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R.O.A.R. to Rescue Horses and Mules from Neglect

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Give to us through Global Giving from 10/14-11/12 and have double the impact for homeless mules like Ginger.

Donate to us through Global Giving from Oct. 14-Nov. 12 and you’ll help twice as many neglected animals like Ginger (above).

For those 30 days, Animal Planet’s R.O.A.R. is matching donations to the Petfinder Foundation dollar-for-dollar (learn more about the campaign here). That’s great news for mules like Ginger, who was rescued by Panhandle Equine Rescue (PER) in Cantonment, Fla. PER volunteer Joyce Gill tells us how our grant helped the group save Ginger and other equines from abuse and neglect:

“In February 2007, PER received a report that horses and mules were roaming the neighborhood on a regular basis. PER investigators responded and found that the fencing was inadequate and the environment was a junkyard with no feed or hay on the premises.

“Investigators educated the owner about adequate health care and proper nutrition and gave the owner the opportunity to repair fences and provide feed and hay. PER continued to receive reports of these animals running loose and made several visits to the property during the course of a year in an attempt to get cooperation from the owner.

“Finally in February 2008, conditions had deteriorated badly after severe weather and heavy downpours. The two horses, two mules and one donkey were found standing in excess mud and water 24/7. The owner would not move them out, so PER removed them from the property.

Ginger BEFORE

Before their rescue, the animals had been living in this junkyard.

“Shortly thereafter, custody was awarded to PER in a court of law. Ginger — rescued as part of the Junkyard Five — was a wonderful addition to PER’s facility since she loved the attention from the volunteers who enjoyed grooming and loving on her. After several moves to and from foster homes, this sweet and beautiful mule was adopted and is living at her forever home.”

Ginger and many other equines at PER were helped by a grant program supported by our friends at Tractor Supply Company.

Donate to us through Global Giving from Oct. 14-Nov. 12 to double your impact!

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R.O.A.R. to Protect Orphaned Kittens from Disease

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Give to us through Global Giving from 10/14-11/12 and have double the impact for homeless pets like Pacer.

Our grant helped Perry County Animal Shelter in Cannelton, Ind., save and vaccinate two litters of tiny, orphaned kittens who were abandoned by their mothers before they were weaned. And if you donate to us through Global Giving from Oct. 14-Nov. 12, you’ll help twice as many homeless pets like Pacer (above).

For those 30 days, Animal Planet’s R.O.A.R. is matching donations to the Petfinder Foundation dollar-for-dollar (learn more about the campaign here). That means we can help groups like Perry County Animal Shelter save twice as many at-risk kittens.  Shelter Manager Tiffany Reed tells us how our vaccination grant has made a difference:

“The Perry County Animal Shelter has given vaccines to 39 felines, 22 of which have received their second booster vaccine, since the awarding of the FVRCP vaccinations. Out of the 39 homeless felines 17 have been adopted into their forever homes; which has left 22 hopeful souls in the care of the Perry County Animal Shelter.

“This vaccine grant has allowed the Perry County Animal Shelter to help two litters of kittens that were abandoned by their mother and not weaned. Both litters of kittens are thriving, eating solid food, and one set will be receiving their final boosters in the next few days. The younger set will be receiving their second booster in a couple of weeks.”

Pacer and many other cats at PAWS have been helped by our A Shot at Life vaccination grant program, supported by Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc., The Animal Rescue Site and GreaterGood.org.

Donate to us through Global Giving from Oct. 14-Nov. 12 to double your impact!

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R.O.A.R. to Help Adoptable Pets Look Their Best

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Give to us through Global Giving from 10/14-11/12 and have double the impact for homeless dogs like Emily.

Our grant helped Doggie Protective Services in Palo Alto, Calif., take attention-grabbing profile photos of the homeless pets in its care. And if you donate to us through Global Giving from Oct. 14-Nov. 12, you’ll help twice as many homeless pets like Emily (above).

For those 30 days, Animal Planet’s R.O.A.R. is matching donations to the Petfinder Foundation dollar-for-dollar (learn more about the campaign here).

Emily was helped by our recent One Picture Saves a Life grant to Doggie Protective Services. After volunteers from the group attended our photography workshop and left with a granted camera and photo-editing software, they were able to take her adorable adoption-profile photo, which helped her find a home.

The One Picture Saves a Life program is a partnership of Underwater Dogs photographer Seth Casteel, The Animal Rescue Site, GreaterGood.org and John Paul Pet.

Donate to us through Global Giving from Oct. 14-Nov. 12 to double your impact!

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R.O.A.R. to Keep Homeless Kittens Healthy!

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Punkin

Give to us through Global Giving from 10/14-11/12 and have double the impact for homeless kittens like Punkin!

Donate to us through Global Giving from Oct. 14-Nov. 12 and you’ll help twice as many homeless pets like Punkin (above).

For those 30 days, Animal Planet’s R.O.A.R. is matching donations to the Petfinder Foundation dollar-for-dollar (learn more about the campaign here). That’s good news for cats like Punkin, who was rescued by PAWS South Florida Rescue in Ft. Lauderdale. PAWS president Deborah Gagnon tells us how Punkin and other kittens found forever homes:

“Recently, it is been our pleasure to work with a homeless man who has set up his tent in a public park right down the street from one of the trailer parks that we are currently working. Back in the beginning of the year, one of the residents in a park told us about this gentleman who’d had incredible success working with feral cats in the park. They were helping him feed the cats, but obviously nobody was taking the time to get the cats sterilized.

“We met with this man, whom we have come to call Roo because he claims to be from Australia. (However, we really think he’s from New Jersey.) We have now been working with him and for the most part, the adult cats have come to like him and become friendly with him to the point where he can actually pick them up. This makes it very easy for us to take them in to get them sterilized. He also works with their litters and has become a very valuable socializer for the kittens. When the kittens are ready to be adopted, we take them into our care and they have proven to be some of the most gorgeous, adoptable kittens we have ever had.

“Sometimes, Roo can be a little too insistent when he wants us to come take the kittens, as he doesn’t quite appreciate our space limitations within our homes. But other than this one small obstacle which is very easy to step around, Roo has become one of the most unusual and productive volunteers our organization has ever had. We wish there was more we could do for him personally, but the man is really very happy living as he does. And now he has his own little family of cats who at least will not be giving him more babies.”

Punkin and many other cats at PAWS were helped by our Shot at Life vaccination grant program, supported by Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc., The Animal Rescue Site and GreaterGood.org.

Donate to us through Global Giving from Oct. 14-Nov. 12 to double your impact!

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R.O.A.R. to Comfort Frightened Shelter Dogs

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Give to us through Global Giving from 10/14-11/12 and have double the impact for homeless dogs like Petunia.

Our grant helped Saving Animals from Euthanasia (SAFE) in Tucson, Ariz.., comfort the frightened dogs in its care. And if you donate to us through Global Giving from Oct. 14-Nov. 12, you’ll help twice as many homeless pets like Petunia (above).

For those 30 days, Animal Planet’s R.O.A.R. is matching donations to the Petfinder Foundation dollar-for-dollar (learn more about the campaign here).

That means the world Petunia, who was helped by our ThunderShirt grant to SAFE. The 5-year-old spayed Xoloitzcuintli mix is able to stay calm at the group’s adoption events thanks to her Thundershirt, which applies gentle, calming pressure to her abdomen.

Donate to us through Global Giving from Oct. 14-Nov. 12 to double your impact!

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Our Grants Will Help Nearly 300 Displaced Pets in Colorado

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Melody, a senior Pit Bull, is at Longmont Humane Society, which just received a disaster grant from the Petfinder Foundation.

We’ve sent $6,000 in disaster aid to Longmont Humane Society (LHS) in Longmont, Colo., where staff members have been working tirelessly to care for 190 pets displaced by the region’s deadly floods. This grant follows yesterday’s $3,000 disaster grant to nearby Humane Society of Boulder Valley, which is housing 70 displaced pets. (Read about HSBV’s grant.)

“We are incredibly grateful,” LHS Executive Director Liz Smokowski tells us in a phone call from the busy shelter, which has stayed open to help pets despite being located in an evacuation zone.

Development Associate Carrie Brackenridge tells us that some 1,500 homes have been destroyed and another 17,500 have been damaged by the flooding, which began on Sept. 12.

As with HSBV, the displaced pets arrived when the shelter was already full. “Single-occupancy capacity at LHS is 368 animals,” Brackenridge tells us. “As of Sept. 17, we are housing 441 animals. As a result of caring for evacuated animals, LHS is experiencing an increase in our daily operational costs. Supplies such as food, healthcare items and cleaning products have been in increased usage, and resources such as staff time and utility usage have increased dramatically.”

Shelter staff are fitting in the extra animals wherever they can, housing many in office spaces.

To make matters worse, some of the displaced pets are showing signs of Giardia infection that they may have contracted from the floodwaters. An outbreak of Giardia, a highly contagious intestinal parasite, would threaten all the shelter’s animals, so staffers are disinfecting aggressively and feeding the affected pets special food. “We are really starting to worry that the next chapter in this crisis is going to be medical issues,” Smokowski says.

Our disaster grant will be a huge help. “This funding from Petfinder Foundation will be instrumental in relieving the costs associated with current rescue efforts,” Smokowski says. “We are very grateful!”

Donate to help us save pets when disaster strikes, and Orvis will match your gift!

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Saving Animal Victims of the Colorado Floods

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Doogie is at the Humane Society of Boulder Valley, which just received a disaster grant.

Doogie is at the Humane Society of Boulder Valley, which just received a disaster grant from the Petfinder Foundation.

We’ve rushed $3,000 in disaster aid to the Humane Society of Boulder Valley (HSBV) in Boulder, Colo., which has been caring for 70 pets displaced by the deadly Colorado floods of the past few days.

The animal flood victims have joined more than 200 homeless cats, dogs, birds and pocket pets that are already being cared for by the always-full shelter, CEO Lisa Pedersen tells us.

“I so appreciate the grant,” Pedersen says. “That will really help.”

HSBV is caring for displaced pets at its shelter and at an off-site location it is managing in conjunction with the Red Cross, Pedersen says. As evacuated families find temporary shelter, some of them are returning to HSBV to pick up their pets.

But even more families, whose homes either were destroyed or are inaccessible because of washed-out roads, may need HSBV to look after their pets for months.

“We are preparing to match these pets up with foster homes, or to provide them with long-term care,” Pedersen tells us.

Donate to help us save pets when disaster strikes, and Orvis will match your gift!

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Little Boy Finds a New Home Thanks to Our SNAP-X Grant

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Little Boy

Cheryl Conway from Aurora Animal Shelter in Aurora, Col., which received our SNAP-X spay/neuter grant, shared with us how one of the pets who benefited from the grant, a cat named Little Boy, found his new home, as told to her by his adopters:

“Our new little boy caught my heart with his sweet little face. He was eager to be petted and climbed into my arms the moment I opened his cage. The way he grabbed my fingers and pulled them to kiss them was the final straw. He snuggled in my arms, purring and content, and I was sold.

Vicki Medina and her new “Little Boy”

Adopter Vicki Medina and Little Boy

“We came back to visit him for three days. He came home with us the third day. We are happy to have him join our family!”

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We’re Helping Animal Victims of California Wildfire

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Joey is at the Humane Society of Tuolumne County, which just received a disaster grant.

Eight-week-old Joey is at the Humane Society of Tuolumne County, which just received a disaster grant.

We’re rushing $2,500 in disaster aid to the Humane Society of Tuolumne County in Jamestown, Calif., a small shelter that’s working day and night to care for 30 dogs and cats displaced by California’s raging Rim Fire.

In addition to our cash grant, we’ve partnered with Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc., to send the shelter cat vaccinations, dog vaccinations and pain medicine, which will help pets recovering from spay/neuter surgeries. We’re also working with our friends at Thundershirt to send the calming shirts to the shelter, which will not only help the 30 displaced pets but the 25 homeless pets also in residence.

“We’re so happy [about all the donations],” Shelter Operations Director Doryene Rapini tells us. “We’ve been wanting to buy Thundershirts, but we can’t afford them. This will really help because some of the animals are so scared.”

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Our granted Thundershirts will help calm Harvey.

Rapini says one of her staff members has worked for 12 days straight, and that she’s had to hire additional staff to care for the displaced pets.

“In addition, we have called for all available volunteers to help with the increased workload of cleaning, walking, cuddling and nurturing the animals in our care until this crisis is over,” she tells us. “Although at this time we are unsure how long [the crisis] will last, we are currently at day 12 as the fire continues to spread and 4,500 structures are threatened.”

Rapini says our grant was going to make a huge difference: “We’re so small, and our community is not the wealthiest, so getting help is just amazing.”

Donate to help us save more pets when disaster strikes, and Orvis will match your gift!

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SNAP-X Grants Save Large-Breed Dogs Nationwide

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Dixie with a favorite toy

Here are updates from three shelters who received our SNAP-X spay/neuter grants.

Dixie, a pit pull mix in Florida
Sarah Humlie, managing director of the Humane Society of Pensacola, tells us about a timid pit mix:

“We operate a no-kill shelter in an area where the county animal shelter euthanizes approximately 3,000 dogs every year. A large portion of those dogs are bully breeds and pit mixes, due to the difficulty of finding suitable adoptable homes for those breeds. With the help of this grant, we were able to transfer two pit-mix mothers, with their litters of puppies (14 total!), from the county shelter to our facility, where they were able to receive the time they needed to wean their puppies and be adopted into loving homes.

“One of the mothers, Dixie, was a very timid pit bull-Lab mix. When she first arrived at the Humane Society, she wouldn’t walk on a leash at all, only lie down, and she had to be carried everywhere in order to go the bathroom, play in the yard, or go to the vet. At the time of transfer, she was very pregnant, and within a week she gave birth to nine healthy puppies!

“Dixie stayed with a wonderful foster family while she nursed and weaned the puppies. They brought her out of her shell, housetrained her, and taught her how to play fetch. Now, you will never find her without a favorite toy in her mouth. She is still learning how to walk on a leash, but with her new, trusted owner, she has made remarkable progress. Thanks to funding through this grant, Dixie, only a year and a half old, was able to be spayed and adopted to a wonderful home!”

Dottie, a Doberman in Nevada

Dottie when she was rescued

Dottie when she was rescued

Pat Getter, president of Doberman Rescue of Nevada in Las Vegas, sends us the story of a Doberman who couldn’t stand up:

Dottie, a young female Doberman stray, was picked up by animal control and taken to a Southern California shelter where she wouldn’t get up in her crate. She was sweet and friendly and apparently had just weaned a litter of pups. But if the shelter couldn’t get her to stand, let alone walk, they would put her down. Nothing showed up on the X-rays, so vets didn’t know what to treat. Could it be Wobbler syndrome? Could it be a cruciate [knee] injury? A shelter volunteer got the word out to local rescue groups, who then spread the word throughout the western Doberman-rescue network.

Dottie, smiling today

Dottie, smiling today

“With the wheels in motion to try to find a rescue group to pull her, the shelter gave her time, and Tuesday was now Thursday. By Friday, this black-and-tan beauty was a little stronger. And by Saturday, she was standing when DRNV’s volunteer came to see her and make arrangements to pull her on Tuesday to bring her to Las Vegas.

“The shelter vet joked that maybe she heard all the commotion about being euthanized and she realized she needed to stand up for herself – literally. Or perhaps, she simply had a badly bruised leg – maybe she’d been hit by a car – and needed a few days for the soreness to subside. But when she arrived in Las Vegas to be spayed, she was up and around, walking on all fours, and you would have never known this was the same Dober-girl who, one week earlier, was nearly put down just because she couldn’t get up.

“She is now spayed and ready to find her forever home. We posted her photo on our Facebook page while she was in transport and we already had an applicant by the time she arrived in her new city – before we even posted her on our own website or Petfinder! Plus a possible adopter from our list of already approved applicants. So life is finally looking up for Dottie and she should be in her forever home soon. A meet-and-greet is set for this weekend. All paws are crossed!”

Our SNAP-X grant made Dottie’s rescue possible, Getter says: “We appreciate it more than you can ever know. Our Dobie boys and girls give you paws up for your generosity and support!”

Leah, a pit bull in Wyoming

Leah with her new family

Leah with her new family

Britney Wallesch, founder of Black Dog Animal Rescue, Inc., in Cheyenne, WY, tells us about an emaciated, but still friendly, pit bull:

“Spay and neuter surgeries are by far the largest recurring expense we currently have. By providing money for this purpose, the grant allowed us to allocate other funds to program services that are lower on the priority list but also badly needed. We believe that all animals should be spayed or neutered prior to adoption and by doing so we are helping them to go onto happier, healthier lives with their new families.

“Leah was a 2-year-old blue pit bull-type dog who came to us from a shelter in one of the largest communities in Wyoming. She was emaciated and had stayed too long in a kennel. But, in true bully style, she was all kisses and wiggles for everyone she met. Like many other communities across the country, Wyoming’s shelters are faced with handling an abundance of pit bull and pit bull-mix dogs. As a result, a greater number of them face euthanasia every year.

“Leah was one of the lucky ones and she got to come to Black Dog Animal Rescue for safety. She was spayed thanks in part to funding from the SNAP-X grant and gained weight well. She overcame some initial shyness and became a great snuggle buddy for her foster siblings. Leah traveled to New York State over the summer with her foster family, where she learned to run of-leash and that she loves to swim! Upon her return from the family vacation, Leah was quickly adopted by a local veterinarian and her family. Don’t be deterred by her serious expression — she never did learn to love the camera. But rest assured, she has found a happy, forever home. She was the 134th adoption in our Summer Adopt-a-thon.”

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