Success Stories

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

Partners for Pets: Senior Pet Adoption Grants
What was the money or product used for?

The Petfinder Foundation awarded Partners for Pets funding to help one of our senior dogs, Daffodil, find her forever home.

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

The grant helped Partners for Pets waive Daffodil’s adoption fee and offer financial assistance to her adopter.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Daffodil came to Partners for Pets on April 30, 2018, after being surrendered by her owner to Animal Control due to her age and health. Partners for Pets didn’t see the same dog they saw. We saw a dog who needed a little TLC but overall had a lot of life left to live. Daffodil was in a foster home for nearly eight months, but after receiving help from the Petfinder Foundation, Daffodil went home on December 1 and is now part of her very own family.

Save One Soul: KONG Toy Grant
What was the money or product used for?

We are a foster-based dog rescue taking care of sick and injured dogs. We recently received a grant of 10 Kong toys (Classic Kong and Goodie Bones). We currently have three dogs in our care (a Labrador retriever, a German shepherd, and a small mixed-breed dog). The remaining Kong toys will be provided to dogs who will join our rescue in the near future.

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

Each of the three dogs currently in our care received one toy (we also supplied the fosters with peanut butter) as enrichment and boredom-busters while in foster care. Our fosters have reported that the dogs enjoy the toys a great deal, and receive a stuffed Kong in the a.m. before their fosters head to work. In addition to being used as enrichment and boredom-busters, the toys also aid in crate training, as two of the dogs are now much easier to get into their crates (the third dog does not have to be crated).

How many pets did this grant help?

Three immediately and seven more in the coming weeks/months.

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

Max is an approximately 2-year-old German shepherd who was no longer wanted by his original owner. He spent all of his time outside, with little or no human interaction (in fact, when we went to pick him up, the owner did not even come out of the home).

Since we took possession of Max, he has learned what a dog’s life is all about: He now has canine siblings, gets to stay inside of a house with a doggie door, and he has toys and human companionship. Max has been brought up-to-date on his vaccinations, and (just yesterday) was neutered. He is almost ready for adoption, and we can’t wait to see him graduate.

M&M's Fur-Ever Furbabies: Petfinder Adoption Options in Action Grant (Invitation Only)
What was the money or product used for?

The funding which we received from the Adoption Options grant went towards the purchase of a universal microchip scanner.

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

It is because of the Adoption Options workshop and grant opportunity that MMFFR was able to achieve and accomplish our short-term goal of increasing adoptions. The funding provided us with the tool necessary to accurately and quickly reunite lost pets with families so that our focus could remain on those animals still in need of forever homes. We continue to improve our program and find ways in which we can increase our adoptions. The pets in our care were positively impacted by the shift in our focus, which provided each pet with a new loving adoptive home — even some who have resided with us for years.

How many pets did this grant help?

50

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

This opportunity has given us the chance to help both our rescued pets and lost pets of the community by reuniting them with their families much faster than before. The grant funding allowed us to reunite Ruby, an adult female bully breed who had been lost from her forever family for two years. MMFFR was contacted when neighbors were concerned about a possible stray pit bull in their area after numerous rescue attempts had failed. We managed to rescue this sweet, scared and hungry girl. We suspected she would not have a chip due to her condition; however, were never more delighted to be proven wrong.

Ruby began her journey home because the owners’ contact information was still the same despite their having lost their fur baby two years prior. We gladly reunited the loving family with Ruby that night, which would have been impossible months earlier, as we did not have the funding to purchase a universal scanner.

Before we had the scanner, when we’d rescue pets on the weekends or evenings, we would keep them with us overnight until the vet was open for them to be examined and scanned — obviously delaying the chance of reunion. Ruby’s family is as thankful and grateful as we all are at MMFFR that we are now able to quickly reunite lost pets with their loved ones.

Spokane Humane Society: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

The $45 we received went towards poop bags for our volunteer dog-walking program and prison-dog program!

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

The grant helped our organization out by allowing extra funding to purchase good-quality bags that will help keep not only our grounds clean, but our prison partner’s grounds clean.

How many pets did this grant help?

Many at shelter and at least 16 prison dogs

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

We’ve had two rounds of prison dogs who’ve benefited greatly from this grant. One example is Minka. From Facebook: “Minka is a graduate of the prison dog program, our three legged wonder. She is fully trained and ready to go.She is the perfect dog for your family. But please no cats in the home.”

Fido and Fluffy’s rescue: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

Vaccines and surgeries

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

We were able to get an eye-removal surgery for a dog who was born with a defect.

How many pets did this grant help?

5

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

We had a puppy, Jumping Jacks, born without a left ear and with a right-eye deformity. We needed to do an emergency eye removal, which was unexpected and expensive. With the help of this grant, we were able to help this rescue dog out! From her Petfinder profile: “Sweet Jumping Jacks was born with a couple of genetic defects. She was born without a left ear and had a bad left eye that required surgery to remove it.” Meet Jumping Jacks here.

Northeast Boston Terrier Rescue (NEBTR): Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

We have large vet bills and all our money is used to make our Boston terriers well. We get in sick and abused dogs who need constant care.

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

We were able to treat the sick Boston terriers and get them ready for their forever homes.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Buster was left at a New Jersey shelter. Buster is a 13-year-old neutered male whose health had been neglected. He is settling into his foster home and is described as super sweet to all. From Facebook: “Buster and Icy came to us as a bonded pair from a shelter. Both were very sick with pneumonia. Sadly, Icy crossed the bridge last week. Buster is recovering well physically but he is looking for Icy. He sleeps and rests in her bed and blankets. Although there is others dogs in his foster home, Buster seems alone. His foster mom reports that he has been very clingy this past week and is getting all the love and support that he could want.”

Pets Alive: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

This sponsorship helped with Big Red’s general care, including kitten food.

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

We have a large quantity of kittens who come our way during kitten season, so this sponsorship helped us care for one kitten until he was adopted.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Big Red came to Pets Alive as a 6-week-old kitten with his siblings Hubba Bubba and Bazooka. They were part of a TNR group that came to our shelter and we took them into our adoption program. They initially started out in foster until they were old enough to come into the shelter and be altered. Big Red’s big day came in mid-December, when he went to his forever home!

Wags Rescue: KONG Toy Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Wags Rescue received Kongs to be shared with the dogs who have been rescued and are currently in a training program.

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

The grant helped our agency give enriching toys to dogs who are currently in a training program and will help us increase their skills to be the best dogs they can be.

How many pets did this grant help?

15-20

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

On the day we received the Kongs, Wags had several of our dogs try out the products to test them for the upcoming full-time users of the Kongs. They approved! The dogs in the training program will have their handlers teach them skills such as sit, stay, down, and wait, with the reward of having a Kong to play with and chew on.

Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

This donation to our Animal Assistance Fund will be used to expand services such as specialized veterinary care to rehabilitate sick and injured animals and give them a second chance.

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

All donations help the shelter animals.

How many pets did this grant help?

N/A

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

Many animals receive their second chance at life, but we’d like to tell you the story of one lucky little kitten with a truly miraculous story of survival. A good Samaritan, enjoying a warm spring day, saw a tiny orange kitten fall, quite literally, from the sky! The terrified newborn, only a day or two old, had fallen from the grasp of a bird of prey flying overhead. This tiny fighter was admitted to SVACA’s Animal Care Center and carefully treated for multiple puncture wounds and bruising on her tiny body. A loving foster parent nursed her through the healing process by diligently bottle-feeding her every two to four hours through the night and, of course, providing a ton of TLC. The tiny but mighty Miracle blossomed into an extraordinary kitten, full of personality and spunk, sprinkled with fun and mischief! Her new mom is smitten and we completely understand why!

Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

Altering and vetting adoptable cats and dogs

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

It helped us recoup the cost of preparing animals for adoption.

How many pets did this grant help?

4

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

Kringle and other pets like him can be microchipped, neutered, vaccinated and heartworm-tested and then adopted out for a reasonable fee thanks to grants. Kringle, a sweet senior 8-year-old male pit bull mix, was adopted over the holidays and is now in a happy home.