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Little Shelter Animal Rescue and Adoption Center: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money was used to purchase a splint and a prosthetic for Daisy.

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

After getting her prosthetic, Daisy was able to run around and play like other dogs.

How many pets did this grant help?

one

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

Daisy is a 4-year-old shih tzu who arrived from the Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC). Not much was known about her past except that she was found in a basement, abandoned by her owner, severely matted, injured and crying to be saved.

What they found under matted and dirt-caked fur was heartbreaking. Her right paw was missing, leaving only a forelimb with bone exposed. It’s hard to say if this happened due to the constriction of the matted fur or by some other means, but the wound needed immediate treatment. Daisy’s left paw was also badly damaged. There was a chance her left paw could be salvaged, but it required more resources than the shelter had available. That’s when Little Shelter scooped Daisy up and brought her to Huntington.

Daisy needed a custom splint to correct the damage to her left leg and give her more stability. Once her left leg was corrected, she was able to get fitted for a prosthetic for her right leg that allowed her to be able to play with others and live a normal life. The cost for a custom splint and an orthotic was $1900. Little Shelter thanks the Petfinder Foundation for its generous grant, which helped give Daisy the life she deserves. We are happy to report that Daisy has been adopted.

Little Shelter Animal Rescue and Adoption Center: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Adopter receives funding to assist with the cost of medication, prescribed food and supplements for the duration of the adoptable senior pet’s lifetime.

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

This grant provided incentive to a potential adopter to offset medical costs for a senior dog who had been at Little Shelter for almost two years. Brynn was on several medications and supplements for kidney issues. Little Shelter was able to alleviate the expense of Brynn’s medication for almost a year to her new family.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

We are so happy to be able to share with you that Brynn has been adopted! When Brynn first arrived at Little Shelter two years ago, she was very ill. This poor girl’s body was riddled with mammary tumors that encompassed every nipple on both sides of her belly. Mammary tumors are a common problem with unspayed females, but this was one of the worst cases we had seen. Through the determination of Little Shelter’s staff and Brynn’s own will, she made it through all her treatments and was declared cancer-free.

The only thing left to do was to find Brynn the perfect home. During her time at Little Shelter, Brynn made friends with every staff member and volunteer. She spent her days hanging out in the adoption office or sunning herself by the front gate, where she could greet visitors in hopes of finding a family of her own. Brynn quickly became a favorite and would enjoy home-cooked meals that volunteers would bring in, as well as occasional car rides, which she loved. One day a family came in looking for a senior dog and Brynn came right up to them, wagging her tail and looking for love. Needless to say, they fell in love with the senior pitty on the spot.

A few days later, staff and volunteers gathered to say goodbye. Brynn was excited to have all her friends come to give her attention, and even more excited when she realized she was going for a car ride. Staff brought her to her new home and helped her family get her all cozy and comfortable. Now she is enjoying the life she’s always deserved – a life of luxury and being spoiled like the queen she truly is. Congratulations, Brynn and your new family!

Little Shelter Animal Rescue and Adoption Center: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The grant funds were used to waive Shuggie’s $125 adoption fee and provide one year of medication for her.

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

The grant allowed us to waive Shuggie’s adoption fee and provide her family with funds for her care.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Shuggie is an 11-year-old female shih tzu who came to us in August from the Animal Care Center of New York City. At initial intake, she was diagnosed with diabetes, corneal edema, keratitis and periocular crusting. As a result of this diagnosis, Shuggie would have to be on medication for the rest of her life. In addition, it was certain that she would eventually lose her eyesight. She also had several mammary tumors that needed to be removed. We knew that, because of Shuggie’s health issues, her finding a forever home would be difficult.

Thanks to the grant from the Petfinder Foundation, Shuggie was able to finally have a loving home. With her adoption fee waived and her medication paid for, she was adopted within one week of our receiving the grant. Her family reports that she is doing well. She was fortunate to be adopted by a person who had prior experience with a diabetic pet and was familiar with giving daily insulin injections.

Little Shelter Animal Rescue and Adoption Center: Cat Enrichment Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We used the grant money to purchase scratching posts, beds and interactive toys for the cats in our care. The scratching posts and beds provided our cats with places to climb, stretch and condition their claws just as they would if they were climbing trees. The interactive toys helped socialize the cats to become more adoptable. We thank the Petfinder Foundation for its generosity and for giving us the opportunity to help the cats in our care prepare for their forever homes.

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

This grant helped and is still helping our cats to be more socialized. The cats loved the scratching posts and beds. The Doc & Phoebe’s Interactive Indoor Hunting Cat Feeder was a huge hit. Cats who normally don’t play were crazy about this toy. The Kong Eight Track Cat Toy provided them with hours of entertainment. These toys also gave our volunteers many opportunities to interact with our cats and this is wonderful, since our goal is to get more and more cats adopted, and positive interactions with people are very important in the adoption process.

How many pets did this grant help?

We have 200 cats in our shelter and at least 100 of them have been affected and have become more socialized.

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

UNO is an enthusiastic young boy who loves getting into anything and everything! He can usually be found stalking his friends at the cattery, ready to pounce or finding a box to play hide-and-seek. UNO loves to play and will chase kitty dancers, string and toy springs. He loves stuffies and curls up with a little toy to take his naps. UNO is a loving boy but sometimes can get overstimulated and needs a family that knows when it’s time to put the toys away and let him take a nap. He has a long life ahead of him and can’t wait to spend it as your best friend. Meet him: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/41916012

Little Shelter Animal Rescue and Adoption Center: Build-A-Bear Youth Humane Education Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money was used for supplies for our Humane Education Program. Supplies that were purchased were art supplies, books, and training leashes.

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

This grant was for Little Shelter’s Humane Education Program. The grant helped Little Shelter by enabling us to expand our Humane Education Program and include additional children. Little Shelter’s Humane Education Program is designed to give children the skills and knowledge necessary to properly care for animals and help to instill a lifelong sense of compassion and respect for all living things.

How many pets did this grant help?

The grant was for humane education.

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

This grant was geared toward helping children through humane education. Through this program, Little Shelter visits BOCES (Board of Cooperative Educational Services) and works with disabled children from ages 13-21. Jonathon is a 13-year-old boy who is part of Little Shelter’s Humane Education Program. When Little Shelter started the program, his head was down on the desk. He refused to look up. He told the handlers he was “not a good person.” The Little Shelter handler started working with him and decided he should be a “mentor” to the other children. She taught him how to walk the dog, commands and how to be gentle and kind to the dog.

Jonathon began teaching a hand signal to Charlotte, the Little Shelter dog that works in the program. Charlotte would respond with a wag and would go and greet Jonathon. This gave him the confidence he desperately needed. Jonathon learned that he was a good person. The transformation in Jonathon through this program was amazing. We are so thankful to the Petfinder Foundation for providing us with the funds to provide and continue this vital program. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide photos since the school is not allowed to release photos of their students.

Pictured: Charlotte and Daphne, two reading-program representatives from Little Shelter, accepted donations from the Burr Intermediate School-Commack Student Council. The entire school participated in a huge drive for us. How awesome are they!?

Little Shelter Animal Rescue and Adoption Center: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money was used to pay for medical expenses for a puppy who contracted the Parvovirus.

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

The grant saved this puppy’s life; without the funds she would have died.

How many pets did this grant help?

This grant helped one puppy.

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

We received a phone call from a former adopter, stating that a neighbor of hers was having difficulty paying for dog food. We have a program called the Animal Soup Kitchen (A.S.K.), which provides sick, disabled, impoverished and elderly pet parents with free pet food, vaccinations, spay/neutering and medical care for their animals. We went to deliver the dog food and we found 15 puppies and two adult female dogs in the man’s yard. It seems that his two female dogs had recently delivered the pups. The pups were all skin and bones and needed immediate medical care. We evaluated the situation and decided it was best that we take the pups to our shelter. We provided the man with food and set up an appointment with our veterinarian to get his dogs spayed.

The pups were given fecal and blood tests and appeared to be in good health except for being undernourished. They tested positive for parasites and negative for Giardia. They were treated for the parasites and have responded well to their meds. Three of the puppies became lethargic, were vomiting, and had diarrhea. They were brought to the veterinarian for evaluation. They were diagnosed with Parvovirus. They were hospitalized for two days and received the appropriate course of treatment. They were discharged and returned to our shelter. They were placed in our isolation unit, receiving medications prescribed by the vet. The total cost for their care was $4,210.78. Puppy C’s cost was $1,853.39.

We are happy to report that Puppy C, along with her siblings, recovered. Puppy C was adopted soon after and found her forever home. Carly and her new family are very happy.

Little Shelter Animal Rescue and Adoption Center: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Emergency Medical Grant

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

The grant saved their lives.

How many pets did this grant help?

A dozen puppies.

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

“Little Shelter Animal Rescue is extremely grateful for the help of the Petfinder Foundation,” says Executive Director David Ceely. “Thanks to the Emergency Medical Fund, Little Shelter Animal Rescue was able to save a dozen lives that would have been lost, and to us that is priceless.” This grant enabled our specialized-care puppies to receive the treatment they needed and they now will live happy, healthy lives as beloved family members. The Petfinder Foundation’s mission is to help ensure that no adoptable pet is euthanized for lack of a home, and Little Shelter couldn’t agree more! Little Shelter has been dedicated to saving abandoned dogs and cats and placing them into loving homes since 1927.

Little Shelter Animal Rescue and Adoption Center: Build-A-Bear Youth Humane Education Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money was used to purchase coloring books, brochures, story books and a video to enhance our Humane Education program.

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

The grant helped to reinforce our message of humane education. Little Shelters Humane Education Program is designed to give children the skills and knowledge necessary to properly care for animals and help to instill a lifelong sense of compassion and respect for all living things. Through the Petfinder Foundation’s generous donation, we were able to purchase coloring books, story books and brochures and create a video. As a thank-you to Little Shelter for providing this community-based program, schools and Brownie/Cub Scout troupes set up blanket/toy/food drives. Our dogs and cats felt safe, secure, warm and comfortable due to the children’s generosity. The children felt they were giving back and helping the animals.

How many pets did this grant help?

It is hard to determine the number of pets helped since this a continuing program.

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

As part of Humane Education, Little Shelter brings one of our shelter dogs to be part of the presentation. Just recently, two dogs who were brought to a school found homes through Humane Education. Dori, a little 2-year-old dachshund (first photo), found her forever home with a sweet seventh-grade girl. The girl’s family had been thinking about getting a dog. After meeting Dori and learning about the shelter, the girl went home and told her parents and encouraged them to visit and meet Dori. It was a match for Dori and she is now happily with her new family.

Vanilla, a sweet terrier (second photo), found her forever home with a Brownie troupe leader. The troupe leader met Vanilla at a Humane Education presentation and fell in love. Vanilla is now part of a loving family.

Another dog, Doris (third photo), participated in the Humane Education program. Although she has not found her forever home, her program encouraged a family to visit Little Shelter and adopt another dog. Meet Doris: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/36356201

Also pictured is Clancy (fourth photo). From his Petfinder profile: “Clancy is a mellow little Lhasa Apso mix of around 10 years old. He would love to spend his days taking leisurely walks with his favorite people and just being with you — his human family. He wants you all to himself and won’t share the love with anybody else with four legs. He is a true cuddlebug with a funny little face that will make you smile every time you see him. Just imagine waking up to that face every day. He’s better than your morning coffee and healthier for you, too. You’ll never have a bad day with Clancy around.” Meet Clancy: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/35288688

We feel that Humane Education not only educates children, but also provides exposure for the shelter and the many wonderful animals that we have in residence. Little Shelter is very grateful to the Petfinder Foundation for this generous donation.

Little Shelter Animal Rescue and Adoption Center: A Shot at Life Vaccination Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The FVRCP vaccinations were used to vaccinate kittens in Little Shelter’s care.

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

In regards to the New Felo Vax vaccine we received from the Petfinder Foundation, we can not say enough positive info about this vax. At Little Shelter, we use quite a large amount of vaccines as we vaccinate between 300 and 400 felines a year, and roughly more than half of those are kittens who need at least three FVRCP’s. With that number of vaccinations, we do see some vaccine reactions, including fever and lethargy, but with the Felo Vax we saw none of that. This is a wonderful vaccine and it would be great if we could procure more of it. What a great product!

How many pets did this grant help?

10

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

Iron and Steel were both found on a cold rainy night on the side of the round with no momma cat around. They both needed some TLC and went right into foster care until they were ready for adoption — and here they are, ready for a home to call their own. Both are very playful and active and would do best in a home with another kitty — or, even better, together.

Little Shelter Animal Resue and Adoption Center: WAHL Grooming Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The product was used for bathing our dogs at the shelter.

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

With this shampoo, we are able to bathe the dogs at the shelter. Many of the dogs who were bathed were adopted shortly after. We believe that the appearance of the dog plays a crucial role in his or her ability to get adopted.

How many pets did this grant help?

25

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

Meet Fabio. Poor Fabio came to us at 10 months old. He had never been groomed or bathed in his entire life. Matted and smelling awful, this poor little guy was in so much pain from all the mats. We rescued him from a municipal shelter where, thankfully, our trainer saw Fabio’s potential under all that hair. After being groomed and bathed, Fabio was a new dog. The best news of all is that Fabio found his forever home. Smelling great and looking great, this dog was no longer overlooked by anyone. Thank you, Wahl, for helping Fabio reach his potential and find his forever home.