Success Stories

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

Illinois Valley Animal Rescue: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

The $22.50 was spent on a new cover for Jaguar's couch.

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

A new cover might not have been purchased if the money was not available.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Jaguar has been at the shelter for more than a year. He has an extra-large kennel with his own full-size couch. Jaguar is a gentle dog who likes to take care of business outside, but prefers being on the couch and would do well in a quiet home. Meet him: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/38217862

Twin Cities Pet Rescue: Senior Pet Adoption Grants
What was the money or product used for?

The Senior Pet Grant was used to promote the adoption of our senior pit-bull mix, Chico. The grant money was used for Chico's adoption fee, one thyroid test, and one year of thyroid medication for his adopters.

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

This grant helped find Chico his forever home after 313 days in rescue! Promotions highlighting the Petfinder Foundation Senior Pet Grant began when Chico had spent nine months (270 days) in rescue, and this grant was instrumental in helping find Chico his forever home six weeks later!

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Chico, a 12-year-old pit bull mix, had been overlooked for months in rescue, despite his lovable qualities. Upon finding the Senior Pet Grant, TCPR decided that Chico would be an ideal candidate as the beneficiary of this grant, and we were honored to find out that we (and, moreso, Chico) had been chosen as a recipient! With a couple of social-media promotions highlighting the Petfinder Foundation grant and Chico's 300th day in rescue, Chico's forever home was found ... and after 313 days in rescue, Chico gets to enjoy his retirement in a FOREVER home!

Ozark Haven Rescue: P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds
What was the money or product used for?

The P.L.A.Y. beds were happily received by our fosters, and the dogs love them! Having these soft beds was, for some of our foster dogs, most likely their first time to experience a warm and safe place.

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

Many of the animals that come into our organization have experienced abuse, neglect, and abandonment. For some, living in a foster home with, as they say, all the comforts of home is a brand new experience. Having a warm and comfortable place to call their own, or to share with a new buddy if they like, can make the transition from the often cruel environments they have experienced to getting ready for their new, permanent home a much easier and enjoyable one.

How many pets did this grant help?

20

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

Falcore, a beautiful blue pit bull terrier (first and second photo), was a breeder puppy. Rescued from that situation, he landed with us at a very young age. His foster mom recognized what potential this boy had and adopted him as her own. Now trained and certified as a therapy dog, he helps his foster mom and has become an ambassador for his breed. Always at her side, he has displayed such intelligence and kindness toward all who meet him that he is a favorite at local businesses. Falcore also helps his foster mom as she welcomes new foster brothers and sisters into her home. He helps them to feel welcome and loved, sharing his bed and anything else with them. A truly remarkable boy.

Jersey (third photo) lived with an elderly man who had no family close by. Sadly, her person became ill and passed away, and when relatives were called, they found little Jersey in the house. Though the man loved her, he had apparently not been able to properly care for her. She was hungry and matted and also had a mammary tumor. After good grooming and surgery to spay her and to remove the tumor, as well as a nice, comfortable bed to recover on, and she is now residing in her new permanent home.

Yorkshire Terrier National Rescue: Senior Pet Adoption Grants
What was the money or product used for?

Daisy's adoption fee was waived and the funds were used for medical expenses and for her foster care and relocation to her forever home.

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

Senior dogs are hard to adopt due to age and high medical expenses. This grant allowed YTNR to waive the adoption fee on Daisy and find this senior girl a loving home with a family that could otherwise have not been able to pay the high adoption fee but will provide a loving environment for this wonderful senior furbaby.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

We had been fostering Daisy since May 2017, when she was surrendered to YTNR. She was well cared-for and loved very much during this time. Her medical needs were all addressed and she needed a dental, all her shots, heartworm testing, etc. This adoption is one of the best matches we have ever had and I personally have fostered more than 150 dogs! Angel is a disabled, stay-at-home empty-nester. Her husband commutes to work and is gone 15 hours a day! Angel needed a companion to help fill her lonesome days. Daisy has become the center of attention and main focus of this couple since the moment she set paw in their home. Daisy is featured on almost daily Facebook posts, showing off her variety of sleeping spots, hair bows and squeaky toys. I'm not sure which of them is happiest! It truly is a great match, and Daisy will forever be doted on.

National Mill Dog Rescue: KONG Toy Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The Kong toys were stuffed with peanut butter and used to provide sensory enrichment experience to our dogs during quiet time in their kennels. Our dogs have had no exposure to toys and we love to use KONGs to facilitate a positive interaction with humans and their environment.

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

We enhanced their quiet time and training programs by providing a long-lasting toy that resulted in mental stimulation and a satisfying independent activity. We didn't have to allocate funds for this purpose due to having this generous grant of high-end toys.

How many pets did this grant help?

We usually have 100+ dogs at our kennel. All who were able to enjoy the KONGs were provided with a toy. The toys are washed and reused in our sensory enrichment program.

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

We recently rescued eleven 10-month-old husky puppies destined for euthanasia at a puppy mill. They arrived at our kennel scared and worried, displaying typical behavior of retreating from humans, such as hiding in corners and avoiding eye contact. We filled the KONG toys with peanut butter and our rehabilitation staff used this as an engagement activity to build trust and provide a positive interaction. To our joy, the puppies approached the toys and eventually starting sniffing and licking the peanut butter. We intend to continue to use the KONGs as a core part of our rehabilitation of puppy-mill survivors.

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

We used these funds to provide training and behavior assessments for Verdant.

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

Verdant received several training sessions.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Verdant displayed aggression toward other dogs. This money was used toward training sessions to assess Verdant's behavior and provide training to alleviate it. Verdant is just under 2 years old and a retriever/Lab mix. Inspired by her name, Verdant dreams of running over lush, green rolling hills. She is an athletic young girl who loves her daily exercise and visiting with people.

Lake Norman Humane: Emergency Medical Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The Emergency Medical Grant for Bud was used for the amputation of his left forelimb. His total surgery cost $2,600 so the emergency grant covered almost half.

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

Without this grant, Lake Norman Humane would not have been able to provide the emergency care Bud needed for the injuries he sustained. Obtaining this grant allowed us to give Bud a second chance and lead him to his now forever home.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Bud was surrendered to a local animal control after his front paw was run over by a lawnmower. Two of the bones were severed and the other was crushed. His owners were unable to provide care for him; Animal Control did everything it could but didn't have the resources to continue care for the sweet boy and was going to euthanize him. We were able to pull Bud into our program 30 minutes before he was schedule to be euthanized. His wound was over two weeks old and was already pretty nasty to begin with. Bud was immediately transferred to an emergency hospital and then transferred to a boarded surgeon. Due to the severity of his injury, it was found to be in his best interest to amputate his forelimb. He was also found to be heartworm-positive, which made his anesthesia more risky. Despite all that he has been through he has such a loving and forgiving soul. Bud has recovered remarkably well from his amputation and heartworm treatment and was adopted at the beginning of June by his foster family.

MCPAWS Regional Animal Shelter: Dogs Playing for Life Mentorship Grant (Invitation Only)
What was the money or product used for?

This grant was used to send Shelter Manager Christa Brown to the Dogs Playing for Life mentorship from May 21-24 at Longmont Humane Society.

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

This grant trained our shelter manager in how to conduct large dog playgroups safely. This grant will allow MCPAWS to conduct large dog playgroups and provide more enrichment for the dogs in our care. Our shelter manager is training volunteers and staff members with the valuable information she learned during her mentorship.

How many pets did this grant help?

Nearly 300 dogs each year who come through our doors!

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

Before the mentorship at Dogs Playing for Life (DPFL), Niko had no friends and was very dog-reactive. We were very concerned his dog reactivity was not going to go away. After DPFL and with the tools that Christa learned and was able to implement, Niko now has a play friend and his dog reactivity has been reduced! We are beyond excited for Niko and so thankful for this opportunity. Thank you, Petfinder Foundation! Meet him: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/40531857

Pets Alive: Build-A-Bear Youth Humane Education Grant
What was the money or product used for?

This grant is being used for expansion of our Humane Education Program, now called the Pets Alive Kids Team, or PAKT. We are currently in Phase 2 of the project. Phase 1 was completed in Q1 2018, including creation of the expanded program, finding suitable space to hold the education sessions, and marketing/awareness-raising. A graphic-designer volunteer created a new logo for use with our marketing materials that utilized our regular logo. Through a partnership with our local community, a nursing facility that's both close to our shelter and centrally located – Glen Arden in Goshen, NY – has agreed to host our program by donating conference-room space for our monthly sessions. Over time, we may expand locations as the program matures.

To date, we have spent $1,000 of the $3,045 awarded. We purchased books to be used with the participants; marketing materials at events to advertise the program; a laptop computer to use at the sessions; and supplies that are used in the sessions. The remaining grant money will be used to procure an overhead projector for use with the classes (to project what's on the laptop) and additional class supplies. Each session has a theme; for example, during the last session, the kids made dog toys out of various materials.

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

We held our inaugural Humane Education session on April 29 and had our second session on May 27, 2018. We will be holding future sessions the last Sunday of each of the month. During our first session, 36 people attended, an equal mix of adults and children. Since we held the session in a nursing facility, a number of residents attended along with their grandchildren. After a book reading, the participants engaged in an activity and made shelters out of Styrofoam boxes to provide a warm and safe home for community cats. The shelters were then presented to one of the staff members at the nursing facility who cares for community cats on the nursing-home property. A short slide show of the event is shown here: https://youtu.be/13Q5SYlvxYs

During the second session, the two dozen attendees made more than 50 dog toys that will be used at our shelter to provide enrichment to the animals as they await adoption. The classes will help the pets in our care through the increased visibility of the program and its connection to our organization and helping attendees understand compassion for animals. Several attendees expressed an interest in volunteering at our shelter to help the animals in our care. We anticipate this will be another avenue to widen our volunteer reach; we depend upon volunteers to help us care for the animals.

How many pets did this grant help?

250

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

At Pets Alive, 250-300 animals are living at our facility at any given time, reaping the benefits of the kindness of our community. Recently, attendees from our Pets Alive Kids Team (PAKT) humane-education program made more than 50 dog toys to provide enrichment for our dogs as they await their forever homes. One in particular is Chico, a young 2-year-old dog who recently came to Pets Alive. He loves to run around in our play yard, fetching a dog toy and playing catch! He is one of the many recipients of the dog toys recently made by PAKT team members. Here is his Petfinder story: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/41524758

The Cat Network, Inc.: New Year, New Home
What was the money or product used for?

Dental care.

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

We were able to provide dental care for two of our older cats who were being adopted and were in need of a dental cleaning.

How many pets did this grant help?

2

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

It's an amazing thing when you are able to find fur-ever homes for cats who are no longer tiny kittens. People frequently overlook the "mature" cat, even though they are wonderful animals! We were fortunate enough to have two such cats be adopted in early 2018: Opie and Jojo. Jojo (first photo) was a totally affectionate girl who was about 10 1/2 and could have some issues with other cats, so we were starting to despair about finding a fur-ever home for her where she would get the attention that she wanted. Then a wonderful young woman fell in love with her! It was time for Jojo's annual visit -- and we found out that Jojo needed a routine dental cleaning. Even with no extractions, they are not inexpensive!

The second cat was a large, fluffy, leash-trained orange boy named Opie (second photo). Opie was 8-10 years old and also asthmatic. We had him in foster care for 7 1/2 years! When Bobby wanted to adopt him, it was truly an excellent match! Opie was also of the age where a dental cleaning was in order. He too had no extractions, but the grant money helped us afford this necessary care for Opie.

Both cats have been adopted for some months now and are loving their new homes!