Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
The grant was used for medical care to spay, neuter and microchip eight bunnies.
The $1,000 grant enabled us to spay, neuter and microchip eight bunnies who are now up for adoption.
This $1,000 grant helped eight animals.
Tranquility Trail Animal Sanctuary was called regarding a few domestic bunnies running loose in a neighborhood. Being domestic bunnies, they cannot survive long outside, especially in the heat of the Arizona summer. Upon arriving, we discovered that, in addition to the bunnies we were called about, there were also several living in small cages outside in the 100+-degree temperatures. We rounded up the six bunnies running loose. We spoke with the people who had the bunnies in the cages outside about their living conditions and they agreed it was less than suitable and surrendered two more bunnies to us.
All eight bunnies were brought to the sanctuary, where they will live in large, indoor, air-conditioned areas with daily play time and couch time until we find the perfect family for each of them. The $1,000 grant Tranquility Trail received from the Petfinder Foundation and the Animal Rescue Site was instrumental in helping us to spay, neuter and microchip all eight bunnies, which is the first requirement we have before they are eligible for adoption.
Parker, Maya, Rocco, Joey, Tucker, Ava, Piper and Juliet are all now healthy, happy bunnies waiting for their forever families. Thank you so much for this grant to help these eight wonderful bunnies!
The Shelter Challenge Grant was used to provide veterinary care for newly rescued puppy mill dogs. National Mill Dog Rescue (NMDR) has saved over 8,000 dogs since we were founded in 2007, and each month we rescue approximately 80-100 dogs. Our biggest expense is for veterinary care, and the generous grant you awarded NMDR helped provide this intervention for dogs who needed such care that were rescued in mid-2013. The dogs were spayed or neutered, received all vaccinations, and were treated for parasites, infection, and dental problems. We are a no-kill shelter and are committed to providing all dogs with the veterinary care, nurturing, and socialization they so desperately need. Your support helped with these veterinary expenses for the newly rescued dogs and gave them a good start to their new lives.
All rescued dogs, upon arrival at the NMDR kennel, undergo a comprehensive intake process during which they are vet checked and treated for disease, injury, dental problems, parasites, and other health-related conditions. One of the dogs rescued on this trip, Leroy, received this veterinary care and his story and photos are shared within this report. Your generous support helped to cover some of the veterinary costs needed to care for the group of dogs rescued along with Leroy. The dogs arrived at the NMDR kennel with severely matted hair, ticks and fleas, and were malnourished and very fearful. It has been inspiring to watch their transformation from the first day of arrival (when they received basic veterinary care and grooming), to their days at the kennel where they always had plenty of food to eat and received daily socialization from caring volunteers, to the time when they realized that they were in a safe and loving place and began to trust again! The resilience and love these dogs demonstrate is incredible, and your generous financial support helps to make that transformation possible.
Your grant helped to covering the basic veterinary costs associated with the intake of this rescue in July, 2013. The rescue involved 77 dogs who arrived with a variety of conditions. While costs vary per dog, the basic veterinary care provided at intake can run from $100-200 per dog.
One of the dogs rescued on this trip is Leroy, age two. After being rescued from a mill in Missouri where he lived in filthy conditions, Leroy arrived at NMDR. Volunteers found that he was infested with fleas and ticks; in fact, they pulled 28 ticks off of Leroy that first day. Much of the scarring you can see in the photos is from flea and tick bites that had been left untreated at the puppy mill. Leroy also had a bad ear infection and needed surgery on one eye due to past ulcerations. NMDR treated the flea and tick infestation, cleaned and groomed him, and he spent his first days in a safe, warm kennel with a raised bed, plenty of food, and caring attention from volunteers. Leroy was then placed with a foster family where he is learning to trust and loving the attention and care he is receiving. The last photo in the series attached shows Leroy enjoying some time on the deck with his foster-siblings! Leroy is now awaiting his forever home. We thank you so much for the generous support that makes stories like Leroy's possible.
100% of our donations and grants received goes directly towards the care of our animals. We are all volunteers, so that money can be spent solely with the animals in mind.
We used this grant money to purchase medical supplies and medical treatment for our animals. All of our animals are spayed/neutered and given vaccinations before they are re-homed. Our medical bills are approximately $2,000 to $3,000 each month.
We currently have 120 animals, but that number fluctuates on a weekly basis.
Zeus is a beautiful American Bulldog. He came into Start Over Rover as a 10 week old puppy, dressed in a T-shirt and diaper, and he was being carried like a baby by his oldest human sibling. Zeus had previously been listed on Craigslist as Free to a Good Home by a breeder. Zeus' back legs were deformed and he had constant diarrhea. Zeus’ human grandma thought that her daughter, a mom with 5 kids under the age of 6 yrs old, needed a puppy with deformed legs to add to her brood. Zeus’ then-Mom recognized that she couldn’t take proper care of Zeus while also taking care of her 5 children. She came to Start Over Rover for help. Zeus was immediately snatched up by one of the volunteers who fell in love with him at Rover. He was adopted immediately! Zeus had one back leg amputated the following week, and his recovery is going well! The other leg is getting stronger everyday and Zeus gets around very quickly. Zeus will have more surgeries ahead of him as his gastrointestinal tract is not quite right, but right now he is happy boy who loves to play with his pack! Today, Zeus is the mascot for Start Over Rover. He symbolizes all of the beautiful animals with special needs who, unfortunately, do not normally survive in most shelters.
Money was used for vetting costs of Japanese Chins in the care of Luv A Chin
Money received helped our organization continue caring for our dogs by assisting with payments of spays and neuters, dental work, needed surgery.
I do not know the exact number of dogs this helped.
Just an example of one of the dogs funds received helped is Baker, who is a senior Chin that was offered at auction for $5.00. We vowed to give him a good life for his last years. He had an old eye injury that had not been attended to so Luv A Chin rescued him and had him neutered and updated on his vaccinations, and also had his shriveled eye removed. Baker is now enjoying for the first time life in the comfort of a home.
Grant funding helped the League address and contain an outbreak of ringworm, a highly contagious fungus, which affected 10 – 15 cats in our care in July earlier this year. We purchased supplies to disinfect the shelter and provide treatment to the impacted animals in our Medical Center, all with minimal impact on adoptions. Supplies included disinfectant, gloves, toys, bedding, oral medication, topical lime sulfur dipping treatment, cultures, and other medical and quarantine supplies.
Even one case of ringworm presents a number of challenges in a shelter environment, and many shelters are unable to treat sick cats and kittens. With grant funding, the League established a set of strict cleaning protocols, designated quarantine space, disinfected the shelter, and provided medical treatment to the impacted animals, which included an oral medication and weekly lime-sulfur dips.Even though all of the cats displaying symptoms were isolated, we also cautiously considered the rest of our cat population in the community shelter areas to be possible carriers. We worked with adoptions staff to communicate with the public about ringworm precautions and discussed how it can affect adoptive families. Because of this our strict cleaning protocols and careful communication, dozens of healthy cats in our care were able to be adopted.
10 - 15
One kitten in our care, Little Night Music, was treated for ringworm in quarantine for almost 8 weeks. One of the most challenging aspects of treatment is making sure that the animals in quarantine get enough socialization and positive interactions. Because the disease is so contagious, cats with ringworm can't be kept in community settings or allowed to walk on the floor. Staff and volunteers paid special attention and made sure to spend time handling and loving Little Night Music and the other cats and kittens while in treatment. After several long weeks, the animals completed treatment and when they no longer tested positive for ringworm or exhibited symptoms of the condition, the cats and kittens were made available for adoption. On August 24, 2013, Little Night Music (now Toby) was adopted into a loving forever home at 4 months of age. “Toby is a very curious and energetic kitten who follows me around like a little puppy dog,” wrote Judy, his new adopter.
We were able to use the grant money for medical care for some of our special needs critters.
This grant money enabled us to pay for much needed medical care for six of our rescued dogs that needed dentals, bloodwork and heartworm treatment.
This grant helped six of our most needy pets.
This grant helped Keller, a beautiful 7-year-old blind Cockapoo that had horrific skin allergies, major ear infections and dental surgery.
Vet care and food
Able to help cover vet costs and purchase food for a nursing mother cat.
Pregnant mother cat (3 cats total)
Urban Cat Relief received a call about an emaciated pregnant cat. She was trapped and brought to a foster home where she gave birth that night. Sadly out of four kittens born, just two survived. The grant money allowed us to cover costs of vet examinations, buy good quality food for the mother cat to eat while nursing and cover the cost of her spay and vaccines after she weaned her kittens. The remaining two kittens grew up very strong and happy. Mother cat has since been adopted and her two baby boys were also adopted together into a great home.
Our veterinary bill.
As a no-kill shelter, we receive many animals with health issues. Our veterinary bills are always the largest part of our budget. This grant allows the cats to receive vaccinations, spay/neuter, and medical treatment when necessary.
This is a difficult number to calculate. It would cover 28 neuters, or 16 spays, or 100 rabies vaccinations.
Around the time of this grant, we received a call on a Sunday morning about a small kitten (approx 4-5 weeks old) that was found on the steps of a church in nearby Ludlow, Vermont. We took her to the vet immediately and found she had been bitten on top of the head and under her chin. She couldn't hold her head straight and was in severe pain. With great veterinary care and a loving foster mom Athena is now a healthy, active little girl.
The money was used to pay for veterinary bills for pugs that were in our rescue.
We accept pugs regardless of their age or health in our rescue. This grant helped us pay our veterinary fees. In 2012 our vet fees were over $100,000.
This grant helped specifically helped two pugs with very expensive veterinary bills.
Faith was found as a stray with chemical burns on over 40% of her body and in severe pain in North Carolina. With the help of one of our rescue vets, her caring foster home, and this grant, Faith has shown tremendous progress. Our vet doesn't think all of her hair will come back so she will require sunscreen and need to wear clothes, but she will be able to lead a normal pug life. Faith was adopted and is now living the good life in Charlotte, NC.
The funds were used to pay for the direct care of 42 storms pets, which included feeding, enrichment (toys, blankets, beds), and daily care. Our board-and-care fee is $10 a day, which is what each pet is charged out to, except for the first day, for which no charge was made.
We committed to keep storm pets 30 days from the date of intake to give owners ample time to find their lost pets. We did keep pets longer, and we do have a couple of pets left in our adoption program. The grant allowed us to keep our commitment so that animals didn't need to be euthanized for time/space. We are an organization dedicated to providing the best services and programs possible to our community. As the largest shelter in the state, we find ourselves called upon to assist metro communities with disaster response and some sheltering (we take in about 3,000 pets a year from neighboring communities as a service to the pets). However, we are not funded to harbor these extra pets, so this grant allowed us to not only assist the Oklahoma City community, which was affected by the tornadoes, but it allowed us to assist the City of Moore and Oklahoma County with displaced and injured animals.
We saved 42 pets with this funding. All of them were either adopted, returned to their owners, or transferred to rescue-group adoption programs.
Shilo is a tan, male Labrador Retriever. He came into our shelter as a puppy on Feb. 3, 2012. He was too young to place into adoption, so we sent him to a foster home for a month. He came back on Feb. 27, 2012, and was adopted to a woman who lives in Norman, OK, on March 2, 2012. Norman is about 15 miles from Oklahoma City.
On June 8, 2013, Shilo was brought to the shelter with multiple minor injuries after the May 31 tornado/high wind event. On June 10, 2013, his adopter reclaimed him. We were able to identify his owner through the tattoo we placed on his stomach when we neutered him prior to his adoption.
We are often able to reunite pets and owners through tattoos, tags or microchips, but it was especially gratifying to be able to reunite an owner and a lost pet after 1) a disaster event; 2) through our tattooing process; and 3) especially after originally fostering and adopting one through our shelter. Shilo came full-circle during this event, and we are thrilled for him and his person.