Success Stories

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

Homeward Bound Animal Rescue: A Shot at Life Vaccination Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Product was used to vaccinate our cats

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

The money saved by receiving vaccinations allowed us to help several injured cats

How many pets did this grant help?

Three in addition to new incoming ktties

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

Fanny (pictured) is just a baby … barely 6 weeks old. She was found in the engine of a car and taken to a city shelter. Fanny was probably injured by the fan belt. She had a laceration across her left side and a gash across her left foot. Though the injuries were not life-threatening, medical intervention was indicated. Fanny is on antibiotics and receiving hydrotherapy on her injured leg/foot. The rear foot is swollen and the hydrotherapy facilitates the healing process. Fanny should be up and acting like a kitten in a week or so.

Paige is about 10 weeks old and came to us three weeks ago. She was a citizen-release (they said they found her in their yard) to Tri-Cities Animal Shelter, south of Dallas. The staff called us and we immediately went to pick the kitten up. Paige was taken straight to our vet, who diagnosed her with a fractured pelvis that would require cage rest. Her left rear leg has permanent nerve damage and she has no feeling from her hip to the tip of her toes. The rear leg will need to be amputated once she has gained more weight and is just a bit older. Until then, Paige is a happy and very sweet kitten. Just talking to her produces the loudest purr we have ever heard come from a kitten!

This sweet kitten is 9 weeks old and was bottle-fed by a shelter worker. When the kitten was weaned, she was handed off to us because she was born with a “twisted” rear leg. The leg bends inward and slightly to the left, making getting around a bit difficult. As this is a birth defect, nothing can really be done to repair the leg, so it will be amputated when she is older and has gained more weight. Until then, she is in a foster home and buddied up with another kitten.

Johnson County Humane Society: A Shot at Life Vaccination Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The product was used to inoculate kittens, cats, puppies and dogs. The money saved from not having to purchase our own product was used to rescue injured animals from [open-admission] shelters and pay for their medical care.

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

The monies we were setting aside and using for vaccinations is now able to be used to pay medical fees for newly rescued abused and neglected animals from [open-admission] shelters which we could not afford to do without the grant.

How many pets did this grant help?

So far 35 animals have benefited from the vaccinations and 10 from the saved money.

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

Shea – Shea was dying of Parvo when we rescued her. She had to have IV fluids 3 times daily. CiCi – She was another rescue that benefited from the vaccinations and had to be shaved due to severe matting and fleas. Vaccination kittens – just a sampling of the kittens that received the vaccinations. Mopsy – She was a shelter rescue who has benefited from the dog vaccinations and we were able to get her groomed and she has the perfect home now!

Partnering for Pets, Inc.: A Shot at Life Vaccination Grant
What was the money or product used for?

We received product of FVRCP vaccinations for cats. The primary mission of our organization is to help shelters and shelter animals. As we are able to pull cats, each one has been given a vaccination, in addition to testing and spay/neuter, before going up for adoption.

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

Most of our funds go toward vetting and testing of each pet before they go to adoption. The vaccinations we received from the grant helped us stretch our dollars to cover the costs involved in helping each cat be fully vaccinated and ready to go to their forever home. When we have a pet that needs extra care, such as one that requires a dental or special treatment, those stretched dollars are very important to be able to give care to the really needy cats that otherwise would not get a chance.

How many pets did this grant help?

22

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

Duchess. As I reflect over all our kitties in the past couple of months, this is one dear to my heart. Duchess was left at the shelter by her owner. She was 8 years old. Most older pets do not get the chance to go up for adoption because people tend to shy away from adopting older cats, but since she was a Persian mix, she was given a chance. After staying at the shelter for a while, we pulled her into our organization. She had lots of fleas, and even after given a topical application, she still had live fleas the following day. We had her groomed and flea debris washed off, but still – live fleas! It was like they were super fleas! We also discovered that she had an abscessed tooth and were able to provide a dental for her and tooth was pulled. She was a very loving cat and would give hugs, almost like she was saying “thank you for giving me a chance.” She went on to find her forever home. This may seem like an irrelevant story but as stated above, every time we can stretch our dollars, it can sometimes mean that we can go a little bit extra for a cat like Duchess with a special need. It is absolutely the most wonderful feeling to know that with the help of the donated vaccines, we could save the life of a needy senior cat who deserved a second chance. Thank you for that opportunity to help the cats in our care.

Tanner's PAWS: Shelter+ Challenge
What was the money or product used for?

To pay vet expenses and provide care to the dogs.

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

It allows us to continue rescuing and saving animals, because without the funding we would not be able to pay our vet bills and rescue animals. We are a 100% volunteer organization.

How many pets did this grant help?

20

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

Cubby came to us with no hair and extreme emaciation. His bills alone ran hundreds of dollars to save his life. Without this funding we would not have been able to give him the care he deserved.

The Animal Care Society: A Shot at Life Vaccination Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The FVRCP vaccinations are being used to vaccinate our cats and kittens when they are due for their shots.

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

As a non-profit, no-kill shelter, ACS relies heavily on the financial support received from the community to help us succeed in our mission of giving displaced dogs and cats in our community a second chance at finding the love and happiness they so deserve. Without this support, hundreds of dogs and cats would have a very bleak future. With this grant of FVRCP vaccinations, we are able to vaccinate fifty cats and kittens at no cost to us. On behalf of all the dogs and cats who, because of our efforts, are already enjoying their new lives as much-loved pets, as well as the thousands more hoping for a similar future, thank you for your contribution.

How many pets did this grant help?

This grant will help 50 cats or kittens.

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

Since receiving this generous grant, we have adopted out 24 cats and kittens. We also brought in a very pregnant cat whom we named Tina. The same day that Tina came in to the shelter, she went home with one of our wonderful fosters. Two days later, Tina gave birth to a large litter of 8 kittens. There are 4 boys and 4 girls, named: Tulip, Telulah, Talia, Tilly, Theodore, Thaddeus, Thatcher and Thayer. Because we had your grant of FVRCP vaccinations, Tina has received both of her FVRCP shots, has been spayed, and is now living comfortably at the shelter until she goes to her furever home. She actually has an approved application on her, but because we don’t adopt out black cats in October (because of Halloween), she will go home on November 1st. Tina’s kittens have received all 3 FVRCP shots and are at the shelter ready for adoption. They are happy, playful, healthy kittens ready to find their furever homes. Thatcher has an application on him and he will hopefully be going home soon. Attached are some pictures of Tina and a few of her kittens. We genuinely appreciate the gift of this grant and for everything the Petfinder Foundation does for the animal community. Thank you.

D&R Rescue, Inc.: A Shot at Life Vaccination Grant
What was the money or product used for?

We received 150 doses of FVRCP in August 2013. The product was and is being used on felines that we pull from an animal control facility and from free-roaming cats that are brought to us by the public.

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

We are a small organization and we place several hundred felines each year along with 200-250 dogs each year. We sometimes when we get into the adult cat season keep them longer in our facility before they are adopted. With the help of this grant it has cut our costs dramatically so we can concentrate on taking in more cats that need our assistance. With this grant we were able to vaccinate and if we kept them 2-3 more weeks prior to adoption we were able to booster them with the 2nd dose which is required when you have them in the public for adoption.

How many pets did this grant help?

As of this date Oct. 19th, this grant has vaccinated 55 felines and we just took in 8 kittens this AM and have 2 more liters waiting to come in and at tha time they will be vaccinated for the 1st time. Then when 8 weeks of age they will be spayed/neutered and ready to be adopted.

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

The one picture of the 3 kittens shows them after they had been fostered since they were 4 days old. They are now 7 weeks of age and healthy. They have been vaccinated for the 1st time and will be spayed/neutered next week and then go up for adoption. The kittens were found along a road- we assume mom cat was moving to new loaction when she was hit by a car and she and 1 kitten were killed. The person who hit them did stop – she had run out under his horse trailer and he did not know until he thought he had hit something in the road and stopped. He found the kittens in a ditch culvert and brought them to us. Not often will a person who is on their way someplace stop and help out a stray animal. He missed the horse show he was going to so he could help these stray kittens.

Proverbs 12:10 Animal Rescue: A Shot at Life Vaccination Grant
What was the money or product used for?

We received feline vaccinations which were used to vaccinate cats and kittens that came into our rescue.

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

By supplying us with vaccines it saved us the expense of purchasing them.

How many pets did this grant help?

approximately 20 – kittens require a series of 3 vaccinations each, plus 2 momma shots

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

We took in a litter of 6 kittens that an elderly local woman had found outside her home. Mom is feral and we were unable to find her to try to bring her in as well. The kittens were socialized in foster homes and have all found loving homes. Our policy is to include a series of 3 kitten shots in the adoption fee, so when kittens are adopted prior to receiving all of their shots, the adopter brings them back on scheduled dates for the remaining vaccinations. This grant provided the full series of vaccinations for approximately 18 kittens.

Community Cat Inc: A Shot at Life Vaccination Grant
What was the money or product used for?

We received FVRCP vaccinations. These are being used to vaccinate new arrivals on intake and vaccinate our kittens as they wait for adoption.

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

This grant has saved us the expense of buying the vaccinations we use on a regular basis. We have been without our low cost spay/neuter clinic and have been paying more for those services. Every penny saved goes toward additional medical bills.

How many pets did this grant help?

So far eleven kittens have each received two vaccinations in their kitten series and two adults received their intial and booster vaccinations.

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

Meet the cheese kittens! Their mom Elsie showed up as a stray very pregnant. The next morning we had four newborn kittens. Once the kittens were old enough they received their initial vaccination along with their mother. They receive another vaccination every two weeks until they are adopted or reach 16 weeks. Muenster and Colby have been adopted. Sargento and Monterey still wait to be adopted along with their mother.

Richardson Rescue: A Shot at Life Vaccination Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The product was Fel-o-guard plus 3.

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

We have cats who stay here (very slow to be adopted) who have their very own area, in our barn, to play in. They are all sweet and are mostly leftover mommies whom we spayed and who just have a good life while they wait. The grant also helped with cats who went out a little easier. Every time we save money on anything, means we are able to save more and provide more. The Petfinder Foundation is always there to make life just that much easier for us.

How many pets did this grant help?

48

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

Not only did our grant of Fel-o-gaurd plus 3 help the slower-to-adopt cats, it also helped find these cats happy homes. Placing these happy, purring faces is a great feeling. Here are some of the ones that were adopted with help from you.

Paws South Florida Rescue, Inc.: A Shot at Life Vaccination Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Your donation of 100 FVRCP Vaccinations is currently being used mostly for those cats that we trap and return to their colonies. The vaccinations are brought to our clinic of choice with the trapped cats for their sterilizations. The clinic is extremely helpful as they take your donated vaccinations and use it that day on our cats.

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

It has now been two months since receiving the donation. Since the vaccinations are being used as we trap the cats, we have gone through 37 shots, with 33 of them being used on cats that were returned to the field. The other 4 were given to kittens that we have placed into our foster care system for eventual adoption.

How many pets did this grant help?

37

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

To give you an idea of some of the strange circumstances that lead to holding cats for adoption, we would like to share this story with you as it has provided us with a rather unusual experience this past year. It just shows all of us working in animal rescue that you can never judge people or their intentions solely by their stations in life. Recently, it is been our pleasure to work with a homeless man who has set up his tent in a public park right down the street from one of the trailer parks that we are currently working. Back in the beginning of the year, one of the residents in a park told us about this gentleman who had incredible success working with feral cats in the park. They were helping him feed the cats, but obviously nobody was taking the time to get the cats sterilized. We met with this man, who we have come to call Roo because he claims to be from Australia. However, we really think he’s from New Jersey. We have now been working with him and for the most part, the adult cats have come to like him and become friendly with him to the point where he can actually pick them up. This makes it very easy for us to take them in to get them sterilized. He also works with their litters and has become a very valuable socializer for the kittens. As the kittens are ready to be adopted we take them into our care and they have proven to be some of the most gorgeous, adoptable kittens we have ever had. Sometimes, Roo can be a little too insistent when he wants us to come take the kittens as he really doesn’t quite appreciate our space limitations within our homes. But other than this one small obstacle which is very easy to step around, Roo has become one of the most unusual and productive volunteers our organization has ever had. We wish there was more we could do for rue personally, but the man is really very happy living as he does. And now he has his own little family of cats who at least will not be giving him more babies.