Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
Our shelter cats
We had great success using the stretch and scratch in all of our cat rooms. These were most beneficial to the cats we had to quarantine or put alone in a cage, as they could have their very own scratch board, which made them feel more at ease. The size was especially nice for those in solitude. When a cat has surgery, or is sick or injured is when we must quarantine them so these were very beneficial.
Roadie was a stray who was brought in with severe injuries to her eye. Her left eye was dislodged from its socket and dead. Unfortunately for poor Roadie, it was an old injury. The vet had to remove the eye and Roadie had a long road to recovery. During the recovery process, she had to be placed alone in a cage in order to keep infection down and keep other cats from injuring her while she healed. Roadie was given a large kennel to play in and had the scratch boards tied to her cage. She seemed more at ease and at home because she could still stretch and scratch like a normal kitty and do so without further injuring herself. With her eye removed and health restored, Roadie is a well-balanced kitty.
The cat scratchers were used in every cat cage upon the animal's impound and followed the cat through its time here at our facility. Upon adoption, the scratchers went home with the cat.
Every cat that came into the facility received a scratcher. This seemed to help calm the cats and give them an extra activity during their stay at our facility. When the cat left our facility for its forever home, the scratcher went with it, so it had something it was used to during the transition into another strange environment.
Every cat that came into our facility received a scatcher. This seemed to help calm the cat and give it an activty while at the shelter.
This grant has helped all of cats in one way or another, not just a specific one. The scratchers seem to calm the cats, give them a chance to relieve some steam and also another activity in their cage to keep them entertained.
We used the Stretch and Scratch cat scratchers in our Quiet Room.
We used the Stretch and Scratch cat scratchers in our Quiet Room. We are a free-roaming shelter and use the Quiet Room for cats that don't do well with lots of other cats. At this time, we have four older lady cats in the quiet room -- but don't let their age fool you, they scratch up more things than all our other cats combined! They have previously scratched gouges in the walls and doors of their room. Due to our limited budget, we couldn't provide the amount of scratchers they needed as we rely on donations for these types of things. The scratches were the perfect size and were easy to install with their "tie straps" on their cat condo legs/shelves. Thank you, Petfinder Foundation, The Animal Rescue Site, GreaterGood.org, and the Cats R Cool program from the residents of SOCK's Quiet Room: Buffy, Dotty, O'Hannah, and Martini.
We used the grant money for our medical-case animals: Bernadette, an 8-week-old English Bulldog with cerebellar hypoplasia and brachiocephalic syndrome; Ace, a 10-month-old mixed breed found with advanced demodex mange and open wounds; Dinah, a 5-week-old pit bull puppy with a broken jaw; Pops, a 4-month-old pit bull puppy with scabies, ringworm, and secondary bacterial infections; and Winston, a 6-month-old kitten who has needed multiple surgeries to fix bladder/urethra deformities.
It has allowed us to take on cases we normally would not have been able to afford. These animals would NOT have had a chance without Secondhand Hounds and this grant money. We decided to use the money to help expensive cases.
We put this money toward five expensive cases, and used the rest of the money toward vaccines and preventatives for 30 dogs.
Bernadette had a great life for as long as she could. We would have done anything for her, but she also had tracheal hypoplasia and ended up passing away last week. Ace is improving daily! He is acting like a puppy and his hair is growing back. Dinah had surgery at 5 weeks old. She is now 8 weeks old and doing well, although she might need another surgery as she grows. Pops is still struggling with his skin issues, but we are determined to find a solution! Winston is acting like a normal kitten, although he has an external bladder at this time! A more permanent surgery will be done once he gets older.
The funds were used to help a homeless pet at our shelter as we care for them before we find them a new home.
This grant has helped our organization continue our mission of bringing people and pets together for lifelong relationships.
Meet Sierra, a lovely and good-natured 3-year-old Australian Shepherd mix with thick, soft fur and a sweet smile. Sierra came to us because her owner was moving and was unable to take her along. Sierra is a big, friendly girl who enjoys people and other animals. She enjoys spending quality time with her people. Meet Sierra today at Seattle Humane and help her on her journey to become the fit, active and playful girl she deserves to be! As with all of our dogs, Sierra has been spayed, microchipped, vaccinated and behavior-tested. She will go home with a certificate for an examination by a King County veterinarian and an identification tag. PLUS, most dog adoptions include 30 days of pet insurance from Trupanion and six weeks of training in one of our on-campus dog behavior courses -- a great way to start off on the right paw!
Funds were used for food, veterinary care and and underwater rehab sessions.
4 Luv of Dog Rescue regularly rescues and fosters dogs in all states of health. However, Major was one of the saddest dogs we'd ever seen. Generous gifts like yours allow us to save dogs like Major, who would otherwise be euthanized simply because their owners had abused, mistreated, and abandoned them.
A volunteer in Bismarck (200 miles from our shelter) saw a message on Craigslist announcing that a dog was to be euthanized if he wasn't adopted/rescued within the next 12 hours. Volunteers in Bismarck drove 40 miles to the Ft. Yates Indian Reservation and rescued Major with just a few hours to spare. Major was severely emaciated and had open sores on his body. His back legs were splayed and he was too weak to stand. His spirit was low and at first he huddled in his kennel with his head down and didn't bark or make any crying noises at all. Volunteers brought Major to 4 Luv of Dog, where he was placed in a foster home and nursed/loved back to health. While under our care, Major visited the vet numerous times and underwent underwater physical therapy to straighten out one leg and rebuild overall strength. Major gained 40 pounds and changed from a sad-eyed, emaciated, pitiful dog to a loving companion who has been adopted and is full of health and vigor. The photos tell the story.
The $1,000 we were awarded was used for emergency veterinary care for a pregnant bull terrier and her pups that we were able to take into our program.
We are a volunteer-based rescue organization and rely on the generosity of sponsors and supporters to enable us to continue to save bull terriers in need. Our adoption fees barely cover regular vetting services. This grant arrived at the perfect time to enable us to help a female bull terrier in dire need.
We were contacted by a member of the public who had seen a stray female bull terrier begging for food scraps near their house for over a week. The weather was extremely harsh at that time, with sub-zero temperatures at night, cold winds and freezing rain. One of our volunteers went to the address and found an extremely pregnant bullie girl hiding under a bush, trying to keep out of the rain. The volunteer enticed the starving dog into her vehicle and she was whisked straight to the rescue's vet clinic. Within 48 hours of her arrival, "Kristina" gave birth to eight sweet puppies! Because Kristina was so sick herself, she needed to remain at the vet clinic for several weeks so the staff could give her round-the-clock care and help her to take care of her babies. Once the babies were ready to be weaned, Kristina got some much-needed rest in a foster home until she was healthy enough to start treatment for heartworms. Without this grant, the Rescue would not have had the funds available to be able to give Kristina and her puppies the chance of a happy and healthy life.
Our $1,000 grant from the Petfinder Foundation was used towards our Spay/Neuter Assistance program. Souris Valley Animal Shelter provides certificates to adopters and members of the community who wish to get their pet spayed or neutered. The grant funds were put towards this very important program!
The grant helped the shelter by providing funds necessary to aid in our Spay/Neuter Assistance program. We have many pets that are in our care and it is our policy that when they are adopted they must spayed/neutered within 30 days of their adoption. SVAS recognizes that this can be a costly procedure and tries to assist clients when possible. This grant has aided us in financially assisting almost 100 people to get their pet spayed/neutered.
This grant helped about 100 animals!
Three pets that were helped by this grant are Spark (pictured), Delaney and MacGregor! All wonderful animals that have been adopted within the past few weeks here at the shelter, and all have been spayed/neutered through our assistance program. As a non-profit organization, we are always so grateful for any funds that come into the shelter, we are always especially excited when we, too, get to give back to the community and to those who are looking to do the right thing. So in many ways, this Grant was a "pay-it-forward" fund -- the Petfinder Foundation helped us, so that we can in turn help animals and help those who love them just as much as we do! Thank you!
Scratchers for the cats' enclosures.
We were able to use the Stretch and Scratch cat scratchers without having to purchase them ourselves; thus, saving the shelter money. The scratchers are very helpful to the cats in enclosures. They allow them to do a behavior that is so natural for them which makes them more comfortable and more adoptable.
Serena was very scared when she came to the shelter. She would hide in her litter box quite a bit. The scratcher was one of the first things she showed interest in. Once she came out and scratched on it, she continued to do so and volunteers were able to then work with her to help her become more adoptable.
The Petfinder Foundation Sponsor a Pet grant money is put into our general fund. which supports the food and medical care we provide to our pets, as well as keeping our lights and electricity turned on.
The grant helps to keep our doors open, as we are a nonprofit organization that is supported entirely by donations.
Approximately 85 cats, plus one foster dog
Our foster dog, Buddy, had to board at a vet clinic because we had no foster home for him. We try very hard not to keep animals at the vet clinic, but sometimes it is a necessity. The grant helped with the cost for his stay. Buddy is now in his forever home!