Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
We used the grant money to spay and neuter several of our adoptable dogs so that they would be more adoptable to a person coming in and not wanting to wait. We also purchased flea and tick prevention due to an outbreak of ticks here in Florida. We have also been able to run adoption specials lowering the adoption fees on our dogs.
It made the pets more quickly adoptable and more comfortable being flea- and tick-free. Plus a spayed or neutered dog has a lower adoption fee because the surgery has already been performed using donations.
This grant was sent in for Benny. Benny had been at the shelter for exactly 13 months before he was adopted. He had one eye smaller than the other and was just a plain older (8 years) pit bull. But Benny was sweet and quiet. We had him neutered and finally his fur-ever home came and adopted him, giving him the great life he deserved. Here is handsome Benny's photo.
We used this money to help with the major dental cleaning and repair needed by Toffee (a chocolate smooth mini male dachshund). He had to see a dental specialist, and required bone grafts in his mouth.
We used this money specifically to help a dog with major dental issues.
Toffee was abandoned on a rural dairy farm, and was nearly starved to death and had a badly infected mouth. Thankfully, the farmer contacted a friend and the friend contacted our organization. It took a number of months, and major work by the veterinary dental specialist, but Toffee is now healthy and has a wonderful new life with a caring adopter.
This donation provided funding to feed a dog for one month.
Cello came from a bad hoarding situation. He had a herniated disc in his back and had lost mobility in his hind legs. He had surgery to repair the disc, and after a few months of physical therapy, he was back on his feet like nothing happened! Cello is very shy at first, and is easily frightened when in new situations. His fosters worked with him and got him to settle into their home with lots of love and support. After all that work, they decided that it would be best for him and them if they just adopted him so that they could continue to get him physical therapy to strengthen his back and provide the emotional healing that he also needed. Cello has bonded with his adoptive sister and fellow Much Love rescue dog, Sadie.
To sponsor Sussuss, a kitty at our shelter.
Provided money for medications and food.
Sussuss was an older boy in our care. A nice young man saw him on Petfinder; he was really not interested in adopting an older cat, but he choose to sponsor him. After thinking about his new friend at Ohio Alleycat, he came to visit him. Guess what? It was love at first sight! He adopted him!!
Chunky Peanut Butter came to us from Animal Control....her teeth were in very bad shape. We brought her to the Vet for a dental and she needed (6!) teeth extracted. This kind donation went towards her dental bill.
The donation from the "sponsor-a-pet" grant helped us offset the cost of Chunky Peanut Butter's much needed dental
Chunky Peanut Butter came to us from Animal Control. Her teeth were in very bad shape. We brought her to the vet for a dental and she needed six (!) teeth extracted. This kind donation went towards her dental bill. We are happy to say that Chunky Peanut Butter healed up quickly and she is now in her forever home.
The sponsorships allow us to decrease the adoption fee for the adopter. Some have decreased it as low as $25.
It helped someone that was concerned about the adoption fee plus purchasing new supplies, crate, etc. It has made their decision much easier and less stressful.
One recently sponsored pet is Bodine. Bodine is a 3-year-old Pit Bull Mix who is ready to be yours! He loves to be outside and play in the grass, so he would absolutely love it if his future family would do that with him! He can be a little selective about the dogs he hangs out with (he likes to roll with an elite crew), so if you have a resident dog, bring them in for a meet and greet to see if they can be friends! Meet him: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/38223136
To rescue and care for homeless animals until they can find their forever homes.
It paid for shelter, medical care, bedding, supplies and other resources necessary for the animals to survive.
Sweet Sophia was terrified when she came into our care. This elderly girl was placed in our play yard with a few other dogs. She was underweight, suffering from heartworm disease, and she can hardly see. We treated her for heartworm, fed her well, and comforted her. But the fact that she couldn't see well left her feeling confused and overwhelmed. Sophia shook, cowered, and wouldn’t come near anyone ... until we paired her up with Rose. Immediately, Sophia and Rose bonded, and Rose helped Sophia gain back her confidence. Now, Sophia is sweet and friendly, and happy to have Rose by her side. We took care of both girls, gave them baths, and made sure they were nice and comfortable, with warm blankets. When they were ready to be adopted, we made sure these dear friends went to the same loving home together, where they now spend their days snuggled up next to each other or with their loving family. Our Petfinder Foundation grant makes care like this and other happy endings possible.
Femoral head osteotomy surgery for Camellia
We saved for more than a year to get Camellia her FHO surgery. It was $2,500. She's had the procedure done, and is in her forever home.
Camellia came to us after being hit by a car and turned in to a municipal shelter. She needed FHO surgery to repair her damaged hip, and with our being a small rescue, we had to save for a long time to be able to afford the surgery, even with our rescue discount. She had her surgery this past month, and found her forever home soon after! We couldn't be happier that our sweet Cami girl is finally able to walk without pain, and is settling into the loving forever home she deserves.
Customization and implementation of a new automated dog- and application-tracking computer system for our rescue. Our volunteer-only, foster-based rescue has gone from rescuing and rehoming fewer than 150 small dogs to 600 in a relatively short period of time.
This system enables us to do the following:
- Be more efficient in our tracking of dogs as they enter our process for foster assignments, medical care and adoptions
- Enable our fosters to review applications in a timely manner to ensure the best home for each dog
- Increase adoptions
- Reduce returns
- Rescue more dogs
Difficult to quanitfy at this time as we just went live with this program on 9/1
Sweetie was an owner surrender whose owners had died and their family did not want this sweet dog. We were informed that she was up-to-date on shots, spayed and free of medical issues -- which could not have been further from the truth. We got all of her medical issues taken care of and were quickly able to get her adopted into a new home. In the last photo, she's pictured on the left with her new family and twinsie fur sibling.
Crates to transport pets to/from outreach events: $900
T-shirts to easily identify volunteer staff at outreach events: $1,690
ID tags to identify pets: $450
Hundreds of puppies and kitties became more socialized and hundreds of kiddies learned the importance of giving back to the community and importance of responsible pet ownership.
This grant helps the Stray Animal Adoption Program in many ways, such as: (1) Socializing animals for adoption; (2) providing children with a good foundation of the importance of responsible pet ownership, as well as demonstrating (and discussing) giving back to the community and community advocacy; and 3) allowing SAAP to contribute to the decrease of pet overpopulation by teaching hundreds of children the importance of spay/neuter. Pictured: Girls on the Run chose SAAP to be their community-service project. Our outreach coordinator went back several months later and picked up lots of donations from the girls.