Success Stories

Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.

Harbor Humane Society: KONG Toy Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Kong Toy Grant: In-kind donation of Kong products

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

Kongs are one way we help reduce kennel stress in dogs. Most dogs get a Kong at least a few times a week. We also use them for dogs who love to chew and puppies who are teething, and we use frozen Kongs for a nice cool down treat after playing outside.

How many pets did this grant help?

100

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Tanya is a dog who loves to chew. She chews her bed, her toys, even herself. Giving her a daily Kong has helped curb this habit a little and has given Tanya something to do in her kennel. We will definitely be recommending Kongs to her adopter.

Little Tails Rescue, Inc.: Emergency Medical Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The $500 grant was used to pay for Kiki's hospitilization for parvo.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

It helped greatly as it paid for almost half of what we spent on her treatment. She came out of the county shelter very sick. Once she recovered from parvo, she was quarantined at our vet, then went to a foster home. She is currently listed for adoption. We can't thank you enough.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Kiki was rescued from our county shelter. Unfortunately, she was housed in a pod where another dog tested positive for parvo. She was set to be euthanized and we were able to get her in the last few hours. She tested positive for parvo at our vet and was very ill. With treatment, she made a full recovery. As we had no open foster that could take a dog with parvo, she was quarantined at our vet and, once she was okay to leave the vet, she went to a foster home. Since Kiki is only a year old, she also went through five puppy obedience classes donated by a local facility. She is doing very well and is listed for adoption. We hope to find her a great home. Thank you so much for your grant. We are so appreciative. Kiki would not be alive today without all the help we received. Meet Kiki: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/39412544

Saving Paws Animal Rescue: KONG Toy Grant
What was the money or product used for?

We received a donation of Kong toys. The dogs love them; we mix pumpkin and yogurt and freeze them.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

This grant helped provide enrichment and also kept a couple occupied while they had to be kenneled.

How many pets did this grant help?

22

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Milo has extreme kennel anxiety. Giving him Kongs with different treats inside helped him keep his mind off of having to be in a kennel. Milo is now in a foster-to-adopt home.

Catskill Animal Sanctuary: Build-A-Bear Youth Humane Education Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The money was used to greatly enhance the educational offerings we have available for youth who come to the sanctuary for a tour. During the tour, the young people meet the animals, learn about the plight of farmed animals, and understand how to help them. We purchased an outdoor TV to support the installation of a pre-tour video-viewing area. We were also able to develop some new, innovative educational exhibits.

One hands-on interactive exhibit showcases easy, animal-free clothing, cosmetic, etc. choices we can make every day and teaches youth about the suffering of animals used for many common products. Another interactive exhibit we were able to enhance teaches youth about the plight of hens in the world today. It demonstrates how many eggs they now lay each year compared to a hundred years ago and how they suffer on most farms in tightly confined indoor cages. We also developed a third interactive exhibit that showcases healthy whole foods that do not come from animals. And finally, we were able to purchase educational literature that youth can take home to read on their own and share with their families.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

This grant allowed us to widen the scope of educational content available and create a more holistic experience for youth. It also allowed us to diversify the total experience to meet various learning-style preferences. With these new offerings, youth leave the sanctuary with a greater understanding of the plight of farmed animals and other species in the world and how to help them.

How many pets did this grant help?

It is difficult to quantify how many animals this grant has helped so far. The educational exhibits were just installed in August. We have observed them planting seeds of empathy and understanding which can guide youth in the choices they make and how they relate to other species.

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

As we recently installed some of the exhibits, we do not have any specific rescued residents that this grant helped. The exhibits are intended to raise awareness, connect youth to information about the suffering of animals, and help them understand humane choices. We do know that when many families with children come to the sanctuary and experience what we have to offer, they are inspired to sponsor an animal or become a member. These donations are vital to ensuring the well-being and excellent care all of the close to 400 animals at the sanctuary. Here is a photo of Amos and Jesse, two cows who love to interact with youth when they come to visit! Thank you so much for your support!

Watertown Humane Society: KONG Toy Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The Watertown Humane Society was awarded the Kong Toy Grant. Our shelter received a grant valued at $208.95. We used these products to provide enrichment and training to our dogs awaiting their forever homes. Our largest use for them is to freeze peanut butter inside them. Every night each dog receives one to work on for the night. It keeps their minds busy and provides comfort and entertainment for our furry friends.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

This grant allowed us to "free up" funds in our general account, which then where used for other needs of the animals.

How many pets did this grant help?

20+ and it will continue to help more as the years go on.

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

The photo provided is of our friend Parker. Parker was very nervous being here and not in his home. Along with all of these big dogs barking and all the strangers, Parker was pretty stressed. We had Parker come hang out with us in our office and "work" on his frozen peanut butter kong. As you can see he was very comfortable and relaxed. Parker has since found his forever home.

Molly's Mutts Animal Rescue: KONG Toy Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The KONG toys were used to stimulate the dogs in our care and keep them from being stagnant. The toys also helped to distract the dogs and lowered the instances of food aggression in the kennels! The KONG toys are virtually indestructible and allowed the dogs to take any chewing needs out on them without ruining them. They also gave them something to focus on and enjoy.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

This grant provided much-needed stimulation to the lives of the dogs in our care. Some of the dogs in our care have been with us for 6+ months, and with the help of the KONG toys, they were able to get some frustrations out by chewing on the toys. There have been fewer instances of food aggression and kennel aggression, since the toys provide a distraction and give them something else to focus on!

How many pets did this grant help?

50

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Arrow has been with us for nearly seven months now and, due to his breed (border collie mix), Arrow quickly became what we call "kennel crazy." He would pace his kennel, jump up the walls, bark incessantly, and had started biting when he felt uncomfortable. After giving Arrow a KONG toy that he could chase around and be as rough as he wanted with, we started to notice that Arrow was much calmer throughout the day and had even begun to lounge on his Kuranda bed, which he had not done during the day in quite a while. The KONG toy, paired with his outdoor playtime, seems to be just what Arrow needed to let out that pent-up energy and find some time to relax! Arrow is now in a home on a foster-to-adopt basis and his mom loves him very much!

The Humane Society and Animal Rescue of Muskegon County: Build-A-Bear Youth Humane Education Grant
What was the money or product used for?

We used this grant to support our child-education program. We purchased 600 children's animal-education books to distribute after our lessons. We also purchased animal-care items we use when we take our animals into classrooms, such as harnesses, collars, leashes, and Kongs. Then we purchased items to assist us when we do outdoor and indoor lesson groups; projector, screen, tent, tables. We have been using these items and it has made a world of difference with this program.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

This grant gave us the opportunity to professionalize our children's-education program and grow the impact it will have in our community. We are now equipped to give 600 children an animal-care book of their own after our lessons. Many of the children at the schools we visit are from poverty-stricken areas and they do not have any books of their own; a large majority of them have also never had any interaction with animals. So the impact we have on them is priceless. Now that school has officially started, we have classrooms booked all the way into next summer. Through this program, shelter dogs and cats get the opportunity to enter classrooms, socialize and teach the children and staff, which has both produced adoptions through the staff but also increased the adoptability of our animals when they come back to the shelter. We believe the impact we have on children will change the future for the homeless-animal population in our community and beyond.

How many pets did this grant help?

200

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Many of the children we visit have never interacted with animals; their initial reaction is usually fear, then curiosity, then understanding and love. The transition of their emotions and growing understanding of animals is astounding and inspiring. My favorite story is when we brought a litter of kittens into a first-grade classroom. Many of the children had never seen a kitten before, but one boy in particular recalled seeing stray cats in his neighborhood and that he thought all cats lived in the woods on their own. We then were able to introduce all the kittens to the class and let the children hold them. We explained that cats and dogs live in homes and require love and care just like children. We played games about what animals and children need and how they are similar. After class, the boy came up to me and said he wants to help that stray cat by his house because it needs love and a home like him. This is the exact impact we want to make. We need the children to grow up and be the change in the community in order to help the future homeless animals in their communities.

Little Shelter Animal Rescue and Adoption Center: Emergency Medical Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The money was used to pay for medical expenses for a puppy who contracted the Parvovirus.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

The grant saved this puppy’s life; without the funds she would have died.

How many pets did this grant help?

This grant helped one puppy.

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

We received a phone call from a former adopter, stating that a neighbor of hers was having difficulty paying for dog food. We have a program called the Animal Soup Kitchen (A.S.K.), which provides sick, disabled, impoverished and elderly pet parents with free pet food, vaccinations, spay/neutering and medical care for their animals. We went to deliver the dog food and we found 15 puppies and two adult female dogs in the man’s yard. It seems that his two female dogs had recently delivered the pups. The pups were all skin and bones and needed immediate medical care. We evaluated the situation and decided it was best that we take the pups to our shelter. We provided the man with food and set up an appointment with our veterinarian to get his dogs spayed.

The pups were given fecal and blood tests and appeared to be in good health except for being undernourished. They tested positive for parasites and negative for Giardia. They were treated for the parasites and have responded well to their meds. Three of the puppies became lethargic, were vomiting, and had diarrhea. They were brought to the veterinarian for evaluation. They were diagnosed with Parvovirus. They were hospitalized for two days and received the appropriate course of treatment. They were discharged and returned to our shelter. They were placed in our isolation unit, receiving medications prescribed by the vet. The total cost for their care was $4,210.78. Puppy C's cost was $1,853.39.

We are happy to report that Puppy C, along with her siblings, recovered. Puppy C was adopted soon after and found her forever home. Carly and her new family are very happy.

The Humane Society and Animal Rescue of Muskegon County: Play Yard Renovation Grant
What was the money or product used for?

We used the funds to build a 100' x 50' play yard for our dogs to enjoy playgroups.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

It has made a tremendous difference in our shelter dogs' enrichment, training, and behavior. We have been able to exercise and socialize our dogs together. This has allowed the dogs to use the pent-up energy they have in the kennels, reducing the "kennel crazy" factor in our shelter. It also allows for our dogs to socialize, which is so very important for their adoptability factor: Adopters are able to see how they interact with other dogs and they are able to be adopted into homes that have other pets. This has by far been a huge factor in increasing our adoptions and reducing our returns. This renovation will indefinitely help our entire dog population.

How many pets did this grant help?

200

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Our sweet deaf boy Kaid has been with us for almost one year. He is a staff and volunteer favorite but has yet to find his forever home. He is like our mascot for this new play yard because he shows all of our new dogs how to interact in there. He runs WILD in there, looking like the happiest dog in the whole world! Before this yard, he would mainly be leash-walked, but now he can SHINE. We added a dog tunnel and some agility equipment to the yard and he is an absolute star on all of them. He teaches our new dogs how to play tag, run through tunnels, pause on the tables, and even jump the jumps! Kaid gives us hope at the shelter because, although he has called us home for too long, he couldn't be happier in this yard with his friends. Meet Kaid: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/36627951

Sacramento SPCA: Play Yard Renovation Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The grant funds were used to renovate a large Frisbee yard into three distinct play yards. This consisted of grading the yard to remove grass and weeds and route drainage to avoid flooding of the yard. New gates and barriers were installed to separate the yards and to allow for safe and easy entrance. Fencing was repaired or replaced as needed to ensure the yards are properly enclosed to avoid the possible escape of dogs.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

This grant is instrumental in helping reduce the stress of dogs in our care by allowing them time out of the kennels to run and play with other dogs. It also offers insight into their true personalities by allowing them to interact with other dogs in a social setting. Behaviors and interactions are noted on each dog’s record for easy retrieval when working with staff, volunteers, or potential adopters.

How many pets did this grant help?

We do not have a solid number at this time, as the playgroups were implemented in late August 2017.

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Buffalo is an energetic 1-year-old terrier who has been with the Sacramento SPCA since Aug. 18, 2017. Buffalo is a healthy, energetic “linebacker” who LOVES to run. While in the renovated play yard, he can often be seen running and jumping with his tongue hanging out. The play yard provides an opportunity for Buffalo to show off his football skills while working through the excess energy 1-year-old dogs tend to have. Buffalo is still at the Sacramento SPCA, but we are hoping he finds his forever home soon! Meet Buffalo: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/39325661