Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
Bathing the rescued animals.
Used to bathe the pets. Great product. Thank you so much!!
A shih tzu came a mess. Bathed him in the shampoo and took him to a fundraiser. He was the hit of the show. So many folks complimented his coat. He found a home that weekend.
Received six 24 oz bottles of Wahl Oatmeal Formula Shampoo and 25 1 oz samples of Wahl Four-in-One Shampoo plus $1-off coupons. The six bottles of Wahl Shampoo are being used to bathe ISBCR rescue dogs. The samples are being given out to adopters.
In 29 years of dog companion-animal rescue work I have yet to see a rescued dog come into our facility clean. When a rescue dog comes in, the first thing we do is a full-body go over, checking for fleas, ticks, lice, wounds, abuse and tumors. After the initial check is complete, bathing, toenail clipping, teeth-brushing and ear-cleaning are in order. At this stage we can further our health check: Nothing like a wet dog to see just how under-nourished they are. Bathing is not only healthy and calming for the body but develops trust and a foundation for working with the rescued dog. No dog comes into rescue without physical and/or mental and/or behavioral problems, and bath time is a bonding, relaxing time and should never be underplayed for its importance in building that so-needed nonverbal communication between rescue and rescuer. Having a good-quality shampoo makes the job easier and the end results more rewarding. Receiving free shampoo allowed us to take the funds that would have otherwise been used to purchase shampoo and transfer them to other basic necessities of rescue, such as heartworm pills, flea treatments and good food and healthy treats.
So far, 21 individuals have been bathed using this Wahl shampoo. We still have some left.
Wyatt (first photo) came into ISBCR the week the shampoo was delivered. We removed 28 ticks from him and his skin was irritated, so the Oatmeal formula worked out well, soothing and cleaning him. Hoss, Shawn Michael and Bri (second photo) all found mud puddles to play in during that time and Hoss was so dirty that we entered him into the Wahl Dirty Dog Contest, in which he was a finalist. I must say that in these cases the Wahl shampoo really proved its worth. All dogs were cleaned with only one bath and their coats were soft, with their coat colors vivid, not dulled, and their skin was clean and not flaky.
The product is being used to bathe our rescue dogs. Our yards are mostly dirt now and we bathe them for adoptions! Unfortunately adoptions have been slow and we haven't used much shampoo yet, but the ones we bathed loved it and it relieved their skin from all the fleas they came in with.
We survive totally on donations; any expense we can avoid means more money for vet bills, meds/vaccines, spay/neuter and food -- lots of food. We currently house 13 large dogs in our facility and three more rescues in our home.
We got shampoo. It helps with the expense to maintain these rescue dogs.
Didn't get money but the shampoo is great.
Bathing animals at the shelter upon intake.
Made animals more presentable for potential adopters, leading to quicker and more adoptions.
Teemo's adopter writes: "I just had to take the time and drop a quick note and let you know just how much we love the newest addition to our family -- Teemo. We adopted him at the end of November and he is one happy camper. He has gone from being a timid and inactive dog to being a silly, snow- and people-loving pooch. He now answers to MO or MO-JO and his tail never stops wagging. He has picked right up on training, and LOVES to tease the humans in the family, LOL!!! Thanks again for allowing us to receive such a great big furry friend, and a new family member."
Dogs in our rescue.
It helps to make them presentable for adoption events.
Sadie loves to go outside and roll in the dirt and mud. She will find the only puddle in the yard. The Wahl shampoo helps us to get her clean, smelling fresh, and shiny for the adoption events.
We have been providing to fosters and new adopters so they have something quality to use to get their pet started on the right foot. We have also used some to bathe dogs just before adoption so the pups smell nice, and the people want to use more!
This grant has helped us provide a quick and easy solution for fosters and adopters that is portable and handy. This has been a great benefit to our animals with allergies and skin issues, so that the fosters have something that cleans the pets well, but also smells good and not like medicine!
25 so far
Bugsy is a little guy who has been in care with us, sadly, for a year. He recently started smelling yeasty and experiencing some skin infections. We have been using the shampoo to bathe him regularly, especially before events, so that he looks and smells his best, while we tackle fighting the infection with food and meds :)
The product is used to bathe new rescue dogs.
Gave us some great-smelling and natural shampoo.
I have a Sheltie, Dusty, who has a lot of skin problems. I was able to use the shampoo that Wahl provided for the first time on his skin. He smells so good and his skin feels good and not so oily anymore.
We received shampoo from Wahl. We used it to bathe dogs who came to us in poor condition.
We receive many pets who have lived outside and need a bath right away. This grant provide high quality shampoo for these pets.
I don't have an absolute number, we haven't completely used all of the product sent. I would say approximately 10 at this time.
Diego is a small Chihuahua who was found as a stray. He was so dirty and had many fleas. He was bathed and eventually groomed. Veronica Miller was one of 28 puppy mill dogs who had been used as breeding dogs and then handed over to our shelter. She and the others came the first and second week of October. Your products came about that same time. All of the puppy-mill dogs needed baths as soon as they got there, but some were so frightened that it was a week or longer in some cases before they were trusting enough to get baths. Veronica has several baths with the Wahl products.
It was part of our enrichment program. We put the cat scratchers in all the cages and in our open cattery. We also gave them out to feline adopters.
This grant helped the felines in our care. Many of the cats are in crates and are not on the floor in our open cattery. These Stretch & Scratch scratchers were wonderful for these cats. They used them daily and you could see how much they enjoyed them.
We currently have 64 adoptable cats.
One of our longest feline residents is Baby Girl. She has been here a little over a year. She is a sweet, lovely cat who can be a bit independent. For this reason, she did not get along on the floor of our open cattery. Even though our cat cuddlers visited with her daily, she sometimes seemed a little down. When we installed the Stretch and Scratch in her cage she actually brightened up. She uses it all the time and it seems to boast her spirits. When she finds her forever home, she will be taking her Stretch and Scratch with her.
The Wahl shampoo grant, valued at $385.95, was used to give a "clean start" to the dogs that were brought to our shelter by animal enforcement. Before the dogs were spayed/neutered, they were given a bath to give their coat and skin a healthy new start.
Many of the animals that are brought to our shelter are suffering from skin infections, cuts, scrapes, wounds, and poor grooming. With the grant from Wahl, we were able to use a high quality shampoo on each of the dogs that were suffering from one of these problems. We firmly believe that an overall healthy animal starts with a clean coat and skin. We are always amazed by dogs like Khleo (photos attached) who are shy and sad at first and blossom into energetic, happy dogs when their outside feels good again.
Khleo was a stray brought in by animal enforcement. She was a fancy dog who did not get fancy care. Her coat was long, tangled, matted and full of dirt. The mats were so close to her skin that she had sores forming that oozed and bled even with gentle brushing. Further inspection revealed that her tiny feet were balls of matted fur that disguised terrible, long, toenails that were also causing her pain. It was decided that the best plan for Khleo was a shave! The volunteers carefully worked to shave off the matted, soiled hair with Wahl clippers. Once the hair was removed, her toenails were manicured. Finally, Khleo was treated to a warm, soothing bath with Wahl shampoo. We rely on the gentleness and balance of shampoo designed for a dog's skin, like the products that we received from the grant. Once Khleo was towel dried, her true personality shone through and in just a short time she was able to find a new, loving family to call her own.