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For Cats, Easing the Stress of Shelter Life

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Life in a cage is stressful for shelter cats, and stress can lead to health and behavior problems that keep cats from being adopted. So we have grant programs designed to ease cats’ anxiety — both in the shelter and as they transition into their new adoptive homes.

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The Stretch and Scratch attaches to the cage wall so it doesn’t take up living space.

We grant adoption groups Stretch & Scratch cat scratchers and ACES Humaniac Cat Castles cat carriers/habitats. Both go in cats’ cages and enable them to engage in instinctive behaviors there (scratching, hiding and resting on higher ground). And both go home with the cats when they’re adopted so they have something familiar in their new surroundings.

As part of the Cats R Cool program in partnership with The Animal Rescue Site and GreaterGood.org, we’ve granted out 33,780 Cat Castles to 66 adoption groups and 40,000 Stretch & Scratch cat scratchers to 107 organizations.

Both grants have been huge hits. As Wendy Mirrotto, executive director of Kitten Krazy, Inc., in Medina, Ohio, tells us: “I LOVE these Stretch and Scratch Cat Scratchers! The cats love them, too! They are purrfect for any cage and give the cats somewhere to stretch and scratch — a very important function for a cat.”

The scratchers are especially helpful for cats who are isolated as they recover from illness or surgery, including Henrietta, who was found frozen to a pipe and had to have a leg amputated due to frostbite; Bea, who arrived at the shelter covered in burns and stab wounds; and Roadie, whose eye was dislodged from its socket and had to be surgically removed.

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Luna at the Humane Society of Southern Arizona in Tucson enjoys her Cat Castle.

The scratchers also help cats adjust to foster and forever homes — and can even curb unwanted behaviors there. “One of our adopters complained about [her new] kitten scratching furniture,” says Feline Finish Line Rescue president Catherine McCulloch. “I gave her two scratchers and told her to tie them on the table legs. She said the kitten loved them and started to leave other items alone.”

The Cat Castles likewise help cats both in shelters and at home. Inside their cages, the Castles give the cats a place to hide as well as an elevated vantage point (via a “turret” on top of the box) where they can view their surroundings while feeling secure.

“These boxes are vital to the enrichment and stimulation of the cats we are caring for while they are waiting for their forever homes,” says Humane Society of Southern Arizona Associate Director of Development Morgan Rost. “The boxes/perches will remain with the cat or cats — if a bonded pair — through the duration of their time at the HSSA and will go home with each cat at the time of their adoption.”

Thanks to donors like you, shelter cats like Luna (right) can rest easy while waiting for their forever families.

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‘One Picture’ Helps Senior Gal Find a Loving Home

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Shelby’s profile pic after HSSA staff attended our workshop

Our One Picture Saves a Life program, which includes photography training and camera and photo-editing software grants, is helping shelter pets find homes, one photo at a time. A great example is Shelby, a senior gal who found herself at the Humane Society of Southern Arizona in Tucson.

The shelter’s public relations coordinator (and One Picture Saves a Life workshop attendee), Sara Gromley, tells us Shelby’s story:

“Shelby is just one of the hundreds of pets you’ve helped at the Humane Society of Southern Arizona, thanks to the One Picture Saves a Life program. As a 10-year-old stray Shepherd mix with age-related ailments (including a heart murmur and worn teeth) as well as slight separation anxiety, Shelby had a very difficult time finding a home.

“She waited at the shelter for a month without any interest from potential adopters. Then I took a photo capturing her sweet demeanor and warm personality. The photo received more than 7,000 views on Facebook, was sent to our media partners, and captured the attention of a very nice lady who came in to meet Shelby. It was love at first sight! Now Shelby is enjoying the cozy retirement she’s always deserved — all thanks to a single picture.

“We’re so grateful for the One Picture Saves a Life program. I never considered myself a photographer, but I receive weekly compliments from adopters who came in specifically because of photos they came across. The impact this program is making for shelters across the country is nothing short of astounding!”

Learn more about our One Picture Saves a Life program, which is made possible thanks to our partners The Animal Rescue Site, GreaterGood.org, John Paul: Pet and Underwater Dogs photographer Seth Casteel.

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Shelby’s photo before the One Picture Saves a Life workshop and grant

Two Sisters, Formerly Feral, Are Reunited and Loved

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The Humane Society of Independence County in Batesville, Ark., snagged a $1,000 as a regional winner in last year’s Animal Rescue Site Shelter+ Challenge. The shelter’s Sue Augustus sends us this report:

“Thank you so very much for all that you do to help those of us in animal rescue try to make a difference. A special thanks to The Animal Rescue Site for their generous support of these contests over the past several years! What a great way to increase support from all our communities, AND make a difference in so many pet’s lives!

I am attaching a couple of pictures of some of our more recent challenging and successful adoptions. Both stories are so very heartwarming and truly let us know that we can make a difference!

Arbor came to our shelter in June 2011 along with her three sisters, Zinfandel, Fluff and Miller. They had been found abandoned way out in the country and were quite wild and unsocialized. It took many volunteers many months to get these sweet girls to a point where they were adoptable. All found wonderful loving homes except for Arbor. 

Arbor continued to flourish in our shelter, but just never find her forever family. Then, in December, Zinfandel’s family (they had renamed her Blanche) contacted us and said they were wanting to adopt Arbor and reunite her with her sister. Oh what a happy day for everyone at our shelter, and for the two sisters! Arbor is seen in this picture, snuggled up with her sister Blanche.

The comments from their family: “The sisters are happy to be together! They love running and playing in the backyard. They snuggle when they sleep. Arbor (who will remain Arbor because she knows her name and that’s what we’ve called her for the last eight months!) is so very different from Blanche. Much more people-oriented, braver, and sillier! She loves to play! Thank you for allowing us to bring these two beautiful girls into our lives!” 

We just LOVED this Happy Tail!

Shades came to us in June 2009 with his sister, Flicker. They had been fostered for a short period of time before we could get them into our shelter. They were about four months old. Flicker found her home after living at our shelter for almost a year and a half, but Shades had to wait. He was one of our longest residents, but in November of 2012 a miracle walked in. David and Tina took their time in deciding on their new best friend and trucking companion.  Shades ultimately was adopted by David and Tina, and he immediately took to the highways with them in their 18-wheeler, traveling back and forth from Arkansas to California!

For the next several weeks, pictures were posted of Shades on his “Excellent Adventure” on our Facebook page. What a most wonderful and heartwarming story for all our staff, volunteers and supporters!

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R.O.A.R. to Help Adoptable Kittens Find Loving Homes

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Give to us through Global Giving through Nov. 12 and have double the impact for homeless kittens like Pebbles.

Our grant helped Lollypop Farm in Rochester, N.Y., find a loving family for Pebbles (pictured) after she was born to a stray mother cat. And if you donate to us through Global Giving through Nov. 12, you’ll help twice as many homeless pets like her.

Through Nov. 12, 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 your donation will help twice as many adoptable cats and kittens find forever homes. Director of Development Jennifer Gibson tells us how our vaccination grant made a difference for 150 cats at the organization, including Pebbles:

“Pebbles found a wonderful new home with Michelle, and has a new human brother Sammy! Little Pebbles was actually born here at the shelter to a kitty who had been found as a stray. Thanks in part to this generous grant, mom was vaccinated against feline distemper and her kittens were born healthy. Pebbles spent some time in foster care growing up, but she recently returned to the shelter, ready to find a home.

Our grant helped Moose find a home with Kelly.

Our grant helped Moose find a home with Kelly.

“When Sammy and Michelle came to the shelter today, it was love at first sight when they saw Pebbles. They could not wait to get their newest family member home, and thanks to the care Pebbles received while at Lollypop Farm, including FVRCP vaccines from the Shot At Life grant, they were confident that they were taking home a healthy kitten.”

Shelter Manager Erin Sandle adds: “We are so grateful for the Shot at Life vaccination grant given to us by the Petfinder Foundation. With the FVRCP vaccinations that we received, we were able to confidently adopt healthy cats into wonderful new homes, knowing that they were protected against viruses such as feline distemper.”

Pebbles, Moose (above) and many other cats across the United States have been helped by our A Shot at Life vaccination grant program, supported by Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc., The Animal Rescue Site, GreaterGood.org and your generous donations.

Donate to us through Global Giving through Nov. 12 to double your impact!

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R.O.A.R. to Keep Mother Cats Healthy While They Wait

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Give to us through Global Giving from 10/14-11/12 and have double the impact for homeless mother cats like Candy Cane.

Give to us through Global Giving from 10/14-11/12 and have double the impact for homeless mother cats like Candy Cane.

Donate to us through Global Giving from Oct. 14-Nov. 12 and you’ll help protect twice as many mother cats like Candy Cane (above) from disease while they wait to be adopted long after their kittens are gone.

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 twice the number of cats like Candy Cane, who was taken in by Richardson Rescue in York, S.C., stay healthy and find homes.

President Janet Richardson tells us how our vaccination grant has helped the group care for 48 cats:

Our grant helped Chino.

Our grant helped Chino.

“We have cats that stay here (very slow to adopt) that have their very own area, in our barn, to play in. They are all sweet and are mostly left over mommies that we spayed and just have a good life while they wait.

“The grant also helped with cats that went out a little easier. Every time we save money on anything, it means we are able to save more and provide more. The Petfinder Foundation is always there to make life just that much easier for us.”

Candy Cane, Chino (above) and many other cats across the United States 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 Protect Shelter Dogs from Distemper and Parvo

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

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

Our grant helped San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter in San Marcos, Tex., vaccinate Miller (above) against common shelter diseases while he patiently waited to be adopted. And if you donate to us through Global Giving from Oct. 14-Nov. 12, you’ll help twice as many homeless pets like him.

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 twice as many shelter dogs can be protected against disease. Shelter Supervisor Kara Montiel says our grant allowed the organization to vaccinate all incoming dogs against distemper and parvo, not just those who’d been picked to be adopted.

Montiel says the grant helped more than 225 dogs, including Miller, a staff and volunteer favorite:

“Miller, a male Lab Retriever/Golden Retriever mix, was brought in as a stray in February. His stay was long due to several factors. First, he had to be treated for an upper-respiratory infection right after his stray hold ended, then he went up for adoption.

“Miller was on hold for a week for a rescue and awaiting transport out of state, then that fell through. He went back up for adoption and for a long time did not receive any interest from the public. Finally, we had a prospective adopter coming in to potentially adopt him when a visitor was accidentally scratched by him and he had to be quarantined for 10 days.

“Miller came back up for adoption and was getting depressed. Finally, just a couple of weeks ago, he got adopted and went home to a large ranch and other dogs to play with — which he absolutely loves! Miller had a happy ending and the shelter staff were so happy for him — he was everyone’s favorite and was loved dearly. Miller’s vaccination, provided by this grant, probably helped him to recover from his upper-respiratory infection quickly and remain very healthy the rest of his stay.”

Miller and many other dogs across the United States 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 Protect Adult Cats from FeLV

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

You’ll help vaccinate twice as many homeless pets like Big Ben (above) if you donate to us through Global Giving from Oct. 14-Nov. 12.

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 twice as many groups like South Pacific County Humane Society in Long Beach, Wash., can vaccinate adult cats against diseases like FeLV. Executive Director Jeannette Sterling tells us how our vaccination grant helped 80 of the group’s temporary residents, including Big Ben:

“This grant saved us dollars on the purchase of needed vaccines. By saving those funds, we were able to stretch our medical dollars for the year and do some badly needed dentals on several of the animals that came into our care. This grant also allowed us to vaccinate all of the adult cats in our facility against feline leukemia [FeLV], something we usually only do for our kittens.

“Big Ben is a shorthaired 4-year-old neutered male white-and-grey cat who lives in our cat community room, the Playroom. Ben is the kitty greeter and caretaker. As new cats are introduced into the playroom, Ben makes sure he is the first cat to greet them. His sweet demeanor and confidence make the new cats feel welcome. He never shows them anything but kindness. He cares for the younger cats, following them around and encouraging them to play with him. In the afternoons he can be found sleeping on a large dog bed surrounded by several cat friends, all of whom are snuggled up with Ben.

Ben has found a family.

Ben has found a family.

“Ben may not be our prettiest cat, but he is for sure our most caring cat! Big Ben received his feline leukemia vaccination thanks to a Petfinder Foundation Shot At Life vaccination grant.”

(Update: Big Ben has been adopted!)

Ben and many other cats at South Pacific County Humane Society were 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 Rescue Dogs in the Greatest Need

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

Give to us through Global Giving from 10/14-11/12 and have double the impact for dogs like Alana (with her new family).

Our grant to Friendship Animal Protective League in Elyria, Ohio, helped the group save homeless dogs from communities where they stood a very low chance of finding families. And if you donate to us through Global Giving from Oct. 14-Nov. 12, you’ll help twice as many at-risk dogs like Alana (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). Our grant money, Executive Director Gregory Willey tells us, has provided the most-needed care for facility’s companion animals, from spay and neuter surgeries to vaccinations.

“The money allows us to reach further out in to the community to rescue dogs and puppies from shelters where they might otherwise not have a chance to find a forever home,” Willey tells us.

“Alana was a 2-3-year-old stray Bulldog mix at [an open-admission shelter]. It is a shelter that has a lot of difficulty finding homes for the dogs they find,” Willey says. “We made arrangements for Alana to come up to Elyria and, within a week, Alana was off to her new home. Grants like the one received make this type of work possible. Alana is now happy in her new home and has the second chance that she deserved.”

Alana and many other at-risk dogs were helped by our Shelter+ Challenge by The Animal Rescue Site grant program, supported by 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 Protect Mother Cats from Disease

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

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

Donate to us through Global Giving from Oct. 14-Nov. 12 and you’ll help twice as many homeless mother cats like Tiger Bella (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 cats like Tiger Bella, who was rescued by Tri-County Humane Society in St. Cloud, Minn., can stay healthy while they wait for their forever homes.

Manager of Fund Development Marit Ortega tells us how our vaccination grant helped to keep Tiger Bella and Abby, another adult cat, healthy at the shelter:

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“Tiger Bella arrived at our shelter with a litter of five  kittens on Aug. 11. The litter had been unplanned, and her previous owner decided they had too many animals and opted to surrender the entire litter along with Tiger Bella. She had no history of veterinary care, so we vaccinated her upon arrival, and then, on Sept. 19 — the day of her adoption! — she was re-boostered courtesy of one of the vaccines received from your grant.

“Abby arrived at our shelter with two other adult cats on Sept. 7 because her previous owner was experiencing health problems and could no longer care for them. She was vaccinated courtesy of one of the vaccines received from your grant on Sept. 12. Two weeks later, on Sept. 25, she found her forever home!

“We sincerely appreciate the help in keeping our shelter animals healthy! Thank you, once again!”

Tiger Bella, Abby and many other cats at Tri-County  Humane Society 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 Care for Cats with Special Needs

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

Donate to us through Global Giving from Oct. 14-Nov. 12 and you’ll help twice as many homeless cats with special medical needs like Tim Gunn (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 a happy ending for cats like Tim Gunn, who was gravely injured before he was rescued by Purrfect Pals in Arlington, Wash. Purrfect Pals Executive Director Connie Gabelein tells us how our grant helped Tim and many other cats in the group’s care:

“In addition to adopting out nearly 2,000 cats per year in our adoption centers, Purrfect Pals provides a sanctuary for special-needs cats in need of a long-term home. This includes FIV+ cats, FeLV+ cats, geriatric cats, cats with acute and chronic illnesses, injured cats, cats in need of end-of-life hospice care and cats with behavioral challenges.

“One of our sanctuary rooms, FIV Land, is home to 20 wonderful cats who have FIV. Some are long-term residents, but many will be placed in ‘permanent foster homes’ and will continue to receive medical care from our organization.

“Your generous grant allowed us to provide food and medical care for these cats, including Rock Star, Super Trooper, Jonathan Gato, Tim Gunn, Jillian, GiGi, Cedric (right), Night Shade, Mr. Darcy, Tristan and Cowboy.

Tim Gunn was surrendered to Purrfect Pals by a Good Samaritan who found him fending for himself outside with serious injuries from an animal attack. When he arrived, the entire right side of his face was infected. Tim was very frightened when he arrived, but went into foster care to heal from his wounds and to learn to trust people again.

“It took several months, but now Tim LOVES attention, especially having his ears and shoulders scratched. He is still afraid of loud noises and dogs but adores the other cats in FIV Land. Now he is the first to greet visitors and doesn’t hesitate to hop up into laps!”

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

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