Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
We have been using the awesome-smelling shampoo to clean animals upon intake. It has been fantastic to have the dogs who come in smelling terrible come out of the bathtub smelling like lime verbena! The soap lathers nicely and really makes a difference in getting our intakes clean.
It's helped us save money and use a higher-quality product than we would normally be able to justify affording. It's helped our animals smell good and attract more adopters during meet-and-greet events.
So far, we've washed about 25-30 dogs with the shampoo we got from the grant. Because it's concentrated, we have a ton left to keep on helping our animals.
Ophelia came into Milwaukee Animal Control, the shelter we most frequently pull animals out of. We found that her owner had passed away, and a family member had kept her and three other large dogs in a trailer with no access to "go" outside. A large bucket of water and food was scattered each week in the trailer and, needless to say, this dog was not fresh-smelling. Despite the the shelter giving preliminary baths out of necessity, she still required two baths with our Wahl products, but now she smells like a dog should -- and her fur is surprisingly shiny. She didn't look as bad as she smelled, but here is a picture of her today, very happy to be an adoptable in our program.
The product, Wahl doggie shampoo, was used for bathing our rescue dogs.
This grant helped us by giving us a good, quality product to use on our very deserving (and sometimes pretty stinky) rescue dogs. The product did a great job at cleaning and deodorizing them and making them much more adoptable.
This grant really helped out our Toto. He came in as a stray to Union County Animal Control in Southern Illinois and when his time was up. We rescued him and brought him into our shelter and foster-based program. Toto was what I call a "hot mess" when he got to us. He smelled of farm-animal manure along with being VERY matted and dirty. He also ended up having parvo, which we pulled him through. This shampoo made him into a "new" dog! We bathed him several times the first few weeks and this shampoo kept him from getting too dry, but also helped to make him smell and feel better. Toto is now ready for and searching for his furever home for the holidays thanks to the help of your grant. Thank you, Wahl and Petfinder Foundation!
We received six bottles of Wahl shampoo to be used to provide extra pampering for resident and incoming pets in our foster program. Ninety percent of dogs brought in to our foster program are saved from the local [open-admission] shelter. The shelter dogs come to us in many stages of "stink," so one of the BEST gifts we can give to our foster families is to provide them with a CLEAN dog. :) And the dogs feel SO much better, too!
We maximized our Wahl grant by partnering with a local grooming shop, The Vanity Fur, who offered a dozen FREE baths and grooms for current and future dogs in our foster program using Wahl products. Each Christmas, the Humane Society solicits for items from each foster pet's wish list as part of our Secret Santa Paws fundraiser program. This year, the Wahl donation inspired us to expand our Secret Santa Paws program to include a FREE bath and groom for every foster pet. Our foster families have been elated, and I'm almost ashamed that we never thought to do it sooner! We thank Wahl for the inspiration!
Twelve, with potential for more ...
Fatty Patty was an overweight 9-year-old Puggle who was picked up as a stray by the county shelter. Despite her sweet disposition, her chances of adoption were bleak because she was heartworm positive and had a huge fatty tumor the size of a baseball hanging from her back leg. We were SO happy to have found a foster home for Patty Cakes (a name change was in order!), and she was the very first pooch to benefit from the Wahl grant. And then, the BEST news ever: Patty Cakes was SO charming with the grooming staff and with every person and dog who entered, they unanimously decided to ADOPT her as their top shop dog! Patty Cakes "lives" at the shop but goes home with the owner on nights and weekends, when she has even managed to weasel her way into their bed at night. Patty has started her heartworm treatment and goes in for surgery this Friday to have the fatty tumor removed from her leg.
Minnie is a senior Rat Terrier who has been our longest foster resident, having been with us for over a year now. Despite her age, Minnie is all terrier and loves to romp and play in the backyard, which means it's tough to keep her clean! Her foster mom was quick to take advantage of the free Wahl bath offer and the very next day (before Minnie could dirty herself again in the yard), she brought Minnie to see Santa Paws at our photo shoot fundraiser where Minnie and her foster mom both asked Santa to send her a forever home for the holidays!
The shampoo samples were distributed in adoption packets and the bottles of shampoo are being used to bathe dogs.
This grant provided a product that helped staff bathe the dogs. This is especially important in preparing the dogs for our adopt-a-thon events and when we receive dogs from animal control that are in need of extra grooming.
An old black Lab was found abandoned by the side of the road on a blanket where she gave birth to a litter of puppies. She was picked up by animal control and then brought to the shelter. She enjoyed the attention the staff gave her when she got a bath. Her fur was dirty and matted but the bath not only brightened her spirits, but made her coat shine.
Shampoo was used for bathing the greyhounds at the kennel and the samples were added to adoption packets.
We are able to send a shampoo sample to all new adopters.
Eight at the kennel and as many adopted greyhounds as we had samples.
All of the greyhounds in our kennel were given a good bath.
The shampoo was used to get our rescued dogs squeaky clean!
Shampoo samples were added to our adoption gift packs. The shampoo was shared with our foster homes to keep our dogs clean.
It is still ongoing.
Maggie is a senior poodle waiting for her forever family. Giving her a bath with our Wahl shampoo prior to adoption events helps make a good first impression when she is interviewing potential families.
Shampoo was used for bathing our dogs after transport.
This grant made our pets feel clean and cared-for after being in shelters, neglected and/or abused.
Our rescue dogs are shelter animals who are usually on the brink of being put to sleep. When they are transported to us, they are normally dirty and smelly. After being bathed, they get a look on their face of indescribable happiness because they are clean and pretty. They may not like the bath at the time, but it makes such a difference in their attitudes when they feel pampered and loved. It also makes them more adoptable if they look cared-for and people are able to love and handle them when they are smelling pretty and they are glowing with happiness.
Upkeep on animals' hair in general and preparation for adoption, and skin and hair care on demodex dogs.
It helped in preparation of adoption for the dog pictured. He has a lot of long hair and it helped to clean his hair and make it more manageable. With our demodex dog, she had an infection in her skin also, and it helped to make her skin more soft and helped her hair grow back, which it has entirely. It also helped in keeping all of our dogs clean and their hair in good condition.
All animals in general, but two specifically.
Rufus, a Pyrenees cross, who has long and thick hair, was adopted. In preparation for the adoption, we used the shampoo to bathe him; it cleaned his hair and helped to make it manageable. It really helped us in getting the tangles out of his hair. Indy is a pit cross who came to us completely without hair and a staph infection on parts of her skin. While giving her antibiotics, we also bathed her to help her skin stay healthy so her hair could grow back and to get rid of bacteria. The shampoos helped to keep her skin soft and allowed her hair to grow back.
Product was used and continues to be used for the dogs in the care of our foster-based rescue program.
Since many of our dogs come from shelters or straight from the streets, they are in need of immediate baths. As they make progress with a regular, high-quality diet, they continue to need regular baths to help the condition of their skin and coat. We appreciate the support tremendously!
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Annie came to Almost Home as an emaciated stray. She was immediately taken to a vet, where she received medication for a fungal skin infection, and also had pellets from being wounded by a shotgun blast removed from directly under her skin. The next day, she returned to an emergency vet, suffering from the dreaded condition of bloat. After a successful and expensive bloat surgery, she returned to our care. It was another 14 days before we were able to fully bathe her, so the Wahl Pet Deodorizer and Odor Neutralizer came in handy. A full two weeks after she first came into our care, she FINALLY received her first bath, removing not only the grime from having lived on the streets, but also the distinct smell of a hospitalized pet, as well as a significant amount of her old, unhealthy coat that she was shedding in copious amounts due to being dewormed and now on a high-quality diet. She is a different dog from top to bottom now!
Wahl grooming supplies were sent to us and we used them to make our dogs look better-groomed for potential adopters.
The improved looks and cleanliness helped get more dogs adopted.
Our groomer bathed about 130 dogs and did special grooming on about 30.
Voo Doo came in as a stray. His hair was matted and rather looked like it was fixed in dreadlocks. After grooming and shampoo with the new Wahl products, he looked clean and fluffy. Three days after his treatment, he was adopted by a very nice young family. Unfortunately his adoption picture does not show how nice he really looks!