Success Stories

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

Helping Hand 4 Animals: COVID-19 Operation Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Vet bills for one rescue, Bella. She required hundreds of dollars in medical tests to help determine the cause of the condition she has suffered from since the beginning of the pandemic.

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

HHA currently has thousands in debt for boarding and vet care. These recent times and challenges have caused most donations to cease.

How many pets did this grant help?

One: Bella

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

During this pandemic, HHA has had two dogs suffer from mystery illnesses, which required rather extensive vet bills to diagnose and treat. The latest is little Bella, who suffers from neurological and muscular diseases; this week’s tests alone set us back several hundred dollars more. It has been determined that Bella suffers from masticatory muscle myositis, with underlying sporadic seizures. She is currently on prednisone. She has been able to eat better since her treatment. Bella is still in search of a forever or foster home. You can meet her here.

Animal Haven Rescue of Bay County Florida, Inc.: COVID-19 Operation Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Operation Spay Bay: spaying females
Animal Care Center: feral kitten rescued – anemia, URI, flea ridden
Chewy: Litter and wet food for animals in foster homes
Animal Care Center: feral kitten treated for outside wounds – rescued
Amazon: kitten formula
Bay Animal Hospital: feral kitten treated for wounds/wound-care followup
Bay Animal Hospital: meds for feral kitten w/wound
Chewy.com: litter and wet food for cats in rescue
Bay Animal Hospital: Elsa & 2 kittens – feral kittens rescued for treatment/bite-wound care
Panama City Animal Hospital: Halo, Pickles and Fletcher – eye issue/meds given

The pets impacted and listed as active on Petfinder are:
47962534, 47962533, 47962532, 47647412, 47647410, 47647408, 47647405, 47647400, 47647395, 47647392, 47647391, 47647387, 47647388, 47647383, 47647381

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

We were able to get wet food, dry food, flea treatments, cat litter (which is a never-ending need with a rescue), and kitten formula because we have been inundated with kitten season. We have four litters of kittens — three feral that we rescued and one litter that was abandoned/found. We have been able to supply special food to our special-needs kittens. We had a couple of emergency vet visits with the feral kittens. We lost one kitten, but so far the rest in the litters are getting healthy and getting acclimated to human touch while nursing with the mama cats we have in the rescue. We have one kitten, Elsa, where it was touch-and-go with her deep wounds, but she is getting stronger every day.

How many pets did this grant help?

21

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

A new litter is still is nursing with our mama cat, Timon. Timon weaned her own litter and has taken over nursing for an abandoned litter of five. One of these kittens is Elsa, with the wound bites (alert – if you have a sensitive stomach – the bite pictures are up close). However, the current picture of Elsa shows how she is recovering and continues to thrive! Her foster mom is taking such excellent care of her.

Kauai SPCA: COVID-19 Operation Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The money from the COVID-19 Operation Grant was used to fund the spay surgery for one of our dogs, Goldie.

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

This grant helped our organization by providing us with the funding to help cover the cost of spaying Goldie. We do not place dogs in adoptive homes until they are spayed/neutered, so the funds helped facilitate a positive outcome for Goldie while helping our organization cover an expense we thought our transfer program was going to enable us to avoid.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Adorable 8-month-old whippet mix Goldie was scheduled for transfer to a rescue in Seattle on March 31 in order to improve her odds of finding a home quickly. Sadly, Goldie’s flight was cancelled due to COVID-19 and further embargoes/flight cancellations meant Goldie would need to wait until June to be transferred.

The rescue that committed to take Goldie agreed to take on the financial responsibility of having her spayed upon arrival. We did not want Goldie to have to wait two months to transfer, get spayed, and be eligible for adoption, so we made the decision to have her spayed on-island in hopes she would get adopted locally.

Thanks to the Petfinder Foundation’s COVID-19 Operation Grant, Goldie’s spay surgery was covered. The icing on the cake was that Goldie was adopted by a wonderful couple on a neighboring island thanks to her listing on Petfinder! She is now happy and loved in her furever home on Oahu!

Halfway to Home Dog Rescue: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

This money was used to help cover the costs of the surgeries for two dogs who urgently needed our help.

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

The rescue’s largest expenses are spay and neuter surgeries, and when other medical needs arise that only adds to the depletion of the rescue funds. This grant made it possible to help two dogs who needed other special need surgeries and in turn, both dogs were adopted to happy homes.

How many pets did this grant help?

2

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

The two dogs who were helped are named Sophie and Ajax. Sophie (first and second photos) is an approximately 2-year-old husky mix who came to Halfway to Home after being the victim of horrible abuse, most clearly reflected in a very infected eye. Her eye was removed and she healed nicely. She has a lot of behaviors associated with being abused, but her new family absolutely adores her and she is getting more comfortable in her new home every day. She was adopted a few weeks after her surgery.

Ajax is an approximately 2-year-old border collie who was found at the side of the road after having been hit by a car. He required surgery for a dislocated hip. He required rehab to walk again. He was adopted a month after his surgery.

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

You provided us with Kongs.

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

It gave the dogs something to do in their kennels to reduce kennel stress and make them more adoptable.

How many pets did this grant help?

Around 50 to 75

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

Dingo was having separation issues, and a Kong helps to give him something to do. It reduces his stress level and he’s turned in to such a great dog. From his Petfinder profile: “Are you looking for a four-legged personal comedian? Dingo is the jester for you. From his nubby tail-wiggles to his silly walk, he will keep you smiling! Dingo also loves to cuddle up and have his neck scratched. He keeps his kennel clean, and loves to get toweled off after a bath.” You can meet Dingo here.

H.A.L.O. No-Kill Rescue: COVID-19 Operation Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The funds were used to purchase medications for the rescues.

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

This grant provide the funds we needed to purchase medications for our rescues and allowed us to use the funds budgeted for medications for other operating expenses.

How many pets did this grant help?

47

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

Bianka is a beautiful white Labrador mix who arrived at H.A.L.O. with severe skin and ear infections. Because of the Petfinder Foundation grant we received, we were able to purchase the medications she desperately needed. She is not currently on Petfinder.com because she is still in quarantine finishing her treatment. I have attached the before and after photos and you can see there has already been an amazing transformation.

Kindred Kitties Ltd.: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

Intake costs.

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

The grant covered the cost of having ET neutered, vaccinated, dewormed and disease-tested.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

ET was a farm kitty who was not faring well at the farm where he grew up. When he became sick, Kindred Kitties took him in and nursed him back to health. Because of his sweet personality and loving nature, he was adopted quickly!

Waverly Pet Rescue: COVID-19 Operation Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Waverly Pet Rescue used this grant to buy cat food for the 70 cats in our care. We really appreciate this!

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

This grant helped Waverly Pet Rescue buy enough cat food for at least the next two months. It is very helpful during these Covid-19 times because there are foster homes out of work right now, and others with fewer hours. And for those who are still working, it has helped ease their stress. All of us appreciate this food for all the cats in Waverly Pet Rescue.

How many pets did this grant help?

70

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

Here is a story about three of the cats this grant helped buy food for. Sparrow, Raven and Danny are best friends. They did not come from the same place, but they have become the best of friends, so they need to be adopted together. They are very bonded. They have been waiting for four years to find a forever home! We are hoping 2020 is the year their dream comes true!

Meet Sparrow.

Meet Raven.

Meet Danny.

Brenda's Cat Rescue: COVID-19 Operation Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The grant was a 2020 COVID-19 Operation Grant in the amount of $750. This money helped cover many additional costs that we have incurred during the pandemic, particularly:

1. Since public clinics are shut, we have been forced to use private vets, which are much more expensive than public ones.

2. We are now helping many local colony feeders by providing cat food for them. Many of these local feeders are themselves facing financial crises of their own.

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

1. We have used some of the funds to cover extra costs at private vets.

2. We purchased cat food for several colony feeders.

Below is a report of our social media communications publicizing the grant (all communications included a link to the Petfinder Foundation web site):

SOCIAL MEDIA
Facebook: 404 people reached, 97 engagements
Twitter: 24 followers
Instagram: 587 followers
Online Newsletter: 608 subscribers
Total Views: 1,623

How many pets did this grant help?

20

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

Caitlin is a sweet 6-month-old girl who was in our foster program when she became very ill with a fever. Because the public vet clinics are closed, we had to go to a private vet, and her care was very expensive. She eventually got better and has been adopted.

Five Freedoms Farm: COVID-19 Operation Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Medical care (exam, pre-surgery bloodwork, fecal analysis, dewormer, and vaccines) for a new foster dog, Moose, and meds for foster dog Odie.

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

We are grateful that this money was able to help Moose get evaluated in order to start his journey to better health! He is heartworm-positive and also was in need of double entropion surgery. It also supported Odie, a senior Chihuahua mix who is on meds for congestive heart failure for the rest of his life.

How many pets did this grant help?

2

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

Moose came from Animal Control, his background unknown. He is a docile, affectionate senior Shar Pei mix who has suffered from entropion (turned-in eyelids that cause abrasions and infection) for probably his whole life, plus heartworm disease. He loves other dogs and has a silly, bright energy that is infectious! Moose is a true joy to care for and has recently been adopted!