Success Stories

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

Sanilac County Humane Society: Cat Castles
What was the money or product used for?

Cat boxes were used in our cattery for retreats for our cats when they felt they needed some alone time. We also used them in cat kennels for them to use and then sent them home in the box.

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

We really like these sturdy boxes for 'going home' They also gave the cats a familiar place in their 'forever home' to help make their transition easier.

How many pets did this grant help?

15 so far

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

Amber is a very active cat in our general cattery. Lucky, however, just wants to watch the world go by. The cat box has provided a safe place for Lucky to nap while Amber looks for other more active playmates, that is, when he can get Amber out of the box!

Coulee Region Humane Society, Inc.: Bissell Rescue U
What was the money or product used for?

The money was used to build a play/exercise room for our cats.

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

Our shelter has one communal room where cats can move about freely. All our other cats live in kennels. They have not had a designated play area and have had to wait for our multipurpose cat-evaluation and adopter-get-acquainted room to be empty in order to stretch their legs, play, race around the room and cuddle with volunteers. Thanks to you we were able to build a playroom.

How many pets did this grant help?

This grant helps the 30 cats and kittens who are in our adoption room every day. We placed 577 cats in 2013, almost all of whom lived in our adoption room at some point.

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

Our playroom just passed its final inspection today. The first cat in the room is our oldest cat, Bria, a 17-year-old, black domestic short hair. Bria is very much in need of the exercise and stress reduction afforded her by time in this playroom. This ability to play is serious business for our cats. Stress is a problem for shelter cats and stress leads to illness, most commonly upper-respiratory infections. The ability to play and socialize helps reduce stress and we think our cats will be healthier as a result. We have that crazy little thing called hope – hope that this playroom will, literally, save lives. In addition, staff can use this room for our cat personality assessment program, Meet Your Match.

START: Save the Animals Rescue Team: KONG Toy Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Kong Morsels were used to provide a healthy treat to new adopters, as well as treats for our shelter cats.

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

This grant offered treats to cats and kittens that do not normally get this kind of product. By offering treats to some cats it helps to promote trust and, in some cases, comfort.

How many pets did this grant help?

Treats were offered to over 200 cats. One bag goes a long way!

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

Some cats in our care are shy and cautious, and treats can help them become trusting. Treats are associated with all things good, so when the treat bag comes out, so do the kitties!

Franklin County Humane Society: Cat Castles
What was the money or product used for?

The Cat Castles have been used for all new incoming cats, and we also send then home with the cat/kitten when it gets adopted.

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

The grant helped in many ways for our incoming cats; a lot of them are shy or afraid and normally try and hide behind or in their litter boxes, and since we have the Cat Castles they feel safer and come around a lot quicker!

How many pets did this grant help?

So far the Cat Castle grant has helped about 65 cats/kittens and pregnant mommy cats.

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

We have one cat who really was so happy to have a Cat Castle: Her name is Spirit she was brought to us by Animal Control after being left behind in an apartment locked in the bathroom with no food or water, and very pregnant. Spirit was sent into a wonderful foster home, where she loved to lay either in or on top of the Cat Castle, until she had her babies. At first she had three babies, and then 58 hours later came out little orange "Pokey." And just yesterday, two little orphans came to the shelter and Spirit's foster mom said she will take them and see if Spirit will take them on, and she did! After all this cat has been through, she is the most loving and caring mother cat we have had!

Humane Society of the Ouachitas: Cat Castles
What was the money or product used for?

Cat Castles have been and will continue to be used to enhance our cats' living environment at the shelter and in their new homes as well as providing them safe transport between the two.

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

Has added value to the adopter of our shelter cats. Has insured the safety of cats being transported. Has given the cat a safe haven to explore their new home from.

How many pets did this grant help?

17 so far. We will continue to use and distribute cat castles until our supply is gone.

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

One cat that needed all the help she could get was Kitty. She came to our shelter as a senior cat that had lived her whole life in a cat-hoarding situation. Though our average time from intake to adoption for a cat is less than two months, Kitty was a special case. It took us several months to get her to trust people. The day she willingly sought to be petted and picked up was the day we knew she was ready to be adopted into a loving home. Now to find that home! Though Kitty has the most luxurious long white coat, she also is missing several teeth and has a reserved demeanor. It took several more months to find her match. At last, a lovely retired woman took Kitty to be her only cat friend. On our follow-up call, Kitty's adopter said that Kitty was very shy for the first week and stayed in her Cat Castle most of the day. She would come out to explore at night. Finally Kitty decided everything was OK and is now an adoring lap cat. The Cat Castle gave her the safe haven she needed to become comfortable in her new home. Thank you!

City of Buffalo Animal Shelter: Cat Castles
What was the money or product used for?

The cat castles are being used in cat kennels, as well as transportation to their adoptive homes.

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

The cat castles have significantly improves our cats' well-being, as they now have a comfortable and clean place to hide in their kennels. This has been particularly helpful for our shy cats.

How many pets did this grant help?

The cat castles have helped all cats in our care since they were delivered in February. There is a cat castle in all of the cat kennels. To date, approx. 40-60 cats have benefited from the castles.

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

This grant has helped Raphie and Ellen (the black and white cats pictured). Both immensely enjoy playing in and around the Cat Castle. We set up a few in our meet-and-greet room so the cats could have a place to retreat if necessary. We've found that nearly all cats in the shelter are inside their Cat Castles or on top of them when they are in the kennels. Thank you, Petfinder Foundation and Jackson Galaxy!

Marion Area Humane Society: KONG Toy Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Our Kong cat morsel grant has been used to supplement cats' diets and for rewarding of good behaviors. Volunteers are able to give the treats to cats while cuddling and exercising. Also cats are fed hard cat food to promote good oral hygiene so we can now give them the morsels to give them something a little different than their usual feeding habits.

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

Our organization's volunteers are able to reward cats for good playing behaviors and stimulate exercise by hiding the morsels in toys and in cages where the cats have to "hunt" to get the treats.

How many pets did this grant help?

We have adopted out 61 cats and have taken in many more, all of which get cat morsels on a daily basis.

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

Skittles is a domestic shorthair kitten that was found stray and surrendered to the shelter to find a new home. He was very playful at the shelter and kittens always need plenty of exercise and stimulation. We would hide morsels while he was playing during cleaning times to let his natural hunting skills emerge. He was adopted and sent home with a bag of morsels and his Cat Castle.

Marion Area Humane Society: Cat Castles
What was the money or product used for?

Our Cat Castle product grant has been used to accommodate the cats under our care. We use them for the cats to have a place to hide when stressed and a perch to stimulate their fondness of vertical surroundings. Also we have used the castles to stay with each cat all the way through adoption as a way for new owners to transport and to give the cats a familiar place in their new homes!

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

The grant has helped lower stress for the cats in the shelter and lower stress of moving into a new home. Our organization has benefited from the castles by having patrons applaud our accommodations for the cats housed here at the shelter. Also we have been able to not lose any of our plastic carriers, used for vet appointments, since we are able to send cats home with their own carriers.

How many pets did this grant help?

Currently we have adopted out 61 cats this year and all have been accommodated with the cat castles while they waited for new homes and at their new homes.

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

Smoke, a male domestic shorthair cat, was surrendered to us because his previous owners were moving into a complex that doesn't allow pets. He was scared when he first arrived into our isolation/intake room, but by giving him access to the Cat Castle, he is now back to his friendly self and is getting adopted soon! Patches, a calico cat, was surrendered and her previous owners noted that she likes climbing, so we were able to meet her needs with the Cat Castle, where she spends most of her time perching.

Shelby County Animal Shelter: Cat Castles
What was the money or product used for?

The Cat Castles were used at the shelter to provide a place for the cats to escape to while they were in the shelter. These castles allowed for the cats to hide, sleep, and go when in their cages. When the cats were adopted, these castles were then used to transport the cats home. The castles also helped acclimate the cat when it got to its forever home.

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

The grant was awesome in providing a place for our cats to call their own. Here at the shelter, we take cats to help with the overpopulation issue that exists in our community. We are limited in our cage space but still attempt to help out as much as possible. These castles allowed for us to have a place for the cats to go and escape to when things were getting loud or they wanted to be left alone. Cats had a place to escape to which they all seemed to enjoy.

How many pets did this grant help?

Currently, this grant had helped close to 80 cats. This number is still growing as we have several more cat castles that we will be able to use!

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

One specific case involving cats that were assisted by the castle grant were Amy and Andrea. Andrea came into the shelter with her sister Amy. Both cats were fairly shy upon arrival to the shelter. In their cages, they were cornered back in the back and afraid of every sound. The shelter staff placed cat castles in both of the cats cages. Instantly, both cats ran into the castles as if discovering a safe haven. As time progressed, both Amy and Andrea began to come out of the castle and explore. They would come up to the cage door and greet people before wandering back to their castle. Both Amy and Andrea were adopted to two separate families. Both adoptive families commented that the box was extremely helpful in transporting the animals home as well as providing a safe haven for the cat to go to in their new environment.

Bladen County Animal Shelter: Cat Castles
What was the money or product used for?

We have used the Cat Castle grant to put cat castles in all of the cat kennels and enclosures in our adoption room.

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

The cat castles have helped reduce the stress on the cats when they first arrive in the shelter. It gives them a place to hide and feel more secure. When the cats are more comfortable in their surroundings, they come out and perch on the top of the cat castle. The cat castle has also helped when the cats are adopted. It is a safe enclosure for them to be transported to their new home. The cat castle helps with the stress of their new home because it still holds their scent, which will give them a familiar place to hide while they get comfortable there.

How many pets did this grant help?

The Cat Castle grant has helped 35 cats so far, and it will continue to help about 325 more cats in the future.

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

Greyline was a female cat that came into the shelter very unsocialized. In the beginning she stayed inside the cat castle and only came out when no one was around. Every day she got a little more comfortable and would peek out at us. After several days she became secure in her surroundings and came out and enjoyed attention that she recieved from the staff and volunteers. We believe that had it not been for the cat castle it would have taken a lot longer to socialize this cat. Greyline was adopted and is now living in her new home.