Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
3/4 of the money was used for evaluation and training (private lessons) for Kimchi; the rest was used to pay medical bills for other dogs in our program.
We provide training for dogs in foster homes, if needed. Kimchi did need some help. The donors are the parents of Kimchi's former adopters, a couple that split up. The daughter of the donors did not know that she had been returned to rescue and when they found out, they wanted to help in any way possible.
Two: Kimchi and then leftover funds were used to cover part of an ongoing medical bill for a little pup who had ringworm and had to be in medical isolation for a few weeks.
Kimchi was a little dog whom we pulled from the euthanasia list at Animal Care Centers of NYC several years ago. She was adopted by a lovely couple who were very excited and happy to have her. About two years later one of them wrote to us, desperately asking if we could watch her for a while. She had gone to California for an internship, she and her partner had split up, and she was living in a place that did not allow dogs. She promised to come get Kimchi within a few months. We took her in (thank goodness for her original foster!). The months rolled by and we realized no one was coming to get her. Once we put her on Petfinder, the other former owner saw her, and although she could not take her, she wanted to help. Along with her parents, they donated money to her care. Kimchi is now very happy in her adoptive home.
This grant was used for our dog Tory's neuter and rabies vaccine.
Grants like these help us continue to save abused, neglected and abandoned dogs across the country. It provides the medical care most of these dogs have never received.
Tory was surrendered, finally, to officials after his "sister" died on the chain from neglect and abuse in Florida. Tory would have also died in the not-so-very-far future. This boy is just as sweet as they come, obviously grateful despite being confused. As you can see from the last two photos at the humane center where treatment began for him, he was a mess and quite emaciated. He is now happy and thriving in a safe, loving environment.
We deviated a bit from the original plan for using the money. That was due to the fact that we were anticipating a high need for surgical services (for physical injuries, such as animals hit by cars, etc.), but instead were inundated with pets with "routine medical needs" due to very high rates of abandonment. We spent $16K to treat malnourishment, skin conditions, and rampant infections sustained by animals left abandoned in homes, etc., during the exodus of people leaving the island. We purchased a critical component for our generator so we could have power during almost 90 days without electricity. We purchased a refrigerator to keep our vaccines at the appropriate temperature. We were unable to find the surgical component we needed, but figured out a way to repair ours instead. We are in the process of purchasing a van, but the best price we could find was actually $20K. This is the result of the lack of supplies on the island and corresponding run-up on prices. The van is critical to our responding to emergencies.
The hurricane was probably the most deadly natural disaster we have ever faced. Due to the severe damage to our shelter and the widespread destruction of critical infrastructure, we were essentially unable to conduct even our most basic operations. On top of that, we faced a huge increase in the number of animals needing our help, due to the general devastation and the surge in abandonment as people were forced to leave the island and could not take their pets. Thanks to this grant funding, we were able to maintain operations in the face of this disaster while also meeting the huge increase in need for food, vaccines, and medical treatment for animals affected by the storm.
404 dogs and cats were helped with this grant.
While there were many special stories of animals helped by this grant, Pete stands out. This sweet 14-year-old mixed-breed dog was found by the side of the road the day after Maria hit. He was malnourished, covered with ticks and fleas, emotionally traumatized, and clearly disoriented. We think that Pete may have run off during the storm and been so terrified that he couldn't find his way home. Because the island was without power, Internet, and basic communications for weeks after Maria, we were not able to post Pete's story and try to find his owners. And no one has ever come to look for him. But we know that Pete is going to have a happy outcome to his long life. Despite what he has been through, he is incredibly sweet and gentle with people, and greets everyone with a lovely kiss and thump of his tail. He has gained weight and his fur has grown in. We are offering Pete for adoption at our facility in Guaynabo, P.R., but given the island's still-precarious situation, we are not sure if an owner will come forward. But that's okay. We work closely with a transport program and may send Pete off to a new life in Maine or Massachusetts. We know he will be much loved, wherever he goes. Meet Pete: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/40590448
Chew toys for our rescue dogs in our shelter
We have an estimated 60 dogs at our shelter, not including the dogs we have additionally in foster homes. The dogs at the shelter rarely benefit from toys because many toys just do not hold up, leaving them without toys to chew during the day. KONG toys are chew toys that hold up and allow our dogs to have a lasting opportunity to enjoy chew toys every day instead of being without or having toys fall apart, putting them in danger. We received 10 KONG toys in various sizes and our dogs love them. It allows for hours of enjoyment, and when we put treats inside, it gives them a special enjoyment and a surprise of something good inside. It is difficult being in a kennel, and I think this gives them pleasure that they so deserve until the day they get to go to a home where we encourage the adopters to continue to use KONG toys due to their durability and the dogs' enjoyment.
Betsy (first photo), Katrina (second photo), Joey (third photo), Sawyer, Beatrice, and Colt were rescues from [an open-admission] shelter in Alexandria, Louisiana. Betsy, Katrina, Beatrice and Colt are not currently listed on Petfinder because the rescue is treating them for heartworm; because of this, it is very important that they have toys because they are not allowed to be active during treatment and the toys give them something to enjoy since their activity level is regulated. They get good treats inside like peanut butter, nibbles of food and nice treats.
Betsy, a black Lab mix, was so very impressed with her new toy that she could not let it go! She licked, chewed and ate treats out of it a lot! All of our babies were grateful but I think Betsy was the most grateful to have a great toy to play with and chew during the day and night. Happy rescue pups make for a happy shelter life until the day of adoption.
Katrina, a German Shepherd, is a bit timid and shy, but once I gave her the Kong toy, she came alive and couldn't wait to see the treats inside. When she is happy, we all are happy, because giving happiness to these precious animals is worth every second to see them not scared or afraid and showing happiness and joy.
Joey, a brindle pup, will soon be fully vaccinated and neutered and ready for adoption. He was also rescued from a high[-intake] shelter. The rescue makes sure he has four sets of vaccines to ensure that he is protected from viruses, and that he is neutered at the appropriate age recommended by the vet, so he is almost ready to get adopted in the next few weeks. The Kong toys have given this playful, happy boy some fun and also helped him when teething. He also enjoys treats inside and throwing the toy in the air while chasing it. Joey is very grateful to have had this toy to pass the time.
Sawyer, a yellow Lab mix, was recently adopted and, after time at our shelter, he is living an amazing new life in New England. He was so playful with his Kong toy that he would throw it up in the air and catch it and pounce on it during playtime.
Beatrice, a black-and-white pup, isn't much of a chewer, but she LOVED getting treats in her KONG so she could lick away all the goodness inside. She would even carry it around, prancing to show off her Kong prize.
Colt, a black-and-white collie mix, loved all the treats the Kong toy had inside, and after getting his treat out, he loved to chew on the toy, passing the time away. The beautiful red color was easy for us to locate when he hid it so we could add more goodies inside. He likes stimulation, so this toy gave him the interaction he needed to help give him a challenge of getting what's inside out of the Kong. He LOVED this toy!
It was very hard to get good pics because everyone was so excited to play and chew on them that they were not interested much in looking at the camera!
Overtime expenses incurred by Hurricane Irma: Many staff members and volunteers worked around the clock before, during, and after the storm, not just to ensure the safety of Cat Depot cats, but assisting pets in the community and at other organizations all through the state.
Hurricane Irma put a strain on animal organizations. Before the hurricane, staff and volunteers worked long shifts preparing our facility, welcoming cats from other organizations that needed to evacuate, and ensuring personal pets in the community had the necessary vaccines and equipment to enter storm shelters. After the hurricane, staff and volunteers transported animals and supplies all over the state. The support from the Petfinder Foundation helped us keep the wheels turning -- literally.
Lancelot is one of 25 lucky kitties who were evacuated to Cat Depot from Jacksonville Humane Society. Their facility flooded, but the cats were safe and snug with us and have now found loving furever homes. At right are a photo of Lancelot and three images from Cat Depot.
The $2,000 grant was used to purchase a new, dry storage container for feed, hay and supplements. We purchased the container from Mason Builders Corp. for $2,554.45 on Oct. 30, 2017, and the cost included delivery. The price had gone up due to the demand for containers after the storm.
Your grant enabled us to purchase a new, dry storage container for the feed, hay and supplements for all of the animals. Our container was damaged badly by Hurricane Irma. While we did not take a direct hit, we did have a lot of rain, wind and tornadoes that affected the facility. We had not budgeted for these types of expenses and we did not have the funds in savings. A tree had fallen on top of our container and it was leaking badly, and the door would no longer close properly. The danger was in getting any of the feed, hay or supplements wet, as they could mold quickly, between the extreme heat and damp conditions. We also had to ensure that rodents could not get to the feed and supplements, as they would eat, urinate and defecate in them, making them unsafe for consumption. Should the horses eat moldy hay or grain, we could have had several horses get colic, resulting in added vet bills and potentially death. Had the goats eaten moldy hay, they too could die. This grant was a lifesaver for us in a life-or-death situation. We are so grateful for the quick action and generosity of the Petfinder Foundation.
We have 43 horses, two miniature donkeys, one hinny, eight potbellied pigs, two farm pigs, two goats and one cat. This grant helped 59 animals.
All of our animals were affected by the weather and they were standing in a flooded pasture. We were lucky the water did not go into the stalls, so they were dry. The feed, hay and supplement situation was extremely important. Pictured is Sure Shot, an adult miniature hose. Meet him: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/39897454
The Kong toys help keep our dogs mentally happy as they wait to find their forever homes.
All 42 dogs that we can house at any given time.
The Kong toys are used to keep our dogs engaged and occupied while they're in their kennels. The toys help all of our dogs. Pictured is Buck. "Shhhh ... I'm making my New Year's wish. When I open my eyes, my new family will be standing in front of me." Buck's hung around AAC long enough in 2017. He is ready for his furever family!
The funds were used to prepare and print materials for our Humane Education program. The program allows senior staff to travel to local schools and present information to students of all ages and income levels.
The grant allows AAC, on a continuing basis, to educate the public about the importance of the rescue community. We are also able to provide resources to the public about the importance of proper vet care, spay/neuter and microchipping.
The grant assisted in the adoption of more than 100 pets.
Peanut and Luna (first photo) re a bonded pair who came from [an open-admission] shelter in rural Georgia. Bonded pairs present a challenge to adopters because most are only anticipating the adoption of one pet. They were adopted by a teacher at one of the schools where we gave our humane presentation. Zadie, who was adopted recently, was also adopted by a family that saw the presentation (second photo).
We received a box of Kong toys to use for our dogs in foster care. These have been amazing to get because we haven't been able to afford to buy any for adoption events or fosters since we operate on such a tight budget.
These Kong toys have been amazing for our dogs while they're at adoption events or while crate-training in their foster homes. The Kong toys are so much easier to use than any other options because we can fill them with all sorts of fun recipes and freeze them and the dogs enjoy them so much!!!
I have attached pictures of Dominic, who was enjoying the Kong toy while in his foster home. These have been extremely important on days when we've had bad weather (snow and below-freezing temperatures) to keep the dogs entertained when bored.
Willa received Apoquel for her skin allergies.
By receiving this grant, we were able to provide Willa with the medication needed to keep her comfortable and regain her health.
Willa was found in a small town by one of our volunteers who was meeting another party surrendering a dog. She had been passed from one owner to the next, no one really wanting her or caring enough about her to keep her indoors and well-fed. She was suffering from skin allergies and multiple medical problems, making her unadoptable. After months of love, veterinary care, a specialized diet and medication, she regained her good health and was adopted by her foster family, who proclaim that "she is the perfect dog"!