Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
The money was used to help us with much needed repairs to the shelter after hurricane Irma. We had to fix a wall due to water damage, repair dog kennels. replace a computer due to power surge damage and replace the roof on our cat isolation building. We also needed to replace vaccines lost due to power outages.
By providing HSP the funds quickly we were able to fix the shelter and reopen for business. We were also able to help with a few transfers from other areas that were also affected by the storm.
Cedric is a small 7-year-old terrier mix. He was found as a stray after the storm. With no luck finding his owners, he ended up at our shelter. Cedric was in much need of medical care for an upper-respiratory infection and dental issues. We were able to provide him the medical and dental care that he needed. Cedric was adopted by a loving family and is enjoying his new forever home.
We initially thought we would double our intake for the month of the storm. However, we ended up taking in about the same number but many more medically or behaviorally unstable pups that would have otherwise been euthanized. While in Texas to pick up and transport back to our rescue, our team was actually able to assist with the floodwater rescues. We joined forces with the Cajun navy and were able to get approximately 80 animals out of the water and into safety while waiting for our pups to be ready for transport. That is 80+ animals who would have drowned if we had not been there due to the generosity of this grant. We helped save from 4-6 feet of water: a potbelly pig, lizards, snakes, guinea pigs, dogs, and kittens and transported them to a no-kill rescue partner. Many of the animals we brought into our rescue had severe physical ailments: eye infections, skin infections, and pneumonia resulting from water exposure, to name a few.
We also had several with anxiety-related issues from the trauma of the storm. We got multiple puppies in who were malnourished, with hair loss from neglect, including Schmidt (first photo). He is now the beloved pup of a family with children. We also got several puppy-mill dogs who were surrendered when the mill was flooded. One of them was Lola (third photo). She came to us at a year and half, having never been groomed; her fur was literally peeling her skin off. She was poorly socialized and is a resource-guarder. Due to the grant, we were able to consult a behaviorist and continue to work with her on these issues and hopefully place her in her forever home soon. Meet her: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/39800822
Kelby (fourth photo) came to us with severe skin issues as well as pneumonia. It took four rounds of antibiotic cocktails to clear up her pneumonia and skin. It was then discovered that she was deaf. She has since found her family. We were contacted by a rural shelter in the path of the storm that was desperately trying to get all their animals into rescue; if not, they would have to euthanize those still there because they were a completely outdoor facility. Kelby was only 8 weeks old and 3 lbs. She is now loved beyond measure.
To expand understanding and awareness of animal welfare to the youth in our community. We were able to increase our presence at after-school programs and schools and we increased recruitment for and participation in our youth camps. In addition, more partnerships with other organizations that focus on youth education were formed. These things ultimately allowed us to increase the number of youth positively who were affected through humane education.
Our mission is to advance the compassionate treatment of animals by providing sheltering, medical care, and behavioral services for dogs and cats; promoting permanent, caring homes; and furthering education and outreach. This grant allowed us to increase our outreach through humane education, which will ultimately result in a more compassionate generation of children. An immeasurable number of animals will benefit. During our youth camps, several animals are given the opportunity to receive extra love and attention from the children, and some are lucky enough to receive baths from eager youth.
Humane education helps an immeasurable number of both animals and the humans who love them.
During one of our youth camps that we provide free of charge to underserved youth, we met a young man absolutely terrified of pit bulls. He had grown up in a neighborhood where these types of dogs were used as protection and as a status symbol. He had never had a positive experience with these dogs. Through this valuable camp, he met a goofy, fun loving pit bull-type dog who taught him that these dogs have nothing but love and companionship to give.
The Chill Pad was used during Hurricane Harvey operations to cool off black dogs who were overheating.
As part of the field team supplies, the pad cooled off black dogs or dogs who had been in the sun way too long.
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Lucas came to us as a Harvey stray who'd been found wandering the streets. Being a black Lab mix, the sun heated him more than other dogs. When he arrived at our staging area, he was really hot and we put him on the pad. He cooled off slowly. Of course, he was one of many to be cooled by the pad.
The money was used for one person's tuition for a four-day mentorship for Dogs Playing for Life at the Longmont Humane Society in Colorado.
The knowledge and skills gained at the training allowed the trainer to share the same to some extent with the shelter manager and two other volunteers at the shelter. We see the benefits of the tools that were learned at the training, so we have ordered the following tools: A set of walkie-talkies, two air horns, two Pet Corrector sprays, two Spray Shields, a cattle paddle, and two break sticks. We plan to incorporate a more formal training session on playgroups within safe limits with two or three volunteers upon receiving the above. In the meantime, we have incorporated the skills learned for dog mediation in playgroups multiple times with two dogs, and couple of times with three dogs.
We performed playgroups with four dogs at our shelter with the tools we have so far. Upon receiving the required ordered tools, we would be able to adapt the techniques to our current 10 adoptable dogs, with a capacity of about 16 at the shelter.
This is the first attempt that we had with more than two dogs in the play yard together. We knew that they were balanced enough to get along as a group. We used the tools we have so far (water squirt bottles, shake cans made out of bottles with rocks in them, and Pet Correct spray with compressed air) to manage and interrupt any negative behavior in those dogs during play. This activity helped Legend (first photo); Pippi, the white-and-tan female; and Athena, a brown-and-white female. Since Legend did not respond to the water bottle because he loved to lick the water, the shake can helped him. We clearly observed that Legend and Pippi are able to properly understand other dogs and get more mental stimulation and better exercise, instead of playing on their own without specific corrective actions. We also attempted a two-dog playgroup with Pippi and Dante, who were not used to each other yet, and the shake can worked great to interrupt their negative behavior.
Meet our adoptable dogs currently in training:
1. Legend: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/39776558
2. Pippi: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/39955656
3. Athena: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/39529000
Housing cats whose owners were displaced after Hurricane Harvey
With the help of these funds, we were able to let people board their cats for free while they found a new place to live or repaired their homes to make them livable. We evacuated all of our shelter cats to a shelter in North Texas, so in addition to our small boarding area, we were able to turn one of our adoption rooms into a boarding area. Because we were able to board these kitties, families didn't have to surrender them while they were in temporary housing. Some kitties went home later the same week. The last kitties were here for eight weeks. Thank you so much for helping us help these kitties stay with their families. They could not have afforded to board these kitties on their own. They were all so very thankful that we took care of their babies when they couldn't and were filled with so much joy when they were able to take them home.
Kelsey and her family had extensive damage to their home in Rockport and couldn't bring Leo where they were staying. Leo stayed with us and received vaccines and was neutered. His mom was so happy to finally take him home (first photo)! Alice and her family's house was destroyed in Baytown. Their family boarded five cats with us while they stayed in temporary housing as they searched for a rental house. Their kitties stayed with us the longest, eight weeks in total. Vanessa had roof damage to her house in Port Aransas, so her cat Tiger stayed with us while her roof was being repaired.
We used the funds to recover from flooding and damage caused by Hurricane Harvey, including standing floodwater in the kennels, downed fences and branches, destroyed tarps over kennels, and a destroyed carport. We purchased posts, fencing, two gates, two truckloads of sand to build up outside kennels, and concrete. The remainder went for labor to effect the rebuilding and cleanup.
We were essentially paralyzed in terms of taking in any new rescues and had to scramble to find indoor housing for our existing dogs. The buildup sand and repair of fences and gates enabled us to safely house them outdoors again, and to begin accepting new rescues, including refugees from Harvey, and also enabled adopters to view our dogs without wading through water several inches deep.
The pup in the first photo was left stranded in a damaged, flooded outdoor pen. Thanks to the Petfinder Foundation's help, we were able to repair his fence, replace the shelter tarp, and raise the level of his enclosure so that he stayed dry. He has now been adopted into a loving family.
The money was use primarily for vet care and spay/neuter for displaced pets received after Hurricane Harvey.
Most of the displaced pets we received had health problems, injuries and were not spayed/neutered. We also took in pets who were returned to the owners as they became settled. We still have two who are with us while their families rebuild. All pets we boarded were spay/neutered, vaccinated and microchiped before being returned.
This grant assisted in the care of approximately 70 pets.
Kara (first photo) was found in a stable while they were rescuing horses. She and her kitten, Beau, were brought to us for care. Beau has been adopted and Kara is still available. She is beautiful, happy, playful and resilient. Meet Kara: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/39769576. Christie (second photo) was giving birth on a porch during the height of the flooding and was rescued along with her four newborns. The kittens have all found homes, but Christie is still available. She is a very sweet cat who helped raise other kittens abandoned during the storm. Meet her: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/39827360. Big Daddy and Chatter (third and fourth photos, respectively), along with nine others, were left out in the yard when their family left. Luckily a compassionate neighbor saved them. Both have new forever homes.
We are using the $1,000 grant to purchase vaccines to be used on 4- to 7-week-old cats and dogs. Because our county and shelter are very small and we are limiting our use of it specifically to those animals under 8 weeks old, it will take us perhaps a year to use the full amount.
This grant expanded the shelter population receiving vaccines to include dogs and cats younger than 8 weeks old. We previously only vaccinated from 8 weeks on. We have adopted this as our new standard practice, helping to keep the underage animals, as well as the older animals around them, healthy and well. As our county does not provide a budget for vaccines, our supporting nonprofit, Friends of Colusa County Animal Shelter, will continue the practice in the future.
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Lady was picked up making friends with children at a local school. She was full of milk, and our Animal Control Officer quickly began making inquiries to attempt to locate her pups. Two days later, the 1-week-old pups were brought in because the people had "lost" the mother. Turns out, she had been a stray they took in and really didn't want, especially with puppies. Lady and her pups have been with us since. The pups are now just turning 4 weeks old and will receive their first set of vaccinations, funded by our Petfinder Foundation grant, tomorrow. Thank you for helping us keep them safe!
The $450 grant from the Petfinder Foundation was used to offset the costs of surgery for one of the cats in our shelter. Billie required surgery on her eyelids to remove several cysts.
In June 2017, an animal eye specialist performed a conjunctival resection and superficial keratectomy on both of Billie’s eyes. They also did a liquid nitrogen cryosurgery on Billie’s left eyelid in an effort to remove the hair follicles and prevent the growth of additional cysts. Billie’s left eye is now perfectly clear and, while the vision in her right eye is impaired, her quality of life is greatly improved. Before being made available for adoption, all animals at MEHS are spayed/neutered, microchipped, and have their vaccinations brought up-to-date. The additional costs incurred for special medical needs such as Billie’s are often prohibitive. Without support from the Petfinder Foundation, we would not be able to meet these critical medical needs.
This grant provided the necessary medical care for one cat.
Billie is now approximately 14 months old and still waiting for her forever family. Despite limited vision in her right eye, she is a typical mischievous young cat. She is frequently found in the director’s office or “helping” at the front desk. Billie’s profile is available at: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/37327028