Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
The money covered the costs of 20 dogs' entry into freedom. From the time they arrived in November to the time they were adopted to new homes, these dogs received loving daily care and veterinary services averaging $250 per dog. The daily care was provided at our wonderful, large kennel facility in Peyton, Colo., by a host of volunteers. Veterinary care was provided at our on-site clinic by our staff of highly qualified veterinarians and technicians. Each dog we rescue receives spay/neuter surgery, heartworm testing, deworming, microchipping, extensive dental surgery due to years of neglect and poor food at the mills, treatment for parasite infestation, which is normal at the mills, treatment for eye and ear infections and injuries, as needed, removal of mammary tumors.
In addition to the in-house care, we spend an average of $9,000 a month for veterinary care at outside clinics for those dogs that require specialized treatment or surgery.
This grant helped prepare 20 dogs for life as a family pet, after years of living life as a breeding machine in a puppy mill. It helped not only with the daily care and veterinary care described above, but helped facilitate their adoption to new homes through our paid-staff adoptions coordinator and it helped support our website, where available dogs and our adoption application are accessed.
Journey is the ideal new name for a 2-year-old Havanese we called Captain when we rescued him in November, because his new people traveled through many states looking for him and they'll be traveling through many more with him on board their RV! Having lost their Westie in December, this compassionate couple realized that they couldn't be in a home -- or an RV -- without a dog. Their search for the right puppy included trips from Colorado to New Mexico and Arizona. But when they saw Journey's picture on the National Mill Dog Rescue website, they headed straight for our Peyton, Colo., kennel.
In a recent conversation, Journey's new mom says the little guy is adjusting very well, is learning about potty training, is eating with enthusiasm and is a "joy to us." Described as loving, playful, attentive, inquisitive and alert, Journey has found two dedicated, loving parents. What's more, when he's not on the road, Journey will be enjoying his home and lots of open space on 7 acres.
Having had experience with their Westie, also a puppy-mill survivor, Journey's mom and dad are committed to providing as perfect a home as possible for their new addition. As his mom says: "Journey is in our life forever."
Applied to vet bill
Although the amount was small ($22.50) it still helped to make a dent in our vet bill. It all adds up.
Bertha was rescued from the local shelter; she had low liver function and was not eating. This grant, along with others, helped us to get her the veterinary care she needed.
San Antonio R.O.C.K.S. is a foster-based rescue that relies on donations to fund our rescue and rehabilitation efforts. Oftentimes, many of the shelter dogs we pull into our foster-based rescue face issues which require immediate medical care, including mange, broken bones, and heartworms, to name a few. San Antonio R.O.C.K.S. used the Petfinder Foundation Orvis grant to fund the heartworm treatment for four shelter dogs from our city’s [open-admission] shelter.
San Antonio ROCKS is a foster-based rescue. The majority of dogs in rescue's foster care come from the local [open-admission] shelter. Oftentimes, many of these shelter dogs face issues which require immediate medical care, including mange, broken bones, and heartworms, to name a few. In early 2015, we launched a campaign to raise funds to save a minimum of 50 heartworm positive dogs from our local [open-admission] animal shelter. This campaign provides homes and medical care for the shelter dogs who are scheduled to be euthanized because of their illness. Often, heartworm-positive dogs at our local shelter are overlooked by adopters and other rescues because of the cost of heartworm treatment and the perceived inconvenience of having a dog with this very treatable condition. We want to give these dogs the second chance they deserve by pulling them from the shelter, treating their heartworms, and finding them loving, forever homes. The funds from the Petfinder Foundation Orvis grant allowed us to save four heartworm-positive dogs from the shelter and were used exclusively for their post-shelter medical care and rehabilitation.
The Petfinder Foundation Orvis grant allowed us to save and treat four heartworm-positive dogs from our city shelter!
Eevie, Shelby, Liberty, and Benji all benefited from the Petfinder Foundation Orvis grant. They were all rescued from our city’s [open-admission] shelter and treated for heartworms. All but Benji have found loving forever homes. Benji is a recent save for our rescue. San Antonio R.O.C.K.S. saved him from the shelter after another rescue backed out on him after he tested positive for heartworms. Benji has undergone heartworm treatment and is on the road to a happy, healthy life. He’s a sweet, 2-year-old cairn terrier mix and is available for adoption. You can visit his pet profile here: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/34376169
Approximately $500 has been used to replace hay for the horses that got wet and moldy and some cat food that also got wet when the barn flooded. We have $1,000 that is being held for bringing in dirt and gravel to repair and raise the barn and stall areas. Unfortunately, we have not dried out enough to get a dump truck back to the barn yet. Nearly 20 inches in October, five inches in November and five inches in December have left the area still too wet to work. We are hoping that we get a dry spell soon to get the dirt in.
The replacement of the food was a wonderful savings for us. When the barn and stall areas can be worked, it will help to keep the horses out of the wet areas should we get another storm like that, and also keep them healthier, as wet feet on a horse is a bad breeding ground for diseases like thrush. We will be glad to send you updated photos as soon as a truck can get back to us.
Our two rescue horses and our semi-feral barn colony of 15 cats who live in the barn, plus many community animals, as we store food in the barn for both the sanctuary and our community helpers.
Our two current rescue horses, Slim Shady and Blondie, had water rushing into their stalls and the entire field was very wet or under water. Getting the level of the stalls up will prevent them from having serious foot issues by allowing them to have a dry place to stand, eat and sleep.
We received a KONG product grant valued at $139.50. We received several KONG toys of various sizes that were used to provide enrichment for the dogs in our care.
This grant helped the dogs in our care by providing enrichment. This was especially helpful given that the dogs must be taken on short walks by volunteers in the cold winter months. We prepare the KONGs by stuffing them with a mixture of peanut butter, canned dog food, and kibble. Then we freeze them. The frozen KONGs are given to each dog on a daily basis. This helps keep them busy and provides very good mental stimulation for them.
20 and counting!
Mr. T (first photo) is a pit bull mix whom we have had at our shelter for several months. He is very energetic and does not show very well in his kennel, which results in him getting looked over by adopters. With it being so cold outside right now, he doesn't get as much outdoor time as he should. While he does get multiple short walks every day, it was not doing much to help with his frustration. Thanks to this KONG product grant, Mr. T gets a stuffed frozen KONG every day and we have seen a significant improvement in his mental health as exhibited by a decrease in stereotypical behaviors. He also shows much better in his kennel!
$22.50 donations via the Sponsor a Pet program. Used for spay/neuter veterinary services.
The Sponsor a Pet program allows us to rescue more animals and decrease the pet population and adopt healthy pets by vaccinating and spaying/neutering before adoption.
We hope to increase the program and help more animals. The pet sponsored was Hope, a.k.a. Norma, who has been adopted. From her Petfinder profile: "Hit by a car and left for dead. She was injured, lost a toe, her right eye was removed due to trauma. Please give her a chance. She also needs a sponsor to help with vet bills. In the photo with a 7-year-old volunteer. Very kind and loving, wants to be with a person, good with most other dogs and kids so far. She is spayed, vaccinated and microchipped. She would love to be your only dog. She is healthy and ready for a new home!"
The $180 was used to help with medical costs for one of our cats that was anemic and had an injury to his leg.
Medical costs are one of the larger expenses for our shelter. As many of the cats and dogs in our shelter come to us as strays, it is not uncommon for them to have some medical issues that need to be addressed. All cats and dogs in our shelter receive any medical care they need. Once their medical need has been addressed, they have an opportunity to go to their forever home. We are reliant on donations from the public and grants from foundations such as the Petfinder Foundation to provide the medical care that is needed.
The $180 grant from the Petfinder Foundation helped with the medical expenses for one cat.
Jonah came to us as a stray, covered in fleas, anemic, and with a leg injury. He currently has his leg in a cast and is recuperating in one of our foster homes and will be available for adoption soon.
It helps us provide needy dogs and cats with a clean, safe shelter; medical care; and the opportunity to be adopted by responsible families.
Additional funds such as yours help us provide much-needed medical care as well as socialization and training to make the pets more content and adoptable.
We are able to take in and adopt out close to 1,000 pets a year. Grant money and Sponsor a Pet donations help us to continue providing this adoption opportunity.
Last summer, with funds such as those provided by your Foundation, we were able to take in six Jack Russell terriers in dire need of rescuing from a neglectful hoarding situation in Ohio. All of them needed socialization, extensive medical care, and a nurturing environment in which to help them with their abandonment and trust issues. Within several months, all of them were successfully adopted. (See photos of Diamond, Spirit and Hope.)
To help Shelly, an Angora rabbit
Shelly, an Angora rabbit, came to the MSPCA Cape Cod Adoption Center on Sept. 8, 2015 after Animal Control officers found her along with several other Angoras being severely neglected.
Angora rabbits typically have long fur. Shelly was completely matted, some had wounds, and all were underweight and covered in parasites. They were all groomed and treated for the parasites, and after several weeks we put them up for adoption. Shelly’s before picture (with the patchy fur) is quite a stark difference from her gorgeous looks today (second photo, with her best friend, Care Bear)! She was successfully adopted and is living the life in her new forever home!
Medical bills for a Yorkie named Ozzie who needed surgery on both knees for a condition called patella luxation.
This grant allowed us to get Ozzie's surgery quickly so as to relieve the extreme pain in his knees. He had a wonderful adopter waiting for him, but they could not afford the surgery themselves. The Petfinder Foundation's generosity allowed Ozzie to get the pain relief he needed to become the wonderful, loving and active pet he was meant to be.
One: Ozzie the Yorkie
Ozzie came to us after being in three different homes in a short period of time. He was confused and was nipping at everyone. A thorough medical exam revealed a severe case of patella luxation, a very painful condition of the knees where the kneecaps ride along the side of the leg instead of in the center. No wonder he was nippy -- he was in so much pain. We had an adopter, but they could not afford the surgery. Our wonderful, generous vet reduced his fees, and with the grant from the Petfinder Foundation, we were able to schedule the surgery immediately and give this little guy some relief. He has recovered nicely and the real Ozzie is emerging. He is so active and lovable and enjoying his new forever home. We could not have done this without the Petfinder Foundation's help. You have helped give Ozzie a second chance at a pain-free and loving life. We have thanked you on social media, but there is no thanks big enough to express our extreme gratitude.