Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
The Kong products that we received are being used to help with enrichment of our shelter dogs.
We currently have the ability to house close to 70 dogs, and by having the Kongs available, we can stuff them with food that assists with mental stimulation and encourages the dogs to chew appropriately.
Mouse is a hound mix who loves to use his nose to hunt for treats! The large Kongs work great for him to utilize his nose skills and work for his favorite treats while being able to chew safely on the material! Meet Mouse: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/40762837
Funding was used for a dog named Olaf who was struck by a car and left to die on someone's lawn. Olaf had several thousands of dollars in treatments and testing, including a CT scan and an MRI.
This grant enabled us to do testing that we otherwise would have struggled to afford.
Olaf was found on a lawn after being struck by a car and left to die. Outcast Rescue helped him get out of the shelter and to the hospital for much-needed treatment. Olaf had more than 10 fractures in his skull, some being displaced and actively bleeding, as well as a dislocated leg. Olaf underwent extensive treatment, including the placement of a feeding tube. After three weeks of no improvement, an MRI was performed where the results were devastating: Olaf's brain and spinal cord had severe swelling and hydrocephalus. After consulting with our team of veterinarians, it was decided the kindest thing to do was to humanely euthanize him. We were all by his side and are beyond heartbroken over the outcome.
We used the grant to purchase a compression sleeve for Jesse, a 16-year-old Belgian with chronic progressive lymphedema, a chronic swelling of the extremities.
The grant allowed us to purchase a compression sleeve that restored Jesse's quality of life.
When Jesse came to our rescue he could barely bend his right rear leg because his chronic progressive lymphedema, or CPL, was so severe. He was uncomfortable, withdrawn and his muscles were wasting away. We knew that if we did not reverse some of the effects of the CPL, his life would be compromised. After conducting some research and speaking with our vet, we decided that a compression sleeve was the best chance Jesse had at a better life. The results we have witnessed have been nothing short of amazing. Within a week, we could see a difference in the size of his leg, and today, both of his legs are almost the same size.
Jesse is no longer withdrawn, but is an active, alert boy who is able to jog with the rest of the herd. In fact, on cold days he has been seen bucking, chasing and playing with his herd-mates. It is all a direct result of the compression sleeve that we were able to purchase with the grant. Thank you for allowing us to restore Jesse's spirit.
At this time, Jesse is still not available for adoption due to other health conditions we are managing, but we have attached photos documenting his progress. The first two photos are his intake photos and the last photo was just taken yesterday. It shows the incredible improvement that he has made.
This grant allowed us the opportunity to purchase Kuranda beds for our newly renovated kennels. The dogs are now able to sleep off of the floor and it has helped to increase the comfort level of our canine residents.
So far we have had 60 dogs move through our program and utilize the beds, but as time goes on, they will help thousands.
We recently had an elderly dog here named Wheezy. She was a sweet girl but was arthritic and sore. The bed gave her a comfortable place to lie. She was adopted recently.
The generous Petfinder Foundation grant helped us pay for the veterinary care of the 51 homeless dogs we rescued from [open-admission] shelters in southern Indiana for the Clear the Shelters event. The expenses included medical treatment, spaying and neutering, vaccinations and microchipping.
The Petfinder Foundation grant helped Rover Rescue cover the extensive veterinary expenses of the 51 dogs that we rescued from [open-admission] shelters in southern Indiana, where they struggle to get dogs adopted. By bringing these wonderful dogs to the Chicagoland area, we were able to match them up with loving forever homes at the 2017 Clear the Shelters event. With these funds, we were able to save 51 dogs from near-certain euthanasia and give them great new lives, with plenty of love. Thank you, Petfinder Foundation!
Bruno's Happy Story: "On Aug. 19, 2017, I didn't know there was an adoption event going on. I was going to the shoe store next door to PetSmart. I noticed the tents when I pulled into the parking lot and had to check it out, because I love dogs! When I walked over, I immediately noticed Bart, whom we renamed Bruno (first photo). He had such a sweet face! My only concern was whether my dog would be open to having a brother. We had attempted meet-and-greets before and she had not been receptive. So I called my daughter to bring her there to meet Bruno. Surprisingly, she was okay with him. We had a few hiccups in the beginning, I think because he was a stray when he was found. He is now such a good dog and he is so sweet and loving. I can't imagine our family without him! Fate brought Bruno into our lives and we feel blessed to have him!"
Recognition by the Petfinder Foundation with the awarding of this grant brought FFP recognition and involvement from various Boy and Girl Scout groups, community-service school leaders, and parents who wished to involve their children to be in a worthwhile enterprise.
The grant was used to expand our student involvement program. Each Sunday, under the direction of Will Moffitt, our Volunteer Coordinator, volunteers of all ages gather to walk, bathe, exercise, and love the FFP dogs. Students, many working on community-service hours, often are in the group. Many enjoy the involvement so greatly that they continue volunteering after their service hours are completed. Included are photos of student volunteers with the dogs who benefited from their attention.
The grant funds were used to purchase new doghouses for the outdoor kennels. Pickette's Feed and Pet Supply, a local store, helped us direct-order the houses, which allowed us to avoid shipping costs or have to purchase small amounts as available. As such, we were able to purchase 11 doghouses.
Doghouses are a tremendous expense for our low-income area. It is much easier for donors to give household items. A doghouse of nearly $100 is outside of their reach, as well as ours, requiring hard trade-offs. Not only did this grant directly provide shelter for our outside dogs in time for one of the coldest winters in recent times, with multiple snowfalls not common to our area, but it freed up our funds and our donor funds to provide other basic supplies and health care.
Lab-mix Shadow was given up by his owner to Animal Control in September 2017. As a large dog used to outdoor living, he was given one of the large outside kennels. His hand-me-down house was certainly lacking -- its prior occupant had decided it was a fantastic chew toy! The enlarged opening let in the elements that doghouses are supposed to keep out. Shadow has some behavioral issues and will likely be with us for some while. It was essential he have good housing during what has turned out to be a brutal winter, with snow and ice and bitter temperatures. His new house has definitely put a smile on his face and given him a much more comfortable stay!
The $1,000 grant was used to pay for treatment for Iva's hip dysplasia. She had a femoral-head osteotomy. She is healing nicely and has her last check up on Feb. 15, 2018. At that point she will be ready for her forever home.
We have had several dogs who needed surgeries in the last couple of months, so money is very tight. We could not have done this without help.
This grant helped Iva, who was originally a stray. When she was found, she was starving, dehydrated and very pregnant. It was then discovered that she also suffered from hip dysplasia. Once Iva had her puppies and weaned them, we focused on getting her the medical care she needed. We got Iva into a temporary home where we felt she could recover nicely. She is doing great and will soon be ready to be placed in an adoptive home.
The money was used towards Blue's surgery.
Blue needed major surgery and therapy afterwards for his back leg. He went through surgery and water therapy for six weeks.
Blue came to us as a stray. At the time he was not using his back leg and we noticed that it had been quite some time, as it was quite noticeable that the muscle mass in one leg was much greater than the one not being used. Blue needed surgery. The end of the femur bone that fit into the hip had died due to trauma. They went in and removed the dead part of the bone with the understanding that the scar tissue would form a "faux" hip joint. One leg would be a little shorter than the other. After surgery, Blue was on crate rest for six weeks; after that he started laser therapy and then water therapy. Blue is no longer available. He was adopted by a medical student. He is finally beginning to develop some muscle mass in his back leg because he is now using it.
The money was used for the vet care of Dolly, a senior Chihuahua with a huge breast tumor.
This grant helped us take wonderful care of one of the many senior pets we help. Because of grants like this, we are able to help more senior dogs and dogs with expensive medical needs.
Senior Chihuahuas like Dolly with huge tumors rarely make it out of the shelter. Dolly was down to her last days, but because of the generosity of the Petfinder Foundation grant, we were able to take Dolly into our program and get her the vetting and surgery she required. She's been adopted by her foster family and is loved and cherished.