Success Stories

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

Tranquility Trail Animal Sanctuary: Shelter+ Challenge
What was the money or product used for?

The grant was used for medical care to spay, neuter and microchip eight bunnies.

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

The $1,000 grant enabled us to spay, neuter and microchip eight bunnies who are now up for adoption.

How many pets did this grant help?

This $1,000 grant helped eight animals.

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

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!

National Mill Dog Rescue: Shelter+ Challenge
What was the money or product used for?

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.

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

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.

How many pets did this grant help?

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.

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

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.

START OVER ROVER, INC.: Shelter+ Challenge
What was the money or product used for?

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.

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

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.

How many pets did this grant help?

We currently have 120 animals, but that number fluctuates on a weekly basis.

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

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.

Luv A Chin Dog Rescue: Shelter+ Challenge
What was the money or product used for?

Money was used for vetting costs of Japanese Chins in the care of Luv A Chin

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

Money received helped our organization continue caring for our dogs by assisting with payments of spays and neuters, dental work, needed surgery.

How many pets did this grant help?

I do not know the exact number of dogs this helped.

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

Washington Animal Rescue League: Shelter Challenge
What was the money or product used for?

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.

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

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.

How many pets did this grant help?

10 - 15

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

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.

Pawsibilities: Shelter+ Challenge
What was the money or product used for?

We were able to use the grant money for medical care for some of our special needs critters.

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

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.

How many pets did this grant help?

This grant helped six of our most needy pets.

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

This grant helped Keller, a beautiful 7-year-old blind Cockapoo that had horrific skin allergies, major ear infections and dental surgery.

Urban Cat Relief: Shelter+ Challenge
What was the money or product used for?

Vet care and food

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

Able to help cover vet costs and purchase food for a nursing mother cat.

How many pets did this grant help?

Pregnant mother cat (3 cats total)

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

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.

TARPS - The Animal Rescue and Protection Society: Shelter+ Challenge
What was the money or product used for?

Our veterinary bill.

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

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.

How many pets did this grant help?

This is a difficult number to calculate. It would cover 28 neuters, or 16 spays, or 100 rabies vaccinations.

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

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.

Mid-Atlantic Pug Rescue: Shelter Challenge
What was the money or product used for?

The money was used to pay for veterinary bills for pugs that were in our rescue.

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

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.

How many pets did this grant help?

This grant helped specifically helped two pugs with very expensive veterinary bills.

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

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.

Oklahoma City Animal Welfare Division: Disaster Grant
What was the money or product used for?

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.

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

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.

How many pets did this grant help?

We saved 42 pets with this funding. All of them were either adopted, returned to their owners, or transferred to rescue-group adoption programs.

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

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.