Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
This money was used to help care for animals in our care, and to help sponsor adoption fees of animals who have been in our shelter the longest.
This grant helped pay a portion of the adoption fees for animals who have been in our care more than 100 days.
This is Boomer. Boomer is a big boy at 60 lbs., and he's about 2.5 years old. Because he has been with us for quite some time, he is currently a member of our Lonely Hearts Club, which means that his adoption fee is just $25! Boomer's spent some time in foster care, where we learned that he LOVES strawberries. He went crazy when his foster mom ate them with breakfast in the morning. Boomer usually got her to give him one. And he loves rolling in the grass, but you guys already know that! He also likes tug-of-war, and he snores, which is kinda cute. Although he does fine being left alone, he does not like being on the other side of a door when he knows you're in the next room (like the bathroom). Any time you open a door, he is right there waiting; he definitely wants to be around people all the time. Meet Boomer: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/40015921
Grant funds were used in part to print copies of presentation materials. We also purchased pens, sticky note pads, and animal welfare coloring books for our formal education presentations. For our arts and crafts events for children, we purchased feral cat house supplies: Rubbermaid totes, Styrofoam coolers, straw, and duct tape. Paracord and latches were purchased to make leashes. Wooden dowels, felt, ribbon, thread, glue guns and eyelet hooks were purchased to make cat fishing toys. Cardboard boxes will be decorated with the purchased construction paper and markers. These boxes will used as hiding spots for rescued cats. Fleece will be used to create small beds inside the boxes and to make toys for the animals in our care.
This grant supported our Children’s Education Program. We believe that education is key to improving the lives and welfare of animals in the generations to come. Our formal presentations and arts-and-crafts activities allow children the opportunity to learn about animal welfare issues and develop a passion and appreciation for all animal kind. We anticipate that with all items purchased for our arts-and-crafts activities, at least 200 dogs and cats will receive enrichment items made by children in our community. For example, cats in our care will have a safe place to lounge while at our facility. The cardboard houses will allow them to perch on top of these boxes or sleep/hide inside them. Fleece toys will be made for dogs and cats in our care, and fishing toys will serve as a great energy expender for our foster cats. Additionally, some children made feral-cat houses with some of the products purchased. Colony caretakers will be picking up these houses over the next week. This is perfect timing, as we are in the heart of winter in Minnesota, and providing adequate shelter for feral/barn cats is a lifesaving measure.
We were contacted by a woman who cares for 38 feral cats. She was grateful to hear that we were making feral-cat houses through our Children’s Education Program. After our recent children’s arts event (see pictures) we were able to provide this caretaker with six Rubbermaid houses to support her colony. We are so grateful that we were able to provide these cats with safe and warm places to live. We also received some great feedback from a high-school student who attended a recent education presentation. This student is very interested in getting a dog. He informed us that he learned a lot from the presentation about what responsibilities are required in owning a dog and what the needs of the animal are.
We received $22.50, which will go toward Brooklyn's boarding fees.
It is nice to know someone out there cares, especially for the hard-to-place pets.
Brooklyn has been with us since 2013. From her Petfinder profile: "iTunes has it all wrong: Brooklyn is the hottest single of the year! Brooklyn is a good dog; she is loyal and dedicated to her owners. She likes to go for walks and car rides and to play fetch, and she makes the cutest faces and head-tilts when she hears a dog toy squeaking, so we think she would like a home with a fenced-in yard, tennis balls, squeaky toys and forever parents to throw her toys and take her for car rides and walks. Brooklyn is a member of the “only-child club,” as she needs a home where she is the only pet so she doesn't have to share your attention." Meet her: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/27662543
The Sponsor a Pet grant money received went towards veterinary care. All the dogs we rescue receive immediate necessary medical care including spay/neuter, tests, shots, dentals, surgeries and medications to treat any medical conditions.
Ursula and Stubby were just two of the many dogs we rescued during Q4 of the Sponsor a Pet program. As is true of most of the dogs we rescue, both of them were in need of immediate medical care. This grant was used to help pay for a portion of their medical bills.
Both of these dogs are still with us in foster care waiting to be adopted. Ursula (first photo), a 6- to 7-year-old blind Schnoodle (first photo), came to us in December severely matted and terrified. She is nervous and likes her space at first but falls into a routine quickly and then gets around well. She doesn't mind being with other mellow dogs and loves to nap on a comfy bed. Ursula is still waiting for her forever home. Meet her: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/40516172
Stubby (second photo) is a senior who came to us in October from a New Jersey county shelter after being brought to that shelter as a stray in very bad shape. He was about 8 years old and needed to be treated for uncomfortable chronic skin infections he probably had suffered from for quite a while. He's just over 20 lbs., with a short tail and looks like a Jack Russell/mini Lab mix. He's fine with other dogs and loves car rides and belly rubs. Meet him: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/39547858
The $1,000 grant was used to pay for a portion of the surgery to repair Sarge's fractured left front leg.
This grant money allowed us to send Sarge to UW Madison for orthopedic surgery following a gunshot wound to his head.
In the early morning hours of Jan. 11, 2018, Sarge was found lying in the middle of a rural road with a broken leg and a gunshot wound to his head. A kindhearted man was on his way to work and thought there was a dead animal in the road. He then realized that the animal wasn't dead. The kind man and his wife called the police and waited with Sarge until help arrived. Trooper Weesner and Deputy Schiavo (third photo) arrived on the scene, loaded Sarge into the patrol car and took him to the Four Seasons Animal Hospital, where he was stabilized and treated for hypothermia.
The fact that Sarge was still alive is a miracle! This amazing dog loves everyone he meets. Despite his painful injuries, he is always wagging his tail and giving kisses to his caregivers. At this time, Sarge is two weeks post-op and is doing great! The vet team at UW Madison was phenomenal and our local veterinarian, Four Seasons Animal Hospital, was amazing as well. Sarge is now recovering and will have a follow-up appointment at the end of March.
The $2,950 Purina Consider a Shelter Pet Adoption Grant from the Petfinder Foundation provided adoption stipends.
Each year MEHS finds homes for nearly 800 homeless cats and dogs – animals who otherwise would be living on the streets or euthanized. Our ability to offer a discounted adoption fee via a stipend creates an incentive to potential adopters and, therefore, increases our ability to rescue and find homes for more animals.
Thanks to the adoption stipends, 59 cats and dogs were placed with their forever families.
Four-year-old Lhasa Apso Sophie arrived at MEHS because her previous owner was no longer able to care for her. Linda drove 2½ hours to meet Sophie and it was love at first sight. Sophie is now among the most spoiled pooches in Illinois, as Linda’s coworkers gave her a “dog shower” where Sophie was lavished with lots of treats and several outfits. Linda calls her Sophie Monroe because she is such a diva. Says Linda of her new best friend, “Sophie is very sweet and she has definitely filled the void from losing my other dog.”
We used $482 toward a dental cleaning that Bear had while he was in foster care, waiting to be adopted. The remaining $518 was given to his adopter to help pay for medications he will need to treat his chiari malformation [a congenital defect where the brain and spinal cord connect].
Waggytail Rescue has recently had a lot of fosters who have been very sick and our medical bills are at an all-time high. This grant helped to begin chipping away at vet costs that are not covered by adoption fees.
This grant helped an 11-year-old long-haired Chihuahua named Bear who was an owner-surrender to our organization. Bear had been neglected for several years by his former owner and now that he is adopted and his new owner has your grant funds, she will be able to afford the medications, gabapentin and omeprazole, that Bear needed to become adoptable and have a better quality of life.
Emergency surgery on a dog who had twisted intestines. Without the Emergency Medical Grant, we would not have been able to save this dog.
Maggie had surgery for an ileus [intestinal] blockage. The surgery cost $1,797.13, which was way in excess of what we could afford. Maggie had come to us about a week earlier with a litter of 10 puppies in tow and developed the condition. We hand-fed the babies and the surgery was required to save her life. The surgery was 100% successful and Maggie and her puppies have been adopted.
Money from Sponsor A Pet is put towards the Animal Care Center Medical Donation Fund, which is used to provide medical care for animals outside of the state-mandated holding period. All medical needs out of this holding period are paid for through donations.
These funds provide medical treatment for animals who would otherwise be euthanized or go without medical care. Because of these funds, we can treat animals with minor medical issues and place them up for adoption.
$22.50 was received and put towards eye ointment for a cat with an eye infection.
The pet sponsored was Bugs, pictured. He has been adopted. From his Petfinder profile: "Approximately 1 year old, 7 lbs., and heartworm-negative, Bugs is a cheerful and outgoing boy, people-oriented and loves attention; he is very spunky and playful, loves to give kisses, is responsive and fine being handled as we pulled on his toes, tail and ears, a happy companion and friend, lively disposition, full of life, dances for treats and has been well-socialized. Affectionate and companionable. His tail is constantly wagging. Bugs is a wonderful little wiggle worm! He can’t sit still, even for a minute. He loves being held and giving kisses. Bugs will be a great fit for almost any family, as long as they have people around for Bugs to love."
Rico was a cat left in an apartment after an eviction. He was found in the apartment three weeks later, hungry, dehydrated, and with a severe eye infection and entropion in both eyes. Grant funds were used to purchase a tube of antibiotic ointment for his eye infection. After some TLC, Rico has recovered from his dehydration and just went through his entropion surgery. He will be available for adoption as soon as his eyes have recovered.
We were awarded 10 Chill Pad Pet Mats.
We distributed the Chill Pads to our most compromised animals: both dogs and cats. Our boiler quit for a couple of days during our latest cold snap. The entire shelter was cold, and indoor temps were hovering in the low 50s. We made sure our older animals all got Chill Pads to help keep them warm. The Chill Pads are awesome! They can be used for dogs and cats. They wash easily and don’t lose their shape, pill or get lumpy. We can wash and dry several at a time and they stack easily on the shelf when not in use. They save my staff a lot of time that had been spent on laundry.
We are currently housing 40 dogs and 30 cats. They share them.
Martin (first photo) is an 11-year-old Jack Russell Terrier. He loves everyone: other dogs, cats, adults, but he especially loves children. We host an after-school program for elementary students called Talk to the Animals. The children sit and read books to the dogs. Martin loves to fall asleep on his Chill Pad while being read a story.
Jackie (second photo) is an 8-year-old blue tick coonhound mix. She is partially missing her left hind leg due to being caught in a trap when she was younger. She gets around pretty well but sure does enjoy resting on her elevated bed and Chill Pad at the end of the day.
Maximus (third photo) is a big, yellow, fluffy cat. His favorite activity is basking in the sun on the window sill while enjoying his Chill Pad.
Holly, Joy and Noelle (fourth photo) get to snuggle on a Chill Pad while their cage is being cleaned and Mama is taken outside for a walk. Holly, Joy and Noelle will be available for adoption in six weeks.