Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
The money will be used towards replacing the shelter's roofing. This was blown away by hurricane Cleopatra, which hit Olbia in November (you can see some photos here: http://bit.ly/italian-shelter). The shelter was badly affected, too but luckily no animal was lost or injured. Many people pulled together to help the shelter so a good number of kennels have been replaced already, but the roofing for the pens is still needed and the prize money will help us buy the materials to replace it.
Without the roofing, the dogs and cats are left at the mercy of the elements, and we are in the middle of winter! Giving our animals a roof over their heads is a top priority to ensure they are cared for in the best possible way.
The shelter has 700 dogs and 150 cats.
Pirichitta (photo 1) is one of the oldies. She's had more major surgeries than we can count, but she is a strong as an ox and still full of life. Veronese (photo 2) was probably the victim of a hit-and-run. He's a beautiful cat and the volunteers have done their utmost to get him back in shape. Solo (photo 3) is the king of the piazzale (the central area of the shelter): He used to roam free in a district of Olbia, but one day someone reported him just because of his size. He wouldn't hurt a fly, but he is now in the shelter, hoping for someone to give him a forever home. Ninno (photo 4) is but one of the hundreds of kittens that are rescued by the shelter. He's lucky because he's very healthy, but lots of kitties arrive riddled with cat flu. These are but four of the over 800 animals your prize money has helped by helping us putting a roof back over their heads. Thank you!
Getting mill rescues clean and smelling better
Many of our rescues have never had a proper bath, only a spray-down with a hose, so they are filthy, matted and often have skin sores. The oatmeal shampoo soothed their skin while getting them clean and smelling good for prospective adopters.
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Zoe was rescued from a puppy mill. She was filthy and matted to the skin. After a good bath and grooming, she was seen by our vet and cleared for her spay and dental. She received one more bath after her stitches were removed and found her forever home three days later. She is only one of many mill rescues who benefited and will benefit from this grant.
We got six bottles of Wahl shampoo. This shampoo is used to keep the dogs looking very clean for meeting potential adopters. With all the rainy and snowy weather, the dogs get very dirty running around in our play-yards. We want adopters to meet a clean, good-smelling dog, and this shampoo has allowed us to keep them adopt-ready!
The money saved on buying shampoo has allowed us to buy needed straw and other winter items for keeping the animals warm and comfortable.
We are able to give baths as needed. We have an average of 17 dogs in the shelter, and all of these dogs are kept clean with this shampoo.
Teddy was an owner surrender who was not being well cared for. The previous owner had too many dogs, and Teddy suffered from her bad financial status. He came in all matted and dirty. We immediately got him a bath and he came out a handsome, white puffball. He was adopted a week after his initial bath. He is spoiled rotten and loves his forever family. He gets to play with a lot of kids and other dogs and lounge around the house all day.
Petra was owner-surrendered with her eight puppies. All of her puppies have been adopted. As you can see by her picture, she has very short legs, so when she gets to running around the yard when it is muddy, she is a mess. She loves to run, and even has some running-mates here, but she goes from white to black after about 10 minutes of playtime. She knows her bath-time routine, and once she is clean, she is ready to impress potential adopters. She is still looking for her forever home, but hopefully she will find a nice family before the holidays.
The Wahl shampoo was used to bathe our adoptable dogs.
The Wahl shampoo allowed us to bathe our adoptable dogs before they were put up for adoption. Having clean and fresh-smelling dogs at an animal adoption center is extremely important so that potential adopters are not turned off from interacting with the dogs because of the smell. The grant helped place more animals into their forever homes. During the month of November, we had a record-breaking adoption month with 404 adoptions. We used the Wahl shampoo throughout the month of November.
The shampoo specifically helped a dog named Diggy who was very matted and dirty when he first came in. We used the shampoo on him and put him into a foster home to be placed up for adoption. He looked and smelled so much better after his bath. Thank you for choosing us to be the recipient of this grant.
Making our shelter animals beautiful before adoption.
As a nonprofit 501(c)3 animals shelter, we rely solely on private donations, whether monetary or in-kind. With the Wahl grant we were able to groom, bathe and beautify the animals before adoption. Having the animals groomed before putting them up for adoption made the amount of time they stayed with us less and made the animals feel so much better.
Lilly was saved from a puppy mill and was so matted we couldn't see her eyes. After our veterinary technicians shaved her and used the oatmeal shampoo, she was feeling much much better.
To help sooth skin conditions on starved dogs coming in from the shelter
It helped them feel better and look better, and helped us get them ready for adoption faster using good products.
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We found Andy at [an open-admission] shelter, beaten down and defeated from neglect and lack of proper care, with wounds to his face and upper body. Andy is a German shepherd, but his beautiful coat was destroyed from lack of proper care. With good nutrition and high-quality skin and coat products, we were able to make Andy look and feel like the magnificent animal he was destined to be.
The Wahl shampoo is used by our foster parents to clean their dogs. The samples are put in the adoption packets for new owners to use on their newly adopted pets.
This grant helps clean the dogs in our foster care and make them presentable for adoption.
We received a litter of puppies from New Mexico. There were six of them stuck in a crate for a couple of days; needless to say, they were rather filthy when we received them. They were washed with the Wahl shampoo to clean them up. Even though they did not enjoy the bath, they did enjoy feeling clean afterwards. The pictures attached are before and after pictures of Elf -- he was one of the puppies in the litter. The samples sent to us have gone in the dog adoption packages, so when a dog gets adopted, the new owner receives a sample of Wahl shampoo.
The grant money was used for vet care. When Tanners PAWS takes in dogs, they need to be vetted right away. Typically we receive stray dogs from animal control officers in the surrounding areas. Their municipalities only allow them to keep the dog for five days, and if the owners cannot be found, they have to euthanize. They reach out to us. We vet them usually for rabies vaccines and begin series of shots. We flea treat and deworm them. A lot of the time the stray will have other issues, such as skin ailments or ear infections. The other vet bill we used the grant for was emergency treatment for our Rottie, Tessa. Tessa was abandoned in September with her two puppies (Romeo and Juliet). We successfully placed the pups in loving homes. In October, Tessa had a GI bleed. We found her on a Sunday morning with a kennel full of blood. She had to be taken to Cornell University Vet School. It was the nearest vet available on a weekend for emergency treatment. She was given X-rays, blood work and IV's and had to return to our vet in the a.m. She was out on two prescriptions and given a special dog food for dogs with GI issues. After a few days of close monitoring and lots of TLC, Tessa recovered from her bleed.
Without the help of such grants as this, we would not be able to rescue dogs and take care of them properly. We are a total volunteer- and donation-only kennel. We all work full-time jobs and devote every additional minute we have to taking care of the dogs, creating fundraisers and taking care of the kennel. Our volunteers help us with coordinating adoptions, foster care and manning our events. Without funds, we could not exist. Grants make it possible for us to exist. We use donations to make our shelter and buy kennels and supplies. We are very grateful to all of our supporters, as you can see by the volume of our followers. They made it possible for us to win this grant. Thank you all so much.
Tessa, our abandoned Rottie (abandoned with two pups), became very ill in October with a gastrointestinal bleed. She was found in her kennel surrounded by blood. She was vomiting and defecating blood. We cleaned her and the kennel all up, trying to find the source. Later in the evening, she had another episode. Of course it had to be a Sunday with no vets open in our area. We called Cornell University Vet School and took her there. It is about an hour trip from the kennel. Tessa was very lethargic at the time. Upon examination, she was dehydrated and needed fluids, along with X-rays and blood work to determine where the source was. She needed to be NPO [nothing by mouth] overnight and returned to her own vet in the a.m. No known cause for the GI bleed. She was placed on a special diet and given two prescriptions. Our beautiful Tessa recovered and is the beautiful loving dog she was before the incident.
Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter received a Wahl Shampoo grant valued at $79.70 to assist with the grooming needs of our shelter pets.
The Wahl shampoo has worked wonders with a number of dogs in the kennel who needed everything from a quick clean-up to longer term-treatment of skin issues. Many of the animals we have coming into the shelter are dealing with neglect-related skin issues, and the Wahl shampoo is a soothing comfort while we wait for proper care and nutrition to take effect in getting them back to full health.
Frenchie was scheduled to be euthanized just a day after we got her from a local, over-crowded shelter. Pregnant, Frenchie arrived looking like she was about to give birth any day and we quickly got her to foster care, where, a short while later, she gave birth to a large litter of puppies. After doing a wonderful job (with an assist from her foster mom) caring for all 12 of her puppies, Frenchie came back to the shelter, depleted and in need of her own nursing. Twelve hungry babies can take a lot out of a mom, and she had given all she could for her puppies. After some TLC and a few baths with the Wahl shampoo, she was ready for her second chance at a home. Her puppies have all been adopted, but Frenchie is still waiting for her new family to come for her. Until then, she is having fun dressing up for Halloween and getting lots of love from our staff and volunteers every day!
Bottles of shampoo were donated and the shampoo was used on rescued dogs.
The shampoo that was donated was used to bathe rescued dogs.
Many dogs were helped with the shampoo.
Rescued after six years at a puppy mill, Kayla found a loving home! When Kayla, a yellow Labrador, arrived at Animal Rescue, Inc.'s Sanctuary for Life, she was thin from her six years of "life" at a puppy mill. Kayla sat on her bed and shook uncontrollably as she accepted attention from her new caregivers at Animal Rescue, Inc. Kayla was so scared, her bed even shook! With time and loving attention, Kayla quietly began to come out of her shell. She started accepting treats from her caregivers and her shaking also began to lessen. Kayla's caregivers worked diligently with her and realized that this poor girl would need a patient and loving family to help her adapt to her new life. While Kayla showed no outward signs of physical illness, her teeth told a truly sad story about her past at the puppy mill. Poor nutrition caused plaque to build up on her teeth, which irritated her gum line. What’s worse, it appears that stress caused Kayla to chew on the bars of her cage, and many of her teeth were worn down to short nubs. One of Kayla's canine teeth was even broken from her chewing.
We hoped for a better life for Kayla and began to persistently work to find the perfect forever home for this sweet dog. With the right family who had puppy mill dog experience, Kayla is now doing much better -- she isn't shaking anymore -- and is actually appreciating the attention of her new family. Attached are pictures of Kayla, the rescued puppy mill dog, in her happy new home.