Success Stories

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

Friends of Pets: Shelter+ Challenge
What was the money or product used for?

We used the shelter challenge grant for two projects. One was focused on medical care of senior dogs we rescued, and the other was to provide spay/neuter assistance to Anchorage Animal Control during their "Price is Right" shelter cat adoption promotion

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

The dogs we rescued had been left at Animal Control by their former owners at age 11, 12, and one unclaimed stray at age 13. All three dogs still were vibrant with love left to give. Rescuing a senior dog takes extra resources because senior best care -- that includes blood work, x-rays etc. -- is expensive. Two of the dogs also needed dental cleaning and extractions. We were able to find homes for each of the dogs (two in one home!) and the new owners were grateful for the investment in their health care. During the cat adoption promotion, 64 cats were adopted from Anchorage Animal Control and we assisted to spay and neuter 16. The remaining cats were already altered.

How many pets did this grant help?

19

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

Aspen is a sweet Jack Russell Terrier who found herself as a stray at Anchorage Animal Control at about age 13. No one came to look for her and her adorable personality grabbed our hearts and we asked if we could rescue her. The veterinarian diagnosed some health concerns, including a significant heart murmur, but we invested in getting her to a baseline of "senior" health, had her teeth cleaned and set out to find her a home. A veterinarian who was traveling to Alaska from Canada for a conference was looking at dogs available for adoption in the Anchorage area and came upon Aspen's picture and it grabbed her heart. What better match for a senior dog than a veterinarian! After she, her husband and their current dog had a chance to spend some time together and agreed that they were willing to make the commitment, off they went back to Canada. The reports and pictures we have received indicate that Aspen could not have landed in a better home. Her antics make them laugh and she has gone from abandoned stray to a well loved member of the family.

Emmy and Robby are a pair of very sweet senior Bichons. They were released by their owner to animal control due to a new baby in the home and not having time or resources to care for the dogs. Emmy and Robby have wiggled their way into the hearts of a family in Wasilla!

Southern Nevada Bully Breed Rescue: Shelter Challenge
What was the money or product used for?

The grant money was used to help us secure a larger facility to care for the dogs in our rescue.

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

We received the grant right on time to help us secure a larger facility for our rescue dogs. This new facility is in a central location which is easy for adopters and volunteers to get to, and can house many more dogs than our previous location. In fact, we were immediately able to save 6 additional death row dogs which included 2 seniors.

How many pets did this grant help?

This grant has helped over 40 dogs to date.

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

Daddy is a 6 year old Cane Corso mix. He was surrendered to the shelter by his owner, for reasons unknown. Being quite charming and loveable, he became a volunteer favorite. However, due to his age and being listed as a "pit bull mix," no adopters expressed any interest in this big boy and he was running out of time very quickly. Because we now had the extra space, we were able to save Daddy and bring him in to rescue. He still hasn't found a home, but has lots of interest from adopters and we know it's just a matter of time until we find his perfect forever home! We love him dearly and are so happy we were able to save him.

NMDOG, INC (formerly New Mexico Dogs Deserve Better): Shelter+ Challenge
What was the money or product used for?

We are an in the trenches, chained dog rescue serving the Forgotten Dogs across the state of New Mexico. NMDOG is an all volunteer, foster based organization. All grants and donations go directly to meet the medical and daily needs of dogs currently in our care, as well as dogs in or Community Outreach program. NMDOG regularly does Outreach missions across the state. We deliver dog houses, food, toys, winter coats to chained and backyard dogs in need. We also replace heavy chains with trolley systems in the areas with no anti tethering legislation. NMDOG works in conjunction with many law enforcement agencies throughout the state and we are called in on cases of severe cruelty as well as some hoarding cases. The dogs we serve are the most neglected, abused and forgotten ones...the ones that need us the most.

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

Many dogs come into the NMDOG program broken, both physically and emotionally. Many of our dogs require extensive physical and behavior rehabilitation before they are ready for adoption. We provide comprehensive medical care to every dog that comes to us, routine vetting (including s/n, vaccs/HW test and microchip). We also provide our dogs with training and emotional enrichment...all of which costs money, lots of it! This is where every cent of every dollar of our Shelter Challenge grant money goes.

How many pets did this grant help?

$1000 provides basic vetting, initial intake, housing, food & training for 2 previously chained dogs.

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

Panda was a sweetie pie Cattle Dog mix that was been chained all of her young life on the Okhay Owingeh Pueblo. When Panda came to us, she was just a year old. She longed for a chance at at real LIFE where she will be able to fulfill her true potential and have the family she has always dreamed about! Panda entered the NMDOG program scared and unfamiliar with love. We helped Panda become the dog she always wanted to be and found her a wonderful family!!! Boone was been chained for the past 2 years out on the Mesa of Valencia County. Recently, his family began leaving for long periods of time and he was left to depend on his one and only friend....a neighbor that has been watching over him, worrying for his safety and health. After a long discussion with Boone's guardians, his friend was able to convince them that Boone deserves better!! Day in and day out...for weeks that turned into months, he waited for his people to return. When they did, it was only for a short time and they never paid him any mind. Boone is now safe with us here at NMDOG. He has learned to walk well on a leash, basic obedience & is now a healthy weight of nearly 90 pounds! Boone is a great dog still looking for his forever family! There are many more out there that await our assistance and this is why we are so grateful for awards like the Shelter Challenge grant to keep us going! We do our very best to touch as many parts of NM as we can, as often as we can! The ones that suffer the most are often the ones that no one ever knows about...the forgotten DOGS :( We never forget them!

Tranquility Trail Animal Sanctuary: Shelter+ Challenge
What was the money or product used for?

The grant was used for medical care to spay, neuter and microchip eight bunnies.

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

The $1,000 grant enabled us to spay, neuter and microchip eight bunnies who are now up for adoption.

How many pets did this grant help?

This $1,000 grant helped eight animals.

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

Tranquility Trail Animal Sanctuary was called regarding a few domestic bunnies running loose in a neighborhood. Being domestic bunnies, they cannot survive long outside, especially in the heat of the Arizona summer. Upon arriving, we discovered that, in addition to the bunnies we were called about, there were also several living in small cages outside in the 100+-degree temperatures. We rounded up the six bunnies running loose. We spoke with the people who had the bunnies in the cages outside about their living conditions and they agreed it was less than suitable and surrendered two more bunnies to us.

All eight bunnies were brought to the sanctuary, where they will live in large, indoor, air-conditioned areas with daily play time and couch time until we find the perfect family for each of them. The $1,000 grant Tranquility Trail received from the Petfinder Foundation and the Animal Rescue Site was instrumental in helping us to spay, neuter and microchip all eight bunnies, which is the first requirement we have before they are eligible for adoption.

Parker, Maya, Rocco, Joey, Tucker, Ava, Piper and Juliet are all now healthy, happy bunnies waiting for their forever families. Thank you so much for this grant to help these eight wonderful bunnies!

National Mill Dog Rescue: Shelter+ Challenge
What was the money or product used for?

The Shelter Challenge Grant was used to provide veterinary care for newly rescued puppy mill dogs. National Mill Dog Rescue (NMDR) has saved over 8,000 dogs since we were founded in 2007, and each month we rescue approximately 80-100 dogs. Our biggest expense is for veterinary care, and the generous grant you awarded NMDR helped provide this intervention for dogs who needed such care that were rescued in mid-2013. The dogs were spayed or neutered, received all vaccinations, and were treated for parasites, infection, and dental problems. We are a no-kill shelter and are committed to providing all dogs with the veterinary care, nurturing, and socialization they so desperately need. Your support helped with these veterinary expenses for the newly rescued dogs and gave them a good start to their new lives.

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

All rescued dogs, upon arrival at the NMDR kennel, undergo a comprehensive intake process during which they are vet checked and treated for disease, injury, dental problems, parasites, and other health-related conditions. One of the dogs rescued on this trip, Leroy, received this veterinary care and his story and photos are shared within this report. Your generous support helped to cover some of the veterinary costs needed to care for the group of dogs rescued along with Leroy. The dogs arrived at the NMDR kennel with severely matted hair, ticks and fleas, and were malnourished and very fearful. It has been inspiring to watch their transformation from the first day of arrival (when they received basic veterinary care and grooming), to their days at the kennel where they always had plenty of food to eat and received daily socialization from caring volunteers, to the time when they realized that they were in a safe and loving place and began to trust again! The resilience and love these dogs demonstrate is incredible, and your generous financial support helps to make that transformation possible.

How many pets did this grant help?

Your grant helped to covering the basic veterinary costs associated with the intake of this rescue in July, 2013. The rescue involved 77 dogs who arrived with a variety of conditions. While costs vary per dog, the basic veterinary care provided at intake can run from $100-200 per dog.

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

One of the dogs rescued on this trip is Leroy, age two. After being rescued from a mill in Missouri where he lived in filthy conditions, Leroy arrived at NMDR. Volunteers found that he was infested with fleas and ticks; in fact, they pulled 28 ticks off of Leroy that first day. Much of the scarring you can see in the photos is from flea and tick bites that had been left untreated at the puppy mill. Leroy also had a bad ear infection and needed surgery on one eye due to past ulcerations. NMDR treated the flea and tick infestation, cleaned and groomed him, and he spent his first days in a safe, warm kennel with a raised bed, plenty of food, and caring attention from volunteers. Leroy was then placed with a foster family where he is learning to trust and loving the attention and care he is receiving. The last photo in the series attached shows Leroy enjoying some time on the deck with his foster-siblings! Leroy is now awaiting his forever home. We thank you so much for the generous support that makes stories like Leroy's possible.

START OVER ROVER, INC.: Shelter+ Challenge
What was the money or product used for?

100% of our donations and grants received goes directly towards the care of our animals. We are all volunteers, so that money can be spent solely with the animals in mind.

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

We used this grant money to purchase medical supplies and medical treatment for our animals. All of our animals are spayed/neutered and given vaccinations before they are re-homed. Our medical bills are approximately $2,000 to $3,000 each month.

How many pets did this grant help?

We currently have 120 animals, but that number fluctuates on a weekly basis.

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

Zeus is a beautiful American Bulldog. He came into Start Over Rover as a 10 week old puppy, dressed in a T-shirt and diaper, and he was being carried like a baby by his oldest human sibling. Zeus had previously been listed on Craigslist as Free to a Good Home by a breeder. Zeus' back legs were deformed and he had constant diarrhea. Zeus’ human grandma thought that her daughter, a mom with 5 kids under the age of 6 yrs old, needed a puppy with deformed legs to add to her brood. Zeus’ then-Mom recognized that she couldn’t take proper care of Zeus while also taking care of her 5 children. She came to Start Over Rover for help. Zeus was immediately snatched up by one of the volunteers who fell in love with him at Rover. He was adopted immediately! Zeus had one back leg amputated the following week, and his recovery is going well! The other leg is getting stronger everyday and Zeus gets around very quickly. Zeus will have more surgeries ahead of him as his gastrointestinal tract is not quite right, but right now he is happy boy who loves to play with his pack! Today, Zeus is the mascot for Start Over Rover. He symbolizes all of the beautiful animals with special needs who, unfortunately, do not normally survive in most shelters.

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.