Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
For the care of the Shelties within the organization, for general expenses such as food, shelter, vet care.
It provided food and vet care.
Honey Bear is a long-term foster within our program, as she is in her 16th year. She requires special meds and care as her age demands. She came to our organization with another senior Sheltie in 2009, when the economy tanked and their family lost their jobs and home. She weighed 58 pounds, which is severely overweight for a Sheltie, and her teeth were rotten. I got her dental work done, and she weighs 23 pounds now. She has a very strong constitution, and she is just an unbelievable dog. Thank you for allowing us to care for her as we should.
The product was six bottles of the oatmeal shampoo concentrate and 50 free samples with $1.00-off coupons. The shampoo was used to bathe dogs and the free samples were given out in the goodie bags that we give clients when they adopt a dog.
Not only did it save us the cost of buying shampoo, it also fostered goodwill with the clients who adopted from us.
It has helped 50 adopters and is still helping the animals at the shelter.
Most of our animals that we adopt are picked up by animal control. They come into the shelter with numerous skin problems and fleas and ticks. The first bath they get is with flea shampoo. After they are at the shelter for a week, they can have their spay/neuter surgery. This is when they were bathed with the oatmeal shampoo. Not only was it good for their coats and skin, it smelled great. Since the animals could not be bathed for 10 days after their surgeries, the clients were happy to take home a dog that smelled great and had a shiny coat. They especially appreciated the free sample and the coupon that was given them in their gift bag when they took home their forever pet.
The product was used to bathe our dogs to get them ready for adoption fairs.
It help our dogs put their best foot forward at adoption events by being clean and well-groomed.
Suzy came to us missing a lot of hair. She had been kept in a pull behind trailer and had not been well cared for. We put Suzy on a regimen of baths and dips, and her skin and fur made a miraculous recovery. No one would ever know that Suzy previously had significant hair loss, and we frequently get compliments on her shiny coat.
To clean the dogs at our rescue center.
We have a rescue center where dogs live. They go in the backyard and always get very dirty. The products helps us clean them.
At least 10 so far and counting.
Rudolph is a white dog who gets very dirty very easily. The products were used to make him look great.
The shampoo products were used to clean dogs who had either been abandoned, stray or owner-surrendered. The shampooing of the dogs helped prepare them for spay or neuter surgery as well as adoption.
This grant assisted in preparing dogs for spay or neuter surgeries. In addition, it assisted in preparing dogs for adoption.
Approximately 60-65 dogs
There was a stray dog who was found on the side of the road. The dog was so filthy there was no way the animal shelter's veterinarian could make an assessment of the dog's health needs. Once cleaned, the dog was evaluated by the veterinarian. Afterwards, the dog (Cotton) was eligible for adoption. The grant helped in assuring Cotton found a new home!
Bathing and grooming for rescued foster dogs.
We are a small, relatively new organization and our resources have been limited. Your grant has helped us provide care for dogs whose grooming needs and basic hygiene has been absent in their lives. If we had not received your generous grant, our coffers would have been strained.
This grant helped over 10 dogs.
Peaches is a beautiful Lab/Pit Bull mix. She was found in a home by police officers where she had spent an entire week lying on the floor with two severely broken front legs. Her owners didn't have the money to obtain veterinary care for her and they were "doing the best they could," but Peaches was obviously suffering. The owners relinquished Peaches to GRFF, and two surgeries and a Wahl treatment later, her new life began.
Skye was picked up from a junkyard. She had just given birth to an unknown number of puppies, but she was unable to deliver two remaining puppies and they died inside her. Skye was septic and hours away from death. In addition, she had been given a backyard crop job on her ears, which were horribly infected. She was caked with filth and appeared to be gray. After multiple surgeries and a Wahl spa treatment, Skye is a shining white beauty!
The money will be used towards replacing the shelter's roofing. This was blown away by hurricane Cleopatra, which hit Olbia in November (you can see some photos here: http://bit.ly/italian-shelter). The shelter was badly affected, too but luckily no animal was lost or injured. Many people pulled together to help the shelter so a good number of kennels have been replaced already, but the roofing for the pens is still needed and the prize money will help us buy the materials to replace it.
Without the roofing, the dogs and cats are left at the mercy of the elements, and we are in the middle of winter! Giving our animals a roof over their heads is a top priority to ensure they are cared for in the best possible way.
The shelter has 700 dogs and 150 cats.
Pirichitta (photo 1) is one of the oldies. She's had more major surgeries than we can count, but she is a strong as an ox and still full of life. Veronese (photo 2) was probably the victim of a hit-and-run. He's a beautiful cat and the volunteers have done their utmost to get him back in shape. Solo (photo 3) is the king of the piazzale (the central area of the shelter): He used to roam free in a district of Olbia, but one day someone reported him just because of his size. He wouldn't hurt a fly, but he is now in the shelter, hoping for someone to give him a forever home. Ninno (photo 4) is but one of the hundreds of kittens that are rescued by the shelter. He's lucky because he's very healthy, but lots of kitties arrive riddled with cat flu. These are but four of the over 800 animals your prize money has helped by helping us putting a roof back over their heads. Thank you!
Getting mill rescues clean and smelling better
Many of our rescues have never had a proper bath, only a spray-down with a hose, so they are filthy, matted and often have skin sores. The oatmeal shampoo soothed their skin while getting them clean and smelling good for prospective adopters.
12 so far
Zoe was rescued from a puppy mill. She was filthy and matted to the skin. After a good bath and grooming, she was seen by our vet and cleared for her spay and dental. She received one more bath after her stitches were removed and found her forever home three days later. She is only one of many mill rescues who benefited and will benefit from this grant.
We got six bottles of Wahl shampoo. This shampoo is used to keep the dogs looking very clean for meeting potential adopters. With all the rainy and snowy weather, the dogs get very dirty running around in our play-yards. We want adopters to meet a clean, good-smelling dog, and this shampoo has allowed us to keep them adopt-ready!
The money saved on buying shampoo has allowed us to buy needed straw and other winter items for keeping the animals warm and comfortable.
We are able to give baths as needed. We have an average of 17 dogs in the shelter, and all of these dogs are kept clean with this shampoo.
Teddy was an owner surrender who was not being well cared for. The previous owner had too many dogs, and Teddy suffered from her bad financial status. He came in all matted and dirty. We immediately got him a bath and he came out a handsome, white puffball. He was adopted a week after his initial bath. He is spoiled rotten and loves his forever family. He gets to play with a lot of kids and other dogs and lounge around the house all day.
Petra was owner-surrendered with her eight puppies. All of her puppies have been adopted. As you can see by her picture, she has very short legs, so when she gets to running around the yard when it is muddy, she is a mess. She loves to run, and even has some running-mates here, but she goes from white to black after about 10 minutes of playtime. She knows her bath-time routine, and once she is clean, she is ready to impress potential adopters. She is still looking for her forever home, but hopefully she will find a nice family before the holidays.
The Wahl shampoo was used to bathe our adoptable dogs.
The Wahl shampoo allowed us to bathe our adoptable dogs before they were put up for adoption. Having clean and fresh-smelling dogs at an animal adoption center is extremely important so that potential adopters are not turned off from interacting with the dogs because of the smell. The grant helped place more animals into their forever homes. During the month of November, we had a record-breaking adoption month with 404 adoptions. We used the Wahl shampoo throughout the month of November.
The shampoo specifically helped a dog named Diggy who was very matted and dirty when he first came in. We used the shampoo on him and put him into a foster home to be placed up for adoption. He looked and smelled so much better after his bath. Thank you for choosing us to be the recipient of this grant.