Success Stories

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

Animal Rescue of Tracy: Orvis Animal Care Grant
What was the money or product used for?

eye surgery for dog in our rescue group

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

this dog would probably have gone blind without the surgery and the grant paid for most of the surgical costs. At the time our group did not have sufficient funds and we were very worried about how to help this darling girl.

How many pets did this grant help?

just one, a beautiful girl named Nana

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

Nana a 12 week old Shar Pei came into rescue on May 5. She was an owner surrender due to the fact that 2 people in the home had terminal cancer and were no longer physically or financially able to provide for her. The following day we took her to the vet for a check up and were told that Nana had Entropian, an eye condition that causes a dog's eyelids to fold in towards the eye and causes the eyelashes to rub against the cornea. We were told the dog needed immediate surgery or she would become blind. 2 days later she had her surgery then again 3 weeks later a second surgery was needed. Today Nana is doing well and was adopted on June 1 by a wonderful couple that will be able to provide for all of her needs. She will be missed.

Blue Mountain Humane Society: A Shot at Life Vaccination Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The Distemper Vaccines were used for part of our Intake protocol.

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

The grant allowed us to make sure that every dog of all ages are vaccinated upon intake for their health and well-being, and for the other dogs in our care's protection.

How many pets did this grant help?

This grant allowed us to vaccinate 100 animals. (some puppies with 2 doses)

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

We accepted a mother Pit Bull from a town a couple hours away from us due to the city ordinance of euthanizing all Pit Bull Terriers. She was a skinny and shy mother with 8 puppies. Once she arrived at the shelter we made sure to vaccinate her, and got her placed into a foster home that same day. She and her puppies continued to thrive in the foster home. The shelter staff visited the foster home twice in order to make sure the puppies were current on their Distemper vaccine, and deworming. We were able to find homes for all of the animals before they even came back into the shelter for spaying/neutering!

The Shepherd's Way Animal Rescue: A Shot at Life Vaccination Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Vaccinations of canine and feline

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

Our organization could not afford vaccinations due to the influx of critters and lack of donations. The vaccinations helped a great deal for the dogs and cats and adoptions thereof.

How many pets did this grant help?

15

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

Lakota is a Blue Heeler/sneak neighbor dog terrier mix with the biggest, kindest blue eyes. Before any dog or cat is adopted out, they are vaccinated, spayed/neutered, and Vet checked. Lakota had a wonderful family waiting for him but we couldn't afford the vaccination right away and was planning to do a fundraiser. Your grant helped us adopt Lakota to this awesome family quicker.

Underdog Pet Rescue of Wisconsin: A Shot at Life Vaccination Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Vaccinating our dogs and cats, puppies and kittens in foster care.

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

We were able to save a significant amount of money by having our vet use the vaccines donated to our rescue. This helped us be able to take in more kittens from overflowing shelters this spring than usual and a few more dogs than we would have been able to otherwise help.

How many pets did this grant help?

So far, I'd say 25.

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

Lucy is a pretty little Pittie. She came to us from and (open-admission shelter), where she had been for over a month. That facility will euthanize for any signs of aggression in pitties, and the fact she was there for so long helped us know that she was a keeper. Plus she did great on all her temperament testing there. We agreed to to take her in and we were able to get her vaccinated with supplies from this grant. We were able to afford her care due to the saving we had on using the vaccines on other animals. We couldn't be happier (or more appreciative) for this great 'Shot at Life' for sweet Lucy.

Hazlehurst Animal Shelter in Georgia: A Shot at Life Vaccination Grant
What was the money or product used for?

To vaccinate shelter dogs and cats.

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

This grant helped ease the burden of cost for needed vaccines. The city doesn't provide vaccines. Volunteers do fundraisers to vaccinate. It also allowed us to do a shelter wide sweep and ensure everyone is vaccinated. This helps us to be more proactive in protecting our shelter pets.

How many pets did this grant help?

approximately 200 pets

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

Garth, a lab mix found wandering in the city, was recently adopted by a wonderful local family. Garth loves children. At a Walmart adoption event, Garth was blessed to meet this family and instantly fell in love with them. The little boy in the picture, Brock, talked about Garth all week, until his mom contacted us and Garth was adopted. The vaccine grant helped Garth to be ready for his new home.

Popcorn was found in the middle of a busy highway. He was recently adopted by a loving family with 2 little boys. The vaccine grant helped Popcorn to be ready for his new home.

Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter in Texas: A Shot at Life Vaccination Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Vaccinate shelter cats and dogs

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

By providing the vaccinations, we were able to booster some of the cats and dogs in our care. This allowed added protection against illness in the shelter population.

How many pets did this grant help?

All the vaccines were used and admisnistered to incoming pets. I don't have a record of how many vaccines we recieved.

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

I don't have a specific story. Even though we are an open admission shelter that intakes ober 7,700 animals annually, we save at least 90 percent of them, mostly through adoption. Keeping them healthy is a huge part of the success and challenge in the shelter setting. Without vaccinations we should not be able to save as many animals. With this grant we were also able to booster some of the animals that took longer to find their home.

Animal Humane Assoc. of Star Valley in Wyoming: Shelter+ Challenge
What was the money or product used for?

Our shelter won $1,000 for most votes in Wyoming during recent Shelter Challenge on Animal Rescue Site. The money was designated for some outdoor dog run covers that were needed to keep active and/or climbing dogs from going over the top and getting lost. The kennel tops cost approximately $2,400, and the results of the contest inspired a member to host a spring yard sale, the proceeds from which successfully 'covered' the rest of the cost of this necessary purchase.

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

The contest encouraged people who followed our Facebook page to share our mission with their friends in an upbeat and inspiring way, and kept people checking our site for updates, where they also could find our featured pets and other activities that were being posted. Winning the grant showed our members that we have power even though we are from an extremely rural area, and that their efforts can pay off to provide for the safety of the animals at the shelter.

How many pets did this grant help?

Because the money was dedicated to a necessary shelter facility improvement, it would be hard to cite a number.

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

Topper is a beautiful blue cattle dog, not large at all, but agile enough to scale the kennel wire fence. He was named, in fact, for his amazing ability to go over the top, and though he enjoyed getting out for a run of the neighborhood, his caretakers preferred that he stay safe until his new home was found. He was walked separately on a leash until the kennel covers arrived, but then he could play with his dog friends again. Now he's "at large" on a wide-open Wyoming ranch, with a cattleman who says the blue dog stays happily at his side.

Williamson County Animal Control and Adoption Center: Orvis Animal Care Grant
What was the money or product used for?

We refreshed our supply of dog leashes which are used by our volunteers to provide several walks each day for the dogs in our adoption area. We also were able to buy some new collapsible wire cages that we use to loan out for use in foster homes and at offsite adoption events. For cats we were able to buy new brushes, feeding bowls and scratch pads.

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

This grant enabled us to improve the general quality of care we can provide for the animals under our responsibility. The leashes are necessary for our volunteers to provide the five or six walks each dog receives every day. The scratch pads and brushes keep the cats entertained and more comfortable and presentable, thus more adoptable. And the specific case described below enabled us to save the life of a heartworm-positive dog.

How many pets did this grant help?

We were able to use the grant to directly or indirectly help all the animals in our adoption area, which averages about 35 dogs and 30 cats at any given time.

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

Wilbur is a Staffordshire Terrier mix who was with us for several months. He needed heartworm treatment, which was a deterrent for many potential adopters. When the right person came along, we were able to utilize the Orvis grant money to pay for his medication. A local doggie day care facility agreed to keep him during his recuperation period and several local people donated money to pay the reduced rate at the doggie day care. Wilbur spent five weeks recovering, by which time his adopter was ready to take him into his new home. The Orvis grant, in combination with the efforts and money of shelter staff, volunteers, and generous members of the community, enabled Wilbur to end up in a loving home.

Commerce Humane Association/Barchard Shelter: Rescue U Shelter Base Grant
What was the money or product used for?

We purchased much needed replacement fence panels and the volunteers took down the old fence and put up the new fence. It made our dogs safer and made the shelter look great. The new fence panels made it easier for the volunteers to move from yard to yard.

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

It made our dogs safer and made the shelter look great. The new fence panels made it easier for the volunteers to move from yard to yard.

How many pets did this grant help?

114

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

The smaller dogs were able to escape into other yards where they could have been hurt by bigger dogs. The new fence secured the play yards and made it safer for the dogs that were in the yards playing. The new fence made moving from yard to yard much easier for the volunteers, so they could interact easier with all the dogs.

Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS): Comfort Zone Operation Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Since kitten season is in full bloom, the generous Comfort Zone $1,000 grant was used to purchase special Science Diet (not donated or discounted on the Shelter Program) dry and canned kitten food and bottle baby formula.

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

As Maryland's largest companion animal shelter and its largest open admission shelter, on any given day BARCS house 110 dogs, 110 cats and has a staggering 700 or more cats, kittens and dogs in foster care! Though BARCS is part of the Science Diet Shelter Program, there is no discount or donation on specialty foods that we use to feed all of the kittens able to eat solid food. Additionally, our fosters provide everything for our animals in their care, except for medical treatment. Since we get hundreds of kittens every month, many of our fosters cannot afford to keep up with the cost of feeding. This generous grant not only fed the kittens housed at the shelter, but also was provided to financially at-risk fosters so they can continue to feed their kittens until they can all be adopted.

How many pets did this grant help?

This grant fed over over 100 kittens at the shelter for almost a month, plus an additional 100 kittens in foster care for a month

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

The Pringles kittens (Pringles 1 through 5) were dumped at BARCS and found hiding under our events shed. We were able to trap them all, and the trapper ended up fostering all five of them. She found homes for three of them and kept two for herself!

Inky, Stinky, Winky, Pinky, Blinky and Dinky were brought in by a good Samaritan who found them under her porch, but no mom in sight. We found a foster to bottle feed all of them as they were kept together. Now that they are older than seen in the photo, they all have been adopted into loving families from several different adoption events. Blinky is the most photogenic of the litter and a young family that has a little daughter and son adopted Blinky as their first family pet!