Success Stories

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

Beagle Rescue of Southern Maryland: Emergency Medical Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The money was used for surgery for a small beagle with untreated glaucoma. One eye shrank down to the size of a raisin. The other swelled up and pressed on the optic nerve, causing severe pain for the dog. Both eyes, sightless anyway, were removed.

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

We were able to ease the suffering of this dog and found her a forever home. She had a friend, another beagle, who was very shy. They were extremely bonded. He provided her with sight and she provided him with confidence. They are together in their forever home, with a few other blind beagles.

How many pets did this grant help?

Two, the beagle with the glaucoma, and the bonded beagle who needed her companionship.

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

Dixie Rutherford came to us with untreated glaucoma. In severe, constant pain, she would cry out when even petted on the head. We were able to get the medical surgical treatment Dixie needed so quickly with the help of the Petfinder Foundation in the form of a $1,000 grant. It was a true blessing.

Dixie had been dumped with and was very bonded to Ben. Well, we couldn’t leave him, so Ben and Dixie Pixie are still together. Here (second photo) Dixie and Ben catch a quiet nap together, which they love to do.

Here are some notes from Dixie and Ben’s foster mom. The evening before surgery: “We love Ben and Dixie. The night before Dixie’s surgery, my husband and I put the kids to bed and then sat on the couch. Ben curled up on Jimmy’s lap and started to snore, and Dixie curled up next to me. We looked at each other and knew we were both thinking the same thing. It was love.”

A few days after surgery: “Here’s a pic of Dixie this morning. She has a little dried discharge on the right that’s like cement and I don’t want to pick at her face, but the swelling has gone down considerably and a big thing was that she slept on her side last night! I’ve never seen that before; it was always too painful for her to sleep on her side because of her eye. She woke me up this morning with her tiny nose on mine and then rolled over on her back for me to pet her belly! My heart is full.”

A couple of weeks after surgery: “She is a happy-go-lucky little sprite of a beagle! She is so happy now, all healed from surgery. She has our house and yard mapped out and is confident in her steps now. She greets me when I get home from work every day, wiggling her tiny rear! She loves her new brothers and sisters (2 others are blind) and they accepted her right from the start. We love her (and Gentle Ben) soooo much! Thank you, Petfinder.com and Beagle Rescue Of Southern Maryland!
–Dixie and Ben’s Foster Mom”

Dixie is happy and no longer in pain because of the generosity of the Petfinder Foundation and its grant program, along with the never-ending support of donations from kind caring people who have hearts of gold!

Three Sisters Pet Rescue/Ohio Hound Rescue: Emergency Medical Grant
What was the money or product used for?

A senior dog named Henry. He came to us with very badly infected teeth. He required a surgery to repair an oral-nasal fistula.

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

The $$ went directly to the surgical fees.

How many pets did this grant help?

One.

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

Henry, a senior dog, came to us with very badly infected teeth. He was seen by our vets and attempts were made to fix his oral problems. But he developed an oral-nasal fistula and required the attention of a veterinary dental specialist. Sponsor a Pet donations went directly to his surgical fees. He has since been adopted!

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

The APA’s Pet Transfer Program.

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

This grant is helping us to grow our Pet Transfer Program. In 2014 we transferred in a total of 414 animals. As of July 2015, we have already transferred 544 animals from other shelters and animal controls. The shelters and animal controls that have partnered with us have seen a reduction in their euthanasia rates since being a part of the Pet Transfer Program.

How many pets did this grant help?

For the month of July, this grant helped 55 pets, and 544 pets total year-to-date in 2015.

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

Annie and Amelia were transfers to the Animal Protective Association of Missouri adoption center on July 8, 2015 from the Sikeston Humane Society. These 1½-year-old black Lab mixes were siblings and a very bonded pair. We quickly learned that these two dogs did not like to be separated. We housed them together in one of our larger dog kennels. Our dog walkers would try to walk them one at a time and the girls would not have it! The one left behind in the kennel would howl until the other one returned. We knew it would be an easier transition for Annie and Amelia if they were adopted together, but that is not always easy with two adult, medium-sized dogs.

Fortunately for these two, they did not have to wait long for the right family to come along! On July 11, an amazing family came to the APA looking for just one dog and they were thinking about adopting a puppy. They walked through our puppy room and then took a walk through our larger dog kennel. After looking at all the dogs, they asked one of our adoption counselors about Annie and Amelia, who in just two days had become staff favorites.

The family spent about five minutes in a visiting room with the girls and knew they couldn’t leave without them. Upon a follow-up, we have learned Annie and Amelia, now Izzy and Bella, are doing fantastic in their new home!

Animal Shelter Volunteers of Texas: Orvis Animal Care Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The money was used to provide medical care, boarding and renting a van to transport dogs from the city of Conroe, TX, to Foothills Animal Shelter in Golden, CO. This transport has been very successful in getting dogs who are languishing in the Conroe shelter adopted very quickly.

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

The grant allowed us to send dogs to a higher-adoption-rate shelter, find permanent homes for the dogs and avoid euthanasia of otherwise healthy and adoptable animals.

How many pets did this grant help?

15

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

ASVT received this email from a happy adopter: “Hi, wanted to let you know that I adopted Joy, now named Rosie. She’s doing well. I’m recently divorced, living in a big house, and I’m so happy to have her. I can’t wait to get her out hiking and on walks. Thanks for taking care of her — I appreciate it!

“I extended my fence in the back yard this weekend. Rosie seems to like it out there. For the first time since I got Rosie, she finally let me out of her sight. She was in the back yard chewing on a bone and didn’t seem to mind being alone. I love Rosie at my side, but hope she learns to be a little more independent with time. This weekend I’m going to take her camping. We’ll see how she does in a tent! …

“Got back from camping with Rosie. She did great! Was able to let her off-leash. She would wonder away after a little while, but always came back once I called her. She also did good sleeping in a tent – I just wish she ate her breakfast a little later than 6 a.m. :)”

Pima Animal Care Center: All-Star Dog Rescue Celebration Grant
What was the money or product used for?

You made a generous $8,500 grant to our nonprofit partner, the Friends of Pima Animal Care Center, a project fund of the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona, so that our shelter could have a dental X-ray machine. Your gift funded half of this piece of equipment, as well as the extensive professional training that our medical team needed to be able to use it (photos of training attached).

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

As our community’s only shelter that never turns away a pet in need, we take in more than 14,000 dogs each year. Many of these dogs are injured strays. Oftentimes their finders witnessed them being hit by cars, or they found them – bleeding, stunned and hurt — on the side of the road. We take in, on average, about 10 dogs like this every single week, and many of them are suffering from mouth injuries that require dental X-rays so that we can fix and treat them. Your generous investment is helping us save the lives of these dogs, as well as the lives of older dogs with dental disease and dogs with chronic sinus problems.

“The Petfinder Foundation’s grant has been completely game-changing for our dogs’ oral/nasal health,” our director of medical services, Dr. Jennifer Wilcox, says.

Because of your generous gift to fund half of this machine’s cost to help our dogs, we able to use your gift as a “match” – and our community came forward to donate the rest of the funds we needed for the equipment’s full cost. Everyone was inspired by the Petfinder Foundation’s generosity, and now we have a state-of-the-art dental X-ray system to help our dogs AND our cat friends. Thank YOU!

How many pets did this grant help?

30+ already — and it will help hundreds, if not thousands, more dogs in the years to come.

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

Troy, a 1-year-old Pit Bull mix (first photo), lived a difficult life before he came to us. One of our Animal Care Officers rescued him after his owner was arrested and Troy was left behind. Troy’s owner never came to redeem him, and when Dr. Wilcox went to neuter Troy so he could go up for adoption, she found a badly broken tooth that was causing him pain. Troy had likely been hit by a car in the past, and he had never received treatment from his former family.

Dr. Wilcox extracted Troy’s broken tooth, and then she used the dental X-ray machine to make sure all of the painful root fragments had been removed, too. Our X-rays showed we had done a complete job, but without this tool, we never would have known that we had done everything Troy needed to feel better. Without this machine, we would still be sending dogs like Troy out half-treated!

Thank you so much for helping us save the lives of Troy and dogs like him. We appreciate your generosity, Petfinder Foundation!

Home at Last Dog Rescue: KONG Toy Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The Kong toys were used for our foster dogs’ chewing and entertainment needs.

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

Since Kong toys are so durable, after a foster dog goes to his or her forever home, we are often able to continue using for other dogs. This grant enables us to use funds from adoption fees, fundraising and donations to pay our veterinary medical bills. Home at Last often pulls dogs from shelters who require lots of TLC and vet attention.

How many pets did this grant help?

20+ dogs. They greatly appreciate it!

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

Minerva, a.k.a. Minnie (first photo; 2-4-year-old small Pit Bull mix), was pulled with her nursing puppies from a shelter in North Carolina where she had been picked up as a stray. She was heartworm-positive and was treated after she was done nursing. All her puppies were adopted soon after arrival last summer, but she is still waiting for her forever home. She loves all people, is even gentle with small children, and especially loves playing with toys. She has a heart-shaped spot on her back and can’t wait to share all the love she has to offer. Minerva is available for adoption. Meet Minerva: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/30142059/

Brandeline (second photo; 10 weeks, shepherd mix) was found on the side of the road when she was only a month or so old. Home at Last rescued her and, because she was so happy to have a home, she had a party where she went a little hog wild and accidentally fractured her leg. After some time during which her party-girl side had to be suppressed, she finally healed and was able to play again. The attached picture was taken on the day she was cleared to party and she celebrated with a Kong! In the third photo, she was so excited to run around, she wouldn’t drop her toy, even to pee!

Detroit Bully Corps: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

Detroit Bully Corps received $45 to sponsor adoptable dog Liberty. The grant was used to purchase a bag of dog food and to have Liberty microchipped before she went to her forever home. She was adopted on April 23 by a family who saw her on Petfinder.com.

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

This grant helped feed the dogs in our care and paid for Liberty’s microchip before she was placed in her forever home. This will help assure that she will never be homeless again.

How many pets did this grant help?

5

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

Liberty was rescued with her parents from a backyard with no food, water or shelter. She is a very active dog and needed just the right family who could keep up with her energy level. After seeing Liberty’s page on Petfinder.com, the Linert family knew Liberty was the right dog for them. They are a very active family with nine children! Liberty is doing very well in her forever home and her new family absolutely adores her.

Stray Animal Adoption Program: KONG Toy Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The product (KONG) was distributed to adult dogs and puppies who currently reside in foster care.

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

Because of a rescue’s need of funding and volunteerism, toys are often overlooked when donating because other needs are so great. Foster families provide necessary food and items such as leashes and collars to their foster pets, often paying out of their own pockets. When we receive these luxuries (toys), both the foster families and the foster pets themselves are greatly appreciative of such items that encourage newly placed fosters, who are often frightened, to break out of their shells and feel at ease in their new environments.

How many pets did this grant help?

20+

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

Magnum (first photo) was rescued by our organization and placed in a medical foster facility. He was heartworm-positive and was neglected/abused prior to being placed in our care. At first, Magnum was hesitant to interact with or play with things due to his previous environment; however, thanks to his great medical foster family and their persistence in socializing Magnum by constant interaction and playing with toys such as Kongs with him, he became more active with humans, and found himself a furever home!

Pibbles & More Animal Rescue: KONG Toy Grant
What was the money or product used for?

We used the Kong toys for a litter of puppies and their mom rescued from a Georgia [open-admission] shelter.

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

The mom and pups were able to play with the Kongs.

How many pets did this grant help?

7

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

Momma Grace and her puppies were rescued from a Georgia [open-admission] shelter. Mama Grace is a very sweet girl, a young Lab mix, very emaciated but still taking great care of her six little Lab/pittie pups. The Kongs gave them endless hours of enjoyment and playtime! Thank you! Meet Grace: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/32574706/

Humane Society of Port Jervis/Deerpark, Inc.: KONG Toy Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Kongs were used to provide enrichment for shelter dogs.

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

While our staff makes every effort to provide daily exercise and other enrichment for the dogs in our shelter, the sad truth is that our dogs still spend a majority of their days in concrete and chain-link kennels. The Kongs are one of our go-to choices to help reduce our dogs’ stress and boredom as they wait for their forever homes.

How many pets did this grant help?

Approximately 60 dogs.

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

Buck (first two photos) and Sugar Ray (third photo) are two big boys who have been at the shelter for several months. Buck came to us tied in the back of a pick-up truck wearing a muzzle after having been found running loose along an area highway. The poor guy was scared to death and took several weeks before he was comfortable with our staff handling him. He is tentative meeting new people and, as such, has not had many adoption inquiries. Sugar Ray was surrendered by owners who didn’t have the time and commitment needed to give this boy the attention, exercise and mental stimulation he needs. In addition to getting out for walks with volunteers or to exercise in our play yard, both dogs enjoy their kennel time more with their personal peanut butter and kibble-filled Kongs!

Meet Buck: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/31861682/
Meet Sugar Ray: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/32094332/