Success Stories

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

Wish Upon a Rescue: Cat Enrichment
What was the money or product used for?

Cat enrichment supplies including:
Food Tree (2)
Feliway Scent Spray (3)
Organic Cat Grass (2)
Interactive Tower Toys (5)
Interactive Cat Ball Toys (3)
Natural Cat Sticks (2)
Petstages Grass Patch Hunting Box-Toy (2)
Catit-Senses Food Toy (2)

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

These items truly helped the cats in our care feel more secure in their environment, as well as provided much-needed mental and physical enrichment. We were able to ensure that every foster home had multiple toys geared towards enrichment of the foster cats in their care. We found that when cats are mentally stimulated, they are more likely to aim their energy towards toys and move more throughout their space.

How many pets did this grant help?

32 and counting!

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

Although we feel this grant has provided the rescue the ability to provide all of our cats and kittens with enrichment tools, we feel the most benefited have been our cats and kittens housed at our Petco partner habitat locations. These are located in Romeoville and Downers Grove, Illinois. These tools provide endless amusement for cats and kittens of all ages.

One of those cats is Romeo. In his cat habitat, he had toys and an interactive food dish that helped him “hunt” for his dry food and occasionally a treat! The Feliway Scent Spray has helped kittens like Tobias, Gob, and Maybe settle into the habitat and feel more like it is home. All of these cats and kittens have been adopted! Thanks to this grant, we have seen an increase in activity and a decrease in stress and fear!

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

To provide enrichment for our animals while they wait for their forever homes

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

Kongs provide GREAT enrichment for the dogs while they are waiting for their next volunteer interactions and for their forever homes.

How many pets did this grant help?

25

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

Blu is waiting to find his forever home. He came to the shelter as a puppy and was adopted. He was returned 10 months later when the family no longer had time for him. The Kong toys will help him stay happy and entertained while we find a better family for him! Meet Blu here.

Corinne T Smith Animal Center: KONG Toy Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The toys were used for enrichment by our dogs!

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

Our dogs actually look forward to “bedtime” every night. We put their beds down and they each get a Kong toy with peanut butter!

How many pets did this grant help?

1500

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

Shorty, pictured, is one of our longest-stay residents. He is extremely insistent at night that he gets the “right” toy, which is a red Kong with peanut butter. If he does not get this, he actually throws a temper tantrum and will flip his bed over and chew the legs. So now you know why he has the metal-framed bed, too! You can meet Shorty here.

The Humane Society and Animal Rescue of Muskegon County: Bar Dog Operation Grant
What was the money or product used for?

We used the $500 granted to us to purchase one month’s worth of vaccines for our shelter pets.

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

This was a blessing; we were able to vaccinate a month’s worth of pets coming into our care. Vaccinations ensure that our pets remain healthy as they wait to find their forever homes. Vaccines are a big expense for our organization, so we appreciate grants that can help cover these kinds of required medical costs of running an animal shelter.

How many pets did this grant help?

150

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

During this grant period, we had a transport mission that went down to Arkansas and brought up 19 dogs that were in desperate need at one of our partner shelters. Bringing these dogs up while continuing our normal intake can put a strain on our medical budget, but thanks to the support of this grant, we were able to cover the vaccine costs without issue.

I’m attaching photos of animals that cane to us from this rescue and benefitted from the vaccines purchased by this grant.

One in particular is Popcorn (first photo), a gorgeous white puppy who arrived malnourished. We are hoping Popcorn will find his fur’ever home this week. The majority of the animals from this transport have found homes already, though.

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

Funds were used to cover Joe’s adoption fee of $200, thirty hours of training,12 bags of food, and supplies such as a new bed, collar, and leash.

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

This grant helped us find Joe a loving home by defraying some of the costs associated with getting a senior pet. Thank you SO much, Petfinder Foundation!

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Joe found his forever home on June 11, 2021 thanks to the Petfinder Foundation and Petfinder.com! This grant helped us find Joe a loving home and also broadened our foster care program thanks to the interest in Joe.

Joe, a senior Shiba Inu, came to our organization as a surrender bonded with another senior small dog, Bodie. Joe and Bodie were not wanted anymore. We did a senior wellness panel on Bodie and it was discovered that Joe’s best friend was in the final stages of kidney failure and was declining fast.

Joe lost his best friend. Joe was sad in the shelter. He is very sweet but had never been in a shelter environment. Joe did have a senior wellness panel done and his bloodwork was within normal limits. Unfortunately, Joe’s mental health wasn’t doing as well in the shelter environment. He was going back and forth to foster care, but now is in his permanent home! They are very happy with Joe, who enjoys watching birds, lounging around on the couch, and taking naps with his new people!

All About Animals Rescue: Cat Enrichment
What was the money or product used for?

We spent $1,000 on Amazon for over 1,000 toys. Each cat currently in the rescue was given $10 worth of toys to play with interactively and independently during their stay with the rescue.

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

Fosters work on high-fives, sitting, and rolling over so our fabulous felines can show off their skills and cuteness. We provide additional toys that cats can utilize independently, such as tunnels, towers with balls, and any kind of catnip-infused toys. This is especially helpful because we work with many community cats that are friendly enough to get adopted. Some of these cats arrive scared or not yet socialized completely. The play time with cats builds trust and makes adopters see the potential in shyer cats.

How many pets did this grant help?

This grant will assist over 100 cats.

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

Ghostrider (first photo) and his three siblings came in a trap to the Humane Society of Yuma. The shelter reached out to All About Animals Rescue to intake and work with these unsocial 6-week-olds. There was no space in the shelter for these cats to blossom. They came to the rescue as “popcorn” kittens, hissing and jumping at us every time they saw us. Fortunately, we had just received the Cat Enrichment Grant from the Petfinder Foundation. With lots of fun toys and love, these boys warmed up in one week! They are now available for adoption.

Lewis County Humane Society: Emergency Medical Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Denali, a 5-week-old kitten, had emergency surgery. He was suffering from intussusception and eye and upper-respiratory infections.

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

This year so far has hit us extremely hard with the overwhelming number of dogs and cats surrendered or brought in by Animal Control and the rescues of homeless, abandoned, hoarded, sick and abused animals. We have a hard time saying NO to any animal and we help as many as we possibly can every day. Our veterinarians have had to complete several surgeries for us and this has impacted our budget. As a small, rural animal shelter, we rely on the help and donations from our community and grants we are awarded. By receiving this $500 to pay for Denali’s surgery, it gives us the opportunity to use other funds to help other animals in need.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Denali was one of seven kittens rescued from a hoarding case and living in a bad environment. He was suffering from eye and upper-respiratory infections as well as intussusception [a life-threatening intestinal condition]. Denali had emergency surgery in March 2021 in order to save his life. He made a full recovery and was adopted to his furever home in April 2021. His new family loves him to death and he is being very spoiled. Here is what his momma said: “Denali is very lovable and likes to follow me while I do chores. He is big on just watching while I do stuff. I would say he loves me the most!”

Missy’s Haven: P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds
What was the money or product used for?

Our senior dogs love the beds inside and outside of their cabins while they are out enjoying fresh air.

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

We care for many senior pets who live their lives at Missy’s Haven until their time comes to pass over the rainbow bridge.

How many pets did this grant help?

10

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

This is why we do what we do! They always have a special place in our heart — like Cody, who came home with us 10 years ago for the holidays and is still with us at 17 years old. Even though he is completely blind, he always knows where you are, loves his kibble, and is a hunk to all the girls in our senior cabin.

Animal Refuge Center: COVID-19 Operation Grant
What was the money or product used for?

This $1,000 grant was used to support food purchases to maintain the proper level and quality of nutrition during the 2020 pandemic.

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

The pandemic caused a decline in general operational funding, which helps to support food purchases. This grant helped soften that blow from a donor base that was itself struggling.

How many pets did this grant help?

On average, 350 pets per month

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

Billie, Banks, and Brianna are just three kittens out of 50 that found ARC during the summer of 2020. So many kittens were either surrendered or orphaned during the middle of the pandemic. While ARC had the room to provide a safety net for many of them, we were struggling with the vast amount of food necessary to feed these three orphans along with the other 350 residents at ARC!

The Petfinder Foundation’s grant helped contribute to ARC’s ability to maintain proper the quality and quantity of life-saving food. This allowed Billie, Banks, and Brianna to flourish and then be placed up for adoption when they were spayed/neutered, vaccinated, and micro-chipped!

SPCA Florida: KONG Toy Grant
What was the money or product used for?

We were thrilled to receive a box of Kong toys. Around 2,000 dogs pass through SPCA Florida’s Adoption Center each year. Some are adopted the same day they become available, but many stay for a long time. We do our best to keep them happy: All dogs are walked at least four times a day on our walking trails, and all get play time with staff and volunteers, training, and other fun activities, but there is still a lot of downtime.

The Kong toys provide entertainment that lasts. And they’re easy to clean and durable even when faced with heavy chewers. We love letting the kennel dogs out for playtime and having a fun surprise ready for them when they come in.

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

Everyone loves the Kong toys. Dogs who are entertained instead of bored are not just happier — they present themselves better to adopters and find homes faster. That, in turn, makes room for other dogs to enter SPCA Florida’s facility. We work closely with Polk County Animal Control and other organizations that are constantly overrun with dogs. The more pets we can transfer in to us and find homes for, the more pets can have a happy lives in loving, forever homes. The Kong toys help us accomplish our mission.

How many pets did this grant help?

1,700

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

Hank (first four photos) is a handsome, cheerful, and energetic black mouth cur mix. He loves running around outside, splashing around in the doggy pool, and playing with toys. One of his favorite things to do at SPCA Florida was combining these things into playing with toys in the pool. Hank has been adopted, and I’m sure he would woof a heartfelt Thank You for making his stay at SPCA Florida enjoyable and fun.

Also attached are photos of Hope, Lola, and Yuki with their toys, and images of staff and volunteers unboxing the Kongs and filling them. We hold around 100 dogs any given day of the year, so just filling them takes some time!