Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
Grooming and care of homeless animals
It helped us mitigate some of the costs associated with grooming and bathing our homeless dogs.
Coco, a five-and-a-half-year-old Catahoula, came to the SPCA in February of 2013 because his owner had a "change in lifestyle." He was originally left at the local county shelter, but eventually was transferred to the SPCA for safe-keeping. When Coco first arrived, he was covered in fleas. The first thing our staff did was give Coco a bath using our new Wahl shampoo (Soothing Lavender) and the fleas and dirt starting pouring off of him. We actually received compliments on how good Coco smelled! Being an "older" dog, Coco was continuously passed by due to his age. After staying on adoption row for a couple of months, the local jail decided that he would make a wonderful "Paws and Stripes" candidate. He stayed at the jail for eight weeks and was taught all his basic commands and even learned a nifty trick: jumping rope!
Upon graduation, Coco was placed back on adoption row and continued his quest for a new family. Luckily for Coco, the Griffin family walked into the shelter on Aug. 2. This awesome family decided that Coco would make a wonderful addition to their family and Coco immediately took to them. The family sent pictures the following day and they could not say enough great things about their rescued pooch. Coco spends his days following the children around and living a spoiled life. He has continued his training and the Griffin family's love for him grows every day.
When we pick up strays, puppies and kittens and cats, they are always dirty, matted, and need a quick clean-up before you take them to your groomer. We let the groomer use some of the shampoo on some of our stray dogs and she loved it. And dogs or puppies who get sick and make a mess were good subjects for cleaning up with the shampoo. The grant saved us money and the dogs looked wonderful.
We lost track ... the shampoo was used on at least 40 dogs, and puppies going through de-worming. UGH!!
The pride of St. Louis is the Mississippi River and its history. In the middle of the river, in close proximity to St. Louis, is Chouteau Island. To get to this island you normally have to row a boat. There is a dirt bridge that is under water most of the time and very dangerous. The neighbors noticed the big dog in the winter. A big black dog running on the island alone for months. There is only one way he could have gotten there. Someone took him out there and dumped him. They watched as he ate the dead fish that would float up close to the island because there was nothing else to eat. When it snowed, he slept in the snow and tried to find shade in the heat. Finally some ladies dedicated to capturing strays took a trap out to the island and spent weeks trying to capture him. He always avoided them. But then, on one bright summer day, he was trapped in the crate. The ladies took him to the nearest rescue and scanned him for a chip. That is when we, CARE, got the call. "We have one of your dogs." The chip said CARE and had our number. They had one of our dogs? Are you kidding? What is he? He's a great Dane. WHAT? We haven't had a black great Dane since 2004. Holy ... We went down and picked him up, took him to CARE rescue, washed him up and now he resides with one of our fosters. He is 10 years old, with a white beard, and a lovable pooch. Loves everyone, other dogs, and we remember the family that brought him to us in 2004. They could barely feed their kids and couldn't feed him. We renamed him Phantom because he had avoided so many capture attempts. He probably will never be adopted because of his age. But he ain't eating dead fish and sleeping in the snow. He's sleeping in Karen's bed now. We are so lucky to have him.
Bathing the rescued animals.
Used to bathe the pets. Great product. Thank you so much!!
A shih tzu came a mess. Bathed him in the shampoo and took him to a fundraiser. He was the hit of the show. So many folks complimented his coat. He found a home that weekend.
Received six 24 oz bottles of Wahl Oatmeal Formula Shampoo and 25 1 oz samples of Wahl Four-in-One Shampoo plus $1-off coupons. The six bottles of Wahl Shampoo are being used to bathe ISBCR rescue dogs. The samples are being given out to adopters.
In 29 years of dog companion-animal rescue work I have yet to see a rescued dog come into our facility clean. When a rescue dog comes in, the first thing we do is a full-body go over, checking for fleas, ticks, lice, wounds, abuse and tumors. After the initial check is complete, bathing, toenail clipping, teeth-brushing and ear-cleaning are in order. At this stage we can further our health check: Nothing like a wet dog to see just how under-nourished they are. Bathing is not only healthy and calming for the body but develops trust and a foundation for working with the rescued dog. No dog comes into rescue without physical and/or mental and/or behavioral problems, and bath time is a bonding, relaxing time and should never be underplayed for its importance in building that so-needed nonverbal communication between rescue and rescuer. Having a good-quality shampoo makes the job easier and the end results more rewarding. Receiving free shampoo allowed us to take the funds that would have otherwise been used to purchase shampoo and transfer them to other basic necessities of rescue, such as heartworm pills, flea treatments and good food and healthy treats.
So far, 21 individuals have been bathed using this Wahl shampoo. We still have some left.
Wyatt (first photo) came into ISBCR the week the shampoo was delivered. We removed 28 ticks from him and his skin was irritated, so the Oatmeal formula worked out well, soothing and cleaning him. Hoss, Shawn Michael and Bri (second photo) all found mud puddles to play in during that time and Hoss was so dirty that we entered him into the Wahl Dirty Dog Contest, in which he was a finalist. I must say that in these cases the Wahl shampoo really proved its worth. All dogs were cleaned with only one bath and their coats were soft, with their coat colors vivid, not dulled, and their skin was clean and not flaky.
The product is being used to bathe our rescue dogs. Our yards are mostly dirt now and we bathe them for adoptions! Unfortunately adoptions have been slow and we haven't used much shampoo yet, but the ones we bathed loved it and it relieved their skin from all the fleas they came in with.
We survive totally on donations; any expense we can avoid means more money for vet bills, meds/vaccines, spay/neuter and food -- lots of food. We currently house 13 large dogs in our facility and three more rescues in our home.
We got shampoo. It helps with the expense to maintain these rescue dogs.
Didn't get money but the shampoo is great.
Bathing animals at the shelter upon intake.
Made animals more presentable for potential adopters, leading to quicker and more adoptions.
Teemo's adopter writes: "I just had to take the time and drop a quick note and let you know just how much we love the newest addition to our family -- Teemo. We adopted him at the end of November and he is one happy camper. He has gone from being a timid and inactive dog to being a silly, snow- and people-loving pooch. He now answers to MO or MO-JO and his tail never stops wagging. He has picked right up on training, and LOVES to tease the humans in the family, LOL!!! Thanks again for allowing us to receive such a great big furry friend, and a new family member."
Dogs in our rescue.
It helps to make them presentable for adoption events.
Sadie loves to go outside and roll in the dirt and mud. She will find the only puddle in the yard. The Wahl shampoo helps us to get her clean, smelling fresh, and shiny for the adoption events.
We have been providing to fosters and new adopters so they have something quality to use to get their pet started on the right foot. We have also used some to bathe dogs just before adoption so the pups smell nice, and the people want to use more!
This grant has helped us provide a quick and easy solution for fosters and adopters that is portable and handy. This has been a great benefit to our animals with allergies and skin issues, so that the fosters have something that cleans the pets well, but also smells good and not like medicine!
25 so far
Bugsy is a little guy who has been in care with us, sadly, for a year. He recently started smelling yeasty and experiencing some skin infections. We have been using the shampoo to bathe him regularly, especially before events, so that he looks and smells his best, while we tackle fighting the infection with food and meds :)
The product is used to bathe new rescue dogs.
Gave us some great-smelling and natural shampoo.
I have a Sheltie, Dusty, who has a lot of skin problems. I was able to use the shampoo that Wahl provided for the first time on his skin. He smells so good and his skin feels good and not so oily anymore.
We received shampoo from Wahl. We used it to bathe dogs who came to us in poor condition.
We receive many pets who have lived outside and need a bath right away. This grant provide high quality shampoo for these pets.
I don't have an absolute number, we haven't completely used all of the product sent. I would say approximately 10 at this time.
Diego is a small Chihuahua who was found as a stray. He was so dirty and had many fleas. He was bathed and eventually groomed. Veronica Miller was one of 28 puppy mill dogs who had been used as breeding dogs and then handed over to our shelter. She and the others came the first and second week of October. Your products came about that same time. All of the puppy-mill dogs needed baths as soon as they got there, but some were so frightened that it was a week or longer in some cases before they were trusting enough to get baths. Veronica has several baths with the Wahl products.