Sponsor a Pet

Adopt a Golden Atlanta: Sponsor a Pet Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

100% of all donations we receive each quarter from generous supporters through the Petfinder Foundation’s Sponsor A Pet program go directly toward the medical expenses of our rescues. AGA does not have a facility. Instead, we rely on generous donors, our 250+ volunteers, and our dedicated fosters to lovingly care for each rescue and ensure it receives all of its needed medical care prior to adoption.

Petfinder Foundation donations such as those received in 2014 were most likely allocated toward funds that pay for AGA’s intake wellness exam given to every rescue brought into our care. This exam includes all vaccinations, a thorough assessment by AGA partner veterinarians of the rescue’s physical health, a fecal exam, a heartworm diagnostic test, medicated baths and grooming, flea and tick medication, and microchipping. Each rescue is different; during this intake exam, our vets may determine that a rescue requires x-rays, to be spayed or neutered, some form of surgery, urgent care, pain or other medications, grooming, or ongoing observation for a period of time.

We are grateful to the Petfinder Foundation and its donors for their continued support, generosity, and kindness.

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

Monies received from the Foundation are allocated directly to the veterinary care required by each rescue taken in at AGA. These funds help us ensure our golden and golden-mix rescues are in their best health prior to adoption.

How many pets did this grant help?

This grant will have paid for half of a wellness exam. In 2013, we received just over $200, so these funds would have covered the wellness exams of four (4) new rescues.

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

Corbin was found in May 2014 as a stray in Cobb County, GA, without any identification. He was vaccinated and neutered at the county Animal Control and then transported back to Atlanta by AGA. Corbin is a small Golden mix and has since been adopted (in February 2015). He was underweight at 35 lbs. and weighed just over 40 lbs. when adopted.

According to Corbin’s Wellness Intake Exam at VCA Braelinn Village Animal Hospital in Atlanta: Heartworm test results were positive but his treatment was deferred until after leg surgery. He completed his treatment and was declared heartworm-negative at the end of September. He fecal-tested positive for hookworms and he was de-wormed immediately. He had an old leg fracture causing lameness. On May 31, Corbin was operated on to repair and reset his poorly healed right back femur. He had a fractured left lower canine tooth which needed extraction, and moderate tartar. This extraction took place in a separate procedure under general anesthesia because his leg operation was too prolonged and involved to add in another procedure.

Seminole County Animal Services: Sponsor a Pet Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Spay and neuter of our adoptable pets.

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

By helping more animals become highly adoptable.

How many pets did this grant help?

Three cats

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

Oliver is a handsome 1-year-old male. He came to the shelter because his owner could no longer care for him. He is a super sweet boy and looks so adorable with his big sad eyes. He also has a small tuft of black hair on the top of his head. Oliver weighs 8 pounds, gets along well with other cats and he will be neutered before going to his forever home thanks to the Sponsor A Pet program!

Meet Oliver: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/31534368/

Houndhaven, Inc.: Sponsor a Pet Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money was used to help our darling Newman fight heartworms.

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

The donation helped us treat for heartworms. It paid for nearly half the cost, allowing us to focus on other medical issues Newman was facing.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Houndhaven went to look at dogs at Animal Control and we met Newman, who was scheduled for euthanasia. The helper said it was a mistake that he was even in the adoptables building and couldn’t explain how he got there. We believe that God placed him there for us to see because this sweetheart did not deserve to die. He had been seized from his owner because a neighbor reported that they were starving him to death. We agree, as this poor boy was down to 48 pounds when we got him. He was also missing a lot of hair and very itchy with mange and had heartworms. After some healing and lots of TLC, Newman became the new man we promised him he would become.

Newman finally found a home where he can have all the rubber chickens he wants! He is the only dog, and the cats couldn’t care less about sharing his toys! Mom said Newman may need to put squeaky toys away before bedtime so that she and the cats can get some sleep, but other than that he will get to enjoy them to his heart’s content. Newman will also get to go for walks around the community with his new mom and get to go to the woodshop where she makes projects. Apparently there are a lot of dog-loving guys at the woodshop who will get a kick out of Newman, and Newman will get to hang out with the guys. All in all, it sounds like Newman has finally found the perfect home! Better late than never, Newmie!!

Humane Society of Summit County: Sponsor a Pet Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money that we received from the Petfinder Foundation was put to good use in providing care for the animals we rescue every day.

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

We rescue animals that have been abused, injured and neglected. Many come in with urgent medical needs, such as being hit by a car and they need a limb amputated, and some come with few needs besides a new loving home. Whatever the case, we accept them and help them find their furever homes.

How many pets did this grant help?

In 2014, we rescued over 2,600 animals from abuse, neglect and abandonment.

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

It’s safe to say that Fabio had a pretty rough start in life. As you can see, our Humane Officers found him tied outdoors in the pouring rain. He was tangled between two trash cans and could not access any relief from the elements. So off he went to journey back here to PAWS where he would wait for a new forever home and make a lot of friends in the process.

During his time here, a haircut definitely became a priority and we hoped that a fresh grooming would bring good luck in finding our boy a home. And it did! Here is Fabio with his new mom and we are so happy they have found each other. We will miss his spunkiness around the shelter but know how happy he will be with his new life.

Burbank Animal Shelter: Sponsor a Pet Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money was used to go directly towards the adoption fee of Ranger, A60887.

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

The grant helps reduce the price of the adoption fee, which hopefully encourages people to meet Ranger.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

This super-handsome black-and-white Labrador Retriever mix is just over 2 years old and sweet as a button. He is incredibly smart, with a knack for commands and the game called fetch. Ranger adores attention, so being a central part of the family is very important. Older kids, over the age of 7, are best because this pooch is no small-fry! He is a playful, energetic fellow and will need an active lifestyle with daily exercise.

C.A.R.E. aka: Cat/Canine Assistance, Referral & Education: Sponsor a Pet Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Operating expenses

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

We are a strictly no-kill sanctuary for at-risk cats and dogs in the high desert of Los Angeles County. A large part of our income is spent on veterinary and medical costs and these additional funds will be allocated there.

How many pets did this grant help?

Our sanctuary houses 300 animals.

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

Hope is one of our newest additions and easily one of our most inspiring pups. As you can see, Hope came to us in a pretty desperate state. She is blind due to a serious eye infection, which we are currently treating her for. When we first picked her up from the shelter, we were surprised to see that this beautiful girl was essentially hairless. Our little angel was semi-bald and her skin was red, inflamed, and covered in mites. She had to spend two weeks at the vet to be cleared of the highly contagious sarcoptic mange and to go through a battery of tests to determine that she has Cushing’s disease, a treatable condition.

We are fully dedicated to Hope’s recovery; she has had ultrasounds, full blood panels, and copious amounts of tests. Through all of this poking, prodding, and constant pain, Hope has been a ray of sunshine in our lives. Never once has she bitten or growled; she just wants to be cuddled, petted, and loved. After all that she has been through, she has not been phased by her terrible treatment. She just looks up at you adoringly with her bright, blind eyes. She deserves so much love; a second chance at life that we are working incredibly hard to provide her with.

Lakeshore Humane Society: Sponsor a Pet Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The monies we were awarded from the Sponsorship Grant went to general funding to care for Lily and Chamber, the two dogs that were sponsored.

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

The money that was awarded helps to support our daily operations at the shelter with regard to providing food, shelter, and activity enrichment.

How many pets did this grant help?

Two dogs: Lily and Chamber. Lily has since found her forever home.

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

Chamber is a part of our shelter family, and he has been known to get special treatment from staff and volunteers. He has first dibs on the dog walker’s time, and each night, the staff will wrap him up in a blanket at bedtime. He waits for his favorite dog walkers to take him on his favorite routes, and won’t go to sleep without being tucked in by the staff. You could say that Chamber has us trained well! Last year, Chamber won our Valentine’s Day contest. He was voted the most loved by the community by how many kisses he sold. Chamber has been with us at the shelter for two years now. Chamber is an older fellow that needs a home with no other animals. We will stand by him until his forever person or family comes along. We love him, and we are elated to have received a sponsorship grant to spoil him even a little more. Please have a look at a recent shopping trip Chamber went on to the Petco store in Manitowoc, WI. We hope it puts as big of a smile on your face as it did on his: http://on.fb.me/1D3guJn

Meet Chamber: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/26050543/

Dachshund Rescue of Los Angeles: Sponsor a Pet Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

I received $45 through the Sponsor a Pet program (thank you!) and we bought a drag bag for Lady Bug so she wouldn’t have to get sores on her legs. She is paralyzed.

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

Lady Bug can be mobile without her cart in the house where it’s narrow.

How many pets did this grant help?

One

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

Paralyzed dachshund Ladybug was left by her owner to die at [an open-admission] shelter. Dachshund Rescue of Los Angeles saved her just in the nick of time on New Year’s Eve. Her new year has been off to a great start, but she has a long way to go to get stable and healthy. Lady Bug is not a surgical candidate, according to DRLA veterinarians, but she may eventually walk again with the use of a cart and extensive therapy. A cart will help her with proprioception (placing her feet) and to build up her muscles. Physical therapy, chiropractic treatments, hydrotherapy, acupuncture, laser treatments and supplements may help her walk again or, at the least, build her strength for the best possible outcome and chance at a forever home.

DRLA currently has seven dogs with IVDD (Intervertebral Disk Disease) in various stages of treatment. Medical costs are high for these dogs. We need your help to get these beautiful dogs healthy and into loving forever homes, and to allow us to save more at-risk dogs at shelters. Please consider donating to help Lady Bug and the DRLA dogs. Thank for your continued support of DRLA and our mission to save dachshunds.

The DRLA Team

MSPCA at Nevins Farm: Sponsor a Pet Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The donations received through the Sponsor a Pet program helped support the day-to-day care of the many animals at Nevins Farm. From hamsters to horses, we take in a wide range of animals each year, and our needs are great. The MSPCA at Nevins Farm receives no funding from state or federal government, so we depend on the generosity of animal lovers to support our work.

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

The grant funds are used for day-to-day needs of animals in our care.

How many pets did this grant help?

Countless!

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

Padre is a wonderful example of an animal helped by this fund. Padre was surrendered in September when his owner could no longer keep him. As a senior cat, and one who was all-black, it was easy for potential adopters to pass him by in our adoption center (he was just one of many cats). Padre also had dental disease and required surgery.

By featuring him on Petfinder, it was easier to highlight him as an individual, making him stand out from others. We were able to tell his story, and found not just one but three remarkable homes that all wanted him to be a part of their family. Just before the holidays, we were able to provide Padre with much-needed dental surgery, and Padre spent the New Year in his forever home.

Middleburg Humane Foundation: Sponsor a Pet Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money was used to help pay for a TPLO surgery for a dog named Oreo.

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

This grant helped us pay for Oreo’s TPLO surgery. Oreo was adopted and returned to our facility due to his injury. The repair to Oreo’s knee will help us better be able to place him in a new loving home.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Oreo arrived at the Middleburg Humane Foundation facility as a puppy in 2013 along with his mother and two siblings. He was adopted in September 2013 to a family we thought would love him forever, but that wasn’t the case. Sadly, Oreo was returned to the Middleburg Humane Foundation in May of 2014. Not long after his return, another family fell in love with Oreo and adopted him. But this too turned out not to be his forever home. Oreo was in need of knee surgery and the family was unable to provide the care he needed. On December 19, 2014, the Middleburg Humane Foundation was able to gather the funds needed in order for Oreo to have a TPLO (tibial-plateau-leveling osteotomy) surgery. He has been such a wonderful patient and so very deserving!