Reports From This Organization

The Humane Society of McCormick County, Inc.: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Suki was found with a very painful condition known as cherry eyes. We could see that she had scratched at her eyes and her eyes were constantly tearing up. Left untreated, cherry eye causes infections and dry eye, which can lead to blindness.

The surgeon recommended that they create pockets for those inflamed eyelids in an effort to avoid a dry-eye condition that can occur with the traditional method of treating cherry eyes. Because Suki was miserable, we went ahead with the surgery in hopes that the Petfinder Foundation could help us with the cost. The charge was $250 for the surgery on both eyes and $100 for the anesthesia, for a total of $350.

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

We have already picked up several dogs with broken legs that needed surgery and emergency care this year. With cancelled fundraisers and our resale store being closed due to COVID, we didn’t know how we were going to give Suki the care she needed. We were so grateful that the Petfinder Foundation was able to help Suki.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

A volunteer’s dogs started barking and when the volunteer looked outside, Suki was on her doorstep. She had been dropped off without an explanation. Suki was just 6 months old and in terrible shape. Both eyes had a condition known as cherry eye, as well as eye infections. She was also missing most of her hair from scratching it off because of demodex mange.

With her immune system compromised like this, she was miserable, but she was still friendly and a little shy. The volunteer kept her overnight, gave her a bath, and brought her to the shelter the next day.

We immediately took her to a surgeon to have her eyes looked at and to draw up a plan for treatment. She was given Simplicef antibiotic for her skin infections and given her first set of vaccinations and a rabies shot.

Different methods were considered to correct the condition cherry eye, but Dr. Covar recommended that they create a pocket for that eyelid. The old method is to remove the eyelid, and although this method is less expensive, it can lead to dry eye and, since she had such bad infections, we didn’t want to risk her having any more complications.

Surgery was scheduled for a week later on July 28. Suki went back to the surgeon to have her eyes checked on Aug. 4, 6, and 18. She also received her second set of vaccinations and was spayed.

Suki immediately started to feel better. We work with a great rescue in Connecticut and, when she was healed up, she was transferred to Save a Life Dog Rescue. Suki is in a foster home and doing great. The family loves her and we are hopeful that she will find a forever home soon.

Humane Society of McCormick County: Orvis Animal Care Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We purchased an item called the Club House Climber. It came from the Step Two Company that produces indoor/outdoor play items and jungle gyms.

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

It provided a climbing surface and play area for our shelter dogs. Originally, the fenced-in area was empty of structures, with just trees. This addition initiated actual play instead of just running. The dogs explored different surfaces and levels and played “hide and seek” activities.

How many pets did this grant help?

This grant item has benefited all of our shelter dogs. We are small, with only 12 pens, but we house about 25 dogs, including puppy litters.

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

We are the only refuge for unwanted animals in the county, and our county has a plethora of unsupervised and roaming dogs producing litters even though we vigorously promote spay and neuter. We have a northern partner that helps us out with puppy litters. We struggle with ways to enrich their experiences so we can send them healthy and happy puppies ready for their forever homes. The puppies are being transported later this month. The Club House Climber helps with their socialization with each other, other dogs, and humans. We believe the play was more fun as we observed more tail wags and relaxed body language.

Chico (first photo) is especially fond of the climber! From his Petfinder profile: “This happy boy is Chico. He loves people and enjoys going for walks. He leans into you when you pet him and he likes to splash around in the baby pool. Chico is an active dog and he is bonded to his favorite playmate, his brother Rico. They play and wrestle together. He doesn’t ever want to go inside, although this could change with some patience. He needs room to run and a privacy fence due to his ability to climb a chain link fence. Chico is butterscotch-colored with white and black markings and one brown eye and one eye that appears white. Chico is neutered, up to date on his shots, microchipped and healthy. He is a beautiful mix of breeds but mostly boxer with a date of birth of 3/26/18 and full grown at 68 lbs. Chico would love to find a home with his brother Rico.” Meet Chico here.

The Humane Society of McCormick County: Petfinder Adoption Options in Action Grant (Invitation Only) Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We bought a universal microchip scanner.

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

We use this scanner at our adoption events to show the adopter the microchip number. We also used the microchip scanner at our Bark in the Park event on Oct. 6, 2018. Many of our residents at the retirement community Savannah Lakes Village are retired and have moved there from out of state. We handed out information on numbers to call to update their chip’s registration. We also keep the scanner in the HSMC van so we can scan dogs found on the road instead of having to drive them 26 miles to the closest veterinarian.

How many pets did this grant help?

50

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

We found a loose dog who had a microchip. The phone number was not active, but we emailed the owner and he immediately responded. The owner was in Texas because his father had passed away and he was arranging the funeral. He did not even know his dog was missing. We are keeping Miz Puppy at the shelter until he returns. The scanner was vital because if we had not reached the owner, we would have put the dog in the shelter as one of our dogs and adopted him out.

Humane Society of McCormick County, Inc.: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

This money was used to help Bobo. When he was found, he was dragging his front leg. After several months of trying, Bobo did not regain the use of his leg, so it was amputated. The surgery was a success and Bobo is a very happy, playful dog.

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

Bobo’s surgery was very expensive and this grant enabled us to have his front leg amputated.

How many pets did this grant help?

This grant helped Bobo, a dog who had to have his front leg amputated.

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

Bobo’s surgery was supported by an Emergency Medical Grant from the Petfinder Foundation. We can’t thank you enough. On March 6, 2017, we received a call for help with a dog found with sticks duct-taped to his front leg. We rushed over and found a friendly dog (now named Bobo) who was struggling to walk. We discovered that Bobo had no feeling from his shoulder all the way down to his paw, causing him to drag his right front paw underneath him, which was wearing away his fur and skin.

After being examined by two different veterinarians, Bobo was diagnosed with brachial plexus avulsion. This is an injury where the arm is pulled so hard that the nerves are actually yanked out of the spinal cord. We think that Bobo was most likely hit by a car some time ago. We fashioned a sling for Bobo to keep his leg from being scraped on the ground. All avenues of nerve regeneration were explored, giving him every chance to avoid amputation. One of our volunteers, Libbi, who is a retired physical therapist, worked diligently with Bobo and tried several techniques. The last attempt was to use a TENS/EMS unit, but we saw no improvement.

After seven weeks of therapy and several veterinarians’ opinions, we made the decision to have Bobo’s right front leg amputated. The estimated cost was $1,500, so we starting looking for grants. Bobo had his surgery and he stayed at the vet’s office for the week. His recovery required restricted activity and more trips to the veterinarian’s office, but he is feeling much better. Bobo can actually walk more easily without having to drag that leg underneath him.

Thank you, Petfinder Foundation, for helping Bobo! Bobo is still available for adoption. Meet him: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/38542167

Humane Society of McCormick County: Sponsor a Pet Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The donor contacted us and wanted to sponsor Demi’s adoption fee.

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

Demi was just 5 weeks old last April when she was picked up with severe upper-respiratory and eye infections. She healed, but ended up with a somewhat weepy eye. She was a very loving kitty, but her looks turned some people off. Demi’s adoption fee was sponsored in February and she was adopted less than two months later by an engaged couple living in an apartment. She had been with us a whole year, so the sponsorship definitely helped her get adopted. Her new parents have been sending pictures and report that she is doing great in her new home and they may come back to adopt another cat.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Demi was just 5 weeks old last April when she was picked up with severe upper-respiratory and eye infections. She healed, but ended up with a somewhat weepy eye. She was a very loving kitty, but her looks turned some people off. In February, a kind woman from Pennsylvania found her on the website. She wasn’t interested in adopting, but Demi’s story spoke to her and she sponsored her adoption fee. We made up a sign that said her adoption fee was sponsored and used it at adoption events. And then a kind woman came to the shelter this week to see our cats. She spent time with many of them and Demi was her pick. She was surprised and happy that Demi’s adoption fee was sponsored because then she could give a donation in the future to help another kitty get adopted. She has already reported that Demi is settling in well. She was adopted a year after she was picked up.

The Humane Society of McCormick County, Inc.: Petfinder Adoption Options in Action Grant (Invitation Only) Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We wanted to buy a good digital SLR camera that could take good pictures and video to help our marketing efforts and hopefully get more animals adopted. We purchased a Rebel T5 camera and accessories.

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

When adoptable animals are seen in videos, their personalities shine through much better than in still photos. We want our adopted dogs and cats to be good fits for their new homes and lifestyles. Video is the best way of communicating a dog or cat’s true personality. We have been taking videos every week at adoption events and posting them on the pets’ bios on Petfinder listings and on our Facebook page. The videos are helping to spread the word that we have great dogs and cats available for adoption.

How many pets did this grant help?

Currently, 17 of 31 (55%) of our adoptable animals have videos posted on their bios on our Petfinder website.

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

We found out about a home with 59 adult outdoor cats who were not fixed. Before we could even start with trapping to get the cats fixed, we immediately asked if we could take 15 young kittens that had severe upper respiratory infections. One of those kittens was Peeps. He was picked up on May 4th but was not healthy enough to be listed for adoption until Sept. 20th. Boy, does he know how to get attention! He lures you in with that innocent face and then he wins you over with his playful and friendly disposition. Peeps is good with other kittens and enjoys playing with kittens and people alike. He likes to investigate and is a curious kitten. He also enjoys walking on a leash and he seems fine around dogs. Peeps is a male brown-and-white tabby with a cute smudge on his nose. He has short hair and is litterbox trained. He is a kitten with a date of birth of March 14, 2016. He is neutered, up-to-date on his shots, and healthy. Peeps is looking for his forever home. Meet Peeps: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/35258843

Humane Society of McCormick County: Sponsor a Pet Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Vaccinations and microchipping

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

We are an all-volunteer organization so all money goes to help the animals. In this case, the money was used to give shots to and microchip a stray dog named Mandy.

How many pets did this grant help?

One

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

We picked up a mom dog, Mandy, and her puppy. The puppy was adopted first. Mandy was strong and desperate for love. They were given all the appropriate shots, spayed and microchipped. After giving her a little time to get adjusted, we started bringing her to adoption events on Saturdays at a PetSmart store. At first she was afraid of the slick shiny floors and the automatic doors, but then she learned to enjoy the attention. She was fostered and house trained. Mandy was adopted and is now living in her forever home.

Humane Society of McCormick County: WAHL Grooming Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We received six large bottles of Wahl shampoo. Our dogs are picked up off the street, so many of them are dirty and full of fleas. Some dogs and puppies are suffering from mange and most are skinny. Their fur is often in bad shape and after some good nutrition and several baths, they transform into beautiful dogs and puppies. Our dogs are in outside pens and foster homes. We used this product to bathe our dogs before adoption events.

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

Our dogs are kept in outside pens and foster homes. Although the outside pens are on concrete, the dogs are walked in areas with red mud and they are outside in the weather. They get smelly and dirty and they need regular baths before going to adoption events. We have several volunteers who take the dogs home and bathe them before they meet potential adopters. We are an all-volunteer group and we do not receive any funding from the government. Grants of shampoo save us money on supplies that we would otherwise have to purchase ourselves. And they help us adopt our dogs and puppies.

How many pets did this grant help?

We have 25-30 dogs in our care and 10 of them are kept outside. This grant helped the 10 dogs get multiple baths and 12 dogs in foster care.

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

Mandy and her daughter were living her life on a chain. The family surrendered the dogs to us and they were dirty from being kept outside their whole life. We did not have a foster home available so they were taken to our outside pens. After their quarantine period, both were given baths with Wahl shampoo. They both went to adoption events and Mandy’s daughter was adopted first. Mandy continued her stay with us in our outside pens, so she needed regular baths to look her best for our Saturday adoption events. When someone contacted us to see her, we gave her another bath and the person fell in love with her and now both Mandy and her daughter are in their forever homes.

Humane Society of McCormick County: Shelter+ Challenge Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The $1,000 shelter+ challenge grant was a wonderful gift. We are an all volunteer private rescue group and we take care of 35 dogs and 15 cats on average. We are a no-kill organization so we keep them until they find a forever home. This money was used for exams and vaccinations for our dogs and cats for the month of May.

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

The $1,000 shelter+ challenge money was used for exams and vaccinations for 29 dogs and cats in our care for the month of May. We are an all volunteer group that does not receive any public money so we constantly have to fundraise in order to keep picking up and adopting out dogs and cats in our county. This money was very appreciated.

How many pets did this grant help?

29

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

In March, we trapped a litter of 5 dogs. They were all shy of people and other dogs and were about 4 months old. Two were taken into foster homes to help socialize td hem with people and dogs. The remaining three eventually overcame some of their shyness with the help of another friendly dog at the pens and some very patient volunteers. Two of the three puppies at the pens went through 6 weeks of training class at PetSmart that dramatically helped their social skills and confidence. They are still waiting to be adopted but they are now spay/neutered, up to date on their shots, and healthy. The shelter+ challenge grant money helped pay for exams and vaccinations for all 5 of these dogs (Bonnie, Tucker, Hooch, Bootsie, and Bart).