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

Pebbles  - BI

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!

R.O.A.R. to Keep Mother Cats Healthy While They Wait

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

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

Donate to us through Global Giving from Oct. 14-Nov. 12 and you’ll help protect twice as many mother cats like Candy Cane (above) from disease while they wait to be adopted long after their kittens are gone.

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 twice the number of cats like Candy Cane, who was taken in by Richardson Rescue in York, S.C., stay healthy and find homes.

President Janet Richardson tells us how our vaccination grant has helped the group care for 48 cats:

Our grant helped Chino.

Our grant helped Chino.

“We have cats that stay here (very slow to adopt) that have their very own area, in our barn, to play in. They are all sweet and are mostly left over mommies that we spayed and just have a good life while they wait.

“The grant also helped with cats that went out a little easier. Every time we save money on anything, it means we are able to save more and provide more. The Petfinder Foundation is always there to make life just that much easier for us.”

Candy Cane, Chino (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 and GreaterGood.org.

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

R.O.A.R. to Protect Mother Cats from Disease

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

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

Donate to us through Global Giving from Oct. 14-Nov. 12 and you’ll help twice as many homeless mother cats like Tiger Bella (above).

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 cats like Tiger Bella, who was rescued by Tri-County Humane Society in St. Cloud, Minn., can stay healthy while they wait for their forever homes.

Manager of Fund Development Marit Ortega tells us how our vaccination grant helped to keep Tiger Bella and Abby, another adult cat, healthy at the shelter:

Abby

Abby

“Tiger Bella arrived at our shelter with a litter of five  kittens on Aug. 11. The litter had been unplanned, and her previous owner decided they had too many animals and opted to surrender the entire litter along with Tiger Bella. She had no history of veterinary care, so we vaccinated her upon arrival, and then, on Sept. 19 — the day of her adoption! — she was re-boostered courtesy of one of the vaccines received from your grant.

“Abby arrived at our shelter with two other adult cats on Sept. 7 because her previous owner was experiencing health problems and could no longer care for them. She was vaccinated courtesy of one of the vaccines received from your grant on Sept. 12. Two weeks later, on Sept. 25, she found her forever home!

“We sincerely appreciate the help in keeping our shelter animals healthy! Thank you, once again!”

Tiger Bella, Abby and many other cats at Tri-County  Humane Society were helped by our Shot at Life vaccination grant program, supported by Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc., The Animal Rescue Site and GreaterGood.org.

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

R.O.A.R. to Save Malnourished Kittens

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Give to us through Global Giving from 10/14 – 11/12 and have double the impact for kittens like Foster.

Our grant helped Lucky Day Animal Shelter in Grand Blanc, Mich., save nine kittens and one adult cat from lives of danger outdoors. And if you donate to us through Global Giving from Oct. 14-Nov. 12, you’ll help twice as many homeless pets like Foster (above).

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 groups like Lucky Day Animal Shelter save twice as many at-risk kittens and cats. Lucky Day President Gretchen Sommer tells us how our vaccination grant has made a difference:

“We have been able to help so many more by receiving these vaccinations. Right after we were awarded the grant we were able to save a mother cat and her five extremely malnourished babies, a single little kitty found on the side of the road and three newborn babies found all alone. This would not have been possible had we not received the grant.

“The money we saved by getting these vaccinations allowed us to take in these 10 urgent cats and get them fully vetted. Six have been spayed/neutered and the remaining four will be when they are of age. Four of these have already found their forever homes and are now going to go on to have happy, love-filled lives!

“We are so thrilled we were chosen to receive this grant and just want to thank you for the wonderful work you do!”

Foster and many other cats at shelters and rescue groups across the country have been helped by our Shot at Life vaccination grant program, supported by Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc., The Animal Rescue Site and GreaterGood.org.

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

Vet Gives Two Shelter Dogs ‘A Shot at Life’

Wrangler and Marian

BIVI veterinarian Marian Little with Wrangler on her wedding day

Not only is Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI), a major partner in our Shot At Life campaign to vaccinate 2 million homeless pets — many of its staff members are adoption advocates who found their best friends on Petfinder. That includes veterinarian Marian Little.

Little, who works for BIVI’s Equine Professional Services division in Lexington, Ky., tells us how she came across her dog Wrangler’s photo in 2006 as she was searching for a running buddy from Roane County Animal Shelter in Rockwood, Tenn.

“I was attracted to his photo because he seemed so incredibly cute, yet desperately afraid and disheveled,” she says. “He looked like a mess in his photo, which was out of focus and likely taken when he was cornered in his dog run.”

Little looked past Wrangler’s unflattering photo and went to meet him. (Our One Picture Saves a Life grant program, which, like A Shot At Life, is supported by The Animal Rescue Site, teaches shelter and rescue group staff and volunteers to take terrific photos, so that adopters like Little are smitten right away.)

Wrangler is living the good life.

After being abandoned at a shelter, Wrangler lives the good life today.

Little was instantly smitten with Wrangler, who was about 8-10 months old. They’ve been together ever since, through milestones such as surgeries (Wrangler needed his knees repaired) and Little’s wedding.

Adopting Wrangler turned Little into a dedicated proponent for adoption.

“One decision. One dog. One chance,” she says. “For Wrangler, my decision to adopt meant a chance at everything he’d never known — a stable home, family, and a long happy life he wouldn’t have had otherwise. And for me, the decision to adopt him has meant the world. Every day since, he rewards me with his love, companionship, and unabashed devotion, and he adds a brilliant color to my life that I couldn’t imagine not seeing.”

Wrangler also inspired Little to welcome Gringo, another shelter dog, into her family.

“I thought Wrangler needed a buddy, being alone while I worked during the day,” she says. “Gringo was also on Petfinder — adopted, returned, reposted — and then I found him and adopted him, sight-unseen.

“He’s an odd little dog. But when I brought Gringo home, there was no snarling or growling — he and Wrangler were immediate friends.”

Wrangler (left) and Gringo

Today, Little advocates for adoption with her friends, family and colleagues at BIVI. And her employer has followed her lead by working with us to send weekly all-staff e-mails about adoptable pets.

“Right now, thousands of dogs of every breed, size, color, gender, and personality sit in shelters desperately awaiting just one single chance at a future, just one person who chooses to visit that day and happens to look their way,” Little says. “There’s no reason to buy a dog when every one of those lives, and undoubtedly your own, can be transformed by the single decision to visit a shelter. So make one decision. Pick one dog. Give that one a shot at life. It’s that simple to me.”

Ready to adopt? Look on Petfinder for your new best friend.

Donate to help us save homeless pets across North America, and Orvis will match your gift!

 

We’re Helping Animal Victims of California Wildfire

Joey is at the Humane Society of Tuolumne County, which just received a disaster grant.

Eight-week-old Joey is at the Humane Society of Tuolumne County, which just received a disaster grant.

We’re rushing $2,500 in disaster aid to the Humane Society of Tuolumne County in Jamestown, Calif., a small shelter that’s working day and night to care for 30 dogs and cats displaced by California’s raging Rim Fire.

In addition to our cash grant, we’ve partnered with Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc., to send the shelter cat vaccinations, dog vaccinations and pain medicine, which will help pets recovering from spay/neuter surgeries. We’re also working with our friends at Thundershirt to send the calming shirts to the shelter, which will not only help the 30 displaced pets but the 25 homeless pets also in residence.

“We’re so happy [about all the donations],” Shelter Operations Director Doryene Rapini tells us. “We’ve been wanting to buy Thundershirts, but we can’t afford them. This will really help because some of the animals are so scared.”

Harvey

Our granted Thundershirts will help calm Harvey.

Rapini says one of her staff members has worked for 12 days straight, and that she’s had to hire additional staff to care for the displaced pets.

“In addition, we have called for all available volunteers to help with the increased workload of cleaning, walking, cuddling and nurturing the animals in our care until this crisis is over,” she tells us. “Although at this time we are unsure how long [the crisis] will last, we are currently at day 12 as the fire continues to spread and 4,500 structures are threatened.”

Rapini says our grant was going to make a huge difference: “We’re so small, and our community is not the wealthiest, so getting help is just amazing.”

Donate to help us save more pets when disaster strikes, and Orvis will match your gift!

 

Vaccination Grants Give Shelter Pets Time to Find Homes

Taz the Pit Bull

A vaccination grant helped the Dog and Cat Shelter in Sheridan, Wyo., care for Taz.

It took Taz the pit bull almost a year to find the right family — but our a vaccination grant let the Dog and Cat Shelter of Sheridan, Wyo., give him all the time he needed.

“Thanks to people like you, we can keep animals as long as it takes to find them a forever home,” shelter co-director Sharon Johnson tells us.

We’ve partnered with Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. and The Animal Rescue Site on A Shot at Life … Join the 2 Million Pet Challenge! to help protect millions of shelter pets against disease so they’re more likely to be adopted.

We awarded the Dog and Cat shelter 200 vaccines to protect its dogs against deadly but preventable conditions such as distemper, parvovirus and adenovirus. We also provided 200 vaccines to protect its cats against common shelter diseases including panleukopenia, rhinotracheitis and calicivirus.

Valued at $4,470, the vaccination grant helped the shelter afford a year of Taz’s care and feeding costs.

“He’s one of those big muscular guys who could be a scary dog if you didn’t know him – but what a gentle, loving dog he actually is,” Johnson says. “He loves people, especially kids, and enjoys playing and going on walks.

“Taz gets along well with most other dogs and many people thought of adopting him but for various reasons it didn’t happen,” Johnson says. “Finally, a young gentleman adopted Taz and we have heard from him that Taz is doing very well.”

Taz’s new person reports that he goes hiking in the mountains and is very obedient and smart. Thank you for your donations, which helped make Taz’s happy ending possible!

Taz Plays and Romps

Taz gets plenty of playtime in his new home.

Learn more about A Shot at Life.

Donate to help us save pets like Taz.

 

A Shot at Life … Join the 2 Million Pet Challenge!

Mary-Kate, an adoptable cat at The Long Island Feline Adoption Center, is healthier thanks to a vaccination grant from BIVI and the Petfinder Foundation.

We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve partnered with Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI) and The Animal Rescue Site to help vaccinate 2 million shelter pets.

The initiative, called A Shot at Life … Join the 2 Million Pet Challenge!, is a three-part collaboration to help protect shelter pets against disease so that they are more likely to be adopted.

Nearly 8 million pets enter shelters each year, with about half of them making it out. A Shot at Life … Join the 2 Million Pet Challenge! will vaccinate 25 percent of the shelter population and hopefully help more animals be adopted.

Visitors to The Animal Rescue Site, a partner of GreaterGood.org, can click daily on the “Click Here — it’s FREE” button on the site. For every click, the funding from advertising sponsors helps pay for food and care for shelter animals.

The Petfinder Foundation works with shelters, rescue organizations and animal welfare organizations across the country to help ensure that no adoptable pet is euthanized for lack of a good home. Based on the number of clicks the campaign gets through The Animal Rescue Site, the Petfinder Foundation will work with local shelters to provide vaccination awards.

BIVI will provide the vaccines that will be granted to shelters to vaccinate both dogs and cats. “We are extremely excited about this partnership,” says Colin Meyers, BIVI’s executive director, pet division. “We believe prevention is the best medicine and that every dog and cat deserves to be protected against disease.”

BIVI has already donated 13,500 doses of vaccine to help pets displaced by Superstorm Sandy. Working with the Petfinder Foundation, more than 13,000 pets were vaccinated due to this effort, and BIVI hopes A Shot at Life … Join the 2 Million Pet Challenge! will continue to help more animals be vaccinated.

“Imagine 2 million animals being vaccinated just because people went to The Animal Rescue Site and clicked on our sponsorship ad,” says Meyers. “It is truly amazing what we can do if we work together, and I look forward to the day we vaccinate that two-millionth pet.”

“The Animal Rescue site is proud to have Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc., as a partner,” says Liz Baker, executive director of GreaterGood.org. “We believe together we can give shelter pets a better chance of finding homes by keeping them healthy with vaccinations.”

“Our mission is to ensure no adoptable pet is euthanized for lack of a home,” says Petfinder Foundation executive director Lisa Robinson. “Providing good health is one of the biggest steps in helping animals find good homes. BIVI is providing that through preventive health.”

To help donate to the challenge and for information on how the challenge is progressing, visit http://www.TheAnimalRescueSite.com/AShotAtLife.

If you are with a Petfinder shelter or rescue group and would like to apply for a vaccination grant, click here.

 

Cats in Long Island are Healthier Thanks to Our Grant

Mary-Kate with her vaccines.

We received this email from Lisa Napoli, shelter manager at The Long Island Feline Adoption Center in Smithtown, NY. LIFAC received a grant from the Petfinder and Boehringer Ingelheim to replace vaccines that had been destroyed during Hurricane Sandy.

“On behalf of the Long Island Feline Adoption Center, I would like to take this opportunity to thank BI and the Petfinder Foundation for awarding us this vaccination grant.

“During the storm our facility lost power, destroying the vaccines we had for our animals. These vaccines can be costly and replacing them ourselves would have been a hardship that we would have otherwise been forced to endure on our own.

“As a rescue, we know that every penny counts, so we are extremely thankful for the assistance we received.

Baby with her vaccines.

“Here are a few pictures of our cats waiting to receive their vaccines. The brown tabby is Baby, who has been at the adoption center for a few years now. She stays in the office and greets everyone who comes into our adoption center.

“The second picture is of a tabby-and-white cat named Mary-Kate. She can be shy at times but is very sweet. She is a beautiful kitty and is waiting for her perfect home.

“Thanks again for helping us in our time of need. These vaccines will be of great benefit to all of our cats and kittens here at the shelter. Now we can focus all of our efforts on getting them each good homes.”

 

Our Vaccination Grants Protect Hurricane Sandy Pets

Elaine loves belly rubs and other dogs — and has been vaccinated thanks to our grant! All photos are by Geoffrey Tischman of Tischman Pets Photography.

Many animal shelters in the Northeast are still struggling to recover from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, and we continue to help. We’re giving adoption groups $1 million in vaccination grants to protect the cats and dogs in their care against common contagious diseases.

So far, we’ve given vaccination grants to 88 shelters, all impacted by Hurricane Sandy. That includes Westchester Humane Society in Harrison, NY, which received 250 doses.

Lois was also vaccinated.

Westchester Humane board director Irma Jansen tells us, “This grant was an incredible help for our shelter and we were delighted by the amount of vaccinations we received. We thank you and BI so much for making this possible!”

The shelter has vaccinated dogs like Elaine, above, and Lois, right, against bordetella (a.k.a. kennel cough), rabies and, via a single vaccination called DHPP, distemper, hepatitis, parvo and parainfluenza.

In addition, cats like Thackery (below) were vaccinated against rabies and, via an FVRCP vaccination, three of the worst viral infections affected cats: feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus and panleukopenia, a.k.a. feline distemper.

Thackery was vaccinated against FVRCP and other diseases.