Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
The grant funds were used to help cover unexpected veterinary costs for 20 cats who were pulled from a hoarder situation in our community.
Our organization is used to working with Greece Animal Control and helping with a few cats at a time, but when we were faced with the situation of having to care for 20 cats from one location, we were faced with a huge drain on our budget.
It helped cover the costs for 20 cats.
This grant assisted us by allowing us to properly vet the 20 cats that were pulled from one house in our community. We have included pictures of just three of the cats who were helped by this grant. Each of these pets was able to be fully vetted and has now been adopted into a permanent, loving home. Their futures are now much brighter than they had been thanks to the help of the Petfinder Foundation!
We put the Kong toys in our dog pens for the dogs to play with. Our volunteers also used the toys to interact with the dogs.
They provided a fun activity for our dogs and enriched their environment. They also provide a toy for our volunteers to play with the dogs with, increasing socialization time. We are a no-kill shelter and many of our dogs (particularly some of our bigger dogs) stay with us for a long time. Toys are expensive and we are funded mostly from donations. Grants of multiple toys help to make sure that all of our dogs get something to play with.
We have large, multidog pens, so the grant helped a little over 100 dogs.
One litter of pups had to be separated due to some dogs having dominance issues. These toys gave the pups something to keep them busy since they could not all be penned together. It also encouraged volunteers to play with the pups more since they had something to teethe on. Achilles, Hera, Venus, and Achilles are pups from this litter. Pups Iris and Electra are also available from that litter. Pups Cayenne and Rachel are penmates and were enjoying their toy together. Rachel's sister Sophie was watching the action and is also available for adoption! All pups shown in the pictures are available for adoption. See them on Petfinder.com!
The 500 doses of Naramune and DuraMax were used to treat dogs and puppies being readied for possible adoption. We do not adopt out canines until they are old enough to be spayed or neutered. We vaccinate for everything needed for the age of each animal so we have to spend a lot of money on meds. Your products helped protect our dogs and puppies from disease while our volunteers were trying to find homes for them.
ASPCI functions as the impoundment facility for our county as well as a shelter where owners can surrender pets they are unable to keep. We know nothing about the medical history of the 2,500-plus animals we get each year from animal control officers. These medications were essential in controlling infectious diseases in the dogs and puppies being held in hopes of finding new homes. We have to spend a lot of money on vaccines and medications to maintain a healthy shelter population. These vaccines lasted over two months and helped immeasurably in controlling our costs and, more importantly, keeping our animals healthy.
Approximately 195 dogs and puppies.
Brimer was a 3-year-old black pug mix. The staff fell in love with her wonderful disposition. After being vaccinated, heartworm-tested and spayed, she was adopted by a family who already had three dogs. They just could not resist her charm. Pinky was three months old when brought to the shelter. After two rounds of vaccines, she was able to be made available for adoption and was quickly taken home by a family with a little girl who fell in love with her. Patricia was a beagle mix only one month old when she came to us. After being vaccinated and tested, she was placed on the adoption floor. A wonderful family looking for a companion for their other dog picked her at first sight, found that she got along fine with the resident dog, and took her home.
The money was used for the veterinary care of shelter animals.
The grant helped us during our busiest time of year, the spring/early summer months when we take in the largest number of animals. From March 31 to July 17, we took in a total of 431 cats/kittens, 151 dogs, and 15 guinea pigs, rabbits and pet rats. Every animal is medically evaluated and vaccinated upon arrival. This grant helped pay for this work. In particular, this grant helped with the care of cats and kittens, of whom we took in the most, and several of whom needed extra care (the stories of Remi and Dylan are below). At any one time, we house approximately 150 cats in our cat wing.
150 (cats in cat wing)
Remi and Dylan are very young cats, maybe a year old each, who were found abandoned in woodsy areas near the shelter. Remi was found about ½ mile west of the shelter and Dylan was found about ½ east of the shelter, but we believe that they may have come from the same litter. Both cats were severely underweight, covered in scabs, sores and mites, and suffering from URIs and ear infections. Found toward the end of May, these two required a lot of care and treatment to make them ready for adoption. While both are still very small, only about 6 pounds each, they are now ready for new homes! They are pictured here (refusing to hold still, of course), in our cat wing.
The vaccines we were so delighted to receive were used on hundreds of dogs and cats that came into our shelter. Hundreds that received the vaccines were adopted and getting this grant allowed us to use the funds we would normally use on vaccines for other things to benefit the lives and health of our shelter pets.
Being able to vaccinate for distemper, parvo, feline diseases, bordetella, etc. kept our shelter dogs and cats healthy and on the road to happy new homes. Puppies and kittens in our care received their series of vaccines required to start a new young life on the road to good health.
Approx. 500 dogs and 500 cats. (Younger puppies and kitties received more than one vaccine while in our care to follow puppy and kitten vaccine protocol.)
Veronica came into our shelter as a tiny puppy. She had a severe injury to her leg and had a hard time walking. Vets thought amputation would be best. But, wanting to give her a chance at keeping her leg, the staff worked with her and our "friends" group, TEARS, took Veronica on as a project, getting x-rays and several opinions on what would be best for her. After almost two months it was determined that Veronica could keep her leg and go up for adoption. She was posted on Petfinder and she caught the eye of someone visiting Florida from Mississippi. Amanda came and met Veronica and it was love at first sight. After a couple days wait for her to be spayed, Amanda and Veronica made the trip home to Mississippi, where it is reported she is doing well and loving life thanks to her fresh start at Seminole County Animal Services and starting with her first vaccine from the Shot at Life grant.
We received product: Kong toys
The Kong toys were a great past time for our younger dogs and puppies. They were given them at night to help pass the time while being in their kennels.
We had a puppy that was brought to us from out of town named White River with injuries to her leg. She is on medical hold until her injuries are resolved. The Kong toy gives her peace while she heals.
The vaccinations were used for rescue puppies upon intake.
This grant helped us with the high cost of vaccinations and allowed us to help with other extraordinary medical care for dogs in need.
Companion Pet Rescue & Transport takes in and adopts out approximately 200 pups and dogs in need every month. Our rescues come from [open-admission] shelters, strays and unwanted litters of puppies. None of our pups leave our care with less than three vaccinations, so this grant helped us offset the cost of vaccinations. This cost-saving allowed us to handle the cost of other dogs with extraordinary medical needs such as heartworm treatment. Attached are photos of four of the sweet puppies that this grant helped us save!
We used the grant funds to establish a “Petfinder Foundation Matching Grant Challenge” pool to match gift donations from the public for specific veterinary cases, dollar-for-dollar until the grant funding is exhausted. We effectively turned your $1,000 funding into a $2,000 medical expense pool to help at-risk rabbits!
We were able to rescue rabbits with very serious medical conditions, knowing we could use the grant funding as leverage for our efforts to raise funds to cover their high medical costs. Due to the high influx of injured rabbits needing immediate rescue, we expended the grant funding within only six weeks.
We were able to save four seriously injured rabbits.
Mitchell was on the euthanasia list at a local shelter. He had significant chemical burns to his hindquarters and sides. Mitchell had a significant loss of skin and fur on his hindquarters and huge areas above his tail where skin was simply gone and the tissue was healing as best it could, in large black masses, and still other areas where the fur was gone and burned skin remained with a leathery peel rising off of him. He was treated for shock, traumatic burns and infection from the wounds. He had to be kept very clean and the temperature in his area controlled. He saw the vet on a regular basis and fortunately did not require surgery. The burns also have affected the area around his eyes, leaving them inflamed. We used $300 of the Petfinder grant as a challenge to raise funds for his care.
Mitchell is an adorable pure white, blue-eyed Rex boy and living miracle. After suffering from serious chemical burns several months ago, he is fully recovered. Mitchell is neutered, calm, gentle and one of the most loving rabbits you will meet. In late April, Mitchell was adopted into his forever home!
The other three bunnies we helped were: Jumanji, abandoned in the rain in a busy parking lot. He had a badly infected tooth removed and was treated for an abscess. We used $350 of the Petfinder grant as a challenge to raise funds for his care. Cassie, left at a shelter with a severely fractured leg. The injury was so severe, the leg had to be amputated. We used $250 of the Petfinder grant as a challenge to raise funds for her care. And Zanie, a former Easter Bunny rescued with a large and dangerous abscess in left eye. Initially, eye-removal surgery was recommended, but the eye was spared, although Zane is blind in one eye. We used $100 of the Petfinder grant as a challenge to raise funds for his care.
We received a box of KONGs and used them as enrichment toys for some of the dogs who have been at the Guilford County Animal Shelter for a longer period of time, as well as some of the dogs going through therapy, like our friend Toby, who was a suspected burn victim. They loved them!
We were able to provide a safe, more sanitary toy to some happy dogs at the shelter. The KONGs we received are durable, easy to clean, and lots of fun for our pups! This enrichment allowed the dogs something to keep them occupied while spending time in their kennels, between being walked and taken out to play by volunteers. This caused the dogs to become less stressed in their cage, and less destructive with other toys once they got outside.
This grant helped more than 100 dogs at the Guilford County Animal Shelter, and is continuing to help more! As the dogs are adopted, the KONGs are cleaned, sanitized, and given to other dogs.
Toby, a suspected burn victim, arrived at the Guilford County Animal Shelter in April 2014 with third-degree burns covering over 50% of his body. We immediately began treating him and were pleasantly surprised by his quick recovery and how much hair he was growing back in just weeks! Of course, with the healing process brought lots of itching and skin irritation, so we wanted to soothe him and make his recovery as comfortable as possible. One thing that really helped keep his mind off of his skin was the enrichment we received from you -- a KONG with a small frozen cheese treat inside. He absolutely loves them and it keeps him busy and distracted until the whole ice cube inside is gone. Toby, and the staff at the Guilford County Animal Shelter, thank you!
With much gratitude for the Shot at Life vaccination program, we received vaccines to administer to neighborhood dogs at our Community Dog Day event. During Community Dog Day, after a brief veterinarian exam, we administer free lifesaving vaccines, free flea treatments, and free microchips to dogs; we also give out free engraved dog tags and we have a huge selection of free gently-used dog supplies and free dog food available for dog owners to pick up for their canine family members. We also share information about our services at Dane County Humane Society and local resources and encourage spaying and neutering.
The grant helped us tremendously by supplying the vaccines for the event. In addition to there being a lot of puppies at the event who had yet to see a veterinarian, more than a third of the dogs that were brought to the event had also never seen a veterinarian previously. Many of these dogs were in great need for the vaccines.
102 dogs arrived to Community Dog Day; 88 of them received vaccines.
There are so many stories to be told from the event. One that sticks in the mind is of Nick and his dog, Lady. Nick had heard in the neighborhood of a dog that needed to be rehomed because her family was moving into an apartment that didn't take dogs. He didn't know the people personally, but he wanted to help the dog and as he loves dogs, Nick wanted to open his home to her. He had just acquired Lady shortly before Community Dog Day, so he was happy that he could bring her to the event to get the necessary vaccines. Lady is a mixed-breed dog; Nick thought there is possibly some golden retriever in her, as she looks like a very short, Chihuahua-sized golden retriever. At the event, a tattered and knotted leash was replaced with a much better functioning one in pink. He also found a collar for her, fulfilling an important need and place to hang a dog tag. Nick said that he couldn't afford the annual fees to utilize the city dog parks. Every morning at 6 a.m., never mind what the weather might be, he has a complete exercise regime in place which involves him taking out his bike for a bike ride with Lady through one of the many public parks that Madison, WI, has. Lady is truly his companion and brings much joy to this life.
During the event, one of the event participants thought of his friend who has six dogs and called him to advise him of the event. Just as we were about to pack everything up, the friend arrives with only two dogs -- since that was all the room he had in his car with other human passengers. He opened the door to his car and out came a pit bull terrier and a brindle mastiff -- with no leashes! We were all shocked and also happy that it was after the event, and asked him where were his leashes -- which he replied that he lived in the country and didn't need any. For such country dogs, 007 (the pit bull terrier) and Big Girl (the mastiff), were completely friendly and well socialized. They both received vaccines. Big Girl was already spayed when Valentino got her from a friend, but 007 wasn't neutered, and unfortunately we couldn't convince him to consider neutering. But the good thing is that 007 and Big Girl were able to receive lifesaving vaccines, as well as goodie bags containing two leashes. We are not sure if the leashes will ever be used, but if Valentino needs them, he will have them.
We had repeat customers from past Community Dog Day events, one of which had six puppies between this year's event and last year's event! Fortunately, the owner was able to find homes for the puppies. We signed her up for a spay/neuter appointment at our shelter. It was also very surprising to see teenagers bringing in their dogs. One young person had trained his German Shepherd puppy to do beautiful "sits." It was very impressive.
On a sad note, a dog had arrived panting and wheezing terribly. The veterinarians deemed it unsafe to vaccinate with the dog in such a state. We couldn't understand why the dog was wheezing so much. It was not exactly an overly-hot day. Some people thought the dog was over-heated. The person bringing the dog was unsure, as well. The veterinarian advised him that the dog needed immediate attention at a vet's office that would be better equipped to assess the situation. Later, I called to schedule a time for the dog to be brought to the shelter to receive her vaccines, and then I learned that the dog had passed away. Princess had belonged to the person's girlfriend who did not take the time to care for her, and so these duties fell on the boyfriend who did not want the dog but cared enough to take her to Community Dog Day. In retrospect, it is possible that Princess had heartworm, as we are presently seeing many heartworm cases at the shelter. Next time, we will be better prepared for such circumstances and have volunteers ready to drive dogs over to an emergency vet clinic so that a ride to an emergency vet clinic can be guaranteed.