Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
Medical care for Harold
It helped offset the cost of Harold's neuter.
This donation helped offset the basic medical care for Harold, a terrier mix who has since been adopted.
We purchased new dog beds, a variety of toys for small to XL dogs, and a few warm sweaters for smaller dogs who did not have any. Many of our beds had been worn out or torn up. We found a selection of comfortable beds and three sweaters/coats for the smaller dogs at Ross Dress for Less, which has a good discounted pet section. For the larger dogs, we found some orthopedic foam beds for under $20 each at Coscto. We purchased four of them for less than $100! These particular beds are for dogs with arthritis or amputations. We also found great toys both at Costco and online, ranging from great prices for Nylabones at Costco to rope toys of various types and sizes through Amazon and eBay. Now all the dogs have comfortable and clean beds, warm winter wear, and lots of toys to play with!!
We have 31 dogs on-site, mostly senior and special-needs animals -- whether blind, toothless, three-legged or suffering with chronic illnesses such as cancer or valley fever. Our dogs now have enough beds, winter wear and toys to play with thanks to this Orvis grant!!
Henry (first photo) is a double-merle ("lethal white") cattle dog. He blind in his right eye and, according to the veterinarians at Eye Care for Animals in Tucson, has approximately 10% vision in his left -- but will go completely blind as he gets older. Nonetheless, as a 2-year-old, he is high-activity and playful. This grant bought Henry new toys. Rope toys are his absolute favorites, but he enjoys stuffed squeaky toys as well! Henry has been on Petfinder for quite a while with his very best friend, Adi, a 3-year-old, three-legged cattle dog. They play tug-of-war together with their new toys. We are hoping they will find a home together, as they are incredibly bonded. Here is a brief video of Henry playing with a new rope toy: www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PIO7vYSwhs. The second photo shows Adi shortly after her leg amputation; you can see WHY we needed some new beds!
Meet Henry: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/38579585
Our organization took is more than 45 hoarder dogs. The $45 we received via the program was used for their spay/neuter surgeries.
Coco was traumatized and very fearful after being removed from a hoarder situation. She was fostered by our founder until she was socialized and no longer fearful. After being spayed, she was adopted to a great home. Our founder has several dogs who are well-behaved and have a calming affect on dogs brought into her home. Coco was with the founder for a couple of months and adjusted beautifully and is very happy with her new family.
100% of the donations we receive go towards the care of the cats: food, litter, veterinary expenses, transportation, etc.
The grant allowed us to feed, shelter, and treat the animals in our care.
Captain was a rescue transferred to us from an Eastern Washington shelter. He was found as a stray with many medical needs, including being FIV+ and needing to have an eye removed. He has since been adopted and is very much loved in his new home.
Hoodies and handouts and giveaways for the students
Not only are we educating kids about rescue, spay/neuter, ID tagging, microchipping and more, we are reaching more potential adopters!
Countless - the effects of education ripple outward and onward.
This grant helped support our Syosset High School Dog Rescue Group and other humane-education programs we have where we go into other schools. High-school kids learn about rescue and help at adoption events and learn how to care for dogs and help network the adoptable pets! At the event pictured, the kids helped many dogs, including the ones in the photo: Buffo, Aurora, Syd, Pretty Girl and Toby!
Freckles' sponsorship funds were put towards her heartworm treatment and Jazzmine's helped to reduce her adoption fee!
Jazzmine was surrendered after being adopted five years ago. She waited for a home and now she has a great one! The photo is her adoption happy tails photo! Freckles is in foster-to-adopt while undergoing heartworm treatment; she is adorable.
Dusty was elderly and diabetic. We purchased insulin and insulin syringes, a glucometer, and test strips, and fed him a veterinarian-recommended diet while he was in our care
Caring for senior special-needs pets can be very expensive!
Dusty was a senior diabetic dog. He was adopted, but he has since passed away, sadly. He ended up having more going on medically than just the diabetes, and he declined rapidly. This grant assisted us in providing top-notch care while he was with us.
Thank you so much for your donation to benefit Sweet Pea! She is a most special girl! Being incontinent due to spinal injuries earlier in her life, Sweet Pea has been with us for nearly three years now. She has become our office manager at MEOW. She's so smart and funny, and she loves everyone, human and feline.
Sweet Pea is prone to urinary-tract infections, so she's on a prescription diet and her health is watched carefully. On a fairly frequent basis, a lab urinalysis is done to ensure that any urinary issues can be detected and treated early.
This grant helped us to pay for a recent urinalysis for Sweet Pea. Thank you!
Here's Sweet Pea's story and description on Petfinder. "Sweet Pea is a very special cat. Her owners reluctantly surrendered her to MEOW, along with 18 of their other cats. Sweet Pea was near death when she arrived, weighing barely 5 lbs., covered in urine, and clearly in pain. We rushed her to one of our favorite vets, who determined that Sweet Pea had pyometra (an infected uterus) that had probably been present since she birthed a litter months before. Also, because of a spinal injury (she had been hit by a car at some time), she was incontinent. Dr. T treated her infection, then spayed her, and while she was out, he extracted a bad tooth. After her recovery, she has become our beloved office cat. While we all adore her and she entertains us daily, we would love for her to have her very own home.
"Now, the only outward indication of her dire injuries is the fact that her tail hangs low and off to the left, and she has a crooked smile. She has doubled her weight and is full of energy. She runs and leaps to great heights to catch her favorite toy, DaBird. She loves people and other cats and would be great with children. She is social and talkative, and very, very smart. We're pretty sure if she were human she'd be a comedian -- perhaps a physical comic like Lucille Ball. She cracks us up every day!
"She remains incontinent and we expect she will always need to have her bladder expressed 2-3 times each day, but she is cooperative and easy to handle. We can teach you how to do this for her. Immediately following each bladder expression, she runs off to do something silly, letting you know how happy you've made her. She doesn't make a mess and would be quite easy to accommodate in a home with people who have a heart for pets with special needs."
Meet Sweet Pea: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/32777866
Dogs Playing For Life tuition
This grant gave us the ability to create a new program and position for our shelter dogs. The Wenatchee Valley Humane Society (WVHS) is using Dogs Playing for Life techniques. We have now implemented this program for our shelter dogs. We will be using DPFL daily. A new position was created just for enrichment. Karen Headlee, the behavioral specialist and DPFL attendee, will be operating this program. Karen will be spending 3+ hours per day with 8-10 dogs doing playgroups. The goal is to get every one of these dogs out and socializing. They are already showing improvement and are becoming more adoptable with each session.We are grateful to the Petfinder Foundation for this opportunity!
This grant has helped approximately 12 dogs so far. The goal is 4-5 playgroups per day with 8-10 dogs involved.
This grant helped Athena (first two photos). This beautiful dog was adopted as a puppy and returned because of landlord issues. She was then adopted by a woman who loved her, but ended up having domestic-violence issues (and possible drug issues as well) and became homeless. Our Pets for Life program housed Athena for two weeks and her owner picked her up. They lived homeless for a few months and when the owner found a temporary place to stay, she couldn't take Athena. We took care of Athena for three weeks, but the owner never came back for her. Athena went up for adoption and is still adoptable. She is a sweet dog, but never learned stability or what it means to live in a house with loving pet parents. Dogs Playing for Life is helping Athena learn boundaries and socialization. She is doing very well and will make a great addition to a new family. Meet her: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/39904770
The Adoption Options in Action grant was used to purchase enrichment items that provide mental and physical stimulation as well as comfort for shelter animals. Some of the items included clickers and high-quality treats for our “no-bark” program, which not only provides the dogs with mental stimulation, but also makes them more adoptable as they learn to approach the front of their kennels and sit and be quiet as adopters walk the adoption floor. We also provide scent enrichment and food-gathering activities for the dogs that help keep them mentally stimulated while reducing stress. High-quality, indestructible toys are used to help them pass the time while in their kennel, and staff and volunteers help exercise the dogs with toys for games of catch and tug-of-war. We have also purchased new martingale collars that not only make walking the dogs easier, but also give staff and volunteers something to hold the dog with while getting them in and out of the kennels. We were also desperately in need of a few new Kuranda beds for our large dogs. Our cats in the treatment areas are enjoying new enrichment videos that provide the sights and sounds of nature. These videos greatly reduce stress for the cats and we have noticed a reduction in treatment time as a result. We have also purchased feral-cat dens that are also wonderful for reducing stress by giving cats a place to “hide,” and they make cleaning cages much safer and easier for our staff!
This grant has been a tremendous help in providing mental and physical stimulation while also reducing stress for the animals in our care. As a result, it also makes the animals more adoptable and eases their transitions into their forever homes. Staff and volunteers have been having so much fun coming up with creative ways to provide enrichment activities with the items we’ve been able to purchase with this grant!
Approximately 300 animals have been served by this grant to date.
Max was a shy, scared boy brought to our shelter as a stray. He would cower and hide from anyone who approached him and didn’t seem to even know how to play. He was also heartworm-positive, but we saw something in him and knew we had to save this special boy. We started by bringing him out to the lobby desk and letting him lie at our feet under the desk. We encouraged staff and visitors to offer him treats and he gradually became more comfortable with people. He even got to go on a shopping trip to PetSense to pick out toys purchased through the Petfinder Foundation's Adoption Options grant! He rode nicely in the shopping cart and enjoyed picking out his very own toys – probably the first he had ever had!
Each day, his confidence grew and he began approaching people on his own for pats on the head and a treat. He enjoyed the enrichment activities we offered him and he became more comfortable with the shelter environment as a result. He won the hearts of enough people who donated on his behalf to receive heartworm treatment and has now been adopted into his forever home! They are thrilled to have this loving boy who is so gentle with their children. Max has come a long way, from a frightened homeless dog to a loving companion who enjoys play time and, especially, belly rubs! Thank you, Petfinder Foundation, for making a difference in the life of this special pup!