Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
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!
We have used all 20 of the Thundershirts for the animals in our care. They have provided a much-needed calming effect. This has allowed future pet owners see how the dog would be in a calm environment and not hyper and jumping, barking excitedly like animals do when new people come around.
We have used all 20 of the Thundershirts at adoption events. We had the name of our rescue stitched into the side with the phone number. So as the dogs are walked or are seen in the pens awaiting their forever homes, they are calm but also advertise our rescue's name.
We have a young chocolate lab mix puppy that came to the rescue with a broken back leg and hip. We used the Thundershirt to keep him calm and warm on the way to the vet. After his surgery we had to keep him in a small kitten carrier to keep him immobilized, per the vet's instructions. We asked the vet about the Thundershirt and she thought it was a great idea. It has helped keep him calm and from pulling the stitches out. In Leo's case, the Thundershirt was a real lifesaver.
Meet Leo: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/29989820/
The money we received from the Bissell Renovation Grant was used to paint our kennels inside and out, repair cracks to the surfaces, and seal the kennel floors.
The Bissell Renovation Grant has helped us provide a safer, more sanitary environment for the homeless animals that come into our facility each year. The remodeled kennels are also aesthetically pleasing to adopters who come into our facility, providing a bright and clean look for them to view the animals in.
We expect this grant to provide an upgraded environment to over 2,000 dogs in the coming years.
Logan, a 9-year-old black Cocker Spaniel, was often overlooked due to our dark kennels and his dark fur. He wasn't one to run to the front of the cage to greet everyone and no one really took a second look at him as they passed by. After our kennels were painted a bright and cheerful shade of yellow, Logan really stood out. We took a new picture of him and reposted his picture in the newly painted kennel and he was adopted the next day!
Scratch pads were hung in cat cages at foster homes and in the cat habitats at Petco in Jupiter, FL.
Provided satisfaction to caged cats who have the natural urge to scratch, especially when awakening from a nap.
Our cats and kittens are housed at a local Petco store four to five days a week; others remain in foster homes. The cats at Petco go cage crazy and get bored. The scratch pads provide an activity to release their tension and stress.
To purchase three complete heavy-duty welded wire kennel panels, and two additional side panels.
This grant allowed us to better house the dogs in our care. Our old kennels were made from chain link, and had been patched numerous times over the years. These new kennels will keep our dogs safely secured.
Four at the present time, but these kennels will be in use for many more years, so there will be at least 40 dogs per year using them.
Diva is a mixed-breed dog that we had adopted out years ago. She ended up at local animal control, still wearing our Dog Town identification tag on her collar. She had been owner-surrendered by someone who had gotten her from her original adopters. Diva had been mistreated and sadly, when she came back to us, she had acquired some destructive tendencies. She had torn holes in her chain-link kennel and even though we had patched it up numerous times, she would find a new weak spot to rip up. She was injuring her mouth and also escaping.
Diva is now happy and safe in her new, upgraded kennel. We will probably have her for a long time, but we know that she will be secure and loved.