Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
Partners for Pets was happy to use this donation to waive the adoption fee of a kitty and help him find his forever home for Christmas.
Partners for Pets received a donation of $90 to cover the adoption fee of a kitten, George. George was adopted during the Christmas season and his family was ecstatic to know, after they had already fallen in love with George, that his adoption fee was waived due to this donation. It made the perfect Christmas present for our sweet George, and his new family.
We used the amazing P.L.A.Y. beds for the nursing mamas and puppies that we took in after Hurricane Harvey.
They are mess-resistant, and small neonate puppies don't get lost in the folds like they do with blankets and regular dog beds. We use nothing else with our nursing mamas and neonates because we have had puppies become injured when they got caught in the folds of the beds and blankets. The P.L.A.Y. beds' flat design makes them the perfect companion for whelping beds, and they aren't so cumbersome that they are difficult to clean. They are also easy to stack, making them great for transport runs without taking up valuable space.
Katie came into our rescue with week-old puppies (first two photos). She had no milk and the puppies were starving. We were able to offer a comfortable P.L.A.Y. bed to relax in, and we supported the puppies on our laps on another P.L.A.Y. bed to bottle-feed. We didn't have to worry that they would become tangled or injured in the bed even though they were so small. All of her puppies survived (which is not the norm) and have found their forever homes, as has Katie.
Schmidt (third photo) had to have abdominal surgery and really needed a cushioned bed on which to recover. However, he tended to tear up conventional beds, ripping out the stuffing and tearing the lining, creating a choking concern -- not to mention providing no support for him to relax and recover. The P.L.A.Y. bed provided a soft, cushioned surface with a durable exterior that he wasn't able to chew through. He has made a complete recovery and found his forever home.
Lillian (fourth photo) came to us with day-old puppies. Three of her puppies died within hours of being born however the last two are doing great in foster care with their PLAY bed keeping them warm when Lillian takes her potty breaks. Considering these puppies are the size of mice they would get tangled in blankets and suffocate in the folds of traditional beds. PLAY beds are the perfect fit for normal whelping beds and even makeshift smaller "box" whelping beds.
The disaster grant was used to rebuild the roof over our dog kennels.
Initially, the new roof helped six dogs; however, it will help the many future dogs that we will take in, as that area is our quarantine area and every single dog that we accept goes into quarantine, so not only will this help the present dogs, but every single dog that we accept in the future.
When Hurricane Irma came and whipped through our town, we had one dog and five puppies being sheltered in place with us. They all weathered the storm and the flood quite well, but the after-effects were the hardest, as they had no outdoor kennels in which to play, nor any outside area at all, as we were surrounded by two feet of water all around our home and the kennels were underwater. They had to make due with wee-wee pads and playing in our living room.
Once the roof was redone, the pups were able to play outside in the kennels as there was way too much sewage in the yard, and it was very quickly after the repairs that all of the dogs got adopted. From our pups who survived the storm to any future pups, the roof will allow them some freedom to play and stay out of the weather.
The pet beds were used at the Heber Valley Animal Shelter and in our boarding facility for shelter pets to sleep on.
It helped some of our pets who were recovering from surgery to sleep on a warm bed rather than a cold shelter floor.
I've attached pictures of two shelter pets who were adopted after their surgeries. The first photo is Jack, who was at Summit County Animal Control. He loves his P.L.A.Y. bed, and slept on it after his dental surgery. The second and third photos are sweet Lulu. She has also been adopted and came to us from a high[-intake] shelter, Baldwin Park Animal Care Center, near Los Angeles. She had major surgery for mammary tumors, a double hernia and a spay. She loved sleeping on her P.L.A.Y. bed while recovering.
To pay for an MRI to provide a more definitive diagnosis for Jersey’s hind-end weakness and mobility problems to refine a treatment plan.
The grant funds are of great help to our rescue dogs as we work to provide them the best medical care and help them achieve the best quality of life possible. We provided Jersey with tumor-removal surgery, medication, hydrotherapy and acupuncture to help her recover from her prior trauma. The cost of the $1,500 MRI was a significant hit to our rescue, as we have several other medical cases in the rescue. The grant allowed us to give Jersey the best shot at getting better.
One: Jersey the great Dane.
Jersey was found as a stray in Los Angeles, starving, with a cantaloupe-sized mammary tumor. She was also barely able to walk and could barely stand with her hind legs. We pulled her into Live Love Animal Rescue right away. We were able to get her tumor removed, but her inability to walk has been more difficult to treat. The grant provided helped us get her an MRI, which showed us the extent of her injuries. The vet told us this was one of the most severe cases of damage he had ever seen. We also consulted with a neurology team at UC Davis to explore whether there was a surgical option. It was clear that Jersey had massive spinal damage, multiple herniated discs, and spinal compression, and the UC Davis team warned that the damage had been present for so long and was so severe that just lying down and breathing was increasing the damage.
We and her foster mom were, of course, devastated by this diagnosis. Jersey was pampered with lots of treats, on bed rest and watched over by her foster siblings (see pics). We wanted to have a wonderful Christmas with Jersey, but on the morning of Dec. 20, 2017, Jersey woke up with a bad case of bloat. Her foster mom raced Jersey to the vet, where bloat was confirmed. Jersey passed away being held by her foster mom and being loved by the vet and staff, where she was a favorite.
This is obviously not the outcome we wanted, but we are grateful that, after what must have been a really tough life, Jersey knew love, comfort and companionship. We are so grateful for the Petfinder Foundation Emergency Medical grant that allowed us to provide Jersey with the very best medical care that we could.
3/4 of the money was used for evaluation and training (private lessons) for Kimchi; the rest was used to pay medical bills for other dogs in our program.
We provide training for dogs in foster homes, if needed. Kimchi did need some help. The donors are the parents of Kimchi's former adopters, a couple that split up. The daughter of the donors did not know that she had been returned to rescue and when they found out, they wanted to help in any way possible.
Two: Kimchi and then leftover funds were used to cover part of an ongoing medical bill for a little pup who had ringworm and had to be in medical isolation for a few weeks.
Kimchi was a little dog whom we pulled from the euthanasia list at Animal Care Centers of NYC several years ago. She was adopted by a lovely couple who were very excited and happy to have her. About two years later one of them wrote to us, desperately asking if we could watch her for a while. She had gone to California for an internship, she and her partner had split up, and she was living in a place that did not allow dogs. She promised to come get Kimchi within a few months. We took her in (thank goodness for her original foster!). The months rolled by and we realized no one was coming to get her. Once we put her on Petfinder, the other former owner saw her, and although she could not take her, she wanted to help. Along with her parents, they donated money to her care. Kimchi is now very happy in her adoptive home.
This grant was used for our dog Tory's neuter and rabies vaccine.
Grants like these help us continue to save abused, neglected and abandoned dogs across the country. It provides the medical care most of these dogs have never received.
Tory was surrendered, finally, to officials after his "sister" died on the chain from neglect and abuse in Florida. Tory would have also died in the not-so-very-far future. This boy is just as sweet as they come, obviously grateful despite being confused. As you can see from the last two photos at the humane center where treatment began for him, he was a mess and quite emaciated. He is now happy and thriving in a safe, loving environment.
We deviated a bit from the original plan for using the money. That was due to the fact that we were anticipating a high need for surgical services (for physical injuries, such as animals hit by cars, etc.), but instead were inundated with pets with "routine medical needs" due to very high rates of abandonment. We spent $16K to treat malnourishment, skin conditions, and rampant infections sustained by animals left abandoned in homes, etc., during the exodus of people leaving the island. We purchased a critical component for our generator so we could have power during almost 90 days without electricity. We purchased a refrigerator to keep our vaccines at the appropriate temperature. We were unable to find the surgical component we needed, but figured out a way to repair ours instead. We are in the process of purchasing a van, but the best price we could find was actually $20K. This is the result of the lack of supplies on the island and corresponding run-up on prices. The van is critical to our responding to emergencies.
The hurricane was probably the most deadly natural disaster we have ever faced. Due to the severe damage to our shelter and the widespread destruction of critical infrastructure, we were essentially unable to conduct even our most basic operations. On top of that, we faced a huge increase in the number of animals needing our help, due to the general devastation and the surge in abandonment as people were forced to leave the island and could not take their pets. Thanks to this grant funding, we were able to maintain operations in the face of this disaster while also meeting the huge increase in need for food, vaccines, and medical treatment for animals affected by the storm.
404 dogs and cats were helped with this grant.
While there were many special stories of animals helped by this grant, Pete stands out. This sweet 14-year-old mixed-breed dog was found by the side of the road the day after Maria hit. He was malnourished, covered with ticks and fleas, emotionally traumatized, and clearly disoriented. We think that Pete may have run off during the storm and been so terrified that he couldn't find his way home. Because the island was without power, Internet, and basic communications for weeks after Maria, we were not able to post Pete's story and try to find his owners. And no one has ever come to look for him. But we know that Pete is going to have a happy outcome to his long life. Despite what he has been through, he is incredibly sweet and gentle with people, and greets everyone with a lovely kiss and thump of his tail. He has gained weight and his fur has grown in. We are offering Pete for adoption at our facility in Guaynabo, P.R., but given the island's still-precarious situation, we are not sure if an owner will come forward. But that's okay. We work closely with a transport program and may send Pete off to a new life in Maine or Massachusetts. We know he will be much loved, wherever he goes. Meet Pete: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/40590448
Chew toys for our rescue dogs in our shelter
We have an estimated 60 dogs at our shelter, not including the dogs we have additionally in foster homes. The dogs at the shelter rarely benefit from toys because many toys just do not hold up, leaving them without toys to chew during the day. KONG toys are chew toys that hold up and allow our dogs to have a lasting opportunity to enjoy chew toys every day instead of being without or having toys fall apart, putting them in danger. We received 10 KONG toys in various sizes and our dogs love them. It allows for hours of enjoyment, and when we put treats inside, it gives them a special enjoyment and a surprise of something good inside. It is difficult being in a kennel, and I think this gives them pleasure that they so deserve until the day they get to go to a home where we encourage the adopters to continue to use KONG toys due to their durability and the dogs' enjoyment.
Betsy (first photo), Katrina (second photo), Joey (third photo), Sawyer, Beatrice, and Colt were rescues from [an open-admission] shelter in Alexandria, Louisiana. Betsy, Katrina, Beatrice and Colt are not currently listed on Petfinder because the rescue is treating them for heartworm; because of this, it is very important that they have toys because they are not allowed to be active during treatment and the toys give them something to enjoy since their activity level is regulated. They get good treats inside like peanut butter, nibbles of food and nice treats.
Betsy, a black Lab mix, was so very impressed with her new toy that she could not let it go! She licked, chewed and ate treats out of it a lot! All of our babies were grateful but I think Betsy was the most grateful to have a great toy to play with and chew during the day and night. Happy rescue pups make for a happy shelter life until the day of adoption.
Katrina, a German Shepherd, is a bit timid and shy, but once I gave her the Kong toy, she came alive and couldn't wait to see the treats inside. When she is happy, we all are happy, because giving happiness to these precious animals is worth every second to see them not scared or afraid and showing happiness and joy.
Joey, a brindle pup, will soon be fully vaccinated and neutered and ready for adoption. He was also rescued from a high[-intake] shelter. The rescue makes sure he has four sets of vaccines to ensure that he is protected from viruses, and that he is neutered at the appropriate age recommended by the vet, so he is almost ready to get adopted in the next few weeks. The Kong toys have given this playful, happy boy some fun and also helped him when teething. He also enjoys treats inside and throwing the toy in the air while chasing it. Joey is very grateful to have had this toy to pass the time.
Sawyer, a yellow Lab mix, was recently adopted and, after time at our shelter, he is living an amazing new life in New England. He was so playful with his Kong toy that he would throw it up in the air and catch it and pounce on it during playtime.
Beatrice, a black-and-white pup, isn't much of a chewer, but she LOVED getting treats in her KONG so she could lick away all the goodness inside. She would even carry it around, prancing to show off her Kong prize.
Colt, a black-and-white collie mix, loved all the treats the Kong toy had inside, and after getting his treat out, he loved to chew on the toy, passing the time away. The beautiful red color was easy for us to locate when he hid it so we could add more goodies inside. He likes stimulation, so this toy gave him the interaction he needed to help give him a challenge of getting what's inside out of the Kong. He LOVED this toy!
It was very hard to get good pics because everyone was so excited to play and chew on them that they were not interested much in looking at the camera!
Overtime expenses incurred by Hurricane Irma: Many staff members and volunteers worked around the clock before, during, and after the storm, not just to ensure the safety of Cat Depot cats, but assisting pets in the community and at other organizations all through the state.
Hurricane Irma put a strain on animal organizations. Before the hurricane, staff and volunteers worked long shifts preparing our facility, welcoming cats from other organizations that needed to evacuate, and ensuring personal pets in the community had the necessary vaccines and equipment to enter storm shelters. After the hurricane, staff and volunteers transported animals and supplies all over the state. The support from the Petfinder Foundation helped us keep the wheels turning -- literally.
Lancelot is one of 25 lucky kitties who were evacuated to Cat Depot from Jacksonville Humane Society. Their facility flooded, but the cats were safe and snug with us and have now found loving furever homes. At right are a photo of Lancelot and three images from Cat Depot.