Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
Funds from the Sponsor a Pet program in the first quarter of 2014 helped pets like Bailey receive the intensive medical treatment necessary following long-term neglect. Meet Bailey:
The grant helped provide medical treatment for Bailey, one of six dogs seized by Warren County Animal Control due to neglect.
One pet ($45)
Bailey was one of six dogs seized by Warren County Animal Control due to neglect. The six dogs came to the Humane Society of Warren County underweight and suffering from severe skin infections. All six dogs were timid as they had never received much human contact. HSWC treated their skin conditions, fed them a high-quality diet and worked on socialization skills. The treatment took eight weeks, but now all of these wonderful, grateful pups are ready for their forever homes.
Pictured is Bailey. She is a mixed breed about 4 years old. Bailey is a very sweet girl who will make someone a loyal companion. She loves to give kisses and sit on furniture; we assume it’s because both of those things are new to her.
Thank you for giving dogs like Bailey a second chance. Your sponsorship makes a difference.
The Orvis Company grant through the Petfinder Foundation we were fortunate to receive helped to pay for part of the medical costs of a dog named Peach, previously known as Heather.
Donations and grants such as the Orvis operational grant through the Petfinder Foundation make it possible for HOPE to give animals like Peach all the medical and psychological attention they need to get better and eventually placed into loving forever homes that may not have had the resources nor the time to let the animal heal.
Peach (a.k.a. Heather) came to us from [an open-admission] shelter and had a number of medical issues, but the most severe was her back hip joint. The doctors believe she was kicked so hard that the joint was virtually destroyed. HOPE tried to have the joint repaired but the surgery was not successful and ultimately her leg had to be removed. With loving medical and psychological care, Peach has recovered nicely; three legs have not slowed her down and she is no longer in pain. The best news: Peach has been adopted by a family that loves and treats her right!
As Maryland’s largest open-admission shelter, BARCS does not turn away any animal in need of shelter, food and a loving touch. BARCS grants refuge to every abandoned, neglected, abused, lost or surrendered animal that comes through our doors -- totaling over 12,000 animals annually.
The BARCS Medical Care Fund provides ongoing in-house medical care for all of our shelter animals, including antibiotics, vaccinations, testing, parasite control and spay-and-neuter surgery so that they are ready to be put up for adoption to the community. This is where the generous $1,000 Petfinder Foundation funding was used; it enabled us to get almost 35 female dogs spayed prior to their adoption!
The Medical Care Fund was created to provide the funding for routine medical care for all 12,000 animals that come to BARCS at a cost of almost $500,000 annually. BARCS houses almost 250 cats and dogs in the shelter at any given time, plus over 700 more in foster care. The majority of animals that come to BARCS are not altered, have no proof of a vaccine history, and are often ill due to being neglected or abandoned. Once in the care of BARCS, all animals are vaccinated, provided with flea treatment and dewormer and are tested for various diseases as needed upon arrival. In addition, BARCS spays or neuters all of its animals in the shelter’s surgical suite prior to adoption.
Medical care for the animals at BARCS is the largest part of our budget and where funding for our shelter is always most critically needed. BARCS has dramatically increased the number of animals saved every year, but there are so many suffering, neglected and abandoned pets that still need our help and that require ongoing medical care and where funding from this grant was applied.
This grant enabled us to spay almost 35 female dogs before they were adopted!
Sometimes it takes a village to find a forever home, and it's happy tails like these that remind us how amazing the rescue community can be! Shauna came to BARCS a few months ago after she was left tied to a pole. Neglected and suffering from a skin condition known as Demodex, Shauna's skin was very uncomfortable and her entire belly was red hot and hairless. Thanks to some networking and old friends, a former volunteer photographer at BARCS saw Shauna's picture online. It was love at first sight.
Shauna, now named Sunday, is finally home! After a few days at a local vet hospital to recover from her cold and finish up some of her skin medications, Sunday had the first-class treatment and caught a private plane to meet her new mommy in South Carolina! Living the high life as a Southern belle, Sunday's mastered the fine art of cuddling and loves her new family.
The money was used to build a play/exercise room for our cats.
Our shelter has one communal room where cats can move about freely. All our other cats live in kennels. They have not had a designated play area and have had to wait for our multipurpose cat-evaluation and adopter-get-acquainted room to be empty in order to stretch their legs, play, race around the room and cuddle with volunteers. Thanks to you we were able to build a playroom.
This grant helps the 30 cats and kittens who are in our adoption room every day. We placed 577 cats in 2013, almost all of whom lived in our adoption room at some point.
Our playroom just passed its final inspection today. The first cat in the room is our oldest cat, Bria, a 17-year-old, black domestic short hair. Bria is very much in need of the exercise and stress reduction afforded her by time in this playroom. This ability to play is serious business for our cats. Stress is a problem for shelter cats and stress leads to illness, most commonly upper-respiratory infections. The ability to play and socialize helps reduce stress and we think our cats will be healthier as a result. We have that crazy little thing called hope – hope that this playroom will, literally, save lives. In addition, staff can use this room for our cat personality assessment program, Meet Your Match.
Kong Morsels were used to provide a healthy treat to new adopters, as well as treats for our shelter cats.
This grant offered treats to cats and kittens that do not normally get this kind of product. By offering treats to some cats it helps to promote trust and, in some cases, comfort.
Treats were offered to over 200 cats. One bag goes a long way!
Some cats in our care are shy and cautious, and treats can help them become trusting. Treats are associated with all things good, so when the treat bag comes out, so do the kitties!
The Cat Castles have been used for all new incoming cats, and we also send then home with the cat/kitten when it gets adopted.
The grant helped in many ways for our incoming cats; a lot of them are shy or afraid and normally try and hide behind or in their litter boxes, and since we have the Cat Castles they feel safer and come around a lot quicker!
So far the Cat Castle grant has helped about 65 cats/kittens and pregnant mommy cats.
We have one cat who really was so happy to have a Cat Castle: Her name is Spirit she was brought to us by Animal Control after being left behind in an apartment locked in the bathroom with no food or water, and very pregnant. Spirit was sent into a wonderful foster home, where she loved to lay either in or on top of the Cat Castle, until she had her babies. At first she had three babies, and then 58 hours later came out little orange "Pokey." And just yesterday, two little orphans came to the shelter and Spirit's foster mom said she will take them and see if Spirit will take them on, and she did! After all this cat has been through, she is the most loving and caring mother cat we have had!
Cat Castles have been and will continue to be used to enhance our cats' living environment at the shelter and in their new homes as well as providing them safe transport between the two.
Has added value to the adopter of our shelter cats. Has insured the safety of cats being transported. Has given the cat a safe haven to explore their new home from.
17 so far. We will continue to use and distribute cat castles until our supply is gone.
One cat that needed all the help she could get was Kitty. She came to our shelter as a senior cat that had lived her whole life in a cat-hoarding situation. Though our average time from intake to adoption for a cat is less than two months, Kitty was a special case. It took us several months to get her to trust people. The day she willingly sought to be petted and picked up was the day we knew she was ready to be adopted into a loving home. Now to find that home! Though Kitty has the most luxurious long white coat, she also is missing several teeth and has a reserved demeanor. It took several more months to find her match. At last, a lovely retired woman took Kitty to be her only cat friend. On our follow-up call, Kitty's adopter said that Kitty was very shy for the first week and stayed in her Cat Castle most of the day. She would come out to explore at night. Finally Kitty decided everything was OK and is now an adoring lap cat. The Cat Castle gave her the safe haven she needed to become comfortable in her new home. Thank you!
The cat castles are being used in cat kennels, as well as transportation to their adoptive homes.
The cat castles have significantly improves our cats' well-being, as they now have a comfortable and clean place to hide in their kennels. This has been particularly helpful for our shy cats.
The cat castles have helped all cats in our care since they were delivered in February. There is a cat castle in all of the cat kennels. To date, approx. 40-60 cats have benefited from the castles.
This grant has helped Raphie and Ellen (the black and white cats pictured). Both immensely enjoy playing in and around the Cat Castle. We set up a few in our meet-and-greet room so the cats could have a place to retreat if necessary. We've found that nearly all cats in the shelter are inside their Cat Castles or on top of them when they are in the kennels. Thank you, Petfinder Foundation and Jackson Galaxy!
Our Kong cat morsel grant has been used to supplement cats' diets and for rewarding of good behaviors. Volunteers are able to give the treats to cats while cuddling and exercising. Also cats are fed hard cat food to promote good oral hygiene so we can now give them the morsels to give them something a little different than their usual feeding habits.
Our organization's volunteers are able to reward cats for good playing behaviors and stimulate exercise by hiding the morsels in toys and in cages where the cats have to "hunt" to get the treats.
We have adopted out 61 cats and have taken in many more, all of which get cat morsels on a daily basis.
Skittles is a domestic shorthair kitten that was found stray and surrendered to the shelter to find a new home. He was very playful at the shelter and kittens always need plenty of exercise and stimulation. We would hide morsels while he was playing during cleaning times to let his natural hunting skills emerge. He was adopted and sent home with a bag of morsels and his Cat Castle.
Our Cat Castle product grant has been used to accommodate the cats under our care. We use them for the cats to have a place to hide when stressed and a perch to stimulate their fondness of vertical surroundings. Also we have used the castles to stay with each cat all the way through adoption as a way for new owners to transport and to give the cats a familiar place in their new homes!
The grant has helped lower stress for the cats in the shelter and lower stress of moving into a new home. Our organization has benefited from the castles by having patrons applaud our accommodations for the cats housed here at the shelter. Also we have been able to not lose any of our plastic carriers, used for vet appointments, since we are able to send cats home with their own carriers.
Currently we have adopted out 61 cats this year and all have been accommodated with the cat castles while they waited for new homes and at their new homes.
Smoke, a male domestic shorthair cat, was surrendered to us because his previous owners were moving into a complex that doesn't allow pets. He was scared when he first arrived into our isolation/intake room, but by giving him access to the Cat Castle, he is now back to his friendly self and is getting adopted soon! Patches, a calico cat, was surrendered and her previous owners noted that she likes climbing, so we were able to meet her needs with the Cat Castle, where she spends most of her time perching.