Success Stories

Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.

Animal Welfare Association of Warren County: P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds
What was the money or product used for?

The dog beds were used inside the dog crates. We were also able to use the smaller dog beds for some of the cats.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

The dog beds helped to make the animals comfortable while in our care.

How many pets did this grant help?

Multiple since we are able to wash the dog beds and re-use on new animls.

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Corona was sleeping in her litter box when she first came in. Now she is sleeping on her Warm Bellies Bed. Corona is a year old and believed to be a Snow Shoe Siamese mix. Corona came into the rescue after a local bar and grill called and said that she was trying to get inside the building. When we arrived she was curled up in front of the door. She loves to get attention and loves to play with a laser pointer.

Meet Corona: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/31275073/

Coastal Pet Rescue Inc: P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds
What was the money or product used for?

The ten pet beds were used for our foster pets' crates in their foster homes.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

We rarely get beds donated; people are always willing to donate towels or old sheets, which we are happy to take. But the pet beds looked so much nicer in the foster homes, and the pets really loved them.

How many pets did this grant help?

Ten foster homes -- the beds are still being used.

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Baby Girl and Ashley came to us in October 2014 after their owner had passed away. No family members were able to take them. The girls, guessed to be 8 and 7 (Baby Girl, first two photos, is the mother of Ashley, third photo) had never been anywhere but their home. They were scared, confused, and needed time to readjust. As you can see, Baby Girl is a fan of her bed in her foster home, where she is still waiting for a family to come love her.

Meet Baby Girl: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/30683540/
Meet Ashley: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/30683510/

MSPCA at Nevins Farm: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

The donations received through the Sponsor a Pet program helped support the day-to-day care of the many animals at Nevins Farm. From hamsters to horses, we take in a wide range of animals each year, and our needs are great. The MSPCA at Nevins Farm receives no funding from state or federal government, so we depend on the generosity of animal lovers to support our work.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

The grant funds are used for day-to-day needs of animals in our care.

How many pets did this grant help?

Countless!

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Padre is a wonderful example of an animal helped by this fund. Padre was surrendered in September when his owner could no longer keep him. As a senior cat, and one who was all-black, it was easy for potential adopters to pass him by in our adoption center (he was just one of many cats). Padre also had dental disease and required surgery.

By featuring him on Petfinder, it was easier to highlight him as an individual, making him stand out from others. We were able to tell his story, and found not just one but three remarkable homes that all wanted him to be a part of their family. Just before the holidays, we were able to provide Padre with much-needed dental surgery, and Padre spent the New Year in his forever home.

Middleburg Humane Foundation: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

The money was used to help pay for a TPLO surgery for a dog named Oreo.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

This grant helped us pay for Oreo's TPLO surgery. Oreo was adopted and returned to our facility due to his injury. The repair to Oreo's knee will help us better be able to place him in a new loving home.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Oreo arrived at the Middleburg Humane Foundation facility as a puppy in 2013 along with his mother and two siblings. He was adopted in September 2013 to a family we thought would love him forever, but that wasn't the case. Sadly, Oreo was returned to the Middleburg Humane Foundation in May of 2014. Not long after his return, another family fell in love with Oreo and adopted him. But this too turned out not to be his forever home. Oreo was in need of knee surgery and the family was unable to provide the care he needed. On December 19, 2014, the Middleburg Humane Foundation was able to gather the funds needed in order for Oreo to have a TPLO (tibial-plateau-leveling osteotomy) surgery. He has been such a wonderful patient and so very deserving!

American Lab Rescue: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

Vet services for our many dogs currently in foster care

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

The money received was put towards a medical invoice for a puppy that is experiencing seizures and has required multiple vet visits.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Kimi is an 9-month-old lab-hound mix. Within a week of arriving at her foster home she began experiencing multiple seizures; in addition, Kimi has recently been diagnosed as deaf. Kimi is currently on medication and is scheduled to get an MRI in the next 30 days to determine if there are more serious issues causing her condition.

Cowley County Humane Society: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

Help support our public low-cost spay/neuter clinic and shelter clinic.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

Help us provide spay/neuter services for at-risk animals in the community and support medical care for animals in our facility.

How many pets did this grant help?

3000+

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Ward, a senior beagle, was found limping along a country road, hungry, cold, lost, and injured. He was brought to the shelter, where he received the medical attention and care he needed and the second chance he deserved. Ward was adopted and is now living out his golden years in comfort.

Humane Society of Warren County: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

Funds were used to support pet-food cost while Tessa was in shelter waiting for her forever home.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

The grant assisted with the cost of food for a beautiful blue pittie named Tessa.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Tessa, a big beautiful blue pittie, was brought to the Humane Society of Warren County as a stray. It is suspected that Tessa was left behind at a gas station along a major interstate. Tessa kept jumping into the cars of the gas stations customers trying to hitch a ride back to wherever home was for her. The owner of the gas station brought Tessa to the shelter with the hopes that she could possibly be reunited with her family. No one ever came to claim Tessa and she was placed for adoption. Tessa was adopted by a wonderful family and has a canine brother named Max. Tessa's family checks in regularly to let us know that she is an awesome member of their pack.

The Center for Animal Health and Welfare: A Shot at Life Vaccination Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The canine DHPP vaccinations were used to vaccinate dogs upon intake as well as those due for re-vaccination. The vaccinations were also used for our low-cost on-site clinic as well as off-site vaccination clinics open to the public.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

This grant helped tremendously, as we did not need to purchase the vaccinations.

How many pets did this grant help?

500

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Gordon is a male shepherd/husky mix. He was found by a good samaritan running loose near a local bridge. Wet and dirty, it seemed as though he had been on the run for a while. Gordon was brought to The Center for Animal Health and Welfare, where he was evaluated by a vet. As a seemingly healthy dog, he was given his vaccinations upon intake, including DHPP, as his past medical history was unknown. No owners came looking for him and he was not microchipped. After being neutered, Gordon is now available for adoption and will no doubt find the furever home he deserves!

Vaccinations, including the DHPP vaccination for canines, are an important part of the intake process for each stray dog (or any dog not up-to-date) that comes into the shelter as well as an integral step in keeping the other dogs already in The Center's care safe and free from illness as they wait patiently for adoption.

Dane County Humane Society: A Shot at Life Vaccination Grant
What was the money or product used for?

We received vaccines to vaccinate owned neighborhood dogs at one of our Community Dog Day events -- free veterinary clinics -- that took place in October 2014.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

As a proactive measure, we hold Community Dog Day events in neighborhoods where we see a high intake of dogs at our shelter. Our purpose is to reach out to dog owners in these neighborhoods to provide support in their pet ownerships, to help them keep their pets at home, to embark their pets on a path of good health by administering life-saving vaccines, to answer any questions and share information, and to encourage spaying and neutering and to take appointments. At these events, we also administer free microchips and hand out free gently used dog supplies, dog food, ID tags, and flea and tick applicators.

The responses from event participants confirmed that we did good at our event and helped them by providing access to veterinarians and to necessary vaccines. Most people expressed their concerns in keeping their pets healthy, and not always being able to achieve this goal because of financial challenges.

Statistically speaking, 47% of the dogs that arrived to the event had never previously received vaccinations or the owners were unsure; out of the 37 dogs that were not neutered, 26 of them signed up for spay/neuter appointments; and 33% had never previously seen a veterinarian.

By our holding these events and dispensing life-saving vaccines, people were reassured that the health and well-being of their pets received appropriate attention. Based on the turnout and responses, we feel made a positive impact in a neighborhood where we see a lot of dogs arriving to our shelter, mostly as strays.

How many pets did this grant help?

52 dogs

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

We met many wonderful dog owners who love their canine companions and family members. About midway through the event, a woman approached our check-in table with a huge pit bull terrier on a belt. She had real difficulty handling the dog, who was pulling excessively. Behind her arrived her son with two more pit bull terriers. The dogs seemed under-socialized and overly excited being at the event, so we quickly escorted them to a room we had set aside for dogs that might not be comfortable in the environment. Volunteers quickly went to retrieve dog supplies that the owners didn't have. They made up three "gift bags," one for each dog, containing collars, leashes, harnesses, toys, and dog food. Meanwhile, one of the veterinarians was summoned to meet the dogs and eventually administer the vaccines. At first, the dogs were overly excited and expressed their excitement in loud barking and lunges at the end of their makeshift leashes. With the patience and kindness of the volunteers and the veterinarian, the vaccines were administered and by the end of their stay, all three dogs were doing beautiful "sits" for treats. It was very satisfying to help the dogs embark on a path of good health by being able to give them life-saving vaccines, as well as to be given an opportunity to provide their owners with tools to help manage their dogs a little better.

We also met Atlas, who proudly introduced us to his little terrier mix named Roger. Roger survived Hurricane Katrina and Atlas had adopted him to give him a new home in Madison, WI. Roger was a happy little fellow and he and his owner waited patiently for their turn to see the volunteer veterinarian. Atlas was proud of rescuing Roger and being able to give him a new life.

Alisa and her Chihuahua, Sweet Pea, were one of the first families in line. Alisa had had Sweet Pea for about two weeks. She had gotten her from a neighbor and didn't know her full history. Alisa said that she came to our event to use every resource that she could get. "Not everyone has money and this way we can make sure she is healthy," said Alisa.

Jose Guerrero brought his 3-year-old Maltese, Lulu, for the "whole package." He'd gotten her vaccines, a microchip, flea and tick control, a brief medical check-up and signed her up for a spay surgery. Jose said that he thought our event was good for the dogs and good for the community.

Olympic Peninsula Humane Society: KONG Toy Grant
What was the money or product used for?

We received a donation of KONG toys which were used for our dog residents to help keep them stimulated while in their kennels.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

We love to have KONGs at the shelter because they are durable, can be filled with food and provide hours of entertainment for our dogs.

How many pets did this grant help?

The KONGs have benefitted approximately 25 dogs.

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Eve is a pitbull mix who has been at the shelter for a long time and we are always looking for ways to keep her stimulated and happy. Filling a KONG with kibble keeps her occupied for hours in her kennel. She loves to play fetch and the KONGs are great because they are durable so she is able to play with the same toy for quite awhile.

Tonka is another dog who has benefitted greatly from the KONGs. He is a young German Shepherd and destroys most toys pretty quickly. The KONGs are far more durable and he is able to chew on them and keep himself occupied.