Success Stories

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

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

RezQ Dogs experienced a devastating flood on June 4, 2013. In the weeks prior to flooding, we received an unprecedented amount of rain totaling over 14 inches, more than the average annual precipitation amount.

As the rains kept coming, we assumed the property leased by RezQ Dogs would flood. Consequently, on Friday, May 31, we evacuated 11 dogs to safety. That left us with 8 dogs that were moved inside the house of RezQ Dogs’ founders. On June 4, the water entered the yard and kept rising. By 6 am, it was clear that even the dogs kept inside had to be evacuated. The dogs were moved to safety by boat and boarded at a boarding facility in Great Falls, Mont., 180 miles from RezQ Dogs.

After the flood waters receded, the damage to RezQ Dogs’ facility became clear. Every inch of the property was covered with 3-4 inches of silt/mud. Ten kennels were destroyed as was the perimeter fence. All of the dog houses were either contaminated or destroyed.

RezQ Dogs used the $3,000 from Petfinder Foundation to purchase new, heavy duty kennels ($2,100) for the dogs and gravel ($1,160) to cover the silt/mud in the kennels in order to keep the dogs dry and clean.

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

Without the Petfinder Foundation’s grant, RezQ Dogs would not have been able to continue saving the dogs of Fort Belknap and Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservations. Because of the grant, RezQ Dogs recovered fast from the flood and saved the lives of 240 animals since the flood on June 4.

How many pets did this grant help?

240 so far

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

Anita’s heart sank when she saw the dog. Another dog that was going to need eye surgery. Another dog with more puppies. Knowing how full the kennels at RezQ Dogs were, it was daunting but it would be done. It took some looking to find the obviously nursing mother dog’s puppies but they were located under the porch of a nearby home. No dog house, no bowls, just a dirty area in which to raise her puppies. It is often that way here, an economically depressed area where there is often little money to spare.

Upon further looking, we found that one of her pups from last year was still with her and she also had a litter of puppies. On this day the younger mom was nowhere to be found, just her small puppies were still present. Since the younger mom was feral, we decided that rather than leaving her four daughters to grow up to be feral and unwanted, they would also be brought to RezQ Dogs. We hoped that their grandmother would raise them; if not, we decided we would bottle feed them.

Twain, as the mother/grandmother came to be known, was brought to RezQ Dogs and placed in a chain link kennel. For about 5 minutes. We soon found that her love of affection was so strong that she would easily escape her kennel just to be with us. She never once attempted to run away but would only get out of the kennel to be closer to us. Twain proved to be an absolute sweetheart even though, due to the porcupine quills her previous owners had left her injured with, her pain must have been immense. After multiple trips, our veterinarian determined that due to her injuries her eye had collapsed and had to be removed. Twain seemed undaunted. Over time, with good food and much-needed medical attention, Twain grew into a beautiful loving friend. This was despite the fact that she had not only her four puppies to feed but was also feeding her daughter’s four puppies. And she loved them all, even the puppies belonging to the dogs in the kennels next to her. It became a common sight to see her licking and playing with all of the puppies she could. Twain is the true definition of what a mother is, caring for not only her children but all children. As is the cycle with all living things, her puppies grew up and were adopted. As of yet, Twain is still in foster care but, we are sure, there is a plan for her. A very special mother deserves a special home.

We would not have been able to save Twain and her puppies if it wasn’t for the generous grant from the Petfinder Foundation which helped RezQ Dogs get back on its feet after a devastating flood.

Friends of Noah-WI: P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds
What was the money or product used for?

Beds for our foster dogs and cats

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

We go through a lot of beds with the animals we bring in, and the foster animals loved them.

How many pets did this grant help?

11

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

Chipper is one of Friends of Noah-WI’s foster dogs (he’s also the brown dog in the picture). Chipper came from a terrible hoarding situation and had a hard time settling into his foster home. He spent his time hiding most of the time behind the couch. He would occasionally venture out sometimes, but then run back in. So, his foster mom put one of your pet beds on a chair and he walked up reluctantly to sniff it. He decided, after carefully sniffing it numerous times, that it was OK. It’s now his “safe spot” where he goes to snuggle in and be safe from the world.

The other picture is Winston, who was dropped at an over-crowded shelter because his owner simply didn’t want him any more. In his foster home the other resident dogs had their own beds, but Winston didn’t have his own. So, he snuggled in and claimed his spot as soon as it was put on the floor!

Mitchell County Animal Rescue, Inc : Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

The Sponsor a Pet program allows us to lower adoption fees and get homes for our pets.

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

Sponsor an adoption.

How many pets did this grant help?

2

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

We were able to lower adoption prices on two frightened Chihuahuas, Noodle and his son Nate, and get them in homes sooner than if they had been full price. Both got good homes. Noodle was adopted by a woman who had just lost her 19-year-old small dog. I called and told her Noodle needed her. She felt she would betray the dog she buried. So I asked her to foster. She wanted him in less that two hours. Thank you so much for all the Petfinder Foundation does for the shelter animals.

Bladen County Animal Shelter: Stretch and Scratch Cat Scratchers
What was the money or product used for?

We are using the Stretch and Scratch Grant as a learning tool for the adoptable cats in our shelter it will help encourage appropriate scratch behavior. The Stretch and Scratch cat scratcher also helps the cats to relieve built up stress from the shelter environment.

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

We placed a Stretch and Scratch cat scratcher in every cat kennel for the cats available for adoption. All of the cats enjoyed the scratchers and we found that they were great enrichment tools. Cats can become bored in a shelter environment without something to satisfy their natural desire to scratch. The cat scratchers were a wonderful asset in this area. The Stretch and Scratch cat scratcher will also encourage the cats when they go to their new home to scratch at the appropriate places.

How many pets did this grant help?

The Stretch and Scratch grant has helped 53 cats at our shelter so far.

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

The Stretch and Scratch grant has helped alot of adoptable cats in our shelter. The one that I feel it has benifited the most is Lee (see attached picture of black/white kitten). He came into the shelter very unsocialized and skittish. With a little TLC and the benefit of having the capability to use the Stretch and Scratch cat scratcher, Lee has become a sweet, playful and energetic kitten. Everyone enjoys watching Lee play and scratch at his cat scratcher. We have high hopes that he will find a new forever home soon.

Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region: Stretch and Scratch Cat Scratchers
What was the money or product used for?

The product grant provided Stretch and Scratch Cat Scratchers for the shelter.

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

The Stretch and Scratch Cat Scratchers grant not only helped cats at the shelter — but all cats in need in our community. As a partner of the Southern Colorado Animal Coalition (SCAC), a 20+ member agency that works both independently and collectively as advocates of animal care, HSPPR was able to share the cat scratchers with area cat rescues.

How many pets did this grant help?

The grant will assist up to 1,600 cats when all scratchers have been disbursed in 2014.

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

Even former Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) cat, Julio, enjoyed “tearing it up” on the cat scratcher, while waiting for adoption into his forever home (picture included).

Furry Friends Network: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

The donation we received was used to help pay for medical care for a dog named Diesel. He and his sister were returned to our organization after 8 years. They both needed updated vaccines, blood work, dental cleanings and Diesel had 2 tumors removed and biopsied. Thankfully they were benign!

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

It helped us pay for the medical bill.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Diesel and Dixie were adopted from our organization as puppies in 2005. In August 2013, I learned that the adopter had given the dogs to his daughter because he was no longer able to care for them. After much frustration trying to reach the daughter, learning the dogs were first being kept outside and then in crates 24/7, we were able to get them transported back to our rescue at the beginning of December. They are happy and enjoying life in a foster home. We will continue to work to find them a forever home as they so much deserve someone to love them unconditionally as they have loved their humans in the past.

LEARN more about adopting them here –> http://bit.ly/DieselAndDixie

Chako Pit Bull Rescue: KONG Toy Grant
What was the money or product used for?

KONG toys for foster dogs.

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

Pit Bulls need durable, high-quality chew toys to help keep them busy in their crates at adoption events, when their foster parents are at work, etc.

How many pets did this grant help?

We received a medium box full of KONGs, so lots!

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

Hannah is a little pup we pulled from our local shelter. She came in with puncture wounds. After surgery, she had to be isolated in the shelter and wear a cone. We pulled her into our rescue/foster program, and of course, she had to take it easy for a while, but one of the bright, orange KONG toys you provided helped keep her company. We’d fill it with kibble and let her work it and, as she was feeling better, she enjoyed batting it around and playing with it. We think she liked the color, too! (Sorry for the slightly blurry photos! Pit Bull puppies on the move are notoriously difficult to photograph, plus we think the camera just really liked focusing on the bright orange KONG!)

Napier's Log Cabin Horse & Animal Sanctuary, Inc.: Disaster Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Vet expenses for animals received from Manatee County hoarding cases to get the animals ready for adoption, including: spay/neuter of animals, shots including rabies, microchipping, and dental cleanings.

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

The grant money allowed us to get the animals vetted and ready for adoption and their listings online immediately instead of having to wait for donations to come in. This made their stays at the sanctuary shorter and finding their forever homes quicker.

How many pets did this grant help?

20 immediately, plus the adoption donations, which helped the remaining 25 to get vetted and ready for adoption

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

Maltese hoarding case: We received word from Manatee County Animal Services that another hoarding situation had been discovered by someone making a delivery to an elderly couple’s home. Animal Services removed 30-plus small dogs from this home. Unfortunately a few passed away before they made it back to the shelter.

Napier’s Log Cabin Horse & Animal Sanctuary, Inc., was able to take in eight of the dogs from this case. They were all very dirty and loaded with worms. Their hair was so matted they were having difficulty walking and seeing, and their nails were long and curled under. One only has three legs, one is completely blind and all need to be bathed and shaved, spayed/neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, and to have dentals done along with heartworm checks.

Missy is one of the dogs transferred to the sanctuary from the above hoarding case. She is 9 years old, spayed, microchipped, her cherry eye has been fixed, and she’s had all her shots, including rabies.

SPCA of SW Michigan: Stretch and Scratch Cat Scratchers
What was the money or product used for?

The product was used for the benefit of cats that have to spend time in cages.

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

The scratchers were used in all of our cages so that the cats would have some to scratch and stretch on. This makes them feel more comfortable and happier in the cage environment. Being less stressed makes them healthier and faster to adopt.

How many pets did this grant help?

These scratchers have helped over 100 cats so far and more to come.

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

The story of a cat would have to be Astro. He and other cats were taken from a family that was living in a van. Astro became depressed being in a cage waiting for a neuter appointment. The scratcher made him more comfortable and he was able to stretch his muscles.

Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County: Stretch and Scratch Cat Scratchers
What was the money or product used for?

The cat scratchers were placed into cat kennels to provide enrichment and activity for our long-term residents.

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

Since we do not euthanize for time or space, many of our cats are here much longer than in a typical shelter setting. For this reason, providing them with this kind of enrichment helps reduce kennel stress and makes their stay here more pleasant.

How many pets did this grant help?

Approximately 50

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

Aloha was a kitten the first time he was here, and was adopted out in early 2013. Unfortunately, his owners could no longer keep him, so they returned him to us in October. Aloha was now a 1-year-old cat, with lots of energy and nowhere to express it in a kennel environment. The Stretch and Scratch Cat Scratcher made all the difference, allowing Aloha to get enrichment and relieve stress, making him a happier and more adoptable cat!

LEARN more about adopting Aloha –> http://bit.ly/MeetAloha