Success Stories

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

Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region : Disaster Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The grant supported the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region (HSPPR) Black Forest Fire relief efforts during June 2013.

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

The grant enabled the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region (HSPPR) to care for over 1,200 animals and rescue 672 animals from the evacuation zone(s) during the Black Forest Fires in June 2013.

How many pets did this grant help?

Over 1,200 animals were helped as a result of disaster relief funds from multiple agencies, including Petfinder Foundation.

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

Animals, like escape artist Kali, were recipients of care during the recent Black Forest Fires in June 2013. Kali escaped both her carrier and her owner’s vehicle as they were evacuating. Days later she was found singed but alive. She was brought to HSPPR where staff cared for her and treated her wounds. Once the word was out, her family recognized her immediately and responded within hours to be reunited with their beloved cat.

Jason Heigl Foundation: One Picture Saves a Life
What was the money or product used for?

The Canon EO5 we use to get transport photos and Heigl Hound photos to place on our website and social media.

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

To get more awareness out there with transports and raise awareness to adopt from the shelters and rescues that rescue these dogs from the local shelters.

How many pets did this grant help?

25

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

We received a call from Baldwin Park Shelter about a neglect case. When we first saw Penny, she only weighed in at 6 pounds, with two holes in her mouth and it looked like she had her mouth wired closed. We have been able to get photos of Penny’s progress with the camera from Pet Finder Foundation. With taking amazing photos of Penny, we have been able to bring more awareness about neglect and cruelty cases that happen right in our backyard. We have been keeping people posted on Penny’s journey. At the moment, she is at the specialist because she has two autoimmune diseases that have also compounded her healing process.

L.E.A.N./All Vegas Horses: Tractor Supply Company Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Purchasing direct services and supplies for our horses, as well as educational materials and organizational expenses. Staple items are always the first to be skipped, but are so important for sharing our mission and maintaining a streamlined operation. We were unable to reprint our distribution materials until we received funds from Petfinder Foundation. With this grant, we immediately secured new booth materials ($165), handouts ($60), ink/stamps/office supplies ($100), and new software ($150). We were also able to secure a large supply of psyllium at wholesale cost, which is a supplement used to help avoid sand issues in horses who live in the desert. We also purchased a joint supplement that our arthritic horses do well on, but was cost prohibitive to purchase in bulk. Petfinder Foundation allowed us to secure enough to treat our two most critical horses for several months.

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

Being able to effectively communicate with our supporters encourages their continued support. Petfinder’s grant allowed us to re-invest in organization staples we needed to share our mission and grow our rescue. Our horses benefit from the professionalism our rescue projects with these new materials and the sharing of information to others. Additionally, all ten of our current horses in rescue and two arthritic horses were able to receive extra supplements to help ease pain and encourage healthy digestion.

How many pets did this grant help?

10

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

Lucky was found wandering in East Las Vegas, severely malnourished and alone. Obviously abandoned by his previous owners, he was simply skin and bones. After several months in L.E.A.N.’s foster care, Lucky had regained much of his lost weight and was making a great comeback. However, the added weight and vigor revealed that he was also arthritic. When the veterinarian came to perform a dental, she donated a pail of joint supplement that worked very well. Unfortunately it was cost prohibitive to continue this supplement for Lucky every month, until the Petfinder Foundation grant was received. We have now been able to buy Easy Willow for Lucky and his progress is nothing short of spectacular. He is available for adoption and a new life with his return to health and comfort.

Branch was a stallion over 20 years old when he was dumped at Animal Control. This elderly gent was gelded and has been in foster care with L.E.A.N. for nearly 9 months. He has a blown knee that cannot be repaired and it pains him to do more than walk or lightly trot. He also needed the relief that joint supplements can bring, as well as the benefit of a good sand-prevention protocol and grain additives. Petfinder Foundation’s grant has allowed us to put Branch on a regimen of Easy Willow for his joints, as well as psyllium and extra grain. His comfort and continued good care will enable us to more easily find Branch a forever home.

Hands Helping Paws, Inc.: Shelter Challenge
What was the money or product used for?

The funds were used for the medical care of cats/kittens in our program.

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

This grant provided us the funds to spay/neuter and rabies vaccinations.

How many pets did this grant help?

28

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

Weaver and his sister, Meisha, who were found as homeless kittens at a homeless shelter were neutered/spayed with these funds.

Ponca City Humane Society: Orvis Animal Care Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The funds went to treat 5 parvo puppies that we obtained as strays. Our local vet graciously reduced our cost to allow us to be able to treat the puppies at $250.00 each. We sadly have very limited income to treat parvo cases and financially we are always in a bind. We are very thankful for the donation since it allowed us to save 3 of the puppies.

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

This grant allowed us to provide the much needed medical care for the litter of puppies. Some did not succumb to parvovirus while others became seriously ill. We sadly did lose 2 of our puppies. All of the remaining puppies have been adopted and have wonderful homes now because of the support offered by Petfinder Foundation and Orvis!

How many pets did this grant help?

The grant allowed us to treat 5 parvo puppies. Even though the cost was $250.00 each, our veterinarian helped us reduce the cost lower to cover all 5 puppies for $1000.00. We were very grateful for Dr. Free’s assistance and support.

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

Roxy and Her Babies: A Story of Survival and Determination to Win the Odds

PCHuS was contacted back in beginning of March 2013 by an individual who had found a stray that had had puppies behind our local skate park. We at that time did not have room to take the stray and the puppies in but we were able to secure the person who found them to keep them as a temporary basis as a foster. She was able to house them momentarily but began to inform us that her neighbor was trying to take the mother dog, now named Roxy. Roxy sadly was stolen from foster’s yard on March 17th. The puppies, who were still nursing, were found scattered in the driveway of the home. Luckily, the foster was able to locate all 8 of the puppies. We scrambled for fosters and were able to find two fosters that were willing to take the puppies in. They were fostered for roughly two weeks and returned to our facility. Roxy was eventually found at our local Animal Control and we were able to reclaim her from there.
The puppies continued to thrive but sadly they were exposed to parvovirus by another litter of puppies that we obtained from our local Animal Control that same week. Of the 8 puppies, only 5 came down with parvovirus. All were admitted into our local vet and aggressive treatment was started. Sadly, we lost 3 of the female puppies. We were very saddened that with even aggressive treatment we were unable to save them all. The remaining puppies recovered well and our first puppy from that litter, Disco, was adopted on March 8th. The second puppy from that litter, Buster, was adopted on March 10th. Disco went home with a lovely young lady. While Buster now named Ace, was adopted by a father and son/daughter team. On June 12th, Linus was adopted by the Wyckoff family and they adore him. Hank, our last male puppy, was adopted on July 5th by the Browns. Our last puppy to be adopted was Pepper. She was growing fast and making friends here but had no luck being adopted. That was until Nate from Wichita, KS looked through PetFinder and found her picture. He contacted us and request more information. He loved what he heard but it was until we sent him a video that he was “sold.” He arrived on July 11th, did a meet & greet, and fell in love. He adopted her on the spot! We wish all the puppies the best in their new homes.

The only animal left in this story is Roxy herself. She is a 1-2 year old Catahoula mix, adorable, outgoing, friendly, and smart dog. She is still looking for that forever home which we know will come one day for her. We do welcome anyone interested in Roxy to contact us. We promise that once you meet her in have some social time in our play yard, you would fall in love.

The Ponca City Humane Society does want to give Petfinder a huge Thank You! for the generous Orvis grant. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit no-kill small Humane Society that does not receive any government funding and relies on the good will and generosity of individuals, corporations, and adopters, and donors to keep us going. The survival of this family came down to the ability to obtained needed funding for the veterinary cost and ultimate vaccinations and spaying surgery. We are grateful for the support as well as Petfinder’s ability to help us network our animals to find forever home!

Blind Cat Rescue & Sanctuary, Inc: Shelter+ Challenge
What was the money or product used for?

Vet bills

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

Provided us funding for 1 week’s vet bills.

How many pets did this grant help?

4

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

Snicker was found as a stray and taken to an [open admission] shelter. This grant helped him go for his yearly check up, get full blood, fecal, UA and a dental. He says thank you for his pearly whites!

Maple Hill Farm Toy Breed Rescue LLC: SNAP-X
What was the money or product used for?

The money was used to spay/neuter/vet dogs for adoption.

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

This grant enabled us to take in many more dogs than we would have been able to do with our current funds.,

How many pets did this grant help?

10

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

Lucinda came from a puppy mill so she has never known love or companionship. She has spent her life in a small cage having litters of pups. She is about 4 years old and weighs about 12 pounds. Her spay was sponsored by a Petfinder grant.

Sherman was a dog sent to us by a lady from Shelby. She found him and tried to find a home for him but could find no one, so she sent him to us. He is a poodle mix — we felt even possibly part Chinese crested. [A couple] came to adopt Laura; they liked her but then saw Sherman and the husband could not stop loving on him. So they ended up deciding to adopt him instead!

Thor is so tiny we gave him a big name. He weighs about 3 pounds but still thinks he is big stuff. He is three years old. Thor came from a breeding kennel so spent his life on the bars of a cage. We thought he was not even going to be able to walk very well but freedom has meant building muscle for this boy and he loves his freedom. Thor can be very timid upon first meeting new people but he loves attention so much that he rolls over for belly rubs.

Boston Terrier Rescue Canada: Shelter+ Challenge
What was the money or product used for?

This money was used to help pay for luxating patella surgery for a sweet Boston in our care named Roxie.

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

Without luxating patella surgery, Roxie would have been deemed unadoptable. She would have faced a life of pain, which is no way for a young dog to go through life.

How many pets did this grant help?

one – Roxie

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

Roxie came into our program as a listless girl in constant pain. She was able to get around on three legs, however it was apparent that her quality of life could be greatly improved with orthopedic surgery to correct her luxating patella.

Roxie is certainly not the same dog that came into our rescue program. Roxie is now ready for adoption and this is the bio that was written by her foster mom:

“Picture boundless energy in four-legged motion, and that’s Roxie. Imagine endless enthusiasm disguised as a small black and white Boston Terrier, and that’s Roxie. Conjure up a happy whirlwind of kisses and affection, and that’s Roxie.

“This exuberant 2-year-old, with the inky splotch, like a large beauty spot, on her forehead, is as sweet as she is friendly. And there’s nothing she likes more than putting all of her good feelings out there, on display, for everyone to see and share.

“Currently being fostered with two male Boston Terriers, this feisty little female is the undisputed leader of their tight pack of three, as they romp and wrestle and tumble together. Despite her impish playfulness, however, she listens very well to her foster mom’s instructions and is most eager to please. She’s also fully housetrained and settles easily into her crate when it’s time for rest and relaxation.

“She walks well on leash, but when she meets new dogs, her excited and energetic form of greeting can, all too often, be misconstrued by dogs and owners alike. She recently underwent successful surgery for luxating patella, and given her natural ebullience and go-go-go pace, you’d never even know it.

“Now that she’s looking for her forever home, what Roxie needs most is someone who’s ready, willing and able to teach her the proper rules, boundaries and limitations required for every well-behaved and obedient dog. With an experienced owner, who’s both patient and consistent, this bright young student will learn her lessons quickly and go on to thrive.

“A warm-hearted and loving dog, Roxie’s greatest wish is to be welcomed into a family as warm-hearted and loving as she is.”

[UPDATE: Roxie has been adopted!]

Greyhound Pets, Inc.: Shelter+ Challenge
What was the money or product used for?

The money was used to help with the transportation costs to move a load of 20 greyhounds from Florida to our group in Washington State.

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

In February we moved a load of 20 greyhounds from Florida to Washington State at the cost of $3,000 for the transportation. The $1,000 grant helped us greytly with being able to make that load happen.

How many pets did this grant help?

There were 20 greyhounds on the haul.

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

One of the dogs on the haul was a boy by the name of Scupper. He had broken his front right leg racing. There was no money in Florida to do the surgery necessary on this boy. Because of this grant, we were able to get Scupper on the haul and get him the surgery necessary. Scupper is healing well and should be up for adoption in the next month.

Humane Society of McCormick County: Shelter+ Challenge
What was the money or product used for?

The $1,000 shelter+ challenge grant was a wonderful gift. We are an all volunteer private rescue group and we take care of 35 dogs and 15 cats on average. We are a no-kill organization so we keep them until they find a forever home. This money was used for exams and vaccinations for our dogs and cats for the month of May.

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

The $1,000 shelter+ challenge money was used for exams and vaccinations for 29 dogs and cats in our care for the month of May. We are an all volunteer group that does not receive any public money so we constantly have to fundraise in order to keep picking up and adopting out dogs and cats in our county. This money was very appreciated.

How many pets did this grant help?

29

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

In March, we trapped a litter of 5 dogs. They were all shy of people and other dogs and were about 4 months old. Two were taken into foster homes to help socialize td hem with people and dogs. The remaining three eventually overcame some of their shyness with the help of another friendly dog at the pens and some very patient volunteers. Two of the three puppies at the pens went through 6 weeks of training class at PetSmart that dramatically helped their social skills and confidence. They are still waiting to be adopted but they are now spay/neutered, up to date on their shots, and healthy. The shelter+ challenge grant money helped pay for exams and vaccinations for all 5 of these dogs (Bonnie, Tucker, Hooch, Bootsie, and Bart).