Success Stories

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

Pinky Paws ResQ: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

To feed Chico special senior food: Nutro canned. His dental the last year has him with few teeth left, so he needs canned food.

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

This helped sponsor Chico our senior who has been with me for many years. He needs senior canned food. We were able to provide him with high quality food.

How many pets did this grant help?

One: Chico

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

The sponsored pet was Chico. From his Petfinder profile: "Chico has been on a waiting list for transfer. I would love to find him a home close by. I've had him in my care for seven years. He deserves more. He talks and loves to dance. He also burrows under blankets. His owner, an elderly woman, had Alzheimer's and lost her home. So she forgot Chico =(. He is a 12-year-old corgi mix." Meet him: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/23900729

Rockers Rescue: P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds
What was the money or product used for?

We received Chill Pads for our rescue babies in foster homes and for events.

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

They honestly have saved us donations! The Chill Pads are durable. I had foster puppies destroying every bed I gave them. When they got the Chill Pads, they couldn't rip them up! Talk about being thankful! The beds come in handy for our adoption events. They pack easily so we get to bring them with us for the dogs to lie on. The dogs are happy and so are we. We honestly get a lot of use out of them. These beds are durable! For a rescue, that is superb as we get a lot of use out of them and a lot of happy and cozy tails.

How many pets did this grant help?

Many! The beds are durable and reusable!

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

One of our senior dogs, Easton (first photo), uses his Chill Pad every day. He has no eyes as both have been removed. It is the perfect shape for him to walk onto it to go cuddle up! Since we bring the Chill Pads to adoption events, it gives him something familiar as well. Easton is still available for adoption; he is seeking just the right home, as he is special-needs. Meet Easton: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/38347095

I had foster puppies that were destroying every bed I gave them. Then the Chill Pads arrived (insert dramatic music). They did NOT rip apart the Chill Pad! Talk about a happy foster mom! The beds are more flat than others so they are perfect to go in kennels when we are picking up new animals from the shelter or going to vet appointments. Overall, we are very happy we won this grant. The product is great and perfect for what we do! They are cute, cozy, easy to pack, lightweight but firm, and durable. Our pups give them two paws up! We love the Chill Pads and are very thankful.

Companion Animal Alliance: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

The Sponsor a Pet donation contributed to veterinary care provided for animals in our care. This includes spay/neuter, vaccinations, heartworm and flea prevention and microchips.

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

This grant allowed CAA to provide veterinary services to animals in CAA's care, preparing them to go up for adoption and find their forever home. The grant assisted with funding for spay/neuter, microchip, vaccinations and heartworm/flea preventative.

How many pets did this grant help?

Two

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

This grant helped prepare Sadie for adoption. Sadie, a beautiful cattle-dog mix, found her forever home in July. She is now being completely spoiled and adored by her new family. From her Petfinder profile: "Say hello to your new sunshine on a cloudy day: Sadie. She likes to run and play until the cows come home, but she also likes to love on anyone she encounters. Her sweet personality and playful nature make her the perfect dog for an active family with a big grassy yard. Sadie is a very smart dog and picks up on things very quickly. We have been working on 'sit' and she is making GREAT progress (she loves to eat treats!). Why look in faraway places for a best friend when Sadie is right here waiting for you to take her home and show her what love is all about!"

Iroquois County Animal Rescue: Petfinder Adoption Options in Action Grant (Invitation Only)
What was the money or product used for?

The grant money was used to purchase soft hideaway beds and attachable cardboard scratch pads for our caged cats.

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

The ability to purchase these much-needed enrichment accessories for the cats in our care has been a huge morale booster for our staff and volunteers. What it has done for our cats is amazing. It has produced a noticeable decrease in their stress levels by offering them enrichment opportunities inside their cages. This had led to a decrease in upper-respiratory infections.

How many pets did this grant help?

The grant helped every one of our shelter cats who must temporarily live in a cage, which is 55 cats total.

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

The enrichment that these cage accessories provided helped a cat named PK get adopted into a loving home. He felt more secure and relaxed because he had a place to hide inside his enclosure, and this actually made him more social. When adopters approached his cage, he would emerge from his hideaway bed and come out to play, be petted, or use his scratch pad! From his Petfinder profile: "PK was relinquished to us when his owner could no longer care for him. We could tell right away something was not right with this baby. We took him to a special doctor in New Lennox where they found he had nasal polyp. It was surgically removed but after that PK was found to have a spinal injury. He needs to eat high-fiber food and also has limited movement in his back legs. He is a snuggly boy who purrs so loud when he is held, but because of his limitations, he'll need a very special owner who is willing to make the needed accommodations within their home for him."

Forget Me Not Animal Rescue: KONG Toy Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Kongs are a critical part of our arsenal for our foster animals. We take on many heavy chewers and dogs who need to be restricted due to medical treatment. These items are so essential. We give them to all our fosters routinely and often need replacements for heavy chewers or lost toys.

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

We utilized the KONG products for enrichment for our foster animals. We gave each foster dog a Kong product and our heartworm-positive dogs got two different ones to help with their restricted activities. These products are a lifesaver. They keep destructive behaviors to a minimum and allow for the development of directing to appropriate chew items.

How many pets did this grant help?

15

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

At Forget Me Not Animal Rescue, we have a soft spot for the dogs who need a little extra help -- especially heartworm-positive dogs. These dogs, through no fault of their own, are sick. Their disease was entirely preventable but they find themselves with their lives truly at risk. Each year we help as many as our small rescue can and most come from our city kennel. This year, we took on our worst case ever. Sawyer (first photo) not only was heartworm-positive, he had a very advanced case, with an enlarged heart, impacts to his kidneys and he was obviously undernourished. But this guy took everything like a trooper: his trip to the cardiologists, several vets, a prolonged treatment period to lessen the impact of the medicine on his system and the always unfortunate but highly important exercise restriction.

As you can imagine, we were very worried that he wouldn't pull through. But, on Oct. 10, 2017, we received the best news! He is now heartworm-FREE and healthy. He still will need check-ups and his kidneys, lungs and heart may have some residual impact, but this giant 3-year-old love bug can now find a home and have a family. And, at the end of the day, that's what all the struggles are for: giving those chances.

Enrichment was a huge factor for this young 81-lb. guy, so Kong toys were critical tools! We can't thank you enough for the grant and the toys. With the cost saving of not having to buy these items, we were able to pay for the cardiologist and give Sawyer his life back. Thank you! Meet Sawyer: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/39630549

PupStarz Rescue: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

Dental care for a senior dog.

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

This grant was used for a senior dental. All of our senior dogs receive dentals and it helped provide appropriate care!

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Neptune is a senior dog rescued from New York City Animal Care and Control. Upon examination, it was noted that Neptune had severe dental disease. He underwent full mouth extractions, which is costly. Neptune is now doing great and thriving in a foster home! He is a 14-year-old, 5.5-lb. Chihuahua who enjoys walks and hanging out with his humans and dogs. He's also cat-friendly! Meet Neptune: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/39491573

Stockton Animal Shelter and the Animal Protection League: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

We used donations to support the Stockton Animal Shelter.

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

The Animal Protection League supports the Stockton Animal Shelter by purchasing much-needed items that are not in the shelter's budget.

How many pets did this grant help?

Many

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

The sponsored dog, Rico, was adopted on June 22, 2017. Unfortunately, we do not have an updated photo of him in his new home.

Lollypop Farm, Humane Society of Greater Rochester and Monroe County: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

Joey needed medical care when he arrived in order to make him available for adoption. This donation covered that care.

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

It allowed us to prepare a dog for adoption.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

The money provided to us was used for Joey's medical care to get him ready for adoption. Joey came to us with several medical issues and required dental care as well as x-rays and medication. X-rays were done of Joey's right leg and pelvis. They were sent to a specialist for review.

Middleburg Humane Foundation: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

This grant was used to purchase joint supplements.

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

This grant helped our organization and the pets in our care by allowing MHF to purchase joint supplements for one of our senior dogs. MHF believes that all seniors should have access to joint supplements!

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

This grant was in honor of one of our favorite beagles of all time, Rocco. He has been a staff favorite since the moment he came into MHF. Rocco was with a foster family when they found out just how well his beagle nose worked. Any time that the door to their pantry was open, Rocco would go in and find the trash. The family tried hiding their trash can beneath the sink and Rocco found it there as well. He has the best nose to sniff out anything and we are so happy that he has found his forever home!

East Tennessee Boxer Rescue: Orvis Animal Care Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Money was used to purchase dog beds from Costco, Kong Cares, and treats from Amazon and Costco. They all loved them. Thank you so much for helping us enrich their lives.

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

This grant helped every dog in our care; all dogs received pet beds to use while in our program and Kongs to use while they are still at their foster homes. They really enjoy the cow hooves, beds, and Kongs.

How many pets did this grant help?

20

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

Reagan is a super chewer and he loves to destroy things. He personally went through more than 20 cow hooves. He loves his Kong toys. Reagan came to us from a local animal shelter where he was going to be put to sleep that week due to the shelter not having enough space. He is approximately 1 year old, 100% boxer, housebroken and crate-trained! This sweet boy has a lot of energy and would need a fenced-in yard. He loves to play and does well with other dogs and children. Since he is active, we don't believe he would do well with cats. Reagan is up-to-date with veterinary care and is ready for his forever home! Meet him: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/39542192