Reports From This Organization

Paws for Life Utah: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We used the funding from this grant on cleaning and pet-related supplies for the pets at our adoption center located at 89 N 100 E in Heber city, Utah. Specifically, these funds were used to help us house our pets, including 46 kittens and 24 puppies, plus 31 adult cats and 19 dogs, in a safe and clean environment during this COVID-19 pandemic. We purchased 10 large packages of puppy pads totaling $250, 10 cartons of Kitten Milk Replacer and bottles for a total of $250, 10 large containers of cat litter for $162, personal protective equipment including masks, sanitizer, and gloves totaling $405, and cleaning supplies totaling $141.

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

This grant helped our organization by assisting us to keep the adoption center safe, sanitized and welcoming. It helped us to provide much=needed supplies for our fosters who, once they met the puppies and kittens at our center, needed supplies to care for them.

How many pets did this grant help?

120

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

This grant enabled us to provide the supplies needed when we rescued sweet Fiona, a pregnant Lab mix from a high[-intake] shelter. She was at risk of euthanasia, and we needed to move quickly. We posted for a foster for her, and the foster needed to know if there would be supplies provided, specifically puppy pads, for her care. We assured her that all the needed supplies would be provided by us and she was thrilled. She took in sweet Fiona who gave birth to the most adorable puppies (first photo).

Our second story is one of Ivy, a sweet young pregnant female cat who was also at risk at a shelter in Vernal, UT. When she arrived at our boarding facility, we realized that she also needed to be moved to a foster-care situation, as she was almost ready to give birth. Once these sweet kittens arrived, our foster was able to care for them with the support provided by the Petfinder Foundation. Once the kittens were weaned, we brought them back to our adoption center, where they are currently having a ball and loving the wonderful volunteers and caregivers that we have at the center. The second photo shows the kittens with their volunteer caregiver.

People who volunteer at the center feel safe, as we are able to keep a clean, safe and sanitary environment for these people and pets thanks to the Petfinder Foundation!

Paws for Life Utah: Dogs Playing for Life Mentorship Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The $1,000 granted by the Petfinder Foundation was used to pay the tuition for our Operations Director, Nancy O’Connor, to attend the Dogs Playing for Life Mentorship training session at Longmont Humane Society from May 20-23, 2019.

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

This grant enabled us to send our Operations Director to learn best practices from a training and management perspective. Through daily participation in the training sessions, she learned many lessons on which practices are most beneficial to dogs in playgroups and why.

Some examples of things she learned and incorporated into our playgroups are as follows:

1. Tools to use during playgroup or any time you need to distract a dog to prevent fighting or any bad behavior.
2. Teaching dogs a door routine, which we now use consistently and also have trained our fosters and volunteers in. We use this standard process and train all handlers so that our dogs do not try to, or are not able to, run out the door when it opens.
3. We incorporated several new games learned at DPFL that really are helpful and productive in creating safe and beneficial playgroups with dogs. We have used them to show fosters how to keep dogs from going for things dropped on the floor that could potentially be dangerous to them.
4. Letting dogs play, letting them correct each other and only intervening when there is potential danger.
5. Using new tools to keep the handler and the dogs safe.

In addition to using these lessons for our own play yard, our executive director worked with the Heber City Engineering Department, Parks Department and Animal Control on a committee to renovate our new “Boneyard” dog park. Much of the design of the park (entry and exit gates, footing, stations, etc.) incorporated lessons learned at the mentorship. At the grand opening of the Boneyard dog park, where our executive director, mayor and city council members held a ribbon-cutting ceremony followed by a fun dog park event and, later, an adoption event, we held training sessions with the public to educate them on dog-park safety. The event was attended by more than 100 people and was a huge success!

How many pets did this grant help?

This will help all the dogs in our care every year, which is approximately 900 dogs per year.

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

We rescued a very sweet and scared border-collie mix named Zeg from [an open-admission] shelter in Vernal, Utah. He was terrified, and we were told that he was afraid of other dogs and would just cower in his kennel. With the lessons learned from the DPFL mentorship program sponsored by the Petfinder Foundation, we worked with Zeg, first at our boarding facility in turnout groups with dogs who helped socialize him. Zeg responded initially better to those confident, playful dogs who were not a threat to him. Soon he began responding better to our handlers and prospective adopters.

When we brought him to the grand opening of our new community dog park, Zeg was a hit! He did wonderfully in large turnouts with new dogs, and played with everyone. He was befriended by a young boy at the event (first photo) and got the attention of a prospective adopter, who needed a kind, gentle and large dog who was social and could to assist her with her disability. She fell in love and adopted Zeg, and he is currently in training to become a service dog. We are so grateful to the Petfinder Foundation, which enabled us to learn these best practices and apply them to pets in our program. This type of program and educational experience is the gift that keeps on giving!

Paws for Life Utah: Cat Enrichment Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

This money was used to purchase cat trees, toys, an outdoor run and cat beds for our cats to play in while they are waiting for their new forever homes. We purchased these items with the intention of using them for our cats and kittens to make their temporary home more enjoyable.

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

Because they were allowed to be in the adoptions building, free and playing on cat trees and with one another, the cats and kittens in our care were much less stressed and happy. In turn, they were much more friendly and easier to handle when potential adopters came to see them. These items directly helped us to adopt out 62 cats and kittens so far, and many more to come!

How many pets did this grant help?

62 to date and still counting!

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

Sweet Honeycomb was brought in to our Heber Valley shelter, scared and shy, just as they were about to close one evening. She was a stray, tired and hungry. After her stray hold was up, Paws for Life Utah had her examined, spayed and given her immunizations. She was still scared and shy, but starting to trust the shelter staff. A beautiful 2-year-old domestic longhair, she just needed time and space to get her out of her shell. She did not show well to potential adopters at the shelter in her tiny kennel. We moved her to our adoptions center, where she had room to roam and cat towers to play in, and she came out of her shell! Her true spirit shined as she was so much more relaxed in her new environment with her new comfy bed, toys and tower. The first photo shows her just prior to her adoption.

Decan and Dino (second photo) came to us when an elderly gentlemen found them with their mother outside his apartment. Having no transportation, he asked that we come and get them and bring them to the shelter, which we did. The mother was sweet and the kittens were semi-feral. Working with them alongside their mother in the new environment, with toys to play with, cat trees to climb and siblings to run around with, was a joy. They no longer had to scrap for food and were becoming more and more friendly each day. Decan is still available for adoption; his link on Petfinder is http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/42743508

We are so grateful to the Petfinder Foundation for helping us to rehome more cats and kittens by providing them with a much more comfortable, playful and stress-free environment while they wait to find their forever homes!

Paws for Life Utah: P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We were granted P.L.A.Y. pet beds and they were used by the shelter dogs that we rescue. They were provided to fosters as well as to dogs in our boarding facility, and the dogs just loved them! They are easy to wash, very comfortable and a favorite of our shelter pets. We used them for the dogs we rescued from [an open-admission] shelter in Los Angeles county, as well as for dogs we rescued from a hoarding situation in Las Vegas.

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

It helped us because we did not need to purchase pet beds. These beds were used primarily at our boarding facility and with fosters. In two of our larger rescues, such as when we rescued 17 Pomeranians from the hoarding situation in Las Vegas, or when we rescued 22 small dogs from [an open-admission] shelter in Los Angeles, they were given to fosters to use. Our dogs love them — they are super comfy! Our shelter staff and fosters love them too, as they are easy to clean and machine-washable!

How many pets did this grant help?

We reuse them, of course, so this helped 50 shelter pets.

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

We were made aware of a terrible hoarding situation by the Animal Foundation in Las Vegas. A breeder/hoarder was “on the run” from San Bernardino to Las Vegas with a U-Haul full of illegally bred Pomeranian dogs and puppies. These dogs were abandoned in a U-Haul outside of Las Vegas. Over 160 dogs were crammed into crates on top of each other. An open-intake shelter saved them, and fortunately none needed to be euthanized. However, the sheer number of rescued pets put a huge burden on their facility, and they reached out to rescues in the area for help. Paws for Life Utah rescued 17 of these Pomeranians. One was a mother who was pregnant and later gave birth to puppies (first photo). We loaned the P.L.A.Y. beds to our fosters and they were so loved by these dogs. They were also so simple and easy to clean and sanitize. These dogs have since been adopted. Some had medical needs, including the puppies pictured, and found loving homes that were prepared to care for them and take care of those needs. Thank you for these wonderful, easy-to-use and super-comfy pet beds!

Paws for Life Utah: P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We used the P.L.A.Y. pet beds for our shelter pets, and those in our boarding facility, as well as those in foster care. We are still using all of them — they are so durable through the wash!

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

It allowed us to give the shelter pets a warm bed to sleep in rather than a cold shelter floor.

How many pets did this grant help?

30

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

These adorable Pomeranian puppies were two of more than 160 that were rescued from a hoarding situation in Las Vegas. We transported a total of 17 Pomeranians to Paws for Life Utah and found every one of them a loving home. These two puppies needed medical care, and we were grateful that they had time to rest and relax on a P.L.A.Y. pet bed. The second picture is that of Lucy, a 12-year-old Chihuahua mix whom we rescued from an [open-admission] shelter in Los Angeles county. She needed medical care (surgery for a bilateral hernia and to remove several mammary tumors) and rested comfortably throughout her recovery on a P.L.A.Y. pet bed.

Paws for Life Utah: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The grant was used to pay for the medical expenses for Red, a doberman pinscher who needed emergency surgery for a bilateral perineal hernia. The total cost for the surgery, with our discount, was $2,447.24. Your $1,000 grant saved his life. It made the decision for us to proceed with his emergency surgery possible.

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

Your grant truly saved Red’s life. Without it, we were faced with the choice of putting him down or trying to quickly fundraise to save him. Because he was so urgent, it was critical that we had funding for part of this procedure, as it was beyond our medical budget and obviously unplanned. The original estimate was up to $3,300, which would have prohibited us from rescuing any other pets who needed medical care. This grant allowed us to not only save Red’s life, but to continue to rescue at-risk shelter pets in the months of January and February.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Poor Red was abandoned in the middle of nowhere near Heber City, UT, with huge swelling around his anus. When he came into our program, we immediately took him to our local vet, Wasatch Animal Clinic, where they diagnosed him with a perineal hernia and said he was critical. They did not have the capability to perform the surgery and said we needed to bring him to a specialty clinic. He was then rushed to Advanced Veterinary Care in Salt Lake City, where they examined him and scheduled the surgery for the following day.

The surgery was a success and Red recovered nicely after spending a night at the clinic. He went into foster following his surgery and the family adopted him! We are so grateful to the Petfinder Foundation for your lifesaving support! We have attached pictures of Red and also of the bill for his surgery. Thank you so much from all of us at Paws for Life Utah!

Paws for Life Utah: P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The pet beds were used at the Heber Valley Animal Shelter and in our boarding facility for shelter pets to sleep on.

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

It helped some of our pets who were recovering from surgery to sleep on a warm bed rather than a cold shelter floor.

How many pets did this grant help?

30

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

I’ve attached pictures of two shelter pets who were adopted after their surgeries. The first photo is Jack, who was at Summit County Animal Control. He loves his P.L.A.Y. bed, and slept on it after his dental surgery. The second and third photos are sweet Lulu. She has also been adopted and came to us from a high[-intake] shelter, Baldwin Park Animal Care Center, near Los Angeles. She had major surgery for mammary tumors, a double hernia and a spay. She loved sleeping on her P.L.A.Y. bed while recovering.

Paws for Life Utah: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money was used to pay medical bills for an injured kitty, Frankie (aka Frankenstein), who, sadly, crawled under a car hood to keep warm and, when the driver started the car in the morning, poor Frankie was caught. He suffered several injuries and a broken leg. After spending several months at our veterinary clinic (where he became a celebrity!), he was adopted by a loving woman and her sweet dog, and the three of them are now inseparable. He has had several surgeries, and the bills that are attached to this report represent a portion of his medical costs.

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

This grant helped us immensely in paying a portion of the medical bills for Frankie. The community is responding so positively to the support from the Petfinder Foundation, as they have been following his story. He is one amazing and loving cat! This grant helped us not only with this one kitty, but in communicating the mission of our volunteer-based organization and highlighting the type of live-saving work we do with the support of the Petfinder Foundation. They are more aware of the needs of homeless pets and how to find them on Petfinder.com.

How many pets did this grant help?

One directly, but many more pets in good will

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

A big THANK YOU to the Petfinder Foundation for granting us $1,000 for emergency medical funding for Frankie, the poor kitty who crawled under the hood of a car to keep warm and was terribly injured. The owner of the car had no idea that a sweet little gray-and-white kitten was under the hood of his car when he started it. Sadly, much of the kitten’s skin was torn and his leg was broken. After several surgeries and several weeks of rehab, his fighting spirit got him through the recovery process. He is now in a loving home with his new mom and a loving dog brother who adores him!

Paws for Life Utah: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money was used to pay a portion of the vet bill for an injured kitty, Frankie (a.k.a. Frankenstein), who sadly crawled under a car hood to keep warm and, when the driver started the car in the morning, poor Frankie was caught. He suffered several injuries and a broken leg. He is still at the vet receiving care but is expected to make a full recovery. He has had several surgeries and had to be sedated to change his bandages, as his skin lacerations were severe. He is doing so well and we are ever so grateful to the Petfinder Foundation for your support.

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

This grant helped us pay a portion of the vet bill for Frankie. The community is responding so positively to the support from the Petfinder Foundation, as they have been following his story. He is one amazing and loving cat, and is loved by many at the clinic. This grant has helped us not only with this one kitty, but in communicating the mission of our volunteer-based organization and highlighting the type of work we do, and how our community members can find our adoptable pets on Petfinder.com.

How many pets did this grant help?

One directly, but many more in good will.

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

A big “Thank You” to the Petfinder Foundation for granting us $1,000 for emergency medical funding for Frankie, the poor kitty who crawled under the hood of a car to keep warm and was terribly injured. The owner of the car had no idea that a sweet little grey-and-white kitten was under the hood of the car when he started it. Sadly, much of Frankie’s skin was torn and his leg was broken. He is still under veterinary care at Silver Creek Animal Clinic and is expected to make a full recovery. Through it all, he is just a sweetheart, and the clinic says, “He is loved by many here.”