Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
Since we have no groomer on staff and cannot afford to pay for regular grooming for our animals, the grant helps to ensure our animals stay clean and well-groomed during their stay and look nice for their new adopters before going home. The shampoo reduces the amount of time and money we need to spend grooming our dogs so we can focus our funds on veterinary care and improving the facility.
Kip is an 8-year-old Australian cattle dog mix who was abandoned in the yard of a shelter employee a few months ago. He was sweet off the bat but had an enlarged eye that needed to be removed due to glaucoma. He was shedding terribly and had dandruff due to poor food quality. Kip's loving yet sassy personality captured the heart of every shelter staff member and volunteer and he soon became a favorite. Through the help of a caring individual, we were able to raise enough money to cover the cost of surgery to remove his eye, lowering his pain level and cosmetically improving his appearance. Being one of the only longer-haired dogs who came in who did not have severe matting, we knew that although he simply required a shampoo and conditioning, we wanted to make him look as adorable as possible in hopes of finding him a home sooner. After a good washing with the WAHL shampoo and a quick brushing, Kip's fur looked better than ever! Although we have not found him an adoptive home yet, we are positive that his upgraded appearance will increase his chances of finding a home for the holiday! Thank you for choosing the Forest County Humane Society as a recipient of the WAHL shampoo grant and for helping us help them!
Shampoo for dogs
A different product for bathing dogs other than flea/tick shampoo.
So far we have bathed 4-5 dogs who really needed grooming
This is Max. He is our shelter mascot. He lives at my home. He has been super itchy the past week or so, so I brought him to the shelter and gave him a bath with the Wahl shampoo for dry, itchy skin. He isn’t itchy anymore! I was actually sort of surprised that he didn’t itch at all! He must feel SO much better! Thought I would share this with you. You can’t see the difference, but if Max could talk, he’d tell you he feels the difference! (-:
We are using the shampoo to bathe our dogs and have given the samples to adopters since we received them all.
The product has given us a nice way to spruce up our animals on bath days.
Toto, a small Yorkie, came to us after being flea-infested and nearly bald from the abdomen back. His skin was very sensitive and he still itched constantly, making it difficult to allow the new hair to grow in. But along with some medications and using the Wahl shampoo, he finally became calm and stopped digging at his tender bare spots, which allowed the hair to finally start growing back. The Lavender is such a calming aroma to our animals.
Bathing canines that entered our facility to prepare for adoptions and meet/greets.
Our facility is a government-run organization with minimal budget dollars available for grooming needs. We rely on donations for things of that nature. We were able to bathe every dog that was brought in. Sometimes multiple times for dogs with a longer stay. This was done in preparation for adoption events and meet & greets. Between the time that we received the product and the time the reporting was due, we were able to help 13 dogs. More will continue to be helped.
13 currently, with more to come!
Jack, formerly Walter, looked a mess when he arrived at our facility. No one would think that a dog would feel better in looking better, but Jack did! After being bathed, he seemed to prance around more and really come to life. Jack is still looking for a PAWFECT HOME but it will be much easier now that he looks like a million bucks Our other buddy is Scrappy. Scrappy was a ball of matted fur. He has been bathed and groomed a bit and looks like a totally different dog. We have three applications on him since his new pictures have been posted. THANK YOU for your help!!
The product was used to bathe the dogs when they became available for adoption.
We were able to use the shampoo to bathe the dogs and make them more presentable for adoption.
The grant was able to help all the animals as they were given baths by our volunteers when they went up for adoption. The dogs were able to put their best paws forward and look their best for the potential adopters.
Six bottles of shampoo were used to give baths to animals in the care of our shelter. Our animals come to us through private relinquishment, as strays, through our Humane Law Enforcement Officers and as transfers from other shelters. We currently house about 60 dogs and over 200 cats in our facility in Hyde Park, NY.
Some animals come into the shelter having experienced abuse, neglect or abandonment. This grant helped us with one of the very first steps towards a happier, healthier life -- giving them a bath. We want each and every one of our animals to look and feel their best as they meet potential adopters. We all know that they get one chance to make a first impression.
Billy Boy was abandoned and found in the woods. He fought hard to survive. When rescued, his ribs were showing and his collar hung loose. He was covered with more than 50 ticks. Our Humane Law Enforcement Officers were able to lure him to them with biscuits. They brought him back to the shelter where we washed and groomed him, removed the ticks and provided the medical care and nutrition he needed to recover. Today, he looks like a million bucks.
The pups and dogs we save come from many situations: shelter, community, large-scale seizures, etc. We are partnered with North Shore Animal League America and we take pride in sending them healthy, clean animals two times a month to prepare for adoption into loving homes. Bathing is part of that important ritual. Thanks to the generous donation of a case of sweet-smelling shampoo and two cases of samples, all our kids smell and look amazing when they begin their journey! Thank you, Wahl and the Petfinder Foundation, for your continued support of those who assist animals needing a second chance at life!
So far, 52, with more to go! THANK YOU!
The drainpipe puppies, as they were dubbed, we rescued from an owner who allowed his dog to get pregnant every time she was able to. He would just let them run around wild and unsocialized, many getting killed in the road they lived on and turning the rest over to the local shelter so untamed and sickly, they were euthanized. We, however, intervened and rescued them and began the task of cleaning these disgusting-smelling pups. (Inside the huge drainpipe were the skeletons of lots of carcasses. They would survive on these, for he was not fond of buying puppy food.) It took several trips to get them all but they are thriving now and doing great and getting ready to head to North Shore to find their forever homes. The Wahl Gentle Oatmeal Shampoo was a godsend with these smelly pups!
The shampoo was used to bathe newly retired greyhounds who came into our program. The shampoo samples were given to adopters.
This grant helped to make the new dogs feel clean, soften their coats and moisturize their skin and take away that doggy kennel odor they get from being at the track.
20 so far, plus all the shampoo samples will continue to benefit the newly adopted pets.
Dean's story is typical. He came to us straight from the track. Although he wasn't covered in dirt or mud, he did smell and was full of flea dirt, ticks, and had very dry skin and dander. You can't really tell from a photo, but he was itchy and uncomfortable. Dean absolutely loved his bath. He was so relaxed while we were massaging the shampoo into his coat. He smelled so good after his bath and his coat immediately became shiny.
We had a quality product to help us groom dogs to make them look better, thereby increasing their chances of adoption. It also helped the dogs feel better!
So far we have used the shampoo on seven dogs.
Albion is an 8-year-old Pyrenees. She was surrendered to us because her owner was ill and could no longer care for her. When she came into our shelter, her toenails were so long that she was walking on the sides of her feet, her fur was very matted and she had a fatty growth on her neck. We shaved her fur, bathed her and removed the growth on her neck. She has just had the stitches removed from her neck and has moved onto the adoption floor! We believe because she looks so much better and is clean and free of matted fur she will be adopted very soon! Thank you from Albion for this grant!
We received a supply of shampoo and conditioner for our animals. We also received a bunch of sample packets to give out to our new adoptees.
Having the animals cleaned up when they go up for adoption can mean the difference between a yes or no on an adoption. Especially when they are smelling stinky puppies!
We are having a large adoption event tomorrow at an off-site location. We are taking 10 dogs to the event.
Picture #1 is Keeno. He was an awesome pit bull we impounded but he had a skin condition. His skin was irritated -- we think from some type of allergy. The shampooing helped him recover. Pictures #2-3 and 4 are two puppies who were adopted right away. Good thing they had a bath to be more huggable and loveable to their new adoptive families.