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Friends For Life: Disaster Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

This grant provided transport, deworming, vaccinations and medical supplies to 20 cats and kittens rescued from Vidor, Texas, following Hurricane Imelda.

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

It allowed us to intake 20 cats beyond our capacity at the time, thus saving more lives.

How many pets did this grant help?

20

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

When the Vidor Animal Shelter was flooded during Hurrican Imelda earlier this year, Friends For Life took in 20 sick cats and kittens from the shelter. Eight of them are still waiting for their forever homes: Chadd (first photo), Bradd (second photo), Betty, Angelo, Phoebe, Delilah, Jet, and Meow Ming. Eleven of them have been adopted: Burt (third photo), Agnes (fourth photo), Jake (fifth photo), Belinda, Begonia, Angelica, Jordie, Claire, Miranda, Jewel, and Jermaine. One, Gerard, a 4-day old kitten, ultimately passed away.

These cats all received immediate medical care, vaccinations, and antibiotics.

FYIMS, Inc. dba Friends For Life: Sponsor a Pet Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The donation was used for Sophie’s transportation and care during her time spent at Friends For Life. Sophie, an FIV+ cat, was rescued from El Campo Animal Shelter, 75 miles from our shelter.

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

This grant allows us to save animals who would not have a chance elsewhere. Sophie was marked for pre-euthanasia, but because of the Sponsor a Pet program, we were able to offer her a second chance at life.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Sophie was a rail-thin, senior, FIV+ owner-surrender pulled from a small, hard-working but not no-kill shelter an hour outside Houston in February. Yep, we drove there to get her. Sophie has found her forever home. She was adopted in March and lives happily with her parents.

Friends For Life: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Through this grant from the Petfinder Foundation, we were able to provide Haley with the emergent-eye enucleation surgery that she needed following a dog attack over a french fry.

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

This grant saved Haley’s life. Her owner was not able to pay for the surgery and considered euthanasia. In a heart-wrenching decision, the owners surrendered Haley to Friends For Life for a second chance at life. Today, Haley (renamed Tuna) lives in a new home with a yellow Lab whom she adores.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

This is a from Haley’s recent adopter: “It’s been about three weeks since I took Tuna (f.k.a. Haley) home. I want to say thank you to you and the FFL staff, volunteers, and donors. FFL chose to give a partially blind, fully deaf, senior dog a second chance at life through surgery. Not everyone would make that decision. I am so grateful you did. And I am doubly grateful to your behavioral-therapy team for teaching me how to communicate with Tuna. Tuna is such a gift. She is loving, hilarious, and a pro at finding squishy spots in the house for naps with her older brother (who is smitten and happily adjusting to his new shadow). Thank you for all that you for dogs like Tuna and for the people who are lucky enough to love them.”

Friends For Life: Sponsor a Pet 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?

It provided wellness care and a special diet to keep Sophie healthy while she waited for her forever home.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

The funds were use to help support Sophie, an 8-year old cat with FIV, during her time at Friends For Life before she found her forever home. She was on a special renal diet to support kidney function and keep her healthy. Sophie was adopted in March of 2019. Her mom bought Sophie her own bed, but Sophie refuses to use it and snuggles with her parents in their bed. She loves her new home and is even gaining weight!

Friends For Life: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The KONGs were used as foraging toys for the dogs and cats in our programs.

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

Foraging toys help us fulfill the dogs’ and cats’ enrichment needs (mental stimulation) while they are living at the shelter or in a foster home. One of the dogs, Julio, who struggles to get adopted due to his high enrichment needs, eats exclusively out of KONGs.

There are currently 11 dogs and about 85 cats living at the shelter, who receive daily enrichment. Some KONGs have also been distributed to fosters and adopters.

How many pets did this grant help?

As of Dec. 20, 2018, the KONGs have been used by about 50 animals. Because the KONGs can be used again and again, this number will continue to grow over time.

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

Julio (first photo) is a dog who needs to be mentally stimulated or he will find less-than-desirable activities to satisfy his needs. By putting his meals in KONGs, we are able to fulfill his needs without much additional time or effort. This is extremely important to us, as shelter workers are always short on time.

Riley (second photo) is a dog who also has high enrichment needs. She had been in the program for months and was struggling to find her perfect fit. She also eats her meals out of KONGs and, just last week, she successfully found her forever home. Thank you, Petfinder Foundation!

Friends For Life: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

This grant helped provide the daily medical care for one of our senior adoptable cats, Rocky. She had chronic diarrhea, occasional vomiting, hyperthyroidism and spinal inflammation. Rocky was on a variety of different medications for her thyroid function and pain management, as well as a special protein diet and daily subcutaneous fluids.

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

Because of this grant, we are able to take in senior animals to be placed in their forever homes. Too often, senior animals are euthanized in traditional shelters because the shelters are not able to provide the medications or dedicated time to rehabilitate this kind of pet. At Friends For Life, we don’t believe that age is automatically a death sentence, and because of the support of the Petfinder Foundation, we are able to offer this kind of treatment for a second chance at life.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Rocky was a one-of-a kind cat. She was a survivor of Hurricane Harvey in Houston. During her time living at the our shelter, she fully asserted herself as a member of our family. She loved the company of guests, as long as they stayed to pet her, because “drive-by petting” stressed her out. On October 24, Rocky had some bloody diarrhea, pale gums, more stumbling than usual, was drooling and had apparent abdominal discomfort. Our on-staff licensed veterinary technician was concerned that she was bleeding internally and might not make it through the night. We rushed her to the emergency room, where the veterinarian had the same assessment. Rocky was euthanized that evening. She was alongside two of our staff and her caretakers. Rocky’s memory lives on in our memorial garden (fourth photo), where we are able to honor all of the animals who have left us.