Success Stories

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

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!

Recycled Pomeranians and Schipperkes Rescue: A Shot at Life Vaccination Grant
What was the money or product used for?

We used the vaccinations to vaccinate all of our incoming dogs to date. It has been great to vaccinate them as soon as they come in and not have to wait until they are seen at the vet’s office.

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

We are able to quickly and much more efficiently vaccinate the dogs in our care. Because of this grant, we saved about $1,700 so far. That is enough to fully vet several dogs! We have been able to save several more additional dogs because of the money saved so far on the vaccinations received in this grant.

How many pets did this grant help?

So far about 100.

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

We had a round of dogs come in from a horrible situation all at once, and of course they came in on a Friday night. We were able to at least DHPP-vaccinate them at soon as we got them to get them started on their way to a healthier life. It helps us to know that they are already getting the care they deserve as soon as they walk in the door. These poor kiddos were living in a barn before coming to us; we aren’t sure of the whole story. Our understanding is the owner passed away and whoever had them just couldn’t afford to care for them. So they had been living out in a barn, malnourished and under cared-for. One of the dogs, Wicket, has chronic dry eyes that were going untreated. She was in pre-pyrometrea when we went to spay her; good thing we did when we did — she might have died. Another of the poms, Poppy, had horrible eye allergies that were being ignored, probably from the hay she was living in, but she was otherwise healthy. Another girl, Nani, ended up with some sort of tick-like blood disease that almost killed her when she was spayed and had a dental. Then there’s Pierre; he was a toy Poodle who was seemingly in good health despite the awful grooming condition he was in. He just recently passed away after being adopted, most likely from a brain tumor. However, he got to live out the rest of his life happy and well cared for in a warm bed. We just didn’t find the tumor in time; we only had him for a few short weeks. 🙁

Georgia Jack Russell Rescue: Dogly Do Good Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Veterinary expenses and purchase of a dog wheelchair.

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

We were able to provide laser treatments and purchase a wheelchair for Kennedy. We were also able to contribute to the veterinary expenses for Daisy Mae, who came to us from [an open-admission] shelter in Georgia with severe kennel cough and intestinal parasites.

How many pets did this grant help?

Two: Daisy Mae and Kennedy

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

Kennedy has collapsing discs in his spine with calcification and arthritis. It has severely compromised his ability to walk, run and enjoy playing ball. We were able to seek some additional laser therapy in an effort to reduce inflammation in the spinal cord area affected and possibly increase the use of his rear legs. The Dogly grant funds also enabled us to purchase a wheelchair for him that provides increased stability of his rear legs. He is able to walk and play ball more easily and reduce the dragging of his rear legs and feet while using his wheelchair.

Stihl Saving Paws: Thundershirt for Dogs
What was the money or product used for?

Our fearful pets in our program.

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

This product was so helpful on a couple of feral puppies that we have, a dog who was scared of storms, and a dog we have had her whole life who has anxiety.

How many pets did this grant help?

4

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

The Thundershirt has helped Missy, a senior lab who came from a hoarding case, who was recently adopted and ready for a new home with the help of her Thundershirt; two feral sisters we have had almost their whole lives; and, most importantly, the Thundershirt has helped Cleo, an Australian Shepherd we have had her whole life due to her anxiety difficulties. Cleo was very fearful, oftentimes did not trust humans to even touch her, would not make eye contact, and would even yawn with fear. Cleo has hidden in corners for most of her life, as pictured in the bottom photo. Thanks to the Thundershirt grant, Cleo is now making eye contact, loves to be petted, and is even coming out of her corner — not to mention I think she feels stylish in her pink Thundershirt! We are forever thankful we were given the opportunity to win the Thundershirt grant. We will continue to use the shirts that we were awarded for the dogs in our program and encourage adopters to purchase Thundershirts for the dogs who need them the most.

Shaggy Dog Rescue: Dogly Do Good Grant
What was the money or product used for?

To help pay the veterinary bills for Dutch, a small dog with a fractured leg and demodex mange.

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

The grant has helped us to afford the surgery on a needy dog that would have otherwise been put to sleep.

How many pets did this grant help?

one

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

We are using the funds to help pay the surgeon’s bill on a 10-month-old Dachshund mix that we rescued from BARC, the City of Houston animal shelter. His name is Dutch. It is [an open-admission] shelter; this small dog was not wanted by any of the rescues. He has a fractured leg and demodex mange; his surgeon’s bill will be approximately $2,000 and his vet’s bills will be over $600 to treat his other ailments. Although he is not a “shaggy dog,” we felt he was worth saving — we usually take the dogs that no one else wants.

Humane Society of Raleigh County: Mohawk Operation Grant
What was the money or product used for?

To replace flooring in the Cat Room. Total project cost $1,800. Grant paid $1,000.

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

With the grant money, we were able to completely redo our Cat Room. This is the room where our cats are primarily allowed to be free and not confined to cages. We still have animals that we have to cage in this room until spay/neuter process is completed, but others are allowed to freely move and have contact with potential adopters.

How many pets did this grant help?

The population in our Cat Room.

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

Since our cats are allowed to roam freely in this room, they tend to actually pick the adopter they want. Now with the upgrade, potential adopters are greeted by an attractive room and loving cats. They are staying longer in this area and interacting more with the cats. This increased interaction time is allowing for our cats’ personalities to win over potential adopters; thus there are more adoptions. We can’t begin to express our appreciation for this assistance. Thank you!

Animal Rescue New Orleans: Dogly Do Good Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Your very timely grant was used to purchase a new washing machine ($400) and also to help us with the vet care of a little puppy named Lizzy ($3,068) who had a persistent right aortic arch that required hospitalization and a specialist. Sadly, she did not make it.

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

This grant could not have come at a better time. Animal Rescue New Orleans (ARNO) has a no-kill shelter that is volunteer-based but also depends on small grants and private donations. We intentionally choose the immediate needs of the shelter pets but also the immediate needs of a little puppy whose last chance was with us at ARNO.

Our one washing machine runs all day and provides clean warm beds, fleecy blankets and towels to keep our dogs and cats snuggly warm when the weather is cold (in addition to our heaters!).

Your grant also gave hope to a tiny adorable puppy who would have had no chance without grants like yours. ARNO helps those with no hope anywhere else: the too-young, too-sick, too-old, abused, abandoned, neglected and even the forgotten. We are there for them. It is such an important part of our mission, but sadly, there is not always a happy ending.

How many pets did this grant help?

This helped all 45 dogs and 50 cats at our no-kill shelter but also a tiny little angel of a puppy who stole everyone’s hearts.

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

ARNO exists especially for little angels like Lizzy. Lizzy came to us from a woman whose husband had decided to euthanize her as she had been very sick and she begged us to take her and try to save her. She was a shepherd mix and approximately 12 weeks of age, the sweetest little girl who loved to snuggle under your arm.

When Lizzy came to us, she could not keep food down. She was underweight and seemed very weak, so she was immediately rushed to our emergency vet where it was found she had persistent right aortic arch, or vascular ring anomaly. It is an abnormality, which can be common in puppies, causing narrowing of the esophagus, leading to digestive problems. Lizzy had been with our vet for a week under fluids and careful feeding and monitoring. She had gained about 8 oz. and was sent to a specialist to undergo a major, complicated surgery. Sadly, although she made it through the surgery, she died shortly afterwards. Lizzy had touched everyone in a very special way.

ARNO fights every day to save those who would have nowhere else to go, no one else to hold them, no one else to love them and no one else to pray for them. Even though Lizzy did not make it, she was loved by everyone at ARNO, the wonderful vets (who wanted to foster her if she had made it) and vet techs who adored her and countless others who prayed for her. She brought hope and love to everyone. Lizzy inspires all of us at ARNO to continue to fight the good fight in her memory and spirit. There is one more angel in Heaven watching over us all and her name is Lizzy.

SCRAPS: Disaster Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Your grant enabled us to house and care for animals taken in an abuse case. Specifically, it gave us the funds we needed to provide medical care, food and shelter while the judicial proceedings were taking place.

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

This grant provided the funds for the initial veterinary care for all of the animals taken in the seizure.

How many pets did this grant help?

Two horses, one llama, eight dogs and six cats.

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

As fires raged across Washington state last summer, many livestock owners were forced to place their animals into shelters. When one of those owners brought his animals to the shelter established at the rodeo grounds, the volunteers there became alarmed at their condition and called SCRAPS. Our officer executed a search warrant of the property and found the five horses along with other animals living in filth, feces and garbage. One of the animals, a dog named Stella, was pregnant. Stella was brought to the shelter and gave birth here to nine puppies. Because of her lack of nutrition and stress, three of the puppies didn’t survive. The rest were sent with their mother to a foster home where they were adopted out after they were weaned.