Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
Heartworm and flea prevention
Every little bit helps us to give the animals the care they need so their stay at the shelter is a little more comfortable.
Shyla was adopted two years ago then returned in February. She sat here a couple months until the right family came in and adopted her in in April. Shyla was a tough adoption; she did not like cats or other dogs very well, so we had to find just the right fit for her, and we did.
Every penny we get in seems to go to vet bills! This time of year we are busy testing and spay/neutering lots and lots of kittens. We also spend the money on vaccines, deworming and microchipping.
We are constantly short of funds to cover our vet bills since we never put a cat or kitten down if it has something that is treatable. In the last 12 months, we have had two eyelid surgeries costing $1,300 each and and a badly infected eye which ended up having to be removed, costing an extra $700. Your grants help us to continue rescuing cats and kittens in need. Last year we did over 200 cats and kittens and this year we may make it to 250!
I have included four photos below of cats/kittens your grant helped. The last one shows paperwork from a very high-[volume] shelter. We were able to save the sweet mama cat and her four kittens because we had the funds to vet them.
BK, a.k.a. Boy Kitty (first photo) was one of three cats who were abandoned when their owner got ill and went into assisted living. He is a total love at around 3 years old, and we just couldn't see him left on the street to fend for himself. One of our volunteers took him in and is fostering him until he finds his forever home. We have vetted him, had him tested for FeLV/FIV, vaccinated and microchipped him to keep him safe forever. Meet BK: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/38495972
Another recent rescue is a mama cat and her four kittens from a very high-[volume] shelter. They are all adorable, but came down with a cold, and we rescued them before they were scheduled to be euthanized that afternoon. The mama cat's shelter pic is the second photo.
We also rescued four bottle babies (third photo) from another shelter which was unable to care for them. Now named Sterling, Sawyer, Sebastian and Sissy, these guys are adorable and now ready for adoption. Sterling and Sawyer (fourth photo) turned out to be twins. Meet them: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/38254670
The donation was used to purchase a 50-lb. bag of feed for the birds in our care.
All donations go directly to the birds in the form of feed, shelter, and/or veterinary care.
We currently have 41 birds under our care at the rescue.
The Sponsor a Pet donation was given on behalf of two ducks who have since been adopted. Abigale and Omelette are two Indian Runner ducks who were very friendly! They grew up as house ducks wearing diapers and were well-suited to be indoor or outdoor pets. They are now living in a wonderful home where they have access to their own small pond. The adopter also adopted one other duck from us.
We received $50 for a dog named Joey through the Sponsor a Pet Program. The money went to help support the cost of care for Joey. Upon his arrival, Joey received a full veterinary exam, all vaccinations, a heartworm test, and a microchip and was neutered, as is every animal that comes to Lollypop Farm. Our clinic also provides all other medical care deemed necessary. In Joey's case, the veterinarians felt that x-rays were necessary. The veterinarian found some abnormalities on the x-rays of his pelvis and legs. Joey's x-rays were sent to a specialist for review and his is currently under treatment. He also was sedated and had a dental procedure. Joey's care has been quite costly.
This donation helped support Joey's care while he awaits his forever home.
How great is Joey? Let me count the ways ... He is a 4.5-year-old, 58-lb pit bull terrier mix who loves people. He is very particular as to whom he chooses to be his canine friends, though. For this reason, and the fact that he wants all your love and attention, he should be the only dog, king of your castle! Joey is very good on his walks, does a great sit, takes treats nicely and loves a good challenge. There is a very large bone-shaped toy in the courtyard, and Joey had the best time trying to figure out how to pick it up. Once he succeeded, you could see how proud he was as he pranced about with it in his mouth. It is suggested that children be at least 10 years old, but bring the whole family out for a meet-and-greet. Talk with the counselors and be sure he is the right fit for your family and lifestyle. Forgive me for not numbering all the reasons Joey is such a good dog, but come and see for yourself. He will convince you, even if I did not. Meet Joey: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/38561943
Joey was featured on our local news station as the pet of the week in hope that he would find an adopter: www.whec.com/news/meet-joey/4529374/
Thirty elevated beds and 25 baby pools
Simple words of gratitude do not do your foundation's life-changing grant opportunities justice; nor do simple words of appreciation express the moving experiences of witnessing our rescues find comfort, discover security, or frolic in their “Canine Creeks” with newfound capabilities to keep cool, happy and healthy during our tough summer months and while they await their forever homes – offering more than we have in a rescue at times and serving our rescues well beyond the days of summer.
The Petfinder Foundation grant, providing 30 elevated beds and 25 baby pools for our organization, positively impacts all of the rescues that will cross our path in the next few months, as both their mental and physical well-being will be enhanced beyond what words could adequately describe – they now have a place of security to slumber, to rest weary heads above the heat of the day, and a baby pool in which to romp for both young and old, to provide cooling for the puppy that lives inside each and every rescue in our care.
The energy level and attentiveness of our rescues has increased and so have our sleepy heads after cooling off, and allowing natural air to flow to under bellies with the integration of elevated beds has enhanced our abilities to offer relief to rescues in our care. Elevated beds and pools have also aided greatly to improve staff cycle times by reducing continuous redistribution of assets throughout the rescue during the day and also reducing vigorous kennel checks, allowing us to focus upon and accomplish daily summer tasks with improved efficiency to meet the high-level standard of care provided to all of our rescues.
A minimum of 60 via the elevated beds; a minimum of 50 via the baby pools
ANNOUNCEMENT: 2017 Crossing Paths Animal Rescue Summer Olympic Teams Sponsored by the Petfinder Foundation. The general health, energy level and attentiveness of our rescues has increased now that they can cool off in 25 new kiddie pools; 30 new elevated beds, which allow natural air to flow to under the dogs' bellies, have enhanced our abilities to offer relief to rescues in our care during the extreme heat of our summer season. All the rescues in our care have benefited from the generosity of the Petfinder Foundation; these purchases will keep giving cooling, comfort, and stimulation to help our rescues remain healthy, happy, and adoptable.
Thousands in our care have reached the podium, but all are now able to cool down and get proper rest after a long day of circuit training and stimulation as they train for the gold: winning their own forever families. PICTURES ARE WORTH 1,000 WORDS -- AND 1,000 WORDS COULD NEVER EXPRESS OUR GRATITUDE!
All donations are used to have our animals vet-checked, updated on shots, spayed or neutered, and microchipped.
The sponsored pet was JT, who has been adopted. From his Petfinder profile: "My name is JT and I am a male beagle about 45 lbs and 13 years old. My dad/best friend passed away and I am in need of a forever home. I am very active and still love to play and go for walks. Seniors rock, you know. I am housetrained but don't know the doggy door yet, and do best with another dog for company. Oh yeah, I would do best in a home with no birds. They look like fun!"
This grant helped with end-of-life care for a 9+-year-old Great Dane who had been left at a shelter with a very large mammary tumor.
Winne was a 9+-year-old Great Dane who was left at a Southern shelter with a very large mammary tumor. With the support of our volunteers and the community, we were able to keep Winnie comfortable and give her seven happy months in a wonderful foster home. Sadly, Winnie passed away at the end of May, but she was surrounded by people who loved her and she didn't have to spend her final days alone in a shelter.
Our non-profit, the Animal Protection League, uses donated funds to purchase much-needed items for our shelter.
Our shelter is extremely under-funded and we rely on donations and the financial support from the Animal Protection League to continue to save lives.
This particular pet that was sponsored was adopted during a fee-waived adoption promotion. This grant helped towards the spay, vaccinations, microchip, and license of this dog.
Toys for the dog, Zuko, who was the sponsored pet.
It helped keep Zuko happy while he was at the shelter and he had more fun interacting with the volunteers and staff. Zuko has since been adopted and is doing great in his new home.
Zuko had been adopted from our shelter previously and returned eight months later when his owner lost his home. He spent a long time waiting again for the right person to adopt him, but he finally found a home and is doing great. From his Petfinder profile: "Meet Zuko and get a kiss! The friendly 3-year-old is a staff and volunteer favorite at Bloomfield Animal Shelter, but he needs a permanent home. Zuko knows basic commands, walks well on a leash, is up-to-date on shots, and neutered. He would thrive with people who’d take him on long walks for consistent exercise or who have a yard to play in."
This grant was utilized for sterilization, food and grooming.
Every dollar donated or granted to OFOSA goes to expenses related to the care of rescuing, treating and placing dogs and cats in loving homes.
This grant specifically helped Zappy, a terrier mix, get the medical care, food and housing he needed. Zappy was rescued in January 2016 from [an open-admission] shelter in Bakersfield, CA, and was adopted by his loving family on Feb. 29, 2016, in Beaverton, OR.