Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
The grant money was used for an amputation procedure for a dog who had a broken foot that had been causing pain for an undetermined amount of time.
This grant helped us by providing the funding needed to have the procedure for Pixie. Without the funds, we would have had a much harder time raising money for the procedure. The longer Pixie went without the procedure, the longer she endured the pain.
Pixie came to the Roanoke Valley SPCA on a transport from another county. When we took her off the van and placed her on the ground, she would not walk anywhere. At that time, we figured she was just scared, so we carried her to her cage. During her examination a few hours after her arrival, we found that she still didn't want to walk on her front leg. We took her to Vinton Veterinary to have an x-ray of her leg. After close evaluation, we concurred that her leg was broken and had tried to heal without treatment.
Her leg had suffered a lot of damage, to the point that, after consulting with the veterinarians, we decided that the best option for Pixie would be to amputate the leg. This procedure is not cheap, and, fortunately, with the Petfinder Foundation Emergency Medical Grant, we were able to fund the operation. The procedure went well and Pixie was placed in our foster program so she could heal in a calmer environment.
After weeks of healing, Pixie was finally made available, and it turns out that her foster family had fallen in love with her so much that they had to adopt her. Pixie is now part of a loving family that spoils her to death!
We used the money to repair our air-conditioning/heating/air-exchange system.
We now have a fully functioning heating/cooling system that brings in 30% fresh outside air through a heat-exchange system. This helps our day-to-day expenses for heating and cooling while providing the necessary fresh air that helps our animals stay healthy. We also were able to replace a broken whole-building air conditioner with a new, energy-efficient model. Lastly, we were able to replace the infrared unit on the existing furnace and do maintenance on the furnace. This unit helps destroy any airborne bacteria in the 70% of air that is recirculated. This grant could not have come at a better time. These huge expenses we were facing would have taken money away from helping more animals, as we had taken quite a financial hit with spaying and neutering the kittens that came of age during that time period.
This grant helped all the pets who passed through the shelter since the first part of March and will continue to help all pets that we hold in our shelter in the future. Thank you for this!!
This grant helped pets like Danny and Precious. From Danny's Petfinder profile: "Danny is a playful but shy little girl who is a flirt! She likes to hop and bound and get into mischief with her cat friends. She gets along with other cats of all temperaments! The ideal home for this little lady would be one that can accept her best friend, Precious, as they are a bonded pair. An abundant supply of catnip is also requested!" Meet Danny: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/32343531
From Precious's Petfinder profile: "I am a sweet girl who is a little shy until I get my paws on a toy mouse. Then I will play like a kitten with it. If I lose it, I will ask you to find it. When I am comfortable with you, I will bring you my mouse and wait for you to toss it. I will come for pets and will purr away while holding my tasty toy mouse in mouth." Meet Precious: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/36838207
We typically lose money on adoptions after the surgery, microchip and vaccines, so this helps to keep the animals moving out of the shelter.
Baby came in very thin and a woman saw her and wanted to help. She was a year and a half old, young and playful. She was an active girl that loved to meet new people and dogs. Baby was fortunately adopted very quickly and is now in a home.
The KONG products were used to enhance our ongoing Kennel Enrichment Program. Through the program, we actively try to keep dogs healthy and happy by keeping their minds engaged. We address the five senses, with a focus on something different each day, and KONG day on Mondays is the biggest hit! The donated KONGs were used for the dogs in our care and staff fills them with peanut butter and kibble.
Our Kennel Enrichment Program is having the long-term impact of keeping our dogs healthy and happy for adoption. The KONGs are a big part of this, and we believe that they directly contribute to faster adoption rates. When a dog is enjoying his KONG in his cage, he presents better to potential adopters. We have been adopting out long-term residents recently and we believe the Kennel Enrichment Program -- and particularly the KONGs -- are to thank!
Rachel (first photo) and Zoe are two dogs who particularly loved their KONGs. As a pit bull and a black Lab/pit mix, respectively, both were much harder to adopt than some other dogs. Since it was harder for them to find homes, it was imperative to keep them healthy and happy for longer periods of time. The KONG donation helped to do this and both were adopted!
A/D Urgent Care pet food
We receive animals who were found lost and alone. It can be very scary to be in an environment unfamiliar to an animal. Some animals are so terrified, they refuse to eat. Special food with good-smelling ingredients helps encourage those animals to eat. After a while, trust is established and the animals' true colors start to shine. By the time an animal goes up for adoption, he or she is happy and thriving, and therefore more appealing to potential adopters.
One beautiful little girl (Lab/Staff mix) whom we call Annie
Annie is a 1-year-old female Lab/Staff mix. She was brought to AWL as a stray, completely terrified and weak. We don't know how long she had been out there. When she arrived, she needed food, water and protection. Annie refused to eat or even make eye contact. One of our vet techs began to slowly build trust with her. She provided Annie with Hill's Prescription Diet a/d Urgent Care food and crawled into the cage with Annie to have breakfast with her every morning. Now Annie is a completely different dog. She is the sweetest girl you will ever meet and will be placed on the adoption floor in a few days. Thank you for helping us to help her.
Due to severe arthritis and allergies, Jojo is on a lot of meds. The grant was used to buy two of his medications for one year: Rimadyl and Apoquel.
It allowed us to ensure that he has these meds for a year. They are expensive and we struggle to buy them on our own.
Jojo spent the first eight years of his life living in a cage in a windowless warehouse. He was dumped there as a puppy after his people had cut his ears off at home and called him "Funny Ears." He now has freedom, but has severe arthritis in his legs and spine. He never got to experience what it is like to be a normal, healthy dog living as a beloved family pet. The good news is that Jojo is getting adopted at the end of April and will only know love and affection, comfort for his arthritis from his Tempur-Pedic dog bed, and lots of yummy food and fun toys for the rest of his days. Meet Jojo: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/35264487
We put this money into our medical fund and Cookie's Fund (our spay/neuter fund for community cats).
It gave our shelter the capability to help animals that come to us with medical conditions that cost extra to treat, such as heartworms, cancer, and other diseases. A lot of the money has gone to Cookie's Fund, which is our trap-neuter-return program.
Countless, but it has helped at least 25 animals over the last three months and will continue to help a minimum of 200 more community cats in need of our assistance over the coming year.
Halo (first photo) was dumped along with another cat on our premises this past December. Along with them, there was a note stating that Halo (not her original name) was a 7-year-old cat and had a large tumor/mass on her chest and that she'd had one removed once before. Halo arrived in pretty bad shape and we quickly proceeded to tend to her and knew she needed surgery as soon as possible. Our veterinarian removed the tumor and it was sent off for testing. The tumor tested cancerous, but we are pleased to report that she has made a full recovery. Halo lives life to the fullest, enjoying canned food daily and getting her fair share of attention. After all of her medical care, we are looking for a home for her. At the moment she needs nothing special except lots of love. We want to make sure that when Halo leaves this earth, she will know what it means to have had a home. Meet Halo: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/37811344
Leila (second photo) is a dog who came to us from the community testing heartworm-positive. But now we have the funds to treat her and many more.
Rusty (third photo) is a senior dog with severe arthritis whom we pulled from another shelter when he was scheduled to be euthanized. We are able to treat him with the meds he needs to live a more comfortable life, and now he has an adoption application pending. Meet Rusty: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/37670312
Lumina and Silverado (fourth photo) were both trapped at a local garage. They have been spayed and neutered, vaccinated, and returned to the business where their colony resides.
Emergency veterinary expenses
Because of the Petfinder 20th Anniversary Grant, we were able to provide critical medical care for Fuerza, a tiny puppy with his tail hacked off; Matty Ice, a dog with head trauma from a possible gun or paintball attack who had lost an eye; Severide, a loving pit bull mix who was horribly abused as a bait dog; and the "parvo pups," six puppies who were brought in to foster care and later came down with parvovirus.
Nine critically injured/sick dogs
Who would harm an adorable puppy? Poor tiny Fuerza (first photo) was rushed to Angels Among Us after a terrible person hacked off his tail. Our expert veterinarians took great care to rebuild what was left of his tailbone, even surgically removing an extra vertebra to ensure his wiggly butt would function with extra happiness as he grows up. Today he is looking for his fur-ever home, but we know it won't be long! Meet Fuerza: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/37404407
Updating our training-room equipment for humane education
This grant helps us teach humane education to the community and also showcase animals in need.
One dog so far, and many more in the future
We had a great Dane/Lab mix named Ajax who had a torn ACL. We used our new equipment to showcase Ajax and his need for surgery and we were able to raise enough money to cover it. One Girl Scout troop (first photo) donated $150 towards his surgery when we showcased his story on our new equipment during their tour. Ajax is now recovering from his surgery in his forever home. He was adopted (second photo) in March 2017.
The stories about Panda, Opie and Bella below are the main stories we have that were expensive but gave these dogs new lives with new families who love them.
Besides all the dogs described below, BCAA pulls dogs from Southern shelters who are positive for heartworm. These dogs are always euthanized if not pulled by rescue because they are not adoptable to the general public if they are heartworm-positive. We are their only way out, so once they are in New Jersey, they immediately start the process established to rid dogs of heartworm. They are sometimes adopted out during this period, but BCAA always pays the bills for the entire treatment. We supply the new adopters with the medicines used to treat heartworm, including a six-month supply of Heartgard preventive. All adopters are given specific guidelines to follow as well as the problems which may occur after a heartworm dog is treated. At least the dogs are given a second chance at surviving an illness which is totally preventable if their original owners gave them the preventives to avoid getting heartworm infestation in the first place. In the last month alone, we have treated 15 dogs in various stages of heartworm Infestation.
We used this grant for several dogs who came into our care, both just before the grant was given and after we had received it. The first dog is Panda, who came to us from an overcrowded shelter in North Carolina. Panda was an owner surrender. Luckily for her, one of the rescuers we do business with was taking out some other dogs we had earmarked for our rescue. At the very last minute, she saw Panda being taken in the back to be euthanized, as owner surrenders are always the first to be put to sleep. She stopped the animal attendant and said she would take Panda. So Panda was literally saved at the last minute. She came to New Jersey and went into one of our foster homes. We could not figure out her breed, as she was so unusual-looking. She resembled a raccoon, but we just laughed it off. Her foster mom, Mary, had her groomed and a beautiful dog emerged. We now say she is a schnoodle.
Panda was scheduled for a spay and it was discovered that she was pregnant. Four weeks later, Panda was as big as a balloon (first photo). She started labor and Mary recognized right away that Panda was having trouble, so she was taken to one of our vets, where she ended up having a C-section and delivered six little pups. Five of them lived (second photo), but Panda took a turn for the worse. Mary started nursing the pups with a baby bottle every couple of hours and Panda was under the care of the vets for a two-day stay; lucky for us, she pulled through. She came home and immediately took over the nursing job. It has been three weeks now and Mom and pups are doing great.
During this time we also rescued a puppy named Jude (third photo). Jude was only four months old. What made me want to help him was that, when I saw his photos, all of them showed Jude with his head down, showing he had lost all hope. So our rescue partner in Columbia, S.C., pulled Jude for BCAA. He was also taken to a vet to be neutered and the vet discovered why Jude kept his head down: His back was burned under the fur with a chemical. The vet shaved him down and took off the layer of burnt skin. Poor Jude spent a few days in the hospital and then in a foster home. When he arrived in New Jersey, he had a brand-new owner waiting for him who started nursing him back to health. In a week, you could see a big change in his personality: no more was his head down. He was happy and you could read it in his face. He is actually still recovering and will be neutered as soon as the vet says he is ready.
In addition, we saw another rescue partner pleading for help for an older female Chihuahua who had gigantic mammary tumor and severe dental disease. She was sent to the shelter along with another sibling because her human mom had passed away. We immediately stepped up for Chelsey (fourth photo) and had her sent to New Jersey. By the end of the week, our vet had given her a complete dental, extracting 15 teeth and cleaning up the ones she had left. In about three weeks, if Chelsey is in good shape, the vet will be removing the tumor (fifth photo). We are hoping for good results but will deal with and take care of Chelsey the best way possible. Meet Chelsey: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/37776400
Opie (sixth photo) was another male puppy who was only 3 months old came to us with a back-leg injury. We took him to one of our vets who does a lot of our orthopedic problems. He took x-rays, which showed that poor Opie's back leg was actually broken in half and both ends were now passing one another. The repair required a long surgical procedure with a few weeks of wearing a cast and only being leash-walked. Of course this proved to be a difficult task as it was tricky trying to hold down a 3-month-old puppy from running around. However, Opie has completely recovered, was neutered and now lives in a home with his new mom and two children who worship him like the king he is.