Success Stories

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

Hanover Humane Society: A Shot at Life Vaccination Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The vaccines were administered to dogs that are/were in our adoptions program.

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

We were able to use the vaccines provided when vaccinating our dogs/puppies rather than buying them. This grant allowed us to ensure our animals are fully vaccinated and use our funds for other purposes such as food and veterinary care.

How many pets did this grant help?

A total of 116 animals received vaccines, but some animals received mutliple vaccines.

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

Champion, a 2-year-old male Rottweiler, entered our program because his owner committed suicide. Unfortunately, no one in the home was in a position to care for Champion so they appealed to Hanover Humane for help. Champion, an intact male, was very protective of his yard/family and was not vaccinated, on heartworm preventative, etc. After a lengthy introduction, our volunteers were able load Champion into a crate and take him to our facility. Champion’s socialization was a lengthy process which was complicated by his lack of English. Champion, who only responded to Spanish voice commands, was very unhappy and fearful. Had Champion gone to a pound following his owner’s death, he certainly would have been euthanized. Champion was a project, as we had to handle his sterilization, vaccinations, heartworm testing, etc. while trying to socialize him. Champion stayed with us for many months; during that time, one of our dedicated volunteers worked with him daily. Ultimately, we were able to recently place Champion in a forever home with a wonderful family. Champion lives with his new family and a female Rottweiler, and we receive emails, etc., from his new family so we know he’s happy and doing well.

The Simon Foundation: A Shot at Life Vaccination Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Received DA2PP vaccines for dogs

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

Ensured rescued dogs were properly vaccinated upon arrival at our shelter and while under our care until they are adopted.

How many pets did this grant help?

54 dogs

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

When I first met Truffles, she was sitting in a kiddie pool in a barn in Ohio. As the other dogs ran around seeking attention, this little dog sat quietly and watched the commotion. There was something about her that I couldn’t resist and I went and sat in the pool with her. She quietly crawled into my lap and melted my heart. Truffles made the trip back with me to The Simon Foundation facility in Bloomfield, CT. She received her vaccines, was spayed and received the love and comfort she needed to feel safe and secure. Truffles has recently been adopted and is doing fantastic with her new family. They love her and tell us she is such a joy. This is just one of over 500 such stories of the dogs and cats that come through our foundation to find loving forever homes.

Rescue One: KONG Toy Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The products granted to Rescue One were KONG products. We received original KONGs, puppy KONGs, and KONG Goodie Bones. We use these for training and entertainment with the dogs in our care.

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

The KONGs that were donated to Rescue One are used by the dogs at Rescue One while in foster care. They are especially helpful at adoption events — they can get pretty noisy, but the KONGs keep the dogs quiet! They are also great while the dogs are in their foster homes, as mental stimulation decreases separation anxiety, destructive behaviors, and unwanted barking. Finally, the KONGs are also absolutely wonderful for heartworm-positive dogs! When a heartworm-positive dog has to be confined for six weeks while going through treatment, a KONG is a wonderful distraction from the monotony. Thank you, Petfinder Foundation and KONG, for the awesome grant!

How many pets did this grant help?

30+

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

This grant specifically helped and is helping Lassie, a 7-month-old female Catahoula Leopard Dog mix at Rescue One. Lassie was surrendered to Rescue One, and she has been grieving for her family ever since. She cries and whines, and just sounds plain miserable. At her first adoption event, she was not only miserable but overwhelmed. We took her to the side and gave her a KONG from the grant we received. She loved it! We stuck a treat inside, and the puzzle of it kept her busy! Lassie was no longer whining or feeling overwhelmed — she was having fun! Because of this she became more approachable, and she found her very own foster home that day! Lassie is still available for adoption through Rescue One, and she is hoping to find her very own forever home (with lots of KONGs!) very soon! Lassie’s Petfinder link is: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/31164760/

Pets Come First: Orvis Animal Care Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Pets Come First was very excited to receive the $1,000 Orvis Operational Grant to help support dog adoption efforts! This money was used to help pay for the medical care and procedures required for four dogs before they were available for adoption. Before animals are ready for adoption at Pets Come First, all animals are spayed or neutered, up-to-date on all vaccinations, and are tested for heartworm and Lyme, along with any additional medical needs required.

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

The medical care provided for these four dogs included one spay, three neuters, four sets of blood work, medication for three dogs, one back-leg x-ray and two dental exams, including multiple teeth extractions. Since they became available for adoption, three have already been adopted and the fourth is in a special training program with multiple applications pending.

How many pets did this grant help?

4

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

Nina (first photo) is a 10-year-old black Lab who was found walking along the highway near the shelter with a beagle. Neither dog was ever claimed after searching for their owners. In preparation for adoption, Nina was spayed, vaccinated, tested for heartworm and Lyme, and had x-rays completed on her back legs. As suspected, it was determined that Nina had severe hip displaysia, and she began medication immediately. Nina has since been adopted to a loving home willing to care for a senior dog and her specific medical conditions. Her initial medical costs were $220.

Conner (second photo) is a 10-year-old Chow mix who was brought in by the daughter of his owner because he had been tied outside his whole life and the owner could “no longer care of him.” Pre-adoption, Conner was neutered, vaccinated, tested for heartworm and Lyme, and had a complete dental exam. Conner tested positive for Lyme disease and had several teeth extracted during the medical exam. He immediately began medication for the Lyme and a teeth/gum infection. Conner has been adopted — his new family came in and adopted a cat, but then fell in love with Conner and came back in to adopt him as well! Conner’s initial medical costs were $330.

Rusty (third photo) is a 9-year-old Golden Retriever who was tied outside for the majority of his life. He was neutered, vaccinated, tested for heartworm and Lyme, and had a dental exam resulting in multiple teeth extractions. Rusty was adopted by an active, loving family with three kids. He was fantastic with the whole family on their three visits before the final adoption. Rusty has also been to the hospital to meet his new Grandpa, and he did great! Rusty’s initial medical costs were $418.

Tanner (fourth photo) is a 1-year-old German Shorthaired Pointer and Boxer mix that was rescued from a home where he was tied outside for hours at a time, and the primary owner was going to jail. Tanner was neutered, received vaccinations, and was tested for heartworm and Lyme. After receiving his treatment, Tanner entered a program called “A Dog’s Tale from Jail,” where he will live with and be trained by inmate handlers for six weeks and then be adopted into his new home. This is a great program helping to train the dog and provide structure and responsibility for the inmates as well. Tanner already has multiple applications pending. Tanner’s initial medical costs were $119.

Pets Come First: KONG Toy Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The generous donation of Kongs were used in our shelter to help stimulate the dogs while in our care looking for new forever homes. Some of the dogs that were especially fond of the Kongs actually got to take one home with them to their new family!

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

While providing extra fun and stimulation for the dogs, it also helped show some positive characteristics while prospective adopters are in the shelter, allowing future owners to get a different perspective on the dogs — especially those with high energy.

How many pets did this grant help?

Approximately 30 dogs

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

Cashmere (first two photos) is a 3-year-old pit bull who has been in the shelter for 10 months. She always has to have something in her mouth, and absolutely loves the Kong! Her favorite activity is to clean all the peanut butter out, and then carry it around with her outside, showing it off! Cashmere is available for adoption looking for a forever home without any other animals. Of course, she was so excited to have her Kong, it was tough to get a nice action shot of her! Meet Cashmere: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/29069007/

Spot (third photo) came into the shelter with a spinal injury and was hardly using his back legs. After different types of therapy and his very own wheelchair to help strengthen his legs, he can now get around pretty well without the wheelchair. However, he does still like getting in it and running over toes! Due to Spot’s needs and incontinence, he has made the shelter his perfect permanent home. Spot loves the smaller Kongs, and, just like a good Jack Russell, he enjoys protecting them from his furry friends at the shelter!

Gwinnie (fourth photo) is a 1-year-old bull mastiff and red heeler mix that was not socialized as a puppy with humans or living in a home. She has had a tough go of it being very scared and nervous, and she even escaped from her first foster family. After about three weeks hiding in farm fields, she was finally captured. She has since been adopted to a family that is working with her, and in her new home she enjoys her new Kong as a way to relax and take her mind off of being stressed out!

Wood County Humane Society: Dogly Do Good Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The money from the Dogly Do Good Grant helped spay five dogs, provided a dental for one dog, grooming for two dogs, vaccinations, microchips, heartworm tests, and heartworm prevention for six dogs, heartworm treatment for one dog, and a tablet for our Outreach Coordinator who will use it to help complete adoptions of our animals at adoption events.

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

The Wood County Humane Society is so grateful to have received the Dogly Do Good grant, and this grant helped us “Do Good” for our animals and the families that adopted them. We rely heavily on public donations, so we are always looking for ways to help us care for our animals.

How many pets did this grant help?

Seven dogs, and countless more (cats and dogs) will be helped every time our Outreach Coordinator completes an adoption at an adoption event.

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

This grant helped us provide necessary care to ready our animals for their forever homes (spaying/neutering, microchips, vaccinations, heartworm tests and prevention), and transformed two unkempt little dogs into beauties (first photo). The Dogly Do Good grant also helped us provide immediate heartworm treatment for a dog that desperately needed it — we actually received the grant before this dog came in, so this grant was also a HUGE blessing for this dog, named Israel (second photo). We also thought of long-term use for the shelter with this grant, and used part of the funds to purchase a tablet that will allow our Outreach Coordinator (third photo) and staff/volunteers to complete adoptions at adoption events, on-site, for years to come!

Here are messages from two adopters who took home dogs helped by the Dogly Do Good Grant:

Nate and Stephanie write: “We have been lucky enough to have Dorothy/Leela (fourth photo, left) in our home for almost three months, and she has been the love of our lives since the day we brought her home. She loves cuddling anywhere around the house and loves meeting new people. She knows how to sit, shake hands, and high-five. She is such an angel and we are so happy that we have her! She is so loving and anybody that spends time with her can’t help but love her back. She’s a part of our family.”

The Tesnows write: “Here is Maia (fourth photo, right), formally Jenna, enjoying her first holiday with her pug sister, Moo. We are so thankful to have her with our family. We love her a ridiculous amount. Happy holidays!”

Humane Society of El Paso: A Shot at Life Vaccination Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Donated vaccines were used to support immunizations for pets being cared for in the agency foster-pet program.

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

It helped the agency save money on vaccination costs.

How many pets did this grant help?

Approximately 150

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

Amadeus was one of the pets that received donated vaccinations from the product grant. He was found by the side of the road in a rural area, starving, eaten up by flies, maggots crawling out of wounds he received, one leg broken off, his tail broken off. He could not walk; he could barely hold his head up, he was so weak. The emergency veterinarian said he was approximately 10 months old and he weighed only 16 pounds. He gave the little guy a 50% chance of survival. Dr. Giles gave him a blood transfusion, IV fluids, deworming medications and antibiotics. Three days later, Amadeus was released to a caring foster home, where he received the loving, nurturing care he needed. Several months later, after having his broken leg amputated, his tail amputated and regaining his health and well-being, he was cleared for adoption. Here is a picture of him at intake, and two from his happy adoption day.

Animal Rescue New Orleans: KONG Toy Grant
What was the money or product used for?

These Kongs are wonderful aids to giving shelter dogs a much needed distraction. Filled with peanut butter, they provide for hours of chewing fun, plus a delicious treat!

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

ARNO is a no-kill shelter which strives not only to bring our rescues to full health but also to fulfill their needs at the shelter both physically and emotionally, by giving them a much-needed distraction in addition to walks and playtime.

How many pets did this grant help?

55

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

Abel is a dog rescued who no doubt comes from a background of abuse. He gets very nervous when people are screaming or waiving their arms, for obvious reasons. He enjoys his Kong and peanut butter. He sometimes gets a little depressed or in a funk, and his Kong is a great distraction to pull him out of it. Special-needs dogs like Abel are so important to ARNO’s mission to help those who would have no chance if not for ARNO. Thanks for making a difference for Abel.

Arkansas Rescuing Unwanted Furry Friends: A Shot at Life Vaccination Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Our organization received 12 trays of 5-in-1 puppy shots in September, and as of today, we have 1/4 of a tray left, or six puppy shots. These so-much-appreciated puppy shots were used to save the lives of 168 puppies so far!

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

We were able to save so many more puppies than we could have normally thanks to this awesome grant from the Petfinder Foundation! We normally pay over $100 for one tray of shots. This grant saved us well over $1,200! This has also allowed us to save extra money in our rescue fund for the sole purpose of purchasing more trays of shots.

We saved 118 puppies from three different [open-admission] shelters, plus 50 puppies that had been dumped and left to die. These babies would never have had a chance to get out if we had not had the resources to help them. Thanks to this grant from the Petfinder Foundation, we used the puppy shots provided to us and subsequently were able to use the money saved to purchase needed medications, ensuring that all were 100% protected from viruses and diseases that are so rampant here in Arkansas.

Our rescue protocol includes spay/neuter, age-appropriate shots, deworming, cocchidia and giardia preventative, flea, tick, mite and heartworm preventative, and heartworm tests if the puppies are over 6 months of age. Adoption donations do not provide the money to cover the costs we incur. Thank you so much, Petfinder Foundation, for your generosity, your help, and everything you do to help rescues like us help the voiceless ones.

How many pets did this grant help?

This grant helped 168 puppies that are 6 months old and younger.

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

I would really like to tell the story of the “Dardanelle Puppies” because they were the first rescued souls that received the puppy shots that the Petfinder Foundation so graciously provided. These babies came from horrible living conditions. The owners live in poverty, as so many people in Arkansas do, and the poor Momma dog was tied to a chain in an unfenced area. She had 10 sweet babies and, thank God, every one of them made it! She raised them the best she could, but they were outside in the 95-degree weather every day of their lives. They lived in dirt. Food and water were not provided to her regularly, but she made sure those babies ate.

ARRUFF was contacted by a rescue friend in that area; she told me their plight and there was no way we could not help these sweet lives. We agreed to take them into foster. The “10-pack” came to my home on September 29, 2014. Good GOSH they were all so CUTE, as all puppies are, but almost every one of them had bald spots on their heads, legs, stomachs, backs — quarter-sized and bigger. Their birthdate, we learned, was June 23, so these babies were already 13 weeks old!

They were immediately taken to our local veterinarian, who diagnosed the bald spots as possible ringworm, and advised that we use tolnaftate, an ingredient contained in Tinactin, an anti-fungal spray found anywhere. They were also wormed and given their first set of puppy shots, as we had none on hand at that time.

Three weeks went by and the antifungal spray was working its magic! The babies were growing, playing, and just so happy and healthy. We had received our trays of shots from the Petfinder Foundation by this time, so they were given their second set of shots, and they were the first babies helped by this awesome grant.

We had listed them on Petfinder.com and people were going CRAZY wanting to adopt these beautiful souls 🙂 We told them the circumstances, and that we preferred to wait and give them their third set of shots before they traveled to their new homes. After receiving a third shot, each and every one of these babies went to the most wonderful homes possible 🙂

Ten babies that came from hellish conditions are now ALL living in homes like we will never walk into. This is our wish for every dog we rescue. I just wish they would adopt me too!

Thank you, Petfinder Foundation and Petfinder.com. The pictures say it all! I only wish I could attach more! Your graciousness, your generosity, the ability you provide for us to list pets for adoption on Petfinder.com, and the one-on-one help that you have provided to us during the past 11 years is why we will always support you, believe in you, and will always appreciate you.

Thank you from the “Dardanelle Puppies” as well!

Capitol Area Rescue Effort, Inc.: KONG Toy Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Kong toys are one of our rescue’s “go-to” tools for dogs in our care. Many rescue animals come into the kennel fearful and anxiety-ridden from being in a shelter, having lost their homes and having many lifestyle changes along the road to their forever homes. Giving these dogs tasks provides meaning to their time with us, as well as provides a diversion from the loudness and frequent changes in neighboring dogs. Kong toys are highly recommended by our trainer for keeping our dogs busy.

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

We prefer to freeze peanut butter or cream cheese in our Kongs, when appropriate, to give additional longevity to the time our dogs spend working on their task of cleaning the Kong! As a quality choice for a toy for a dog, the rescue benefited financially from the gift. We are a small rescue and every dollar counts, so the ability to purchase a substantial number of toys was out of our reach. Bored or anxious dogs have their attention well diverted by Kong toys and are given hours of playtime each day!

How many pets did this grant help?

20+. With proper sanitation, these toys will continue to enrich the lives of the dogs that pass through our rescue!

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

Tyler is a male chihuahua who has been in rescue for over a year waiting for a forever home. His breed is known for its anxiety in general, and Tyler is no different. As a small dog, he cannot be given free range to run in our kennel for fear that he could be accidentally hurt by larger dogs. He spends several hours a day in his crate and boredom easily sets in. Inferior-quality toys are quickly destroyed by Tyler and other dogs like him. Kong toys provide a great diversion and way to stay focused during his crated time. And we have great news to share: After 17 months, Tyler will soon be leaving our Virginia rescue for his new home in Delaware!