Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
We used the $750 to pay for two dogs to complete heartworm treatments.
We are a very small no-kill animal shelter in the panhandle of Florida. This grant helped us pay for two dogs to have heartworm treatment because they tested positive for high heartworm. Our local vet gave us the price at his cost, which is $388 per dog.
Two adult dogs
Chipmunk was a stray who was brought in from Animal Control. He tested high-positive for heartworm. The length of time for heartworm treatment is 90-120 days and the dog really needs a quiet, low-key home in which to recover from the shots. We posted him on our website and a wonderful family from Miami, FL, offered to “foster to adopt” Chipmunk through his treatment and then adopt him. They flew up from Miami and rented a car to take him home!
This money was used to cover the adoption fees of some of our most vulnerable and difficult-to-place animals. This group typically includes dogs and cats who are senior or have significant medical or behavioral challenges to adoption.
By removing the adoption fee as a barrier to adoption, we were able to reduce the length of stay in the shelter and find these animals loving homes sooner.
Marie, Cruella, and Berlioz were brought into our shelter halfway through June of 2020 as stray kittens. All three were showing high levels of fear — hissing, spitting, and retreating in the kennel. We began working to build positive associations with people approaching and opening the kennel door.
Berlioz made fast progress, first in our shelter and then in a foster home, and was quickly adopted. But while Marie and Cruella were food-motivated and would readily approach for offered reinforcers, they continued to show reactive — bordering on panicked — responses to any attempted handling.
Happily, we reached out and found an adopter who was specifically looking for a pair of under-socialized kittens with some outdoor experience. We were able to cover their adoption fees and send them to a loving home where their special needs are being addressed.
The $500 grant received from the Petfinder Foundation is much appreciated! We used the funds to assist in medical expenses as we ramped up our virtual adoptions in the era of COVID-19.
With the assistance of the Petfinder Foundation and other funding sources, we’ve seen our virtual adoptions skyrocket in recent months! We’ve been able to rescue more cats and kittens from our local shelters than in any previous year and even assisted in emergency relief work in Louisiana for animals affected by Hurricane Laura. We are also completing significantly more adoptions than we have in the past since pivoting to virtual adoptions during the pandemic. Thank you for your continued support!
Purr Nation rescued Avocado and Coconut from a local animal shelter. They were only 3-4 weeks old, orphaned, and not able to eat on their own yet. Purr Nation’s medical fosters stepped in to assist these two precious babies in learning to eat on their own and managed some health issues they had (likely from being in the shelter environment).
Within a few weeks, Avocado and Coconut were well on their way to being healthy, adoptable kittens. Sure enough, their foster mom’s online posts about these two cuties sparked the interest of a wonderful potential adopter, and once they were spayed and neutered, they found a loving home with their new cat dad, James! Now known as Truffle and Noodle, respectively, these two have found their “purr-ever” home thanks to the help of the Petfinder Foundation and Purr Nation Cat Alliance!
The money was used to sponsor hard-to-adopt animals and make sure they were altered and updated on shots. This covered sponsorship for 20 animals to help find their forever homes.
It helped with spay/neuter and vaccines for the hard-to-place animals we have for adoption.
Yes, this dog was adopted. Gopher was a stray found living in a pile of trash as a 6-month-old puppy. He was a hard dog to catch; we had to trap him after a few failed attempts at catching him. He had been at the shelter for five months and was still shy and didn’t like to come up to the cage when new people came through the shelter, so he was overlooked a lot.
After showing him outside in the play yard to a few families, they saw that he was a sweet, loving pup who just took time to trust people. A sweet family with kids came in and met the sweet pup. They had lost everything, along with their dog, in a house fire. They were now in a new place and looking to find a new family member, but still on a limited income at the time. So this grant helped a family and a dog who had lost everything find each other and rebuild a life together.
Wildthunder utilized the grant money for supplies (cat litter, cat food) as well as medical costs.
Due to the Covid19 pandemic, donations decreased. The grant funds were used for the needs of the 50+ cats at Wildthunder, including cat food and cat litter. Wildthunder also took in a new medical case in July — Luna, the emaciated shepherd — and these funds also helped with the initial vet visit and testing.
Luna, a German shepherd, was an owner-surrender whom Wildthunder took in. Initially described as a thin dog who was very picky about her food, we were horrified to discover that she was emaciated. Upon intake, Luna weighed 20 lbs. at the shelter. She was just over a year old and should have weighed more than double that amount.
Blood work was performed on her and the vet prescribed medication and I/D food to help her digestive system. Luna did better for a few days, but then began throwing up and having diarrhea. She was admitted to the hospital for three days while undergoing additional testing. Lab work was sent out to Texas A&M and it was determined that she had a gastrointestinal infection, which was treated with antibiotics.
Luna has been gaining weight steadily and is now at 40 lbs. She has emotional and trust issues, but Tracy and the volunteers are working with her. It will be some time before adoption is even considered.
Wildthunder is is also home to more than 50 cats who also benefited from this grant. As Covid negatively impacted the donations we received, we still had weekly and monthly expenses such as food, litter and specialized formula for the medically compromised.
The eighth photo shows Tom, Jenny and Chief snuggling in a bed. Chief sustained head injuries from a vehicle accident and is unable to eat. She is tube-fed with a specialized formula to ensure proper nutrition.
Vetting expenses of Lulu Girl:
Vaccinations: three sets $60
Rabies vaccinations: $10
Proheart injection: $45
Remainder towards her vet bill to get her healthy $169
This grant helped us save, vet and find a furever home for one more dog.
Lulu Girl was dumped out at our local lake. She was only about 5 weeks old at the time and sick, as accounted for above. She had to have an IV and antibiotics, but soon recovered and was trying to run with our big dogs once she was fully vaccinated and spayed. Unknown to us, an older couple had been following her story on our Facebook page and they decided they wanted to adopt her, so that is where she happily lives now with her furbrother (first and second photos) who guards her every time I stop in for a visit like he’s afraid I’m going to take her away!
The funds received were used for transporting five dogs from a shelter in Georgia. The municipal shelter was overcrowded, understaffed, and under-resourced due to COVID-19.
Each dog costs $125 per crate to transport from Georgia to New York state. The remaining funds were used to help treat heartworm. Two out of the five dogs were heartworm-positive. One of the dogs had a severe head wound and required intensive medical care.
In light of the current events, the messages were pouring in from our shelter partners, pleading for help. They are in desperate need of rescues to step up and help them. They were overwhelmed, and running out of time and space. They were heartbroken about what was to come for all the animals who wouldn’t have a chance at being saved. Many of the shelters were forced to close their doors to the public, which meant fewer visits and animals not being adopted. Many of the animals had no options other than rescues that were willing to help.
We had been saving a lot of dogs from as many shelters as we could. Then we received a plea to save five dogs from one municipal shelter. Receiving funding from the Petfinder Foundation helped us say yes to these dogs that had no other option but to be euthanized.
One of the five dogs this grant helped was a puppy named Bundy. She was found by Animal Control lying virtually lifeless near a fence. They noticed that her head was incredibly swollen and she could not walk. The swelling of her head may have been from a bite wound or significant head trauma. It was significantly infected, and her temperature was dangerously high.
Bundy had only been at the Atlanta shelter for a few minutes when we got the call and some harrowing footage of her in the shelter. We immediately agreed to take her into our rescue and she was rushed to our vet partner, Blue Pearl Specialty, in Atlanta, GA. After she received urgent care and was medically cleared, we had her transported to New York.
Bundy has gone home to her forever family! They have renamed her Maya. So far, she fits in at her new home wonderfully. It is because of our supporters like you that we were able to provide Bundy (Maya) with the medical care she needed to recover from her horrific wounds. Now she can live the life that all puppies should have the right to live: frolicking, basking in the sun, and surrounded by love.
It helped toward the purchase of food for our parrots.
Charlie is one of our blue and gold macaws whom we’ve had for more than 10 years. Charlie was found in someone’s back yard in a tree. He fell out of the tree because he was very emaciated and weak. We thought that we were going to lose him, but he was a fighter and pulled through. Unfortunately, he is afraid of people, so he is still with us.
Purchasing bird food
It helped us purchase food during the Covid-19 pandemic. We had to temporarily stop allowing prospective adopters into our rescue, so were not receiving adoption money, which we greatly depend on.
Tequila Rose was one of 65 parrots benefiting from the money that we received from the Petfinder Foundation to purchase food during the Covid-19 pandemic. Tequila Rose came to us because her people were not able to care for her anymore. She was only with us for about four months. She is a very sweet girl with lots of love to give.
Initial care of cats recently rescued.
Because of COVID, we do not have access anymore to the low-cost spay/neuter clinic. So we now use a private vet clinic that made an arrangement with us and the grant paid for the price difference. That way, we were able to rescue new cats and kittens and get them adopted and put the money back in the account and rescue some more. It took us out of a major slowdown and started us helping again.
We rescued a litter of four kittens — Philo, Seren, Tessa and Murphee (first photo) — from a barn with too many cats. There were sterilized, vaccinated twice, treated for parasites and microchipped. Philo and Tessa have since been adopted. Seren and Murphee are still available. Meet Murphee here. Meet Seren here.
Polka (second photo), an FIV-positive cat we received in July 2018, has finally received a great adoption application through Petfinder. The grant will cover part of the dental work he needs before moving to his forever home soon after surgery.
Kiko and Sophia received the same treatment as Murphee et al. They were found playing dangerously near a pool in a suburban backyard. Sophia has been adopted. Kiko has received several adoption applications, so he is on hold while we process them.
Kokoa (third photo) received a dermatology consultation, as she was simply unadoptable and suffering from continuous itching and hair loss. Her condition has stabilized. Her new owner will continue the treatment.
Salty and her kittens Coal, Graphite, and Icy had giardia, which is especially unappealing to potential adopters. They have had a coprology and medication and are ready to find new homes. Icy is already reserved. Salty has been sterilized and her kittens will be on September 15. Meet Salty. Meet Coal. Meet Graphite.
Machiavel (fourth photo) is a tall and skinny longhair cat of about 10 years who was found with an oozing mass on his neck and a major case of combined giardia and coccidiosis. He his still under treatment and his foster home cannot wait for him to be cured. The mass will be removed as soon as he is strong enough for the surgery. He will be posted on Petfinder when he is well enough for adoption.
Edouard (fifth photo) got consultations and medication to control his chronic rhinitis. He breathes better, though still not normally. He enjoys life and affection and gives tons of it back. He will need medication all his life, so we are looking for a special person to adopt him. Meet Edouard.
Leo J, Lea J, Gaby J and Olive J (sixth photo) are four kittens rescued recently who are available for adoption after vaccines and sterilization. They were found in a rural area where people go camping with kittens in the spring and leave them behind in the fall. Locals are forced to deal with the problem. So we took quite a few of them in our program in the last few years.
Toffee II is a 10-year-old cat who had a very bad case of gingivitis and his owners were in too poor health to take care of him. He is now fostered by a veterinary nurse who is doing her best to bring him back to health after his dental work. He is not yet available for adoption or posted on Petfinder.