Success Stories

Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.

Luv A Chin Dog Rescue: Shelter+ Challenge
What was the money or product used for?

Money was used for vetting costs of Japanese Chins in the care of Luv A Chin

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

Money received helped our organization continue caring for our dogs by assisting with payments of spays and neuters, dental work, needed surgery.

How many pets did this grant help?

I do not know the exact number of dogs this helped.

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Just an example of one of the dogs funds received helped is Baker, who is a senior Chin that was offered at auction for $5.00. We vowed to give him a good life for his last years. He had an old eye injury that had not been attended to so Luv A Chin rescued him and had him neutered and updated on his vaccinations, and also had his shriveled eye removed. Baker is now enjoying for the first time life in the comfort of a home.

Washington Animal Rescue League: Shelter Challenge
What was the money or product used for?

Grant funding helped the League address and contain an outbreak of ringworm, a highly contagious fungus, which affected 10 – 15 cats in our care in July earlier this year. We purchased supplies to disinfect the shelter and provide treatment to the impacted animals in our Medical Center, all with minimal impact on adoptions. Supplies included disinfectant, gloves, toys, bedding, oral medication, topical lime sulfur dipping treatment, cultures, and other medical and quarantine supplies.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

Even one case of ringworm presents a number of challenges in a shelter environment, and many shelters are unable to treat sick cats and kittens. With grant funding, the League established a set of strict cleaning protocols, designated quarantine space, disinfected the shelter, and provided medical treatment to the impacted animals, which included an oral medication and weekly lime-sulfur dips.Even though all of the cats displaying symptoms were isolated, we also cautiously considered the rest of our cat population in the community shelter areas to be possible carriers. We worked with adoptions staff to communicate with the public about ringworm precautions and discussed how it can affect adoptive families. Because of this our strict cleaning protocols and careful communication, dozens of healthy cats in our care were able to be adopted.

How many pets did this grant help?

10 - 15

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

One kitten in our care, Little Night Music, was treated for ringworm in quarantine for almost 8 weeks. One of the most challenging aspects of treatment is making sure that the animals in quarantine get enough socialization and positive interactions. Because the disease is so contagious, cats with ringworm can't be kept in community settings or allowed to walk on the floor. Staff and volunteers paid special attention and made sure to spend time handling and loving Little Night Music and the other cats and kittens while in treatment. After several long weeks, the animals completed treatment and when they no longer tested positive for ringworm or exhibited symptoms of the condition, the cats and kittens were made available for adoption. On August 24, 2013, Little Night Music (now Toby) was adopted into a loving forever home at 4 months of age. “Toby is a very curious and energetic kitten who follows me around like a little puppy dog,” wrote Judy, his new adopter.

Pawsibilities: Shelter+ Challenge
What was the money or product used for?

We were able to use the grant money for medical care for some of our special needs critters.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

This grant money enabled us to pay for much needed medical care for six of our rescued dogs that needed dentals, bloodwork and heartworm treatment.

How many pets did this grant help?

This grant helped six of our most needy pets.

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

This grant helped Keller, a beautiful 7-year-old blind Cockapoo that had horrific skin allergies, major ear infections and dental surgery.

Urban Cat Relief: Shelter+ Challenge
What was the money or product used for?

Vet care and food

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

Able to help cover vet costs and purchase food for a nursing mother cat.

How many pets did this grant help?

Pregnant mother cat (3 cats total)

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Urban Cat Relief received a call about an emaciated pregnant cat. She was trapped and brought to a foster home where she gave birth that night. Sadly out of four kittens born, just two survived. The grant money allowed us to cover costs of vet examinations, buy good quality food for the mother cat to eat while nursing and cover the cost of her spay and vaccines after she weaned her kittens. The remaining two kittens grew up very strong and happy. Mother cat has since been adopted and her two baby boys were also adopted together into a great home.

TARPS - The Animal Rescue and Protection Society: Shelter+ Challenge
What was the money or product used for?

Our veterinary bill.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

As a no-kill shelter, we receive many animals with health issues. Our veterinary bills are always the largest part of our budget. This grant allows the cats to receive vaccinations, spay/neuter, and medical treatment when necessary.

How many pets did this grant help?

This is a difficult number to calculate. It would cover 28 neuters, or 16 spays, or 100 rabies vaccinations.

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Around the time of this grant, we received a call on a Sunday morning about a small kitten (approx 4-5 weeks old) that was found on the steps of a church in nearby Ludlow, Vermont. We took her to the vet immediately and found she had been bitten on top of the head and under her chin. She couldn't hold her head straight and was in severe pain. With great veterinary care and a loving foster mom Athena is now a healthy, active little girl.

Mid-Atlantic Pug Rescue: Shelter Challenge
What was the money or product used for?

The money was used to pay for veterinary bills for pugs that were in our rescue.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

We accept pugs regardless of their age or health in our rescue. This grant helped us pay our veterinary fees. In 2012 our vet fees were over $100,000.

How many pets did this grant help?

This grant helped specifically helped two pugs with very expensive veterinary bills.

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Faith was found as a stray with chemical burns on over 40% of her body and in severe pain in North Carolina. With the help of one of our rescue vets, her caring foster home, and this grant, Faith has shown tremendous progress. Our vet doesn't think all of her hair will come back so she will require sunscreen and need to wear clothes, but she will be able to lead a normal pug life. Faith was adopted and is now living the good life in Charlotte, NC.

Oklahoma City Animal Welfare Division: Disaster Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The funds were used to pay for the direct care of 42 storms pets, which included feeding, enrichment (toys, blankets, beds), and daily care. Our board-and-care fee is $10 a day, which is what each pet is charged out to, except for the first day, for which no charge was made.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

We committed to keep storm pets 30 days from the date of intake to give owners ample time to find their lost pets. We did keep pets longer, and we do have a couple of pets left in our adoption program. The grant allowed us to keep our commitment so that animals didn't need to be euthanized for time/space. We are an organization dedicated to providing the best services and programs possible to our community. As the largest shelter in the state, we find ourselves called upon to assist metro communities with disaster response and some sheltering (we take in about 3,000 pets a year from neighboring communities as a service to the pets). However, we are not funded to harbor these extra pets, so this grant allowed us to not only assist the Oklahoma City community, which was affected by the tornadoes, but it allowed us to assist the City of Moore and Oklahoma County with displaced and injured animals.

How many pets did this grant help?

We saved 42 pets with this funding. All of them were either adopted, returned to their owners, or transferred to rescue-group adoption programs.

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Shilo is a tan, male Labrador Retriever. He came into our shelter as a puppy on Feb. 3, 2012. He was too young to place into adoption, so we sent him to a foster home for a month. He came back on Feb. 27, 2012, and was adopted to a woman who lives in Norman, OK, on March 2, 2012. Norman is about 15 miles from Oklahoma City.

On June 8, 2013, Shilo was brought to the shelter with multiple minor injuries after the May 31 tornado/high wind event. On June 10, 2013, his adopter reclaimed him. We were able to identify his owner through the tattoo we placed on his stomach when we neutered him prior to his adoption.

We are often able to reunite pets and owners through tattoos, tags or microchips, but it was especially gratifying to be able to reunite an owner and a lost pet after 1) a disaster event; 2) through our tattooing process; and 3) especially after originally fostering and adopting one through our shelter. Shilo came full-circle during this event, and we are thrilled for him and his person.

Doxy's Horse Recovery, Inc.: Tractor Supply Company Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Doxy's used $578 for dental and [eye] exams and treatment as indicated. The remaining $422 was used to purchase hay.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

We have 2 horses who exhibited eye conditions that were examined with recommendations provided by the veterinary to enhance the quality of life and promote the safety of these 2 equines. Six horses were examined by an equine dentist to ensure proper and comfortable grinding to promote optimal nutrition. The funds provided through the grant enabled us to provide our adoptable horses with services that are surely important to their lives but not always able to be provided for financially. Having the "gift" of hay for our 17 adoptable horses was a plus and benefits each horse.

How many pets did this grant help?

The grant specifically helped 8 adoptable horses and contributed to the daily welfare of the other 9 horses waiting to be adopted

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Windsong was a senior, 25 year old, mare that came to us in poor condition. Through improved nutrition, dental and good daily care she blossomed into a handsome senior and was adopted on September 7, 2013 to a wonderful, loving home. Magnum, who had been adopted and was waiting to go to his new home, was found to have failing peripheral vision and will now remain at Doxy's until he can be adopted to a family with no more than 2 other horses in order for him to safely live. The first 2 photos show Windsong's before and after pictures and the 3rd shows Magnum in a pasture where he can safely live with only 1-2 other horses.

Center Valley Animal Rescue: Tractor Supply Company Grant
What was the money or product used for?

CVAR used the grant money to complete and build two horse pasture shelters. Cement floors had been laid for both shelters and one shelter had been partially constructed. Both shelters are now completed. Labor for the project came to $870.00 and additional materials needed came to $716.34 for a total of $1586.34. CVAR used the Petfinder/Tractor supply grant for the first $1,000.00 and CVAR paid out of its own reserves for the remainder.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

CVAR is located in Quilcene, WA, an area which experiences fall and winter rain and snow storms. It is essential for the well being of our large farm animals to have adequate shelter during inclement weather. Additionally, the shelters are used as a shelter for the feed for these animals so that the feed does not become water logged or moldy. A third reason for the shelters is to enable our Veterinarian to examine and treat animals with a cement floor and a sheltered roof.

How many pets did this grant help?

CVAR takes care of an average of 140 to 150 animals at any given time. As one of the few local places which takes large farm animals, CVAR averages around 10 to 14 horses, 4 llamas, 2 alpacas, 3 sheep, 4 goats, 1 emu, 1 large steer and 1 large pig.

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Page was one of four horses who came to CVAR through the efforts of CVAR and the local sheriff department. Page, a 25 year old thoroughbred, was in the worst shape. Along with being covered with lice and other parasites, she had three split hooves and a heart murmur due to muscle breakdown from starvation. This once beautiful racehorse looked pathetic. In just the first 24 hours, each horse put on about 20 pounds with just water and bland grass hay. After a month, they had gained 76 to 189 pounds. Page was the one who gained the most weight. It's amazing what proper feeding and good medical care and love can do.

Almost Home Humane Society: One Picture Saves a Life
What was the money or product used for?

We have been giving the camera to our volunteers who are interested in taking photos and videos of our adoptable animals!

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

This grant has helped us promote our animals in more way then we could of imagined. By having more volunteers photograph our animals, they are getting to know them on a deeper level and then spreading the word to their friends. Some of our volunteers are still getting use to taking videos with the camera but those who have mastered it are showing the public how that behave outside their kennels which is very important.

How many pets did this grant help?

So far, ~25

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

We have had several animals be adopted rather quickly based upon their photographs taken with the Canon Rebel. One specific kitten would be Neil (grey and white) who was adopted almost instantly due to his photo!