Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
The funds from the grant were used for the following: Three dog spays, one dog neuter, a new dog scale, microchips for nine dogs, and vaccinations.
1. Dog spay/neuter: allows are animals to be adopted without the risk of unwanted breeding
2. Dog scale: Allows us to obtain exact weights on our animals instead of estimating for flea meds and keeping our dogs at a healthy weight
3. Microchips: Needed for Indy Mega Adoption Event and for overall animal safety
4. Vaccinations: Overall dog health
Nine dogs, six adopted at Indy Meda Adoption Event
My name is Blue and I was found wandering the streets of Richmond, Indiana. My fur was missing in some spots, so the caregivers at 2nd Chance were surprised to see me in such high spirits when I arrived. I was neutered, vaccinated, and weighted. They were happy to find I was 60 lbs. of handsome! I got my microchip and soon I was off to the Indy Mega Adoption Event. All the little dogs got families, but I sat in my crate waiting. Then I saw a couple who wanted to take me to a meet-and-greet room. I was so excited and we instantly fell in love. They are soon to be married and I was the perfect addition to the family. Now I have a home to call my own.
The funds collected this quarter were used to help treat Calvin, a dog rescued from St.Clair County (IL) Animal Control, where he had tested positive for heartworm.
In 2016 alone, Partners for Pets has treated over 80 dogs for heartworm. Partners for Pets is one of the only rescues in our area willing to accept heartworm-positive dogs due to the cost of treatment.
The funds collected this quarter through the Petfinder Foundation were for one specific dog, a dog named Calvin who was rescued from St.Clair County (IL) Animal Control after testing positive for heartworm. Many rescues in our area are unable to rescue heartworm-positive dogs due to the cost of treatment and long holding period the dogs have in a shelter. Calvin went directly into a loving foster home, where he completed five weeks of cage rest and treatment. Once completely healed, Calvin was adopted into a loving forever home.
The monetary donations through Sponsor A Pet were used to offset unexpected/extraordinary vet bills, such as dental and orthopedic surgeries.
It helped offset our veterinary costs.
Bernie, a 9-year-old Bichon Frise, was surrendered to our shelter. He had advanced dental disease and needed to have a total of 15 teeth extracted, done in two dental surgeries. Just one diseased tooth can be extremely painful! We can't imagine the pain and discomfort Bernie must have been in. We are so grateful to our donors who helped offset the costs of the surgeries. Meet Bernie: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/36379545
It assisted with annual vaccines and exam for Nixie.
It helped a long-term senior foster dog stay current and healthy.
Nixie is a senior girl with some neurological issues who is having a hard time finding a forever home. Senior fosters are very rewarding, but also difficult because they have ongoing needs and use foster space that then is not available for more-adoptable dogs. Every little bit helps defray expenses for her. Her needs aren't enormous -- routine vet visits, food and love -- but she is just one dog our organization helps out of many, and we so appreciate any help we can get to support our foster dogs. Meet Nixie: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/33044032
The $45 was put towards partial payment for the treatment of demodectic mange.
It was put towards the vet bill for treating the mange.
Azalee is a pug/Chihuahua mix who came to us from a hoarding situation of 37 animals. She was diagnosed with demodectic mange. The donation has been put towards her mange treatment. Her care is still ongoing. She is still looking for her forever home. Azalee's estimated date of birth is February 2015. She seems to be the most frightened of the 37 dogs. She may do best in a home with less commotion. Meet Azalee: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/36194559
The $1,000 was used to provide vet care for two of our current pets in the shelter.
Our shelter is run off of donations and we don't always have the money allowed to tend to expensive vet care. Sometimes it's hard just to pay our monthly bills, but when additional expenses come up, we need help to cover those expenses. By receiving this grant, it allowed us to help two dogs who were in need of high-cost veterinary care.
Two dogs, a poodle named Murphey and a hound dog named Maggie.
Maggie the hound dog (first photo) came into our shelter from a surrounding town. She was in the pound there and her time was up. We, of course, wanted to help her, so to our shelter she came. Maggie had some eye issues: Her eyelids were turning under. This repair took two surgeries. Besides the eye problems, poor Maggie was heartworm-positive! We ordered the heartworm medications. It took several weeks but we have finally received the medication. Maggie just started the treatment last week. So far she is doing well. This heartworm treatment is a six-week course. Maggie is such a lovable girl. She loves to ever so gently put her front feet on your chest and get loving from you. She is the gentlest girl and is great with other dogs. With this grant money, we were able to give Maggie the chance at life like she deserves! Maggie's vet bills ran over $400.
Murphey (second and third photos) is a poodle mix who was brought into our shelter by a local police officer. He was suffering from a broken leg. Sadly, no one came to the shelter looking for him. Murphey was in a lot of pain, so he was sent to a foster home to be more comfortable. Just last week, Murphey was given a clean bill of health -- and was adopted by his foster mom's mother! We couldn't be happier! Murphy's vet bill was $600.
Medical care for the senior and special-needs dogs in our care. One of our handicapped dogs, Yassi, needed eye enucleation due to glaucoma in January 2016. In March, an older dog, Sarge, required surgery.
We further used the funds for ongoing blood work on several dogs with valley fever plus their medications. I am pleased to report that by mid-year, all but one of the four dogs with VF had gone into remission or recovered.
In February, our dog Billy, who is living with cancer, had blood work and x-rays to see whether the cancer, osteosarcoma, had spread. To date -- 17 months after his initial leg amputation -- Billy is doing very well with no recurrence.
We have a number of senior dogs with arthritis and age-related issues living on anti-inflamatory and pain-relieving medications. The grant helped provide these medications to the animals in our care.
We have been able to provide the ongoing medical treatment that our senior and special-needs animals require. This grant was literally a lifesaver and has enabled CCR to ensure the dogs are comfortable and healthy.
Close to a dozen dogs, either through direct veterinary care or the purchase of medications they needed.
Yassi arrived at Cochise Canine Rescue from a northern Arizona Navajo reservation in 2014. She was 2-3 years old, already blind and had rear-end weakness, possibly due to distemper as a pup. Early in 2015 we began noticing that her eyes were beginning to "bulge" -- a sign of possible glaucoma. We took Yassi to our veteriarian, Dr. Heist at Rincon Vista in Tucson, who measured the eye pressure with a special device. The pressure was elevated significantly, denoting glaucoma. Although enucleation is a painful surgery, allowing the glaucoma to progress is also very painful, so we had her eye removed. Since Yassi was already blind, she adjusted rapidly, and once she'd healed from the surgery she seemed to be happier and more comfortable! (Attached are pictures before and after surgery.)
The money from the grant was used to purchase supplies and building materials to build an outdoor cat enclosure for our barn-cat program.
We have seen a big increase this year in cats who just aren't the friendliest and easiest to get adopted. We usually put these cats into our barn-cat program and offer them to farms and other situations where they may need a cat or two for pest control. This grant enabled us to erect an outdoor cat enclosure which we will add to and improve over time to house these types of cats instead of having them run loose outside. This will make it easier to catch them for medical or vaccinations or adoption. It will also protect them from wild animals and cat-aggressive dogs that may get loose from personnel and volunteers.
When we started this project, we had 17 outdoor cats. This number is currently up to about 25.
On Feb. 27, 2016, we were contacted by the Cambridge Police Department to come pick up four kittens and one adult cat at an address they had responded to and found a woman dead in her home. We arrived and discovered many more cats and ended up with 11 feral adult cats and four baby kittens. Once we got these cats tested, vaccinated, healthy and spayed or neutered, we were able to put the majority of the adults in our new outdoor enclosure. Since this time, we have successfully adopted out two of the adult cats and both are doing very well in their new homes.
Pictured is Wild Thing. From her Petfinder profile: "Wild Thing has been with us since December 2014. She is a 1-1/2-year-old female cat who is available with her adoption fee waived through our barn-cat program. She is spayed and up-to-date on vaccinations. If you need a mouser and can provide shelter, food and water, we have a barn cat for you. Come on down and meet Wild Thing or one of our other barn cats today!" Meet Wild Thing: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/34996120
The grant paid for some of Mittens' medical bills!
The money received from the Petfinder Foundation was used to treat the skin condition for Miss Mittens. Mittens is a wonderful tortoiseshell cat who loves to play and give love to everyone around her. She was brought into our clinic to be euthanized per request of her owner, but Mittens was just so full of life and love that ARF could not allow her life to end. ARF took Mittens into our care and we are working to improve her skin condition and other health issues. We love Mittens very much and someone else can too. To invite Mittens into your home, please visit https://munciearf.com/adoption-application/ to fill out an application for her.
The money was used to pay for medications.
This donation helped us pay for medications.
One - Summer.
Summer was rescued along with 20 other cats from a hoarding situation in late May 2016. He came to us with a flea infestation, ear issues, skin issues, he was malnourished, and he had already previously been treated for an eye removal. He was initially doing quite well after treatment for his issues; however, his health recently failed him. He started to lose even more weight and we were not certain he would pull through. However, a recent trip to the veterinarian resulted in a new "cocktail" of medications for Summer, and while he has a long road ahead of him to full recovery, he purrs, is playful, like belly rubs, and is finally putting on some weight. This donation was used to help fund his new medications. Meet Summer: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/35758341