Petfinder Foundation News

SNAP-X Grants Save Large-Breed Dogs Nationwide

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Dixie with a favorite toy

Here are updates from three shelters who received our SNAP-X spay/neuter grants.

Dixie, a pit pull mix in Florida
Sarah Humlie, managing director of the Humane Society of Pensacola, tells us about a timid pit mix:

“We operate a no-kill shelter in an area where the county animal shelter euthanizes approximately 3,000 dogs every year. A large portion of those dogs are bully breeds and pit mixes, due to the difficulty of finding suitable adoptable homes for those breeds. With the help of this grant, we were able to transfer two pit-mix mothers, with their litters of puppies (14 total!), from the county shelter to our facility, where they were able to receive the time they needed to wean their puppies and be adopted into loving homes.

“One of the mothers, Dixie, was a very timid pit bull-Lab mix. When she first arrived at the Humane Society, she wouldn’t walk on a leash at all, only lie down, and she had to be carried everywhere in order to go the bathroom, play in the yard, or go to the vet. At the time of transfer, she was very pregnant, and within a week she gave birth to nine healthy puppies!

“Dixie stayed with a wonderful foster family while she nursed and weaned the puppies. They brought her out of her shell, housetrained her, and taught her how to play fetch. Now, you will never find her without a favorite toy in her mouth. She is still learning how to walk on a leash, but with her new, trusted owner, she has made remarkable progress. Thanks to funding through this grant, Dixie, only a year and a half old, was able to be spayed and adopted to a wonderful home!”

Dottie, a Doberman in Nevada

Dottie when she was rescued

Dottie when she was rescued

Pat Getter, president of Doberman Rescue of Nevada in Las Vegas, sends us the story of a Doberman who couldn’t stand up:

Dottie, a young female Doberman stray, was picked up by animal control and taken to a Southern California shelter where she wouldn’t get up in her crate. She was sweet and friendly and apparently had just weaned a litter of pups. But if the shelter couldn’t get her to stand, let alone walk, they would put her down. Nothing showed up on the X-rays, so vets didn’t know what to treat. Could it be Wobbler syndrome? Could it be a cruciate [knee] injury? A shelter volunteer got the word out to local rescue groups, who then spread the word throughout the western Doberman-rescue network.

Dottie, smiling today

Dottie, smiling today

“With the wheels in motion to try to find a rescue group to pull her, the shelter gave her time, and Tuesday was now Thursday. By Friday, this black-and-tan beauty was a little stronger. And by Saturday, she was standing when DRNV’s volunteer came to see her and make arrangements to pull her on Tuesday to bring her to Las Vegas.

“The shelter vet joked that maybe she heard all the commotion about being euthanized and she realized she needed to stand up for herself – literally. Or perhaps, she simply had a badly bruised leg – maybe she’d been hit by a car – and needed a few days for the soreness to subside. But when she arrived in Las Vegas to be spayed, she was up and around, walking on all fours, and you would have never known this was the same Dober-girl who, one week earlier, was nearly put down just because she couldn’t get up.

“She is now spayed and ready to find her forever home. We posted her photo on our Facebook page while she was in transport and we already had an applicant by the time she arrived in her new city – before we even posted her on our own website or Petfinder! Plus a possible adopter from our list of already approved applicants. So life is finally looking up for Dottie and she should be in her forever home soon. A meet-and-greet is set for this weekend. All paws are crossed!”

Our SNAP-X grant made Dottie’s rescue possible, Getter says: “We appreciate it more than you can ever know. Our Dobie boys and girls give you paws up for your generosity and support!”

Leah, a pit bull in Wyoming

Leah with her new family

Leah with her new family

Britney Wallesch, founder of Black Dog Animal Rescue, Inc., in Cheyenne, WY, tells us about an emaciated, but still friendly, pit bull:

“Spay and neuter surgeries are by far the largest recurring expense we currently have. By providing money for this purpose, the grant allowed us to allocate other funds to program services that are lower on the priority list but also badly needed. We believe that all animals should be spayed or neutered prior to adoption and by doing so we are helping them to go onto happier, healthier lives with their new families.

“Leah was a 2-year-old blue pit bull-type dog who came to us from a shelter in one of the largest communities in Wyoming. She was emaciated and had stayed too long in a kennel. But, in true bully style, she was all kisses and wiggles for everyone she met. Like many other communities across the country, Wyoming’s shelters are faced with handling an abundance of pit bull and pit bull-mix dogs. As a result, a greater number of them face euthanasia every year.

“Leah was one of the lucky ones and she got to come to Black Dog Animal Rescue for safety. She was spayed thanks in part to funding from the SNAP-X grant and gained weight well. She overcame some initial shyness and became a great snuggle buddy for her foster siblings. Leah traveled to New York State over the summer with her foster family, where she learned to run of-leash and that she loves to swim! Upon her return from the family vacation, Leah was quickly adopted by a local veterinarian and her family. Don’t be deterred by her serious expression — she never did learn to love the camera. But rest assured, she has found a happy, forever home. She was the 134th adoption in our Summer Adopt-a-thon.”

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FETCH: New iPhone/iPad Game Stars Petfinder Dog

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Meet Bear, the inspiration for FETCH!

FETCH, the newest adventure/arcade game from Big Fish Games, features a little boy named Milo and his quest to rescue his beloved dog, Bear, who’s based on a real-life pooch adopted through Petfinder.com.

Game director Chris Campbell adopted the real-life Bear from Saving Grace Rescue in Granger, Wash., in 2008. After Chris and his wife’s beloved dogs, Salvador and Izzy, passed away, they decided to adopt. After searching through hundreds of photos on Petfinder, they found Bear and knew right away that he was the one for them.

As Chris and Bear bonded, Chris started thinking about how he could share the love that he feels for Bear in a fun way. Since Chris works with games for a living, he thought that featuring Bear in a heartwarming game about a boy and his dog would be the ultimate tribute to his best friend.

But FETCH is more than just a tribute to Bear — it’s a love letter to all furry friends: In addition to Bear, more than 200 other real-life dogs are featured in the game. These dogs are all Big Fish Games employee pets or pets of family members and friends who wanted their pets featured in the game.

The game’s makers had the plot, a classic “boy and his dog” story, but they needed to add a fun, engaging, quirky action element. In the game, Bear is nabbed one stormy night by a mysterious fire hydrant (the real-life Bear loves to pee on every fire hydrant on his daily walks, it was only fitting that one be included in the game based on him). Players must then guide Milo in his quest to rescue his dog. Along the way, they are faced with challenges that include reuniting the Three Blind Mice, rescuing a giant alligator, exploring Pirate Islands, defeating aliens and more.

Because Chris and his wife found Bear on Petfinder, Chris wanted to give back in some way. That’s how the partnership between Big Fish Games and the Petfinder Foundation was born, and at the end of FETCH you’ll see the Petfinder logo. I am personally very excited to be involved in this partnership because I LOVE online games, and to find one that gives back to homeless pets was a double win!

Check out FETCH on iTunes, download it at the app store on your iPhone or iPad, or play the online version.

Read more about FETCH and Bear.

 

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The top portion of this petfinderfoundation x http://www.dresslace.com/ lovely white dress has a lace insert above the bodice which reaches to the shoulders and the short sleeves. The dress has a sheer lace yoke which surrounds the body with a keyhole in the back top area. The skirt of the dress flares out in a skater shape, wider at the hemline for sensual movements. The full length of the skirt has long vertical dart seams that support the body and create a graceful flow from the bodice to the hem. Short cap sleeves are made of pure lace insert for extreme coolness and breezy styling. Dance the night away in a pair of comfortable white pumps or low sandals or dress it up with a pair of black or white heels for a dinner party or cocktails with your friends. Spice up your appearance with added bling with silver hoop earrings and a diamond tennis bracelet. Dress is made of 98% cotton and 2% elastane for a bit of stretch.

Arizona Dogs Say Thank You for Summer Cooling Grant!

Adoptable Skylar enjoys a yard that’s been improved with turf, a shade and a misting system.

Our Summer Cooling Grant is helping dogs at Humane Society of Southern Arizona in Tucson keep cool via a new misting system in its yard.

Shelter PR Coordinator Sara Gromley tells us, “Here are some photos of our new area we spruced up thanks to your summer cooling grant. The mister system is absolutely deluxe! It goes from scorching hot to tropical cool within seconds of flipping a switch. Staff members enjoy taking breaks by bringing dogs out in the yard and it’s actually pleasant to be outdoors! The dogs love the turf and the shade sail works perfectly. Petfinder Foundation, we love you!”

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The yard before the new turf was added

Gromley adds, “The dog model is Skylar, #757011, a 5-year-old male golden retriever mix. He was found as a stray and has been waiting for a home since early June (which I believe is against the laws of nature, when you’re a golden retriever).”

Donate to help us keep shelter pets cool and Orvis will match your gift!

 

Ron Burns Studio Rewards Pet Adopters

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Elmer, by artist and Petfinder Foundation supporter Ron Burns

Our friends at Ron Burns Studio believe in supporting and promoting pet adoption as well as raising awareness that animal shelters and rescues need our help.

So when you adopt a pet, Ron Burns Studio will thank you by sending you an Adoption Appreciation gift certificate good toward 20% off the purchase of a Ron Burns limited print, lithograph or book.

And when you make a purchase, Ron Burns Studio will donate an additional 20% of your original purchase price to the Petfinder Foundation in your name. Not only will you get a fantastic pet portrait to adorn your home, you’ll know you’re helping save homeless pets, too.

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Griffin, painted by Ron Burns

Are you an adopter? Go here to request your certificate.

Once you get your certificate, redeem it here!

 

After 6-month Wait, Dog Is Adopted Thanks to Great Photo

The photo that attracted Lindy's adopter

The photo that attracted Lindy’s adopter

After waiting six months in foster care — and watching all her puppies find homes — Lindy, an Australian cattle dog mix in Arizona, has finally found her forever family thanks to our One Picture Saves a Life program, which teaches pet rescuers to take great photos of their adoptable pets, and also grants DSLR cameras and Photoshop photo-editing software to adoption groups.

“Shortly after coming back from the One Picture Saves a Life seminar, we took new pictures of Lindy,” Tiffany Rosler, president of the Tucson-based rescue group In the Arms of Angels, tells us. “The lady who adopted her said her photos 100% were the reason she came in to adopt her. She felt a connection to Lindy off of the photos.”

Rosler adds that the techniques she and her volunteers learned at the One Picture seminar are making a huge difference for the harder-to-adopt dogs being cared for by her group: “Our adult adoptions have increased tremendously since getting the new camera, learning how to use it and working with Photoshop to take out leashes and add watermarks.”

Lindy before and after

With The Animal Rescue Site, GreaterGood.org, John Paul Pet and Underwater Dogs photographer Set Casteel, we’re hosting One Picture Saves a Life workshops around the country for shelter and rescue group staff and volunteers. In the Arms of Angels was one of 10 groups that attended the June workshop in Las Vegas, where participants learned how to groom their homeless pets for the camera and get high-quality images of them to share online.

Rosler said she’s used the program’s online tutorials to teach foster parents to take great pictures of pets like Ace, below, whose foster mom took new photos that helped him find a home.

Ace before and after

“We sent her the link to the online tutorials of what camera settings to use and other helpful tips,” Rosler says. “Ace had so much attention from his new photos that we were able to get another adult dog adopted as a referral off of Ace’s photos. His adopter said his pictures were awesome, and he knew Ace was going to fit in perfectly — which he did.”

The program has worked so well for In the Arms of Angels that Rosler has started teaching the tips to shelters and rescue groups around Southeastern Arizona.

“I love the online tutorials and have shared them with many rescue groups and shelters because the information is great,” Rosler says. “We are so excited about the endless possibilities these tools have given us.”

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Great photos helped Ace find his home.

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Keeping a Sanctuary’s ‘Fragile’ Cats Healthy and Clean

Ten-year-old Hannah is up for adoption at Shadow Cats.

Ten-year-old Hannah is up for adoption at Shadow Cats.

Our grant of John Paul Pet Ear & Eye Wipes to Shadow Cats is making a huge difference for the elderly and FLV+ cats being cared for by the Round Rock, Tex., sanctuary.

President Sheila Smith sends us this report of how the Ear & Eye Wipes have helped decrease the incidence of illness for the organization’s most vulnerable cats:

“Since we are a sanctuary environment and focus more on long-term and hospice care, we don’t do as many adoptions as other groups. We focus on long-term care for those cats who are perceived to be less-adoptable — feral, scared, seniors, feline leukemia-positive, etc. — although almost all of our cats are available for adoption.

“We currently have 86 cats at the sanctuary, and we primarily used the Eye & Ear Wipes with our 24 feline leukemia-positive cats. We most definitely saw an increase in overall health and cleanliness of the cats. We did not have an instance of upper-respiratory infection in this area, and I believe much of that was related to product usage and the ability to keep the cats cleaner and to clean off facial/eye/nose drainage as soon as it was observed.

Ashley is a feline leukemia-positive cat being helped by our grant.

Born as a stray in San Antonio, Ashley is a feline leukemia-positive cat being helped by our John Paul Pet grant.

“We love this product. It is handy and we are able to grab it quickly when we need it. It’s soft and we are able to wipe the cat’s eyes and face quickly without distressing the cat.

“We have one cat, Polly, who was rescued during Best Friends’ Great Kitty Rescue in 2007. She is feline leukemia-positive and has a blocked tear duct. Her eye often has drainage. She is now very used to us cleaning her eyes! I’ve attached a pic of her getting one of her frequent ‘eye baths’ from one of our volunteers, Susan VandeVoorde!

Volunteer Susan VandeVoorde gives Polly an eye bath.

Volunteer Susan VandeVoorde gives Polly an eye bath.

“It also makes a difference in some of the cats who are elderly and have less-than-stellar grooming habits. We are able to keep them clean. This really is a great product, and I feel safe using it with the cats. I have also asked my husband, Dr. Roy Smith, the 2013 president of the American Association of Feline Practitioners, his thoughts, and he feels this is a great product in helping us help the cats to live healthier lives.

“Thank you for choosing Shadow Cats and our community of fragile sanctuary cats to help — we sincerely appreciate it!”

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Polly looks looks clean and happy, thanks to our John Paul Pet Ear & Eye Wipes grant.

Donate to help us keep more homeless pets healthy, and Orvis will match your gift!

What Happened to Oklahoma Tornado Pets?

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Chance was treated for facial fractures and lacerations from flying debris.

Thanks to donors like you, in May we gave nearly $50,000 in cash and product grants to shelters impacted by the Oklahoma tornado. What happened to the animals who lost their homes to the storm? Grant recipient Central Oklahoma Humane Society, one of the shelters charged with rescuing pets displaced by the disaster, providing medical treatment for them and reuniting them with their owners, took in 151 dogs and cats. Amy Shrodes, the shelter’s manager of development, tells us nearly all have been reunited with their families or adopted into new homes — and those who haven’t are being lovingly cared for by shelter staff.

Here is the full grant report from Shrodes:

“The Central Oklahoma Humane Society (OK Humane) applied the grant from the Petfinder Foundation towards outside emergency medical expenses associated with animals injured during the May 20, 2013, tornado that devastated the city of Moore and parts of South Oklahoma City.

“The grant provided by the Petfinder Foundation covered a portion of reimbursement to outside veterinarians who assisted OK Humane with the treatment of critically injured animals found immediately following the tornado. Gifts like the one given by the Petfinder Foundation enabled OK Humane to take in a total of 151 animals at our temporary disaster-relief facilities. We were thrilled that 67 of the dogs and cats OK Humane took in were reunited with owners during the 45-day reunion time frame. At the end of the 45 days, OK Humane hosted a special adoption event for the animals who did not have families come forward for them. The event was called ‘Hope After The Storm,’ and it was hosted on July 13. Adopters from all over the country pre-registered for a chance to win a ticket to attend the private adoption event. Almost all of the remaining tornado animals were adopted at the event. OK Humane is still caring for several dogs and cats displaced by the storm, and they will receive love and attention until they are adopted by new families.

“We are now in the process of launching a long-term area resource plan for residents in disaster-affected areas. OK Humane is a member of the Long-Term Area Resource Committee for Oklahoma County and plans to assist owners with outstanding vet-bill reimbursement for injuries resulting from the disaster. OK Humane will also be offering free spay/neuter surgeries, free vaccinations and free microchipping. The plan is to offer these resources through at least the end of 2013.

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Chance’s grandmother broke down in tears when she discovered he was alive.

“Chance, a brindle-and-white boxer, was in horrible shape when his rescuer found him the night the tornado ripped through the City of Moore. The fact that he was in an airline carrier is probably the only thing that saved his life.

“Chance was sent to the OK Humane disaster-relief facility from the triage unit in Moore. Upon arrival, we knew that he needed immediate medical attention. As soon as a volunteer was available, we had him transported over to an emergency center where he was treated for facial fractures and lacerations from flying debris on his legs and face.

“We are excited to say that several days later Chance was reunited with his family. The person who found Chance was his grandmother, and she could not believe he was still alive. Her house had been completely destroyed by the storm. She thought Chance was lost forever, and broke down in tears immediately when she saw him come around the corner at our facility. Known as his ‘Oma,’ she had been keeping Chance for a few weeks for her son in California when the storm hit.

“Chance’s owners stayed in constant contact with us during his sheltering and treatment, and even allowed us to neuter him for free at our high-quality public spay/neuter clinic. One month later, an OK Humane board member flew Chance in a private plane back to his mom and dad in California. This sweet boy truly received a second ‘chance’ at life! Following the progress of his story during the 30 days that we cared for him was an inspiration to the entire OK Humane team.”

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A month after the tornado hit, Chance was reunited with his owners.

 

SNAP-X Grants Help Rural Pets Find Homes Faster

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Clockwise from top left: Miss Kaye, Heidi, Kurt Russell and Katie

We got these reports from two recipients of our SNAP-X spay/neuter grants.

Patricia Beam, director of Mitchell County Animal Rescue in Spruce Pine, N.C., writes:

“Thanks so much for the Petfinder Foundation grant. We have used it to spay/neuter our shelter animals. Miss Kaye was a stray. An out-of-state adopter walked in the door and said he was here to adopt her based on her profile on Petfinder.com. Heidi was a stray kitten whom we were able to quickly get spayed and into her new home. Kurt Russell could jump three feet high flat-footed. He was adopted off Petfinder and fixed with the Petfinder Foundation grant funds. Katie was born in a ditch and her mother was feral. She and her five littermates were all fixed with the grant money and all were quickly adopted. Petfinder is an animal shelter pet’s best friend!”

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Cassidy with his new mom

Pat Getter, president of Doberman Rescue of Nevada in Las Vegas, tells us about one dog who was neutered thanks to our SNAP-X grant:

“An 11-month-old Doberman was brought to an animal hospital and the owners asked the vet to euthanize him — they said he was showing residual signs of parvo he supposedly previously had. The vet examined the dog, asked some questions, and basically determined that he was a healthy, energetic puppy who did not deserve to die because the irresponsible owners had no clue how to handle him. The vet asked the owners to surrender the dog to the animal hospital, which they did.

“The vet got the medical records from the owners’ previous vet clinic and the clinic said the owners told them the puppy ‘had parvo last week’ so it was never documented by any identifiable veterinarian that the dog had been sick or treated. Vet No. 1 did some additional testing, including an ECG when they thought they might have detected a slight arrhythmia, but the test came back normal. So, once the puppy had a clean bill of health, they called Doberman Rescue of Nevada and asked if we would be able to find a home for this Doberman.

“We were happy to help. Vet No. 1 proceeded with the puppy’s neuter. DRNV was only charged for the neuter and not any of the additional testing.

“Once we posted a photo of Cassidy, we received more than a dozen applications. We are particularly diligent when we have a young, classic-looking Doberman — black and tan, cropped and docked — because it is considered the breed standard and people come out of the woodwork wanting one, many of whom are not qualified to adopt and some of whom want Dobermans for the wrong reasons.

“We ultimately selected a woman who was raised with many dogs growing up, including Dobermans, worked in kennels as a teenager and is dedicated to not only loving and nurturing the boy, but giving Cassidy the obedience training he needs right away at this developmental age to turn him into the fine Doberman he can be.”

 

Our Grant Gets 25 Shelter Cats Spayed or Neutered

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Fiona and her kittens were altered thanks to our grant.

Twenty-five shelter cats were spayed or neutered — and made more adoptable as a result — thanks to our Light Up a Life grant to Coulee Region Humane Society, Inc., in Onalaska, Wis., last year. We received this report from grants assistant Peg Zappen, who tells us, “We are so grateful for this grant support for our cats.  You make our world a better place for animals.” We are so glad we could help!

Zappen writes: “Coulee Region Humane Society is an open-admission shelter at which cats still face space-related euthanasia. We are in a community that has an ordinance requiring that animals adopted from the shelter be altered. One outcome of this is that altering shelter animals post-adoption is a source of income for local veterinary clinics. This is very positive but the reality is that people have become accustomed to finding animals who are already altered at limited-admission shelters in our region. Having the expense of spay/neuter puts cats at our shelter at a disadvantage when it comes to adoption.

“Over the past 20 months, we have been working with local clinics to build support for spay/neuter of shelter cats at a price we and grantors can afford and accept. For this grant we had three clinics — a record number — alter cats for $50 each. This is very significant for us to have moved from no support to having three participating clinics in this time period. Twenty-five cats were altered with this grant.

“All these cats have similar stories — they found themselves in an open admission shelter, unaltered and in need of help. Here is a little information about a few of the cats who you helped:

“Fiona is a fabulous, beautiful calico who was surrendered to us with two 2-day-old kittens. Fiona and her kittens were fostered by a staff member. All are adopted and much loved in their new homes.

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Archimedes

“Archimedes is a short-haired orange guy who is the life of the party, really a goofball in the nicest sense of the word. He was altered, recovered, appeared on a local TV station and was adopted within two days.

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Whisper, left, and Diamond

“Whisper and Diamond are two gray-and-white girls who were surrendered from the same home. They are now altered and living together in our communal room, awaiting their forever home.”