Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
Vaccinating felines in our shelter.
I am sending an update to our earlier update. As of Dec. 8, we have been able to take in an additional three pregnant cats who were too far along to spay -- they were trapped in a neighborhood and we took them in. Together they had 14 kittens. We put them into foster homes and they are now old enough to spay/neuter and put up for adoption. All felines were vaccinated with two FVRCP vaccines.
Today I have committed to a litter of six kittens who were found thrown in a ditch. Without the help of this grant, we would have been unable to take in the numbers of felines we have. This grant was a blessing to our organization and we are very appreciative of your generosity.
P.S. So far in 2014 we have already taken in 18 felines, of whom three are too far along to spay so we will put them into foster home and raise the kittens. Thank you again for this wonderful opportunity that we greatly appreciate. All vaccines at this time have been used for shelter cats.
I would like to update you on the grant we received through the Petfinder Foundation. We received 150 FVRCP vaccines in July. We use a local vet who gives us good discounts on rescue-animal vetting. With this donation we saved $900 on vaccines. We feel that with this amount of savings to our organization we will be able to take in 40 more cats and have them totally vetted and put up for adoption. We take 98% of our felines from [open-admission] animal-control facilities at this time.
We were able to take in 14 extra kittens this week from an animal control facility that asked for our help. All our cats are FELV/FIV tested, RV if old enough, FVRCP, dewormed, flea product applied, ear mite treatment and spayed/neutered prior to adoption.
This grant will allow us to save the lives of 40 cats that we would not have been able to take otherwise due to budget restraints. We are extremely grateful that you felt our organization was worthy of this grant.
80 more than we would have been able to take in for adoption. More than anything, the money we saved on vaccines allowed us to take in more felines than our budget was going to allow. So with this grant and the matching grant from a vet, we saved more felines than would have been possible for us to take in.
This cat in the photo came to us with a broken leg, found by the side of road, so we assume hit-and-run. We were able to pay for the surgery (from a local vet who gave us a good discount) with the money we saved from not having to purchase FVRCP vaccines for the cats we had. We received 150 vaccines from Boehringer Ingelheim and this saved us $900 on vaccine expenses. At the time we felt this would enable us to take in 40 more felines. What we were very pleased with is that a local vet matched this grant and provided us with RV free of charge. With this extra bonus we were able to take in 80 felines and totally vet them and get them into new homes. We cannot tell you how much this grant meant to our organization and to the feline lives it saved.
The grant covered various vetting costs for a number of dogs in the rescue. It covered spay/neuters, vaccines, rabies, testing and medication.
We were able to use the funds to rescue additional dogs and fully vet and care for them.
At present the grant has been used to help over 10 dogs in the rescue.
Hope is a sweetheart of a dog probably born in 2012. Her New Year started a few days early when friends of Carolina PAWS found her stray outside a moving container on Dec. 29. Hope was underweight at 36 lbs. (she should weigh about 60) and has a skin infection that she is currently being treated for.
Molly, a sweet and very mild-mannered dog, was born approximately August 2010 and looks to be a Boxer/Lab mix. Her ear was permanently disfigured when her first owners decided to try to crop it themselves, without the expertise of a veterinarian. This forever body scar has not deterred her easygoing, loving disposition.
Nina is a Boxer/Lab mix born around March 2013. Nina was recently found homeless, living with her previous owners in a tent. She spent many nights cold and hungry but she remained ever loyal to her owners. They surrendered her to our rescue, realizing they could not give her the care she deserved. Nina is a sweet girl who clearly knows what it means to be a man’s best friend.
Halle is a Terrier/Boxer born approximately September 2012. She is a peppy, happy girl who loves her rope toys and playing in the backyard. She was rescued after being found hungry and cold on the streets. She knows the true meaning of human compassion. She is warm and safe in her new foster home.
The money was used for food and medical supplies.
It paid for a month's worth of food and specifically supplied medicine for two puppies who had mange.
It helped feed approximately 60 animals.
Of the 60 animals it helped, there were two who needed special care because they had mange. One was an owner release, the other was dumped at the shelter on a day the shelter was closed. She was left with no food or water and fortunately a passerby noticed this poor puppy on our front porch. We named her Olivia and her skin condition was so bad she barely had any hair. The other dog that had mange was named Mary and it turned out they were siblings. Mary has since been adopted and Olivia is still waiting for her forever home. (Top two photos: Olivia; bottom two photos: Mary)
Wahl shampoo to clean dogs
Yes, keeps them clean.
Baby Boy was dirty and he cleaned up so sweet.
Surgery for a dog who was hit by a car and had a dislocated hip
See Patton's story below.
We chose to spend it on one very needy but deserving pet.
Patton was hit by an Escalade on Veteran's Day (11/11) and taken to animal control. They did not have the means to help him, so they called us before euthanizing him to see if we could help. We weren't sure what was involved, but immediately got him to our vet. They sent him on to the University of Florida because his injuries were more than they could handle. Vets there put his dislocated hip back in socket and treated his hematomas and lacerations. Unfortunately, the hip did not stay in place and we were faced with a big surgical expense. The Orvis grant came just at the right time, and we were able to say, "Yes! Do the surgery!!" It went well, and our volunteers have dutifully been doing his physical therapy twice a day. He now is being gradually introduced to normal activity and has an application pending. :)
Spays, neuters, emergency vet care
We were able to save more animals with this grant and are so appreciative.
6 homeless animals
One of the animals we were able to help is Otis, who was found on the streets covered in ticks, and tests determined he had mange. We were able to provide medical care for him and get the appropriate diagnostics to get him healthy. We were able to take him in for regular skin checks and bloodwork. When he was mange-free, we were able to neuter him and he is looking for a wonderful home
This grant helped Cami (photo 1) with her dog training, Shirley (photo 2) with her track incident that necessitated the removal of her eye and puppy Austin (photo 3) with the bacterial infection on his back.
This grant provided some very needed funds at a time when we had just treated five Greyhounds who had broken legs or hocks from injuries received while racing. We take as many Greyhounds as we can who have serious racing injuries such as these, while as the same time, we take as many healthy dogs as we can. Any everyday funds receive go toward the neuter/spay surgeries, vaccinations, heartworm testing, de-worming, micro-chipping, dentals and kennel costs of our dogs before they go to foster and adoption. Special funds such as this grant augment our other fundraising efforts for our all-volunteer group.
Cami is a 5-year-old ex-racer who has an energy level well beyond what most Greyhounds have. This has caused her to be quite excitable, with several undesirable behaviors, such as jumping and nipping. While Cami has spent some time in foster, she has proven to be a dog who needs to be an only pet. This highly intelligent girl wants nothing more than to be with people, whom she adores. We hired a very experienced dog trainer who has worked with her and our volunteers at the kennel to teach her more-appropriate behaviors. We can say that after several sessions, we are able to better channel her energy and provide more opportunities for her to become a much more calm dog and respond to handlers more appropriately. Now all Cami is waiting for is that special person or persons who want to make her the cherished pet she deserves to be.
Wahl products were used for bathing and grooming dogs that had been rescued from puppy mills.
Above is the link to our Facebook page, wherein we thanked the foundation and Wahl for this donation of six bottles of shampoo. This gift reduced our costs and enabled us to use our resources for other needs.
It is difficult to estimate how many dogs were bathed with the Wahl products. What is more important is the exposure through Facebook, which you requested, and which always leads to pet adoptions and donations. Thank you again for selecting us for this gift.
Here is an excerpt from a report by a first-time volunteer, a college student, who went with our rescue team in November. "One of this puppy-mill breeder's employees mentioned that he had a 3- or 4-year-old golden retriever who did not want to breed anymore, and the breeder was willing to turn her over to us (along with the dogs we had come for). My ears immediately perked up and the thought of leaving her with this man made me sick. With limited room on board, it was a stretch, but, as always, [NMDR executive director Theresa Strader] made it happen. The man brought her out; she was so scared and stayed flat on the ground. Later that night as we serviced the dogs, I stayed with her and watched her frantically run around the yard, ignoring my gaze and avoiding my touch. Eventually, she would come over and stand somewhat close to me; then she would lie down beside me. By the end of the evening, she rolled over on her back, accepting belly rubs. As I loaded her back into her kennel I noticed my hands were black just from patting her. Her temporary name is Whitney until she finds her forever home.
"I hope and pray, like so many others, that one day rescues like this one won't be needed and that every animal will be treated with kindness and that everyone human will understand why."
The grant was used to provide veterinary care for newly rescued puppy-mill dogs. Since 2007, we have rescued more than 8,400 dogs from deplorable conditions in large-scale breeding operations throughout the Midwest and as far east as Tennessee. Our biggest expense is for veterinary care, because the rescued dogs are generally in terrible condition. Incoming animals are spayed and neutered and, at a minimum, receive heartworm tests, microchips and vaccinations. Most require extensive dental procedures; some have completely rotted mouths. Following is a sample of other conditions seen and treated: pyometra, injured and infected eyes, ears scarred from untreated infections, parasite infestation, parvo, leg and foot deformities, genetic defects, blindness, deafness, hernias, mammary tumors and other cancers. On average, the veterinary team treats 60 dogs a month at a total cost of roughly $14,400 or $240 per dog rescued. Veterinarians contracted to provide special care cost an average of $5,000 monthly. Every dog rescued is given every possible chance for survival and a good quality of life.
This grant helped to cover some of the veterinary costs associated with a puppy mill rescue in September 2013. See explanation above.
This generous grant helped four dogs that required spaying, heartworm testing, microchips and vaccinations. As indicated above, the average cost for this basic services is about $240 per dog.
Among the dogs helped by your grant is Seri. She was 3 months old when rescued from a puppy mill in September. She couldn't be sold to a pet store because of a strong heart murmur, so she was of no use to the mill and was scheduled for euthanasia. We rescued her and learned from her medical evaluation that she had a totally operable condition -- but the surgery was expensive and she needed it immediately. The veterinary team at Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Fort Collins, Colo., undertook the procedure on Sept. 24. Seri stayed at the hospital for a few days but then returned to her NMDR foster family. Very soon thereafter, the family decided to make her their own. Now a happy, healthy 6-month-old beauty, Seri is living life to the fullest -- a life she would never have experienced without National Mill Dog Rescue.
We received several bottles of Wahl shampoo, which came in very useful for some very neglected dogs we rescued. The product made our dogs look great and smell great too. It also did not irritate the dogs' skin. We thank you all so much for helping with our rescued dogs.
This helped us make more dogs adoptable by helping with their grooming needs. The dogs were filthy and smelly and were not adoptable. After using the product on our dogs, we were able to get mats out and have them looking their best.
We were able to groom five large dogs and four small dogs. Thank you so much!
We rescued Barclay from the streets. Barclay is a 7-year-old dog who was dirty and matted and not a happy guy. We saved him from a neglectful situation. With the donated shampoo, we were able to help him feel and look better (see photos). First picture is his before picture and the second is his after picture. Thank you so much!!