Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
The rescue cats' cages and cat room.
It helps them exercise and entertains them. They love to stretch with them. Normally there is nothing in the cages to help them with their natural instinct to scratch. These are perfect and fit nicely in the cages and hang nicely in the cat room.
Nila is a female tortie who had to have one eye removed. She came into the rescue with an eye that was infected and it never matured. Spending time in the cage was boring for her because she is very playful. The Stretch and Scratch was a great way for her to get exercise. [Another cat was helped when] one of our adopters complained about the kitten scratching furniture. I gave her two scratchers and told her to tie them on the table legs. She said the kitten loved them and started to leave other items alone. We had many kittens in 2013. They must be quarantined when they first come into the rescue. Kittens are very busy and love to play and use the scratchers.
This was for the scratch posts. The kittens, cats and rabbits really enjoyed this. The post you can tie to the cage and it was out of the way and did not take up space. The rabbits has a blast with these and it gave them something to chew on. This grant was more than appreciated. Thank you very much. It kept all the little paws busy -- they were happy,
It gave the animals play and stimulation toy time. The kittens and cats were able to scratch and play. It kept them busy and they enjoyed having these very much.
Henrietta was found frozen to pipes outside on a farm. She was trying to stay warm. Three of her limbs were attached to the pipe. A guardian angel was able to free her by drips of water on her. Her rear leg could not be saved. It was dead and was staring to decay. She had to have her leg removed. During the time of her rehab, she was given the scratch post. She loves them. This assisted in helping her other limbs recover. She loves to play and played with these for hours. They really helped her in her rehab.
We use it to enhance the environment of the cats in our care while they are in a cage situation.
I LOVE these Stretch and Scratch Cat Scratchers!! The cats love them, too! They are purrfect for any cage and give the cats somewhere to stretch and scratch -- a very important function for a cat.
Over 200 (we have a few left and use them in every new cat's cage)
One of the cutest things we've seen in a long time: Sheldon, a little orange tabby, was playing with a new cage-mate, Bullet, who was at the end of recovery from having an eye removed (he was born with an underdeveloped eye). Sheldon was too small to jump on the cot that we had in the cage, so he improvised -- he would get a running start, throw himself on the Stretch and Scratch, turn, and jump on the cot!! He did it over and over -- we guess he was having a famously great time! The picture attached is the cage bay he is in (bottom right). His sister, Penny, is in the cage, too. Thank you so much for sending them -- we think they are awesome!
Of the $1,000 grant, we allocated the money as follows: $700 was utilized to provide for the mammary removal and histopathology. While Daisy's overall care exceeded $2,200, the grant alleviated a significant portion of the financial burden of providing this medical care to Daisy. $300 was used to provide dental care and also a lumpectomy for Frankie B. His medical care exceeded $1,100, but again, the grant helped to alleviate a portion of the financial burden providing this care.
By providing medical care to both Daisy and Frankie B., we greatly improved the immediate quality of their lives, and also made them much more adoptable.
We utilized this grant to help two pugs. Both Frankie B. and Daisy have found their forever families and are loved and cherished family members in their new homes.
Frankie B. and Daisy both had medical issues which caused us to be uncertain as to what level of care they were needing. By addressing their medical needs, and also providing them greater comfort in their daily lives, Frankie B. and Daisy both blossomed, letting us see their friendly and energetic natures. By eliminating the medical uncertainty surrounding both of these pugs, it was very easy to find them their forever homes.
The scratch posts were used to help ease cats' transitions from our care to their new homes by reducing the stress level. We also used them at our adoption events to reduce anxiety and stress.
The scratch post helped us with socialization of the cats when they entered foster care. We do not always know the background of our cats and being able to give them a stress reliever was a big help. We also use them in our cages at Petco, where we house cats that were about to be euthanized from the local shelter. This gives these cats a way to relieve anxiety and stress while waiting for their forever homes.
Zoe was a little on the shy side. She had been trapped with littermates in a backyard at 4-1/2 months old. Some of her littermates were too feral to tame and find homes for. Zoe and two others ended up in foster care and eventually found loving homes. The scratchers helped them by relieving their stress and anxiety during the socialization process and their adoption. Pictured here is Zoe at the adoption event the day she went home.
Although I do not have a picture of Marshall with his scratch post, he loved it. Marshall was saved from a shelter and we found out he had cancer in his leg. He had to have his leg amputated. The comfort of something familiar seemed to help him with his transition after surgery and the loss of his leg. He is also an amazing cat in general.
We received Stretch and Scratch cat scratchers.
We used these scratchers in our veterinary outreach cages, Petsmart Outreach cages, isolation cages and in some of our foster spaces. Cats confined in smaller areas benefited from these scratchers from the physical activity provided and designated area for scratching.
Bea is a rather large brown tabby who came to SPOT with significant injuries on her back from stab wounds and burns. She required some cage rest initially for healing and medicating purposes and she went through many scratchers during her recovery process.
Our shelter cats
We had great success using the stretch and scratch in all of our cat rooms. These were most beneficial to the cats we had to quarantine or put alone in a cage, as they could have their very own scratch board, which made them feel more at ease. The size was especially nice for those in solitude. When a cat has surgery, or is sick or injured is when we must quarantine them so these were very beneficial.
Roadie was a stray who was brought in with severe injuries to her eye. Her left eye was dislodged from its socket and dead. Unfortunately for poor Roadie, it was an old injury. The vet had to remove the eye and Roadie had a long road to recovery. During the recovery process, she had to be placed alone in a cage in order to keep infection down and keep other cats from injuring him while she healed. Roadie was given a large kennel to play in and had the scratch boards tied to her cage. She seemed more at ease and at home because she could still stretch and scratch like a normal kitty and do so without further injuring herself. With her eye removed and health restored, Roadie is a well-balanced kitty.
The cat scratchers were used in every cat cage upon the animal's impound and followed the cat through its time here at our facility. Upon adoption, the scratchers went home with the cat.
Every cat that came into the facility received a scratcher. This seemed to help calm the cats and give them an extra activity during their stay at our facility. When the cat left our facility for its forever home, the scratcher went with it, so it had something it was used to during the transition into another strange environment.
Every cat that came into our facility received a scatcher. This seemed to help calm the cat and give it an activty while at the shelter.
This grant has helped all of cats in one way or another, not just a specific one. The scratchers seem to calm the cats, give them a chance to relieve some steam and also another activity in their cage to keep them entertained.
We used the Stretch and Scratch cat scratchers in our Quiet Room.
We used the Stretch and Scratch cat scratchers in our Quiet Room. We are a free-roaming shelter and use the Quiet Room for cats that don't do well with lots of other cats. At this time, we have four older lady cats in the quiet room -- but don't let their age fool you, they scratch up more things than all our other cats combined! They have previously scratched gouges in the walls and doors of their room. Due to our limited budget, we couldn't provide the amount of scratchers they needed as we rely on donations for these types of things. The scratches were the perfect size and were easy to install with their "tie straps" on their cat condo legs/shelves. Thank you, Petfinder Foundation, The Animal Rescue Site, GreaterGood.org, and the Cats R Cool program from the residents of SOCK's Quiet Room: Buffy, Dotty, O'Hannah, and Martini.
We used the grant money for our medical-case animals: Bernadette, an 8-week-old English Bulldog with cerebellar hypoplasia and brachiocephalic syndrome; Ace, a 10-month-old mixed breed found with advanced demodex mange and open wounds; Dinah, a 5-week-old pit bull puppy with a broken jaw; Pops, a 4-month-old pit bull puppy with scabies, ringworm, and secondary bacterial infections; and Winston, a 6-month-old kitten who has needed multiple surgeries to fix bladder/urethra deformities.
It has allowed us to take on cases we normally would not have been able to afford. These animals would NOT have had a chance without Secondhand Hounds and this grant money. We decided to use the money to help expensive cases.
We put this money toward five expensive cases, and used the rest of the money toward vaccines and preventatives for 30 dogs.
Bernadette had a great life for as long as she could. We would have done anything for her, but she also had tracheal hypoplasia and ended up passing away last week. Ace is improving daily! He is acting like a puppy and his hair is growing back. Dinah had surgery at 5 weeks old. She is now 8 weeks old and doing well, although she might need another surgery as she grows. Pops is still struggling with his skin issues, but we are determined to find a solution! Winston is acting like a normal kitten, although he has an external bladder at this time! A more permanent surgery will be done once he gets older.