Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
We were granted P.L.A.Y. pet beds and they were used by the shelter dogs that we rescue. They were provided to fosters as well as to dogs in our boarding facility, and the dogs just loved them! They are easy to wash, very comfortable and a favorite of our shelter pets. We used them for the dogs we rescued from [an open-admission] shelter in Los Angeles county, as well as for dogs we rescued from a hoarding situation in Las Vegas.
It helped us because we did not need to purchase pet beds. These beds were used primarily at our boarding facility and with fosters. In two of our larger rescues, such as when we rescued 17 Pomeranians from the hoarding situation in Las Vegas, or when we rescued 22 small dogs from [an open-admission] shelter in Los Angeles, they were given to fosters to use. Our dogs love them -- they are super comfy! Our shelter staff and fosters love them too, as they are easy to clean and machine-washable!
We reuse them, of course, so this helped 50 shelter pets.
We were made aware of a terrible hoarding situation by the Animal Foundation in Las Vegas. A breeder/hoarder was "on the run" from San Bernardino to Las Vegas with a U-Haul full of illegally bred Pomeranian dogs and puppies. These dogs were abandoned in a U-Haul outside of Las Vegas. Over 160 dogs were crammed into crates on top of each other. An open-intake shelter saved them, and fortunately none needed to be euthanized. However, the sheer number of rescued pets put a huge burden on their facility, and they reached out to rescues in the area for help. Paws for Life Utah rescued 17 of these Pomeranians. One was a mother who was pregnant and later gave birth to puppies (first photo). We loaned the P.L.A.Y. beds to our fosters and they were so loved by these dogs. They were also so simple and easy to clean and sanitize. These dogs have since been adopted. Some had medical needs, including the puppies pictured, and found loving homes that were prepared to care for them and take care of those needs. Thank you for these wonderful, easy-to-use and super-comfy pet beds!
Laptop for presentations
Projector for presentations
Supplies for education workshops
Training and certification for therapy dogs
As a result of the Build A Bear Youth Education Grant, we have been able to perform presentations during our Youth Education Workshops and we will begin presenting to schools in the fall of 2018. The main objective of our youth education program is to bring awareness regarding humane treatment of animals, spay/neuter, adoption and volunteering to the young people of our communities. Our focus is on the most rural areas of Tennessee, as the overpopulation there is the highest. As we educate towards animal "guardianship" rather than animal "ownership," our youth begin to value companion animals as part of their families. We believe that education starts with our youth. The Build A Bear Youth Education Grant is helping us to grow our education program and allowing us to purchase tools that are enhancing our presentations and program overall. The attendees of our workshops have added enrichment and socialization for the animals in our care. We will also have one of our adoptable dogs (and possibly a cat and rabbit as well!) become a therapy animal this summer to attend our school presentations.
During our youth-education workshops, children are learning appropriate handling of animals and how to provide proper care as animal guardians. We also have enrichment sections of the workshops, with puppy playtime and socialization with children in order for both children and puppies to learn how to play appropriately. One child claimed to be the "dog whisperer," as she had all of the puppies from a group following her around like the pied piper. Another gained confidence as he and Carlo the cat (fourth and fifth photos) became friends in the cattery. Unfortunately, the family's dog was not cat-friendly, but we are still hoping that, by word of mouth, Carlo will find his furever home!
From Carlo's Petfinder profile: "Hi, I'm Carlo, a.k.a. the friendliest cat on the planet! I just love being around people and getting attention. I will help you do your housework, watch TV with you and take naps. I was fortunate enough to be rescued by RARE from [an open-admission] shelter in a rural town in Tennessee. I would make a loving addition to any home, and hope to meet my new forever family soon!" Meet him: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/41276423
We waived adoption fees for TAILS (Teaching Animals and Inmates Life Skills) dogs who graduated from our program where inmates or their families wanted to adopt the dogs.
The grant allowed us to be able to keep the inmate trainers and their dogs together after graduation. Most inmates and their families do not have the means to pay the adoption fees, but that does not make them bad adopters, so we wanted to help them, and the Petfinder Foundation allowed us to do just that!
Jackson is a dog who lost both eyes as a result of dog fighting. We took him into our TAILS (Teaching Animals and Inmates Life Skills) program and when one particular guy started training him, it was love at first sight. Thanks to the Petfinder Foundation, Jackson went home with his new dad in May of this year. Thank you so much, Petfinder Foundation, for helping homeless dogs.
Towards spay/neuter surgery
It went toward spay/neuter surgery for dogs in our rescue.
Scooter has since been adopted, but came to us with a very large wound and heartworms. Scooter is a very loving and sweet boy with an energetic streak at times. He could stand to lose a few pounds, but loves to go on walks and would make a great buddy. He doesn't bother cats, and gets along great with dogs and people with proper introductions.
Just after we received this grant for free or reduced-cost adoptions, the Humane Society of the United States contacted us about taking some dogs from a shelter in dire need of assistance. We partnered with four other shelters and took a total of 32 dogs, 16 of whom stayed here. We offered free adoptions for all of our animals the week following this transfer. We also offered reduced-fee adoptions as part of our summer kick-off party on June 2. The total number of animals adopted thanks to this grant were 26.
The majority of the animals helped were from our HSUS transfer group (fourth photo). They had been through so much already and were finally able to find their forever homes. This time of the year, we see a lot of animals in need come in. The Petfinder Foundation grant helped us to find homes for some harder-to-place animals and helped us to free up space quickly to help even more animals. Thank you so much for all that you do!
26 (seven cats, 15 dogs, two puppies, one rabbit and one reptile)
The majority of the animals helped were from our HSUS transfer group. They had been through so much already and were finally able to find their forever homes. A few other special pets who were helped by this grant were Maui and Zachary (first photo). These dogs were surrendered by their owners due to an inability to take care of them. Zachary was partially blind, both dogs were seniors, and they were a bonded pair. This made finding an adopter willing to take on the two of them together that much more challenging. Thanks in part to our fee-waived adoption, they have found their forever home with a wonderful family (second photo). Their mom sent us this update: "Hello from Maui and Zachary! We are enjoying our new home! We get to snuggle with Dad on the couch and go for walks to the park. We probably get a few too many treats, but that's only because we're such good dogs. Thanks for taking care of us and finding us a family! Love, Zachary and Maui"
Also helped was Charlie, a 14-year-old poodle who was surrendered to our shelter because he was old, blind, and hard of hearing. This sweet boy loves to be held and only wants to be by someone's side. I am happy to say that, thanks in part to this grant, we found Charlie a loving home. Charlie and his new mom (third photo) have made each other very happy!
Finally, Debbie (fourth photo) was adopted too. This beautiful girl has grown so much since she came into the shelter last year painfully shy and frightened. Though the dedication of staff, volunteers, and foster families, she has blossomed into a wonderful companion.
We used the New Year, New Home grant to lower the cost of adoptions and pay for medical expenses.
Thanks to the New Year, New Home grant, 26 dogs were adopted in May because of reduced adoption fees! We were also able to use the grant to pay for medical costs such as heartworm tests, spay/neuter for 12 dogs, dental extractions, an MRI, and more.
Jozey (first photo) was turned in to MidAmerica Boston Terrier Rescue (MABTR) at the age of 9 because he bit a toddler in the home. He was in foster care for a month and a half in Colorado before traveling to his new home in Kansas! He is well-loved by his new mom and enjoys playing with his new Boston sister.
Sunshine (second photo) arrived from a puppy mill, 6 years old and very shy. She found her forever home in Nebraska with a family that can offer her the patience and time to settle in, get comfortable and become the social butterfly we know she can be!
Morris (third photo) was turned over to MABTR at 2 years old because he was not getting along with the other dogs in his house. Unfortunately, it was the second time Morris had to be uprooted. Luckily, he found his forever home in Colorado, where he is king of the castle and doesn't need to share his people or his palace!
I have several more photos, if you are interested. The grant was a HUGE help and allowed a lot of sweet pups to find their forever families!
Reduced adoption fees for dogs from May 25-31, 2018.
It allowed us to enable people to adopt an animal at a reduced fee so that they could take of their needs easier. We were unable to do a big media hit because we thought we had more time and wanted to do a big promotion after school got out.
Five at this time.
Dear Jack had been with us almost a month and kept getting passed over. With help from the grant, he now a family that truly loves him.
Free dog adoptions
This grant allowed us to find new homes for dogs who had been in the shelter for 723 days total.
Luke (first photo) was adopted and is going to be a diabetic-alert service dog. Celia (second photo) has a new mom and boy to call her own. Bleu (third photo) had been in the shelter for 159 days. Daisy had been in the shelter for 146 days.
Grant funding from the Petfinder Foundation was used to provide fee-waived adoptions for 27 cats (including four of our geriatric residents), and half-priced adoptions for 16 cats.
Being able to offer free or fee-reduced adoptions not only helps animals in our care find homes more quickly, it also provides us with additional resources and space for incoming animals. With the summer season upon us, stray cats and kittens will soon be flooding in -- the 43 cats who found homes because of this grant have made space for those incoming animals.
These stories come from our director of adoptions, Dylan Moore: Shayla (first photo): Her adopter came in after his cat passed away and he wanted another cat to keep him and his current cat company. He saw Shayla online, decided to come in and meet her, and fell in love. He didn't know at that time that we had an adoption promotion going on, but because the fee was waived, he spent $8 in our store and donated $35. Shayla was received through a transfer from one of our partners, which doubles the positive effect of the grant.
Gus (second photo) was adopted by a sweet lady who wanted a cat for companionship. She looked around and even visited with a few of our cats, but once she met Gus it was like they chose each other. I like Gus as an example because it shows how the grant was effective and how we were able to multiply its effectiveness. The adopter came in because she'd heard we had an adoption promotion going on. She looked at everyone we had and adopted a 3-year-old cat who'd been transferred in from another shelter. Because the fee has been waived, she spent $39 dollars in our store getting him set up to go home, which raised more money for us to continue to save lives.
Waived adoption fees for feline leukemia-positive cats available for adoption as well as the medical and basic care for FeLV+ cats still in our shelter's care.
This grant has helped us to provide care for our FeLV+ cats and offer reduced adoption fees to encourage adopters to consider one of these very-special-needs animals as a viable adoption choice.
As of May 25, 2018, we have helped six FeLV+ cats in our care and adopted out three FeLV+ cats and can take in more FeLV+ cats in need.
Summer came to us in January of 2017, was adopted and then returned due to a flare-up of cystitis -- bladder inflammation caused by stress, and likely linked to her diagnosis of feline leukemia. Summer has now been successfully adopted (again) with the help of the Petfinder Foundation's New Year, New Home grant. She even got to go home with one of her other FeLV+ buddies named Stormy!