Success Stories

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

Pawnee County Humane Society, Inc.: Emergency Medical Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The $119.13 received from the Petfinder Foundation was used to pay for medical care for Blue, an older female blue pit-bull mix: the surgical removal of her left eye and the removal of a large, low-hanging mammary tumor. All funds went to those surgeries (done at once) and were not used for anything else, including routine maintenance.

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

This organization helped Blue become adoptable and healthy. Blue came in as a stray with a variety of health problems that clearly had gone untreated for years. Without the removal of her eye and tumor, she would have continued suffering. Without these surgeries, adoption would have been less likely and she would have been in great pain and misery.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

This grant helped Blue become adoptable and the surgeries, as previously noted, helped eased her pain and suffering. Blue came in as a stray found within the City of Larned in November of 2018. This was the second time during 2018 that the dog had been found as a stray. The owner had obviously neglected to give Blue proper medical care. Her left eye was bulging out of its socket and was pink. Blue clearly had had a lot of puppies during her life and she also had several mammary tumors, one of which was hanging down pretty far on the left side of the front of her chest. The owner claimed that she was born with both of those conditions and that the vets in Pawnee County had confirmed that. Upon further investigation and discussions with the vets in Pawnee County, this was determined to be false. The dog had not been to the vet for most of her life, if at all.

Dr. Burdett at Larned Vet Clinic told us that Blue was between 8 and 10 years old based on her teeth (which were pretty bad and likely make her appear older than she really is), and said he could remove the big hanging tumor as well as her eye. She was in otherwise good health, happy, heartworm-negative, and friendly to other dogs, cats, and people. The owner did not claim the dog within three days, never called or made any arrangements to get her, and despite her health issues, we determined that she was a good dog worth keeping and adopting out. Although she is a senior dog, she walks and runs really well for a dog who is supposedly 8 years old, and has adjusted to having on one eye. She is now spayed and vaccinated.

Blue is currently in a foster home with four other dogs. Blue has done well in that home with all of the foster’s other dogs. It is difficult to determine, in a shelter environment, how an animal will act in a home. Given that Blue is an older pit-bull mix with one eye, her length of stay was going to be longer anyway. Having her in a foster home has helped us find out more information about her that may not have been known otherwise. We found out that she is housebroken and kennel-trained. She does well with cats, too. Had she not been fostered, we would not have known these traits. Although she has yet to be adopted, the foster works with a few people who are interested in her. She has gone on a few meet-and-greets with others and hopefully she will be adopted soon. Blue is a wonderful dog and, despite her estimated age of eight years old, she is still quite active and playful. She is a really great dog and PCHS is grateful for the medical grant, which helped us offset the costs of her lifesaving surgeries. Meet Blue here.

Jefferson County SPCA: Disaster Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The money was used to pay staff to be on during the close of business to care for and enrich the animals as well as transport them to the second location to showcase them and try to get them adopted.

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

This grant was imperative, as being closed for two weeks made it almost impossible to do business and pay staff to care for the animals. This allowed us to care for animals and also pay staff to transport animals to our other shelter so they could be seen and adopted.

How many pets did this grant help?

114

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

On January 12, 2019, during a particularly cold night when temperatures reached -5 degrees in Watertown, New York, a pipe burst in our main shelter location, which resulted in over four inches of water flooding the facility. As a result, the Jefferson County SPCA (JCSPCA) suffered major water-damage loss.

Fortunately, no animals were harmed directly by the flooding. However, the flood caused over $50,000 in damage. Although insurance will cover the majority of the structural and property loss, it will not cover the loss of income or payroll expenses during the closure. During the flood, we were closed for two weeks, leaving us with only our second location at Petco open, which has limited caging. In order to keep getting animals adopted from the main shelter, we had to have multiple staff members transport to Petco to showcase them for the day so they could get adopted. The grant monies paid for this to happen for two weeks. The great news is that we were still able to adopt 114 pets that month with the closure.

Muncie Animal Care & Services: Purina New Year, New Home
What was the money or product used for?

Petfinder Foundation grant money was used to reduce dog adoption fees from $100 to $50 and cat adoption fees from $65 to $30.

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

The Petfinder Foundation grant helped spotlight our adoptable animals in the paper and on Facebook. The “adoption special” encouraged the public to visit the shelter and meet our amazing animals, creating more foot traffic, more potential adopters and more supporters to think about homeless animals and to offer forever homes.

How many pets did this grant help?

This grant helped 33 cats and 17 dogs get adopted.

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

Chevy (first photo) is one of our dogs who was adopted for $50 through our Petfinder Foundation adoption special. She had been confiscated as part of a neglect case. There were several dogs in the home and two were locked in a room and not fed. One actually starved to death. Chevy was in our holding area for over nine months because she was a court case and for several months the owners did not come to the hearings. She was a staff favorite and was taken out every day for interaction. Finally, we were told by the prosecutor that Chevy was ours. She was spayed and put on the adoption floor. After less than a week, someone fell in love with Chevy and adopted her. She is now living the good life. Thank you for the grant funding to reduce her adoption fee and make her (and all of our adoptable animals) more visible in the paper and social media.

San Nicola Dog Rescue: Senior Pet Adoption Grants
What was the money or product used for?

Thank you for awarding a grant for our large senior blind dog Jax who needs prescription food. So far we have not been able to find a reliable adopter for Jax. The one person who applied was out of state, is 21 years old, does not have an income and was very vague in the conversation. I did not trust the situation.

However, I keep networking for Jax. He is posted on Petfinder and other websites. Also, the blind-dog rescue posted him as a courtesy on their website.

The full amount of the grant is in the account of the rescue untouched.

I haven’t lost hope in finding the right person for him. Currently I have a lead: The librarian in Flagler, CO, said she would consider adopting Jax, but only in two months. Currently she is visiting with her family in another state.

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

The grant helps to get the interest from the web, but of course it is important to advertise Jax cautiously so as not to attract the wrong people.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Jax is 8 years old and completely blind, probably from birth. He is a great dog — friendly, loving, and very willing to cooperate. He is good-looking and doesn’t look blind — you wouldn’t know it until he starts walking and bumping into things. He was transferred to our rescue from a Kansas shelter as a stray and a “difficult case,” and they wouldn’t keep him much longer. Once he came to the rescue, I realized that he is much easier to take care of than I had expected. He needs some assistance going up and down the stairs, mostly to spot him until he learns the size of the steps. On a flat surface, he pretty much follows your lead. He can be walked on a leash or without a leash, and he doesn’t pull. As a matter of fact, he is a great dog to take on a walk. At home he acts almost like any other dog, but unfortunately the other dogs sense that there’s something strange about him and mostly avoid him. With people, he is sweet and cuddly. He is in good health, but needs sensitive-stomach food such as Science Diet. The grant funds will be spent to sponsor his adoption fee, his first veterinarian visit after adoption, and sensitive-stomach food for a year.

I am sure he would make an awesome companion to someone who prefers shorter walks or has a yard. Someone just needs to give him a chance. He has not been adopted yet, but hopefully sooner or later there will be the right person who will want to help him. I think the grant would especially help a retired person, as the diet food he is on is rather expensive. Thank you! Meet Jax here.

Animal Protection Center of Southeastern Massachusetts: Emergency Medical Grant
What was the money or product used for?

We used the funds to support a puppy named Rosie, who had a heart defect.

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

Rosie was able to recieve ongoing care for her heart condition and has since been adopted by her foster family, who are committed to her lifetime care.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Rosie was brought to the shelter as part of an unwanted litter. She and her siblings were quickly adopted, but at her routine spay appointment, the vet found a congenital heart defect and her adopters backed out. We originally thought she would need expensive surgery and we spent much of the grant money taking her to the specialists at the MSPCA in Boston. After many tests, we now know that surgery may still be a possibility, but for now, the vet is trying outpatient care at home, which we were also able to pay for through your grant funding. Her foster family fell in love with her despite her special needs and has adopted her!

Stealing Hearts Rescue: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

The money was used to allow 10 adoption fees to be reduced 50%. This allowed us to get our dogs out and adopted at $100 instead of $200 for our adult dogs.

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

This grant allowed us to get more dogs adopted so that we could clear our shelter and our fosters up in order to rescue more dogs from the e-list at our local shelters. With the discounted adoption fees and this grant, we were still able to balance and receive the same amount as if we had adopted out 10 dogs at the full adoption rate.

How many pets did this grant help?

10 pets directly, but we were also able to take in 10 more dogs due to this grant helping get those 10 dogs adopted.

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

Meet Trudy! This little old lady spent an entire year at the crowded county shelter where we found her. Trudy spent a short four weeks with us before we found her the perfect home! Because of the grant we received from the Petfinder Foundation, we were able to discount her adoption fee and get our amazing “senior” (she’s 8 years old) into a wonderful forever home!

Meet handsome Ransom (second photo)! This amazing boy was adopted by a wonderful family that had adopted another dog from us the year before. When the two dogs were playing, they noticed Ransom was limping, and the limp got worse as the days passed. Because of the grant, we were able to help the family by returning half of the adoption fee so that his treatment wasn’t such a hardship. After blood work and testing, we found out Ransom had valley fever. He is now on the medication he needs and is living a happy, active life with his forever family!

Salem Animal Rescue League: P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds
What was the money or product used for?

In January, we were very fortunate to receive the P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds Grant! We are currently in the process of renovating one of our K9 spaces, and these beds are the perfect addition to their new space. The space, called Lloyd’s Dog House, used to be an empty area where we would house dogs in portable black crates. The space has since been painted, brand new floors have been donated and installed, and new kennels have been erected. When all the kennels have been installed, each one will receive a new pet bed! Right now, our dogs are using them in their current spaces.

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

Many of our current residents have been here for quite some time. Whether they spend just a few days or end up staying with us for several months, it is essential to us to provide them with top-notch comfort and care. These beds are well-loved by our dogs!

How many pets did this grant help?

So far, this grant has helped about 30 dogs, but will continue to help more!

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

Pictured is our longest-term resident, Cooper. He is a husky mix who certainly enjoys the finer things in life, including comfy beds. Because he has particular behavioral needs, he is currently being housed in a private room separate from other dogs and commotion. His bed makes his room, or his “office,” as we call it, nice and cozy for him! He has not been adopted yet, but has been working with a lovely family over the past several weeks to work on his behavior and ease into their lives and home. If it continues going as well as it has been, he will be with his forever family in no time! Meet Cooper here.

Brown Dog Coalition: Senior Pet Adoption Grants
What was the money or product used for?

Our most complex medical case this year, Lydia Lou was brought to the vet with an array of problems: breast cancer, an ectopic pregnancy, other physical ailments from being overbred, heartworm, AND overgrown/torn-out toenails. Because of the variety of conditions Lydia Lou had, it wasn’t guaranteed that she would survive all the necessary procedures.

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

This grant greatly contributes to funding the surgery that removed Lydia Lou’s cancerous tumors and ectopic pregnancy.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Because of the variety of conditions Lydia Lou had, it wasn’t guaranteed that she would survive all the necessary procedures. Despite a few hiccups during surgery to remove the ectopic pregnancy and tumors, Lydia Lou is alive, well, and pretty miffed that she has to wear a cone! Lydia Lou is now recovering in a foster home where, when she’s healthy enough, she will undergo heartworm treatment. Her foster says: “Even with all of this, she is a gentle angel. Little thing is one tough nugget! Lydia Lou has had the most horrible life. I want her to heal and get to know what a loving life is. My heart breaks for her. She will be the perfect companion for someone.”

Clark County SPCA, Inc.: KONG Toy Grant
What was the money or product used for?

To enrich the lives of the homeless and neglected dogs in our care.

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

We were able to provide every single dog with an enrichment Kong every evening (and day) filled with peanut butter and help them to relax when we were not in the building.

How many pets did this grant help?

20

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

Penny was photographed with her Kongs and these were posted on Petfinder to help her find her forever home. Penny was then adopted into a loving home. Here is a photo of her new adoptive parent and some of her Petfinder profile photos.

SOS Animal Rescue: Purina New Year, New Home
What was the money or product used for?

To waive adoption fees for our shy and FIV+ cats.

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

We were able to market our hard-to-adopt cats with waived adoption fees, which prompted interest in them.

How many pets did this grant help?

20

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

In October 2018, we received a request for help regarding several cats. It was believed they had been tossed outside from a run-down duplex when the renter moved out. We set traps on the concerned neighbor’s property and were able to secure Natters (first photo) and Chatters (second photo). In addition to these kittens, we rescued, fully vetted, and found forever homes for five adult cats.

Chatters and Natters were extremely scared of humans. They were not mean or aggressive, but they certainly were not adoptable. They were beautiful Maine Coon-looking kittens. They would cower in the backs of their cages and curl up into tiny little furry balls of tight muscles. During their first vet visit, we discovered someone had shot them with pellets, which the vet had to remove.

Several months had gone by and we still had these two scared kitties. We desperately wanted to get them into forever homes, but when potential adopters found out how scared they were, they no longer had any interest in adopting them. On Petfinder.com, we explained their fearful nature. We received a lot of interest based on their beautiful appearances, but we knew only a quiet home with a very patient caretaker would work.

Their difficult disposition was explained to one potential adoptive family, which resulted in our redirecting them to a much friendlier cat, Sophie, as they wanted a long-haired female cat. Thankfully, the family could not be happier, as indicated by the picture of Sophie playing peek-a-boo in their daughter’s bed (third photo).

After some time, we finally received a carefully thought-out email regarding our post about Chatters and Natters. Finally we felt that we may have found a good potential adopter. This couple had recently had their last adult child move out. Further, they had lost their Maine Coon cat to an old-age illness a few months prior. They decided they wanted to adopt a rescue cat and save a life with their next pet and really liked the Maine Coon breed. They explained in their correspondence that they had the time, devotion, and patience to work with Chatters and Natters. They indicated they would take as long as necessary.

This wonderful couple spent an hour and a half in the foster home, gently and patiently interacting with the kittens. At this point, we knew we had finally found the perfect forever home for Chatters and Natters!

There was no adoption fee charged for their adoption thanks to the Petfinder Foundation. Within a week, we were informed how both girls, now 10 months old, were coming along very well, with “wonderful breakthroughs” of trust and love. They even said that they cannot imagine their lives without them. “Violet Chatters” and “Daisy Natters” found their happy ending (fourth photo)!

Without the Petfinder.com posting, we would have never found this wonderful home for Chatters and Natters. Their adopters live over 100 miles away and searched the breed on Petfinder. Chatters, Natters, Sophie and all of us who volunteer at SOS thank you!