Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
Provided us funding for 1 week's vet bills.
Snicker was found as a stray and taken to an [open admission] shelter. This grant helped him go for his yearly check up, get full blood, fecal, UA and a dental. He says thank you for his pearly whites!
The money was used to spay/neuter/vet dogs for adoption.
This grant enabled us to take in many more dogs than we would have been able to do with our current funds.,
Lucinda came from a puppy mill so she has never known love or companionship. She has spent her life in a small cage having litters of pups. She is about 4 years old and weighs about 12 pounds. Her spay was sponsored by a Petfinder grant.
Sherman was a dog sent to us by a lady from Shelby. She found him and tried to find a home for him but could find no one, so she sent him to us. He is a poodle mix — we felt even possibly part Chinese crested. [A couple] came to adopt Laura; they liked her but then saw Sherman and the husband could not stop loving on him. So they ended up deciding to adopt him instead!
Thor is so tiny we gave him a big name. He weighs about 3 pounds but still thinks he is big stuff. He is three years old. Thor came from a breeding kennel so spent his life on the bars of a cage. We thought he was not even going to be able to walk very well but freedom has meant building muscle for this boy and he loves his freedom. Thor can be very timid upon first meeting new people but he loves attention so much that he rolls over for belly rubs.
This money was used to help pay for luxating patella surgery for a sweet Boston in our care named Roxie.
Without luxating patella surgery, Roxie would have been deemed unadoptable. She would have faced a life of pain, which is no way for a young dog to go through life.
one - Roxie
Roxie came into our program as a listless girl in constant pain. She was able to get around on three legs, however it was apparent that her quality of life could be greatly improved with orthopedic surgery to correct her luxating patella.
Roxie is certainly not the same dog that came into our rescue program. Roxie is now ready for adoption and this is the bio that was written by her foster mom:
"Picture boundless energy in four-legged motion, and that’s Roxie. Imagine endless enthusiasm disguised as a small black and white Boston Terrier, and that’s Roxie. Conjure up a happy whirlwind of kisses and affection, and that’s Roxie.
"This exuberant 2-year-old, with the inky splotch, like a large beauty spot, on her forehead, is as sweet as she is friendly. And there’s nothing she likes more than putting all of her good feelings out there, on display, for everyone to see and share.
"Currently being fostered with two male Boston Terriers, this feisty little female is the undisputed leader of their tight pack of three, as they romp and wrestle and tumble together. Despite her impish playfulness, however, she listens very well to her foster mom’s instructions and is most eager to please. She’s also fully housetrained and settles easily into her crate when it’s time for rest and relaxation.
"She walks well on leash, but when she meets new dogs, her excited and energetic form of greeting can, all too often, be misconstrued by dogs and owners alike. She recently underwent successful surgery for luxating patella, and given her natural ebullience and go-go-go pace, you’d never even know it.
"Now that she’s looking for her forever home, what Roxie needs most is someone who’s ready, willing and able to teach her the proper rules, boundaries and limitations required for every well-behaved and obedient dog. With an experienced owner, who’s both patient and consistent, this bright young student will learn her lessons quickly and go on to thrive.
"A warm-hearted and loving dog, Roxie’s greatest wish is to be welcomed into a family as warm-hearted and loving as she is."
[UPDATE: Roxie has been adopted!]
The money was used to help with the transportation costs to move a load of 20 greyhounds from Florida to our group in Washington State.
In February we moved a load of 20 greyhounds from Florida to Washington State at the cost of $3,000 for the transportation. The $1,000 grant helped us greytly with being able to make that load happen.
There were 20 greyhounds on the haul.
One of the dogs on the haul was a boy by the name of Scupper. He had broken his front right leg racing. There was no money in Florida to do the surgery necessary on this boy. Because of this grant, we were able to get Scupper on the haul and get him the surgery necessary. Scupper is healing well and should be up for adoption in the next month.
The $1,000 shelter+ challenge grant was a wonderful gift. We are an all volunteer private rescue group and we take care of 35 dogs and 15 cats on average. We are a no-kill organization so we keep them until they find a forever home. This money was used for exams and vaccinations for our dogs and cats for the month of May.
The $1,000 shelter+ challenge money was used for exams and vaccinations for 29 dogs and cats in our care for the month of May. We are an all volunteer group that does not receive any public money so we constantly have to fundraise in order to keep picking up and adopting out dogs and cats in our county. This money was very appreciated.
In March, we trapped a litter of 5 dogs. They were all shy of people and other dogs and were about 4 months old. Two were taken into foster homes to help socialize td hem with people and dogs. The remaining three eventually overcame some of their shyness with the help of another friendly dog at the pens and some very patient volunteers. Two of the three puppies at the pens went through 6 weeks of training class at PetSmart that dramatically helped their social skills and confidence. They are still waiting to be adopted but they are now spay/neutered, up to date on their shots, and healthy. The shelter+ challenge grant money helped pay for exams and vaccinations for all 5 of these dogs (Bonnie, Tucker, Hooch, Bootsie, and Bart).
Medicine and Medical supplies
It allowed us to pay for badly needed medical supplies for animals that needed extra help.
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Bounce was surrendered by his owner as a young puppy due to a severe case of mange. Despite his discomfort, he is the sweetest puppy and we were so happy to be able to help him. He is now ready for his forever home. Thank you Petfinder Foundation!
General operating expenses for food, veterinary care, utilities, etc.
It helped us pay for all the important things that make running a place like this possible.
30 disabled dogs
Please see our blog post on a blind dog named Darla, who just had cataract surgery last week and can now see again for the first time in years:
Our never ending veterinary bills!
Our mission is to rescue neglected, abandoned or abused animals and a large part of the rehabilitation of these animals is the extensive medical care required to make these animals ready for re-homing. Before the animals can be rehomed we have to ensure that they have received all the necessary vaccinations necessary to keep them healthy, have been cleared of all parasites; internal and external, and most important of all they need to be neutered so that they will never be a contributary factor to the problem of unwanted companion animals we have in our world.
Basic medical care such as the above can easily cost hundreds of dollars but because we are often working to help animals that have been abused their medical cost can be much higher. One animal that was helped by this recent grant was Wyndall.
A large part of the money went to saving Wyndall and the rest of the grant was used to pay down our medical bills so that we could continue to help animal in need like him.
Wyndall was just 8 weeks old when he was left at animal control with a deep puncture wound and a broken jaw. These were not life threatening injuries but when abandoned at a high kill facility with no budget for medical care they were enough to place Wyndall at the top of the kill list. A kindly employee contacted us to see if anything could be done to help this poor baby. Arrangements were made to transport Wyndall to New Jersey but rescue almost came too late for this small dog. His inability to eat hard food and exposure to the kennel environment caused him to arrive severely dehydrated and suffering from a respiratory infection. Wyndall was rushed to the animal hospital and thanks to medical intervention was able to make a full recovery. His foster Mom refers to him as "the sweetest, sweetest puppy" and "an absolute joy." Thanks to the medical care that the Shelter Challenge was able to provide this gentle, little animal the only lasting effect of his mistreatment is a slight grinding noise when he eats.
Shelter+ Challenge grant funds were used to vaccinate and spay/neuter senior cats. The adoption fee is waived for these cats in an effort to adopt out in a timely manner.
Reducing the adoption fee for senior cats decreases average length of stay for these animals which allows more cats to be transferred onto the adoption floor. Decreasing length of stay allows Shelter staff to work more efficiently and lessens drain on resources.
Ethel came into the Shelter as a stray pregnant. After having her babies, Ethel spent months at the Shelter waiting for a new forever home. Months went by and then finally one year. Recently, Ethel found her forever home with a very loving family.
Vetting needs for six senior/special-needs dogs: neuter surgery, two major dental surgeries, vaccines, allergy medications and nail trims -- all enabling them to live a much better quality of life!
This granted allowed us to provide much-needed vetting to six senior/special-needs dogs in our care. We take in the forgotten ones; the old, sick and disabled who have been neglected or abandoned. The vetting that was enabled by this grant provided a much better quality of life for six dogs in our care.
Chance is 8 years old and was born with a neurological disorder called cerebellar hypoplasia. He was abandoned at the Ft. Worth shelter and was hours away from euthanasia. He is missing a majority of his cerebellum, the part of the brain that controls movement and fine motor skills. Chance is defying the odds against him! His life is chronicled on his Facebook page, Chance's Story.
Bailey is a middle-aged senior who was abandoned at an Oklahoma shelter. Her behavior was misunderstood as aggression. She has mental meltdowns that are neurological in manner, but not aggressive. She also had very bad mouth issues. Thanks to this grant, she had her dental surgery done, losing 20 teeth, but she does have a healthy mouth now. We also found out the cause of her neurological issues during her dental surgery: It was found that she was a past distemper survivor. Bailey will always have her neurological issue, but she is living a better quality of life now due to her dental surgery.
Sugar Bear is an 18-year-old bulldog mix. She was neglected and abandoned at the Wise County Shelter. Sugar suffers from arthritis and had an infected mouth. Thanks to this grant, we were able to provide her with much-needed dental surgery and refills for her arthritis medication. She had many abscessed teeth that were pulled. Sugar now lives a better quality of life with her arthritis medicine and a healthy mouth!
Sally, a 12-year-old senior, was abandoned in the Dallas shelter. She suffers from severe skin allergies and early-onset spinal stenosis. Thanks to this grant, we were able to give her the vetting she needed to get her skin allergies under control! Sally no longer itches to the point of insanity, but now has a much better quality of life.
Mr. Moose is a 13-year-old Chihuahua mix. He was abandoned at the Garland shelter. He is quite the odd, eccentric little old man. With this grant, we were able to give him the much-needed vetting to get his overgrown nails under control. Mr. Moose has a much better quality of life now!
Jordan is a 20-year-old Chihuahua mix. She was abandoned at an East Texas shelter. Jordan came to us through another rescue. She is super tiny, blind in one eye and missing her lower jaw. But that does not stop her one bit! She is quite the diva! This grant enabled us to provide a much-needed nail trim. A diva has to look good! Jordan has a better quality of life now!