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After Dogs Die in Georgia Shelter Break-In, We’re Helping Survivors (WARNING: Graphic)

Mic bears scars from the incident at All About Animals Rescue in Macon, Ga.

Mic still has scars from the deadly break-in at All About Animals Rescue in Macon, Ga.

Thanks to your help, we’ve sent a $2,000 emergency grant to All About Animals Rescue in Macon, Ga., to help cover medical expenses for the dogs who were injured during a deadly break-in on Oct. 16. That night, an intruder let 40 dogs out of their kennels; three dogs were killed, more than a dozen were severely injured, and all the survivors are traumatized.

“[The grant] really will help,” says AAAR founder and director Mary Crawford.

Mic before the deadly break-in (above left) and immediately after (above right). Photo credit: AAAR

Mic, a “smart and fun boy,” before the Oct. 16 break-in (left) and immediately after

The two staffers who arrived at the shelter the morning of Oct. 17 were met with a chaotic and frightening scene, volunteer Kathy Brantley tells us: “All these dogs were bleeding to death; they were in shock, their faces were swollen.”

Fred and Wilma (Photo: AAAR)

Fred (left) and Wilma are a bonded pair.

The staffers called for help and scrambled to put the loose dogs back in their kennels. Working with shelter volunteers, they took the badly injured dogs to veterinarians across the city and scoured the neighborhood to find the four dogs who had been released onto the street. All the lost dogs were found, including Fred and Wilma (pictured), former strays who returned to the shelter on their own.

The three dogs – Butler, Flapjack and Jack — who died as a result of injuries they sustained during the break-in were all gentle dogs not known for fighting, Crawford and Brantley tell us. Butler only had three legs and didn’t stand a chance when the frenzied scene erupted, Brantley says.

Last month, police arrested a woman in connection with the incident. Crystal Gale Fessler has been charged with 13 counts of cruelty to animals, probation violation and criminal trespass, but her motives, and whether she acted alone or with a partner, remain unknown, Crawford says.

AAAR typically houses about 70 dogs, most of them pulled from nearby Macon Animal Control. Although the property is surrounded by a 10-ft. fence topped with barbed wire, the person or people who broke in likely slipped through a small gap between the fence and barbed wire, Crawford says. The shelter’s perimeter has since been secured, and security cameras have been installed.

Crawford and Brantley say they are still looking for homes for several of the surviving dogs, including Fred, Wilma, Mic and Lionel, who suffered a large wound on his neck during the break-in.

Lionel is healing and ready for a home. (Photo: AAAR)

Lionel, who nearly starved to death before AAAR rescued him, is recovering from his new injuries and ready for a home.

Meanwhile, the shelter is working to cover the dogs’ vet bills. Your support of the Petfinder Foundation is helping AAAR pay for this lifesaving care.

Donate now to help us help more pets like these.

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Get MONOPOLY’s New Cat Token and Help Homeless Pets

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Purchase a MONOPOLY game with the new Cat token from HasbroToyShop.com by Nov. 30 and $1 will go to the Petfinder Foundation to help pets in need.

Just in time for your holiday shopping, Hasbro has announced the newest MONOPOLY token – the Cat! And for every MONOPOLY game purchased from HasbroToyShop.com through Nov. 30, the company will donate $1 to the Petfinder Foundation — up to $10,000 — so we can help shelters and rescue groups save more homeless pets.

The Cat was chosen to be MONOPOLY’s newest token after a public online vote in which the feline beat out a helicopter, diamond ring, robot and guitar. The Cat joins the game’s other beloved pet token, the Dog, and in honor of the Cat token joining the MONOPOLY family, Petfinder.com is launching a scavenger hunt with amazing prizes!

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The Cat joins the Dog token.

To play, simply search Petfinder.com to find the adoptable-pet profiles for the Cat and Dog tokens, where you’ll also find your entry for a chance to win. The grand prize for the Adopt a Token sweepstakes is a life-size replica of the Cat token, a $250 gift card for you and a $250 gift card for the Petfinder.com adoption group of your choice. (Learn more about the scavenger hunt here.)

And if you want to get your holiday shopping done early AND help homeless pets, you can purchase a MONOPOLY game from HasbroToyShop.com and know that $1 will help us help pets in need.

Get MONOPOLY’s new Cat token and help homeless pets!

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SNAP-X Grant Helps Puppy Mill Survivor Find Her Home

Our SNAP-X grant helped Hannah, a puppy mill survivor, find a loving home.

Our SNAP-X grant helped Hannah, a puppy mill survivor, find a loving home.

We’ve received another update from Maple Hill Farm Toy Breed Rescue in Butler, Ohio, about how our SNAP-X grant helped save Hannah, a 5-year-old Chihuahua, from a puppy mill where she had lived without attention, love and vet care.

President Dawn Porter told us back in May that she was having Hannah spayed and fully vetted with the grant funds. Now Porter says:

“Here is another dog adopted on Sunday thanks to the grant allowing her adoption fee to be lower.

“Hannah found the perfect home with a senior gentleman who needed another dog to love. She was a very fearful one that needed just the right home!”

Our SNAP-X helped pay for Hannah's spay surgery and find her a home.

Our SNAP-X grant helped pay for Hannah‘s spay surgery and find her a home.

Learn more about Maple Hill Farm Toy Breed Rescue’s work with puppy mill survivors.

Donate to help us save more dogs like Hannah.

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R.O.A.R. to Save Stray Puppies from Lives of Fear

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Give to us through Global Giving through Nov. 12 and have double the impact for homeless dogs like Bonnie.

You’ll help save twice as many stray puppies like Bonnie (pictured) from lives filled with danger and fear when you donate to us through Global Giving from through Nov. 12.

During that time only, Animal Planet’s R.O.A.R. is matching donations to the Petfinder Foundation dollar-for-dollar (learn more about the campaign here). That means your gift will help save more homeless pets like Bonnie, whom the Humane Society of McCormick County in McCormick, S.C., recently took in.

Volunteer Judy Haywood tells us how our grant helped the group pay for exams and vaccinations for 29 dogs and cats. It also fully funded the cost of health exams, spay/neuter surgeries and vaccinations for Bonnie and her siblings Tucker, Hooch, Bootsie and Bart:

“In March, we trapped a litter of five dogs. They were all shy of people and other dogs and were about 4 months old. Two were taken into foster homes to help socialize them with people and dogs. The remaining three eventually overcame some of their shyness with the help of another friendly dog at the pens and some very patient volunteers. Two of the three puppies at the pens went through six weeks of training at PetSmart that dramatically helped their social skills and confidence. They are still waiting to be adopted but they are now spayed/neutered, up-to-date on their shots, and healthy.”

Bart (left) and Hooch

Bart (left) and Hooch

Judy continues: “We are an all-volunteer group that does not receive any public money, so we constantly have to fundraise in order to keep picking up and adopting out dogs and cats in our county. This money was very appreciated.”

Bonnie, her siblings and many other pets across North America have been helped by our Shelter+ Challenge by The Animal Rescue Site grant program, supported by GreaterGood.org and your generous donations.

Donate to us through Global Giving through Nov. 12 to double your impact!

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R.O.A.R. to Vaccinate Mother Cats and Their Kittens

Give to us through Global Giving from 10/14-11/12 and have double the impact for homeless mother cats like Tina and her kittens

Give to us through Global Giving through Nov. 12 and have double the impact for homeless mother cats like Tina and her kittens.

When you donate to us through Global Giving through Nov. 12, you’ll help vaccinate twice as many mother cats and kittens like Tina, Theodore and Talia (pictured) so they can stay healthy while they wait to be adopted.

Through Nov. 12, Animal Planet’s R.O.A.R. is matching donations to the Petfinder Foundation dollar-for-dollar (learn more about the campaign here). That means your gift will have double the impact for homeless pets like Tina, who was pregnant when the Animal Care Society of Louisville, Ky., took her in.

Fundraising and Events Coordinator Virginia Hottinger tells how our vaccination grant helped:

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Thaddeus

“Since receiving this generous grant, we have adopted out 24 cats and kittens. We also brought in a very pregnant cat whom we named Tina. The same day that Tina came in to the shelter, she went home with one of our wonderful fosters. Two days later, Tina gave birth to a large litter of eight kittens. There are four boys and four girls, named: Tulip, Telulah, Talia, Tilly, Theodore, Thaddeus, Thatcher and Thayer.

“Because we had your grant of FVRCP vaccinations, Tina has received both of her FVRCP shots, has been spayed, and is now living comfortably at the shelter until she goes to her furever home. She actually has an approved application on her, but because we don’t adopt out black cats in October (because of Halloween), she will go home on Nov. 1.

“Tina’s kittens have received all three FVRCP shots and are at the shelter ready for adoption. They are happy, playful, healthy kittens ready to find their furever homes. Thatcher has an application on him and he will hopefully be going home soon.

“We genuinely appreciate the gift of this grant and for everything the Petfinder Foundation does for the animal community. Thank you.”

Tina and her kittens have been helped by our A Shot at Life vaccination grant program, supported by Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc., The Animal Rescue Site, GreaterGood.org and your generous donations.

Donate to us through Global Giving through Nov. 12 to double your impact!

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R.O.A.R. to Take In Stray Senior Dogs and Find Them Homes

Give to us through Global Giving from 10/14-11/12 and have double impact for homeless dogs like Leda.

Give to us through Global Giving through Nov. 12 and have double the impact for homeless dogs like Leda.

Our grant helped Texas Best Choices Animal Rescue in Quinlan, Tex., take in Leda (pictured), a shy senior stray dog, and find her the perfect loving home. And if you donate to us through Global Giving through Nov. 12, you’ll help twice as many homeless pets like her.

Leda with her new family

Leda with her new family

Through Nov. 12, Animal Planet’s R.O.A.R. is matching donations to the Petfinder Foundation dollar-for-dollar (learn more about the campaign here). That means your gift will help make happy endings for twice as many dogs like Leda. Co-founder Karen Cadis tells us how our vaccination grant helped 46 puppies and dogs being cared for by the organization, including Leda:

“Leda was rescued from a park after over a year of feeding her and befriending her. She had likely not been vaccinated ever or in a long time. We were able to save her life and find her a forever home! See her forever family in the picture…she is smiling from ear to ear.

“Thank you Petfinder Foundation for helping us save more lives! WE LOVE PETFINDER!”

Leda and many other pets across the United States have been helped by our A Shot at Life vaccination grant program, supported by Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc., The Animal Rescue Site, GreaterGood.org and your generous donations.

Donate to us through Global Giving through Nov. 12 to double your impact!

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R.O.A.R. to Protect Adoptable Cats with Microchips

Give to us through Global Giving from 10/14-11/12 and have double the impact for homeless cats like Bubba.

Give to us through Global Giving through Nov. 12 and have double the impact for homeless cats like Bubba.

You’ll help microchip twice as many adoptable cats like Bubba (pictured) when you donate to us through Global Giving through Nov. 12.

Through Nov. 12, Animal Planet’s R.O.A.R. is matching donations to the Petfinder Foundation dollar-for-dollar (learn more about the campaign here). That means your gift will help shelters and rescues microchip more cats like Bubba, who is being cared for by Crash’s Landing Cat Rescue and Placement Center in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Dr. Jennifer Petrovich tells us how our $1,000 cash grant is helping ensure the safety of all of the cats in the group’s care:

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Benji

“I am microchipping every single cat we take in and also chipping all of the 260 current cats in our program. The pet will permanently be registered to us in the event that the owner were to lose, abandon, relinquish custody of (hopefully not any of these!) so that we would be notified and be able to retrieve our cat!”

The grant, Petrovich adds, is helping foster the long-term security and safety of the pets the group serves.

Bubba, Benji (at right) and many other cats at Crash’s Landing have been helped by our Shelter+ Challenge by The Animal Rescue Site grant program, supported by GreaterGood.org and your generous donations.

Donate to us through Global Giving through Nov. 12 to double your impact!

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R.O.A.R. to Protect Homeless Pets When Disasters Strike

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Give to us through Global Giving through Nov. 12 and have double the impact for homeless dogs like Jace.

When you donate to us through Global Giving through Nov. 12, you’ll help shelters save twice as many homeless dogs like Jace (pictured) when devastating disasters strike.

Through Nov. 12, Animal Planet’s R.O.A.R. is matching donations to the Petfinder Foundation dollar-for-dollar (learn more about the campaign here). That means your gift will help shelters save more pets after they are struck by disasters like Hurricane Isaac, which decimated the vaccine and medication supply at St. John the Baptist Parish Animal Shelter in LaPlace, La.

Shelter Manager Racheal Sance tells us how our disaster grant helped the organization after the August 2012 hurricane hit:

“It was upsetting to say the least that we lost supplies necessary to treat animals with minor illnesses and injuries. To be able to treat certain animals gives us the ability to place them for adoption rather than having to euthanize due to a lack of funds.”

Because of the grant, Sance says, “We were able to order medications through MWI Vet Supply to replace a portion of what was lost. We were also able to alter 27 dogs and 10 cats to send to local rescue groups and to send on a transport offered by LASPCA. This allowed us to free cages for incoming animals and send adoptable animals out of our shelter alive at a time when we were at capacity with animals coming in daily.

“Recovery lasted several months so it wasn’t until the beginning of 2013 that we were able to start playing catch up and use the funds that were awarded to us. We purchased Nobivac canine vaccines, for parvo/distemper prevention, antibiotics to treat infections from wounds or URI, pain medication for animals recovering from spay/neuter as well as those injured, tapeworm tablets to treat tapeworm in canines and felines, lyme sulfur dip to treat skin infections/ringworm, and syringes to administer the vaccines.”

Among the more than 50 animals our grant helped the group save after Hurricane Isaac were Jace (above) and Brutus (below).

Our disaster grant helped St. John Parish Animal Shelter transform Brutus.

Our disaster grant helped St. John Parish Animal Shelter save and transform Brutus.

“We took in two Akitas from a local backyard breeder. They were both severely underweight and riddled with heart and intestinal worms,” Sance says. “We posted their pictures and sent out emails requesting assistance from anyone with an Akita rescue. Their story spread far and wide and because we were able to vet the dogs for the two rescue groups they were able to afford the transport and heartworm treatment which allowed them to pull the dogs and get them to safety. The smaller male was 11 months old and weighed only 30 pounds. Akitas are normally in the 70- to 110-pound range and sometimes even larger. The are now thriving and waiting for their forever homes.”

Donate to us through Global Giving through Nov. 12 to double your impact!

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R.O.A.R. to Help Adoptable Kittens Find Loving Homes

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Give to us through Global Giving through Nov. 12 and have double the impact for homeless kittens like Pebbles.

Our grant helped Lollypop Farm in Rochester, N.Y., find a loving family for Pebbles (pictured) after she was born to a stray mother cat. And if you donate to us through Global Giving through Nov. 12, you’ll help twice as many homeless pets like her.

Through Nov. 12, Animal Planet’s R.O.A.R. is matching donations to the Petfinder Foundation dollar-for-dollar (learn more about the campaign here). That means your donation will help twice as many adoptable cats and kittens find forever homes. Director of Development Jennifer Gibson tells us how our vaccination grant made a difference for 150 cats at the organization, including Pebbles:

“Pebbles found a wonderful new home with Michelle, and has a new human brother Sammy! Little Pebbles was actually born here at the shelter to a kitty who had been found as a stray. Thanks in part to this generous grant, mom was vaccinated against feline distemper and her kittens were born healthy. Pebbles spent some time in foster care growing up, but she recently returned to the shelter, ready to find a home.

Our grant helped Moose find a home with Kelly.

Our grant helped Moose find a home with Kelly.

“When Sammy and Michelle came to the shelter today, it was love at first sight when they saw Pebbles. They could not wait to get their newest family member home, and thanks to the care Pebbles received while at Lollypop Farm, including FVRCP vaccines from the Shot At Life grant, they were confident that they were taking home a healthy kitten.”

Shelter Manager Erin Sandle adds: “We are so grateful for the Shot at Life vaccination grant given to us by the Petfinder Foundation. With the FVRCP vaccinations that we received, we were able to confidently adopt healthy cats into wonderful new homes, knowing that they were protected against viruses such as feline distemper.”

Pebbles, Moose (above) and many other cats across the United States have been helped by our A Shot at Life vaccination grant program, supported by Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc., The Animal Rescue Site, GreaterGood.org and your generous donations.

Donate to us through Global Giving through Nov. 12 to double your impact!

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R.O.A.R. to Protect Homeless Donkeys from Sun and Snow

Give to us through Global Giving from 10/14-11/12 and have double the impact for homeless donkeys like Nala.

Give to us through Global Giving from 10/14-11/12 and have double the impact for homeless donkeys like Nala.

You’ll help protect twice as many homeless donkeys like Nala (above) from extreme weather conditions when you donate to us through Global Giving from Oct. 14-Nov. 12.

For those 30 days, Animal Planet’s R.O.A.R. is matching donations to the Petfinder Foundation dollar-for-dollar (learn more about the campaign here). That means we can help ensure more donkeys like Nala, who is being cared for by Lusco Farms Rescue in Malvern, Iowa, have a safe refuge from the elements.

Treasurer Scott Shehan tells us how our Summer Cooling Grant helped the group build a multipurpose pasture shelter for the donkeys, mules and miniature horses in its care:

“The grant not only allowed us to make a cooling station but we designed it to be used as a shelter in the winter as well. So the donkeys will now be nice and dry even when it rains or snows,” Shehan says.

Donkeys enjoying their new multipurpose shelter

Donkeys enjoying their new multipurpose shelter at Lusco Farms Rescue

“Please pass along our gratitude to everyone who makes these grants possible,” he adds. “We truly couldn’t provide this type of care without the support.”

Donate to us through Global Giving from Oct. 14-Nov. 12 to double your impact!

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