Success Stories

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

Paws Of Bremerton: A Shot at Life Vaccination Grant
What was the money or product used for?

This product was used to vaccinate cats and kittens to protect them from disease. All cats and kittens in our shelter and in foster care are given these vaccines as appropriate.

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

This grant has helped ensure the health of our center residents and helped reduce the cost to the shelter and adoption center of providing necessary vaccines to our resident population.

How many pets did this grant help?

33 cats and kittens have been vaccinated using this grant

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

We used this grant to vaccinate Gypsy, a domestic short hair, gray and white kitten who was rescued from a young couple who had her tied to a grocery cart by a string. The individual who rescued Gypsy saw the couple abusing her, took her and brought her to PAWS of Bremerton. Gypsy's front leg is dislocated at the shoulder and is under veterinarian supervision to see how she can best be helped.

Lucky's Place: A Shot at Life Vaccination Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Fel-O-Guard Plus 3 was used to vaccinate our cats.

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

It reduced the vet expense for distemper vaccinations which allows us to afford to help more cats! This grant has saved us over $400 in vet expenses so far!!

How many pets did this grant help?

17 so far

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

We received the product just a couple days before 13 farm feral cats arrived. Timing was perfect allowing us to vaccinate the cats at the time they were moved into their condos rather than having to handled them multiple times to get them into carriers to take to the vet. We had a vet present at the same time so we could vaccinate for rabies, distemper and felv test all at once. This grant has saved Lucky's Place over $400.

Best Chance Animal Rescue: A Shot at Life Vaccination Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Vaccinating cats

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

helped us afford to vaccinate cats. and helped by opening up our rescue cats to go to other rescues where they can be placed quickly

How many pets did this grant help?

about 20 cats

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

Many of our cats did not have names because they only stayed with us for a few days before leaving for other rescues. I am providing pics of those cats who got their second chance thanks to this grant.

Kopy Kat Sanctuary: A Shot at Life Vaccination Grant
What was the money or product used for?

We received free vaccines via the "Shot At Life" Grant. Vaccines were used to vaccinate cats that are residents at the sanctuary, as well as, new rescues that are placed in foster care until they are adopted.

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

We saved alot of money by using these vaccines and not having to pay our veterinarian for them.

How many pets did this grant help?

50 felines

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

One of our volunteers found a litter of five kittens abandoned by a local restaurant dumpster. ittens are very expensive since they need their initial core FVRCP vaccine and then a booster vaccine. By receiving the "Shot At Life" Grant of free vaccines, we were able to vaccinate this litter and provide the booster vaccine without the added expense. The money that we had allocated for the vaccines was able to be spent on a cat that need surgery to remove an eye. It was ulcerated and very painful. We were able to pay for that needed surgery since we received assistance with our vaccines via the "Shot At Life" Grant. Thank You.

Humane Society of Southern Arizona: A Shot at Life Vaccination Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The production was 100 bordetella vaccines and was used to vaccinate 100 dogs who arrived at our facility.

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

This grant help the HSSA offset the cost of vaccinating dogs coming into our shelter against bordetella. Vaccinates are very important to sustaining a healthy environment within our shelter.

How many pets did this grant help?

100

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

We don't have one specific story about an animal this saved. However, by vaccinating for bordetella, we hopefully will see fewer dogs coming down with kennel cough and needing to be quarantined for 10 days on antibiotics. It is difficult on the dog to be in quarantine for 10 days -- which is now 10 days longer that he or she has to stay at the shelter. Additionally, there is an increase in medical costs to treat the animals with antibiotics. The HSSA strongly believes in the importance of all vaccines, even if they are booster vaccines, in a shelter environment.

Hot Springs Village Animal Welfare League, Inc.: A Shot at Life Vaccination Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Vaccines provided for benefit of our shelter kittens and cats. Stray's and ferals.

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

Here is one story: Brenda H. had 7 cats that we gave shots to. She is a deaf mute that has a very limited income and couldn't afford to take her 9 cats to the vet. One of her cats is allergic to shots so we did not give that one a shot. One of her cats has urinary crystals. She had just had to have the urinary crystal cat at the vet for 3 days; because of that, she had no money left for shots. Angel Fund paid for rabies and we gave her 7 of these FVRCP shots. (Our Angel Fund is for low income hardship members of our community, who love their pets. This helps them keep them in their homes. We frequently provide food as well.)

How many pets did this grant help?

So far, 53.

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

Little Foot (pic 1) was a stray that showed up at the Coleman Crystal Mine. Some people who were living there in a travel trailer fed her as best they could. She had a litter of kittens around the end of January and another litter, Comet, Cupid, Noel, Rudi and Nicky about July 24. Little Foot and two of her older kittens are now barn cats. The others have been adopted or are available for adoption and all received their vaccines through this program.rnrnHemi was brought to the shelter as a baby (with his eyes still closed) with his sister. They were from a feral mom that left those two in the rain when she moved the other kittens. People rescued them out of the rain and brought them to the shelter when they figured out they didn't know how to feed them. The sister died. Hemi survived. He was bottle fed and has been adopted.rnrnInky also came from the shelter. Some people found him as a tiny kitten on their patio. Even though he was very friendly and about 6 weeks old, no mother or other kittens were ever seen. No one ever inquired about him. He is available for adoption, but not until after Halloween because of his coloring.rnrnAlso, included is a picture of Cupid, one of the mama cat, Little Foot's, second litter of kittens. Cupid and his brother Comet, were adopted by the same family for two little boys!rn

Maddie & Friends: A Shot at Life Vaccination Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Thank you Boehringer Ingelheim, Petfinder and The Animal Rescue Site for awarding the FVRCP vaccinations to Maddie & Friends. The vaccines were used, and continue to be used as we intake kittens - they all receive their first shot on arrival, if old enough, and they receive their booster if they haven't been adopted by the time the shot is due. We are a small organization so only half of the vaccines are used to date (10/27/13) but the rest will be used as needed.

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

This grant greatly benefitted our organization. We are a small non profit and depend of the public for donations. Not having to purchase vaccines allowed the money that would have been spent to be used for our main mission. Our main goal at Maddie & Friends is to reduce the number of animals euthanized by offering spay/neuter clinics. We hold monthly low cost clinics for the public - funds that would have been used to purchase vaccines were at a recent spay/neuter clinic.

How many pets did this grant help?

Directly, to date, the vaccines helped 100 cats, the remaining vaccines will help additional cats as needed. Indirectly it helped 9 other cat receive spay/neuter surgery, which includes shots.

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

The four kittens pictured in the first photo were tossed out in a wooded area in Mid October in Salem County, NJ - I received a call that someone had spotted them so went to look. I actually met the couple there so they could point me in the right direction. There were six kittens dumped, the couple decided to take two as pets with them. The remaining four were brought home and are currently being held for adoption. They were immediately treated for parasites and given vaccines, using vaccines provided through the grant. From left, are Georgie (female), Levi, Ace and Dutch. They had a rough start in life, being dumped in the woods, but now are looking forward to a life with a loving family.

The second picture is of a Salem City Police Officer holding a kitten. This officer happened to be on the corner while a group of school children passed. He heard a kitten cry, and asked the child to stop and open his back pack. Inside was a newborn kitten - eyes still closed. The kitten was brought to Maddie & Friends and bottle fed until ready to be adopted. The kitten was named after Officer Smith, who is often called "Smitty." The kitten was named Smitty, and on this day, the officer came to see how the kitten he saved had grown. Little Smitty also received a vaccine which was part of the grant. He is now living with his forever family.

Humane Society of Tuolumne County: Disaster Grant
What was the money or product used for?

On August, 17, 2013, late afternoon, the HSOTC was alerted by Animal Control, the command center for pet evacuations in Tuolumne County, to prepare to house an influx of animal evacuees from the Rim Fire. The HSOTC staff immediately began moving shelter dogs from two kennels into one, and consolidating cats and kittens to open up space for evacuated canines and felines. Proactively, we reached out to Tractor Supply and Walmart with requests for food to handle the anticipated increased population. By the morning of August 18, 2013, we were ready for intake of animal evacuees and had received a pallet of food from both Tractor Supply and Walmart.

Dogs and cats immediately started arriving at our Shelter. As Animal Control took in evacuees from pet owners and rescuers, they created records on each animal and, once Animal Control kennels were at capacity, they brought animals, along with their records, to our Shelter.

From the time an animal entered our Shelter, Animal Control staff and HSOTC staff worked together to keep each animal’s record updated to ensure their best care.

We anticipated the need to take our three part-time employees to full time status, and hired an additional part-time employee to cover relief shifts. For the duration of the disaster, HSOTC staff, many of our regular volunteers, and new volunteers from the community who arrived at the Shelter wanting to help, worked virtually non-stop disinfecting kennels, cleaning cattery "condos" and litter boxes, walking dogs and making sure animals were safe, sound, and loved. From August 17 - September 4 we were unable to accept any new, non-evacuated, animals into our facility as we were at full capacity with 30 additional evacuated animals. The direct financial impact on our bottom line was in excess of $6,100. All of the animals that were in our care are now back home with their owners.

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

Per week, under normal circumstances, we have 1 ½ staff per shift for our cattery and 2 ½ staff per shift for our two kennels. The Rim Fire necessitated that our staffing for our cattery be increased to 2 ½ staff per shift and the kennels to 4 ½ staff per shift, plus a part-time relief worker. Given the number of evacuated animals, we had to ramp up the staff hours to compensate for the increased population over and above our normal complement of 40 - 50 animals. The direct impact on our bottom line was as follows:

• Increase staffing costs from part-time to full-time = 3 staff @ $280.00 per week or $840.00 per week. Three weeks = $2520.00
• Increase staffing costs for one part-time, on-call relief worker = 1 staff @ $280.00 per week. Two and one-half weeks = $700.00
• Cost of housing, feeding and cleaning cages for the evacuated cats @ approximately $3.73 per cat, per day = 13 cats @ 3.93 x 7 days = $357.63 per week.* Three weeks = $1072.89
• Cost of housing, feeding, cleaning cages and walking dogs 3 – 5 times per day for the evacuated dogs @ approximately $5.12 per dog, per day = 17 dogs @ 5.12 x 7 days = $609.28 per week.* Three weeks = $1827.84

*Estimates on daily costs for animals are based on food, special needs, utilities, cleaning supplies, water usage and sanitation, garbage, laundry, and are based on hard costs alone and do not reflect the help of numerous volunteers who help offset the need for additional employees.

How many pets did this grant help?

30 animals were sheltered, feed, and cared for over three weeks.

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

All in all the Humane Society of Tuolumne County and Tuolumne County Animal Control ended up sheltering 59 cats, 36 dogs and two birds. Combined we fielded calls to provide resources for over 180 animals and transported for some owners in difficult circumstances. Evacuated families are under extreme stress and the welfare of their pets is a major concern. The most important thing that all involved with the care of the evacuated animals provided was peace of mind. All of us are thankful for the men and women who fought the fire, which should be fully contained by October 28, 2013, and to everyone in between who showed their community support by helping in any way possible.

Furever Home Adoption Center: A Shot at Life Vaccination Grant
What was the money or product used for?

We take in homeless animals or unwanted owner surrendered animals. We vaccinate, quarantine and place them up for adoption. The vaccines we received were used and are currently being used to vaccinate animals that we otherwise would not have had the money to accept.

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

We are able to save the lives of more animals due to this grant.

How many pets did this grant help?

We have taken in close to 50 cats since we received this grant.

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

Ajay was a cat that was found wandering around our county with an arrow through his body. He was taken to our local shelter to be euthanized, but they decided to contact our facility to inquire if we had room to provide the needed medical care for him if they invested in surgery.

After determining that the arrow had passed through his body without hitting any major organs, they operated to remove the arrow. Flies had laid eggs in his wounds and the maggots had caused major destruction of the fur and skin on his back. We were able to place him in isolation and quarantine and provide intensive medical care for him while we waited for his immune system to be healthy enough to receive vaccines.

We were able to use the vaccines given to us by this grant to immunize and protect him. He is now available for adoption and able to mingle with our other cats in our cage-free environment. The shelter named him Arrow but after seeing his courageous personality and witnessing his journey back to health, we named him AJAY, which means "victorious" :)

Utah Animal Adoption Center: A Shot at Life Vaccination Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The Shot at Life Vaccination grant was a donation of 100 vaccinations that have all been utilized due to our higher than usual volume of kitten litters we received this Fall at the Center.

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

This grant greatly impacted our Center at a time when we saw an influx of kitten litters entering municipal shelters desperately needing to be saved from euthanasia. The grant of 100 vaccines helped us save money on our overall medical expenses and were quickly used on our incoming kitten populations.

How many pets did this grant help?

50 kittens received initial and second booster vaccinations from this grant.

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

We recently received a large group of kittens from a shelter in central Utah. These kittens had not been vaccinated before we received them and were scheduled to be euthanized. Because of your funding of the vaccine donation we were able to rescue multiple litters (including the ones in the picture below) have them vaccinated and are now just awaiting the opportunity to spay and neuter them before they are offered up for adoption this holiday season.