Success Stories

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

Fourgotten Paws Animal Rescue: Cat Chow Building Better Lives
What was the money or product used for?

We used the grant to reduce and, in a few cases, eliminate the adoption fee we normally have to charge to allow more older cats to get adopted. For cats between 6 months old to a year, we reduced the price by $15, and for cats over a year old we were able to cut the adoption fee in half. We also waived altogether one adoption fee for anyone wanting to adopt two cats at the same time. A discount was also given to several seniors and a veteran. This allowed 38 cats to be adopted in the four-month period, which is a record for us.

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

It allowed our older cats to be adopted at quicker rate than normal; therefore we were able to take in and rescue even more cats. We were able to find homes for 38 cats.

How many pets did this grant help?

38 cats were adopted.

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

We have several great stories, but most recently, a family was set to adopt Tilly, one of our Maine coon mixes, but when they went to adopt her they saw Tilly’s roommate, Shasta, and decided to adopt them together, which was made possible by the adoption-fee reduction and allowed these two cats to stay together. Another story is that a veteran adopted one of our cats as he was told a pet would help with his PTSD.

ABRA, Inc.: Emergency Medical Grant
What was the money or product used for?

This money went directly towards the surgical bill for a puppy we pulled from [an open-admission] shelter who was left abandoned at animal control with a broken leg that needed immediate surgery to repair.

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

This money prevented us from having to deny any other animals rescue due to a very high vet balance. As a donation-run, foster-based rescue, keeping our vet balance controllable and paid is the only way we can continue to save the lives of those most in need every day.

How many pets did this grant help?

Immediately it helped one, but in actuality it saved all the other animals that were able to be pulled because we were able to contribute to their vetting.

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

Fergus was a 4-month-old puppy left abandoned at a local animal control with a broken leg. A woman claimed to have found him in that condition and held onto him for a few days before turning him over. The poor pup was very underweight, filthy, and in pain, but trusting. Fergus was pulled by ABRA, Inc., and taken into surgery to have his little leg repaired by a surgeon. Fergus now has two medal rods permanently implanted. He then spent the next 10 weeks recovering in a loving foster home where he left a permanent footprint. Fergus had a terrible start, and no one will know how he was injured so badly, but even in pain he was the sweetest, most loving pup I’ve ever encountered. He now has two human sisters and a doggy brother that he gets to love on every day for the rest of his life.

Williamson County Animal Center: Orvis Animal Care Grant
What was the money or product used for?

We were so honored to be awarded these grant funds. This money helped us purchase promotional items to help get the message out to folks that our shelter is not “your typical pound.” We purchased magnets and a retractable sign to draw people in and to help get the community more involved. We do still have funds left over from the grant that we are looking to use to help purchase Frisbees to provide to adopters. This will help get our name out in the community and bring in more adopters, volunteers, fosters, etc.

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

This grant is helping us change the public’s perception of who we are and what we do. We never have any budget funds to help provide items to provide to adopters to help make their experience with us a happier one. The better experiences folks have with us, the more apt they are to tell their friends to come and adopt, volunteer, foster, donate. We thank the Orvis animal care grant so much for helping us make this connection with the public. Our logo and name are now out in the community and we are seeing more folks being comfortable with the idea of coming to the shelter first before visiting a pet store or Craigslist.

How many pets did this grant help?

Since these funds were used to purchase promotional items for adoption events, it is hard to say exactly how many animals this grant helped. This grant has definitely helped us have a great presence in the community. This is huge to bring folks in to be more involved. This could mean more potentional adopters, donors, volunteers, and fosters. This translates to our programs and efforts being supported and more lives being saved!

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

Marlene, one of our beloved volunteers, is part of the “Silver Sneakers” club at the YMCA. She had one of our magnets on her refrigerator and a friend of hers asked about our organization. This one magnet opened up an opportunity for her to have a conversation about her volunteering efforts. Her friend, Mary, came in the next week and adopted “Shaun the Sheep” (pictured with Marlene). He was a small 8-year-old poodle who was surrendered to our shelter a week before. Without something as simple as a magnet, Shaun could still be waiting for his forever home. THANK YOU, Orvis and the Petfinder Foundation, for allowing us to purchase these items and to create a dialogue that is much-needed! Shaun is just one example of how this grant has helped us save lives!

Summers County Humane Society: Orvis Animal Care Grant
What was the money or product used for?

It was used to promote the adoption of rescue animals. On Feb. 14, 2015, Summers County Humane Society held a Sweetheart Adoption event. Every pet adopted received a microchip, new collar and leash, small bag of food and a bucket of goodies. All pets were spayed/neutered, up-to-date on all vaccines, heartworm-negative and parasite-free. Adoption fees were waived, but donations were gladly accepted.

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

It helped us to reduce the cost of adoptions, showcase our adoptable pets and give back to the community by helping them find new furry family members at a reduced fee.

How many pets did this grant help?

7

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

Felise (Tash) and Noel (Tris), first photo, were just two weeks old when they came into our program. It was certain from day one that they would be big girls once they were grown. They were so bonded to each other, we were so happy that they were adopted together, by the same active family. The family has three teenagers and two active parents, so these girls will get the training, fun and loving that they will need, plus 35 acres of land to run and play on.

Sophie was dropped off at a foster family’s house while they were away from home on vacation. We didn’t know anything about her past. She was very loving, but had never been taught many manners. Because we could offer donation-only adoption fees, Sophie had several adoption applications. We were able to find the perfect home for Sophie, where she could get the attention she loved and the training that she needed.

Responsible Pet Care of Oxford Hills, Inc.: P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds
What was the money or product used for?

We received awesome, super-puffy beds for our dogs.

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

The beds gave our dogs higher-quality bedding to enhance their comfort while they spend time at our shelter. We can’t thank you enough for the chance at the grants that you offer to enhance life at our shelter!

How many pets did this grant help?

Many of our dogs have had turns with these beds. I would say that more than 50 dogs have used them.

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

Duchess came to us from a very bad place in the South. She was almost shot by people who owned a farm that she was hanging around. She was homeless and hungry. The rescue group that we work with in Tennessee, Paws of Dale Hollow, rescued her even though they didn’t have a space for her. We agreed to take her and she was spayed and immediately transported to us. As you can see from the photo, she is “over the top” with her comfy bed and glad to be with us in Maine so that we can find her a perfect forever home where she will have no more worries again!

Animal Rescue Fund (ARF): Orvis Animal Care Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The grant monies from the Orvis/Petfinder Foundation grant were used to heartworm-treat three dogs (Izzy, Rain and Buddy) and repair two “cherry eyes” (Olive and Whiskers).

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

This very generous grant help make five amazing dogs healthy, comfortable and adoptable. Four of the five dogs have already been adopted into loving homes. The fifth dog has a pending adoption application.

How many pets did this grant help?

The Orvis/Petfinder Foundation grant helped five dogs.

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

Rain (first photo) and Buddy (second photo) were confiscated by the animal shelter from terrible conditions. They were being chained outside and not being fed. The lab, Buddy, is 10 and Rain is an 8-year-old Aussie/collie mix. Buddy and Rain were both heartworm-positive. We also needed to do bloodwork and x-rays to make sure the dogs could safely make it through treatment. Due to the expense of the treatment, the shelter had waived the adoption fee of the dogs to find them homes; however, that still left the cost of treatment on the adopter. We decided to pull the dogs in order to ensure they received the treatment they needed. After their treatments, Rain has been adopted and Buddy has a pending adoption.

Izzy (third photo) is another dog we rescued from the animal shelter. Izzy was also heartworm-positive. Izzy was treated and has been adopted into a loving home.

ARF rescued Olive (fourth photo) from our local city shelter that does euthanize. Olive arrived there after having been abandoned in a basement. We instantly fell in love with her, but she needed some medical work before being adopted. Olive had a cherry eye that was corrected; she also received vaccinations and a heartworm test (she was already spayed). We are happy to announce that Olive has been adopted.

Whiskers (fifth photo) is a 4-year-old neutered male Chihuahua who came to us with a cherry eye. His eye has been fixed and he has been adopted.

Thank you so much for supporting ARF and our life saving mission.

The dogs in the photos:

1. Rain being adopted.
2. Buddy
3. Izzy being adopted
4. Olive being adopted
5. Whiskers being adopted.

Poodle Rescue of Vermont: P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds
What was the money or product used for?

The ten P.L.A.Y. beds (Chill Pads) that were graciously awarded to Poodle Rescue of Vermont by the Petfinder Foundation were provided to fosters of our neediest poodles. Our neediest dogs are often elderly and have challenging medical conditions, since poodles are among the breeds with the greatest longevity.

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

The P.L.A.Y. beds (Chill Pads) have provided warmth, comfort, and a sense of security to our poodles who have found them very cozy. By showing pictures of our poodles resting comfortably on the beds (via social media including Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, etc.) we have also been able to heighten the awareness of Poodle Rescue of Vermont with current and prospective fosters, adopters and supporters.

How many pets did this grant help?

The awarded P.L.A.Y. beds (Chill Pads) immediately benefitted the ten poodles who received them; and as these poodles are adopted, more poodles in our rescue will benefit from the beds.

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

Rocky (first photo) is a 12-lb. poodle who was surrendered to [an open-admission] shelter. His former owner said that Rocky did not like the other dog in their home. Since coming into the care of Poodle Rescue of Vermont, Rocky has rapidly gained weight and has been started on thyroid medication. Rocky feels best being with one person, and being the only dog in the home. Rocky enjoys walks and car rides, and would love to find a home of his own. His photo shows Rocky feeling safe and secure in his P.L.A.Y. bed. Meet Rocky: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/29852151/

Indiana County Humane Society: P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds
What was the money or product used for?

We received a grant for the P.L.A.Y Warm Bellies grant and the Chill Pads. We have used the Chill Pads for all sorts of things — the animals love them and so do we!

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

We were able to use the Chill Pads for the dogs and cats in our care. They actually were also used to help with the birth of a litter of kittens and a litter of puppies. The beds are super cozy and soft, and worked really well for the newborns. They are heavy enough that the mama dog and cat couldn’t move them around, and the pups and kittens couldn’t suffocate underneath them, which is a concern when using a regular blanket, or a cheaper dog bed. Our older dogs also seem to appreciate the comfiness of the beds — the beds seem to help alleviate some of the normal aches and pains that are associated with an older dog.

How many pets did this grant help?

The Chill Pads helped several of our older dogs, and also a litter of seven pups and a litter of five kittens!

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

The Chill Pads were used to help with the birth of a litter of kittens and a litter of seven puppies. The beds are super cozy and soft, and worked really well for the newborns. They are heavy enough that the mama dog and cat couldn’t move them around, and the pups and kittens couldn’t suffocate underneath them, which is a concern when using a regular blanket, or a cheaper dog bed. The puppies curl up on the Chill Pad and won’t venture off of it! They seem to know that they are safe as long as they stay on the pad! Thank you for providing them to us when we needed them most. There are seven newborn puppies and five newborn kittens who are very appreciative! The pups are less than a week old, and the kittens are only a few days old. The birthing process can be a bit messy, and the Chill Pads wash and wear so well! They were perfect for the birthing process, and cleaned up so well! There were no traces of the birth once everything got cleaned up, and we were able to put the Chill Pads right back in with the animals.

Humane Society of Port Jervis/Deerpark: P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds
What was the money or product used for?

P.L.A.Y. pet beds were used to improve quality of life/provide comfort and warmth for shelter dogs and cats.

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

The grant came at a much-needed time, especially for our shelter pets. The extreme cold this winter, coupled with an aging, poorly insulated facility, made it difficult to keep our dogs and cats warm and comfortable on the concrete or stainless steel floors of their kennels. P.L.A.Y.’s Chill Pads were the perfect remedy, providing both warmth and cushioning.

How many pets did this grant help?

The pet beds were used by about 20 dogs and cats initially, but their size makes them easily washable and our shelter continues to use them as new dogs arrive.

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

Britney (first photo), a medium-sized pit bull terrier mix, was terrified when she arrived at the shelter. She spent the first few days huddled in the back of her kennel, not eating or greeting anyone. The shelter director started bringing her into her office during the day, where Britney cuddled up on her P.L.A.Y. Chill Pad under the desk. Britney has made great strides in the few weeks she’s been at the shelter. She’s now eating, going for walks with volunteers and greets new people with a cautious wag of her tail. And she still spends her days happily curled up under the desk on her Chill Pad!

Snoopy (second photo) and Lola (third photo) enjoyed their beds while at the shelter. Both have since been adopted.

The P.L.A.Y. Chill Pads turned out to be a gift that kept on giving. After seeing a news article and photo released by the shelter about the grant, a local business, Mr. & Ms. Cigar in Milford, PA (fourth photo), donated $1,000 in cash to further the cause of keeping shelter pets warm.

Humane Society of Greater Dayton: Orvis Animal Care Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The money given to the Humane Society of Greater Dayton was used to purchase starter packets of food, Kong toys, collars and leashes. These items created a dog-adoption packet to be sent home with dogs upon adoption from the shelter. With each packet, every dog adopted was able to have a smoother transition into their forever home. The Humane Society of Greater Dayton wanted to decrease the amount of dogs returned due to transition difficulties.

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

The Humane Society of Greater Dayton saw a decrease in returned adoptions due to transitional difficulties. The adopters were sent home with a starter bag of food, allowing them to slowly switch to a food product of the adopter’s choice. This minimized digestion problems that sometimes arise from dietary changes. The durable Kong toy allowed the adopters and dog to further their bond by either playing with the toy together, or the dog receiving treats in the toy from the adopter. The leash and collar promoted proper care for the animal and keeping the animal healthy and active once in the house.

Overall, the Humane Society of Greater Dayton noticed a decrease in adoption returns due to transitional issues. Between February and March of 2014 the Humane Society of Greater Dayton had nine adoption returns. In the same period for 2015, the Humane Society of Greater Dayton experienced only four returns. Of those returns, two of the dogs were returned due to severe unknown allergies that resulted in hospital visits. The Humane Society of Greater Dayton is so thankful that the adoption packets have aided in transition from the shelter life to the dog’s new forever home, allowing the shelter to continually save even more lives!

How many pets did this grant help?

60

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

The Humane Society of Greater Dayton has been able to adopt out various dogs that have been longer-staying residents recently. These dogs had either been returned once or twice before, or simply had not found the right match. One dog in particular was Jessie (first photo). Jessie was transferred from an open-intake shelter to our shelter to find her forever home. Upon her arrival, the staff and volunteers realized Jessie was a very shy and timid dog. The staff and volunteers worked every day with Jessie, socializing her and helping her come our of her shell. While she felt comfortable around the shelter staff and volunteers, she was still timid around potential adopters.

After a failed foster-to-adopt situation, Jessie had a potential adopter come in multiple times a week for numerous weeks to socialize with her. Upon adoption, everyone was still worried she would have a difficult time adjusting to her new home. With the adoption packet, the transition was much smoother. She was able to adjust slowly to her new home, with the comfort of items sent from the shelter. Her adopters were further able to strengthen the bond that has changed Jessie’s life for the better!