Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
To purchase and install two interior doors/door frames to replace old doors that were badly deteriorated. Pictures show the doors installed and awaiting their final coat of paint before the hardware is installed.
One door, located at the entrance to the older kennels, no longer had a good door frame, and could not be kept closed. Because of this, the barking in the older part of the building could be heard in the rest of the building, creating stress for the cats just down the hall. The other door, located at the entrance to the main kennel and right outside the cat-adoption room, hung so crooked it scraped the floor whenever it was opened or closed, making an awful screeching noise, which was stressful for both the animals and the staff. It also banged very hard, and that was just as stressful to hear: screech - bang all day long. The new doors swing silently, and don't create a loud bang when they close -- ahhhhhhhhhhhh!
Every single animal in our shelter!
All of the cats in the adoptable cat room are experiencing a much more stress-free stay at the shelter now that they do not have to hear the constant screeching and banging of the kennel door right outside their room. In addition, the doors will now shut quietly and, because of the seal, will keep out much of the barking when closed. Even the dogs, such as Peaches (pictured), will not have to hear all the screeching and banging, which was quite stressful to everyone, including the staff.
Meet Peaches: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/29040566/
The funding was used to renovate the entrance to our animal shelter, which was in dire need of repair. Volunteers had constructed this structure 15 years ago and drainage off the roof had not been properly channeled so that severe rot had set in around the door and at the corners of the structure. These mistakes were corrected in our renovation project.
We are very pleased with the improvements made to our building that were made possible by your generous grant. The public now enters our shelter through a neat and structurally sound entrance. This structure also serves as a safeguard to prevent our cats living in one of the group housing rooms from escaping out the front door. Without renovation of the entrance, it was likely that cats may have found their way out through the rotted exterior walls and we are relieved that this is no longer a threat to their safety.
On average, 120 dogs and cats each year.
The grant was used to renovate the entrance to our animal shelter, which was in dire need of repair. The public now enters our shelter through a neat and structurally sound entrance. This structure also serves as a safeguard to prevent our cats living in one of the group housing rooms from escaping out the front door. The entrance way will allow potential adopters the chance to meet dogs like Stormie and cats like Milton.
Meet Stormie: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/13692339/
Meet Milton: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/14743474/
The grant funds were used to purchase two outdoor kennel runs for the dogs in quarantine.
This grant allows us to provide a safe and contained outdoor space for the dogs that are in our quarantine area. Quarantined dogs were only able to go outside on short walks to a designated area to relieve themselves, and outdoor time was very limited. The purchase of these kennels will enrich the experience of our quarantined dogs for years to come.
Isabella has been in our care since late July. Her owner was unable to afford her veterinary care and as a result she was signed over to us. She has been in quarantine since she arrived and most likely will remain there until the end of September. The outdoor time that she will now be able to have will be invaluable to her general well-being.
The donation was used to provide a course of vaccinations for one of the homeless animals in our care.
This grant subsidized a course of vaccinations for one of the homeless animals in our care.
Onyx is an approximately 1-year old male pit mix who came into our shelter as a stray. The Petfinder Foundation Sponsor a Pet grant helped us provide a full course of vaccinations for Onyx to get him ready for his adoptive home.
Product taste-testing on cats
We were able to give our rescue cats nutritious treats
Our greatest special-needs cat, Baby Darwin, really enjoyed these treats. He is our hero cat, attacked by a baby raccoon when he was just 6 weeks old. Darwin's entire head was reconstructed and his whole scalp is a skin graft. He cannot close the eye he has but is medicated daily. He is our inspiration!
Thank you for making his day brighter! :)
Thundershirts are being used for shy/timid dogs in foster homes. Will begin using them in the shelter once the weather cools.
We now have a good supply of shirts to give to our scared and/or high-anxiety dogs when they go into foster homes.
Currently five; however, we are using them "as needed" and will continue to use them.
Autumn came to us from a hoarder situation where she lived inside a small trailer with 25 other dogs. She never went outside and lived most of her life inside very cramped conditions without any exposure to the outside world. She is literally afraid of the everything; the world outside is just too big and scary for her to handle. Every new person, place or thing frightens her. Autumn is currently living with a foster family and two other rescue dogs. She is progressing; however, it has been a slow process. Her foster family shared that they saw an immediate improvement in her anxiety level when they used the Thundershirt. It has enabled her to remain calmer and she is becoming more and more open to new experiences. Autumn not only uses her shirt for thunderstorms but basic everyday things like going for a walk, experiencing new places or things and meeting new people. She is certainly benefiting from having her Thundershirt and will continue to use it regularly.
The money was used for one of our biggest expenses, pet food!
The grant helped with our pet-food bill; money saved in that area helps us pay for other expenses, such as veterinary bills or other shelter expenses.
We currently care for 200 dogs and cats at any given time; the grant money has helped them all.
HAPPY TAIL! Ryker is one of the puppies that were born to Annie, a full-term pregnant dog who was rescued by Four Paws Rescue. Rykder was eventually adopted into a loving family, as were all of his siblings. Ryker's family reports he is a happy, healthy, energetic puppy who fits well into their clan. He will soon be trained to be a therapy dog! What a handsome boy he is!
General animal care and veterinary expenses.
This grant helps us pay for medical procedures (like spay/neuter) as well as necessary supplies for operation, such as cat litter, food, cleaning supplies, etc.
Last year a senior dog named Harley arrived at our shelter. His owner had passed away, and the family who had inherited the dog rapidly noticed he was very ill. They rushed him to the vet, where he was diagnosed with a dangerous and painful condition: urinary crystals. Unfortunately, they could not pay to fix little Harley up. The vet took him on and fixed him up, but knew that he would need to remain on a prescription diet to keep the crystals from reoccurring. The vet, having a good relationship with our shelter, passed Harley along to us, knowing we would find him a great home where he could get the care (and love) he so needed. Harley was with us from late September to early January before he found his forever home. While he was at our shelter, we had his urine retested to make sure he was doing well, and (of course) bought several bags of his expensive prescription food! Harley did have someone donate towards his care via his Petfinder Sponsor a Pet, which helped us purchase his prescription food and keep him healthy!
Thank you for the gift of Thundershirts in different sizes and genders for our shelter dogs to help them with anxiety while they are guests in our shelter and during a recent summer thunderstorm.
West Columbia Gorge Humane Society is a no-kill rescue shelter that also takes in dogs from the Washougal and Camas, WA, animal-control agency. We have several very long-term dogs who are waiting for adoption. We recently created a dog enrichment program to help all of our dogs better cope with shelter life and make them more adoptable.
We have an amazing dog-shelter manager and volunteer crew who participate in our active enrichment program to help the dogs who are waiting for their adoptive homes, yet our dogs are still living under stress in a shelter environment. Thanks to the Petfinder Foundation grant, Thundershirts are now part of our Shelter Dog Enrichment program to help our dogs feel more secure and calm while they are guests in our shelter when a situation arises where they need extra comforting. Plus we frequently have small dogs staying with us who are often especially fearful and scared living in a shelter, so we really appreciate having the smaller Thundershirts. Thank you, Petfinder Foundation and Thundershirt, for this gift!
Three dogs so far
We have a 4-year-old pittie boy named Inspector who has been living at the shelter for over a year waiting for a home, and he is very anxious and excitable living in a shelter environment. He recently had a tibial plateau-leveling osteotomy (TPLO) surgery to repair an ACL tear in his leg, so we were very thankful to receive a Thundershirt to help him remain calm while his leg was healing. He now is in a wonderful foster home to get a break from shelter life.
We have a little guy named Bud who stayed in our shelter until a foster home could be found for him; he was very fearful and nervous in his kennel, so he got to wear a tiny Thundershirt to help him feel more safe and secure until he went into foster care.
We recently had a brief summer lightening- and thunderstorm in our area which caused Arlo, a Yorkie mix, to be very scared. Our shelter manager put a mini-Thundershirt on him and he did seem to calm down a bit. As we approach winter in the Northwest, we will have more opportunities to use our Thundershirts during storms.
We used the Thundershirts for our new dogs from the pounds that were scared.
It helped to make our anxious dogs feel safe and secure.
Five and counting!
We had a dog named The Motown Swing Dancer. She was a 4-month-old Great Dane mix who was found all alone. She was super nervous coming into our rescue and we used the Thundershirt on her when she was left alone in her crate when her foster mom was at work and at adoption events and it made her feel safe and secure. She also used it in her foster home when she would sleep in her crate at night and her foster mom was also able to get a good night sleep without her crying every few hours. Thank you, Thundershirt!