Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
Safe Haven received P.L.A.Y.’s November Warm Bellies Initiative grant of 10 Chill Pad Pets Mats (valued at $528). These pads were distributed among our dog cottages and inside kennels.
These pads are awesome! These pads are portable, easy to wash, and super comfy for our long-term dogs.
Lydia is a coated Mexican hairless dog. She born and raised to be a puppy-mill mommy, and rescued a little over a year ago. Lydia has come a long way from a 100% crate-hider to now going off-leash on desert walks. A few weeks ago, she went into a foster home -- the first home environment she has ever known. Her foster describes her as follows: "She is a great pup -- sweet, gentle, smart, affectionate, VERY cute and funny. The P.L.A.Y pad when arrived was laid out on the ottoman and for the first time she has expressed open relaxation! She enjoys her pad at her foster home too! THANK YOU, Petfinder Foundation and P.L.A.Y.!"
A few weeks ago, Lydia took the step of going into a foster home, a very large step for her but necessary in her journey of extending herself. This is her very first experience in a "real" home. Lydia took her P.L.A.Y. pad with her (see photos).
The money was used for the care of Rolex, a terrier mix in ALI's care.
Rolex came to ALI with severe glaucoma that could no longer be treated with medication. Rolex underwent two surgeries to remove his eyes. The grant helped with these expenses.
From Rolex's Petfinder profile: "I was originally a stray in southern Iowa and was adopted and then the family returned me because I was nipping at the children and my family couldn’t afford to care for my eyes. (They were causing me a lot of pain and that is why I was nipping at the kids.) I was diagnosed with glaucoma in both eyes. My left eye was much worse and it was removed in June 2016. My right eye wasn't as bad and the doctor thought we could help it with medication. I was adopted on July 5 and my people brought me back because I was not being nice to the cat in the house. In addition, they found out that my right eye was in bad shape and was going to need to be removed. It was removed on Tuesday, July 26, 2016."
Update Feb. 5, 2017: "We are so happy to report that Rolex found his forever home and family on Saturday -- an early Valentine for Rolex and all of us that have loved him at the shelter."
Applied to vetting
It helped with vetting a sick kitty.
The Sponsor a Pet donation was applied to Buffy's vet bill. She had a tumor removed from her leg. She has cancer that will continue to spread. We are providing her hospice care at this time. Every sponsor donation that comes in helps us provide the best care possible. Meet Buffy: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/32125777
Luna had to have a leg amputation and multiple wounds taken care of, and this donation helped with the cost of her veterinary care.
Receiving money toward our veterinary bills makes it possible to rescue more animals.
The sponsored pet.
Luna was shot with a BB gun and suffered multiple wounds throughout her body. One of her hips was shattered and the leg had to be amputated. She received care in an animal hospital and then lived in a foster home until she was ready for adoption. On January 21, 2017, Luna met her new forever family during our PetSmart adoption event.
We were able to purchase enrichment toys for our dogs. Wobblers and Kongs are our favorites.
The enrichment toys, Wobblers and Kongs, help our dogs deal with being in the kennel between walks and play time.
We bought one Wobbler and six Kongs, so about 7 dogs.
Jane Austin is a dog who came to the shelter last summer. When Jane arrived, she was very overwhelmed with the noise and daily activity of the shelter environment. She is a dog who needs time to get to know a new person, so Jane found visitors approaching her kennel scary. Using Wobblers and Kongs filled with yummy treats helped Jane not focus on the things she found uncomfortable. Happy news: Jane was successfully adopted in January!
The grant actually helped Licorice, the cat that it was made in honor of.
When we rescued Licorice, we thought she was a female. Last week she was scheduled to be spayed. It turns out she was a male and had cryptorchidism. This required a more invasive surgery, resulting in a $198 charge instead of the usual $85 charge we are contracted for. The $50 donation will be used towards the increased surgical charge. He was adopted in early November shortly after he was rescued when we thought Licorice was a female.
We used the sponsor money for Honey Mae to cover vaccination expenses and also for a health certificate to travel to her new home in Pennsylvania.
This helped cover costs that we don't typically encounter with transportation across the county.
A gentleman called from Allegheny, PA, who saw Honey Mae on the Petfinder website and said she looked just like his cat whom he recently had to put down due to age and health issues. He said he HAD to have her. After many phone calls, arrangements were made; we found a great transport company and Honey Mae arrived at her new home in November of 2016.
The money was applied to our spay/neuter program.
Every animal in the shelter is spayed/neutered, heartworm-tested, microchipped, and vaccinated before exiting the shelter. This money was applied to help finance these expenses.
Two dogs were rescued after living on tow chains all of their lives. They lived outside in inclement weather and in the heat of summer with only the shell of a house for shelter. Both dogs were 5 years old. Their water bucket was muddy water, their food was thrown on the ground. Both dogs were rescued, fully vetted, and have been adopted to loving families.
Sponsored dog Aries (pictured) has been adopted. From his Petfinder profile: "This is an absolutely sleek, shiny, and slightly chunky 8-year-old boy, but if we didn't tell you his age, you would never guess it. He was surrendered with his gal pal #141. I can't imagine giving up such a well-mannered, nice dog. He's a friendly tail-wagger, and please don't pass him up because he's not a 2-year-old. This is a good dog. If you want some youthfulness to go with him, consider his sweet gal pal as well. We will give you a two-for-one price deal you can't pass up. If you just want him all by himself, that's okay too."
The money was spent on food and a new bed for Ginger Ridgely. She's a little senior beagle who's been in foster care for close to four years now. It's not because we're not trying to find her a home, but because the market is not so good for 10-year-old, cast-aside hunting dogs.
Every donation helps, no matter how small. Our vetting bills are huge since the main focus of our rescue is senior, sick and neglected beagles -- the ones other rescues leave behind.
Just one: Ginger Ridgely.
Here is the note we sent to the donor: My name is Ginger Ridgely, the rescue dog from Beagle Rescue of Southern Maryland whom you sponsored through the Petfinder Foundation. I wanted to thank you so much for sponsoring me and let you know how much it helps. I am in a foster home in Virginia and I am doing really well. When I first came to the rescue, I needed surgery and had heartworm! The rescue took care of all that for me and found me a nice foster home where I have a beagle foster sister and two little kids of my very own. Now I am doing so much better and I feel safe and loved while I wait for my forever home. I attached a picture my foster mom Kathleen took of me today. I had a hard time sitting still for her to take the picture, but she said it was important, so I did the best I could. Unfortunately I just couldn't stop my tail from wagging, so it's a little blurry there!
Thank you again. It was no nice of you.
Meet Ginger: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/25983705
Funds from this grant were used to provide vet care for our rescue animals.
We used this grant to care for 11 dogs, including five dogs being sterilized (four neuters, one spay), heartworm treatment for one dog, rabies shots for eight dogs, veterinary exams for all 11 dogs, heartworm treatment for one dog, and dental work for one dog.
Sophie is a senior dog who came into our rescue in May 2016 with minimal chance of being adopted at the shelter and would ultimately face being euthanized. After rescuing her, we took her to our vet and found that she had extreme teeth decay and a heart murmur. A crushing blow to many rescues, but thanks to the Petfinder Foundation's All-Star Dog Rescue Celebration grant, we were able to provide her the needed treatment to remove the decaying teeth and treat her for her murmur. Despite having these issues, Sophie blossomed within CPAH and made her mark on the Titcheners during one of our adoption events. They filled out an adoption application for her that day and met her again at an event we had later the same evening to spend more time with her.
After spending six months with CPAH getting the treatment and care she needed, Sophie headed to her forever home in November 2016 and has been living the high life ever since.