Success Stories

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

Make A Friend In Animals (MAFIA): Emergency Medical Grant
What was the money or product used for?

To pay for after-hours emergency vet clinic care for venomous snake bite to a canine.

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

It allowed us to carry on with regular expenses for all the pets in our care without hardship.

How many pets did this grant help?

28 in addition to the patient

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

Jackie suffered from a copperhead snake bite and was rushed, after hours, to the emergency veterinary hospital in July 2016. At the clinic it was confirmed through blood tests that she had been bitten. The options for treatment where a very expensive anti-venom or a more conservative blood transfusion. It was suggested to try the blood transfusion first, which proved successful. The following morning we transported Jackie to our regular veterinarian, who has expertise in snake bites, for a physical exam. After the exam, Jackie was released with 10 days of antibiotics. Jackie is fully recovered from the incident and never speaks of it! Meet Jackie: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/13965327

Angels Among Us Pet Rescue: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

These funds are used to rescue dogs and cats from Georgia [open-admission] shelters. Specifically, the funds help to cover our medical expenses, including their spay or neuter. These dogs and cats go into our foster program during the vetting process and are eventually adopted into forever homes.

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

Angels Among Us Pet Rescue typically takes in the elderly, the injured and the pregnant dogs who are the first to be euthanized in shelters. Many shelter dogs and cats come to us with parvo, kennel cough or heartworm.

How many pets did this grant help?

One

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

Bravery, a 2-year-old hound mix, was named because of his happy disposition despite the fact that his hind leg had been mangled. We heard he was caught in a bush but it sure looks like it was caught in a trap. Someone tried to bandage what was left of his leg but they didn't take him to a vet. He was found on a dirt road. Angels Among Us Pet Rescue pulled him from the shelter and we were able to use some of the funds from this grant to amputate Bravery's leg. He is recovering quite well and was recently adopted to his forever home.

Karma Cat + Zen Dog Rescue Society: Emergency Medical Grant
What was the money or product used for?

This generous grant was used for the medical care of a cat we took in from a hoarding situation. The grant paid the majority of veterinary bills for Billie Holiday, including her spay, dental cleaning, x-rays and blood work.

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

This grant allowed us to quickly take care of Billie Holiday's medical needs without impacting our financial ability to help other cats at the same time.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

In May 2016, 86 animals were found living in deplorable conditions in a condo in West New York, NJ. All the animals were housed in one room, most of them in cages. Well, surely it must have been a large room? No. The room was approximately 81 square feet. That is roughly equivalent to three queen-sized mattresses. The pictures of the room are as horrible as you can imagine. They were emaciated and sick, living in their own waste, in a room with such toxic odors that first responders had to wear haz-mat suits.

We did our small part by taking four of the cats with help from The Lucky Cat Rescue. We don’t have a shelter with an isolation room, so these four cats went directly to a gracious foster home that opened up their spare bathroom to the cats. The cats were re-examined by a veterinarian, FeLV/FIV tested, vaccinated and flea-treated. After that, everyone was scheduled for spay surgeries as well as any other medical treatments (x-rays, blood work and dental exams/cleanings).

Of the four cats, two (Sarah Vaughn and Etta James) have already been adopted. Ella Fitzgerald is still gaining weight and learning to trust humans. Billie Holiday has recovered from her procedures and is currently waiting for a forever home. Her Petfinder profile is here: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/35464591

Bark And Roll Rescue Companions: Disaster Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Disaster relief work during the 1,000-year flood in Baton Rouge, LA. We provided care for multiple animals (a kitten found in the flood, a fawn, seven dogs) and microchips for 75 displaced dogs and cats living in the Red Cross shelter.

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

Our organization was able to care for an orphaned fawn (food, containment kennel) until the waters receded and it was released back to its mother in the woods. We also rescued a kitten who was found as the waters rose around Runnels School; the kitten has since been adopted. We took in seven dogs who were in the floods and had significant health issues -- from wounds that needed antibiotics and special cream to bad respiratory infections that had to be treated with multiple rounds of antibiotics.

We also provided a public service of microchipping all the animals that were displaced in the Red Cross shelter with their owners when they were evacuated. We have already helped to identify and reunite three families with their pets because of this.

We were able to spay/neuter, vaccinate and prepare six dogs to be transported to Virginia to another rescue when their foster homes were flooded. This grant also provided the financial assistance to board a couple of our dogs when their foster mom's home was under four feet of water until safe housing could be obtained.

How many pets did this grant help?

90

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

Sebastian (first two photos) was found broken, scared and severely matted after the floods. He had an upper respiratory infection that required several rounds of antibiotics, as well as some abrasions. Due to the generosity of the disaster relief grant, we were able to quickly treat his infections and place him in our adoption program. He has since found his family, who adore him, and he has blossomed into the beloved family pet he was meant to be!

We microchipped Marley, Roscoe, Puppy Puppy, Bruno (third photo) and their friends while they were at the temporary shelter to give their family members peace of mind that if they were separated, they could be reunited. We have already provided contact information for three of the 75 animals we microchipped to reunite pets with their families that were separated during this trying time.

The Animal Shelter of Texas County: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

Emergency medical services for an injured puppy we named Sadie

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

We were able to arrange surgery to repair her broken legs as a result of an automobile accident.

How many pets did this grant help?

One

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

In mid-May, an off-duty police officer spotted something on the side of a busy highway. Thinking a fox had been killed, he stopped to move the carcass off the road. Upon approach, the animal lifted its head and tried to move toward him. He realized it was a young collie puppy and wrapped her in a blanket to return to the office. They didn't have the resources to help her, so the deputy took the young dog to The Animal Shelter of Texas County. They in turn took her to the Texas County Animal Hospital and arranged care. At the same time, they began soliciting funds to help cover her expenses.

Following surgery to repair her hind legs, Sadie was fostered by Connie and Keith Schachel of Pomona, MO. Slowly she began to heal, and apparently worm her way into their hearts. When the time came to return her to the shelter and put her up for adoption, they decided she had found her "fur-ever" home with them. They had lost their two adult Afghan hounds 60 days apart earlier in 2016. They helped Sadie to heal, and she in turn healed them.

Pictures are of her when she was first found, on the day after her surgery being held by her "dad," watching for squirrels, and a recent photo taken on a walk through the meadow at the Schachel home. Note the big smile!

Wish Bone Canine Rescue: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

Spay/neuter and behavioral training

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

Enabled us to spay/neuter three pets before adoption and assisted with costs of behavioral training for one pet.

How many pets did this grant help?

4

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

Beethoven is a 2-year-old deaf husky mix who is very reactive to new people and situations. Because of his extreme reactivity, including aggressive behavior, we have a behavioral trainer working with him, as well as a university-sponsored canine-intervention team developing a training program specifically for Beethoven's issues. Beethoven is showing tremendous progress. He has learned basic hand signals and is now beginning to look at his handler for cues as to how to respond to new people and new environments. With this type of progress, we anticipate being able to adopt Beethoven into a family in the near future.

Zeus' Rescues: Disaster Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Funds were used for the medical treatment of animals who came from flooded shelters in the Baton Rouge area after Aug. 13, 2016.

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

This grant helped our organization when we were in a really tight spot. This disaster was not planned and we had zero funds to support the medical care of 200+ animals that our small volunteer rescue brought in over the course of two weeks. The funds allowed us to quickly get medical attention to the neediest cases.

How many pets did this grant help?

10-12 dogs and cats

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

Brody (first photo) and Roger (second photo), along with about six other siblings/parents/aunts/uncles, were found trapped in a flooded trailer in Denham Springs. It appears to have been a hoarding situation. All of the dogs in kennels in the yard had drowned and died. Brody and Roger were able to stay afloat inside the trailer that they were locked in -- hoarding and animal-abuse charges are pending. Both dogs are being treated for severe skin issues and other medical issues related to floodwater exposure. They were clearly from an abusive home and it is taking a while for them to not shy away from all humans. Both are now wagging their tails and eager to please. They are currently in foster care and also available for adoption.

Second Chance Dog Rescue: Orvis Animal Care Grant
What was the money or product used for?

We used the money to remove the old vehicle wrap that was on a van that was donated to us and have our own wrap and decals put on.

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

See below

How many pets did this grant help?

All of those in our care now and in the future.

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

We have a rolling billboard! In addition to being invaluable for transporting, we advertise everywhere we go! Our phone number, Facebook page, and Petfinder links are all on it. We have a big adoption event coming up and it will be parked at the street to advertise -- much better than a sign. The dogs and cat on it are all animals from our rescue. Our hope is that people will see us all over and check out our rescue and our available dogs and it will lead to more adoptions. This will help so many pets!

West Feliciana Animal Humane Society: P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds
What was the money or product used for?

To make our animals comfortable in their beds while waiting for their forever homes.

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

It helps to give these animals a special treat to have a comfortable bed to rest on while waiting for their forever homes.

How many pets did this grant help?

10

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

Spanky the cat now has his own bed to relax on and spend his time enjoying watching what goes on around him. He came in as a kitten and has grown into a beautiful junior cat. He loves his bed but will get out of it when someone comes in. He loves to be petted.

Faithful Friends Animal Society: Orvis Animal Care Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The money was used to sponsor the cost of adult-dog adoptions during a two-day adoption special in July. During that special, 13 dogs (10 adults, three puppies) and five cats (three kittens, two adults) were adopted! Adoption fee for an adult dog is $99, which includes spay/neuter, routine vaccines, microchip, de-wormer, and current heartworm and flea/tick treatment.

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

This generous grant award enabled us to promote our shelter pets through marketing of an adoption special and cover the cost of some of our waived adoption fees during that special, eliminating the loss of valuable revenue during that effort.

How many pets did this grant help?

10

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

Shariff was rescued from a neglect situation and was brought to Faithful Friends. Our staff determined he would do best in a foster home where he would be given time to heal in a quieter environment. In addition to being neglected, we soon discovered Shariff suffered from seizures. Our veterinarian was able to treat him, and his seizures are now controlled with medication. He was adopted to a gentleman who is facing challenges himself after a serious accident. The man was looking for a therapeutic, loving companion to spend his days with and he found this friend in Shariff (now called Shay.)