Success Stories

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

Shaggy Dog Rescue: Dogly
What was the money or product used for?

To help pay the veterinary bills for Dutch, a small dog with a fractured leg and demodex mange.

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

The grant has helped us to afford the surgery on a needy dog that would have otherwise been put to sleep.

How many pets did this grant help?

one

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

We are using the funds to help pay the surgeon's bill on a 10-month-old Dachshund mix that we rescued from BARC, the City of Houston animal shelter. His name is Dutch. It is [an open-admission] shelter; this small dog was not wanted by any of the rescues. He has a fractured leg and demodex mange; his surgeon's bill will be approximately $2,000 and his vet's bills will be over $600 to treat his other ailments. Although he is not a "shaggy dog," we felt he was worth saving -- we usually take the dogs that no one else wants.

Humane Society of Raleigh County: Mohawk Operation Grant
What was the money or product used for?

To replace flooring in the Cat Room. Total project cost $1,800. Grant paid $1,000.

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

With the grant money, we were able to completely redo our Cat Room. This is the room where our cats are primarily allowed to be free and not confined to cages. We still have animals that we have to cage in this room until spay/neuter process is completed, but others are allowed to freely move and have contact with potential adopters.

How many pets did this grant help?

The population in our Cat Room.

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

Since our cats are allowed to roam freely in this room, they tend to actually pick the adopter they want. Now with the upgrade, potential adopters are greeted by an attractive room and loving cats. They are staying longer in this area and interacting more with the cats. This increased interaction time is allowing for our cats' personalities to win over potential adopters; thus there are more adoptions. We can't begin to express our appreciation for this assistance. Thank you!

Animal Rescue New Orleans: Dogly
What was the money or product used for?

Your very timely grant was used to purchase a new washing machine ($400) and also to help us with the vet care of a little puppy named Lizzy ($3,068) who had a persistent right aortic arch that required hospitalization and a specialist. Sadly, she did not make it.

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

This grant could not have come at a better time. Animal Rescue New Orleans (ARNO) has a no-kill shelter that is volunteer-based but also depends on small grants and private donations. We intentionally choose the immediate needs of the shelter pets but also the immediate needs of a little puppy whose last chance was with us at ARNO.

Our one washing machine runs all day and provides clean warm beds, fleecy blankets and towels to keep our dogs and cats snuggly warm when the weather is cold (in addition to our heaters!).

Your grant also gave hope to a tiny adorable puppy who would have had no chance without grants like yours. ARNO helps those with no hope anywhere else: the too-young, too-sick, too-old, abused, abandoned, neglected and even the forgotten. We are there for them. It is such an important part of our mission, but sadly, there is not always a happy ending.

How many pets did this grant help?

This helped all 45 dogs and 50 cats at our no-kill shelter but also a tiny little angel of a puppy who stole everyone's hearts.

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

ARNO exists especially for little angels like Lizzy. Lizzy came to us from a woman whose husband had decided to euthanize her as she had been very sick and she begged us to take her and try to save her. She was a shepherd mix and approximately 12 weeks of age, the sweetest little girl who loved to snuggle under your arm.

When Lizzy came to us, she could not keep food down. She was underweight and seemed very weak, so she was immediately rushed to our emergency vet where it was found she had persistent right aortic arch, or vascular ring anomaly. It is an abnormality, which can be common in puppies, causing narrowing of the esophagus, leading to digestive problems. Lizzy had been with our vet for a week under fluids and careful feeding and monitoring. She had gained about 8 oz. and was sent to a specialist to undergo a major, complicated surgery. Sadly, although she made it through the surgery, she died shortly afterwards. Lizzy had touched everyone in a very special way.

ARNO fights every day to save those who would have nowhere else to go, no one else to hold them, no one else to love them and no one else to pray for them. Even though Lizzy did not make it, she was loved by everyone at ARNO, the wonderful vets (who wanted to foster her if she had made it) and vet techs who adored her and countless others who prayed for her. She brought hope and love to everyone. Lizzy inspires all of us at ARNO to continue to fight the good fight in her memory and spirit. There is one more angel in Heaven watching over us all and her name is Lizzy.

SCRAPS: Disaster
What was the money or product used for?

Your grant enabled us to house and care for animals taken in an abuse case. Specifically, it gave us the funds we needed to provide medical care, food and shelter while the judicial proceedings were taking place.

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

This grant provided the funds for the initial veterinary care for all of the animals taken in the seizure.

How many pets did this grant help?

Two horses, one llama, eight dogs and six cats.

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

As fires raged across Washington state last summer, many livestock owners were forced to place their animals into shelters. When one of those owners brought his animals to the shelter established at the rodeo grounds, the volunteers there became alarmed at their condition and called SCRAPS. Our officer executed a search warrant of the property and found the five horses along with other animals living in filth, feces and garbage. One of the animals, a dog named Stella, was pregnant. Stella was brought to the shelter and gave birth here to nine puppies. Because of her lack of nutrition and stress, three of the puppies didn't survive. The rest were sent with their mother to a foster home where they were adopted out after they were weaned.

Humane Society of Jackson County (ARF): Thundershirt for Dogs
What was the money or product used for?

We are a foster network. When dogs have problems that would affect the possibility of their being adopted, we try them with a Thundershirt to, hopefully, minimize the perceived problems -- anxiety, fear of thunder, etc.

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

A few of the animals were significantly helped by wearing the Thundershirt. One would probably never have been adopted due to extreme separation anxiety had she not worn the Thundershirt.

How many pets did this grant help?

At this point, four animals have benefited from wearing the Thundershirt.

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

Daisy (pictured) was a cute little Feist who had extreme separation anxiety. She was fine until she was left alone -- for a minute or for much longer. She screamed the entire time she was left. Neighbors at her foster home complained. Daisy started wearing her Thundershirt and began to improve immediately. She was ultimately adopted, with her Thundershirt being made part of her adoption. She has not been returned.

Joan Rivers (second photo) is almost blind and deaf. She seems to be less stressed when wearing her Thundershirt. She has not been adopted yet, but is probably going to be in a forever home at her foster home.

Standing Proud Pit Bull Rescue: Thundershirt for Dogs
What was the money or product used for?

The Thundershirt products are used to help our dogs with anxiety.

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

The Thundershirts have been very helpful with overcoming the anxiety that many of our dogs come to us with. Battling separation anxiety is very important to us, as it gives a dog a better chance of finding a forever home. Also, in Arizona we experience monsoon season. The storms can get very loud, which can make many of the dogs uneasy. The Thundershirts work great for keeping them calm!

How many pets did this grant help?

An unlimited number!

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

This grant has and will continue to help many of our dogs. One in particular that has truly benefited from the Thundershirts is Zoey. Zoey came to us with extreme fear issues, which then lead to pretty bad separation anxiety. The Thundershirt was a great tool to help her maintain her confidence and remain calm in new situations. Zoey has since been adopted after she proved she was ready for her forever home! We also keep a Thundershirt in the car whenever we head to vet appointments. The Thundershirts are great for those dogs that can get a little scared at the vet's office.

Standing Proud Pit Bull Rescue: Dogly
What was the money or product used for?

The grant money was used towards veterinary bills for our current medical dogs.

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

This grant helped our organization afford exploratory surgery for one of our dearest medical dogs.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

This grant helped our organization afford exploratory surgery for our medical dog Jericho. Jericho has been with us since July. His condition upon intake was terrible; he was covered in 10,000 ticks, he had severe ear infections, and a huge tumor on his penis that had ruptured. Jericho has had a total of three surgeries since being in our care. He was going through chemotherapy up until last week, when we discovered a large mass in his abdomen. This grant allowed us to do the exploratory surgery needed to remove the 12"x11" mass on his spleen (yes inches!!). Sadly, the report of the mass came back as malignant fibrous histiocytoma, which is a very aggressive cancer. We will do everything for Jericho to ensure he has a happy life, even if it's not for much longer. You can read more about Jericho's journey with us (as it is a long one) on our website at http://www.standingproudpitbulls.org/#!soon-to-be-adoptable/c12hb. Thank you for supporting our organization. Although this grant only helped one dog, please understand that it helped one of the most resilient, loving, and loyal dogs that we have ever come across.

Cherokee County Animal Shelter: Disaster
What was the money or product used for?

Vaccines, heartworm tests and dewormer for 350+ canines.

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

It allowed us to properly vaccinate (upon intake) all the dogs from a puppy mill.

How many pets did this grant help?

359

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

On a stormy July afternoon, and well into the night, Cherokee County Marshals, Cherokee County Animal Control and Cherokee County Shelter staff impounded 359 dogs and seven rabbits from a wooded property within the county. These animals were not being properly cared for and were confined in spaces too small for the number of animals housed within them.

One of the dogs from this case was a 4-year-old red-and-white female Siberian husky the staff named Nadia (which means “hope”). Nadia came to the shelter very pregnant and also very anemic. Soon after impound, she became very weak and was sent to a local vet hospital for a check-up. An x-ray determined that she had seven babies in her uterus and was due to deliver any day. The same day, after returning to the shelter, Nadia went into active labor, and within a few hours gave birth to two pups. Due to her weakened state, she was unable to deliver more puppies after several hours of tiring labor. Staff rushed her to the veterinary emergency hospital, where she was prepped for an emergency cesarean-section delivery. She was able to give birth to her other puppies naturally after IV fluids and a little rest. Over the next few weeks, Nadia was fed a special diet many times a day to build her body back to a healthy state.

Soon after official relinquishment of the dogs, the staff found a rescue group to take eight of the huskies that came from the puppy mill, but they couldn’t part with Nadia and her babies after all they had done to save her. Nadia was a great mom, nursing her babies and helping them grow. All the staff and volunteers spent time with her and played with the babies, and each of them had a special place in their hearts.

The staff found special adopters for each of the puppies and then one of the puppies' families called in to ask about Nadia. The couple was older and very worried about Nadia not being adopted, so they asked to adopt her as well. The staff was thrilled! The couple came in three times a week for almost a month to see the dogs and get to know them before they were ready to go home. The day that Nadia and her baby, Sasha, left for their new home was full of lots of happy tears ... from the staff and the adopters!

York Adopt-A-Pet: P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds
What was the money or product used for?

Chill pads are being used to provide comfort for the adult/senior dogs.

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

We previously used blankets for the older adult dogs in the shelter and the Chill Pads provide much more comfort.

How many pets did this grant help?

So far, three dogs are sleeping on Chill Pads. Our younger dogs tend to chew and tear up their beds so we will use the wonderful Chill Pads for the dogs that will get the most benefit from them.

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

A Chill Pad from P.L.A.Y. was put in Cecil's kennel the day we received them. He immediately went to check out his new bed. Once he had sniffed it enough he curled up on the bed and went to sleep. The Chill Pad provides much more comfort and warmth for Cecil than his prior bedding.

Glenn Ista Shelter - Humane Society of Richland and Wilkin Counties: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

The money was donated for Channing the cat, so the money ($22.50) was used towards his medical bills (vaccinations, etc.).

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

It helped to offset the cat's expenses.

How many pets did this grant help?

One - Channing the cat

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

The Sponsor a Pet money was donated for Channing, a sometimes cute, sometimes bedraggled-looking domestic longhair black-and-white young cat. He looked like the cat in the cartoon Kit 'n' Carlyle. The funds were used towards his medical bills (vaccinations, etc.). He has since been adopted to his forever home.