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Bark And Roll Rescue Companions: P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We used the amazing P.L.A.Y. beds for the nursing mamas and puppies that we took in after Hurricane Harvey.

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

They are mess-resistant, and small neonate puppies don’t get lost in the folds like they do with blankets and regular dog beds. We use nothing else with our nursing mamas and neonates because we have had puppies become injured when they got caught in the folds of the beds and blankets. The P.L.A.Y. beds’ flat design makes them the perfect companion for whelping beds, and they aren’t so cumbersome that they are difficult to clean. They are also easy to stack, making them great for transport runs without taking up valuable space.

How many pets did this grant help?

30-50 dogs

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

Katie came into our rescue with week-old puppies (first two photos). She had no milk and the puppies were starving. We were able to offer a comfortable P.L.A.Y. bed to relax in, and we supported the puppies on our laps on another P.L.A.Y. bed to bottle-feed. We didn’t have to worry that they would become tangled or injured in the bed even though they were so small. All of her puppies survived (which is not the norm) and have found their forever homes, as has Katie.

Schmidt (third photo) had to have abdominal surgery and really needed a cushioned bed on which to recover. However, he tended to tear up conventional beds, ripping out the stuffing and tearing the lining, creating a choking concern — not to mention providing no support for him to relax and recover. The P.L.A.Y. bed provided a soft, cushioned surface with a durable exterior that he wasn’t able to chew through. He has made a complete recovery and found his forever home.

Lillian (fourth photo) came to us with day-old puppies. Three of her puppies died within hours of being born however the last two are doing great in foster care with their PLAY bed keeping them warm when Lillian takes her potty breaks. Considering these puppies are the size of mice they would get tangled in blankets and suffocate in the folds of traditional beds. PLAY beds are the perfect fit for normal whelping beds and even makeshift smaller “box” whelping beds.

Bark And Roll Rescue Companions: Disaster Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

See below.

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

We initially thought we would double our intake for the month of the storm. However, we ended up taking in about the same number but many more medically or behaviorally unstable pups that would have otherwise been euthanized. While in Texas to pick up and transport back to our rescue, our team was actually able to assist with the floodwater rescues. We joined forces with the Cajun navy and were able to get approximately 80 animals out of the water and into safety while waiting for our pups to be ready for transport. That is 80+ animals who would have drowned if we had not been there due to the generosity of this grant. We helped save from 4-6 feet of water: a potbelly pig, lizards, snakes, guinea pigs, dogs, and kittens and transported them to a no-kill rescue partner. Many of the animals we brought into our rescue had severe physical ailments: eye infections, skin infections, and pneumonia resulting from water exposure, to name a few.

We also had several with anxiety-related issues from the trauma of the storm. We got multiple puppies in who were malnourished, with hair loss from neglect, including Schmidt (first photo). He is now the beloved pup of a family with children. We also got several puppy-mill dogs who were surrendered when the mill was flooded. One of them was Lola (third photo). She came to us at a year and half, having never been groomed; her fur was literally peeling her skin off. She was poorly socialized and is a resource-guarder. Due to the grant, we were able to consult a behaviorist and continue to work with her on these issues and hopefully place her in her forever home soon. Meet her: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/39800822

How many pets did this grant help?

100

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

Kelby (fourth photo) came to us with severe skin issues as well as pneumonia. It took four rounds of antibiotic cocktails to clear up her pneumonia and skin. It was then discovered that she was deaf. She has since found her family. We were contacted by a rural shelter in the path of the storm that was desperately trying to get all their animals into rescue; if not, they would have to euthanize those still there because they were a completely outdoor facility. Kelby was only 8 weeks old and 3 lbs. She is now loved beyond measure.

Bark And Roll Rescue Companions: P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The P.L.A.Y. beds are used for all the dogs in our foster care.

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

Products were used for comfort when at adoption events and for bedding while the dogs are waiting for adoption. The P.L.A.Y. beds are great because they are easily washed and sanitized in between litters of puppies and dogs. We use the beds for dogs as they recover from spay/neuter because they are soft and cushioned, and they don’t put pressure on surgical incisions.

How many pets did this grant help?

25

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

Brule (first and second photos) is a puppy in our foster care. She has a “machine-gun” heart murmur and this causes her to have frequent incontinence episodes. She loves her P.L.A.Y. bed and, because it is so easy to wash and sanitize, it allows her comfort while she’s in her kennel but is easily cleaned if she has an accident.

Marla (third photo, with Brule) was able to be comfortable at an adoption event without having to worry about the hot concrete due to her wonderful P.L.A.Y. bed — even when Brule tried to steal it from her.

Chai (fourth photo) enjoyed his P.L.A.Y. bed after his neuter because it was soft and non scratchy on his neuter site, and provided a cushion while he recovered.

Bark And Roll Rescue Companions: Disaster Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Disaster relief work during the 1,000-year flood in Baton Rouge, LA. We provided care for multiple animals (a kitten found in the flood, a fawn, seven dogs) and microchips for 75 displaced dogs and cats living in the Red Cross shelter.

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

Our organization was able to care for an orphaned fawn (food, containment kennel) until the waters receded and it was released back to its mother in the woods. We also rescued a kitten who was found as the waters rose around Runnels School; the kitten has since been adopted. We took in seven dogs who were in the floods and had significant health issues — from wounds that needed antibiotics and special cream to bad respiratory infections that had to be treated with multiple rounds of antibiotics.

We also provided a public service of microchipping all the animals that were displaced in the Red Cross shelter with their owners when they were evacuated. We have already helped to identify and reunite three families with their pets because of this.

We were able to spay/neuter, vaccinate and prepare six dogs to be transported to Virginia to another rescue when their foster homes were flooded. This grant also provided the financial assistance to board a couple of our dogs when their foster mom’s home was under four feet of water until safe housing could be obtained.

How many pets did this grant help?

90

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

Sebastian (first two photos) was found broken, scared and severely matted after the floods. He had an upper respiratory infection that required several rounds of antibiotics, as well as some abrasions. Due to the generosity of the disaster relief grant, we were able to quickly treat his infections and place him in our adoption program. He has since found his family, who adore him, and he has blossomed into the beloved family pet he was meant to be!

We microchipped Marley, Roscoe, Puppy Puppy, Bruno (third photo) and their friends while they were at the temporary shelter to give their family members peace of mind that if they were separated, they could be reunited. We have already provided contact information for three of the 75 animals we microchipped to reunite pets with their families that were separated during this trying time.

Bark And Roll Rescue Companions: All-Star Dog Rescue Celebration Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Microchips, $350; vaccinations, $200; 15 spays $1,500; 10 neuters $500

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

We were able to care for many more animals due to the financial support from the All-Star grant. We were able to take funds that were typically allocated to ready pups for adoption (used for spay/neuter, microchip, vaccination, vet exams) since we had the grant for those needs and use those funds for heartworm treatment, as well as to assist many people in the community with spaying and neutering their personal animals to decrease the number of unplanned litters.

How many pets did this grant help?

85+

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

Maggie (first photo) was pulled from [an open-admission] rural shelter. She was terrified and took days before she would even let us touch her. She was heartworm-positive, malnourished, and had hair loss. Had we not received this grant we would have never had the extra funds to take on her emotional and physical needs. However, due to the generosity of this grant, we were able to take the funds we had previously allocated for adoption readiness and put it toward her treatment. Maggie is alive and living in her home today because of this grant.

Huck and Finn (second and third photo) are two pups who were surrendered to us feral, with hair loss related to flea infestation, at 10 weeks. Again, because of the money for the grant to provide adoption-readiness for our animals, we were able to take the previously allocated funds to purchase flea meds and we are happy to report that these boys are flea-free, their hair is grown back and they are playful, sweet, happy pups awaiting their forever homes. UPDATE: Finn has been adopted!

Meet Huck: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/35037690

Bark and Roll Rescue Companions: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Used to treat Kitty Lane’s heartworm infestation

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

Were able to provide medical care for Kitty Lane and her heartworm infestation.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Kitty Lane came to our rescue pregnant and with a chronic cough related to her heartworms. Due to the generosity of the Petfinder Foundation, we were able to provide her with the best veterinary care to alleviate her cough — a reaction to the parasite infestation — and provide the proper treatment to rid her of the heartworms and allow her to have the best life possible. We are happy to report she has been adopted and is living the life she deserves, being spoiled rotten, treated for the infestation of heartworms and free from her chronic cough. She should have many wonderful, happy years due to the kindness and generosity of the Petfinder Foundation.

Bark and Roll Rescue Companions: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Kong products were used to socialize our puppies, keep our sick/recovering puppies from becoming bored while on crate rest and help distract during procedures.

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

The Kong products were great options to keep the pups in our foster homes busy during the day while in their crates and foster parents were at work.

How many pets did this grant help?

10+

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

The Kong products were wonderful distractions for pups in our care like Fury (first two photos), who had to have daily eye meds placed. Before the grant, we would have to hold him down to administer his eye medication; however, we when were able to give him a stuffed Kong toy, he stood happily to let us put the salve in his eyes. We also were able to socialize our orphaned puppies and help them learn proper social skills as well as bite inhibition, and to help with teething for those with new chompers coming in, as in the case of Captain (third photo). The last photo is Brule, who has been diagnosed with an inoperable heart defect. She is a 3.5-month-old hospice puppy who has some days when she is physically unable to play, so the Kong gives her an outlet to exercise her mind and expend some energy constructively chewing while on crate rest.