Sponsor a Pet

York Adopt-A-Pet: Sponsor a Pet Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

To neuter and vaccinate Rudy and Kratos and to provide medical care and vaccinations for Lucky

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

This grant helped with the cost of altering, vaccinations and medical.

How many pets did this grant help?

3+

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

Lucky is a senior dog. The Sponsor a Pet grant money received enabled us to waive his adoption fee and reduce it for others. It also allowed us to neuter and vaccinate Rudy and Kratos and to provide medical care and vaccinations for Lucky.

Wood County Humane Society: Sponsor a Pet Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We used the money to help pay for prescription food, glucose-testing supplies, insulin, surgery for a cat that was hit by a car, a tail amputation, and medications for critically ill animals.

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

We are an organization that runs solely on grants and donations from the public, so the money we received helps our “special-needs” animals that require a little more money to be ready for adoption.

How many pets did this grant help?

The money donated went into our emergency medical fund which right now is helping five animals.

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

Currently we have a diabetic cat named Abra who requires prescription food, daily glucose testing and insulin injections. She is a staff and volunteer favorite because even though she gets poked and prodded daily she still has a very sweet disposition. It also helps that she has gorgeous black fur and big gold eyes that just suck you in.

Dakota came to us after he was hit by a car. He has a broken pelvis and had to have his tail amputated. He is unable to go to the bathroom on his own and needs to have his bladder and bowels expressed multiple times daily. Despite being in pain he is still sweet as can be and loves to be pet. He is quite the talker and lets you know when he thinks it’s time to eat. He is on the road to recovery, though, and will make a great companion for someone once he has healed up.

Second Chance Cocker Rescue, Inc.: Sponsor a Pet Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Medical bills

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

Allows us to rescue more cocker spaniels

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

This Sponsor a Pet grant paid to vaccinate Cosette, who came in with her sister Genevieve. They are 9-week-old cocker/Chihuahua mixes who look like miniature cockers– adorable! They were adopted together!

Liberty Humane Society: Sponsor a Pet Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The donation was used to provide a course of vaccinations for one of the homeless animals in our care.

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

This grant subsidized a course of vaccinations for one of the homeless animals in our care.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Onyx is an approximately 1-year old male pit mix who came into our shelter as a stray. The Petfinder Foundation Sponsor a Pet grant helped us provide a full course of vaccinations for Onyx to get him ready for his adoptive home.

Four Paws Rescue, Inc.: Sponsor a Pet Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money was used for one of our biggest expenses, pet food!

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

The grant helped with our pet-food bill; money saved in that area helps us pay for other expenses, such as veterinary bills or other shelter expenses.

How many pets did this grant help?

We currently care for 200 dogs and cats at any given time; the grant money has helped them all.

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

HAPPY TAIL! Ryker is one of the puppies that were born to Annie, a full-term pregnant dog who was rescued by Four Paws Rescue. Rykder was eventually adopted into a loving family, as were all of his siblings. Ryker’s family reports he is a happy, healthy, energetic puppy who fits well into their clan. He will soon be trained to be a therapy dog! What a handsome boy he is!

Humane Society of Jefferson County, WA: Sponsor a Pet Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

General animal care and veterinary expenses.

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

This grant helps us pay for medical procedures (like spay/neuter) as well as necessary supplies for operation, such as cat litter, food, cleaning supplies, etc.

How many pets did this grant help?

5

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

Last year a senior dog named Harley arrived at our shelter. His owner had passed away, and the family who had inherited the dog rapidly noticed he was very ill. They rushed him to the vet, where he was diagnosed with a dangerous and painful condition: urinary crystals. Unfortunately, they could not pay to fix little Harley up. The vet took him on and fixed him up, but knew that he would need to remain on a prescription diet to keep the crystals from reoccurring. The vet, having a good relationship with our shelter, passed Harley along to us, knowing we would find him a great home where he could get the care (and love) he so needed. Harley was with us from late September to early January before he found his forever home. While he was at our shelter, we had his urine retested to make sure he was doing well, and (of course) bought several bags of his expensive prescription food! Harley did have someone donate towards his care via his Petfinder Sponsor a Pet, which helped us purchase his prescription food and keep him healthy!

Labs N More Puppy Rescue, Inc.: Sponsor a Pet Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Eight dogs were spayed or neutered, vaccinated, dewormed, chipped, fed, transported and examined. Two were treated for infections. The donation didn’t cover all the expenses, but every small donation helps. Thank you, Petfinder Foundation, for your help!

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

See above and story below.

How many pets did this grant help?

8

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

One of our volunteers was approached by a restaurant employee while eating out one night. Seems word had gotten out that our volunteer was a dog rescuer. The employee had unaltered dogs, one male, one female. As a dog rescue volunteer we know puppies are a sure thing with two unaltered adults. We learned that they had just had their second litter — seven babies this time. The first litter had been given away “for free.” We knew we had to help not only get the pups to safe homes but to prevent another unwanted litter. The family was kind and loving to their dogs but simply did not have the financial ability to spay/neuter or provide vet care for the pups or their parents. They also did not have a car to get to/from vet appointments. Our volunteer offered to be their driver.

The first step was providing the mother dog with lots of food so she could produce milk. When the pups were age-appropriate, we also started deworming them. During this time we decided not to take any chances and had the daddy dog neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. Fortunately he was in good health.

Mother dog was not as lucky. From having a chronic untreated ear infection, she had a hematoma on her ear that required surgery. After months of our volunteer driving the owner and mother dog to the vet, she was finally spayed, current on vaccinations, and healthy (with her ear infection cleared up).

Unfortunately, two of the pups were given away. Our rescue took in the remaining five and did the usual altering, deworming, microchipping, and vaccinating. We learned that a family member of the owner had one of the pups that had been given away. We were able to arrange and pay for that pup’s vet care and neuter as well. One of the five in our rescue developed a UTI that had to be treated. All have found wonderful homes and are healthy. We are getting happy updates!

In summary, eight dogs were spayed or neutered, vaccinated, dewormed, chipped, fed, transported and examined. Two were treated for infections. Three of the eight dogs were never part of our rescue but were helped anyway. Cost? Not sure, never added it up. We just knew we had to do what we had to do and paid the bills as they came to us. We have never regretted it. Thank you, Petfinder Foundation, for your help!

Golden Retriever Rescue of Atlanta: Sponsor a Pet Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Veterinary expenses

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

The funds helped with the expense of returning a golden retriever to health so that he could be adopted into a permanent home.

How many pets did this grant help?

One

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

Lexray (now Lex) was an outside dog. He has a beautiful red coat, but entered our program as a very sick boy. Lexray was heartworm-positive and had a severe ear infection. Lex received TLC from his foster who got him on the road to recovery and to his new home. His adopting family previously adopted from GRRA, and Lex’s canine sister, Nadia, is a GRRA alum.

Lenawee Humane Society: Sponsor a Pet Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

This grant allowed us to lower the adoption fee on one of our long-term resident cats.

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

By allowing us to lower the adoption fee on one of our long-term cats, we were able to spotlight him and encourage adopters to pick a cat they normally wouldn’t consider. By lowering adoption fees and promoting specials, we are able to bring in new adopters who may not have opted to adopt in the past, thus increasing our adoptions and saving more animals.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Lincoln, a 4-month-old black kitten, was the kitten specifically helped by this grant. He had been with us since he was just several weeks old. Unfortunately, his litter arrived with severe upper respiratory infections, and after weeks of medical treatments and antibiotics, Lincoln missed his chance at the adoption floor while he was a “cute” kitten. Adopters came in looking for really young kittens or older adults — never the awkward teenagers. Lincoln wasn’t a flashy cat due to his black coat, but he was one of our sweetest! We reduced his adoption fee with the help of our Sponsor A Pet grant, spotlighted him, and within a couple of days his new owner came across him and immediately adopted him. We couldn’t have asked for a better ending!

York Adopt-A-Pet: Sponsor a Pet Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The sponsorship money for Linus was used to help pay for dental work he needed. Additional money received was used for general care.

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

This sponsorship made it possible for YAAP to provide Linus with the dental work that he desperately needed.

How many pets did this grant help?

2

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

Linus is a three-legged Siamese cat who was found in 2012 roaming the streets of York, Neb., several times. The first couple times he was brought to York Adopt-A-Pet, he was claimed by his owners. The final time he was brought to the shelter, his owners never came to pick him up. We do not know how Linus lost one of his legs but it has not affected him in any way. Linus has a mind of his own and was having a hard time adapting to shelter life, so a foster home was found for him. He has spent the last two years living in a beautiful backyard with a heated and air-conditioned shop to come and go as he pleases. Life is grand for him. A few months ago his foster mom ask YAAP if it would be possible for Linus to have some dental work done. His sponsorship could not have come at a better time, as the dental work would have been done but the sponsorship money lessened the financial burden on YAAP.