Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
We received 45 KONG toys for our shelter dogs. This was such a tremendous blessing, as it helped with the anxiety of the shelter environment as well as the stress and depression the pups go through.
The KONG toys were a tremendous help to our shelter dogs and continue to be one. We place peanut butter inside the Kong toys and the pups will lick and play for extended periods. They absolutely love it.
Barley came to our shelter on July 18, 2020. As with many pups, he was anxious and stressed with the environment. Thanks to the Petfinder Foundation, we gave him a Kong toy as soon as the toys arrived on Sept. 13. Barley’s stress was reduced and he became more calm and loving. Barley was adopted on Oct. 3 to his forever home (first photo). I truly believe the Kong was a key factor in getting Barley to become a better companion.
The grant money was used to purchase products for our ExPAWditions/Field Trip program. We purchased: 27 Mendota slip leads, four Adopt Me leashes, five Adopt Me collars, two seatbelt harnesses, one four-pack of Adopt Me leash sleeves, three reflective harnesses, six Passport harnesses (S,M,L), and 10 large reusable bags.
The grant helped our organization buy necessary supplies so our dogs can safely go out in public on field trips. We purchased highly visible Adopt Me items to make the rescues stand out when out of the shelter.
Jolene (first photo) went on her first field trip about six weeks ago. She spent the day on the Pooch Pontoon relaxing. She was adopted soon after, but returned for being “mouthy.” She went on her second field trip last week with a local news crew who are doing a story about our field-trip program. We are hoping that the news story will find her future owner! Meet Jolene here.
Buzz was adopted the day of his first field trip — a hike in a local park. Sadly, he was returned a month a later. Buzz went on another field trip with a staff member last week. They went on a car ride that ended with a trip to Starbucks (second photo). Hopefully his second trip will have as much success! Meet Buzz here.
Rudey (third photo) went on a field trip 10 days ago. He spent his day splashing in the water and catching sticks in the waves. He was adopted an hour after he returned.
Charles Barkley (fourth photo) was a staff and volunteer favorite. He spent the day on the lake. He enjoyed snoozing in the sun on his own private island. Charles was adopted shortly after his field trip.
Lacey went on the Pooch Pontoon for a cruise on Lake Lanier (fifth photo). She went back to the volunteer’s home for a spa day after her cruise (sixth photo). Lacey was so relaxed from her day trip that she was adopted two days later.
Adoption fee at reduced price
Many folks have gone through difficult times with the virus going on. Many would be wonderful homes, but they have a fear of committing, feeling like they just cannot justify paying the fee involved. With the grant, we were able to offer a reduced fee for their new companion. Ten puppies and one kitten are now in loving homes.
Six pets came to us and were very sickly. We had to keep them longer than our normal time and were afraid people would fear adopting them. When it was time for their adoption, we did not charge a fee because at this time people were getting leery of justifying the money involved due to job security. (We did ask for small donation of $7.) We had five pups that were at our foster home for three months whom we were going to send on transport, but with the reduced fee we were able to get them homes also!
Reduced adoption fees for the dogs in our care to help us adopt out more dogs
We were able to adopt out 10 dogs at reduced adoption fees.
Sophia is a 10-year-old pit bull. We are extremely excited and grateful that she found a loving forever home through this program.
The money was used to sponsor the adoption fee of two older animals who might have not otherwise been adopted.
It allowed us to provide a cost-free adoption for the owners and allowed them to concentrate their monies on purchasing items needed to care for elderly dogs.
This adoption brought tears to our eyes…Sweet 13-year-old Isabella found a wonderful home with an experienced Chihuahua dad! This elderly Chihuahua came to us after being run over by a vehicle. She is healing nicely and will be very well taken care of by her new dad. Isabella also has two Chihuahua sisters to teach her the ropes of her new home! We are so very happy for Isabella and her new family! A big thank you to her dad for adopting from the Des Moines County Humane Society. And a big thank you to the Petfinder Foundation for the 2020 Purina Spring into Adoption Grant!
Vaccines, spay/neuter surgical costs, parasite control, and special medications for a skin condition.
Wishbone Pet Rescue manages the Allegan County Animal Shelter at a very low cost of support from Allegan County. Wishbone provides the only medical program this shelter has ever had. Wishbone needs to raise over $150,000 in order to run the animal shelter as a no-kill facility.
Sausage was brought from a hoarding situation to the Allegan Animal Shelter that Wishbone manages. Dogs had been living outside in exercise pens. They had no shelter and were overcrowded in the enclosures. Sausage needed full vaccines and several rounds of parasite control. He also developed Demodex folliculorum mites around his eyes, which has required special medication. You can meet Sausage here.
We received Kong toys, which were used for dogs awaiting adoption in our foster program.
The Kong toys helped foster parents entertain their foster dogs. The toys were provided for fetch, chewing and stuffed with treats. They also made cute props in adoption photos to help showcase the dogs’ playful personalities.
These Kongs have helped my foster pups, Jed, Jethro and Elly May, tremendously. They love them! The Kong toys helped me keep them busy in the playpen at nap time and bedtimes. They also keep them mentally stimulated, and the dogs look up at the counter waiting for me to make their stuffed Kongs several times a day. I’m grateful for the donation to my fosters.
Senior pet adoption
It helped us place a senior dog into a loving home.
Sophia is a 10-year-old pit bull. She came to us from a high[-intake] shelter. Because of the Petfinder Foundation, we were able to adopt her into a loving home where she can live out her life.
This grant helped us get Nala the emergency surgeries she needed to save her life. The vet told us that without the surgery and drain to clear the infection, Nala would have died.
The grant was used for the emergency medical care of Nala, who was found living in a backyard shed with her two 3-day-old kittens. We put Nala and her kittens into a foster home, where she took great care of them. Nala was spayed on April 26, 2020, and there were serious complications. It is suspected that the vet who did the spay nicked her mammary gland.
Two days after her spay, Nala stopped eating and became lethargic. We took her back to the vet for a re-check and were told it was normal for a cat to act that way after being spayed. Knowing that something was not right, we took Nala to different vet for a second opinion, where it was discovered that she had a 104-degree temperature and that her spay area was infected and full of pus.
Nala needed to have surgery to clean the infection, additional stitches to close the incision that had started to open due to swelling, and a drain inserted into her abdomen to allow the infection to clear. Nala had the drain removed after a week and seemed to be healing and feeling better.
Then, on May 24, 2020, she got her e-collar off and the foster awoke to find that Nala’s incision had opened and part of her intestines were protruding. Nala ended up needing another surgery to reposition her internal organs and to have the incision site closed for the third time.
Nala is still available for adoption.
Medical care There was no way we could have afforded to take care of the ones we helped with them being in such dire need. We are a small organization and rely only on adoption fees and the few donations we get. The ones I listed in this grant report would not have made it if we had not received the grant …. so thank you from all of us! 6 A litter of puppies was found in the woods by a hiker. It looked like they had been there a while on their own; several were dead. They were just 5 weeks old. No mom in sight. When we got them, I was very worried about their survival. But with the money on hand, we were able to get them the vet care they needed! It took a couple of months to get them well; it was touch-and-go with most of them. All had a great outcome! The photos show them with their new families. We also had a kitten brought to us with low hopes of surviving. The foster home she went to spent many days and many nights holding this sweet baby girl, mostly to keep her warm. Her journey was a very long one, but her outcome was also a happy one also. All are in happy loving homes.
Extended vet care
There was no way we could have afforded to take care of the ones we helped with them being in such dire need. We are a small organization and rely only on adoption fees and the few donations we get. The ones I listed in this grant report would not have made it if we had not received the grant …. so thank you from all of us!
A litter of puppies was found in the woods by a hiker. It looked like they had been there a while on their own; several were dead. They were just 5 weeks old. No mom in sight. When we got them, I was very worried about their survival. But with the money on hand, we were able to get them the vet care they needed! It took a couple of months to get them well; it was touch-and-go with most of them. All had a great outcome! The photos show them with their new families.
We also had a kitten brought to us with low hopes of surviving. The foster home she went to spent many days and many nights holding this sweet baby girl, mostly to keep her warm. Her journey was a very long one, but her outcome was also a happy one also. All are in happy loving homes.