of them have been adopted. But this grant didn’t just help our beloved dogs — it gave the entire staff at Tri-County (as well as our volunteers and loyal followers) a much-needed boost in morale. Minnie’s adoption reminded us all that it’s never too late for a dog to experience happily ever after. Minnie’s adoption further strengthened our mission to rescue, rehabilitate and re-home abused, neglected and homeless dogs and cats.

Tri-County Animal Rescue: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money was used for toys for the dogs.

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

The dogs need to play and release their energy. Some of the larger dogs tear apart the smaller toys. The large dogs need more-durable toys to play with.

How many pets did this grant help?

35

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

McClaine is a younger dog who had a lot of energy. The toys helped him get rid of his excess energy. He was able to play with the Kong toys, which was beneficial for him. From his Petfinder profile: “Hi, I’m McClain! I was born on Aug. 20, 2009 and currently weigh 49 lbs.! I was rescued from a Mississippi puppy mill, living in awful conditions. I am just an all-around good dog. I am great with kids, other dogs and am happy-go-lucky. I’m looking for my forever family who can show me what life is all about!” Meet McClain: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/36079848

Tri-County Humane Society: Disaster Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Petfinder Foundation disaster assistance grant of $2500 saved the lives of nine heartworm-positive dogs and allowed us to treat 10 dogs afflicted with skin infections, all of whom were rescued from the flooding in South Carolina. Meet Penelope: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/33595119

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

This grant allowed us to provide a speedy response to the medical needs of the 26 dogs rescued from the flooding in South Carolina.

How many pets did this grant help?

26

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

Penelope, a small Chihuahua, was one of the dogs who needed urgent care from the Hurricane Joaquin rescue. She tested positive for heartworm as well as Demodectic mange two times. With the diligence of our medical staff and the monetary support of the Petfinder Foundation, Penelope is now heartworm-negative and free from mange!

Tri-County Animal Rescue: Disaster Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The $1,000 Orvis Animal Care Grant was used for the veterinary care of our Hurricane Joaquin South Carolina flooding rescue.

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

This grant helped us tremendously. The 26 dogs we rescued from the flooding in South Carolina all needed routine veterinary care, including vaccinations, testing, microchipping and cleaning. Additionally, six were heartworm-positive and needed extensive treatments.

How many pets did this grant help?

26 dogs from our Hurricane Joaquin South Carolina flooding rescue

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

Brutus (first photo), 3-year-old boxer mix saved from the flooding in the Carolinas, found his forever home; he was adopted after a month at our shelter. He was heartworm-positive but his owners still knew he was going to be a perfect fit in to their family. Chase (second photo), a 7-month-old smooth-coated collie, arrived with hookworms, was not neutered and was sick with a cough and crusty nose. After treatments and neutering, Chase was adopted!

Tri County Humane Society: WAHL Grooming Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Making our shelter animals beautiful before adoption.

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

As a nonprofit 501(c)3 animals shelter, we rely solely on private donations, whether monetary or in-kind. With the Wahl grant we were able to groom, bathe and beautify the animals before adoption. Having the animals groomed before putting them up for adoption made the amount of time they stayed with us less and made the animals feel so much better.

How many pets did this grant help?

50

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

Lilly was saved from a puppy mill and was so matted we couldn’t see her eyes. After our veterinary technicians shaved her and used the oatmeal shampoo, she was feeling much much better.