Iroquois County Animal Rescue: Dogs Playing for Life Mentorship Grant (Invitation Only) Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

It was used for my five-day mentorship program in Austin, Texas, at Austin Pets Alive!

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

It helped me to gain confidence in running dog playgroups. I was able to take that knowledge back to my shelter and teach the program to several of our volunteers so that we could implement additional playgroups.

How many pets did this grant help?

On average, 100-120 dogs per year.

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

Buddy, an American pit bull terrier, was adopted after spending over a year in our shelter awaiting adoption. Through his participation in playgroups, we learned that he was great with other dogs. He now lives with another dog in his adoptive home.

Iroquois County Animal Rescue: P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The donated beds are used to give comfort to our kennel dogs while they are awaiting adoption.

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

The beds helped our shelter by allowing us to spend the money we would have used to buy dog beds on something else, such as vet bills, food, and toys for the dogs.

How many pets did this grant help?

It helped 20+ shelter dogs stay warm and comfy in their kennels.

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

Blake, Harley, and Vanessa are three of the dogs helped by our Pet Bed Grant. You can see how happy and comfy there were during their stay with us prior to being adopted into loving homes!

Iroquois County Animal Rescue: Petfinder Adoption Options in Action Grant (Invitation Only) Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The grant money was used to purchase soft hideaway beds and attachable cardboard scratch pads for our caged cats.

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

The ability to purchase these much-needed enrichment accessories for the cats in our care has been a huge morale booster for our staff and volunteers. What it has done for our cats is amazing. It has produced a noticeable decrease in their stress levels by offering them enrichment opportunities inside their cages. This had led to a decrease in upper-respiratory infections.

How many pets did this grant help?

The grant helped every one of our shelter cats who must temporarily live in a cage, which is 55 cats total.

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

The enrichment that these cage accessories provided helped a cat named PK get adopted into a loving home. He felt more secure and relaxed because he had a place to hide inside his enclosure, and this actually made him more social. When adopters approached his cage, he would emerge from his hideaway bed and come out to play, be petted, or use his scratch pad! From his Petfinder profile: “PK was relinquished to us when his owner could no longer care for him. We could tell right away something was not right with this baby. We took him to a special doctor in New Lennox where they found he had nasal polyp. It was surgically removed but after that PK was found to have a spinal injury. He needs to eat high-fiber food and also has limited movement in his back legs. He is a snuggly boy who purrs so loud when he is held, but because of his limitations, he’ll need a very special owner who is willing to make the needed accommodations within their home for him.”

Iroquois County Animal Rescue: Sponsor a Pet Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Special food

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

We have to run our shelter on a very tight budget, subsisting mainly on donations. Every dollar is so crucial to our survival as an organization. There are many months when we have to do without essential items, like paper towels and garbage bags. The money we receive from the Petfinder Foundation helps us to meet more of our basic needs.

How many pets did this grant help?

One specifically, but all of them!

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

In February, we took in a kitten named Patches who was in much pain due to two golf-ball-sized bladder stones! After her operation, we were told that she would need to be on a special diet for the rest of her life. Her food is not cheap, and we are grateful to the Sponsor A Pet program for helping us provide for her needs.

Poor, poor Patches. By just three months of age she has already endured three surgeries. She came in for a rectal prolapse; we rushed her to the vet for immediately and she had surgery to repair it. Then, two weeks later, it prolapsed again and she went in for her second surgery. Just a few days after that, she was found to have two large bladder stones. In she went for surgery number three to remove the bladder stones. She is so sweet and cuddly; all Patches wants is love. We recommend that she stay on a Science Diet c/d food for the remainder of her life to prevent the formation of bladder stones in her future. Other than that, she is perfectly playful and healthy! Can you turn Patches’ luck around and finally give her the home she will need? Meet Patches: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/31536123/