Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
The money from this grant was used to purchase needed materials to replace the three layers of roofing on our main building's east side and roofing on our outdoor family unit. Because the Petfinder Foundation granted us this money, we were able to fix one side of our main building's roof over our cat room, medical isolation housing and medical lab. We were also fortunate to be able to replace the roofing on our outdoor unit, a family-housing unit used to house nursing mothers during the summer months and transformed for feral cat colonies during the winter.
This grant gave us the ability to house a family in need immediately following the damage of Hurricane Irma. Once we received the grant, we worked on replacing the family-housing unit's roof first, which ultimately gave us the ability to rescue a mother dog, Jemma, and her seven pups in need. We were then able to start work on our main building's roof on the east side. We were not able to redo our whole roof, so we started with the side that was most important: the side that is over our medical lab, isolation room, and cat room. Without this side of our roof being fixed, we wouldn't be able to house the 13 cats we currently have, or the three animals in need of medical isolation, and ultimately we wouldn't have been able to complete any medical care for our 20 animals currently on-site.
Ultimately it will have helped numerous animals, but it immediately and directly helped eight: a mother dog and her seven puppies.
Jemma and her pups were our first rescues to benefit directly from the family-housing unit being redone. We were contacted shortly after the storm had passed about numerous displaced dogs, but Jemma was one who really hit us hard. She was a pregnant Shepherd mix who was about to have her babies at any moment. We were lucky enough to find a short-term foster while the roof was being replaced. Once we finished, it was just two short days before Jemma gave birth to her seven puppies. The first photo shows her in housing with her pups. She was overjoyed to have a double unit where she could feed, clean, and snuggle with her pups, but also be able to move away and have alone time when she needed it.
Since then, all of Jemma's puppies have been adopted and have gone home for the holidays, and Jemma has gone home with one of our avid volunteers who fell in love with her from day one of her arrival. We can't say thank you enough for this grant funding and granting us the ability to save more animals. At this time we are currently transitioning this unit for our feral cats this winter.
The repair of the building our dogs were housed in as well as the purchase of new outdoor kennels and fencing.
It gave them back their security. They now have a warm, dry place to sleep and safe places to play.
Hercules came to us severely emaciated beyond anything I had ever seen before (first photo). He was in the beginnings of organ failure, along with being severely dehydrated and infested with intestinal worms and heartworms. He had a long, hard recovery, but ended up prospering and enjoying the life he would not have had without our rescue (second photo).
This grant provided us with five Kong toys.
We fill our Kongs with peanut butter and put them in the freezer before giving them to our dogs. We find it gives the dogs physical and mental enrichment for a few hours while they get the peanut butter out. They absolutely love Kong toys and enjoy the distraction from the busy shelter atmosphere.
Kaid was with us for over one year. He was a large, deaf pit bull who loved to play and give kisses. He carried his Kong toy everywhere with him! We taught him sign language and were happy to be able to reward him with a Kong after a day of training. He finally found his home and now gets to enjoy Kong treats in his OWN house!
This grant was used primarily to support the medical needs of the displaced pets coming into Fort Bend County Animal Services (FBCAS) after Hurricane Harvey.
Receiving these grant funds was invaluable to us and our new (February 2017) medical team so that we could offset the cost of all of these pets coming in with various medical needs from being exposed to the elements after Harvey. As you can imagine, our budget for our municipal shelter is very limited, and being able to access these funds helped us with these pets and to continue to care for the pets on-hand and who came in after the flood.
This grant helped us with approximately 37 pets from Hurricane Harvey, in addition to a number of others who came in post-Harvey with minor medical conditions.
Remi (first photo) is a 2-year-old German shepherd girl who came to us in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Harvey on Sep. 5, 2017. She was picked up in the field with injuries including a uterine prolapse, black-light positive for lesions on her ears, and tick-infested. Here at FBCAS, she was treated by our veterinarian, who performed uterine-prolapse corrective surgery, treated her ear lesions, removed the ticks and continued antibiotic therapy. Because we decided to hold our Harvey pets for 30 days to see if we could reunite them with their owners, we were contacted by a great family who wanted to give Remi a temporary home for those 30 days. It was obvious that it was love at first sight and everyone was so thrilled that sweet Remi was able to not only fully recover from her medical conditions, she was also a very delighted foster failure. Remi and her family are living happily every after!
Sam (second photo) is another sweet but cheeky girl who was one of the first Harvey victims to come into our shelter. Sam was a special girl from the start. She also went to one of our 30-day Harvey fosters, and when she came back to our shelter to be spayed, we discovered that sweet Sam was suffering from a multitude of medical issues and was high heartworm-positive. FBCAS worked with Sam's foster mama to provide financial support, courtesy of the Petfinder Foundation grant, to have Sam tested and treated at an outside vet clinic. Over the course of several weeks, Sam worked her way into her foster's heart, and after the 30-day stray hold was up, she became a permanent member of the family. She continues to be treated for her heartworms and medical conditions, but is a joy to everyone she meets.
Veterinary care, supplies, and promotional expenses for pets in our foster program pulled from the community and shelter during and immediately after Hurricane Harvey.
The much-needed funding provided us with the ability to concentrate on the care and socialization of the pets to help get them ready and place them in forever homes.
Binks (first photo) is a sweet kitten who was found right after Hurricane Harvey. She survived outside during the storm! She loves to play with other cats and cuddle with her foster mom. She loves her cat-scratcher tower and other fun toys. Meet Binks: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/39816774
Royal (second photo) was a sick little puppy who was rescued from flooding and brought to the shelter. He went a shelter foster who felt they were in over their heads with their medical care, so they reached out to SOCA-FBC for help. We pulled him, provided medical care and got him ready for his adoption. He is super shy and his foster has been doing a great job on socializing him. Meet Royal: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/39971743
Cassie (third photo) was another sweet little dog caught in the floods. She was super shy when SOCA-FBC pulled her and we quickly discovered she was also about to give birth to puppies. Two of Cassie's puppies died shortly after birth due to birth defects, but her remaining puppies are doing well and getting ready for their forever homes. Cassie has been spayed and is undergoing heartworm treatment. She will be ready for adoption soon.
Costello (fourth and fifth photos) was brought in to the shelter with the flooding from Hurricane Harvey. This poor, sweet puppy was in very bad condition -- extremely underweight, with mange, a skin infection, and intestinal parasites. Saving Our Companion Animals quickly pulled him to a wonderful foster family and began his medical care. His transformation was remarkable and he was adopted to a great family (sixth photo)!
Purchase of play/exercise runs.
Allows our dogs to socialize with one another and get play and exercise. This helps reduce their level of stress and allows them to be happier.
Hugo (first photo) has cerebellar hypoplasia, so his back legs sometimes move in an unpredictable manner. We affectionately refer to him as "Wonkie Butt." Hugo doesn't get along with many dogs, except for Joy, another of our adoptable dogs (second photo). The new play/exercise pens allow the two of them to be together. Hugo and Joy continue to be available for adoption. The third photo shows Hugo and Joy in one of the play/exercise pens.
Meet Hugo: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/38103802
Meet Joy: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/38039720
Our grant money was used for the grooming care and upkeep of our senior dogs currently in foster care awaiting adoption. We were able to pay for 20 hours of a mobile groomer, who came for five hours, four weeks in a row. Baths, haircuts, nail clippings, ear cleanings -- all were part of the grooming that was done.
Grooming and hygiene are necessary parts of maintaining the quality of pet care our fosters receive while awaiting adoption. We were able to use the funds normally spent on grooming that month toward veterinary care.
Maggie is a 14-year-old Lhasa apso who suffers from oily skin, which leads to fungal skin infections if she is not bathed and clipped every week. Maggie was able to get a medicated bath, ear cleaning, eye cleaning, and toenail trim every week. Because of her weekly grooming appointment, she has been much happier, less itchy, and smells a whole lot better!
BAHS received a donation of 10 Kongs. The Kongs are used for canine enrichment. We stuff the Kongs with treats or peanut butter and use them as treats for our pets as well as training prizes.
The Kongs help with mental stimulation and focus. We put the Kongs on a chain to create a moving feature that helps the larger dogs burn energy!
The Kongs helped approximately 30 dogs in our care. The Kongs are washed between uses and benefit our entire pet population!
The Belleville Area Humane Society (BAHS) has launched an enrichment program led by adoption counselor Kurt Blaes. Kong Tuesdays are very important to our canine enrichment plan. We recently received 10 Kongs from the Petfinder Foundation, and our shelter pups couldn’t be happier! We stuff our new Kongs with food or peanut butter. We also elevate the Kongs on a chain to create a moving feature for the BAHS animals to enjoy their favorite treat. The Kong grant has helped several dogs at the BAHS pass their idle time with us, but two specifically stand out – Ravi (first photo) and Kit (second photo).
Ravi, a large red-and-white American bulldog mix, is learning how to play well with others, but has a lot of energy he needs to burn. Kurt started him on the new Kongs, which Ravi enjoys thoroughly. His behavior has changed tremendously thanks to the mental stimulation of the Kongs, the slow, positive socialization he has been getting with other dogs, and the physical stimulation from his treadmill training. Ravi is still with us and a few steps closer to finding his forever home -- hopefully one that is filled with Kongs!
Kit has also benefited immensely since the arrival of the Kongs and has since been adopted! Kit is a high-energy Australian shepherd mix who did not do well in a stressful shelter environment. Although he had friends here, he was growing restless until he was introduced to Kong Tuesday. The Kongs helped Kit focus on something else and he started to show much better in his kennel. He barked less and became more relaxed in his space. A recent update from his adopter was that Kit was doing extremely well in his new home and Kongs are now part of his daily routine.
Thank you so much for the generous donation of these Kongs to the BAHS. They help our dogs have a quieter, more relaxed stay at the shelter with us while they wait for adoption. We have noticed reduced stress not just in Ravi and Kit, but the entire population.
We used this generous grant for a dog named Gummy Bear. When we heard about her, she was labeled as anorexic, as she wouldn't eat. She wouldn't walk. She would just shake and lie down. One of the things we focus on is teaching dogs how to be dogs: happy and balanced. We used the money for her boarding and training.
We would not have been able to help Gummy Bear without it. We are a small rescue and the cost of boarding and training is a lot for us.
When Gummy Bear came to us, she would not eat or walk. We are teaching her how to be a dog at our amazing board-and-train program. She is learning to just be a dog! We have attached her before picture where she is unsure of it all, and her after -- well, look at that smile!
The money from this grant was used to enhance our youth-education programs that we provide children throughout the year. We were able to purchase supplies, pay our staff, and pay for special guests to come and educate our children on ways to protect and care for animals.
This grant helped us provide educational opportunities to more than 50 children during the year. These children were able to have one-on-one contact with shelter pets and worked on essential socializing skills that made their adoption chances increase significantly. The children who attended our Critter Club or Camp BRAWA will pass along the valuable information they obtained and spread compassionate and healthy habits in our community.
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One story of how this money helped BRAWA animals is about two puppies who had severe skin issues and needed special medications. These puppies were taken into a foster home and given the medical attention they needed. Once well enough, the pups were able to come to Camp and Critter Club meetings throughout the summer and get special socialization with the kids on a regular basis. These puppies have since been adopted. The first image is of the puppies before they were treated. The next image is after the skin condition had been treated and the pups were healed. The following two images are of the summer camp children socializing and caring for the shelter animals.