Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
These funds were used to help subsidize discounted adoption specials.
The specials that were run when the shelter was extremely full and needed to have a major adoption increase. This continued our long-term goal of not having to euthanize adoptable pets for space.
The $67.50 received would have covered the adoption fees on two animals.
Prissy was one of the cats adopted during our summer adoption special. Cat adoption fees were reduced by 75% due to the generosity of donors, including those who gave through the Sponsor a Pet program. Prissy was a well-known cat at the shelter due to her being extremely talkative. And by talkative, I mean she yowled and meowed and yipped and squeaked. All. The. Time. You couldn't ignore her, that's for sure. When you went into our colony cat room, she would follow you around, talking the whole time, weaving in and out of your legs. I think she may have been so talkative, it scared adopters away. Except one. When Lidia came in, Prissy spoke to her, literally and figuratively. They talked to each other back and forth in the cat room for a solid hour before Lidia came out and said she just HAD to have that cat. And with the help of the discounted adoption fee, Lidia was able to make sure she picked up all of Prissy's favorite things that day, too.
For our rescued Dobermans waiting for homes
The Kongs gave our rescue Dobermans something stimulating to do.
Aries has benefited from a Kong as it keeps him busy when his foster mom needs some quite time! Aries IS adoptable still! Aries is a purebred, 1-year-old male Doberman who was born in Russia. He has grown into a very handsome, athletic, strong and muscular young teenage Doberman. Due to a divorce, physical ability and a lack of time to train him properly, he was surrendered to rescue. Aries lived with a cat and a 3-year-old child. He loves to play ball and Frisbee and run side-by-side while his master is on a bike, running for miles. Aries will need a fully fenced yard and super-experienced dog person who understands the complex Doberman breed. Due to this boy's strength and intelligence, he is not a good choice for the novice dog owner! Aries is looking forward to obedience training and working on his crating skills while in foster care. Aries is current on vaccinations, heartworm checked and on preventative, and microchipped. Meet Aries: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/38808233
The money was used for vetting (castration and shots).
This helped because any funds received go towards the care for our rescues and therefore the more help we receive, the more we can do for them!
The money went towards spaying a sweet, happy ex-shelter-momma girl! The pet sponsored was Ella, who has been adopted. From her Petfinder profile: "Two years old. Very sweet girl! Good personality. This cute girl was given up due to a divorce -- neither decided to keep her. She is good with other dogs. Does not care much for the crate, though. Good companion. Needs the right owner who will love her for life."
The grant was for Mistle via the Sponsor a Pet Program. The grant money will go towards his continued care: shelter, food, cat litter, flea preventive, etc.
The money donated via the Sponsor a Pet program will help us continue to care for Mistle, who has been with our rescue since he was a kitten. We pulled him from Animal Control on Dec. 14, 2014.
Mistle came to us from Animal Control on Dec. 14, 2014. He was in a kennel with two very feral kittens and, had we not noticed him, he likely would have been euthanized. He not feral, but he was was very shy, and for that reason he was not adopted as a young kitten. He finally found what we thought was his forever home in April 2016, but was returned (along with another adopted cat) in October 2016 after the adopters went through a divorce. Sadly, he's been with us ever since. Still a bit shy, Mistle loves our Meow House and we love him, but we that hope one day his furever home will come along.
Purchase of dog food for small dogs
Dog food is a necessity for a rescue. The $45 purchased approximately two bags of dog food for small dogs.
Population in the kennel varies daily.
The sponsored pet was Rocky, who has been adopted. From his Petfinder profile: "Rocky is a friendly, sweet little 1-year-old poodle and Maltese mix. He is while with some apricot markings. Rocky is about the height of a miniature poodle and weighs about 12 lbs. Rocky arrived from a breeder so he has never really had a home or family. He is neutered, heartworm-negative, up-to-date on vaccinations, microchipped, and crate trained. He does great with other dogs and is a little shy, but wants very much to be loved and become part of a real family. He will need a family with love, patience, and the time to spend with him."
To cover costs for Chester's surgery. He had fallen out of the bed of a moving truck and fractured a bone. The family was unable to cover the costs of the surgery and opted to put him down. We stepped in and rescued the little boy!
Covered the cost of an expensive surgery. Not paying out of pocket for this surgery freed up our funding to help other animals in need.
Chester received the surgical care needed. After a few months of recovery he was ready to find his forever home. A wonderful family adopted him and is providing him with amazing care! From his Petfinder profile: "Chester is a tender 11-month-old boy who tumbled out of the unsecured bed of a moving truck. After discovering how high his medical bills were, he was set to be euthanized. Luckily, Utah Valley Animal Rescue stepped in to help set his bones and make sure he had the best chance at a new life. His femur surgery went well and he now has a pin in place to immobilize his limb for six weeks. In this time, bone growth should allow the pin to be removed and Chester will be able to start being a carefree puppy again."
To the Petfinder Foundation: We would like to express our gratitude at having received your generous and deeply appreciated grant of $1,000 to apply towards the medical costs for dear sweet Chester. Because of this grant, UVAR will be able to provide more ailing animals with the medical care they need and deserve. Once again, our most sincere thanks for helping us to better help them.
The Petfinder Foundation's Emergency Medical Grant was used to treat Clea's knee. Clea had a torn cranial cruciate ligament and needed it stabilized with a tibial plateau leveling osteotomy, as well as a torn meniscus.
Though we put the $1,000 into Clea's knee surgery, the grant helped us save many other dogs. The $1,000 given by this grant allowed us to pull 10 dogs from [an open-admission] shelter. This included their transport, spay/neuter surgery, microchipping, and vaccination.
See above! Many!
Clea is a 46-lb., 6-year-old boxer mix. She is simply a fabulous, loving, friendly, and balanced dog who would fit in with any household! She is very mellow but will happily play or take long walks. She will lie at your feet or next to you on the couch but is not needy. She loves any and all attention but is perfectly independent. Best of all, she is WONDERFUL with kids and totally unfazed by a house full of boisterous little ones!
Miss Clea knows the commands sit and come. She enjoys taking car rides, starring out the window watching life carry on. Clea is perfectly housetrained … score! In the house, she is very mellow. When appropriate, she’ll romp around the yard and chase a ball around. She enjoys hanging outdoors and patrolling the yard for squirrels. She could spend hours outside when the weather is nice. She is a fabulous walking partner and amazing on a leash.
Clea loves nothing more than to snuggle with people and get belly rubs. She adores being pet and receiving attention. You’ll find her snuggled up in bed with her favorite plush toy. She is friendly (but not jumpy) with everyone she meets and wins over all with her soulful brown eyes and wiggly, waggy body. She's just a perfect dog! Meet Clea: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/37340095
Emergency surgery for Mick
We were able to save the life of a senior Lab facing expensive vet care.
Mick, a senior Lab, came to Peak Lab Rescue very underweight and unable to eat. A vet exam found seven broken teeth and three oral masses that needed to be removed immediately. Mick's mouth was so painful that he couldn't even chew. Thanks to the Petfinder Foundation, Mick had surgery immediately. Everything yucky and painful was removed from his mouth. Mick made an almost immediate recovery -- he started gobbling his food like a real Lab and gaining weight. Within a short while, Mick become a happy elder statesman. Thanks to the Petfinder Foundation, Mick was adopted by his foster, who is an experienced lover of seniors!
The money was applied to our general medical fund to provide needed vaccines and medications to ensure healthy pets for adoption.
We were able to use the money in our purchases for intake vetting, including FVRCP vaccines and deworming and flea-prevention supplies.
Like many kitties, Reddington came in after we were contacted by a local volunteer fire station about a cat who needed rescue who had wandered into their station. He was in terrible shape; he had ringworm, roundworms and tapeworms and was covered in fleas. He also had a very large abscess that had ruptured, likely from fighting while trying to survive as a tomcat on the streets. With the help of the grant, he was able to get the veterinary care he needed to be a healthy kitty again. And what a great cat he turned out to be! So full of personality! He was adopted as soon as he was available and his new family loves him very much!
We were able to take Gabby to her appointments in Daytona.
Gabby had surgery in Daytona at AVS for her broken wrists. We are located in Orlando, so there were significant costs for her transportation back and forth. She had a recovery time of eight weeks and it required weekly follow-up visits, and the donation helped us to be able to transport her to her to her appointments! Gabby has since been adopted.