Success Stories

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

Jacksonville Animal Shelter: A Shot at Life Vaccination Grant
What was the money or product used for?

To vaccinate our dogs

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

Helped us to keep our shelter and dogs healthy

How many pets did this grant help?

75 dogs so far

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

Bunnie came to us in labor and delivered 5 puppies, if not for the A Shot at life Grant our shelter would not be a healthy environment for Bunnie and her puppies to survive and be able to go to a rescue. Bunnie and her puppies are all going to a rescue together. We are very thankful for being able to vaccinate all of our dogs and maintain a healthy environment for all who come to us.

St Clouds Rescue: A Shot at Life Vaccination Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The shot meds were used to give shots to new intake rescue dogs.

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

This grant saves us money that can be used for food and other vet procedures.

How many pets did this grant help?

So far we have given 5 shots

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

Our Max is a very special Saint Bernard who is 10 years old. That is very old for a full saint. Max's life has not been a easy one. Max has lived his 10 years tided to a tether chain to a tree in all kinds of weather. He was never allowed inside a home. Of course he was not neutered or had received any medical care. The owner took him to a city shelter and asked them to euthanize him because they did not have funds to pay for his ear infection. The city shelter contacted us and we rescued him. He is now safe!!! He is living inside with air condition and loving his quiet room with 3 other older saints. All have beds and have room to run and play if they feel like it on 2 acres. He is so beautiful and sweet. Your vaccines were used to help him get caught up to date. Thank you so so much. (UPDATE: Max has been adopted!)

Eagan Animal Control: A Shot at Life Vaccination Grant
What was the money or product used for?

We received a gift of 50 dog and cat vaccinations.

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

We attempt to place the majority of our animals through local rescue groups. Having the animals vaccinated has made them more appealing to these groups, as it reduces their costs in preparing the animal for adoption. We have also had the typical increase in the number of cats as the weather gets warmer, but we have had no cases of upper respiratory disease.

How many pets did this grant help?

5

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

We impounded a feral cat from a yard in Eagan. The cat was eligible for our Trap-Neuter-Release program. While she was under anasthesia for her spay, we vaccinated her at the same time. She was released to a farm that has several other feral cats. Having this cat vaccinated will hopefully prevent introducing any new URI to the colony.

I have included a picture of Ashketon, a long hair tortishell cat that was found wandering around an apartment building. We were able to vaccinate her prior to her being released, and we found a rescue group that was willing to take her right away. She leaves tomorrow for her new foster home.

I have also included a picture of a gray and white neutered male cat. He was impounded on Tuesday, and hasn't been named yet. He will be vaccinated tomorrow if no owner has come to claim him. This will allow a few days for the vaccination to take affect before he is released for adoption next week.

Puppy Pleasers Rescue: A Shot at Life Vaccination Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Puppies/dogs in rescue

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

It helped a lot because we had received several puppies in that truly benefited from the vaccines. It came just in time as we had several young litters at once that were turned in.

How many pets did this grant help?

So far, about 40.

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

We took in a litter of puppies that had no shots and were 6 weeks old. On the first day they came in, we vaccinated them with the vaccines that were donated to us. It was extremely helpful with them (and others that came in). The 3-in-1 shots were a great vaccine start for several of our puppies because a lot of them were small and we felt it was best to start small then next time do a 5-in-1. We really appreciate the grant!

B.A.R.K./Safe Haven Kennel: A Shot at Life Vaccination Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Vaccinations for a few groups of puppies, first and second shots.

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

Well we didn't have to buy the vaccinations, or take the pups to the vet. We could get the pups started on parvo/distemper shots in a timely fashion. They are now ready to be adopted. We had more than we could use in the time before expiration and we were able to share with a sister organization. Also a rural shelter.

How many pets did this grant help?

22 from our organization and 25 at a sister organization

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

I got a call from some people who live quite reclusive, they have 8 dogs. Most are not fixed. We helped them place a dog once before. They had seven puppies, living in a horse trailer. I went out to see about them. They were large puppies, chow and hound mix. All the other dogs they have are either chained or inside an old trailer. I couldn't bare to leave this pups, or see them be given away in front of the grocery store. I had to see if we had room, and could afford to take them. I knew the vaccines were on there way, and that helped make my decision to take these seven pups. Six boys and one girl. I couldn't take them right away, but I was able to go out in a couple of days and give them their first shots. and I felt good about that. I felt like these seven pups were going to get a chance to live a better life, then the ones that were living in that yard. We offered to work with them to reduce the number of dogs, but they said they wanted all the rest. They promised to get the two females spayed.

Animal Rescue of Tracy: Orvis Animal Care Grant
What was the money or product used for?

eye surgery for dog in our rescue group

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

this dog would probably have gone blind without the surgery and the grant paid for most of the surgical costs. At the time our group did not have sufficient funds and we were very worried about how to help this darling girl.

How many pets did this grant help?

just one, a beautiful girl named Nana

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

Nana a 12 week old Shar Pei came into rescue on May 5. She was an owner surrender due to the fact that 2 people in the home had terminal cancer and were no longer physically or financially able to provide for her. The following day we took her to the vet for a check up and were told that Nana had Entropian, an eye condition that causes a dog's eyelids to fold in towards the eye and causes the eyelashes to rub against the cornea. We were told the dog needed immediate surgery or she would become blind. 2 days later she had her surgery then again 3 weeks later a second surgery was needed. Today Nana is doing well and was adopted on June 1 by a wonderful couple that will be able to provide for all of her needs. She will be missed.

Blue Mountain Humane Society: A Shot at Life Vaccination Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The Distemper Vaccines were used for part of our Intake protocol.

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

The grant allowed us to make sure that every dog of all ages are vaccinated upon intake for their health and well-being, and for the other dogs in our care's protection.

How many pets did this grant help?

This grant allowed us to vaccinate 100 animals. (some puppies with 2 doses)

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

We accepted a mother Pit Bull from a town a couple hours away from us due to the city ordinance of euthanizing all Pit Bull Terriers. She was a skinny and shy mother with 8 puppies. Once she arrived at the shelter we made sure to vaccinate her, and got her placed into a foster home that same day. She and her puppies continued to thrive in the foster home. The shelter staff visited the foster home twice in order to make sure the puppies were current on their Distemper vaccine, and deworming. We were able to find homes for all of the animals before they even came back into the shelter for spaying/neutering!

The Shepherd's Way Animal Rescue: A Shot at Life Vaccination Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Vaccinations of canine and feline

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

Our organization could not afford vaccinations due to the influx of critters and lack of donations. The vaccinations helped a great deal for the dogs and cats and adoptions thereof.

How many pets did this grant help?

15

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

Lakota is a Blue Heeler/sneak neighbor dog terrier mix with the biggest, kindest blue eyes. Before any dog or cat is adopted out, they are vaccinated, spayed/neutered, and Vet checked. Lakota had a wonderful family waiting for him but we couldn't afford the vaccination right away and was planning to do a fundraiser. Your grant helped us adopt Lakota to this awesome family quicker.

Underdog Pet Rescue of Wisconsin: A Shot at Life Vaccination Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Vaccinating our dogs and cats, puppies and kittens in foster care.

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

We were able to save a significant amount of money by having our vet use the vaccines donated to our rescue. This helped us be able to take in more kittens from overflowing shelters this spring than usual and a few more dogs than we would have been able to otherwise help.

How many pets did this grant help?

So far, I'd say 25.

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

Lucy is a pretty little Pittie. She came to us from and (open-admission shelter), where she had been for over a month. That facility will euthanize for any signs of aggression in pitties, and the fact she was there for so long helped us know that she was a keeper. Plus she did great on all her temperament testing there. We agreed to to take her in and we were able to get her vaccinated with supplies from this grant. We were able to afford her care due to the saving we had on using the vaccines on other animals. We couldn't be happier (or more appreciative) for this great 'Shot at Life' for sweet Lucy.

Hazlehurst Animal Shelter in Georgia: A Shot at Life Vaccination Grant
What was the money or product used for?

To vaccinate shelter dogs and cats.

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

This grant helped ease the burden of cost for needed vaccines. The city doesn't provide vaccines. Volunteers do fundraisers to vaccinate. It also allowed us to do a shelter wide sweep and ensure everyone is vaccinated. This helps us to be more proactive in protecting our shelter pets.

How many pets did this grant help?

approximately 200 pets

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

Garth, a lab mix found wandering in the city, was recently adopted by a wonderful local family. Garth loves children. At a Walmart adoption event, Garth was blessed to meet this family and instantly fell in love with them. The little boy in the picture, Brock, talked about Garth all week, until his mom contacted us and Garth was adopted. The vaccine grant helped Garth to be ready for his new home.

Popcorn was found in the middle of a busy highway. He was recently adopted by a loving family with 2 little boys. The vaccine grant helped Popcorn to be ready for his new home.