Success Stories

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

Friends of the Shelter/Simpson County Animal Shelter: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

Sponsored a portion of an adoption fee

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

Allowed the adoption fee of one dog to be reduced

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

We had a longer timer in our shelter and were able to use this money to help reduce his adoption fee from $75 to $52.50. We believe this helped to finally allow him to find a home. From his Petfinder profile: “Tucker came in on Nov. 27, 2014, as a stray. We think he is around 8 years old but he sure acts a lot younger. He is shy and timid at first but warms up quickly and has a wonderful personality! He loves to play with people and pretty much ignores other dogs. He had a light dental (which means deep cleaning is a good idea in another six months or so) and was neutered and had a haircut to get the mats out but will need professional grooming to look his best. But he thinks he is pretty cute right now as-is!! He was also tested for heartworm and is negative.”

Pug Rescue of Austin: Dogly Do Good Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Pug Rescue of Austin spent 100% of the Dogly Do Good grant funds ($1,000) on essential veterinary care for dogs we rescued this summer.

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

The Dogly Do Good grant has helped Pug Rescue of Austin continue its mission to rescue and rehabilitate abused, neglected, and homeless pugs in the central Texas area. Thus far in 2015, we have rescued 108 dogs, 42 of whom were rescued over the last two months. Thanks in part to the generous funding received from the Petfinder Foundation, we have not had to turn away a single pug in need and have been able to provide the essential veterinary care they needed to become adoption-ready.

How many pets did this grant help?

5

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

Thanks to a Dogly Do Good grant from the Petfinder Foundation, Pug Rescue of Austin was able to save Wally and provide the medical care he desperately needed. Wally is a senior pug who was seen wandering around the Walnut Creek Trail in Austin, Texas, for about a week in July. He had been visiting with people and soaking up attention but was overheating because of daily temperatures above 95 degrees. A good Samaritan picked him up, took him into her air-conditioned car, and contacted Pug Rescue of Austin for help. Wally was immediately brought to the veterinary clinic and was in early heat stroke upon arrival, with a body temperature of 105 degrees. After he was cooled down and stabilized, it was discovered that Wally had a microchip that traced back to the local shelter, where he had turned up as a stray a few years prior. The shelter located a previous owner who claimed that Wally had been given to her but that she did not want him. Thus, Pug Rescue of Austin assumed full responsibility for his care and paid for the medical treatment he needed for his various maladies.

Wally had severe ear and nasal-fold infections, rotting teeth that were causing intense pain, and arthritis, and he was covered in fleas and filth (see photos). When Wally was bathed, his clumped fur and matted undercoat were stripped away to reveal a beautiful, squeaky-clean boy. He was then vaccinated, started on pain medication and antibiotics for his infections, and subsequently underwent dental surgery to remove all the abscessed teeth. Wally now looks and behaves like a different dog from the poor soul who had been knocking on death’s door when he was rescued. He is now living without pain or infection, has started losing weight, and is a joyful, outgoing pug. Wally is living the pampered, indoor life that he deserves in a loving foster home and is now available for adoption at https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/32711892/

Humane Society of Wichita County: Disaster Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Our back kennel fencing blew away from the building. We used the money to have a contractor come in and reattach the fencing. It affected a total of 18 kennels. We also paid our employees overtime due to the fact that we took in 52 evacuee dogs and cats. Also we had to open up a building we don’t use, so we used the money to pay for the extra utility bills. We took in 52 animals from people who were being evacuated from their homes, free of charge to them.

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

We were able to help our community in a time of need; we housed and fed their pets for almost two weeks, or until the owner was able to return home.

How many pets did this grant help?

A total of 52 from the public and 18 of our dogs that were in the kennels that blew down. We were able to have someone come in and put them back up for us in a very timely manner. We are most grateful for that.

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

We had a young lady who had two very large pit bulls. She was being evacuated from her home at midnight. She had nowhere for her dogs to go and was worried she would have to have Animal Control pick them up. We were able to open our other building we no longer used that had extra kennels in it. We had our local news channel announce that we would help in any way we could. She was the first to call and she was also the first to come get her dogs when it was time for her to return to her home. We were so happy we could help her out and for her to be reunited with her dogs that she so dearly loved. Thank you for giving us the grant so we were able to help families.

Sheryl’s Den Animal Rescue: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

The grant money was used to purchase deworming medication for more than one animal with Sheryl’s Den Animal Rescue.

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

This grant money was used to help with the cost of deworming medication.

How many pets did this grant help?

5

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

Honey arrived in poor condition and with many parasites. She’s now a happy, adopted girl, parasite-free! She arrived on Aug. 15 to her foster home, where she was cared for in a home with other dogs. She is dog-friendly and loves people. She learned the household rules and seemed to be picking things up very quickly. She did not know all of her commands, but with time and training, she will do great. The core of this dog is a friendly, sweet soul who wants to please and is easy to correct when we do not want her to do something such as go on the furniture.

Only Maine Coons Rescue: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

We used the funds to pay for a combo FiV/FeLV test for one of our current foster kitties named Buffy.

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

The Sponsor a Pet grant from the Petfinder Foundation allowed Only Maine Coons Rescue to assist a woman in a domestic-violence situation who needed to rehome her much-loved cat, allowing her to then seek help herself at a shelter for abused women. The grant provided the funds needed to pay for the cat’s required veterinary care, which then allowed OMC Rescue to bring the cat into one of our foster homes. We are an all-donation-run organization, and this grant went directly to the kitty in need.

How many pets did this grant help?

One

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

We used the funds to help a woman who needed to surrender her beloved cat, Buffy, due to abuse in the home. She and Buffy were both being physically abused. Afraid to leave and go to a shelter without providing for her cat, she stayed in a bad situation until a suitable placement for Buffy could be found. She reached out to us for help and we agreed to take Buffy into foster care. Before bringing Buffy into one of our foster homes, Buffy needed to be tested for FiV/FeLV. We can only take negative cats into care, as all our placements are in private foster homes with other fosters and pets.

The owner took Buffy to a local vet and had her tested for Fiv/FeLV. OMC Rescue paid for the test with the help of the funds from this grant, as the owner had no funds to do so. Fortunately Buffy’s test came back negative and we were able to bring her into rescue, where she now waits for the purrfect home. Meet Buffy: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/32125777/

Thanks to this grant, it was possible for us to help out a person who was down on her luck and save a beautiful kitty from a bad situation.

Miami Pet Assistance Coalition: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

Veterinary care for a dog we found with an embedded collar.

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

We are a community-outreach group that focuses on getting low-income pet owners’ dogs and cats spayed/neutered and vaccinated, but we often wind up doing emergency rescues and/or funding other veterinary expenses.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Bobby is a young dog who lived neglected and covered with fleas in a dirty backyard. When MPAC picked him up to be neutered and vaccinated, we found he had an embedded collar that cut into his neck! The wound was filthy and infected. We immediately removed the collar and sought veterinary care. He is now healed and living with one of our loving fosters, waiting for the right home.

Great Plains Pointer Rescue: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

Vetting

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

We have had some higher expenses with heartworm treatments and senior dogs in need. This grant was applied to the vetting care needs.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Sponsor a Pet funds were applied to Sydney for her heartworm treatment. She is a survivor! WOOF! Sydney says: “Hello, Sydney here, but you can call me Lil Bit, because I’m just an adorable little bit of a pointer mix. I was born to cuddle, and being only 35 lbs., I am just the right size. I came from a horrible abuse situation but survived with a delightful personality. I am crate-trained, but also can be left loose in the house. I’m doggy-door savvy. I need a fence, as the rabbits tempt me and my nose loves long walks. I could use some basic obedience training to complement my winning personality. I do not like full flights of stairs, but we’re working on that. I have completed my heartworm treatment and am ready for my forever home!” Meet Sydney: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/32907401/

Cocker Spaniel Resources, Inc.: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

The money from this grant was used for medical care for Oscar, a senior black cocker spaniel who had high blood pressure and glaucoma, which required his eyes to be removed. He also had bladder stones.

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

This grant came at a very difficult time in the life of Oscar. He needed much medical care. This grant helped with Oscar’s high blood pressure medications. He needed to get his blood pressure under control before any other medical procedures could be done.

How many pets did this grant help?

One lucky dog named Oscar.

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

Oscar is one lucky boy to have been sent to Cocker Spaniel Resources, Inc., from another rescue which is not breed-specific. The impact of money from donations and sponsors is beyond words; without donations and sponsors Oscar would have gone over the Rainbow Bridge. The generosity of Petfinder sponsors and donations has truly made a difference in Oscar’s life. He came to CSR needing to have both eyes removed due to glaucoma. Before he could have surgery, Oscar had to have his blood pressure under control; then he had surgery to remove a bladder stone. He will be on blood pressure medication and eat special food for the rest of his life. He is totally blind due to having had his eyes removed. He has been adopted and is the joy of his family’s life.

Shih Tzu Rescue, Adoption & Education Safehouse (S.T.R.A.E.S.): Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

The Sponsor a Pet donation for our shelter dog, Daisy, was used to purchase medications for her.

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

The donation was used to pay for medications for Daisy, a dog at our shelter. This made our funds go a little further for the care of other shelter dogs.

How many pets did this grant help?

one

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

Daisy was one of our sanctuary pets; these are dogs who have been diagnosed with a terminal illness and are receiving quality-of-life hospice care. Daisy died of bone cancer in June of this year. The Sponsor a Pet donation was used to pay for medications for her, which made our funds go a little further for the care of other shelter dogs.

Luv of Dogz Fund: Emergency Medical Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Medical care for Jessica the boxer, who had to have two surgeries

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

Helped to pay for medical care for dogs in need

How many pets did this grant help?

It helped cover Jessica the boxer’s two surgeries

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

Jessica was found wandering in the desert, emaciated and with her uterus prolapsed due to abuse and neglect. With the help of the Petfinder Foundation, we were able to get her the surgeries she needed and she found a wonderful home.