Reports From This Organization

Pets Alive: P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We used the Chill Pads for our dogs.

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

We have many senior animals who come to Pets Alive; some have been with us for a long while, whereas others come in and get adopted quite rapidly. We try to prioritize the Chill Pads for our more senior dogs who may have arthritis — or who may simply enjoy a softer bed than the plain vinyl Kuranda beds that all our kennels have.

Therefore we targeted use of the Chill Pads for our senior dogs or dogs who need the extra padding (and don’t chew the beds!).

How many pets did this grant help?

20

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

One senior dog who enjoyed the Chill Pad is Fancy Fajita (first photo), who is almost 8 years old. Fancy has lived at Pets Alive since she was one year old and originally came from Puerto Rico. Behavior issues reduced her chances of adoption early on, but our team and volunteers have worked with Fancy over the years and more recently, she has been very friendly with many of the volunteers and much more adoptable, although she’d do best in a home without other animals or children. Her Petfinder adoption page can be found here.

Sasha was another senior dog who benefited from the beds. She originally came to Pets Alive in 2012 from Baton Rouge, LA, as a young dog. She was adopted out but came back in 2017; was adopted out and then returned again in 2018 due to behavior issues. Our team continued to work with Sasha on her behavior issues, which helped her become more adoptable. Sasha was only able to use the bed for a short time because in June 2020, she was adopted by a wonderful lady (second photo)!

We also acknowledged your generosity for sponsoring the P.L.A.Y. contest and donating the beds. It had a very similar message as our Facebook page, a photo of which is attached. The email went to over 11,000 supporters.

I have also attached a picture of the acknowledgment posting on Facebook viewed by many. We had a similar posting on Twitter.

Pets Alive: Sponsor a Pet Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Our third-quarter 2019 sponsorships helped us feed the animals who were sponsored as they await their forever homes.

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

Sponsorships are a great way to help particular animals that have special needs.

How many pets did this grant help?

5

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

Elvis is one of the sponsored pets this grant helped. He’s a senior at just shy of 10 years old. He first came to Pets Alive in 2011 as a young dog from a shelter in Georgia and was adopted out shortly thereafter. About 18 months ago, Elvis found his way back to Pets Alive, as his owner could no longer care for him. He knows basic commands and is really a sweet, gentle boy. He can get nervous at times and does take a little while to warm up to newcomers and would do best in a quiet home.

Elvis is still available for adoption. For more information about Elvis, check out his Petfinder profile.

Pets Alive: Sponsor a Pet Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

This sponsorship helped with Big Red’s general care, including kitten food.

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

We have a large quantity of kittens who come our way during kitten season, so this sponsorship helped us care for one kitten until he was adopted.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Big Red came to Pets Alive as a 6-week-old kitten with his siblings Hubba Bubba and Bazooka. They were part of a TNR group that came to our shelter and we took them into our adoption program. They initially started out in foster until they were old enough to come into the shelter and be altered. Big Red’s big day came in mid-December, when he went to his forever home!

Pets Alive: Sponsor a Pet Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Pet food

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

This donation was used to help feed Cheeto!

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Cheeto is a large male feline who was abused when he was a kitten and he can’t seem to get past that. He’s been with Pets Alive for several years now and he can be extremely affectionate with people, but his mood can quickly change when least expected. He does not do well with other cats. We continue to work with Cheeto to help him overcome his behavior issues and he has a following of devoted volunteers and staff members who care for him on a daily basis. This donation will be used to feed Cheeto, who is a big fellow with a big appetite! Meet Cheeto here.

Pets Alive: Build-A-Bear Youth Humane Education Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

This grant is being used for expansion of our Humane Education Program, now called the Pets Alive Kids Team, or PAKT. We are currently in Phase 2 of the project. Phase 1 was completed in Q1 2018, including creation of the expanded program, finding suitable space to hold the education sessions, and marketing/awareness-raising. A graphic-designer volunteer created a new logo for use with our marketing materials that utilized our regular logo. Through a partnership with our local community, a nursing facility that’s both close to our shelter and centrally located – Glen Arden in Goshen, NY – has agreed to host our program by donating conference-room space for our monthly sessions. Over time, we may expand locations as the program matures.

To date, we have spent $1,000 of the $3,045 awarded. We purchased books to be used with the participants; marketing materials at events to advertise the program; a laptop computer to use at the sessions; and supplies that are used in the sessions. The remaining grant money will be used to procure an overhead projector for use with the classes (to project what’s on the laptop) and additional class supplies. Each session has a theme; for example, during the last session, the kids made dog toys out of various materials.

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

We held our inaugural Humane Education session on April 29 and had our second session on May 27, 2018. We will be holding future sessions the last Sunday of each of the month. During our first session, 36 people attended, an equal mix of adults and children. Since we held the session in a nursing facility, a number of residents attended along with their grandchildren. After a book reading, the participants engaged in an activity and made shelters out of Styrofoam boxes to provide a warm and safe home for community cats. The shelters were then presented to one of the staff members at the nursing facility who cares for community cats on the nursing-home property. A short slide show of the event is shown here: https://youtu.be/13Q5SYlvxYs

During the second session, the two dozen attendees made more than 50 dog toys that will be used at our shelter to provide enrichment to the animals as they await adoption. The classes will help the pets in our care through the increased visibility of the program and its connection to our organization and helping attendees understand compassion for animals. Several attendees expressed an interest in volunteering at our shelter to help the animals in our care. We anticipate this will be another avenue to widen our volunteer reach; we depend upon volunteers to help us care for the animals.

How many pets did this grant help?

250

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

At Pets Alive, 250-300 animals are living at our facility at any given time, reaping the benefits of the kindness of our community. Recently, attendees from our Pets Alive Kids Team (PAKT) humane-education program made more than 50 dog toys to provide enrichment for our dogs as they await their forever homes. One in particular is Chico, a young 2-year-old dog who recently came to Pets Alive. He loves to run around in our play yard, fetching a dog toy and playing catch! He is one of the many recipients of the dog toys recently made by PAKT team members. Here is his Petfinder story: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/41524758

Pets Alive: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Emergency Medical Grant was used to pay for emergency surgery on a stray cat who had been hit by a car and had a severely injured leg.

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

The grant enabled us to give Daryl the emergency leg amputation he needed after being hit by a car. A bone was protruding from his hind leg and he was in a lot of pain. The leg could not be saved.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Bad luck turned to good luck for Daryl when a good Samaritan came upon the 2-year-old, long-haired cat and brought him to us on Jan. 30, 2018. Daryl, a stray cat, had been hit by a car and was badly injured. A bone was protruding from his hind leg and he was in a lot of pain. When we saw the extent of his injury, Daryl was immediately admitted to the veterinary hospital. Sadly, diagnostics revealed that he had a compound fracture. The best course of action for Daryl to have any qualify of life without pain would be to amputate his leg. Preparatory bloodwork was drawn and a brave Daryl was prepared for surgery. Post-surgery, Daryl came back to our shelter to recover as he awaited his forever home. His enthusiasm for his newfound friends — both feline and human — and his determination to not let this slow him down, enabled him to recover. Before long, he was learning how to navigate with three legs and quickly became a staff and volunteer favorite.

His friendly and loving nature soon captured the heart of a family, and on March 10, 2018, Daryl went to his forever home. The adopter recently told us, “He loves to play with his toys and could be a soccer player – even with just three legs! He enjoys a nightly belly rub when I get home from work. He adjusted very quickly to his new home and my grandchildren love to come visit him. He sends his love to you for taking such good care of him at Pets Alive!”

Pets Alive: Sponsor a Pet Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The donations were used to pay for the heat used to keep Teddy, Dottie and Laura, the sponsored animals, warm during the winter.

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

Teddy has his very own shed and dog run. Since he’s an Alaskan Malamute, he likes the outdoor air in the winter, but his shed is heated. We recently invested in a gas propane tank to heat his shed, which was more efficient than the prior method. As for Dottie and Laura, they are in our cattery and kennel, respectively, and our utility bills are high during the winter months, so this helps greatly!

How many pets did this grant help?

Three

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

Dottie (first photo), a cat who benefited from this grant, has been at our shelter since 2004. Since we are a no-kill facility, we provide sanctuary to animals until they find their forever homes. We never give up on an animal, no matter how long it takes! Dottie came to us as a kitten with her mother and her siblings. While all of her siblings and even her mom got adopted, this shy girl was always overlooked. She is still very shy and doesn’t warm up to humans, but she adores her feline friends. Dottie would doing best in a quiet home with another cat. Her Petfinder page is found here: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/28765462

Teddy (second photo) is a senior dog. He’s an Alaskan Malamute and while he’s big, he’s a real “mush” and loves human attention! He has to be in a home without other animals, as he doesn’t quite take to other dogs or cats. He loves the outdoors, particularly in the wintertime. His Petfinder page is found here: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/16658493

Pets Alive: Build-A-Bear Youth Humane Education 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?

The program has not yet kicked off; however, based on early indications of families interested in the program for their children, there is high demand for this education. We anticipate more young visitors and volunteers at our shelter to help us care for the animals — and raise their awareness of humane treatment of all animals.

How many pets did this grant help?

We anticipate it will benefit all our animals, or about 300 animals currently in our care.

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

This grant was for expansion of our humane-education program. We are currently in Phase 1 of the project: creation of the expanded program, finding suitable space to hold the education sessions, and marketing/raising awareness. Our goal is to kick off the first session in early 2018. To date, we have spent $423 of the $3,045 awarded. We purchased $155 worth of books to be used with the children; we spent $20 on a poster to use at events to advertise the program and we kicked off our awareness campaign on October 7 at the Kidz Expo, an annual kids’ event sponsored by the Times Herald Record, the local newspaper, and attended by more than 2,000 people, mostly children and families. There, we had a poster that highlighted the humane-education program and had a sign-up sheet for those interested in the program and provided a flyer with basic information about it. More than two dozen families signed up. Since then, we’ve had sign-ups at our offsite adoptions and other events and have upwards of 50 families interested in the program. We have also identified several locations and guest educators to be part of the program so that we will be prepared to debut a pilot session in early 2018.

Pets Alive: Sponsor a Pet Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

There were two donations that were made for two cats, Surf and Baby, and the donations were used to care for these two felines.

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

We used these donations to help pay for the care for Surf and Baby. Baby was a more recent intake and we used the donation to ensure she had the appropriate vaccinations and it was used to feed and care for her. As for Surf, we recently applied flea medication to our cats, so this donation helped with that in addition to ongoing feedings for Surf.

How many pets did this grant help?

2

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

Baby was about to be tossed out on the streets of New York City by a college student when another student intervened and Baby found her way to our shelter. She even came with her little pink outfit. Baby wasn’t here for very long, however, and was very recently adopted. The first photo shows Baby in her new home and loving it! Surf, the black and white cat in the second photo, came to us last year from a hoarding case. He came with 14 other felines friends and has adjusted very well. He’s a senior cat, is very friendly and loves to play! Meet Surf: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/36203523

Pets Alive: Sponsor a Pet Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money was used to pay for medications.

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

This donation helped us pay for medications.

How many pets did this grant help?

One – Summer.

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

Summer was rescued along with 20 other cats from a hoarding situation in late May 2016. He came to us with a flea infestation, ear issues, skin issues, he was malnourished, and he had already previously been treated for an eye removal. He was initially doing quite well after treatment for his issues; however, his health recently failed him. He started to lose even more weight and we were not certain he would pull through. However, a recent trip to the veterinarian resulted in a new “cocktail” of medications for Summer, and while he has a long road ahead of him to full recovery, he purrs, is playful, like belly rubs, and is finally putting on some weight. This donation was used to help fund his new medications. Meet Summer: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/35758341