Success Stories

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

Every Creature Counts: Petfinder Adoption Options in Action Grant (Invitation Only)
What was the money or product used for?

The grant was used for the construction of a new animal-care area in the shelter.

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

The construction is not totally completed and area cannot be used for animals. We should be able to use the area in early 2016.

How many pets did this grant help?

The construction is not totally completed and area cannot be used for animals.

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

The grant was used for the construction of a new animal-care area in the shelter. The construction is not totally completed and area cannot be used for animals. We should be able to use the area in early 2016. The area will benefit pets like Marlin (pictured). Meet Marlin: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/32311986/

Dog Town Canine Rescue: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

Sponsorship of a dog to purchase toys.

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

It allows us to purchase a few extra items to help our longer-term residents enjoy their stay with us.

How many pets did this grant help?

One

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

The sponsored pet is a dog named Milo. A family had wanted to adopt him, but things didn’t work out and he had to come back to Dog Town. They have been sponsoring him to provide extra toys and activities to keep him entertained while he is here. It sometimes takes quite a while for us to find a good home for pit bulls, so it’s comforting to know that we are making their stay with us as comfortable as possible.

Milo was a stray dog who had been trapped in a rural area by Animal Control. We pulled him from the City of Fallon Animal Control facility. He’s got a great personality, and we hope to find him just the right home some day. He is a nice young dog who is hoping to find a home where he will have some attention and love. He’s a smart pup and has done very well with learning good manners. He’s going to need someone with dog experience, who will help him continue along the good road we’ve got him on. Milo is exuberant and loves people, and would do best in a home as an only dog. Meet Milo: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/30131577

Dog Town Canine Rescue: Emergency Medical Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Emergency veterinary care for injured dog Rucker.

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

This grant allowed us to obtain critical veterinary care for a seriously injured dog. Once his mangled leg had been removed, he was no longer in pain and was able to be adopted.

How many pets did this grant help?

One dog, badly in need of help.

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

Rucker came to Dog Town after being confiscated by local tribal law enforcement. His owner had run him over with her car and left him chained up in her yard. She never bothered to take him to a veterinarian, and he was left for two weeks with no shelter or medical care. He was seriously injured, with a completely broken femur, and dislocated hip. These funds helped pay for a complete amputation of his mangled leg. Despite the neglect he had suffered, Rucker remained a happy, trusting dog who loved people and other dogs.

Shortly after his surgery, Rucker was adopted by a family who was touched by his story. He is now part of a great family, and is very much loved.

Friends of the Animals: P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds
What was the money or product used for?

We received 10 Chill Pad pet mats for the animals at our shelter. We primarily used these beds for our canine friends. These pet mats provided a soft, comfortable place for our dogs to rest or lie while in their kennels. We provide cots for the dogs to rest on and the Chill Pads provided them with a more comfortable spot to rest on as opposed to lying on a blanket. Especially here in Iowa with our winter season just beginning, the Chill Pads add to their comfort while they are at our shelter waiting for what we call a “forever home.”

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

The Chill Pad pet mats provided our animals with a warm, comfortable spot to rest on while in their kennels. Here in Iowa, where the weather is always changing, having a soft, warm place to rest can make all the difference in the world, even for animals. The Chill Pad pet mat provides our animals with the perfect spot. They provide extra padding to lie on compared to a simple blanket, and are covered with soft materials to keep the dogs warm.

How many pets did this grant help?

16

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

Francien (first photo) is one of our senior dogs here at the shelter waiting for her forever home. As a senior dog, she has to take vitamins for her joints. Her Chill Pad gives her extra comfort while she rests in her kennel compared to a blanket placed on her cot. Ace is another one of our dogs who was recently spayed. All of our animals are spayed or neutered prior to being adopted. Ace was given a Chill Pad after her surgery to rest on while she recovered. The soft material and extra padding compared to giving her a blanket helped her to rest more comfortably.

Healing Species: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

The funds provided through the Petfinder Sponsor A Pet program contributed to the veterinary and medicine costs, feeding costs, and training costs of dogs up for adoption at Healing Species.

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

This grant allowed Healing Species to rescue and find homes for more dogs than we would have otherwise been able to do. Petfinder in general allows Healing Species to make the perfect match for our happy dogs with good pet owners throughout the country at large. Through this process, we know that our dogs are not just being adopted as simple pets, but that they are being adopted as family members. That assurance makes our job fulfilling, our day brighter, and our pups luckier. The dogs we rescue are running out of hope but have endless love to give, and through our partnership with Petfinder we have been able to restore their hope and give them a second chance at a fulfilling life.

How many pets did this grant help?

4

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

Marley (first photo) had been waiting his entire life for his family. As a golden retriever and Lab mix, Marley loves all people and could not wait to find his home. At our sanctuary, Marley was unable to flourish because he didn’t have the one-on-one attention that he deserved. We were able to place Marley into our prison-foster program and his handler fell in love with him immediately. Marley was posted on Petfinder as his handler began training him and giving him the attention he had been so deprived of up until that point in his life. Thanks to Petfinder, Marley’s family came to Orangeburg, South Carolina, all the way from Florida. Marley’s foster dad and handler was so excited for Marley that he sent a book on golden retrievers back to the sanctuary with Marley so his family would know everything there is to know about the breed. He also wrote a note inside the book about what a special dog Marley is and how he will complete their family in a way they couldn’t even imagine. Marley’s new family had never heard about Healing Species, and never would have if it weren’t for Petfinder. Now, Marley is enjoying life with a huge back yard, a mom and dad who can’t get enough of him, and a place he can call home. It is matches like this one that make Petfinder a miracle-maker.

Canine Castaways, Inc.: Rescue U Renovation Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Artificial turf for kennel play yard

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

Receiving this grant provided a better play area for our dogs who are waiting to go into foster homes. Not only does the artificial turf create a cleaner environment, it also eliminates the risk of parasites such as fleas, ticks and intestinal parasites. The artificial turf is routinely sanitized to help prevent the potential of any infectious diseases. Now the play yards are much more inviting for volunteers and potential adopters to interact with the dogs as well.

How many pets did this grant help?

Unlimited

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

This grant allowed us to specifically improve the long dog runs, which gave the larger dogs in our care, such as Luna, Tia and Zoey, and improved play area. Prior to the improvements, it was nearly impossible to keep grass growing in those areas. Due to the dogs’ activity, we were constantly combating dirt and weeds.

Meet Luna: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/33881791
Meet Tia: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/28926157
Meet Zoey: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/33544978

Humane Society of Raleigh County, Inc.: Rescue U Renovation Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Purchase of Honeywell Heat Recovery Ventilator and two UV lights for air filtration for present duct work.

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

The unit exhausts stale air and pollutants from inside and brings fresh air from outside. The UV light kills bacteria, pet dander, dust mites and odor for healthier air in the building.

How many pets did this grant help?

Putting a number is unmeasurable. This will make a huge impact on all of our new intakes and current residents.

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

Our purchase of a Honeywell Heat Recovery Ventilator and two UV lights for air filtration will help to improve air quality for all our animals. One example is Cashew (pictured). Cashew is a pretty baby that came into the shelter with an injured leg and required a cast. She is recovering nicely. She is available for adoption or rescue. Meet Cashew: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/33765869

Animal Protective Association of Missouri: Pet Transfer Program
What was the money or product used for?

The grant money was used for the APA’s Pet Transfer Program.

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

This grant allows the APA to transfer animals in from other shelters. The money is used to pay for housing, vaccinations, spay/neuter surgeries and preventative medications for the transfer animals. This grant is not only helping the APA, but the over-crowded shelters we are transferring from.

How many pets did this grant help?

In October, the grant helped 94 animals.

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

Athena, a 3-year-old Jack Russell mix, came to the APA as a transfer from a rural shelter in Missouri on Oct. 13, 2015. Athena was extremely shy and nervous when she arrived at the APA. She had probably been in a few households and at least one other shelter before she arrived at our shelter. The staff at the APA took things slow with her. She was given some extra TLC and hung out in the offices with the back staff before we placed her up for adoption. She slowly began trusting people and loved snuggling in laps. On Oct. 30, a nice woman came to the APA looking for a small lap dog that was already housetrained. One of our adoption counselors thought Athena would be the perfect fit. The woman fell in love, but wanted to sleep on it before she made a final decision. The same woman showed up at 10 a.m. the next morning and said she could not stop thinking about Athena and had to have her! Athena is continuing to come out of her shell in her new home and is doing wonderfully!

Baywater Animal Rescue: Orvis Animal Care Grant
What was the money or product used for?

We used the grant money to purchase matching lupine collars and leashes to give away free with all dog adoptions for October and November. We also used the money to purchase adopter bags, magnets and informational pamphlets and vaccination record books to go with every dog adoption. We put together folders which contained informational pamphlets, vet coupons and vaccine record books, along with all medical paperwork for each dog. The adopter got this folder and information, along with a sample bag of food, in their adopter tote bag. The lupine collars and leashes are guaranteed for life, even if the dog chews it up. Lupine replaces all products. The adopter got to pick their collar pattern and we sized and placed the collar and leash on the animal before they left the shelter. When they agree, we also take a nice adoption picture to post on our Facebook page.

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

This grant allowed us the funds to purchase items for new adopters that we normally wouldn’t have had the funds to purchase. Most adopters don’t think to bring a collar and leash to them for the adoption, so we would either use slip leads or often give our own collars and leashes with the dogs. This takes a toll on our supply of collars and leashes (which are normally donated), so having these to give with the adoption saved us from giving our supply away too. All the adopters were very excited about picking out a collar and matching leash to complement the coloring of their new dog. They were also very impressed with the information and presentation of the folder, food and bag that they got to take home. It allows them to keep their pet’s information all in one place. We had 12 dog adoptions in September, which has been about average for us. In October, the dog adoptions jumped to 22! We had a record-high 48 adoptions for October!

How many pets did this grant help?

This grant enabled us to help 25 dogs so far and we will continue to give the collars and leashes away until gone (estimate the end of November). The bags and other merchandise will last us the whole year.

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

Kaya (first two photos) is a 23-month-old red-nose pit bull who came under our care after her owner showed up one evening before closing looking to surrender her. He stated she had become food aggressive with the other dogs in their house. We could count vertebrae and ribs on Kaya’s small frame — it was very evident she was underweight. We were extremely full of dogs at the time, but juggled them around to make room for Kaya, as we felt she could not be turned away. Kaya was very friendly, but obviously hungry, and as we walked her to the kennel, she grabbed a mouthful of treats on the way. Kaya threw up part of a hairbrush the first night in the shelter and could not keep any food down. We took her to the vet on two different occasions to rule out any medical condition that would explain her weight and condition. Kaya was given a clean bill of health and the vet said she could not hold food down because she was not used to eating it anymore. We started with small, frequent meals of canned food, and after a week, Kaya was able to eat her food again. Kaya spent one month with us at the shelter and went from 27 lbs. to 37 lbs. at the time of her adoption. Kaya is now living in a loving home and doesn’t have to worry about when her next meal will be.

Dozer (third photo) is a 10-month-old beagle puppy whom we pulled from another [open-admission] shelter near us. This sweet boy broke one of his back legs at some time in his young life and did not receive veterinary care. His leg healed incorrectly and that leg is now shorter than the other, causing a permanent limp. This does not slow Dozer down, as he was often seen running and playing in our play yard with a friend. Dozer went to a local adoption event with us and his new forever family fell in love with him and adopted him that afternoon. Dozer is seen in one of the pictures sporting his matching collar and leash that this grant helped us purchase!

Last Hope Cat Kingdom: Rescue U Renovation Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The money was used to paint the exterior of our cattery.

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

Painting the cattery has given it a whole new personality. It is much more cheerful and welcoming now. The exterior now matches the interior, which we have worked to make as homey and comfortable as possible for both the cats and for visitors.

How many pets did this grant help?

We have 40 cats on-site at any given time.

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

We recently held an open house to show off the shelter’s new look. A lovely family heard about the event and came to look for a kitten to adopt. Filmore (first photo) was taken off the streets of Atwater and nursed back to health by one of our dedicated volunteers. He now has a wonderful forever home.