Reports From This Organization

MCPAWS Regional Animal Shelter: Cat Enrichment Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money was used to purchase Comfort Zone diffusers and scratchers that attach to cat-kennel doors, allowing cats to scratch while in their kennels:
Comfort Zone Cat Calming Diffuser Kits: $213.27
Comfort Zone Cat Calming Diffuser Single Kit: $21.69
Stretch and Scratch Pads (50): $295.80
Total: $537.76

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

This grant will help keep the cats at MCPAWS more content, relaxed, and stress-free while they wait to find homes. This grant has provided comfort to the cats in our care, which will help them be more social and healthy, and will ultimately help them find homes.

How many pets did this grant help?

320

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

Oscar is a feisty 5-month-old kitten who was found abandoned in a trashcan when she was just a few weeks old. She was brought to MCPAWS by a good Samaritan and was soon placed in a loving foster home, where she regained her strength. Today she is a little firecracker who loves to play and wrestle with other kittens. While she is in her kennel, her favorite thing to do is to scratch on her Stretch and Scratch cat scratcher! These scratchers help Oscar stay busy while she waits to find a forever home. Thank you, Petfinder Foundation, for providing enrichment to cats and kittens like Oscar! Meet her: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/42674021/

MCPAWS Regional Animal Shelter: Dogs Playing for Life Mentorship Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

This grant was used to send Shelter Manager Christa Brown to the Dogs Playing for Life mentorship from May 21-24 at Longmont Humane Society.

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

This grant trained our shelter manager in how to conduct large dog playgroups safely. This grant will allow MCPAWS to conduct large dog playgroups and provide more enrichment for the dogs in our care. Our shelter manager is training volunteers and staff members with the valuable information she learned during her mentorship.

How many pets did this grant help?

Nearly 300 dogs each year who come through our doors!

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

Before the mentorship at Dogs Playing for Life (DPFL), Niko had no friends and was very dog-reactive. We were very concerned his dog reactivity was not going to go away. After DPFL and with the tools that Christa learned and was able to implement, Niko now has a play friend and his dog reactivity has been reduced! We are beyond excited for Niko and so thankful for this opportunity. Thank you, Petfinder Foundation! Meet him: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/40531857

MCPAWS Regional Animal Shelter: All-Star Dog Rescue Celebration Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

This money was used to purchase a Shor-Line Elite Grooming Shower to replace an old and outdated bathtub.

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

This grant will allow us to wash dogs and keep them clean and pretty for potential adopters. Our old dog-washing area was very difficult to get dogs in, and was hard on the staff. It required lifting large dogs 4 ft. off the ground (second photo). With the new dog wash (third photo), dogs can walk right in for bath-time! We know this will make grooming our shelter dogs much easier and safer. We feel that clean dogs will attract adopters and lead to more adoptions. This helps us provide the best care to our shelter dogs.

How many pets did this grant help?

The nearly 300 dogs we care for each year

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

Pictured is Tootsie. From her Petfinder profile: “Tootsie is a lovely girl who has had a bit of a rough start to life. At only 11 months old, she has been bounced through two separate homes and now she’s found herself here at the shelter. Understandably, she is a bit unsure of herself and of new situations. She just needs a little bit of time to warm up to new people and places and then she is a very sweet, playful, and affectionate dog. We think she’d do best in a home without young kids, but would really love to have an older, well-adjusted doggy friend who could let her know that she doesn’t have to be worried anymore! Tootsie definitely does better with women than men, so single ladies, this one is for you! Please stop by the shelter or give us a call for more information on Tootsie girl.” Meet Tootsie: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/32045917/

We have not yet installed this product, but we will next week if everything goes according to plan. I’d love to email some photos once it is installed of pets using the new wash station. We just wanted to be sure to get our end of grant report in as soon as possible. Thank you so much for your support!

MCPAWS Regional Animal Shelter: Cat Chow Building Better Lives Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The grant money was used to promote our Free Cat Friday adoption days and supplement free and reduced cat adoption fees.

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

We have been able to promote Free Cat Friday through placing an ad in the local paper, printing posters and social media advertising. We have also offered certain special cats at no adoption fee, which has helped them find forever homes. We will continue to promote Free Cat Friday and offer reduced adoption fees on certain cats.

How many pets did this grant help?

We have so far found homes for 26 cats since receiving this grant.

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

Zoltan was a large 5-year-old black cat who had been at MCPAWS for over a year. He came to us last October as a stray. He was a sweet cat with no health or behavioral issues. Everyone loved him, but no one wanted to adopt him. We do have a lot of black cats, and everyone wants kittens. Thanks to the Purina Cat Chow “Building Better Lives” Grant through the Petfinder Foundation, Zoltan, now named Buddy, found his forever home. We are so happy for this sweet boy! Thank you so much for your support of our shelter animals!

MCPAWS Regional Animal Shelter: Orvis Animal Care Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money received from the Orvis Operational Grant went toward treating Maverick’s skin condition. We were not sure if it was mange or ringworm, so testing was conducted. Funding also was used to treat Gretchen’s inverted eyelid, which was causing constant, reoccurring eye infections. The lid was corrected, and the eye infections cleared up!

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

This grant helped offset costs and allow us to treat animals who needed extra care.

How many pets did this grant help?

2

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

Maverick, a very sweet American Staffordshire Terrier, had very irritated skin when he arrived at MCPAWS as a stray. We were concerned it was ringworm or mange, so Maverick had to be kept in isolation for several weeks and treated while tests were conducted. Lab testing showed it was just a skin allergy. We treated the skin allergy, and Maverick was feeling better! Thanks to the Orvis Operational Grant, we were able to treat and test Maverick properly. Maverick was able to come out of isolation and found his loving home just a couple days later.

Gretchen is a 3-year-old very sweet kitty who was cursed with reoccurring eye infections due to an inverted eyelid. Thanks to the Orvis Operational Grant we were able to surgically correct her eyelid condition. Now she is living happily without eye infections! We are sure she will find her forever home soon!