Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
We have used the Cat Castle grant to put cat castles in all of the cat kennels and enclosures in our adoption room.
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.
The Cat Castle grant has helped 35 cats so far, and it will continue to help about 325 more cats in the future.
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.
To enhance the lives of shelter cats
It provided our shelter cats with treats they would not have otherwise been afforded.
Charlie is a wonderful cat who is now being placed due to our partnership with a no-kill shelter in a higher demand area. He is one of the felines who benefited from the KONG grant!
The cat castles were used to provide comfort to our cats in foster care. We provided a cat castle for each of our cats in foster care. Cats that were adopted were sent to their new homes with their cat castles.
The cat castle provided a safe haven, especially for our shy cats. They would go in the little opening and of course they felt safe and secure. Most of the foster cats will lay in the top bed to take naps during the day. This is a wonderful product and our cats love them.
So far 56 cats have had the pleasure of using the cat castles.
Tori is one of our foster cats who is shy and doesn't particularly like her own kind. She can't stand for other cats to be around her enclosure. The cat castle is her sanctuary. She takes all of her naps in the bed and enjoys the bottom of the castle when she feels threatened by strangers. The cat castle has provided her with a safe haven. She loves it!!!!
We were awarded 360 Cat Castles in January of 2014. We used these items to help give our kitties choices during the day and provide a feeling of safety and comfort.
These castles served a dual purpose while the cats were in our care and in their journey home. While here, the cats were able to use the boxes to hide in or play with. Also, as you can see in one of the pictures, the cats also saw these items as an enrichment item -- they chewed, scratched, pounced on and shimmied in and out of the castles on a daily basis. In the shelter, the cats suddenly had choices with how to spend their day thanks to these boxes.
Upon going home, the boxes helped make the initial transition period easier by bringing a smell familiar to the cat into a very unfamiliar environment.
Kitty Perry is a 2-year-old feline who has been enjoying her castle thoroughly. She has always had a quieter personality, and found the daily commotion of our cat room very stressful. Her posture had always been somewhat rigid and she was never completely at ease -- until we introduced the cat castles to each kennel. Within days, Kitty Perry had discovered that she finally had control over her environment, choosing when to be seen and when to retreat. While still a shy girl, Kitty Perry is now more relaxed -- she has a safe place to call her own within her kennel.
Visitors to our cat room continuously remarked at how much the cats all seemed to be enjoying their boxes -- whether they were curled up sleeping inside, or jumping from shelf to box and back again, our cats have all been happier and more content.
Thank you Petfinder Foundation, Jackson Galaxy, Animal Rescue Site, and GreaterGood.org. We are humbly appreciative from the bottom of our hearts!
We use the cat castles in all cat condos. They are truly enjoyed by the cats and help enrich their stay with us. We then give them away to all adopters when they take their cat home.
This helps to reduce their stress while here and also when they arrive in their new home.
This will help close to 800 cats!
Gretta is a 6-month-old calico. During her stay she hid either inside her castle or when she was feeling brave she would sit up on top. Her new owners loved being able to take her home with it and couldn't wait to set it up in their house.
We have used the Cat Castles to provide a safe transportation vehicle for our adopted cats and kittens to their new forever homes, and also to provide a comfortable resting area for felines currently in our care in our Adoption Center.
Our adoptable felines have enjoyed having the Cat Castles as part of their daily socialization and relaxation routine. The Castles give not only a "perching place" but also a comfy "hiding" spot that cats so enjoy. Offering the Castles to new adopters has been a new incentive that has created goodwill and PR on behalf of our Adoption Center and facility while, in turn, assuring our adopted felines have safe transportation to their new home as well as their own "special place" once they arrive at their new life-long home.
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We had one adult kitty named Bode who came into our facility as an owner surrender. Often surrendered adult cats have a harder time adapting to shelter life after being in a home environment. Bode would curl in the back corner of his kennel, and would not face adopters. After placing a Cat Carrier in his kennel, Bode would curl inside the bottom of the Castle, peeking his head out. He has now been adopted, and went home with his personal Cat Castle, which we hope helped him adapt to his new forever home.
This money was used for our Second Chance Fund, which assists shelter pets requiring immediate medical care, surgery and treatment beyond the scope of our shelter medicine program.
Thanks to the Petfinder Foundation's grant, we were able to provide medical care for seriously ill and injured pets, saving their lives and restoring their health. These pets then have a second chance for a new life. Once healed, they are made available for adoption and are ultimately placed with loving homes.
Approximately 30 pets are helped with this fund annually.
Rose is a sweet little calico cat that was unbelievably thrown from a car. A Good Samaritan rescued her and brought her to the Delaware SPCA. Her injuries were serious. Thanks to this grant, we were able to amputate Rose's back leg. She recovered well and quickly adjusted to life on three legs. She has since been adopted into her forever home.
Remy was on the brink of death after being left tied to a front porch in frigid temperatures. She suffered from hypothermia, was malnourished and could not even stand. The pitbull mix was rushed to an emergency veterinarian, where she received lifesaving treatment. Remy is now thriving in her new home with a family who loves her.
We give out your Kong cat treat at our location and when a person adopts a kitten as part of a giveaway to promote your product.
Kong product helped by making people who adopted remember Brookhaven Animal Rescue. We also gave some of your Kong cat treats to our in-house cats with good results.
38 kittens that were adopted and 30 in-house cats
Some of the people we gave your cat treats to expressed that their cat and kitten enjoyed your treat.
We were granted the Cat Castle carrier boxes. Since our cats our free-roaming, the boxes we use as a carrier for their new family and also something they can feel secure in until they get comfortable in their new home.
This grant helped our cats during the transition of their new home. In the shelter they are free-roaming, and we thought it would be beneficial for the new family to have a place for their new member to feel secure and have a familiar scent while adjusting. In our cat room, we wanted to be safe that our cat castle boxes weren't "marked" before the lucky resident went home. So we use them specifically for homeward-bound cats.
Some of our residents are very shy in our free-roaming cat room, so our beautiful Roma (bottom photo) had a special place in our "sun room" for the special-needs cats. She was brought in from the streets and was scared if anyone approached her. But she found comfort in a box with plenty of blankets to snuggle in. We have volunteers that just work with the special-needs and cats that need rehabilitation. That box gave Roma the several weeks she needed to feel more comfortable and come out and say hi, and maybe even let you pet her. She is still waiting for her new home, but until then she will always find comfort in her castle until her new family takes her home. Some of our lucky cats that found their new home are in the attached photos.
The grant was used for medical expenses.
Our biggest expense is always medical care for our rescued hounds. We are most grateful for the grant opportunities the Petfinder Foundation offers!
Medical expenses for three
The money we received was used to help pay our medical expenses. One of our fabulous hounds that was helped was Daisy B. Daisy B., six years young, came to us when her former owner took a job that would not allow him to care for her. One of her eyes had been injured when she was kicked by a horse. Her family told us it had happened when she was younger. Our vet determined that there was no sight in it and the pressure was causing pain for Daisy. We had her eye removed and she recovered wonderfully.
We're so grateful that she found her way to Utah Friends of Basset Hounds. It's difficult to know how long she had been in pain from her eye injury. But we do know that she's happy and pain-free now! Shortly after her surgery, she was adopted by a wonderful couple from the Boise, Idaho, area and is currently traveling across the country with them in their RV. Daisy B. is a spunky, full-of-life girl who is bringing them much joy!!
Big basset-hound thanks to the Petfinder Foundation for making Daisy B's surgery possible!