Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
The donation we received was used to help pay for medical care for a dog named Diesel. He and his sister were returned to our organization after 8 years. They both needed updated vaccines, blood work, dental cleanings and Diesel had 2 tumors removed and biopsied. Thankfully they were benign!
It helped us pay for the medical bill.
Diesel and Dixie were adopted from our organization as puppies in 2005. In August 2013, I learned that the adopter had given the dogs to his daughter because he was no longer able to care for them. After much frustration trying to reach the daughter, learning the dogs were first being kept outside and then in crates 24/7, we were able to get them transported back to our rescue at the beginning of December. They are happy and enjoying life in a foster home. We will continue to work to find them a forever home as they so much deserve someone to love them unconditionally as they have loved their humans in the past.
LEARN more about adopting them here --> http://bit.ly/DieselAndDixie
KONG toys for foster dogs.
Pit Bulls need durable, high-quality chew toys to help keep them busy in their crates at adoption events, when their foster parents are at work, etc.
We received a medium box full of KONGs, so lots!
Hannah is a little pup we pulled from our local shelter. She came in with puncture wounds. After surgery, she had to be isolated in the shelter and wear a cone. We pulled her into our rescue/foster program, and of course, she had to take it easy for a while, but one of the bright, orange KONG toys you provided helped keep her company. We'd fill it with kibble and let her work it and, as she was feeling better, she enjoyed batting it around and playing with it. We think she liked the color, too! (Sorry for the slightly blurry photos! Pit Bull puppies on the move are notoriously difficult to photograph, plus we think the camera just really liked focusing on the bright orange KONG!)
The product was used for the benefit of cats that have to spend time in cages.
The scratchers were used in all of our cages so that the cats would have some to scratch and stretch on. This makes them feel more comfortable and happier in the cage environment. Being less stressed makes them healthier and faster to adopt.
These scratchers have helped over 100 cats so far and more to come.
The story of a cat would have to be Astro. He and other cats were taken from a family that was living in a van. Astro became depressed being in a cage waiting for a neuter appointment. The scratcher made him more comfortable and he was able to stretch his muscles.
The cat scratchers were placed into cat kennels to provide enrichment and activity for our long-term residents.
Since we do not euthanize for time or space, many of our cats are here much longer than in a typical shelter setting. For this reason, providing them with this kind of enrichment helps reduce kennel stress and makes their stay here more pleasant.
Aloha was a kitten the first time he was here, and was adopted out in early 2013. Unfortunately, his owners could no longer keep him, so they returned him to us in October. Aloha was now a 1-year-old cat, with lots of energy and nowhere to express it in a kennel environment. The Stretch and Scratch Cat Scratcher made all the difference, allowing Aloha to get enrichment and relieve stress, making him a happier and more adoptable cat!
LEARN more about adopting Aloha --> http://bit.ly/MeetAloha
For our shelter cats.
All of our cats and kittens love to use the scratch pads that we received.
At least 75 cats and kittens, and still counting!
All of our little kittens love the scratch pads! But we have one little girl that is special; her name is Faith she came to us two weeks ago completely frozen, skinny and her hind paws still had ice frozen to them. She lost most of her skin on her back pads. She is the sweetest little girl going through her treatment, but she still loves to use her scratch post! And we are going to send one home with her when she gets adopted, because she loves it so much!
The KONG toys were used for the dogs in foster care.
This helped with the separation anxiety by helping keep the dogs busy. We filled the KONG toys with peanut butter and other yummy treats. It keeps them occupied while fosters are at work. It has also helped cut back on the destructive chewing.
Eight so far, it will continue to help more as we get new dogs in.
Romeo had two knee surgeries and was confined to his crate a lot as his activity was restricted to heal. He was a bit kennel crazy from being in there so much. The KONG toys gave him an activity to occupy his time. He became less depressed and destructive. The picture attached in the cast is Romeo. I couldn't get one with the KONG; he wouldn't cooperate. The second pic is of Hooch saying, "Where's my Kong mommy?"
To help keep our cats entertained and provide a scratching surface for cats to take to their homes when adopted.
Our cats loved the Stretch and Scratch product and our adopters were happy to receive the scratching pad with their new pet.
Oatmeal was one of our longer term cats who had become slightly depressed in her kennel. When the Stretch and Scratch shipment arrived we spritzed them all with catnip and began passing them out in the kennel. Oatmeal in particular was very energized by the product and much more playful. She kept her scratcher with her until she was just recently adopted.
The Stretch and Scratch grant was used to stimulate the cats that are currently in our shelter waiting to be adopted as well as begin the learning process as to where is and is not appropriate to scratch. Therefore, when going into new homes we would have less returns for cats that are scratching furniture or other undesirable areas.
The Stretch and Scratch cat scratchers were placed on the inside of each individual cat's cage. They were beneficial in aiding proper scratching behavior. When sending a cat home with their new family, we sent them home with their scratch pad to continue teaching them where is appropriate to scratch. Also, to help keep the current cats housed in our facility stimulated and happy. Another way this has been beneficial to our organization is the door in the cat room has a wooden frame and the cats loved to scratch it! We placed a Stretch and Scratch pad on the door and it has deterred the cats from damaging the door frame and they are now happily scratching in a location that is acceptable.
This grant has helped all of the cats that have been housed in our care. Up-to-date, the Stretch and Scratch cats scratchers have helped 17 cats!
One of our older residents came in very afraid and not very social. His name is Biggie and he was seized from a home where he was not cared for properly. It has taken some time to get Biggie to come around and begin socializing with our staff and potential adopters. In the beginning, Biggie didn't even want to come out of his cage. Even with the door open, he would keep to himself. The Stretch and Scratch cat scratcher has helped him relieve stress in an environment that's hard to get adjusted to. He now comes out every morning and is happy to see new people. Biggie has become much more adoptable and should be finding a new home soon. Learn more about adopting him here: http://bit.ly/AdoptBiggie
Scratchers were hung in each of the cat cages at the shelter.
The cats now have a scratching pad to use, which gives them at least some activity rather than sitting in a cage all day. It has helped with boredom.
To date, I would say at least 24 cats.
An individual surrendered Giorgio, their household cat, to the shelter due to lack of funds to care for him. While at the shelter, Giorgio would cower in its corner just totally lost.Once the scratchers were placed on his cage, he started coming out to partake in scratching. More and more he came back to his own personality, and now he has been adopted. This scratcher actually saved this cat by giving him activity and moving around.
It was used to rebuild our compound's roof covers.
In November 2013, our region was badly hit by flooding and a hurricane. The damages to our shelter were considerable. The roof covers of the compounds were damaged very seriously and, as we speak, many of the dogs’ fenced areas are now completely exposed to the elements, day and night, causing inevitable distress to our beloved animals.
For this reason, what matters to us most, even from a financial point of view, is the rebuilding of the roof covers to the fenced areas. This is an extremely expensive exercise. But it is paramount to provide adequate shelter to all our “guests,” both in winter and in summer.
The shelter is caring for about 700 dogs and 150 cats.
Photo 1: Eins lives in compound n.39. He will finally have a new roof over his head.
Photo 2: Ine of the enclosures just after the hurricane hit... it looks more like a swimming pool!
Photo 3: Labbry, rescued during the floods, will be able to keep nice and dry!
Photo 4: Once Rossino has recovered, he will be able to enjoy a warm and dry place at the shelter, very different from the life he had as a newborn kitten in the streets.