Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
The Petfinder Foundation granted Wags & Walks a $750 COVID-19 Operations grant. This funding helped us to continue our operations in the face of severe revenue losses. It contributed to the foster and medical care of our rescue dogs.
Because we have transitioned almost all the dogs in our care to foster homes, we have actually been able to intake a large number of dogs this year. That said, our medical and foster expenses have grown exponentially. The Petfinder Foundation helped us to care for dogs who would otherwise have been euthanized without our intervention.
Porky was bred in a backyard to fight. When he wouldn’t fight, he was dumped. He became emaciated, suffered severe pancreatitis, and had debilitating ear infections. We hospitalized him immediately. His condition was so dire, he had a 50/50 chance of survival.
We prepared ourselves for the worst, but Porky fought for his life at the emergency vet. After he showed signs of recovery, we moved him to a long-time foster home. He was their 33rd foster pup. Though his foster parents were not looking to adopt, it wasn’t long until they fell in love and decided to give Porky a forever home.
In their words, “Porky (now Porkster) brings us so much joy and makes us laugh every day!”
We used the funding we received to support our foster program going from part-time to full-time during COVID-19.
This grant was incredibly helpful to us because, when COVID hit, we were forced to close down our brick-and-mortar building so that we could keep our volunteers and staff safe. In March we (like everyone) had no idea what was happening; all we knew was that we had to be very cautious and very responsible. We placed the 50 kitties we had in our building into foster care; it was a challenge because our foster program only had a budget for a part-time position, and we had to increase the number of hours our foster coordinator was working in order to grow our program so we had homes for every kitty.
Mabel was born on March 21, 2019. Her introduction to life was not the best. She had been dumped in a Home Depot parking lot in Mesa with her two siblings. Luckily for them, a kind lady from Apache Junction found them and contacted us. They arrived at our rescue in April 2019. She lived at our rescue for about a month until a grandmother with eight grandchildren fell under her spell. She was adopted on May 29, 2019.
At this point, we all hoped this sweet little kitten had finally found her forever home. Unfortunately, her story does not end there. Almost a year to the day later, we received a phone call from her adopter stating that she could no longer care for Mabel as she (the adopter) had developed a rare blood cancer and lupus.
We have always had a policy with the rescue that, if for any reason you can no longer care for your cat, we will take the kitty back, no questions asked. So on the June 2, 2020, a scared little cat returned, not knowing why this had happened.
For a few days, she was placed into one of our habitat rooms that are set up almost like a living room in a home for observation. Unfortunately, Mabel was showing signs of reverse socialization and fear. We kept an eye on her as she continually hid under blankets and away from people. We decided that a foster situation would be the best scenario for her recovery. Because of the grant we received, we had just the right foster person who could not only take Mable, but give her the additional socialization she needed.
At the foster’s home, she lived in her own bedroom for about two weeks as she slowly came out of her shell. Then she started to show strong interest in the other cats who would constantly visit her from the other side of the closed door. She had lived a solitary, cat-free life for almost a year. It was an almost instant integration success once she met the other kitties and finally, she came out of her shell.
A week later, the foster decided to adopt her, and she became a permanent member of that family in July 2020.
Some of this grant was used towards medical care for a dog who came to us from a backyard breeder. Dorothy’s care totaled over $1,500. This grant was used to help pay for the x-rays that were needed to evaluate her orthopedic issues that had been left untreated for years. This grant was also used to help cover the cost of monthly preventatives for some of our dogs.
This grant helped to subsidize some of the medical-care costs associated with dogs in our care (see above). We have been struggling with fundraising, so it was a welcome relief to have this grant to help with a few of our expenses.
Dorothy was rescued from a backyard breeder, where she spent the first 8 years of her life living in a rabbit hutch. She needed 13 dental extractions, and had a grade-2 heart murmur, bilateral medial patella luxation, cataracts, and bilateral hip dysplasia with moderate degenerative joint disease.
Dorothy was a matted mess when she came into our care, and she also had allergies and skin issues. Once we got her healthy, she was adopted by a wonderful woman who needed Dorothy’s love as much as Dorothy needed hers.
The $250 grant was applied to medical care for Jean, a stray dog who was underweight and had severe skin conditions. She is now at one of our North Carolina foster homes, making a complete recovery, and hopefully she will be adopted soon.
At the time we were considering Jean, there was a significant chance we would have passed her up without this grant.
Jean was a stray with some sores or a skin condition on her hind end; she was also definitely underweight. She was not being adopted at the shelter, so Chasin Tail Rescue pulled her on Aug. 14 and she has been with a foster since. When she has completely recovered, she will be put up for adoption. When she was picked up, she had a tear in her eye, captured in one of the photos.
Grant support from the Petfinder Foundation was used to support our foster program, which quickly expanded to include available animals following the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.
Specifically, funding from the Petfinder Foundation provided the means to purchase essential foster-care supplies such as large crates, bedding, bowls, food, and toys to support our foster families while they temporarily cared for our animals.
During the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, our available dogs needed foster families, and our organization was lucky to have many families reach out to us willing to open their hearts and homes to an animal in need.
Ryker, a young pit-bull terrier mix, was one of our available dogs in need of a foster family. He was soon matched with a generous family, and Ryker settled in well to his new temporary home.
Things didn’t remain temporary for long though!
Ryker immediately bonded with the family’s resident senior pit-bull terrier mix, Panda, who was adopted from HSSC in 2016. With his silly and playful personality, Ryker helped to bring out the puppy hiding in Panda, and the pair became inseparable.
Ryker also won over the heart of his new dad, who, when making his initial decision to foster, insisted that the arrangement would be temporary. The two became best buds.
Ryker fit into his foster family so well that they officially adopted him!
The grant funds were used to purchase enough vaccines to vaccinate at least 50 of our pets. All of our pets are kept up-to-date on vaccinations.
In the past couple months, our intake numbers have not necessarily increased, as they have at many shelters, but we have taken in more animals needing immediate and follow-up medical care. The increased medical expenses have greatly impacted our budget. The Petfinder Foundation grant enabled us to ensure that we had the needed vaccines on hand so that pets at the shelter stayed up-to-date on vaccinations and all pets adopted were up-to-date on vaccinations.
Lou Anne (first photo) is a kitten who was brought to the shelter in August. Below is part of the story we posted about Lou Anne on Facebook. We did the vaccinations for Lou Anne as needed, and she received emergency care and surgery at vet clinics in Springfield.
Friday afternoon, the shelter office manager did not get to go home as planned. Instead, she drove an injured kitten towards Springfield. She was met partway by our acting shelter director, who then took the kitten to the Animal Emergency Clinic in Springfield, IL.
The kitten had been brought to the Benld shelter that afternoon. She had been found in the middle of a road by Lake Lou Yaeger in Litchfield. A lady stopped to check and move what she thought was a dead kitten. She found two kittens; one was deceased and the second was alive, but severely injured. She wrapped up the injured kitten and brought it to the shelter looking for help.
We decided that bringing the kitten to Springfield was the only option, as the local animal hospitals were closing for the night. The kitten’s mouth was bleeding, her jaw appeared broken, and a back leg was shattered with bone exposed.
They could not hear her lung sounds at the shelter because the kitten would not stop purring. We had to take a chance that the doctors at the Animal Emergency Clinic could help her or, if not, to at least help her pass away free of pain and fear.
Little kitten Lou Anne spent the weekend at the emergency clinic on antibiotics and fluids. She was even able to eat a little. Monday morning, Lou Anne will go to Coble Animal Hospital. The plan is to amputate her shattered leg and stabilize her jaw.
Lou Anne was an excellent patient! She was sweet to everyone and healed quickly. She was just recently adopted by a friend of the shelter, who several years ago adopted a dog from us named Ruby. Ruby had also been in horrible shape (emaciated — she’d been purposely starved by her owner) when she arrived at the shelter. Ruby and Lou Anne are the best of friends now (second photo) and Lou Anne races around the house like a mad kitten!
Cinnamon (third photo) came to the shelter very pregnant! She soon had 10 pups at her foster home. They are almost ready for adoption.
Callie (fourth photo) was also brought to the shelter pregnant. Her owners had taken her to the vet to be spayed, but when they learned that she was pregnant they did not spay her and the vet contacted us to ask if we would be able to take her. Callie and her kittens will also be ready for adoption soon. Callie is such a good mom!
The $1,000 grant was used to help cover the medicating costs for 20 animals in our care. This includes vaccinations, parasite treatment and control, and testing.
Receiving $1,000 to help cover vet expenses during the initial stage of the pandemic was such a relief to our organization. With the closure and cancellation of fundraising events, our income will drop by $300,000 this year alone.
Nikita arrived at LHS in March as a scared, nervous girl. She stayed in the back of her cage and was shy with adopters who passed by her cage in our Adoption Center. When LHS closed to the public due to the pandemic, we sent as many animals into foster homes as possible, including Nikita. After a few months in her foster home, she began to feel safe and gain confidence. Nikita thrived! Her foster mom knew it was meant to be after their months of home-quarantining together and adopted her in July. Thanks to the grant, we were able to fund her continuing vet care over the five months she was in LHS’s care.
Funds were used to provide vetting and supplies for three “fospice” dogs, a program for seniors and medical dogs whom Rebound supports for life. These dogs require constant vetting and a steady supply of medication and other supplies.
This grant helped three senior fospice dogs by providing needed vet care and supplies so that they could remain healthy and comfortable in their golden years.
Fourteen-year-old Venus is one senior fospice beneficiary of this grant. We took her into our care after she was surrendered to the Manhattan ACC shelter. Her owner was no longer able to care for her, likely because of her extensive and expensive medical issues. Venus has Cushing’s disease and came to us with many dental needs and a torn ACL. She has so much life left to live but has many common problems we see in senior dogs. We absolutely adore her! She is living in a forever home with her fospice mom, Nicole, where she spends her days sunbathing, taking slow walks in the woods, and eating a healthy and nourishing diet.
The funds were used for adoption preparation, which includes medical exams, spay/neuter, microchips, dentals and vaccinations.
During Covid-19, we saw our adoptions increase by 25-50% in the months directly after quarantine began. This increased our anticipated budget for adoption prep, which typically costs our organization about $75 a kitten. An adult cat with no issues who is already spayed/neutered costs about $25 for the vet exam, vaccinations and microchip. We did have one cat who was three years old who needed to have all but four teeth extracted, which cost $276. We were able to take in six additional kittens and two adults, one of whom needed a dental.
Indy was adopted as a kitten and unfortunately did not receive proper medical care. He and his brother Speedway were taken in by Sheltering Hands. During his intake exam, it was determined that he had severe dental issues and needed to have most, if not all, of his teeth removed.
While waiting for his extractions, Indy played with all of the other cats, including his brother. You would never know he was in pain. The volunteers fell in love. Indy loved to play with humans and reward them with cuddles.
Indy is now in his forever home and, last time we checked, his new mom was more in love with him than she was the day he picked her to live with.
The funding provided from this grant project was utilized to purchase several large crates for temporary housing for cats.
When our adoption center was forced to close due to COVID-19 restrictions right before kitten season begins here in south Texas, we were forced to reintegrate more than 15 cats back into foster homes that had already taken in new families. Crates were utilized to help keep animals/families separated during transitions and, in one case, allow a young mama kitty to be brought into care with her kittens when we wouldn’t otherwise have been able to intake the family.
Cream-sickle was a young, feral cat whom we had attempted to trap for some time, particularly when we noticed she was pregnant. She disappeared from her regular feeding station for about three weeks, then returned with her three kittens in tow.
Because our foster homes were overcrowded with cats who had been returned to them from the adoption center, Cream-sickle was caught with her kittens and housed in a foster home in a semi-private room within her own (blocked-off) large crate. She and the kittens lived there until the kittens were old enough to be weaned.
When we took Cream-sickle to have her spayed, she was already 5-6 weeks pregnant again, according to the doctor — having gotten pregnant again at an unheard of 2-3 weeks post-delivery.
Cream-sickle returned to her crate for rest after her surgery, and her kittens were acclimated to a “kitten nursery” in one of the foster’s other rooms so Cream-sickle could rest and recover. Cream-sickle has since been returned to her outdoor home, and the kittens will be ready for adoption in October!