Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
We used the grant money to purchase matching lupine collars and leashes to give away free with all dog adoptions for October and November. We also used the money to purchase adopter bags, magnets and informational pamphlets and vaccination record books to go with every dog adoption. We put together folders which contained informational pamphlets, vet coupons and vaccine record books, along with all medical paperwork for each dog. The adopter got this folder and information, along with a sample bag of food, in their adopter tote bag. The lupine collars and leashes are guaranteed for life, even if the dog chews it up. Lupine replaces all products. The adopter got to pick their collar pattern and we sized and placed the collar and leash on the animal before they left the shelter. When they agree, we also take a nice adoption picture to post on our Facebook page.
This grant allowed us the funds to purchase items for new adopters that we normally wouldn't have had the funds to purchase. Most adopters don't think to bring a collar and leash to them for the adoption, so we would either use slip leads or often give our own collars and leashes with the dogs. This takes a toll on our supply of collars and leashes (which are normally donated), so having these to give with the adoption saved us from giving our supply away too. All the adopters were very excited about picking out a collar and matching leash to complement the coloring of their new dog. They were also very impressed with the information and presentation of the folder, food and bag that they got to take home. It allows them to keep their pet's information all in one place. We had 12 dog adoptions in September, which has been about average for us. In October, the dog adoptions jumped to 22! We had a record-high 48 adoptions for October!
This grant enabled us to help 25 dogs so far and we will continue to give the collars and leashes away until gone (estimate the end of November). The bags and other merchandise will last us the whole year.
Kaya (first two photos) is a 23-month-old red-nose pit bull who came under our care after her owner showed up one evening before closing looking to surrender her. He stated she had become food aggressive with the other dogs in their house. We could count vertebrae and ribs on Kaya's small frame -- it was very evident she was underweight. We were extremely full of dogs at the time, but juggled them around to make room for Kaya, as we felt she could not be turned away. Kaya was very friendly, but obviously hungry, and as we walked her to the kennel, she grabbed a mouthful of treats on the way. Kaya threw up part of a hairbrush the first night in the shelter and could not keep any food down. We took her to the vet on two different occasions to rule out any medical condition that would explain her weight and condition. Kaya was given a clean bill of health and the vet said she could not hold food down because she was not used to eating it anymore. We started with small, frequent meals of canned food, and after a week, Kaya was able to eat her food again. Kaya spent one month with us at the shelter and went from 27 lbs. to 37 lbs. at the time of her adoption. Kaya is now living in a loving home and doesn't have to worry about when her next meal will be.
Dozer (third photo) is a 10-month-old beagle puppy whom we pulled from another [open-admission] shelter near us. This sweet boy broke one of his back legs at some time in his young life and did not receive veterinary care. His leg healed incorrectly and that leg is now shorter than the other, causing a permanent limp. This does not slow Dozer down, as he was often seen running and playing in our play yard with a friend. Dozer went to a local adoption event with us and his new forever family fell in love with him and adopted him that afternoon. Dozer is seen in one of the pictures sporting his matching collar and leash that this grant helped us purchase!
The money was used to paint the exterior of our cattery.
Painting the cattery has given it a whole new personality. It is much more cheerful and welcoming now. The exterior now matches the interior, which we have worked to make as homey and comfortable as possible for both the cats and for visitors.
We have 40 cats on-site at any given time.
We recently held an open house to show off the shelter's new look. A lovely family heard about the event and came to look for a kitten to adopt. Filmore (first photo) was taken off the streets of Atwater and nursed back to health by one of our dedicated volunteers. He now has a wonderful forever home.
Covering for our outside kennels.
We are in the process of completing the project. Our volunteer engineer was on his two-week honeymoon during September. We felt that he was the very best candidate for this project. As there are many weather factors and water drainage factors associated with the project, we waited for his talents. Options were discussed with this gentleman, drawings with specifications were created and a professional contractor will be utilized for the outcome.
There are 12 outside kennels utilized daily by our rescue dogs.
This will be particularly important for our dogs in rehab, as they will be able to access the outside part of the kennels to relieve themselves without traveling through mud or lots of ice and snow. The safety factor is huge, as we had a visiting mountain lion in the past. For these reasons, we wanted the very best candidate to engineer the project so that it would be structurally sound. We are so grateful that these concerns will no longer be with us in the near future due to this grant. The photo uploaded shows Stella on the left, a great Pyreenes/golden retriever mix (known for protection), who alerted us to the mountain lion's visit.
New tile floor, paint job and new water heater for our intake room
Our newly renovated room has ensured that the cats and kittens that come and go will do so in an easy-to-care-for room, free of diseases and germs because we can disinfect the floors and surfaces with bleach and water and our special veterinary cleaner.
Our new room has helped many of our cats and kittens live a healthier life because we can properly clean and disinfect all areas of our intake room now to help stop the spread of infectious diseases. Every week Cats Angels transports 25-30 cats to First Coast No More Homeless Pets for surgery. Many times the cats have to overnight at our facility. We now have a cleaner, brighter area for these cats and kittens. We also have a bank of cages in this room for our cats and kittens who need special care and medicines. We have as many as 10-12 at a time living in the intake room. We also give vaccines and process cats and kittens in this room, too. Our intake room also houses our washer and dryer. There is a lot of activity in this room and it is a much nicer room to come into now and to bring cats in.
We used this money to help pay for surgery and vetting on three dogs.
These dogs were all in very bad shape when we found them. This money enabled us to pay for surgery, neutering and heartworm treatment on all three. One of the dogs was adopted. A second one is in foster care with a family who is seriously considering adopting him. The third is still in our constant care while she recovers from her abandonment situation.
Miles is a black Lab/chow mix. He was found wandering the road in a rural part of St Augustine. We were called. We assessed the dog. He had a huge lump on his side. We took the boy, named him Miles and took him to the vet. The vet determined that Miles is approximately 7 years old. He was given his vaccines, tested positive for heartworm and had the lump aspirated. The lump was a mast-cell tumor. Miles was started on heartworm treatment, neutered and had the mast-cell tumor removed. Miles is recovering at his foster home. They have a 6-year-old chow mix. They are considering adopting Miles.
The money we received from the Petfinder Foundation Rescue U renovation grant was used to convert a storage closest into a kitten nursery. We were able to repair and paint the walls and install carpet, curtains and a glass door. We also purchased and installed a window air conditioning unit, two kennels, decorations, a chair, had a table/shelf built and ordered various supplies such as bottles, formula and toys.
This grant helped our organization and the pets in our care in two ways. First, it has started to increase awareness and interest in our foster program. Through having a special area for adorable kittens (and puppies), we have received additional inquires into our foster program. When we are able to send animals out to foster, which is not only beneficial to that animal, but it frees up space at the shelter. Second, the kitten nursery has added to our kennel space at the shelter, allowing us to care for additional animals -- especially underweight kittens/puppies and nursing mothers. We are very grateful for the Rescue U renovation grant from the Petfinder Foundation and look forward to helping many more animals and recruiting additional fosters.
So far this grant has helped two kittens, but we have only recently completed the room. We expect this room will help hundreds of animals!
We received two very cute orange kittens (pictured with an older buddy) who were too young to be adopted and needed to be fostered. After only one day in our kitten nursery, a couple spotted them and asked why they were in a "special room." We explained the situation and they signed up to be a foster and took the kittens home that day! Pumpkin and Peaches are currently in foster getting socialized with humans, another cat and two dogs. We think the couple may even end up adopting them!
The money was used to purchase a new commercial dryer. This was a change to our initial request of sound-dampening in the dog kennel. This change received prior authorization.
The new dryer works great; it is a double-stacked commercial dryer. With this dryer, we are now able to keep up with the laundry needs and provide every animal a blanket to lie on.
Will help every animal that comes through the Cache Humane Society.
Every animal deserves a blanket to lie on while he is here. Every animal now gets one because, with this dryer, we are able to keep up with the washing machine and provide a blanket to every animal. One example is Kahlua (pictured). From her Petfinder profile: "Just look at my colors! I'm a pretty, petite little lady with a gentle, relaxed demeanor. I get a lot of attention at the shelter but I'm in need of a forever home today! I'd love to make your couch my bed!" Meet Kahlua: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/33818432
We purchased six small aluminum Kuranda Bunk Beds for use in our kennels. We use them primarily for our small dogs, as they seem to like to "perch" more and can jump up on the tops easier. When we don't have as many smaller dogs, we also use these for our kitties, as our adoptable cats are all in communal rooms. The small beds work best in our kennels, and in one special kennel we have that is oversize, we use two of these bunk beds.
The Kuranda beds are so much more comfortable for our pets than just blankets or resting pads on the concrete. With the small dogs and cats, the bunk beds also help us hold one or two more dogs/cats in a kennel/room since they can kind of "layer" themselves for sleeping and such. Kuranda is an excellent product and we went to the more-expensive aluminum frames, as they will hold up long-term better than the PVC. The lower bunk also is a bit shielded from view, so a new dog that is perhaps a bit scared can feel a little safer and kind of hide as he adjusts but still be seen by the public.
Oh gosh -- on any given day, these six bunk beds help anywhere from 8-12 small dogs and/or 4-12 cats.
Louie (first photo) was a Chihuahua who actually first came to us in 2011. He was later returned for housetraining issues, adopted and then came back in the summer of 2015 due to the failing health of his owner. Louie was just a wonderful little guy, almost 9 years old when he came back to us this year. Even with the small dogs, older is a little harder, adoption-wise. When we put the new aluminum bunk beds in the big kennel where Louie and three other small dogs were located, he immediately perched right on top. There is no doubt that this helped Louie get noticed more, as he loved to sit up there and talk to people when they came by. Louie was adopted in September by a family that loves him dearly and tells us how he likes to sleep on the back of their couch. So the bunk bed was obviously a perfect "fit" for little Louie!
We built a three-room cat enclosure in an existing barn that just needed a new roof and were able to add cats to our rescue for the first time. The money repaired the roof, and paid for building materials and labor to build 6'x8' screened-in rooms with screen doors, outfitted with multilevel shelving, ramps and play toys.
We are now able to rescue cats and kittens in need for the first time ever. We have always gotten calls about needy cats, but never had a place to house them. We have saved 31 cats/kittens so far and currently house 10 cats/kittens.
We have saved 31 cats/kittens in the last two months since our enclosures were built. We currently have 10 cats in residence.
The first two photos are of our very first kitty adoptions. They are siblings and were able to stay together. The couple who adopted them had recently become "empty nesters" when their last child went to college; they felt their home was just a little too quiet and they needed a warm, fuzzy creature to love this winter. So with two new kitties, they can each hold one! This adoption was certainly win-win!
Thanks to the Petfinder Foundation and Orvis, 24 dogs have received DNA tests to improve their chances of adoption. DNA testing has also provided the opportunity for the owners to understand the dog better through breed characteristics and breed health. Twelve of the 24 tests have been sent in and received back with the test results. The rest of the DNA tests (12 tests) are currently waiting to be sent in and completed with the next round. All 12 tests must be completed at the same time to be sent in, and White River Humane Society is waiting to utilize the most of the tests to get the best results for those animals who need a chance at a true breed background for a better adoption.
Funds were spent on 24 DNA tests from Mars Veterinary Wisdom Panel. Tests cost $50 each, totaling $1,200. The Orvis Operational Grant covered $1,000 of the tests, leaving $200 for White River Humane Society to cover. Through donations, the excess cost was covered.
So far at White River Humane Society, of the 12 dogs that were DNA tested, four have been adopted. Pictured is Faith, who we thought was a pit bull mix. Faith is white and grey, and she has been at the shelter since June. Even though Faith has no behavioral issues, many pass her up due to the breed that she appears to be. Faith was DNA tested, and it was found that she is actually bulldog, American bulldog, and Siberian husky. In the next week, White River Humane Society will be posting Faith on Facebook and doing a poll on what members of the group think she is. Thanks will be given to the Petfinder Foundation and Orvis for this great opportunity for shelter animals to be DNA tested. Sadly, most of the test results did result in most of the dogs tested having Staffordshire terrier, even though they did not look like it. This will still present the opportunity for the new families of these dogs to understand their new dogs a little more. Meet Faith: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/32741100