Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
A custom orthopedic brace and related vet bills
The grant allowed St. Louis Senior Dog Project to help one of our special-needs dogs get a custom orthopedic brace for his badly damaged front leg. Diesel's front-leg injury was causing him pain and the orthopedic brace purchased with the emergency medical grant money provided by the Petfinder Foundation has given him comfort and mobility.
One dog (Diesel)
Diesel is a very sweet 2-year-old Aussie/border collie mix who had a rough start in life. Back in April, Diesel's owners left him outside for over a week while they were out of town. Scared and alone, Diesel jumped a 30' retaining wall and shattered his right rear leg and left front leg. He was picked up by Jefferson County Animal Control and immediately taken to Ivan Animal Hospital for emergency surgery to repair his rear leg. Ivan Animal Hospital attempted to cast his front leg with the hope it would heal on its own. Diesel's family returned six days later, found out what had happened, and were upset by the outstanding medical bills. Unwilling to pay, they surrendered Diesel to St. Louis Senior Dog Project. He spent a month and a half in the hospital recovering from surgery before transitioning to his foster home.
Diesel spent four months undergoing physical therapy to help rebuild muscle mass in his rear leg. The rear-leg fracture has finally healed and the bone is still remodeling. Although his mobility has greatly improved, the vet says that Diesel will never regain complete use of the rear leg.
After weighing different options for treatment of the front leg, Veterinary Specialty Services of St. Louis made a custom orthopedic brace for Diesel. Since receiving his new brace, Diesel has been able to go for long walks and his mobility has dramatically increased!
A special thanks to the Petfinder Foundation for providing St. Louis Senior Dog Project with emergency medical grant money that enabled us to get a custom brace made for Diesel. Diesel and St. Louis Senior Dog Project greatly appreciate your grant!
The funds from the Orvis Operational Grant allowed us to purchase items specifically intended to aid bonding with our foster dogs and provide them with comfort, activity and safety. We bought dog beds for coziness as well as dog-safe stuffed toys to snuggle. We bought harnesses for the pit puppies, and four ThunderShirts in assorted sizes that are extremely beneficial to comfort and calm nervous and scared adult dogs and puppies. Dog chews and chew toys such as Hero treat balls, Bomber Balls, Kong Ballistic Ears Elephants, antlers and Nylabones provided hours of fun and relaxing independent activity. Bully sticks, multi-size beef and elk chews, boxed treats, and pig ears were special treats. One of the favorites was cheese/bacon- or peanut butter-filled bones. Group playtime was always welcomed by the pit puppies any time of the day or night. Individual play with new, insecure adult dogs encourages trust and confidence. Over time and in most cases, foster dogs acclimate socially and enjoy playing, not only with their foster families but with other dogs as well. Some of our foster dogs' favorite toys include: Kong footballs; spider rope pull toys; one-, two-, and three-knot tug toys, squeak balls, Kong balls, and throw-and-fetch toys of a variety of sizes and shapes.
The Orvis Operational Grant was a tremendous help in providing our dogs comfort, activity and security. It also could not have come at a better time. Second Chance 4 Pets Network has taken in a substantial number of dogs this year, especially since July. Aside from the dogs already in foster care and ones we rescued over the past few months, a pregnant pit-bull mix named Columbiana was rescued from Chicago Animal Control in July and she had puppies on July 28, 2017. Grant funds from Orvis allowed us to purchase numerous items specifically for the unexpected litter as well as their mom and other dogs recently relinquished to our rescue. Thanks to Orvis and the Petfinder Foundation, we were able to provide comfort to new arrivals with cozy new beds and soft cuddle toys. Chew toys and treats such as Hero Treat Balls, Nylabones, Bomber Balls, and sturdy antler and elk bones, as well as bully sticks and beef, chicken and buffalo chews provided both independent activity and relaxing recreation. Harnesses for the active pit-puppy litter provided security and added safety, especially during adoption events. ThunderShirts are perfect to comfort and calm overzealous puppies, and they work wonders to reassure and comfort nervous and frightened new foster dogs. Activity, socialization, and security, as well as loving care and companionship, is a successful formula to help our foster dogs gain confidence, adjust to their new temporary environment, and prepare them for their happy forever homes. Our goal of providing a happy, safe and comfortable environment for our fosters was met with this generous grant award.
This grant specifically helped 12 foster pets: Five adult dogs and seven puppies during the 90-day award period.
The much-appreciated grant from Orvis through the Petfinder Foundation specifically helped 12 pets. One of those pets is Columbiana, a very pregnant pit bull terrier mix whom foster mom Linda rescued from Chicago Animal Control in July 2017. Columbiana had a litter of nine pups on July 28, 2017. It was sad enough that one newborn puppy died, then heartbreaking when another one (Pocahantas) recently died during spay surgery. The other seven pups (first photo) thrived and are healthy and happy. As with all our fosters, the puppies were neutered/spayed, tested, vaccinated, and microchipped with Second Chance 4 Pets Network general operating fund money. All seven have been adopted. These miracle babies are: Abu (male), Pluto (male), Eeyore (male), Nixie (female), Piglet (female), Elsa (female), and Pumba (male). Linda and her foster family are going to miss them all but will continue to lovingly care for Columbiana until a good forever home is available for her.
Goldie is a 6-year-old female shepherd/border collie/golden retriever mix who was relinquished to us because her owners moved out of state and could not take her with them. Goldie is a darling, sweet girl and we are confident she will be adopted soon. She loved the chews and treats and, of course, the new toys.
Sisters Rolex and Timex are Chihuahua mixes born in 2009. They were relinquished to our rescue because their owner could no longer care for them. Since they are a bonded pair, they will only be adopted together. Until their perfect home becomes a reality, they will safely remain with SC4Pets Network in their wonderful, caring foster home filled with love, attention, play, and companionship.
Meet Rolex: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/37163233
Meet Timex: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/37163013
Darling is an adult female beagle mix who was in foster care with SC4Pets Network for quite some time. She was recently adopted by a loving family and is extremely content and happy. When our dogs go to their forever homes (after a thorough adoption-application and reference-check process), our foster families always miss them. There are tearful goodbyes, but we know that we gave them the best care possible, which was made a little easier with the support of Orvis and the Petfinder Foundation.
The grant was for nine Kong toys to be used within the shelter.
This grant gave us supplies to be used in our dog-enrichment program. During the winter months here in Maine, it is too cold to let the dogs outside for very long. Therefore they can get very bored and a little "kennel crazy" during these months. The Kong toys help to keep them occupied for a few hours. We all know that when there is quiet in the dog room, the Kong toys are being used! Thank you!
One of the dogs we had here was a 6-year-old female hound named Lady Bird. We believe she was kept as a hunting dog and only lived outside her whole life. Therefore she is not well-trained or housebroken. She is also very vocal and gets overlooked by potential adopters because she is very loud as soon as they come into the dog room to look at what we have available. We've started trying to distract her with a Kong toy during our busy time with customers so that she cannot get so overexcited. So far it is working and she has a couple of interested families. We are crossing our fingers that she will have a new home this week! Meet Lady Bird: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/39513123
The money was used to purchase agility-training equipment for use in the dog-enrichment program we are developing.
This grant made it possible to purchase some agility-training equipment for our dogs. Our goal is to work on the equipment with the dogs who have higher energy levels. The training will help keep their minds stimulated and occupied and the exercise will help them be more relaxed when it is time to go back to their kennels. Also, the one-on-one time spent with the person who is working with them is great for socialization.
One of the best examples I can think of is of a 2-year-old female pit mix named Ginger. She had been at SHS for a few months with little to no interest in her due to her breed and her high anxiety levels in her kennel. All customers could see when they visited our dog room was a loud, barking dog who repeatedly threw herself at the kennel door, fulfilling all pit-bull stereotypes in most people's minds. Then we got the agility equipment and Ginger showed amazing aptitude for learning routines and tricks with the equipment. This helped her focus and use up her endless energy outside. After I took photos of her doing her tricks with the agility equipment and posted them on our Facebook page, she was adopted within a week. I believe it was because the photos showed her in a fun and different light. Thank you for giving us this grant; it will help many dogs in the future!
The $7,700 we received from the Petfinder Foundation was used for medical costs associated with preparing pets for adoption, including spay/neuter, vaccinations and microchips.
Every pet adopted from the APA is spayed/neutered, vaccinated, provided with flea and heartworm preventative and microchipped. The adoption fee we charge our adopters does not cover all of these costs. The $7,700 we received helped us cover some of our adoption-preparation costs.
Glynn was brought to the APA from the Fulton County Missouri Animal Shelter as part of our Transfer Program on Sept. 14, 2017. Upon intake, Glynn was dewormed, heartworm-tested, and given Advantage Multi as well as a DHLPP and rabies vaccination. Glynn was neutered on Sept. 21. He was now ready to find a family to call his own!
On Sept. 29, a previous adopter came to the APA looking for a companion for their dogs. Glynn was a little shy and our adoption counselors knew that another dog in the household would probably help his confidence. The family met with him and it was a love match -- for the humans and the dogs! Glynn was adopted during the Consider A Shelter Pet Campaign, so Purina covered the first $50 of his adoption fee!
Glynn's new family said it took a couple weeks for him to really come out of his shell, but he has adjusted really well. They can't imagine life with out him! Glynn is all the way to the left in the attached picture.
The money was used for medical supplies and treatment for two animals who were brought to/abandoned at the Humane Society with significant injuries, including emaciation, parasite infestation, flea infestation, and life-threatening blood loss.
We were able to devote the funds to two animals who were in need of immediate help. The first was a schnauzer mix by the name of Shadow who arrived at the Humane Society emaciated, infested with fleas and parasites, and with minimal body hair and a yeast infection through her skin. In addition, she was in need of bloodwork to determine the best course of action for a mass that was present on her chest. Thanks to her exams, it was determined that Shadow would not need the mass removed, as it was not a threat to her health. Pain medication, joint medications and eye medications were additional supplies that were needed to help with Shadow's road to healing.
In addition to treating Shadow, the funds were also used for a dog who was abandoned at our facility bleeding profusely from his penis. Delta received a medical evaluation and treatment which included sedation and monitoring to ensure he would not die from blood loss. We were able to treat Delta's condition with topical treatments, including warm compresses as well as pain management. Once Delta was cleared and showed no sign of further tissue damage to the urethra, we were able to get him neutered with no complications and place him up for adoption.
When Shadow (first and second photos) was brought to the Humane Society and began her treatment, our organization reached out through social media to find her a foster home where she would be able to rest and get stronger in a home environment. Erin came to Shadow's rescue, took her under her wing and helped her through her treatments, including rehabbing her and teaching her how to move again without the matted hair and large amount of fleas. Erin has decided that she will be adopting Shadow, pending her clearance from the vet.
Delta (third photo) is currently available for adoption since his medical treatment. Delta is one of the cuddliest dogs at the Humane Society and has healed wonderfully from his treatments with no complications. We hope that Delta will find a home soon where he can run and play and blossom in a new life! Meet Delta: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/40762836
We would like to extend our sincerest thanks to Orvis for their generosity to our organization. We are extremely grateful. We thank you, and the animals thank you! Grant funding from Orvis helped support PAWS Atlanta’s Holiday Lovin’ program, which we piloted during the 2017 holiday season and continued until the end of January 2018. The program is modeled off of our Summer Lovin’ program, which matches volunteers with a dog to allow our shelter pets a break away from the facility to experience extra love. Holiday Lovin’ gave both people and our dogs a chance to decompress for the day during the busy holiday season. It provided our dogs with not only a beneficial experience, but helped us increase dog adoptions as well. The grant was used to purchase animal supplies for the program (day kits). These day kits included leashes, collars/harness, dog bowls/dog food, and blankets (to protect owners' car interiors).
Some of the dogs that come into our shelter have experienced some of the most horrific abuse imaginable, and all of the dogs in our care have been abandoned, whether they are pulled from Animal Control or surrendered by their owner. New surroundings and new circumstances create an enormous amount of stress in animals. Their worlds are turned upside down. To reduce this stress, dogs (and all abandoned pets) ideally need to be placed into their “forever homes” as quickly as possible. Being able to reduce the length of stay for an animal at our facility allows us to reduce this stress and settle them into their new home. The Holiday Lovin’ program is specifically about reducing an animal’s length of stay. The grant provided by Orvis allowed us to match up our volunteer participants with dogs for this special experience and let us purchase the necessary supplies to make this happen.
The grant helped all of the people and pets who participated in the program. We received 48 applications, and 21 dogs participated. Six of our dogs, so far, have been adopted.
Rio, a 6-month-old German Shepherd mix, was surrendered by his family because he sometimes had accidents in the house. Living in a shelter is stressful for most animals, but especially those who have spent their whole lives in a home. We knew Rio was up for an adventure, so we matched him up with a family for our Holiday Lovin’ foster-a-shelter-dog-for-a-day program. And off Rio went, trotting out the gate with his ears up and his tail wagging. His family loved him, and Rio loved them and everything about his day off from shelter life. He was the star of the town square in Decatur—signing autographs, posing for selfies with his new admirers, and making people laugh. Rio moved so effortlessly through his day with them, they could not believe he was just a baby. The couple fell in love, but were unsure if their landlord would allow them to adopt a dog. When they requested permission, their landlord was out of town on vacation, and they could not proceed with the adoption. They checked in on Rio every single day until they heard back a week later from their landlord. Finally, they were approved! Now, Rio is living the good life with his permanent, loving family.
The grant was used to pay for the medical expenses for Red, a doberman pinscher who needed emergency surgery for a bilateral perineal hernia. The total cost for the surgery, with our discount, was $2,447.24. Your $1,000 grant saved his life. It made the decision for us to proceed with his emergency surgery possible.
Your grant truly saved Red's life. Without it, we were faced with the choice of putting him down or trying to quickly fundraise to save him. Because he was so urgent, it was critical that we had funding for part of this procedure, as it was beyond our medical budget and obviously unplanned. The original estimate was up to $3,300, which would have prohibited us from rescuing any other pets who needed medical care. This grant allowed us to not only save Red's life, but to continue to rescue at-risk shelter pets in the months of January and February.
Poor Red was abandoned in the middle of nowhere near Heber City, UT, with huge swelling around his anus. When he came into our program, we immediately took him to our local vet, Wasatch Animal Clinic, where they diagnosed him with a perineal hernia and said he was critical. They did not have the capability to perform the surgery and said we needed to bring him to a specialty clinic. He was then rushed to Advanced Veterinary Care in Salt Lake City, where they examined him and scheduled the surgery for the following day.
The surgery was a success and Red recovered nicely after spending a night at the clinic. He went into foster following his surgery and the family adopted him! We are so grateful to the Petfinder Foundation for your lifesaving support! We have attached pictures of Red and also of the bill for his surgery. Thank you so much from all of us at Paws for Life Utah!
Petfinder Foundation grant funds were used to purchase several bags of high-value treats and several Easy Walker harnesses. The balance of the funds were then used to hire a dog trainer.
The Petfinder Foundation grant saved one dog's life and improved the chances of adoption for many of our other dogs through the training program that was implemented because of the grant the Humane Society of Union County received.
This program is not over yet, but so far it has helped at least eight dogs. With the knowledge our foster parents are gaining, many dogs will overcome their behavior problems and get adopted more quickly.
One of our volunteers took a trip to Tennessee in hopes of finding a Tennessee walker. Instead of finding the horse she wanted, she found this large, scared dog running through traffic down the highway. This good Samaritan/volunteer quickly got the dog into her car. Unable to find the dog’s owner, she drove back to North Carolina and added him to our system. We then spread the word in the town in which the dog was found, but no one claimed him. He was given the name Tennessee. After Tennessee was vetted and started to feel comfortable with us, we noticed that he had a resource-guarding problem. At that point, he had already bitten three different people. He was now considered unadoptable due to his behavior. We were looking at options as to what to do with Tennessee.
Tennessee’s angel came in the form of the Petfinder Foundation grant. Through the Petfinder Foundation training grant, Tennessee can now "drop it" and "leave it" when instructed. He also knows "sit," "stay," "wait," "down" and "come," and walks great on a leash. We will still have to find a strong person who will continue the training, but now he is consider adoptable and treatable/manageable. Meet him: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/39871262
The grant was used to help with the very high medical bills (over $2,200) for a cat requiring eye surgery.
The generosity of the Petfinder Foundation helps us continue to save more lives and ensures the health and care of adoptable pets.
Shortly after intake, it was noticed Veronica was having some disturbing green discharge and watery eyes while living at Petco as an in-store cat. It seemed like a mild URI, so she went into foster care. Veronica started some eye ointment, and her eyes cleared up a bit. After finishing her 10 days of eye ointment, Veronica still would get occasional discharge, but both eyes appeared normal. Then one day her foster mom came home from work to find Veronica lethargic, not interested in food, and both eyes completely swollen. She was rushed to the vet and began a new round of eye ointment and antibiotics.
She began improving, but then then things once again went downhill. Her right eye was becoming normal, but her left eye was so swollen you could not see the globe of the eye, just a swollen third eyelid. The vets could not determine what was causing these issues, but continued medications, antibiotics and eye ointments.
Finally, once the swelling cleared up, it became apparent that her eye was badly damaged. The globe of her eye looked cloudy and unrecognizable (second photo). After speaking to a veterinarian, it was determined she needed a specialist. An appointment was set up, but days before her appointment she developed a "pimple" on her cloudy globe. The day of her appointment, the ophthalmologist ran several tests, and did a very thorough exam and determined Veronica's eye had actually ruptured. The globe was now cloudy and underneath all that cloudiness was filled with debris from what used to be her eye.
Surgery was scheduled and Veronica had her eye removed. The ophthalmologist believed that Veronica will recover wonderfully, and be a happy, one-eyed kitty. However, the vets, specialist and the rescue are all still unsure of what could have caused this in the first place. A biopsy of her eye will be sent out for histopathology.
The adorable caged picture of her in a Detroit-area animal shelter (first photo) quickly made her Paws for Life’s "poster child." It saddened us to think that she would likely be passed over a lot for adoption due to her having only one eye.
However, after her surgery, Veronica (renamed Kiwi) was adopted by her foster family! Here is their story: "She was the perfect addition to our home. Only having one eye hasn't slowed her down one bit. She loves shoulder rides, so much so that she's always trying to climb up my husband. When she was small, she liked to sleep on my husband's face at night. Now she weighs 9 lbs. and I'm happy to report that she never grew out of that habit :) Her favorite toy in the world is a little spring that she will chase around our wood floors for hours. She has even learned to fetch. We recently found that she LOVES to watch the TV show Planet Earth. She will sit on the couch and binge watch Planet Earth on Netflix. Unfortunately, in December the vet found that her lymphoma (the root cause for her eye issue) had spread to a few lymph nodes and her spleen. Kiwi is now going through chemotherapy treatment and is responding exceptionally well."