Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
The grant allowed for waived or reduced adoption fees on shy or harder-to-place cats. This allowed the organization to not take a loss by doing so or by housing these already long-term cats much longer.
This grant helped our organization by allowing harder-to-highlight cats to have a reduced or waived adoption fee and promoting these cats with more ease. We prefer to have cats stay with us as short a time as possible so that they can get into their new permanent homes easily and never have to go through multiple transitions.
14 adult cats
We assisted an ill woman by taking in her entire household of semi-feral/very shy cats. They all had fleas, ear mites, and were thin, not altered and terrified of the changes they were encountering. Heff (pictured, with friends), a Siamese mix, was one of the cats fortunate enough to benefit from this grant. He was adopted in a foster-to-adopt scenario and, although still adjusting to his new home, is doing well and is slowly coming out of his shell.
Medical services, spay and neuters, litter and food until adopted.
We were able to give several rescues the medical care they needed with the help of this grant., thus helping our kittens to get healthy and find forever homes. Thanks to the grant award, we were able to help the three sick and injured kitties without waiting until funds were available.
The two sickest kittens we rescued were Anabella (“Bella”) and Meezer (pictured). They both came in as 4-week-olds with massive eye infections, Coccidia and worms. They came from a hoarder with their nursing mom! These two babies came in with eyes sealed shut due to infection. With good medical care and fostering, we were able to get Meezer healed. Bella (pictured), on the other hand, had so much damage to her eye, it wound up disintegrating and eventually had to be removed surgically. Shortly before her surgery, a very kind lady named Toby Hodge asked us if we had a little black kitten for adoption. We were thrilled to have her meet our Bella — a special-needs kitty. With one look at her sweet soul, Toby fell head-over-heels in love with Annabella!! She told us that she could not afford all the surgery needed and we were thrilled to inform her that, with a grant we had been awarded, Ms. Bella would receive the medical attention she so badly needed!
The surgery was performed and unfortunately she had an allergic reaction to the sutures used and wound up with a high fever. A week later, she had to have a second operation to remove the foreign matter that her body was reacting to. Toby gave Bella ice cream to help her heal. Meezer was adopted soon after she healed! She’s pictured here as a perfect swan.
To offset the free-with-monetary-donation adoption fee for cats and kittens.
Your grant has made such a difference in so many lives saved. We were able to commit to all the kittens coming into the local animal control facility for the later part of last year. The promotion we did was “Free with monetary donation” and it allowed us to place altered cats and kittens into homes at a never-seen-before adoption rate. During the months of October through December we adopted out 150 cats and kittens, compared to 107 from January through September. This is in direct correlation to the promotion: Lower adoption fees result in higher adoption rates.
Ranger is an orange kitty who was born with deformed front legs. We were able to pull him from [an open-admission] facility and have him checked and vetted. We are located outside of Fort Benning and he is bobbing on his front legs — hence the name Ranger. Ranger found a wonderful, loving home with a military family that loves him very much (first photo, with girl).
Our $1,000 grant was used to offset adoption fees.
Because of the grant we received, we were able to lower our adoption fees and find loving homes for more animals in our care.
This grant allowed uf to help six puppies and 14 cats. We currently have an additional six kittens who will benefit from these funds.
Chance (first photo) accidently found himself in a feral trap in one of our outlying counties. The rescue group that had been trapping in the area contacted us for help. They were looking for a rescue group to take Chance in and find him an awesome new home. After neutering, vaccinating and chipping him, we took Chance to the adoption center at PetSmart. He was at PetSmart for quite some time, maybe because he was black and also a little out of his comfort zone. Before long he was noticed by a customer who actually had adopted a kitty a few years earlier and needed a friend. She fell in love with beautiful Chance and he headed for a great new life!
The money was used for adoption fees and spays and neuters that are required to be done at the time of adoption if the cat is not already altered.
We were able to find good, forever homes for several cats who would not have otherwise been adopted due to the adoption fee and the requirement of spaying and neutering.
Seven so far, and we have $600 remaining. Our adoption fee is only $20 and several cats were already altered.
Faith, a little 6-month-old female kitten, was adopted on Feb. 14, 2015 by a woman who had recently lost one of her very loved cats. Faith was adopted to give Chloe, an older cat, a new friend since she had lost her old friend. Petfinder Foundation grant money was used to spay Faith and was greatly appreciated as she would not have been adopted at this time otherwise. As it turned out, Faith was a little rambunctious for the older cat and Faith now has a new friend named Kinsie, another adorable kitten. Grant money will be paying for Kinsie’s spay later this week.
On March 9, a young girl came into the shelter and was looking for a kitten. They had lost their cat a while back and thought it was time to give a kitten a new home. This was a family of 10 who loved animals. Well, the daughter fell in love with two. Her mother said they could only have one. They were offered the grant money for the adoption fees and neuters but she still said only one. Evan (first photo), now Blue, was decided upon and Arbie (second photo) remained behind, although the mother said the grant money would allow them to come back for him later. Several days later, Arbie had been selected to go to an out of town no-kill rescue; I called her to let her know and she told me they were coming to get him the next day. I offered her the grant money to neuter him and she politely declined and said someone else might need it.
These four cats could not have found better homes to grow up in. I believe they will have great lives and will be very much loved. Thank you for helping cats and kittens everywhere.
Thank you so much for the generous $1,000 grant to help us help cats awaiting their furever homes. We were able to take in a donated trailer which was in serious disrepair. We worked with a local Boy Scout troop and their Eagle Scout candidate, Michael. We were able to take a trailer (similar to a construction-site trailer) that was falling apart and refurbish it completely to turn it into our new cat habitat and adoption center. In addition, we offered free and discounted cat adoption fees and were able to place another 12 cats with special needs. We now have an insulated, refurbished, and very nice area where prospective adopters can visit our cats in a home-like, cage-free environment. We hope to add an outdoor fenced play area in the future.
We have a permanent area that we can now house additional cats and keep them more stress-free by being cage-free. We also worked with local companies for materials donations and our rescue group has become better known in our community since partnering with the Boy Scouts. By offering no-cost and low-cost adoption fees, we found homes for cats that we thought would never get adopted.
Perpetual and ongoing now for years. In addition to helping cats, we adopted some other animals by people coming to visit the cats.
Big Red (first photo) and Snickers (third photo) were senior cats who were rescued from a 100+ cat hoarding situation almost two years ago. Most of these cats had irritable bowel/sensitive stomachs and severe feline dental resorptive disease. We were having so much difficulty placing adult cats and senior cats, let alone those with issues. We were also forced to rent a portable building to house the cats. With your grant, we got rid of the rental building, refurbished what is now our new cat building and found homes for numerous cats due to not having to rely on any adoption fees. We are so thankful for the Petfinder Foundation’s Cat Chow Building Better Lives Grant!
We are very grateful for the Kong donations. We were able to distribute them to the dogs in our care at our no-kill rescue center.
We continue to use the Kongs as part of our shelter enrichment program. Each day, the dogs staying at our shelter receive Kongs to enrich their stay at our rescue center. We find the Kongs help keep them entertained and calm, which makes them more adoptable.
Lulu is a pitbull terrier who is living at our rescue center. She is the “office dog” and has a big comfortable bed in our office. She loves, loves to chew on her Kong. She is so happy when she has it and loves to lick the peanut butter stuffed inside.
Spays/neuters and general medical bills
It was such a welcome surprise, as I have the highest adoption numbers consistently for all the Petcos in Maricopa County, which is the highest metropolitan county in Arizona. The grant made it possible for us to help more felines/feral TNR/people in general.
Lupita: I was doing TNR for a couple of days, in a run-down apartment complex. I was watching this cat going up to all the people, coming and going and looking for food. After a few days, I was able to trap the cat and find a home for her.
Kayla: This kitten’s rectum was falling when I trapped her. The vet stitched it up, and it fell out two more times. While going through all of this, she came down with ringworm. It took many months to heal before we could place her in adoptions. I called all the parents of her adopted siblings, and to my surprise, one of them came for her and reunited her with her sister.
Remington was a kitten who had ulcers on his eye when we found him. The vet sewed his eye partially closed and I applied drops every four hours. His eye will be permanently scarred. I took him to adoption and he was adopted immediately by a family that looked past his imperfection and saw what a wonderful kitty his is.
Roxy was found in a run-down apartment complex where a woman had been evicted. The woman gave the mother cat and kittens to a neighbor, who then gave them to me. I put the kittens in foster care and the foster mom thought Roxy was blind. Two months earlier I had adopted a kitten who looked just like Roxy to a wonderful woman. I reached out to her, and this special woman, who also had an older blind and deaf cat, adopted Roxy.
The grant was used to offer reduced adoption fees or to waive the adoption fee completely for 20 of the 36 cats we adopted out between Jan. 1, 2015 and March 13, 2015.
The grant allowed us to help low-income families who would otherwise not have been able to afford a cat get a new family member. Sixteen families chose not to use the grant because they did not need to use it and wanted to leave the funds for the families who really needed the assistance.
Zoey’s adopter writes: Zoey’s acclimation was the fastest I’ve ever seen in a cat. We took her out of the box and she immediately climbed up the cat tower and laid down. She never lost her appetite, and she’s gained about 2.5 lbs. We also found that her new favorite treats are Feline Greenies Smartbites (chicken flavor). One of my favorite things that she does is crawl under the blankets with me at night, which I enjoy because it’s super warm. Additionally, she gives kisses! I’ve never had a cat who gave me kisses like a dog does, and it’s adorable because she does it so softly that it feels like feathers. I want to thank you again for your help in getting Zoey.
Snowball’s adopter writes: Just a little note to let you know how well Snowball is doing. He’s a great cat it only took him about 20 minutes to get used to the house, and he has taken it over. My daughters were just so thrilled to have a cat again. He is so loving and follows us all over the house; he will even try to beat us up the stairs when it’s time for bed. And he talks all the time — he even talks in his sleep. My younger daughter changed his name to Simba from The Lion King.
Our house feels full again for the first time in a year; we have always had both cats and dogs — we had our other cats for eight years and our dogs as emotional therapy animals, but when we lost our home due to my husband getting sick, we were able to find a foster home for the dogs but not the cats. We tried to keep them in our truck but we ended up having to have them put up for adoption, which just about set my kids into a very deep depression. But now having Snowball in the the house has just been great. We love what you guys do for homeless pets; please keep it up — there needs to be more places like this. Thank you for letting us adopt Snowball. He’s doing great and I’m enclosing a picture of him sleeping on our couch.
Reduced adoption fees; medical care for one cat in order to restore his health and make him adoptable with a reduced adoption fee
Increased our cat adoptions; made our staff, who are cat lovers, very happy; and saved one cat’s life (we would not have been able to pay for his medical care without the grant).
20 so far, but we are still offering 10 more cats at the reduced rate.
Lazarus was being fostered by one of our volunteers. She called frantic on a Saturday to report that the cat was lethargic, not eating or drinking and was sleeping all the time. I met her at the vet’s office. Normally we would not have been able to spend much money to restore this cat’s health. We impound close to 6,000 animals annually. We are a county shelter operating on a tight budget. I knew this was a great cat who would make a wonderful pet, so I authorized the vet to take reasonable steps to find out what was wrong with Lazarus (his name at the time was Yellow Moon in Chinese). We spent $267.25 on fluids, medications and tests. Lazarus had a virus that would have taken his life without the support provided by the veterinarian. We would not have been able to find him a home with an adoption fee of $267.25, so we used our grant funds to reduce his adoption fee to our normal fee of $65. He bounced back, got a new name and, within no time, had a new home with an owner who appreciates that he’s already used up one of his nine lives.