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Ninna's Road to Rescue: Sponsor a Pet Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The $180 from this quarter would have helped one average vetting, which is not typical of our rescue. Many of the dogs and cats we take in have extensive medical needs. We do, however, appreciate any amount donated.

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

Our vet bill averages $4,000 a month! Any amount donated to us helps in so many ways. We appreciate the Petfinder Foundation offering the Sponsor a Pet program. I wish more people contributed.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Betsy Jean, rescued from Animal Control, is just one dog whom the funds will benefit. She is still at our rescue. From her Petfinder profile: “Betsy Jean came to us from Caddo Parish Animal Services. She was an owner-surrender, but we’re not sure why. However, it does happen all the time: When their pet gets older, people tire of taking care of them and dump them at shelters. It’s really heartbreaking that a pet who’s devoted their love and loyalty to their owner is not given the same dignity and respect when they need it the most. That’s where we step in — and where YOU step in. There are adopters out there who look for aging pets to bring into their homes because they know what an amazing gift they are giving to the most vulnerable of our four-legged friends. Betsy Jean does great on a walk. She doesn’t do so well in a kennel. She’ll cry to be let out. If she knows you are around but she can’t get to you, she will cry. If she’s around you, she just wants a comfy bed or your lap and she’s good to go. She is the sweetest girl. She gives great kisses and is very social and friendly. She doesn’t meet a stranger. If you think you are the right person for sweet Betsy Jean, we’d love to hear from you!” Meet Betsy Jean here.

Ninna's Road to Rescue: Sponsor a Pet Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

For the veterinary care of Lula, a special-needs Affenpinscher.

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

This grant was specifically for Lula, a special-needs Affenpinscher surrendered to our rescue. She had neurological problems which caused behavioral issues, but it took quite a while before the vet was able to find the issue. Once it was found, the vet was able to then figure out a course of medication and we were better equipped to deal with the behavioral issues and network her to adopters experienced in handling dogs of this nature.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Lula finally found her furever home, as evidenced by the third photo. When we received an application from Dawn and Ian, they were approved to adopt. We made sure they knew everything about Lula before they traveled from Southern Louisiana to meet her. Melva (their light-colored dog) and Lula acted like they had been BFFs for years. Dawn and Ian have adopted dogs with behavior issues before and were willing to give Lula a forever home even though she has her quirks. It was happy ending for one quirky little girl.

Ninna's Road to Rescue: Sponsor a Pet Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The grant was for Mistle via the Sponsor a Pet Program. The grant money will go towards his continued care: shelter, food, cat litter, flea preventive, etc.

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

The money donated via the Sponsor a Pet program will help us continue to care for Mistle, who has been with our rescue since he was a kitten. We pulled him from Animal Control on Dec. 14, 2014.

How many pets did this grant help?

One

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

Mistle came to us from Animal Control on Dec. 14, 2014. He was in a kennel with two very feral kittens and, had we not noticed him, he likely would have been euthanized. He not feral, but he was was very shy, and for that reason he was not adopted as a young kitten. He finally found what we thought was his forever home in April 2016, but was returned (along with another adopted cat) in October 2016 after the adopters went through a divorce. Sadly, he’s been with us ever since. Still a bit shy, Mistle loves our Meow House and we love him, but we that hope one day his furever home will come along.

Ninna's Road to Rescue: Sponsor a Pet Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

All monies received by Ninna’s Road to Rescue go to the animals, whether it’s towards their vetting, monthly preventive medicines, food, or the shelter in which they live. We are 100% volunteer-based. Our largest monthly expense is our vet bill and 85% of our donations go towards it.

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

The amount received was only $45, but in our minds, every amount, large or small, benefits our rescue and the animals we save, many of whom come from our local [open-admission] shelters.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Our most recent rescue story that has a beginning and an end is Lady Melody. She came to us from Animal Control. She had been running loose in a very bad area for months and no one could capture her. She was finally captured by Animal Control and they contacted us for help. The pictures show her progression. She came to us on Nov. 13, 2015, scared, biting, covered in dreadlocks and fleas, heartworm-positive, filled with intestinal parasites, etc. We immediately took her to our vet and, once she was cleared from the vet, we at the rescue worked on her emotional healing. It took time, and we had a few bites in the process, but eventually her playful, fun, loving self came out. She found her furever home on Jan. 24, 2016. Many of the dogs we take in have similar stories to Lady Melody’s and we work hard on each and every case. We are not a “flipper” rescue. We believe rescue is about quality, not quantity — because what’s the point of rescuing if all you are doing is vetting and sending them back out to homes where they may end up in the same situation from which they came? We are strict, but we have a huge and wonderful following of responsible pet owners and we KNOW when we hand that dog off to their new family, we’ve sent them off to the best of the best home. We are asked often, “How do you do it? I wouldn’t be able to let them go.” We can let them go because we know that we’ve done our service towards this animal, and that the arms we are handing the dog off to now will continue what we worked so hard to accomplish with each and every animal. The third picture shows Lady Melody’s Happy Tails picture with her new mommy.