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Helotes Humane Society: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The grant award was used to pay for the medical care of foster cat Maple, who required a surgical amputation.

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

By performing this important surgery, the veterinarians were able to relieve Maple’s pain and thus make her adoptable.

How many pets did this grant help?

One cat, Maple (renamed Gypsy)

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

Gypsy is a beautiful 6-month-old long-haired calico. She was brought to us because her owners could not afford the care she needed. You see, she was found as a small kitten with a terrible injury. One of her rear feet was missing and the other one was partially gone. The finders kept her as long as they could but realized she needed more care than they could give her. While she was in our care, the veterinarian said Gypsy needed part of her leg amputated to relieve her pain.

Thanks to a generous Emergency Medical Grant from the Petfinder Foundation, we were able to get her the surgery she desperately needed. She recovered in a foster home, where she received wonderful care. She uses the litter box fine and doesn’t let her disability hamper her life. She loves lying around and getting lots of love and affection.

Gypsy was adopted immediately after we posted her story on social media. Her new family saw the post about her surgery and commented on it. They filled out the application the next day and picked her up two days later!

Helotes Humane Society: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We used the donated Kong toys as enrichment for our shelter dogs.

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

Even though we are mostly a foster-home-based rescue group, we do house a small number of kenneled dogs while they are waiting to be fostered or adopted. These dogs enjoy the environmental enrichment provided by Kong toys. It helps break up boredom and keeps them engaged.

How many pets did this grant help?

22

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

This grant helped us keep Cole, a large dog (first two photos), happy and entertained. Cole has brain damage and is blind in one eye and deaf in one ear. In spite of this, he is active and playful. He enjoys his treat-filled Kong toys greatly! Cole wasn’t the only one who enjoyed these toys. We’ve included pictures of other dogs who were equally fascinated. You can meet Cole here: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/38646276

Helotes Humane Society: Build-A-Bear Youth Humane Education Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The awarded funds were used to purchase educational materials for elementary-school children in the form of coloring books. These books covered topics including:
Owning a Pet – A job for the whole family
Doggie Do’s and Don’ts – Dog Safety and You
Pets Are Family Too
Furry Friends
… among other titles. Some are in Spanish. We also purchased bookmarks and materials to use during our annual “Be Kind to Animals” Poster Contest for kids.

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

We live in a rapidly growing community which is seeing a large influx of families and pets moving in. There is a growing need to help educate our community about the importance of responsible pet ownership. We receive many calls each week from people wanting to surrender their pets, who have lost a pet, or who are looking for low-cost services. We want to reduce the number of animals being surrendered. By helping to educate the children, we hope to instill a sense of caring and responsibility in them when they are still young that will carry over to their adult lives.

The materials we are distributing also gives parents a conversation starter with their children about animal-related topics that are important to them and their family. Because some of these titles are in Spanish, we are able to reach a segment of the community that might have been overlooked.

Making people more responsible for their pets helps the pets in our care by reducing the burden on our organization to take in so many homeless and stray dogs and cats. It also enlightens our community about our mission and our need for continued funding.

How many pets did this grant help?

This Youth Humane Education Program grant did not directly impact pets, but we did already reach more than 500 elementary-age children with these materials. We expect to reach many more before we exhaust our supply.

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

This grant was targeting youth for humane-education purposes. We have been able to distribute our materials at three separate events so far. The first was a talk to a local elementary school class of kindergarten-age children. The second was at Ward Elementary School’s annual Trunk or Treat festival during Halloween. We gave out more than 500 copies of the books and bookmarks to children attending. At the local Children’s Lighthouse learning center for preschool children, we distributed coloring books and and took adoptable animals for them to view. This coming weekend we will also be attending a fall festival at a local church, where books will be distributed. We will also be speaking to the parents there about our mission and our adoptable pets.

Helotes Humane Society: Sponsor a Pet Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money from the Sponsor a Pet program was used to provide food and shelter for the sponsored pet. She has yet to be adopted. We do have an interested adopter at the moment, however, so fingers are crossed for her!

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

The donation helps us provide day-to-day necessities for our animals.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Gretel appears to be a wire-haired pointing griffon mix, an unusual breed that would make a unique addition to your family. She is striking, with her salt-and-pepper highlights and one blue eye. She is affectionate and sensitive, playful and concerned about her people — just wait until she gazes into your eyes! An interesting thing about Gretel is that when you shine a flashlight on her in the dark, her blue eye becomes neon red, and the brown eye becomes green (she might be part alien)! She is very playful with other dogs and people, and seriously LOVES her toys! Balls, stuffies, ropes, Nylabones, or all of the above. She loves to run and jump, so she needs a securely fenced-in yard. She is quite the lizard-hunter :). She rides well in the car. She is about 15 months old, 40 lbs., spayed, and up-to-date on all vaccines and preventatives. Meet Gretel: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/33172672

Helotes Humane Society: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Kong products/toys were distributed to our adoptable dogs.

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

They have been providing wonderful enrichment to both foster animals and the few that we have to keep kenneled while awaiting foster homes. All the dogs love their Kongs!

How many pets did this grant help?

50

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

Miss Hazel is a great big girl who was found as a stray. She had skin issues and was severely malnourished. Now she has filled out and her skin has cleared up. While she waits to be adopted or to be placed in a foster home, she is kenneled at our small facility. She loves her extra-large Kong toy stuffed with peanut butter! A big toy for a big girl, this Kong is just perfect for Miss Hazel. Meet Miss Hazel: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/32687706/

Helotes Humane Society: WAHL Grooming Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The shampoo and conditioners were given to our foster parents for use on their foster dogs waiting for adoption.

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

Many of our dogs come to us dirty and unkempt. The shampoo and conditioner has come in very handy for making our dogs presentable for photographs and adoption events.

How many pets did this grant help?

20 dogs

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

Stella is a tiny chihuahua puppy found in a box. She was so young and small we were worried about what to bathe her with. She did just fine with the Wahl shampoo and conditioner! Another foster parent bathed a poodle mix named CeCe in the Wahl shampoo after the dog had experienced a bad reaction to another brand. She was red and irritated. After the bath and conditioner you can see the redness is much reduced and she is more comfortable.