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Portsmouth Humane Society: KONG Toy 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?

This grant has provided more Kongs, allowing us to give every dog on the adoption floor a stuffed Kong, regardless of how many kennels are occupied.

How many pets did this grant help?

On the day these photos were taken, 31 animals enjoyed peanut butter-filled Kongs. Hundreds of dogs will be able to enjoy these Kongs in the coming months to due to the amazing washability these toys have.

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

We are using the Kong toys as added enrichment toys/boredom busters for the dogs. In these photos you will see Johnny Cash, Sonny, and Jade (from top) enjoying peanut butter-filled Kongs.

Portsmouth Humane Society: Purina New Year, New Home Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Just after we received this grant for free or reduced-cost adoptions, the Humane Society of the United States contacted us about taking some dogs from a shelter in dire need of assistance. We partnered with four other shelters and took a total of 32 dogs, 16 of whom stayed here. We offered free adoptions for all of our animals the week following this transfer. We also offered reduced-fee adoptions as part of our summer kick-off party on June 2. The total number of animals adopted thanks to this grant were 26.

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

The majority of the animals helped were from our HSUS transfer group (fourth photo). They had been through so much already and were finally able to find their forever homes. This time of the year, we see a lot of animals in need come in. The Petfinder Foundation grant helped us to find homes for some harder-to-place animals and helped us to free up space quickly to help even more animals. Thank you so much for all that you do!

How many pets did this grant help?

26 (seven cats, 15 dogs, two puppies, one rabbit and one reptile)

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

The majority of the animals helped were from our HSUS transfer group. They had been through so much already and were finally able to find their forever homes. A few other special pets who were helped by this grant were Maui and Zachary (first photo). These dogs were surrendered by their owners due to an inability to take care of them. Zachary was partially blind, both dogs were seniors, and they were a bonded pair. This made finding an adopter willing to take on the two of them together that much more challenging. Thanks in part to our fee-waived adoption, they have found their forever home with a wonderful family (second photo). Their mom sent us this update: “Hello from Maui and Zachary! We are enjoying our new home! We get to snuggle with Dad on the couch and go for walks to the park. We probably get a few too many treats, but that’s only because we’re such good dogs. Thanks for taking care of us and finding us a family! Love, Zachary and Maui”

Also helped was Charlie, a 14-year-old poodle who was surrendered to our shelter because he was old, blind, and hard of hearing. This sweet boy loves to be held and only wants to be by someone’s side. I am happy to say that, thanks in part to this grant, we found Charlie a loving home. Charlie and his new mom (third photo) have made each other very happy!

Finally, Debbie (fourth photo) was adopted too. This beautiful girl has grown so much since she came into the shelter last year painfully shy and frightened. Though the dedication of staff, volunteers, and foster families, she has blossomed into a wonderful companion.

Portsmouth Humane Society: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

This money was used for tibia- and fibula-repair surgery performed by Dr. Murphy, Sr., at Anderson’s Corner. The cost of this surgery was $1,600. Total medical expenses spent on helping Prince came to $2,600, which includes the emergency veterinarian bill and our veterinarian’s bill.

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

Every animal that comes through the doors at the Portsmouth Humane Society receives the finest medical care possible. Often, this means taking on bills for needed procedures such as leg surgery and then figuring out how to raise funds to pay for it. The Petfinder Foundation Emergency Medical grant paid for a major piece of Prince’s medical treatment and minimized the cost of his surgery on our overall budget. Partnerships and support from organizations and businesses are key to enabling our shelter to continue to save lives and provide specialty care as required.

How many pets did this grant help?

This grant helped one very special little dog.

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

Prince is a 2-year-old stray male beagle who had been hit by a car. He received emergency medical attention and it was found that he was suffering from a fracture of his tibia and fibula. The surgery to repair his leg was complicated due to the breaks being so close to his knee, but he is on the mend. Prince has restricted mobility and regular checks with his doctor for the next two months, but is expected to make a full recovery. He is currently being fostered by one of our volunteers and when he is completely recovered, we will work to find him his forever home.