Success Stories

Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.

Lucas County Canine Care & Control: Petfinder Annual Survey General Animal Care Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The $1,000 of grant money was used towards the purchase of sound baffles for our large adoption area.

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

The sound baffles that were purchased with help of our Petfinder Foundation grant (recently purchased, so not yet delivered or installed) will help to drastically reduce the noise in our large-dog adoption area. This area houses 27 adoptable canines at any one time, and it can be a noisy room when all of the dogs get excited and start barking. Enrichment such as playgroups and Kongs help keep the dogs calm and happy, but when they get started barking, the room can be very loud to the dogs, volunteers and staff, and to possible adopters. This noise has even deterred potential adopters from viewing dogs in this area. We are really hoping that these sound baffles can help reduce the noise, thus helping the dogs and hopefully resulting in more adoptions.

How many pets did this grant help?

There are 27 kennels in our large adoption area, with new dogs coming and going every day.

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

Sweet Daria (first and second photos) has been waiting for a home since June 2018 and she resides in our large-dog adoption area. Although dogs have playgroups, volunteer time and enrichment throughout the day, this area still becomes very noisy, and sensitive dogs such as Daria and subject to the loud noises of the kennel for the majority of the day. These sound baffles will help to provide her with a more quiet and comfortable environment until the day she gets adopted. Meet Daria: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/41678495

Keebler (third photo) is another pup who, although she can really pull off the noise-cancelling headphone look, will absolutely love the new sound baffles thanks to the Petfinder Foundation.

Kokomo Humane Society: Cat Enrichment
What was the money or product used for?

The money was used for a cat wall for our cat colony to provide vertical space for enrichment. The wall contains five boxes for cats to relax or sleep in and multiple shelves and a set of steps for vertical activity.

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

This grant has been extremely helpful and will continue to be for years to come. It has been beneficial on multiple levels. Foremost is that this is the first cat colony we have had and we have found that the cats are happier and healthier when they are able to spend the time they are with us free-roaming. The boxes provide a safe, private space for the cats to initially adjust to the new environment and then, once adjusted, continue to offer a secure space to relax. They also enjoy the vertical space and will spend time moving from level to level. They like having that height to see what is going on around them. The cat wall is also extremely attractive to potential adopters and draws them in to look at cats that they might not notice if they were in a cage or cat condo. The cats are able to express their personality more freely when they are free-roaming and we have found that we are able to adopt out cats who had been with us for an extended period of time.

How many pets did this grant help?

The cat wall went up right before we opened in our new shelter on July 18, 2018. Since then, 30 cats have been residents of the colony. Of those, half have been adopted.

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

Sunshine and Scrabble were two of the first cats to live in the cat colony and enjoy the cat wall. Sunshine was a 10-year-old, overlooked, overweight orange senior. We initially wondered how he would do with the vertical wall, but he was the first one to start exploring, climbing and getting cozy in the boxes. His image was instantly transformed from a fat, lazy old cat into a cool older dude who liked to climb. Although he wasn't immediately adopted, people were drawn to him. He was more outgoing and looked so cute climbing around that he got quite a bit of attention. He got along well with all the other cats in the colony, and when Scrabble, a beautiful 2-year-old black cat, was adopted, the couple decided that they needed to take Sunshine home too. It was perfect in that they already knew that the two cats got along and they were able to add both a young cat and a senior to their family. Sunshine is shown in the first two photos.

Take Paws Rescue: P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds
What was the money or product used for?

P.L.A.Y. beds were used for our foster dogs awaiting adoption.

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

The beds help keep our foster dogs comfortable and relaxed while in foster care.

How many pets did this grant help?

12 so far

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

Cece is a 10-month-old boxer and is as friendly and playful as they come. Cece makes friends with everyone she meets. She loves cuddles and belly rubs and kisses. Cece is one lovable, smart pup. She is still waiting for her forever home. She is so adorable! Meet her: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/42302372. All Take Paws Rescue dogs are saved from high-[intake] shelters in Southeast Louisiana. All of our dogs are healthy, spayed/neutered, vaccinated and on heartworm preventative. They live in foster homes where they are socialized and well cared-for. Many have basic obedience skills and all have been temperament-tested.

Humane Society of Manatee County, Inc.: Senior Pet Adoption Grants
What was the money or product used for?

The money was used to waive the adoption fee of a senior dog named Betty and provide three years of thyroid medication, three years of prescription shampoo and three years of Optimmune Eye Lube.

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

Because of this grant, Betty has found a forever home. It saved the life of a senior shelter dog.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Betty was a beautiful springer spaniel mix who ended up at the county facility in rough shape: fur missing from her entire back and severely overweight. We brought Betty back to the shelter in hopes of rehabilitating her, and that’s when the human Betty came into play. Originally from Buffalo, Betty McCabe has enjoyed living in Florida for the past 42 years. She has two dogs: Pumpkin, a Jack Russell terrier and Molly, a Chihuahua mix. She has been volunteering at HSMC for a year and a half, and is so dedicated that she comes in early to help clean! Betty is especially drawn to the smaller dogs and loves to walk them and give them quality cuddling time.

When human Betty met canine Betty, it was obvious that the latter needed lots of tender loving care as well as medical attention. Her ears were badly infected and inflamed, her teeth were in desperate need of a dental cleaning, she had growths all over her body and she was missing much of her fur. The medical staff at HSMC took care of the treatment, while human Betty provided love and support for her new canine friend.

After several months, canine Betty’s coat began to fill in and her ears healed. A much-needed dental procedure made her teeth white and shiny. She was now a happy girl who just needed a new home to complete the transformation. Maybe it was her name, maybe it was the sweet calmness that canine Betty exuded, but whatever the reason, human Betty knew she had to add her to the pack at the McCabe house. Pumpkin and Molly accepted Betty right away and the family was complete.

Vanderburgh Humane Society: Cat Enrichment
What was the money or product used for?

Purchasing Feliway diffusers and refills for shelter-cat enrichment.

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

We have to purchase Feliway out-of-pocket almost 100% of the time -- it's not something we have a lot of success getting donated by our volunteers or the public. So having funding for Feliway is truly lifesaving in terms of opening up much-needed money in other areas.

How many pets did this grant help?

Around 1,800 -- the average number of cats we take in each year, and this is a year's supply of Feliway.

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

None specifically -- it helps our entire population! Included are pictures of a diffuser that needed replacing, and a small display of the replacements that we were able to get thanks to the Petfinder Foundation.

Vanderburgh Humane Society: Senior Pet Adoption Grants
What was the money or product used for?

The money was used for the care and adoption of Cannon Ball, a senior cat.

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

Receiving these funds helped us to recoup the cost of a senior cat's dental, neuter, and routine medical care. It will free up other unrestricted money to help more pets in need.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Cannon Ball was a needy kitty who had all the odds against him in terms of adoptability: He was older and extremely shy. After his dental procedure was completed, we posted him on social media and he was adopted the next day! Receiving these funds helped us to recoup the cost of his dental, neuter, and routine medical care while he waited on a home.

Cochise Canine Rescue: Emergency Medical Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Medical care for Mini, a dog with cancer. I will list the past two months’ medical expenditures, as well as upcoming expenditures committed to before Oct. 20, 2018. The drugs Mini is taking are a daily “cocktail”: two drugs in the a.m., one drug in the p.m., plus supplements midday, all given with small home-cooked high-protein, low-carb meals.

Morning: Cyclophosphamide – a very low-dose compounded daily chemo drug. This is given with furosemide, also compounded, which helps prevent bladder cysts that can be caused by the chemo
Midday: Vitamin E oil, fish oil, curcumin, probiotics, CBD oil
Evening: Piroxicam – compounded formula. Piroxicam is a strong NSAID with the additional benefit of helping reduce tumors. Piroxicam is often used as a stand-alone drug when an animal cannot tolerate chemo drugs. We are fortunate in that Mini has been on the medications for a month and is tolerating them perfectly.

Mini is scheduled to see Dr. Hershey, her oncologist at IVO, in Phoenix again on Oct. 15 for an ultrasound and X-rays, as well as re-measurement of the tumors to document changes.
Medical costs to date:
AZ Diagnostic Laboratory - pathology: $145.00
All Creatures Veterinary Services: $276.44 (this is only what was not covered under a $750 grant from Paws for Life, which has been totally used)
IVO – Dr. Hershey – first visit: $148.00
Arizona Animal Hospital: $200.00
Diamondback Drugs – compounded medication: $157.85
Reorder of compounded medications: $157.85
Revisit, Dr. Hershey, including ultrasound and X-rays: $318.67
Total medical expenditures: $1561.66

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

It enabled Mini to have the ongoing medical care, medicines and testing she requires. As a result, she is doing very well and looking forward to a long time with a wonderful quality of life!

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Mini is doing incredibly well. Three months ago, when Mini first arrived at CCR, she almost died twice: once during her first surgery and once several days later due to systemic sepsis caused by her open, untended, ulcerated mammary tumor. (See photos before and after surgery.) Today, Mini’s bloodwork has gone from extremely anemic and an off-the-charts white count to what would be seen in a dog without cancer, i.e. “normal ranges.”

Unfortunately, due to her long-term neglect by her previous “caregivers,” she is in stage-four cancer -- the cancer has spread to several lymph nodes. Given that reality, she is on a daily three-drug protocol which may buy her several years of health and comfort. She will be seeing her local veterinarian monthly for bloodwork sent to the oncologist for review, as well as visits to Dr. Hershey at IVO every two months. Both Dr. Hershey and Dr. Knoblich (the local vet) agree that Mini has at least two years of health and potentially as long as 4-5 years. Given that she is already 11 years old, this will indeed make her an elderly little dog.

Mini has an amazing quality of life. She has integrated herself into the little pack of senior and handicapped dogs. She is active and playful, and if you didn't know differently, you would think she was a normal, healthy dog. Mini is not up for adoption at this time since she will need several years of ongoing, expensive medical care.

Two by Two Rescue: Petfinder Adoption Options in Action Grant (Invitation Only)
What was the money or product used for?

The Adoption Options in Action grant was used in the redesign of our website to enable us to better highlight our adoptable animals. The site is due to launch soon. At the Adoption Options workshop, we realized that increasing the visibility of our animals would increase their eventual adoptions. We have worked with our "pawtographer" to secure multiple photos and videos of each companion animal. Our Foster Care Team is also working with our foster caregivers to receive and then post heartwarming and humorous stories that highlight each pet's personality.

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

With a redesigned website, we will attract more potential adopters to our site and, once they're there, provide a more in-depth, compelling, visually appealing, and easy-to-navigate presentation of our adoptable pets. Helping promote the pets increases the number of people coming to adoption events to meet them as well as those scheduling meet-and-greets in hopes of adopting. In seeking quality photos and videos as well as animal-interest stories from foster caregivers, we are involving them more in the fostering process. It is a win-win for the rescue and the animals we care for.

How many pets did this grant help?

From July 15 to Aug. 31, 2018, we welcomed 76 dogs into the rescue. We also returned eight dogs to their owners and had 75 dogs adopted.

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

Tori (first photo) has been in the rescue for an extended period of time. She was recently moved to a new foster home, where the caregiver has spent quality time training her and has helped Tori's winning personality blossom. Tori is a loving 3-year-old boxer/terrier mix. She loves to snuggle and get belly rubs. She loves going for walks and car rides (especially to get ice cream). Tori likes squeaky toys and yellow tennis balls. She recently was the star at her first adoption event. Meet her: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/39577504

Sid and Molly (second photo) are senior Chihuahuas who were surrendered to a shelter in northern Alabama. Certain to be euthanized, they were transferred to Two by Two, where they have received quality medical care and are currently in a loving foster home with other senior Chihuahuas. Once they have fully recovered, adoption options will be considered.

Twister was born in rescue and, after waiting five months, was adopted into a wonderful home with a canine sibling (third photo).

Saving Grace Rescue, Inc.: Cat Enrichment
What was the money or product used for?

Purchase of multiple cat toys, scratchers and treat balls.

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

It brought great joy to the rescue kitties AND the fosters. Many of our kitties are special-needs, and they need noisy, contained or light-up toys that can be more expensive. This grant allowed us to enrich every kitten's day.

How many pets did this grant help?

23 and counting! Still more toys are available for future rescues.

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

HeiHei arrived with severely damaged eyes. The grant allowed us to buy crinkle balls and track toys for her to be able to confidently play. Her personality opened up! Meet her: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/42476809

Naperville Area Humane Society: Cat Enrichment
What was the money or product used for?

The money was used for a variety of supplies that help enrich the lives of our shelter cats while they wait for their forever homes. By purchasing supplies to make homemade enrichment items, we have been able to create so much more than if we were to buy each item pre-made. Also, the bubble machine that we purchased has provided enrichment for our adult-cat room (as well as the volunteers who use the machine during their visits!). We also ended up providing enrichment for our cats while making the enrichment items. Volunteers have been taking the supplies into the cat rooms and assembling the enrichment items in front of the cats. The cats have taken that as playtime and seem to quite enjoy having the company as well as the live entertainment of people who are making cat toys for them.

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

This grant allowed us to purchase supplies that we use for daily cat enrichment. Many of the supplies have also been used and integrated into our humane-education lessons. Children who come in for classes and camps have a day dedicated to cat enrichment, where they make a variety of enrichment items for our shelter cats. The children love to make a bulk number of items that we keep and provide for volunteers to use on their visits. After our Facebook post that thanked the Petfinder Foundation for this grant, we had a volunteer become so inspired to help grow our cat enrichment program that she donated a television to the adult-cat room. We stream the cat channel on YouTube on that TV for our cats’ part of each day. It is because of this grant announcement that we have been able to provide more than we set out to for daily cat enrichment.

How many pets did this grant help?

This grant will help 400 cats per year and about 40 cats per month.

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

This grant has allowed us to purchase a cat fountain for our feline friends who really enjoy the water. We have one resident, Sim Sim, who has been here for a few months and loves water. The staff would periodically bring Sim Sim up to the lobby so he could drink from and play with the water in the bathroom sink. The first photo shows Sim Sim drinking from the sink, and now I am happy to report he will be enjoying his new cat fountain. Meet him: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/39995070