Success Stories

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

Gwinnett County Animal Welfare and Enforcement: Senior Pet Adoption Grants
What was the money or product used for?

Heartworm treatment and heartworm preventative

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

The dog, Coal, was adopted by a family that wanted him but did not have the funds for heartworm treatment. This grant helped get Coal adopted into a loving family.

How many pets did this grant help?

One dog

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

Coal is a friendly Chow mix who is approximately 8 years old. He is a curious and playful dude who follows simple commands. He came to the shelter on Oct. 31, 2018, as a stray from the Snellville area. A wonderful family came to our shelter looking for a dog and Coal caught their eye immediately. When they took him out to the bonding pen, they all fell in love with him. Coal was heartworm-positive, and this grant help pay for the heartworm treatment as well as heartworm preventative for Coal to keep him healthy. Coal is loved very much by his new family.

Pet Adoption Network, Inc.: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

See below.

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

We only charge a nominal fee, $100, for an older animal like Little Bit, so this sponsorship for his medical care of recurring prescription meds really helped.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

The $45 donation was used to purchase medicine for the sponsored dog, Little Bit. He suffers from dry eye and skin allergies and needs the medication daily. The really great news is that LITTLE BIT HAS BEEN ADOPTED!!! He has a loving mom and companion sister, and is showing his playful, happy attitude now that he is in a home with fewer animals.

Stephens County Humane Society: Petfinder Adoption Options in Action Grant (Invitation Only)
What was the money or product used for?

Stephens County Humane Society purchased new Petco folding crates with our grant money. Many of our existing crates were bent, starting to show signs of rust, had broken or missing bottoms and were rapidly becoming unusable. We were definitely in need of new crates, and were delighted when our grant request was approved.

Because of a company-wide sale going on at Petco at the time of purchase, we were able to order two more crates than originally planned, for a total of seven medium, seven large and five extra-large Petco premium, two-door crates!

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

The crates we were able to purchase with this grant have helped in so many ways! First and foremost, we have been able to supply new crates to our families taking dogs home as part of our foster-to-adopt (sleepover) program. The crates are returned to us at the time of adoption or when the dog is returned because the family decided not to adopt. Previously, all we had to offer were old crates with missing or broken trays, bent doors, etc. Offering new crates provides better security for the dog, looks much better and is representative of the image Stephens County Humane Society wants to portray.

A second way in which we have been helped has been in our foster program. As of this writing, we have four crates out with puppies in temporary foster programs. It is much safer for young, vulnerable puppies to be in foster homes until after their second booster shot and for us to be able to send a large crate so the puppies have plenty of room to play, sleep and begin puppy-pad training is key to the success of our puppy foster program.

A third use for these crates has been at on-site adoptions. These crates are so lovely, it gives our on-site adoptions the professional appearance we are seeking to assure our potential adopters that we are a legitimate animal-welfare rescue and shelter. And having the additional crates means our on-sites can include more dogs and/or we can have more than one on-site scheduled at a time.

Lastly, we use one of the new crates in our office for dogs who need a little extra TLC. We had a young pup who came to us with a fractured rear leg. He was our office companion for several weeks, kenneled in one of our new Petco crates. In another situation, we had an adult male who developed a severe infection following neuter surgery. He also spent several days in the office, where we could keep him calm and give him the care he needed while he healed. (This boy – Rigsby – is in one of the included pictures.) Yet one more example is Bettie Jo. This young pup (included in the pictures submitted with this report) was adopted and returned after the family realized they could not give her the care she needed. She came back severely malnourished, with a dull, brittle coat. Bettie Jo was kenneled in the office, where we could give her personal care, monitor her food intake, keep her warm and get her back on the road to health. These are just a few examples of this valuable purpose for our new crates. (See the story below about Jack for yet another example.)

How many pets did this grant help?

Because we used the grant for crates that have multiple and repeated uses, determining a specific number of pets helped is difficult. A conservative estimate of animals helped is 50-75 from the date we received the grant up to the date of this report. And, of course, as outlined above, the crates continue to help us in a myriad of ways.

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

We recently had a little Jack Russell terrier at the shelter named Jack. He came to us as an owner-surrender, covered in fleas and in questionable mental health. It was obvious that Jack had been treated with a heavy hand because of his tendency to cower and be just a little hand-shy.

For three mornings in a row, while housed in our kennels, he was nervous and snappy and very difficult for staff and volunteers to deal with. So we set him up in the office, in one of our new Petco crates, with a blanket and a pet bed and let him live in the office, closing the crate at night.

What a difference! Throughout the day, he would routinely “put himself to bed” in the crate and take a nap, and we could see his confidence rising, knowing he had his own safe “den” to run to. He became more open and trusting and the snappiness completely disappeared.

Jack was adopted into a great, dog-experienced home the day after his neuter surgery. As a result of his time as our office dog, we were able to share a lot of information about him that will, hopefully, ensure his success with his new family. And we emphasized the need for Jack to have a crate where he could feel secure and have a safe place of his own to go.

Paws of Hope: Emergency Medical Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The $1,000 Emergency Medical Grant was used to offset the $4,469.32 in medical costs for Foster. The medical costs included a very complicated surgery (to correct his broken pelvis and dislocated femur) by a specialist.

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

The $1,000 Emergency Medical Grant helped Paws of Hope SAVE FOSTER’S LIFE! Paws of Hope is a small, all-volunteer animal-rescue group, so $4,469.32 is a major expense for us.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

The $1,000 Emergency Medical Grant helped Paws of Hope SAVE FOSTER’S LIFE! Foster was abandoned and left in a box in a vacant lot, all alone, cold, thirsty, hungry, and in extreme pain from being INJURED! FOSTER WAS ALL ALONE! On Oct. 18, 2018, Foster was found and taken to the veterinarian for an exam. Foster had a broken pelvis and dislocated femur, most likely from a car hitting him. On Oct. 23, Foster had a complicated surgery to treat his injuries. The next day, Foster went into a foster home to recover from his injuries and surgery.

On Dec. 13, Foster had a good follow-up visit with the specialist. On Feb. 16, 2019, he was ADOPTED!

If Paws of Hope had not moved forward with the surgery in a timely manner to repair the damage that he’d sustained, Foster’s chances of survival would have been slim to none. Today, Foster is alive and thriving because Paws of Hope cared and gave him a second chance.

This video shows Foster’s journey prior to his adoption.

Lynchburg Humane Society: Dogs Playing for Life Mentorship Grant (Invitation Only)
What was the money or product used for?

For a staff member to travel to Colorado to learn about Dogs Playing for Life.

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

This enabled the staff member who learned about Dogs Playing for Life to educate the other staff on what she had learned and implement more enrichment and playgroups for the dogs in our care.

How many pets did this grant help?

Hundreds and still counting

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

Mocha and Blue were scared when they came into our center. We were concerned with Blue because she was growling and lunging when she first came in. Our seasoned staff had a difficult time examining her for her intake exam. Mocha was shy, but was not as vocal about being scared as Blue was. They were able to play together and be with other dogs and were both recently adopted. They made such wonderful progress and we thank programs like the Dogs Playing for Life mentorship and the Petfinder Foundation for helping us make it possible for these wonderful dogs to find happiness.

Surfcat Cafe and Adoptions: P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds
What was the money or product used for?

P.L.A.Y. beds were given to foster cats so they would have something of their own to go with them on their journey to finding their forever homes.

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

The P.L.A.Y. beds are amazing! Warm and durable and easy to care for, these beds are a little out of our price range. We generally use donated towels and blankets and we were so proud to be able to include these beds in our foster kit. We were able to use the funds saved for food and litter.

How many pets did this grant help?

So far, eight

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

Meet Saucy and Koda, survivors of the recent Woolsey Fire in Southern California. Both were discovered a week after the blaze had roared through a Malibu animal rescue, killing 50-60 cats who were unable to be rounded up for evacuation. Saucy, a little orange-and-white girl, spent about a week in the ICU having her burns and respiratory injuries treated. Koda, an orange/buff tabby, spent more than a month in the ICU and there were days that we weren’t certain if he would live. Both cats are still living in Surfcat Foster waiting for their forever homes.

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

The grant money will be used to treat Rayna’s diabetes and provide her with a special diet. She is on Science Diet dry, which cost $86 a month, and Science Diet canned, which costs $21.47 per month. Her insulin needles cost $10.46 per month. The Vetsulin costs $124.32 per month, with two injections per day. The bloodwork: Glucose and fructosamine level rechecks are done approximately every two weeks at $24 each until Dr. Wickman confirms she’s regulated. The total cost per month is $290.25 a month, or $3,483.00 per year. The cost is significantly higher than what we stated in the original grant.

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

Rayna’s diabetes was recently regulated and she is now ready for her new forever home. The generous grant from the Petfinder Foundation will help fund the cost of Rayna’s care for one year. Rayna is still listed for adoption on Petfinder.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

When Rayna arrived at OAHS, she was severely underweight and couldn’t drink enough water. Staff immediately suspected diabetes, and test results confirmed the condition. Even though she had clearly been without treatment for the condition for some time, her wagging tail and face-washing kisses never stopped.

Some other shelters might not have used precious resources to help a diabetic dog, but OAHS is committed to giving every animal the best opportunity to find a loving home, and that includes providing needed medical care. It took many months to get Rayna’s insulin and dosage just right, and now she is the healthiest she’s been in a long time. She will happily drop tennis balls in your lap in hopes of a game of fetch or climb on the couch with you for a cuddle and a snooze. Rayna is truly all about LOVE!

We want to see this sweet girl in the forever home she deserves. Unfortunately, the costs of her insulin and specialty food pose a financial barrier to many potential adopters. In addition to a wonderful grant from the Petfinder Foundation to help fund Rayna’s care for a year, staff and volunteers believed in Rayna so much that they began a Rally for Rayna campaign to raise money to help offset the costs of her medicine and food for her new adopter for the rest of her life. So far, just from the generosity of volunteers and staff,the cost of almost a year’s worth of food and insulin has been raised, plus an additional year from the Petfinder Foundation!

Rayna is still listed for adoption on Petfinder. You can meet her here.

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

Mojo (senior hard-to-adopt dog)’s Adoption Fee
Indestructible Crate
Indestructable Crate Pad
Large Durachew Chicken Bone
Large Durachew Knot Bone
XXL Extreme Kong
Weight Management Greenies 4 Pack
Slow Feeder Dog Bowl

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

This grant helped Mojo get adopted through a reduced-adoption-fee post, set him up for success in the home by providing a tool for managing his territorial behaviors (an indestructible crate) when visitors came, and prevented him from having to need further obstruction surgery by supplying his adopters with indestructible toys and supplies. It helped us empty one kennel that sat full for a long time with a very sad dog. That made both Mojo very happy and the other dogs that kennel could then be used for happy too since we could save them! Because the grant helped us adopt a dog who had been holding a kennel for a long time, we think it helped save at least nine more lives by opening that kennel more quickly than had we not received it. Thank you, Petfinder Foundation!

How many pets did this grant help?

10

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

Mojo had been at the shelter for more than 100 days, and he was breaking the staff’s hearts. WCHS applied for a Petfinder Foundation Senior Pet Adoption Assistance Grant to help him get adopted, and we are happy to share that he was awarded $665 to go toward reducing his adoption fee and providing his future family with needed supplies. Shortly after, our adorable smooshy face with a big underbite was adopted!

Mojo had a lot going against him. He is a senior, he’s a big dog, he needs to be an only pet, and he is loyal to a fault — becoming overly protective when strangers visit. But we knew he was exactly what someone was looking for with his very loving, loyal nature. Because Mojo once needed obstruction surgery after eating a sock, WCHS, with the help of the Petfinder Foundation, provided his adopter with a brand-new, indestructible kennel, indestructible bedding, slow feeders, durable chew toys, and all the things he would need to stay healthy. Thank you, Petfinder Foundation, for saving Mojo!

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

The money was used towards assisting in the adoption of our senior pet, Holly “Girlfriend.”

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

The grant helped by providing services such as a waived adoption fee to potential adopters for Holly!

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Holly “Girlfriend” has been in our care for 10 months is still available for adoption. She was brought to our shelter back in April 2018 as an owner-surrender. The reason for her surrender is unknown. In Holly’s time here at the shelter, many of the employees have grown quite attached to her. She received her nickname “Girlfriend” from one of our employees and she loves it! Holly was actually adopted in August 2018 by a family that was over the moon for her. That’s why it was quite shocking when she showed up at our shelter once again as a stray. We reached out to the adopters and questioned the situation; they didn’t seem too concerned for her getting loose. She was reclaimed by the adopters and a few weeks later showed up at our shelter once again — except this time, the adopters did not want her back. We still love Holly very much, but we certainly wish she had found her forever home by now.

We have now promoted her adoption as being FREE in hopes of gaining some new interest with this pet. We hope this will help get her a forever home very soon! From her Petfinder profile: “Meet Holly! A 10-years-young Lab mix. Holly is very outgoing and still has a lot of spunk left. She does need to work on her walking manners, but is very snuggly and LOVES to get attention. She would do best in a home without cats and can be dog-tested.” You can meet her here.

Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS): Senior Pet Adoption Grants
What was the money or product used for?

This grant covered necessary costs of diagnostics and veterinary treatment for Dolly, a rescued senior dog with skin infections and liver disease. It also enabled us to waive her adoption fee, making her adoption more accessible in consideration of the ongoing veterinary care she is going to need.

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

We are thrilled to report that, thanks to the care she has received, Dolly’s conditions are stable and well-managed, and she has officially found an adoptive home! From neglected stray to pampered pet, she now has the loving family she deserves. The Petfinder Foundation’s Senior Pet Adoption Assistance Grant made her happy beginning a reality.

Rescuing senior pets is central to our lifesaving mission and an essential part of the effort to make Philadelphia a place where every healthy and treatable pet is guaranteed a home. Thanks to supporters like the Petfinder Foundation, 2019 is already shaping up to be a record-breaking year of lifesaving for PAWS and for the city of Philadelphia. We are grateful for your ongoing partnership.

How many pets did this grant help?

2 (Dolly, plus the next dog we were able to rescue thanks to the open space left behind by her adoption!)

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

Dolly, age 7-10, was found by animal-control officers back in September, wandering a South Philly park alone and suffering from hair loss and badly itching skin. PAWS took her in to provide the care she desperately needed and left behind an empty kennel at the city shelter for the next dog in need.

During her time with us, Dolly showed a variety of symptoms that led to a diagnosis of liver disease; however, with ongoing care, our vets determined this lively girl could enjoy a good quality of life for her golden years. Now in her forever home, that’s exactly what she plans to do!

We have shared Dolly’s story and thanked the Petfinder publicly on Facebook and Twitter.

We are also proud to recognize Petfinder Foundation’s support with logo placement on our website as a valued PAWS Partner.