Success Stories

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

Missy's Haven Canine Rescue: Disaster Grant
What was the money or product used for?

We used the money to rebuild the fencing around housing used for our hospice dogs. In the fall we plan on planting a tree of hope, for the one they have was lost during the heavy rains and wind.

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

MHCR had noticed an increase of senior pups at our local Animal Care Services (ACS). We knew they didn’t have much of a chance to get adopted in their short stay, so we decided to start a hospice program, one which allowed those pets whom our vet determined wouldn’t have a long life, but we determined needed a chance.

How many pets did this grant help?

3

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

We currently have two pups in the program, for Ms Windy has found a home. They all stand out differently from each other. Mickey (pictured), a 14+-year-old Shih Tzu, is an ancient dog. He has many health issues, and his appearance may not be the best, but Mickey has the BEST spirit for life. His old age also doesn’t stop him from getting around; he loves to run around outside and “chase” whatever he believes he can see. He also has a dry-eye condition that has caused blindness in one eyes and decreased tear production in the other. Mickey is working on completing a bucket list that include all sorts of standard San Antonio things. He also loves to be held, and will bark until you pick him up. He loves food and wants ALL the food possible. He came to Missy’s Haven Canine Rescue when his owner was no longer able to care for them due to her own failing health and mind. Because he was so old and in bad condition (he had major skin infections, severe arthritis, was in need of a dental, and was emaciated) he was deemed unadoptable and came to the hospice program.

Frankie is a very sweet, happy boy. He has gained weight, grown some hair back, and his joints have gotten much better with supplements and a good diet. He loves people and has become a little MHCR mascot at adoption and community events. He truly is an inspiring dog, to come from an unknown bad situation and be in the condition he is and still show humans unconditional love is amazing.

Cleveland Animal Protective League: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

The grant was used to help the nearly 15,000 animals who come through our doors each year.

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

The grant helped animals through a variety of our progressive programs.

How many pets did this grant help?

Nearly 15,000 animals who come through our doors each year.

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

Rosie had been abandoned, chained to a house on Cleveland’s east side. Her brindle coat was dirty and dull, and she did not have food or water. Worse yet, Rosie, an American bulldog mix, was in labor, about to give birth to her puppies in the cold, wet mud under the porch.

Fortunately for Rosie, the Cleveland APL’s Humane Investigations team arrived just in time. They immediately put Rosie in their vehicle to take her to the APL, where she could have her puppies in a warm, cozy space. The puppies wouldn’t wait, though. Rosie gave birth to some of them on her way to the APL, and the rest after she arrived at the shelter—ultimately 10 in all.

Once she arrived at the APL, the veterinary team took over and began treating Rosie and the puppies. Rosie herself received tender, loving care while she took good care of her puppies. She nursed all 10 and, miraculously, all 10 survived!

After they were weaned, the puppies quickly found their new homes. Then it was Rosie’s turn. Rosie met her new, loving family and the rest is history! She is now living the happy life that she so deserves!

Humane Society of West Michigan: Cat Castles
What was the money or product used for?

To purchase Cat Castle boxes.

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

It provided a space for the cats to “hide” and gave them a familiar scent through their stay with us. The boxes would be provided to the cats upon intake and then become what they went home in for adoption.

How many pets did this grant help?

1830

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

Oreo was a cat who was owner-surrendered. She was extremely shy and hissy. We gave her a Cat Castle box that she loved. Over the next few days, she would hide in her box but then started coming out and seeking attention. We believe that giving her space to choose whether or not she wanted to interact had a positive effect on her and her attitude. She has since been adopted!

Angels Among Us Rescue: Orvis Animal Care Grant
What was the money or product used for?

It was used to help many of our animals in need of care and nourishment back to health. We used this for babies who were left in a Dumpster and for a young pup with one leg that needed to be amputated. We cannot help animals without grants and we are more than thankful. I appreciate everything you did for our rescue. And we hope to apply some more. It is amazing help for our puppies and babies. Thank you so much.

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

It helped save the lives of three and get them adopted; it helped us to be able to bring them to health and bring them to their forever homes. Olivia was saved and now we can bring more in because we had the funds to help her!

How many pets did this grant help?

3

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

This grant helped bring Olivia back to health, as you can see from the before and after photos. Olivia is an adorable young chestnut terrier mix who was found dumped in a box inside the Dumpster at a vet clinic. She was with her buddy Oscar, who was protecting her. While they were both in rough shape and very underweight, Olivia was the worse of the two. We did not know if she would survive, as she was so weak, dehydrated and thin. Seeing the two of them inside a Dumpster was shocking and so sad. Olivia rebounded with special care and love! She gained weight and looks great. She is now healthy and has a forever home, as does Oscar. It is so sweet and we are so thankful and happy! Thank you so much for all you do to help with the animals 🙂

Kind Hands 4 Paws Rescue: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

General expendures

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

Supplied food and care

How many pets did this grant help?

2

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

DJ is a cute, friendly little guy and I personally am at odds as to why he hasn’t been adopted. DJ was a rescue from the puppy mills. His is alleged to be a brother to BJ. We were told they are Shih Tzu mixed with Pomeranian. Regardless of what he is, he is simply adorable. He is 10 months old and is still very playful and not much of a couch potato. He likes to play and does well with all of our other dogs but really deserves to be the only dog. We do not want DJ to be a failure so we insist on him being crate trained and in order to potty train him, he would not be able to be left alone for a period exceeding four hours. This dog is a delight and will be a great little guy with some patience and training. He is up-to-date on his vaccinations and is neutered. He is now ready for that long-sought-after “furever” home! Meet DJ: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/31400575

Peaceful Passings Senior Animal Rescue: P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds
What was the money or product used for?

We received seven pet beds; they are used in our crates for pet bedding and the large one is used in our living room for a “crash pad” for senior dogs.

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

It provided durable, study, washable bedding for our senior animals, bringing them comfort and care. We love the beds, expect them to last forever, and the dogs love them! What is better than bring a senior, hospice, or special-needs animal comfort after coming out of a rural shelter with limited funding, and little comfort?

How many pets did this grant help?

Seven, if I count correctly; possibly eight. Some of our bedding is in the wash as we speak.

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

Rosie, our 15- or 20-year-old hound, was the dog of an owner who died. She was the husband’s dog. The wife later went into hospice care and the family placed Rosie with us. Since the woman had Alzheimer’s disease, she could not remember how old this dog was, but originally, we took her in as a 20-year-old — amazing! Rosie lived in a rural area of Virginia near the West Virginia boarder — coal mining country — and the nearest vet was 1 1/2 hours away. Finally, she has found her forever home.

Frosted Faces Foundation: All-Star Dog Rescue Celebration Grant
What was the money or product used for?

We used the grant for veterinary care.

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

We pay for the lifelong veterinary care for every senior dog that we rescue. We used this money to pay for the surgeries, monthly medication, food and supplies for senior dogs and their forever fosters.

How many pets did this grant help?

We have over 100 dogs in our care, but $1,000 probably impacted two on a good day. 🙂

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

We rescued 11-year-old Otis from Baldwin Park Shelter after he was confiscated from a burning home that was in unlivable condition. His owner and the “indoor dogs” actually died in the fire. I think the only thing that saved Otis was that he appeared to have lived a lifetime outside. He was emaciated, had mast cell tumors, cloudy lungs and infected skin. We removed his tumors, treated his skin, fed him nutritious meals, and paired him with a forever foster.

Williamson County Animal Center: Cat Castles
What was the money or product used for?

This grant money was used to purchase hiding dens for our adoptable cats. This provides them a comfortable place to sleep and hide if the public gets too much for them.

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

We have seen a huge improvement in the health of our cats. I think being able to provide this option to hide has reduced their stress level, thus making them happier and healthier. You can also see that the public notices how happy they are and it has caused our cat adoptions to increase! It has been a win/win for everyone involved!

How many pets did this grant help?

This grant money allowed us to order 35 cat hiding dens, but will have a greater impact on our animals than just 35 cats. We are able to reuse these and keep them in the kennels as we move up cats. It will provide a positive impact for every cat that enters our adoption area.

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

Mongo is a 7-year-old domestic long-haired cat who came into our center as a stray. He was very fearful, and being in a shelter environment made him more anxious. Staff worked diligently to reduce his stress while we waited for his owners to claim him. After he went unclaimed, staffers were excited to be able to move him up into the adoption center. After going slow with him and trying to socialize him, he still seemed to be stressed. Thanks to the Petfinder Foundation, we were able to provide him with a hiding box and his behavior completely changed. He went from being anxious and scared to comfortable and happy to greet adopters! We are hoping that this behavior change will put him on the fast track to getting adopted. He is a sweet boy and this hiding box gave him the opportunity to have his true personality shine! Thank you, Petfinder Foundation, for making such a positive impact on Mongo’s life!

Adopt a Saint: All-Star Dog Rescue Celebration Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The entire grant of $1,000 went towards our vet bill, which was over $5,000 at the time.

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

The grant money was used to help pay for spays, neuters, eye surgery and medication for several Saint Bernards.

How many pets did this grant help?

6 saints

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

After we received the grant, a local shelter called me to ask if I could come and pick up a stray female, so I went the next day. When I got there and saw the condition she was in, I wasn’t surprised: She was very dirty, very skinny (weighed 80 lbs.), had a very bad case of kennel cough, and had been used as a breeding bitch. I named her Bella and took her directly to our vet. We started her on medication for the kennel cough and we had to hand feed her three to four times a day until she started to feel better, which took a couple of weeks. She is a sweet, loving girl who would let the vet do anything to her just for the attention. After the kennel cough was gone, we gave her a much-needed bath and got her spayed, vaccinated, and microchipped. After two months at the vet, she was finally ready for adoption. A wonderful family adopted her and renamed her Heidi and now she is living the life of leisure.

Here is a note from her adopted family: “We had lost our Great Pyrenees to bone cancer and our family had a big hole in our hearts. I approached Carole at Adopt A Saint requesting a young girl who is good with children, and boy did she deliver! When Heidi came to us she was still somewhat underweight. Even with that, she was filled with nothing but love. I’ve never seen a tail that wags so much. Slowly, we got her to a healthy weight and worked on her muscle strength with lots of short walks. In return, she gives our whole family gentle love and companionship. With my husband working from home, she is by his side all the time. They are crazy about each other! She is a tremendous help with his stress by being available for pets or just offering her cute expressions and snores. She is so well-behaved, and very sensitive to commands, so you only have to tell her things once. She is very kind to our other pets and our children. I can say that she is one of the best dogs we have ever had and we are all so grateful to have her. She has filled all of our hearts!”

I have attached a picture from the day I rescued her and a picture from her adopted family so you can see how she looks now.

Arizona Cattle Dog Rescue: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

The $2,250 grant was used to cover some routine vaccination expenses incurred by animals in our care in January 2015.

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

Every penny counts! Our only revenue comes from adoption fees, merchandise sales and donations such as this one.

How many pets did this grant help?

one

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

Rosie benefited from the Sponsor a Pet grant. Her story isn’t unusually compelling, but she has some good photos! She was a stray who made her way to an overcrowded shelter that contacted Arizona Cattle Dog Rescue. Her great personality, athleticism and sharp looks quickly attracted the attention of the man who adopted her. These photos are his.