Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
These funds ($22.50) were deposited into our General Medical Expense Fund. This fund is used to pay medical expenses on dogs rescued by YTNR.
Every donation matters to continue our efforts to rescue and save as many unwanted or abandoned dogs as we possibly can.
A portion of this donation will sure help pay for at least a portion of one dog's expenses.
Pictured is Daisy. From her Petfinder profile: "She is about 10 years old and weighs 10 lbs. She used to spend her days and nights in a kennel nursing her latest litter of pups. That was her job: to produce puppies to sell. She is now retired from that life and is learning the joys of being a companion instead of a commodity. Daisy is super friendly and loving. She is smart too. She will go out the doggy door to do her business, but still needs reinforcement to not forget and potty inside. She loves to go where you go and has never met an animal or person she didn't like. She is spayed, had a complete dental cleaning, she has been heartworm- and fecal-tested for parasites. Daisy is also up-to-date on her vaccinations and has been microchipped. Please give Daisy the sparkle she needs to live her true golden years as she was always meant to." Meet Daisy: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/38356190
Sponsorships for adoption fees on fourcats, and a partial sponsorship for another cat
By sponsoring the adoption fees, we were able to place five cats who needed outdoor, barn-style homes.
Zane was trapped along with four siblings. Despite his not being handled as a kitten, we had hope that Zane and his siblings were still young enough to be socialized. After several weeks of work, the litter was proving that, while they were willing to accept people, they preferred the outdoors and company of other cats. Zane was adopted by a family looking for an indoor-outdoor cat who could help patrol their yard for moles and mice. He settled in quickly and is living the high life being able to spend part of his time outside where he is happiest and inside for warmth and safety.
Through this product grant, we received a shipment of designer Chill Pads from P.L.A.Y.! These Chill Pads are amazing and have benefited animals of all ages at our shelter! They fit perfectly on top of the Kuranda beds we currently use and provide a warm and cozy place for our animals to relax.
We are so grateful to have received these beds from P.LA.Y. and the Petfinder Foundation! These beds are so well-made and can be washed and sanitized easily so that many different animals can benefit from them. The shelter can be a very stressful place and creating a warm and comforting environment can make all the difference. It's amazing to watch a scared and untrusting dog come out of her shell when given a warm bed to lie on and a little bit of love. Dogs who are less anxious and stressed-out at the shelter show better to potential adopters and may increase their chances of being adopted.
These beds are great for animals of all ages! The beds provide much-needed comfort and support for our senior animals who may have stiff joints or a bit of arthritis. The beds are also great for single puppies or litters of puppies. Some of the smaller puppies we get in aren't big enough to climb onto the Kuranda beds, so the Chill Pads work perfectly for them. They are also great to send home with foster parents, as they fit perfectly inside of crates. Our foster parents work on crate-training with their foster animals, and the Chill Pads help make the crate a safe and inviting place. Our staff and animals love the Chill Pads are are so grateful to have received them!!
Hundreds! These Chill Pads are great for so many reasons, one being that they are easy to wash and sanitize. Once an animal is adopted, we can wash the pads thoroughly and pass them along to another animal who will benefit from them!
Bae-Bae is a 13-year-old Chihuahua mix who was relinquished to our shelter by his owner after he started peeing in the house. The poor little guy was so fearful at the shelter that he tried to bite everyone who touched him. He was so anxious that he just kept pacing for the first few hours after he arrived at the shelter. We set up a cage for him with lots of toys, treats and a Chill Pad from P.L.A.Y. After adjusting to his cage, he finally curled up on his Chill Pad and went to sleep. It's amazing to see how much a bed or blanket can change a dog's perspective. Something so simple can provide so much comfort for an animal who has lost everything. Bae-Bae is now in a loving foster home and receiving the specialized care that he needs! [Bae-Bae is not the dog in the photo.]
Donations are used to purchase needed supplies and food for the animals.
Grants allow our shelter to provide for the basic needs of our animals as well as addressing other specialized needs such as medical conditions.
Batman, a long-term pit bull resident, developed allergies. A special diet was recommended. The shelter was able to purchase special kibble and treats for him until he was recently adopted.
The donations were used to pay for the heat used to keep Teddy, Dottie and Laura, the sponsored animals, warm during the winter.
Teddy has his very own shed and dog run. Since he's an Alaskan Malamute, he likes the outdoor air in the winter, but his shed is heated. We recently invested in a gas propane tank to heat his shed, which was more efficient than the prior method. As for Dottie and Laura, they are in our cattery and kennel, respectively, and our utility bills are high during the winter months, so this helps greatly!
Dottie (first photo), a cat who benefited from this grant, has been at our shelter since 2004. Since we are a no-kill facility, we provide sanctuary to animals until they find their forever homes. We never give up on an animal, no matter how long it takes! Dottie came to us as a kitten with her mother and her siblings. While all of her siblings and even her mom got adopted, this shy girl was always overlooked. She is still very shy and doesn't warm up to humans, but she adores her feline friends. Dottie would doing best in a quiet home with another cat. Her Petfinder page is found here: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/28765462
Teddy (second photo) is a senior dog. He's an Alaskan Malamute and while he's big, he's a real "mush" and loves human attention! He has to be in a home without other animals, as he doesn't quite take to other dogs or cats. He loves the outdoors, particularly in the wintertime. His Petfinder page is found here: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/16658493
To help with vet costs for a senior German shepherd dog named Magic, who needed her eyes checked.
Every little bit helps to defray vet costs. A senior German shepherd dog, Magic, needed a little extra care for her eyes, and this went towards her exam.
Magic was a beautiful senior German shepherd dog we had in the rescue. She seemed to be having issues with her eyes, so thanks to a donation made on her behalf, we had the vet look at her. She was healthy and in good shape, so there was nothing to worry about. Magic was adopted and now lives happily with her forever family thanks to help from donations!
The grant donation was used to help our rescue with expenses incurred from saving Century the kitten.
We received a $1,000 emergency medical grant to help our rescue with Century the kitty's case. She had to have a leg removed and then later needed emergency surgery again at the ER vet, and then had to stay at our vet over a week recovering and fighting a fever. The total expense was around $1,800 and it hit our small rescue pretty hard. We have quite a few senior pets and even young ones who rely on us, so the grant was a huge help to keep us on our feet.
It helped us with Century's vetting expenses, which in turn helped our rescue to save even more lives.
A few months ago we rescued an injured kitty and named her Century. She was abandoned at the CenturyLink Center with a badly broken leg. Century had to have her leg amputated. A few days later she had to have emergency surgery at the ER vet. She then spent around a week at our vet with a fever, struggling to recover. This little kitty pulled through! Our little rescue was left with almost $2,000 gone in DAYS! We were in our back-up funds with several animals still under our care. Our seniors were our main concern. We knew that if anything else large came up, we'd have nothing. We reached out for grant help, and the Petfinder Foundation awarded us a $1,000 Emergency Medical grant! We literally had tears when we got the email of approval. Someone finally cared about Century and her life just much as we did. Words cannot describe the feeling.
I am happy to say that Century is now ADOPTED! Her mommy had a three-legged dog who had passed away, so when she saw Century she felt a deep connection. Century is alive, happy, and loved. Thank you to the Petfinder Foundation and to everyone who supports us. Not only did Century get to live, but our little rescue got to keep saving lives. THANK YOU!
Funds from an Adoption Options in Action grant were used to purchase 10 large Kuranda dogs beds for our indoor kennels.
Due to anxiety and boredom, many dogs destroy blankets or soft beds and, therefore, are left to rest on the cold, hard cement floor. The indestructible Kuranda dog beds provide a more comfortable resting place as well as a greater feeling of security for the dogs. Ultimately, dogs who have a comfortable resting place and feel more secure appear more relaxed and are more desirable to potential adopters.
Patches, a 3-year-old terrier mix, is one of the staff favorites! He is a couch-potato dog, is quiet in a home, potty-trained and loves everyone he meets. Patches loves to rest on his Kuranda bed with his "baby," a toy ball he rarely parts with. Visit Patches at www.petfinder.com/petdetail/40519882
Friends of the St. Joseph Animal Shelter: Petfinder Adoption Options in Action Grant (Invitation Only)
The funding from this grant was used for medical treatment of senior pets who needed treatment before they could be adopted out.
This funding was critical in providing much-needed medical care for dogs and cats. We were able to adopt all of the dogs and cats we serviced with this grant. Senior pets are difficult to adopt, or at least slower to adopt, and adoptees want to know that the pet they are adopting is healthy. This grant provided medical treatment for eight dogs and cats in our care.
Six senior dogs and two senior cats
James (first photo) is a cute and very affectionate 13-year-old Chihuahua who was found wandering out in a field with the worst case of fleas. James was greatly underweight and had numerous health issues (skin problems and other related health issues). Thanks to the grant from the Petfinder Foundation, James was sent to a veterinarian and was treated for all his health issues. He was adopted by a very loving family.
Bean Pole (second photo) is an 8-year-old Labrador retriever who was removed from the owner's property due to having no food, water, shelter or medical care. He was greatly underweight and had a very bad skin condition. Thanks to the grant from the Petfinder Foundation, Bean Pole was sent to a veterinarian and was treated for all his skin and emaciation issues. He was adopted by a kind and loving family.
Monti (third photo) is a 10-year-young, 42-lb. Lab. He’s black with distinguished graying around his face and white on his mouth and toes. He had a very severe hip issue which was operated on thanks to the funding from the Petfinder Foundation. Monti is now is a foster home rehabilitating his hip and he will be up for adoption as soon as he fully recovers.
The generous grant from the Petfinder Foundation was used to hold our Camp Furry Friends after we were unable to finance it the previous year. Camp Furry Friends hosts twelve 8- to 11-year-olds for one week in the summer. Interestingly, parents often stay for parts of the program and have often commented on how much they learn. This camp provides information on basic care and has visiting speakers/demonstrations in the areas of police K9s, veterinary care, and Animal Control. Although focused on small companion animals, there is a unit on large-animal care requirements, including a visit by some ponies.
In addition to supplying and staffing Camp Furry Friends, this money allowed us to visit schools, youth groups and host a program from a local school that brought children to the shelter to read to our dogs. It also allowed us to take the staff time to answer hundreds of questions via email and phone from young people working on high-school and college papers.
It has been the philosophy of the Rutland County Humane Society (RCHS) that by providing services to the community and educating people of all ages, especially children and youth, we build support for our mission, which includes building a more-humane community. RCHS has spent years building a reputation that has seen us gain financial support and understanding of the work we do and the meaning and importance of animal welfare. This grant allowed us to expand that effort to include more young people and children.
While prevention of neglect or cruelty, the long-term results of our education efforts, is impossible to measure, we are confident that the children who attended camp, visited the shelter or received a visit from RCHS and one of our shelter animals have been made aware of the benefits of treating animals with love and care. RCHS takes in more than 1,400 animals annually and provides care for hundreds of community animals to allow them to stay in their homes. Camp Furry Friends focuses on recruiting at-risk children through a local multi-school program for these kids.
The animals who were helped by this grant are nameless and their stories unknown. The dogs who had the attention of readers or were bathed and walked by campers, the cats who were socialized by campers and the animals who were cared for by the donations many of our children brought in went on to their forever homes in good health, well-socialized and were able to leave their past behind and find happiness and love.