Success Stories

Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.

Second Chance Pet Adoption League, Inc.: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

All money is used for the medical care of the dogs we rescue. Two of the many dogs rescued during Q2 2017 are Cinnamon and Mango. Both of these dogs still are in foster care with us and are available for adoption.

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

As is true of most of the dogs we rescue, Cinnamon and Mango both were in need of medical care. This grant was used to help pay for a portion of their medical care.

How many pets did this grant help?

This grant helped to pay for a portion of these two dogs' medical care.

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

Cinnamon, a 7-year-old pit bull terrier mix (first photo), came to us with a large hernia that our veterinarians repaired during her spay. Cinnamon is a lovely, gentle dog whose owner moved and left her with relatives who could no longer keep her. She's a mellow couch potato who loves to cuddle and is very loyal to her person once she bonds. Meet her: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/37206344

Mango, a tiny 3-year-old Chihuahua, came to us with his tail half bitten off and needed emergency surgery to amputate the injured portion. He also needed to be neutered. Mango has now fully healed physically from his tail amputation. He still will chase/try to attack his tail at times when he gets nervous or stressed. He's on medication, which has helped a lot, but will need a calmer, adult home where he can feel safe. Meet him: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/38161007

Naperville Area Humane Society: Build-A-Bear Youth Humane Education Grant
What was the money or product used for?

This grant has been used to support the Naperville Area Humane Society’s (NAHS) growing humane-education program, which includes our Paws for Tales animal-assisted reading program, Homeschool Heroes, After-School Program, summer camp, spring break internship, one-day holiday camps, outreach presentations, birthday parties, and shelter tours.

Paws for Tales animal-assisted reading program provides schools with certified volunteer-dog team visits, which help children of all ages to feel more comfortable by reading aloud to a dog in a non-judgmental, supportive environment. The Paws for Tales program motivates children to improve their reading skills in a way that can be observed as early as the first reading session with the dog. However, the program goes much deeper. The human-animal bond is very powerful, as the dogs offer a wonderful combination of kindness, curiosity, and patience to the task of reading. Interaction with the dog, and his or her unconditional love and limitless patience, is an experience that cannot be described. Paws for Tales supplies the books that contain humane themes such as kindness, empathy, and compassion. This grant helps us certify additional teams and provide participating children with a bookmark and choice of a sticker or a coloring sheet from the dog at the conclusion of each Paws for Tales visit. This grant has also helped facilitate in the sustainability of a growing program, and helped Paws for Tales continue to expand into additional schools and reach more children who need confidence in their literacy skills.

Our Homeschool Heroes and After School Programs each have five unique sessions (each session has six classes) and run throughout the school year. Available to children ages 8-14, these two programs offer children hands-on opportunities to work with our shelter animals. Below are descriptions of the sessions that this grant allows us the opportunity to offer to children in our community

Session 1 - Videos: Children create videos of the adoptable animals that will be posted on our website for potential adopters to view.
Session 2 - Work at Naperville Area Humane Society: Children become honorary NAHS employees and learn what it's like to have dogs and cats as your day-to-day co-workers.
Session 3 - Spread Holiday Cheer: Kids have the chance to spread some love and cheer to our homeless animals this holiday season by helping enrich their lives.
Session 4 - Enrichment: Children help create innovative ways to keep our animals busy and happy while they wait for their forever homes.
Session 5 - Videos Part 2: Kids join the shelter animals as they enjoy springtime and help capture their cutest moments to showcase in videos for potential adopters.

This grant also helped educate 113 children in all of our sold-out summer camps this year. We offer six different types of camp that allow children to be immersed in animal learning and fun. Each camp offers animal-related educational activities including games, crafts, guest speakers from other animal-related organizations, and animal interactions. Below is a description of each camp as well as our 2017 camp schedule:

Art with the Animals (4- and 5-year-olds): Art with the Animals incorporates fun animal-themed art projects with lessons about pet care and safety. Offered during the week of 6/7-6/9
Friends for Life (6- to 8-year-olds): Friends for Life focuses on pet care and learning about responsibility for animals. Special guests from our humane society as well as outside animal organizations will make each day a new adventure for the campers. Offered during the weeks of 7/17-7/21 & 7/31-8/4
Animal Neighbors (9- to 11-year-olds): Animal Neighbors incorporates visits from other animal organizations to educate children on the importance of compassion for all kinds of animals. Children will love learning about, and meeting, different kinds of animals while learning how each organization benefits animals in its own way. Offered during the weeks of 6/12-6/16 & 7/10-7/14
Dog’s Day Out (12- to 14-year-olds): Dog’s Day Out gives campers a chance to learn about NAHS as well as other animal-related organizations, and observe firsthand how the community cares for and rescues all kinds of creatures big and small. Offered during the week of 6/19-6/23
Jump for Joy (11- to 13-year-olds): Jump for Joy gives children the opportunity to enrich the lives of our shelter dogs with daily outings to our outdoor agility area. Offered during the week of 7/24-7/28
K9Manners (12- to 14-year-olds): K9 Manners teaches children positive-reinforcement training techniques and gives them the opportunity to work with our shelter dogs. At the conclusion of the camp, the children will have a strong sense of accomplishment knowing that they helped their dog partner get one step closer to achieving his or her Canine Good Citizen certificate. Offered during the week of 8/7-8/11

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

This grant helped educate children of all ages through our Homeschool Heroes, After School Program educational shelter tours and birthday parties, and outreach presentations. Also, this grant helped certify new therapy-dog teams and aid in the growth of our Paws for Tales and Pawsitive Therapy animal-assisted therapy programs.

How many pets did this grant help?

Year-to-date, this grant has helped 8,664 children though the aforementioned humane-education programs. This number is expected to exceed 10,000 by year's end.

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

I would like to share a story about Lucky Boy, a dog we took in from a shelter transfer and the third dog to enter Project Pawsitive Future. Lucky Boy and I actually go way back. He was originally found in Arkansas, trapped in a bear trap, when he was around 6 months old. Lucky Boy ended up with a rescue group in Oklahoma, and that rescue group ended up reaching out to a shelter in Chicago to do his reconstructive surgery, as the damage was quite extensive. He then went there for the surgery, and at that time (five years ago), I was actually working in medical at that shelter in Chicago and was part of the medical team during his surgery and recovery.

Lucky Boy was a puppy when all that occurred, and needed a long-term foster home to heal. He ended up going to a foster home that had a smaller, older dog, and Lucky Boy wanted to play all the time, so trying to keep him calm and the dogs separate proved to be very difficult. It was for this reason that he ended up going back to his original rescuer in Oklahoma in foster.

Fast forward five years, after our Clear the Shelters event, NAHS had extra kennel space and was able to take a few adult dogs from the rescue group in Oklahoma that we work with. That is how Lucky Boy ended up at NAHS. I realized who he was, and after he had his behavior assessment I decided that he would be a perfect candidate for our Project Pawsitive Future Program. He entered the program and graduated from it with a Canine Good Citizen (CGC) certificate. He has since been adopted, and he and his adoptive family are current volunteers for our Paws for Tales animal-assisted reading program and Pawsitive Therapy (our pet-therapy program). I have attached a picture of Lucky Boy after he passed his CGC evaluation.

Pinky Paws ResQ: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

To feed Chico special senior food: Nutro canned. His dental the last year has him with few teeth left, so he needs canned food.

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

This helped sponsor Chico our senior who has been with me for many years. He needs senior canned food. We were able to provide him with high quality food.

How many pets did this grant help?

One: Chico

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

The sponsored pet was Chico. From his Petfinder profile: "Chico has been on a waiting list for transfer. I would love to find him a home close by. I've had him in my care for seven years. He deserves more. He talks and loves to dance. He also burrows under blankets. His owner, an elderly woman, had Alzheimer's and lost her home. So she forgot Chico =(. He is a 12-year-old corgi mix." Meet him: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/23900729

Rockers Rescue: P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds
What was the money or product used for?

We received Chill Pads for our rescue babies in foster homes and for events.

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

They honestly have saved us donations! The Chill Pads are durable. I had foster puppies destroying every bed I gave them. When they got the Chill Pads, they couldn't rip them up! Talk about being thankful! The beds come in handy for our adoption events. They pack easily so we get to bring them with us for the dogs to lie on. The dogs are happy and so are we. We honestly get a lot of use out of them. These beds are durable! For a rescue, that is superb as we get a lot of use out of them and a lot of happy and cozy tails.

How many pets did this grant help?

Many! The beds are durable and reusable!

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

One of our senior dogs, Easton (first photo), uses his Chill Pad every day. He has no eyes as both have been removed. It is the perfect shape for him to walk onto it to go cuddle up! Since we bring the Chill Pads to adoption events, it gives him something familiar as well. Easton is still available for adoption; he is seeking just the right home, as he is special-needs. Meet Easton: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/38347095

I had foster puppies that were destroying every bed I gave them. Then the Chill Pads arrived (insert dramatic music). They did NOT rip apart the Chill Pad! Talk about a happy foster mom! The beds are more flat than others so they are perfect to go in kennels when we are picking up new animals from the shelter or going to vet appointments. Overall, we are very happy we won this grant. The product is great and perfect for what we do! They are cute, cozy, easy to pack, lightweight but firm, and durable. Our pups give them two paws up! We love the Chill Pads and are very thankful.

Companion Animal Alliance: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

The Sponsor a Pet donation contributed to veterinary care provided for animals in our care. This includes spay/neuter, vaccinations, heartworm and flea prevention and microchips.

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

This grant allowed CAA to provide veterinary services to animals in CAA's care, preparing them to go up for adoption and find their forever home. The grant assisted with funding for spay/neuter, microchip, vaccinations and heartworm/flea preventative.

How many pets did this grant help?

Two

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

This grant helped prepare Sadie for adoption. Sadie, a beautiful cattle-dog mix, found her forever home in July. She is now being completely spoiled and adored by her new family. From her Petfinder profile: "Say hello to your new sunshine on a cloudy day: Sadie. She likes to run and play until the cows come home, but she also likes to love on anyone she encounters. Her sweet personality and playful nature make her the perfect dog for an active family with a big grassy yard. Sadie is a very smart dog and picks up on things very quickly. We have been working on 'sit' and she is making GREAT progress (she loves to eat treats!). Why look in faraway places for a best friend when Sadie is right here waiting for you to take her home and show her what love is all about!"

Iroquois County Animal Rescue: Petfinder Adoption Options in Action Grant (Invitation Only)
What was the money or product used for?

The grant money was used to purchase soft hideaway beds and attachable cardboard scratch pads for our caged cats.

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

The ability to purchase these much-needed enrichment accessories for the cats in our care has been a huge morale booster for our staff and volunteers. What it has done for our cats is amazing. It has produced a noticeable decrease in their stress levels by offering them enrichment opportunities inside their cages. This had led to a decrease in upper-respiratory infections.

How many pets did this grant help?

The grant helped every one of our shelter cats who must temporarily live in a cage, which is 55 cats total.

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

The enrichment that these cage accessories provided helped a cat named PK get adopted into a loving home. He felt more secure and relaxed because he had a place to hide inside his enclosure, and this actually made him more social. When adopters approached his cage, he would emerge from his hideaway bed and come out to play, be petted, or use his scratch pad! From his Petfinder profile: "PK was relinquished to us when his owner could no longer care for him. We could tell right away something was not right with this baby. We took him to a special doctor in New Lennox where they found he had nasal polyp. It was surgically removed but after that PK was found to have a spinal injury. He needs to eat high-fiber food and also has limited movement in his back legs. He is a snuggly boy who purrs so loud when he is held, but because of his limitations, he'll need a very special owner who is willing to make the needed accommodations within their home for him."

Forget Me Not Animal Rescue: KONG Toy Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Kongs are a critical part of our arsenal for our foster animals. We take on many heavy chewers and dogs who need to be restricted due to medical treatment. These items are so essential. We give them to all our fosters routinely and often need replacements for heavy chewers or lost toys.

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

We utilized the KONG products for enrichment for our foster animals. We gave each foster dog a Kong product and our heartworm-positive dogs got two different ones to help with their restricted activities. These products are a lifesaver. They keep destructive behaviors to a minimum and allow for the development of directing to appropriate chew items.

How many pets did this grant help?

15

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

At Forget Me Not Animal Rescue, we have a soft spot for the dogs who need a little extra help -- especially heartworm-positive dogs. These dogs, through no fault of their own, are sick. Their disease was entirely preventable but they find themselves with their lives truly at risk. Each year we help as many as our small rescue can and most come from our city kennel. This year, we took on our worst case ever. Sawyer (first photo) not only was heartworm-positive, he had a very advanced case, with an enlarged heart, impacts to his kidneys and he was obviously undernourished. But this guy took everything like a trooper: his trip to the cardiologists, several vets, a prolonged treatment period to lessen the impact of the medicine on his system and the always unfortunate but highly important exercise restriction.

As you can imagine, we were very worried that he wouldn't pull through. But, on Oct. 10, 2017, we received the best news! He is now heartworm-FREE and healthy. He still will need check-ups and his kidneys, lungs and heart may have some residual impact, but this giant 3-year-old love bug can now find a home and have a family. And, at the end of the day, that's what all the struggles are for: giving those chances.

Enrichment was a huge factor for this young 81-lb. guy, so Kong toys were critical tools! We can't thank you enough for the grant and the toys. With the cost saving of not having to buy these items, we were able to pay for the cardiologist and give Sawyer his life back. Thank you! Meet Sawyer: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/39630549

PupStarz Rescue: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

Dental care for a senior dog.

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

This grant was used for a senior dental. All of our senior dogs receive dentals and it helped provide appropriate care!

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Neptune is a senior dog rescued from New York City Animal Care and Control. Upon examination, it was noted that Neptune had severe dental disease. He underwent full mouth extractions, which is costly. Neptune is now doing great and thriving in a foster home! He is a 14-year-old, 5.5-lb. Chihuahua who enjoys walks and hanging out with his humans and dogs. He's also cat-friendly! Meet Neptune: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/39491573

Stockton Animal Shelter and the Animal Protection League: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

We used donations to support the Stockton Animal Shelter.

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

The Animal Protection League supports the Stockton Animal Shelter by purchasing much-needed items that are not in the shelter's budget.

How many pets did this grant help?

Many

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

The sponsored dog, Rico, was adopted on June 22, 2017. Unfortunately, we do not have an updated photo of him in his new home.

Lollypop Farm, Humane Society of Greater Rochester and Monroe County: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

Joey needed medical care when he arrived in order to make him available for adoption. This donation covered that care.

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

It allowed us to prepare a dog for adoption.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

The money provided to us was used for Joey's medical care to get him ready for adoption. Joey came to us with several medical issues and required dental care as well as x-rays and medication. X-rays were done of Joey's right leg and pelvis. They were sent to a specialist for review.