Success Stories

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

Tyson's Place Animal Rescue: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

The Sponsor a Pet grant was used for the care of Agnes, a 20-year-old cat who was in our rescue.

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

Our rescue specifically assists terminally ill people with finding new families for their pets. Agnes’s owner had severe health conditions that meant long-term hospitalization. We picked up Agnes from her home and brought her into our rescue. Because of our specialized mission, we often take in senior animals, but at the age of 20, Agnes was one of our oldest animals ever.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Agnes came into our rescue at the age of 20 as her owner was too ill to continue to care for her. Although Agnes was spayed, she hadn’t received regular veterinary care, so we did full blood work, a fecal and urine check, and vaccinations, along with a microchip. This grant helped cover her veterinary care. Agnes is remarkably healthy for her age and after another appointment for a booster vaccination, she was ready for adoption. A woman with a love for senior cats saw her posted on Petfinder, and Agnes was officially adopted a few months ago.

Animal Rescue of the Rockies: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

To help pay for spay/neuter, vaccinations, and medical care for dogs and cats arriving to our foster-home program from shelters prior to adoption.

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

This grant of $625 helped to pay for spay/neuter surgeries.

How many pets did this grant help?

12 dogs

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

Lady arrived from an overcrowded large shelter in Texas where she didn’t have much chance of being adopted. She’s 7 years old, a large dog, and wasn’t attracting the attention of potential adopters. Lady came to Colorado on a transport and was spayed while in foster care. She was adopted soon after her arrival and is happily settled in her new home in Denver, Colorado.

Texas Best Choices Animal Rescue: Disaster Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The Texas storm hit us hard and we had unexpected expenses that the $2,500 Disaster Grant funds were used for:

Heat lamps
Propane heaters
Electric heaters
Propane gas to run the heaters
Extreme electric bill
Kennel supplies — Water jugs to go get water when the water was cut off in our area, buckets to distribute the water, blankets, straw.

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

This grant was extremely beneficial for us to meet the extra expenses required due to the storm. We in Texas have never experienced this type of cold weather and your generosity helped us keep the animals warm and meet their basic needs despite the conditions. Rolling power outages and no water were devastating, but propane heaters, propane gas, jugs, and buckets provided just what was needed. Blankets, too, were much appreciated!

How many pets did this grant help?

66 dogs and puppies

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

Luna came to us from her owner, who was threatening to dump her in the lake if we did not take her. She had no hair and was suffering with extreme mange, but she did not deserve to die. The first photo is her intake photo. We began medicating her, but when the cold weather hit, she was especially vulnerable. She not only thrived, but grew her hair back and found a very special forever home (third photo)! Thank you for your generosity! You made a difference in so many lives!

Jackson (fourth photo) was also a resident during these tough times. Every dog at the rescue benefitted from your support, but we share Jackson’s story because he also got a forever home thanks to Petfinder!

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

The Kong toys are being used to entertain our castaways who are awaiting their forever homes.

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

It helped us to receive the Kong toys as a gift rather than purchasing. The money saved was then used for medical care.

How many pets did this grant help?

20

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

As a primarily small-dog rescue, we do not typically have larger dogs and as a result we do not have toys or supplies for larger dogs. Macey was adopted from us as puppy and then returned to us as a senior pit bull. Her dad passed away from a heart attack as he was preparing to take her for a walk. She was very upset with the EMS personnel and her mom did not feel that she could have handled such a strong dog. Macey had to be kenneled with us because we do not have large-dog foster homes. She was very stressed upon her return. Thankfully, we had large Kongs available for her thanks to this grant. After some time, Macey adjusted and has since been adopted to a loving home!

San Luis Valley Animal Welfare Society: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

The funds will be used for veterinary expenses. We take in old dogs who need our help before they find homes.

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

Veterinary expenses for old dogs waiting for homes.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

We had Moe (first photo) for four years. No one wanted him because he didn’t like other dogs. He was 10 years old when he found an awesome home. He came to us because his owner had committed suicide. The local sheriff was going to shoot Moe if we didn’t take him. We take ALL dogs: old, crippled, aggressive, fearful! They ALL get loving homes. We are 100% no-kill except when a dog is suffering.

We also have Taylor (second photo), a 10-year-old German shepherd. He lived in a back yard all his life and had dug a hole for shelter. He has bad hip dysplasia. He is SO affectionate and loving! He is still waiting for a home. Meet Taylor here.

PetEmber Inc.: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

The total amount of the grant is being used for the adoption preparation of Bonito, Apollo, Victor, Daisy, Princess, and Angel.

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

This grant covered the medical bills of rescued dogs such as Bonito, for his rectal surgery; Apollo, for his hernia and eye-removal surgeries; Angel, for her hind leg cut operation; and Daisy, for her punctured-lung surgery; as well as the grooming of Princess, Victor, and Bonito.

How many pets did this grant help?

Around 10 animals benefited from the grant.

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

Apollo is a rescue from San Bernardino, CA. He was owned by a man in a low-income area. The owner of Apollo had a neighbor who fights with him all the time. One day, Apollo escaped to the neighbor’s yard, searching for food. He put his head inside an icebox where the neighbor had some food that was ready to be grilled. When the neighbor realized that Apollo was eating from the icebox, he kicked him in his abdomen and picked up a stick and hit him on his head.

The neighbor’s daughter saw her dad doing this and stopped him from further harming Apollo. Then she contacted Apollo’s owner to ask him take his dog back. The owner was frightened and asked the girl to help him drop Apollo off at a shelter, as he could not afford to treat him. Searching on the Internet, the girl found our contact information and sent us an urgent email.

At that time, Apollo was dying. We immediately took him to an emergency veterinarian. The vet said that Apollo had a lot of blood clots under his skin and a hernia in his abdomen, and the blood supply to one of his eyes was cut off.

The vet suggested treating Apollo with medication for few days before he went into surgery.

After being treated for few days, Apollo went into surgery for his hernia, which was successfully repaired. Two weeks later, he went through a second surgery to remove his injured eye.

Apollo has healed from his surgeries and has been released for adoption. A sincere adopter who found us on Petfinder applied for him and will meet him next week to adopt him.

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

We spent the $500 toward medical care, in particular to provide Princess with the eye enucleation she needed. To date this year, we have spent more than $16,000 for veterinary care, medicines and prescription diets for the animals in CCR’s care.

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

It enabled us to provide the veterinary care they need!

How many pets did this grant help?

One in particular; a dozen total

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

Princess, a senior Chihuahua in our care, went blind and required eye enucleation when her eyes began to swell and cause her pain. The enucleation was performed by Dr. Monika Knoblich of All Creatures Veterinary in Benson, AZ. The cost was over $600. The third photo shows Princess pre-enucleation; the first and second show her during her healing phase. She is doing wonderfully now!

Grand Rivers Humane Society: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

Partially paid for a dog’s surgical removal of a lump.

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

Helped one more dog get healthy enough to be adopted.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Juneau and Sitka, two 10-year-old bonded schnauzers, a brother and sister, were surrendered by their elderly owner who was unable to care for them any more. The male, Juneau, had a large lump on his side, which we had surgically removed and sent to the lab for pathology. He went back to his loving foster home to heal and both dogs will be adoptable together after he heals from surgery.

Loma Cat House: Cat Enrichment
What was the money or product used for?

The Petfinder Foundation Cat Enrichment Grant funds were used to purchase items that align with our cats’ natural behavioral instincts, which include self-calming, scratching, hydrating, climbing, and playing. We selected items that encourage activities and enhance their physical and mental well being.

With spring here, we have seen an increase in pregnant feral cats (partly to do with the COVID pandemic), and we are tending to numerous litters of kittens and mamas at Loma Cat House. For calming the newborn kittens and their mama cats as they adapt to our shelter, we purchased calming beds. We noticed the kittens get the comforting feeling of snuggling while their mama takes a short break. Plus, new arrivals to the shelter enjoy the bedding, which creates a sense of security and helps them to relax more easily as they also adapt to their temporary home and wait to be adopted.

To tend to their scratching instincts, we decided to try the ZEZE Woven Rope Tellurion for its sturdiness and circular globular movements. When cats scratch, they get to stretch out their bodies and extend and retract their nails to help shed the dry outer layers of their claws. And with each spin of the globe, the movement will be a good form of exercise. Unlike the traditional scratch pads, our cats are slowly figuring out this new global adventure.

All species rely on hydration. Having a constant supply of fresh water is vital to a feline’s health. With a fountain, water is circulated and filtered to prevent bacteria, gunk, and odor build-up, which makes water stay much cleaner, tastier, and cooler than in a traditional water bowl. So we used the funds to add to our cat fountain inventory. The wellness benefits from fountains help our cats get proper hydration — to improve digestion, increase nutrient absorption, and aid in flushing out toxins and bacteria that can build up in their urinary and digestive tracts. Plus, Loma Cat House can attest that water fountains do encourage kitties and cats to drink more, making them healthier and happier.

What cat can resist a moving foxtail toy? The cats in our shelter certainly can’t. This interactive toy helps our cats exercise, swat, and pounce and provides mental stimulation. Our cats are very pleased with the Petfinder Foundation and its support of animal shelters.

Our shelter’s need for new cat trees was dire. We, and our cats, replaced two worn-out carpeted cat trees with two sturdy, hygiene-friendly, exploratory cat trees. Cat people know that cat trees cater to so many needs and activities. Cats enjoy climbing up high and hiding in the cubbies, presumably because it provides a sense of privacy and safety while they observe the world (shelter) around them. Our cats certainly enjoy the opportunity to climb, perch, hide, and scratch offered by cat trees — as witnessed by the worn-out ones replenished with new ones.

After purchasing the above items, we used the remaining funds to replace parts (litter pan and kittening pans) for our spacious Pet Ultra Light cages. These durable cages provide much-needed enclosed space for incoming cats in need of coping, cats in need of care, and mama cats and their litters. The two level space reduce stress on the cats, and provide easier access for maintenance and cleaning.

Last but not least, inspiration from this grant brought together a couple of shelter volunteers to gather recycled materials to put together a PVC-pipe cat condo with bedding. Though funds from the grant did not contribute to the purchase of this condo, the grant did certainly influence an effort to contribute toward the enrichment theme by introducing a tri-level cat condo for the cats to climb and relax in.

That said, we are thankful to the Petfinder Foundation for recognizing that all animals, including pets, have natural behaviors and needs that can be nurtured with enriching opportunities. We are grateful for its support in helping us, and so many other shelters, to enrich the animal-shelter environment.

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

The Petfinder Foundation recognizes that enrichment is more than throwing a few toys to sheltered animals. It’s about making the shelter environment as pleasing and stimulating as possible. The wellbeing of shelter cats is greatly improved if they are provided with the opportunity to tend to their hiding, climbing, scratching, and playing behaviors, and the ability to perform such behaviors does not hinder their likelihood of being adopted to loving forever homes.

So where rebuilding was not practical, Loma Cat House was inspired to discover meaningful ways in which our existing shelter space could further meet our cats’ natural behavior and well-being needs with new enrichment opportunities. We were able to make small but significant enhancements with the Petfinder Foundation Cat Enrichment Grant funds. We found that these small changes are making a huge difference from our cats’ perspectives, helping to ensure that their time in our shelter is a positive, but brief, stay.

How many pets did this grant help?

The Petfinder Foundation Cat Enrichment Grant helps between 35 to 75 kittens, young cats and adult cats at our shelter; from those who’ve just arrived, to those who’ve been adopted, to those awaiting forever homes. The enrichment items purchased were chosen to add to an environment that tries to align with their natural instincts and wellbeing, and to better their chances for adoption.

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

Construction Mama and her four helpers: A mama cat and her four kittens were rescued from a building site in Grand Junction, Colorado. They were fortunate enough to have a contractor seek them out and bring them to Loma Cat House. While at the shelter, the youthful kittens immediately enjoyed the cool, refreshing taste of the water fountain and played curiously on the cat trees purchased with the Petfinder Foundation Cat Enrichment Grant. Three of the four kittens were adopted quickly, while the mama cat and her fourth kitten opted to extend their stay in order to recover from an upper-respiratory infection. Both are doing well and enjoying the safety and care of the shelter, the stimulation of the interactive toys and fountains, and the attention of our shelter volunteers.

Meet Miss Torti. When brought to the shelter, Miss Torti preferred to be sight-unseen and hid in places where it was difficult for volunteers to socialize with her. Since introducing interactive toys like the foxtail toy, we discovered that Miss Torti has a playful side to her. She has been coming out of hiding and now plays with a variety of toys. Because of this interaction, she noticed the wood-based cat trees, which she prefers over the carpeted ones. Miss Torti is now comfortable hanging out in the main room watching the happenings of volunteers and her feline roommates. This has made it possible to socialize with her more, and to learn how much this beautiful, playful tortoiseshell cat just loves to be petted (once she gets to know you). Though she has not been adopted yet, we are certain that she will soon be discovered and adopted into a loving forever home.

Polly Tabby: We often wonder why anyone would abandon, dump, or neglect a living creature. This female polydactyl tabby was brought to our shelter, and we ask why (as we do with all our cats and kittens). She is loving, affectionate, sharp, playful, healthy, striking, attentive — the list goes on. Did we say curious, too? As soon as she was brought in, this striking green-diamond-eyed kitty explored the new cat towers, water fountains, and foxtail, and has not stopped there. Polly is posted on Petfinder.com, and we hope whoever adopts her will appreciate her loving, playful, curious ways.

Heart of Idaho Animal Sanctuary: KONG Toy Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Kong donated a selection of dog toys for our shelter dogs to play with while they are waiting to be adopted. We let the dogs select one they like that they can play with outside or in their kennels. Periodically, we fill them with peanut butter for a treat.

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

We like Kong toys because they are very sturdy and the dogs can’t chew them up and don’t end up swallowing pieces. Many of them become attached to their toys and we like to send the toy home with them as a transitional object when the dogs are adopted. If we do that, then we need to replace the toys. This grant will keep us in Kongs for some time to come, freeing up that money for other things.

How many pets did this grant help?

Eight so far and more to come

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

Apollo, a husky/German shepherd mix (first three photos), is still waiting to be adopted. He was surrendered by a family whose circumstances changed and they could no longer take care of him. He is very high-energy and is timid around people until he gets to know them. He was given first choice of the Kong toys and, as you can see in the pictures, once he made his choice, he was attached. He shows his toy to anyone who comes to the shelter. Meet Apollo here.

Grady (fourth and fifth photos) is still at the shelter but has some health problems resulting in incontinence that we are working with the local vet to address before putting him back up for adoption. In the meantime, he is enjoying his Kong bone.

Fava (sixth and seventh photos), who came to the shelter as a stray puppy, showed a clear preference for the traditional Kong toy. She has since been adopted.