Success Stories

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

Routt County Humane Society: Emergency Medical Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Funds received were used for Lolo’s radiographs for $87 and to cover a portion of her TPLO surgery, $913. The total grant award was for $1,000.

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

This grant award assisted our small shelter with getting Lolo diagnostics and surgery for a cranial cruciate ligament rupture. This allowed Lolo to regain her mobility and decrease her pain. Feeling her best and with her full fun-loving personality on display, she was able to find her forever home in a timely manner. Veterinary care is our largest expense and your grant allowed us to offset some of the expense of her care; therefore, we had funds available to help more animals.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

A wiggly, playful and energetic 4-year-old, 50-lb. pittie mix, Lolo arrived at Routt County Humane Society as a stray in January 2019. Upon examination, it was determined that she had a cranial cruciate ligament rupture (similar to an ACL rupture in humans) and required a triple pelvic osteotomy surgery to repair it and give her the quality of life she deserved. Lolo’s surgery was performed on Feb. 22 by the only board-certified surgeon in our valley.

Lolo was kept comfortable with restricted activity and lots of love and after her surgery she stayed at the shelter for recovery (a 16-week period) before being cleared to find her forever home. Her recovery included kennel rest, passive range-of-motion exercises and, after eight weeks, radiographs to check healing and then slowly increase the length of her exercises and walks.

Lolo was adopted into her forever home in early June 2019! She’s sweet, goofy and so excited to have found her forever home. Lolo will go on daily walks carrying her favorite toys and receive lots of love from her family!

Lee County Humane Society: Disaster Grant
What was the money or product used for?

We used this grant to provide large outdoor kennels, dog houses, food and other supplies for families with pets that sustained damage to their homes and fences.

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

This grant allowed our organization to assist our community with their companion animals while they repaired their homes, mended their fences, and tried to bring their lives back to a normal state. We also were able to house animals for people who completely lost their homes to the storm while they relocated or rebuilt.

How many pets did this grant help?

35

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

A very sweet and scared orange kitty was picked out of the rubble after the F4 tornado screamed through Lee County and left the area devastated. He was healthy and handsome, although terrified, and brought to Lee County Humane Society in the hope that his owners would be able to find him. Fortunately, we had a very happy reunion just days later! His name is Tiger and his family was so very happy to have located him. Thanks to our Animal Control Officers and our resources provided through our Petfinder Foundation grant, we were able to care for Tiger until he was happily reunited with his family. We were also able to help so many families who had property damage by providing them with kennels, dog houses, food, and other supplies.

Dedman Foundation: Purina New Year, New Home
What was the money or product used for?

We were awarded a grant to help cover the cost of adoptions.

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

This grant helped our organization by allowing us to cover the cost of adoptions for several animals. We were full of dogs and had to continue turning down people needing to surrender their dogs. With this grant, we were able to get people interested in some of our more difficult dogs because they were able to put the money towards dog training instead. All of the dogs who were adopted are doing amazing! We were pretty low on cats at the time we received the grant, but we were able to use it to get the rest of our cats adopted, do a really deep clean in the cat room and then help two other shelters in Montana by taking several cats off their hands.

How many pets did this grant help?

Six dogs and six cats

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

Our longest resident dog, Griff (first photo), had been with us since September. He was a great heeler mix, but he had his issues. He didn’t get along well with most other dogs, and he was able to climb our 6-ft. chain-link fence to get in the other yard with dogs, so he would have to go in a smaller area that was covered if any other canine was outside. He also had an issue with barking and jumping. We had a wonderful person see him on Petfinder and she liked him at first but was a little nervous about his issues with other dogs. When she found out that his adoption fee was waived because of the grant, she was ecstatic and called a trainer to make her first appointment before she even left the shelter! Griff now lives on a farm with another dog, cows, and horses!

West Feliciana Animal Humane Society: KONG Toy Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The Kong products were used for behavior modification in a high-anxiety German Shepherd and for the enrichment of several litters of puppies, since they were not allowed to be on the grass at the facility and had to stay in an enclosure on concrete.

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

Bella has made remarkable progress since having the Kong toy. The toy was used with frozen pumpkin and with peanut butter to help make her kennel a pleasant place for her to be. Since receiving the Kong toy, Bella no longer cowers in the corner of her kennel, but stands at the gate looking for her snack and allows physical contact.

We also used the Kong toys for several litters of puppies. Since stray puppies are so susceptible to disease, they must stay on cleanable surfaces, such as concrete, until they have had two rounds of vaccines. Because they are not allowed to exercise on grass, they are restricted to the kennel, which can become a boring and/or stressful place for a developing puppy. We used the Kong toys with the puppies so they could hone their physical and intellectual capabilities without jeopardizing their health!

How many pets did this grant help?

14

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

Bella, an approximately 1-year-old German shepherd mix, came to us on a lead line that she had been tied out on by an owner who couldn’t do anything with her. She was so high-anxiety all the time that she would never stop moving. She paced and panted and would never allow physical contact. After we did some behavior-modification exercises and started using the filled Kong toy to make her kennel a pleasant place, she now welcomes physical contact and never paces anymore. She will sit still and wait patiently when stopped on a walk. She no longer constantly looks for an exit. Bella loves her peanut butter-filled Kong toy and will wait at the kennel gate expecting it. Unfortunately, no one has been able to commit to continuing with her rehabilitation. She is still available for adoption. Meet Bella here.

White River Humane Society: KONG Toy Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The Kong dog toys were used to calm and entertain our dogs.

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

We have multiple dogs who are long-term stays, and the Kongs do help keep them calm and entertained.

How many pets did this grant help?

I can’t honestly say or give a number because the number of dogs that have used/reused or utilized the Kongs was not tracked.

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

In particular, Reddie is one of our longest-stay dogs and she loves to play and chew on a Kong dog toy. From her Petfinder profile: “Reddie loves to run and play; she is very loving to shelter staff and is so gentle when taking treats. Reddie is a shelter favorite and is a wonderful girl who would do best in a home without cats. Reddie will be current on all vaccinations and heartworm-negative.” Meet Reddie here.

Tiny Paws Kitten Rescue, Inc.: Purina New Year, New Home
What was the money or product used for?

The New Year, New Home grant has been and continues to be used for reducing our adoption fee from $60 to $30.

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

In a number of ways:
1. It helps publicize Tiny Paws Kitten Rescue as a reliable kitten adoption source because it is supported by respected entities such as the Petfinder Foundation and Nestle.
2. It helps make more adoptable kittens available to more qualified forever homes.
3. It helps publicize Tiny Paws Kitten Rescue as a safe, no-kill rescue to which people can bring orphaned newborn kittens for lifesaving care.
4. It reduces the rescue-to-adoption time, which reduces rescue costs, makes room for more rescued kittens, and cuts down on housed kittens’ exposure to communicable ailments in the rescue.
5. It makes Tiny Paws more appealing to prospective volunteers because they know that Tiny Paws is supported by such a well-known funding source.

How many pets did this grant help?

To date, 99 kittens have been adopted with the New Year, New Home grant. The adoption rate will really pick up next week when the spring litters begin to become adoptable.

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

Cheryl (first photo) was brought to Tiny Paws as a supposedly young pregnant cat who was sick and being beaten up by other cats. Upon evaluation by the Tiny Paws veterinarian, Cheryl was found to be about 11 years old (believe it or not), very pregnant, and sick with an upper-respiratory infection, gum disease and FIV. She was successfully treated for all of these conditions and had teeth pulled. Tiny Paws provided her with comfortable, safe surroundings for her and her babies, along with highly nutritious food and lots of loving care. When Cheryl was listed for adoption, the purrfect home applied to adopt her as the home’s one and only furry love. Cheryl’s new mom (pictured with her) was surprised and very grateful for the New Year, New Home grant support of her adoption.

Starsky (second photo) was thrown from the window of a moving car onto a front lawn. The good Samaritan in the house found the nearly lifeless body of the tiny kitten and brought it to Tiny Paws. Rescue volunteers rushed the kitten to the veterinarian, where he was given lifesaving treatment and X-rays. It was found that Starsky had disabled hind legs and a congenital digestive issue. Tiny Paws nursed him to top form, given his condition. When the veterinarian said he was ready, Starsky was listed for adoption with full disclosure of his special needs. His new mom (pictured with him) fell in love with his photo at first sight. Starsky’s special adoption fee was an unexpected gift for his new mom.

Animal Outreach of Shelby County: Purina New Year, New Home
What was the money or product used for?

We used the grant to offer FREE adult-cat adoptions to adopters who passed through our screening process.

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

We specifically targeted several regional open-admission shelters to help them with cats they were having trouble placing: FIV+, older, cats with weird medical stuff (profiled later in this report), long-termers, shy cats. We didn’t target the cute and cuddlies for this grant.

How many pets did this grant help?

26

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

Sweet Pea was at a municipal shelter up in northern Indiana. She had the benefit of a local sponsor, so she was able to visit the vet several times for a raging, full-body ringworm infection. They had tried all the usual treatments, but the inconsistency of treatment, coupled with the stress of shelter life, meant that little Sweet Pea just wasn’t getting any better and was put on their urgent medical-rescue list. The poor girl needed some rescuing.

A foster stepped up and we were able to pull her. It took several different attempts and the right combination of drugs and medicated dips, but five months and 22 ringworm cultures later, she was finally ringworm-free and ready for adoption.

Tracy has previously adopted outside, community cats to have on her working farm, so we knew her well. After her elderly tortie cat passed away, Tracy started thinking about another inside-only cat.

It was truly love at first sight. We had made a “storyboard” chronicling Sweet Pea’s journey to health and asking for donations to help pay her mounting medical bills. Well, Tracy took one look at the pictures and declared Sweet Pea to be hers. She was so patient. It took another four months before Sweet Pea could join Tracy’s family, but it was worth the wait!

Brandywine Valley SPCA: KONG Toy Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Our dogs eat their morning breakfast from a Kong with kibble and peanut butter. The Kongs that were sent were an assortment of sizes that helped feed many different types of dogs.

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

This grant helped our organization and our dogs by supplying much-needed Kongs for our dogs.

How many pets did this grant help?

Initially, approximately 30, but they will continue to help us feed our dogs in the future.

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

Telly was found as a stray in Delaware County, unwanted and with a story only his scars could tell. He was brought to the BVSPCA, where he stayed with us for almost a month before being adopted to Ken. Little did Telly know that he was moving into a home with a cat, a duck and several chickens. This did not pose a problem for Telly! Now known as Dexter, he lives his best life as the gentleman of a farmette. His owner says: “He’s been amazing and loves all of his cat, duck, and chicken siblings! He is by far the easiest, most low-maintenance, and laziest dog I’ve ever met! We love him!!”

Project Precious Paws: Cat Enrichment
What was the money or product used for?

We shared the Kong cat toys with the cats we already had in our care and saved a couple for new cats.

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

The cats and kittens had a blast with the exciting new Kong cat toys. There were a few different designs in the shipment and it was fun seeing them discover each one. They are more interactive and interesting than the usual cat toys we receive. We also sent one toy home with a cat when he was adopted. We have a “cat room” for some of our less-adoptable cats; some are semi-feral and they had a great time playing with the new toys.

How many pets did this grant help?

Eleven so far.

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

Ares (first photo) is a huge flame-point Siamese who came into the shelter with his collar wrapped under his arm. It took a long time for the wound to heal (second photo), and once he was able to play, we gave him one of the Kong toys to try. We sent that toy home with him when he was adopted so he would have something familiar in his new home.

Underdog Animal Rescue and Rehab: KONG Toy Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Our rescue received a number of KONG toys, which we used to enrich the lives of our animals by teaching them safe play, and to keep them occupied while kenneled.

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

This grant gave us the ability to give our dogs something they have never had before: toys and treats! Our animals are stray and at large before they come to us, so they lack the things regular companion animals have in a home setting. We freeze the KONGs with treats inside to make a cool snack on hot days.

How many pets did this grant help?

50+

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

Ruby (first photo) is a very sweet girl, but she had been having a hard time being placed due to her excitability and high energy levels. Her length of stay was becoming longer and longer, and although volunteers were helping her the best they could, she was kenneled more often than not. We started to give Ruby food toys and puzzles, but she fell in love with a particular large KONG toy that we stuffed with many different frozen treats for her. This toy helped keep Ruby calm and occupied in her kennel, which led to someone being interested in a “foster-to-adopt” scenario when they saw her acting so calmly. Ruby just went to her new foster home today, June 8, 2019, and we couldn’t be happier! We hope the foster mom will fall in love and adopt this very special girl. Meet Ruby here.