Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
The money was used to offset the cost of special reduced-price adoption to help have more cats and kittens adopted from our shelter.
All of our cats and kittens are vetted, vaccinated, combo-tested and spayed or neutered. We ask for adoption fees to help offset the cost. With this money, we used it to help pay some of the vet bills for the spay/neuter and adopted out cats and kittens at a discounted rate to attract more adopters.
Eight cats were adopted are our special event (many were adults who had been in our shelter for a long time).
Miss Kitty had been surrendered to our shelter six months ago because her owner lost her home. Miss Kitty became very depressed and stopped eating. She had to be hospitalized. We put Miss Kitty in a foster home and she was adopted on Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, for $6 Sunday. She is very happy in her new home. Picture No. 1 is when Miss Kitty first came into our shelter. She was depressed and sick. Picture No. 2 is after six months of foster care and adoption!
Helped a kitten in need and paid for two cat neuters.
It provided a much-needed surgery for a 10-week-old kitten.
Our little hernia kitten and two cat neuters
Romeo is 10-11 weeks old and came to us with a huge hernia about the size of a tennis ball. Thanks to our wonderful surgeon Dr. Ed Ketel, he has had a successful surgery and is recovering in foster care right now. You won't find a sweeter, more playful kitten with a dynamic personality as little Romeo; he never stops purring despite all he's been through. He earned his name by winning over the whole staff at Oceanside Animal Clinic and his foster mom. Please contact the South Pacific County Humane Society if you are interested in adopting him. He will need to be monitored in the upcoming months to make sure he continues to thrive. If there's any indication of how great he's doing now, then he's well on his way to a long and happy life! Thanks, Dr. Ed!!
Treatment for a heartworm-positive senior lab
It helped us to have enough funds to do the treatment
Hank, an 11-year-old lab was surrendered to a local [open-admission] shelter by his family. He was heartworm-positive. Our rescue was able to pull him and treat him. Hank is the best old dog! He loves everyone, is housetrained, good with cats and other dogs. He knows sit, shake, roll over, down, and speak! Meet Hank here: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/30629196/
The Pet Rescue Center received five ThunderShirts, valued at $199.75. These products were used to help calm our rescued dogs in boarding, as well as enabling them to walk better with our volunteers, and help prepare them for adoption appointments.
Being that we are in a boarding facility, it can be stressful at times for the rescued dogs. Since receiving the ThunderShirt grant that included various-sized ThunderShirts for our dogs, we have seen an amazing change. Please see the specific stories of Champ and Cassidy below. Both of these dogs are still available for adoption and listed on Petfinder.
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Champ and Cassidy have been with The Pet Rescue Center for some months now waiting for their forever homes. Both dogs had a tendency to vocalize their frustration and seemed more stressed out than our other dogs. Since receiving the grant that included various-sized ThunderShirts for our dogs, we have seen an amazing change. Both pups have been barking less, which helps to keep all the dogs in the boarding area less stressed. They also are walking better when out with our volunteers. When being shown to potential adopters, they are more focused on the people and able to relax. Meet Champ and Cassidy:
We recently had a Chihuahua/pug mix, Farrah, adopted. After hearing about her success with a ThunderShirt, her adoptive family purchased one for her to help adapt to her new home and surroundings.
We will continue to use these ThunderShirts for a long time to come. We recently saved nine dogs from euthanasia at the county shelter, and we are sure that the ThunderShirts will be of use to them as well.
Thank you so much for your generous support of animal rescue!
Enrichment toys and food for animals.
It helps us buy food (some of our dogs/cats need special diets) and much-needed thinking/enrichment toys. Of course grants like this also help us afford to keep the animals until we can find them homes.
Karl, a mastiff mix, was a dog who came to us as a stray on March 18, 2014. Karl is a goofy boy who was very beloved by volunteers and staff, but some of our potential adopters were intimidated by his size. Karl stayed with us, getting training and love, until he found his forever home on Oct. 1. Karl was one of the dogs who was "sponsored" on Petfinder through the Sponsor a Pet grant. This grant helped us to buy him toys that he loved, such as Kong wobblers, to keep him busy and happy during his stay here at HSJC.
We were able to provide rabies vaccinations for two dogs.
Ghita, a puppy-mill French Bulldog, was able to receive a rabies vaccine, as was Bubba, a puppy-mill Boston Terrier. Ghita is a 5.5-year-old DEAF Frenchie. She is sweet with her people, but she is a little pickier with her canine friends. Ghita came from a breeding operation and she isn't used to all the new attention she is getting. She is fine with other dogs when they are all running around on the floor together, but if she is in your lap getting attention she does NOT want to share her person. She will try to eat whatever dog tries to horn in on her loving!
Meet Ghita: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/29090848/
To neuter and vaccinate Rudy and Kratos and to provide medical care and vaccinations for Lucky
This grant helped with the cost of altering, vaccinations and medical.
Lucky is a senior dog. The Sponsor a Pet grant money received enabled us to waive his adoption fee and reduce it for others. It also allowed us to neuter and vaccinate Rudy and Kratos and to provide medical care and vaccinations for Lucky.
Spay Stokes has received our donation of Thundershirts and began using them immediately. They came in the middle of thunderstorm season so the timing was perfect.
We already knew who our dogs were that were terrified of storms so when the first storm came, we put them on our two most frightened dogs, Piper and Chance. Piper seemed to be the one who I saw the most benefits from wearing the Thundershirt, as he sat calmly and did not shake and pant as much as he does without the Thundershirt. This summer, Chance has developed a severe storm phobia. The Thundershirt seemed to calm him somewhat but I was not able to leave the Thundershirt on him all night due to him climbing the kennels and escaping! I was just too afraid he might catch the shirt on the wire and injure himself. Both dogs are in a shelter environment with six other dogs so they are not observed throughout the night.
Piper is the long-haired, cream-colored albino dog wearing the pink-and-white Thundershirt. Chance is the short-haired, blond dog wearing the blue Thundershirt.
We are very thankful to the Petfinder Foundation for sponsoring this grant that has allowed us to receive these Thundershirts free of charge. The two dogs that are wearing the Thundershirts have been in our program for several years now. Piper, unfortunately, cannot be adopted into a forever home due to reoccurring melanoma cancer. He will spend his days here with us at Spay Stokes. Chance is still looking for his forever home and hoping that being in a home environment will also help with his storm fears!
Thank you, Petfinder Foundation!
We used the money to help pay for prescription food, glucose-testing supplies, insulin, surgery for a cat that was hit by a car, a tail amputation, and medications for critically ill animals.
We are an organization that runs solely on grants and donations from the public, so the money we received helps our "special-needs" animals that require a little more money to be ready for adoption.
The money donated went into our emergency medical fund which right now is helping five animals.
Currently we have a diabetic cat named Abra who requires prescription food, daily glucose testing and insulin injections. She is a staff and volunteer favorite because even though she gets poked and prodded daily she still has a very sweet disposition. It also helps that she has gorgeous black fur and big gold eyes that just suck you in.
Dakota came to us after he was hit by a car. He has a broken pelvis and had to have his tail amputated. He is unable to go to the bathroom on his own and needs to have his bladder and bowels expressed multiple times daily. Despite being in pain he is still sweet as can be and loves to be pet. He is quite the talker and lets you know when he thinks it's time to eat. He is on the road to recovery, though, and will make a great companion for someone once he has healed up.
Allows us to rescue more cocker spaniels
This Sponsor a Pet grant paid to vaccinate Cosette, who came in with her sister Genevieve. They are 9-week-old cocker/Chihuahua mixes who look like miniature cockers-- adorable! They were adopted together!