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Healing Species: Sponsor a Pet Grant Report

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

The funds provided through the Petfinder Sponsor A Pet program contributed to the veterinary and medicine costs, feeding costs, and training costs of dogs up for adoption at Healing Species.

This grant allowed Healing Species to rescue and find homes for more dogs than we would have otherwise been able to do. Petfinder in general allows Healing Species to make the perfect match for our happy dogs with good pet owners throughout the country at large. Through this process, we know that our dogs are not just being adopted as simple pets, but that they are being adopted as family members. That assurance makes our job fulfilling, our day brighter, and our pups luckier. The dogs we rescue are running out of hope but have endless love to give, and through our partnership with Petfinder we have been able to restore their hope and give them a second chance at a fulfilling life.

How many pets did this grant help?


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

Marley (first photo) had been waiting his entire life for his family. As a golden retriever and Lab mix, Marley loves all people and could not wait to find his home. At our sanctuary, Marley was unable to flourish because he didn’t have the one-on-one attention that he deserved. We were able to place Marley into our prison-foster program and his handler fell in love with him immediately. Marley was posted on Petfinder as his handler began training him and giving him the attention he had been so deprived of up until that point in his life. Thanks to Petfinder, Marley’s family came to Orangeburg, South Carolina, all the way from Florida. Marley’s foster dad and handler was so excited for Marley that he sent a book on golden retrievers back to the sanctuary with Marley so his family would know everything there is to know about the breed. He also wrote a note inside the book about what a special dog Marley is and how he will complete their family in a way they couldn’t even imagine. Marley’s new family had never heard about Healing Species, and never would have if it weren’t for Petfinder. Now, Marley is enjoying life with a huge back yard, a mom and dad who can’t get enough of him, and a place he can call home. It is matches like this one that make Petfinder a miracle-maker.

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