Success Stories

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

MEOW Cat Rescue: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

The gift of $22.50 was used for daily care, food and litter of kittens in the foster home.

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

We’re very grateful for monetary support of any amount to help us with everyday care and feeding of the cats and kittens in our care.

How many pets did this grant help?

Jasper and his six littermates

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

Jasper was one of seven kittens in a litter that was found in a shed when a family was moving. They were just four weeks old at the time. A tiny 10.6-ounce kitten when found, Jasper was treated for internal and external parasites. Two months later, he was a healthy 3 lbs., 4.8 oz. and ready for adoption. Jasper has been adopted!

Felines & Canines: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

To help pay for medicine

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

It allowed us to provide medicine for two cats.

How many pets did this grant help?

2

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

Ally and Amos had an upper respiratory infection and we used this sponsorship money to buy them Clavamox. One cat sponsored was Charlie Brown (pictured). From his Petfinder profile: “My name is Charlie Brown and I am a very shy but sweet guy who is not thriving in an environment with 75+ cats. I am a front-paw declaw and once I warm up to you I am pure love. Come in and meet me and I will dazzle with my beauty and if you open your home to me I will work my way straight into your heart!!” Charlie Brown has been adopted!

Central PA Humane Society: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

Helping Pumpkin

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

This grant assisted a family get a forever home.

How many pets did this grant help?

One

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

The grant funds were applied to Pumpkin. He was a 9-year-orange tabby who came to our shelter on June 26, 2015. He was adopted on Aug. 27, then returned to us, through no fault of his own, on Dec. 8. For an older cat, all of these changes were very stressful. It was important that we find him a new home quickly. Happy to report that on Jan. 31, 2016, he was adopted after a successful promo.

Feral Fixers NFP: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

The donation was directed toward the care of Zeke, one of our cats who has been in foster care for many months awaiting his forever home.

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

This donation provided funds for the ongoing day-to-day care (food, litter, etc.) of Zeke.

How many pets did this grant help?

One: Zeke.

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

Zeke is a 21-lb. black-and-white short hair who is a sweet boy. He grooms himself to sparkling white! We say “more fun and love by the pound!” He is inquisitive and eager to play. Even though he is shy, his personality grows every day that he stays with his affectionate foster family. Unfortunately, his first adopter, who adopted Zeke as a kitten, no longer wanted the responsibility of having a fabulous cat bestow love and happiness upon him, so he returned Zeke to Feral Fixers after four years. I can only assume this family did not feel themselves worthy of the love that Zeke was offering.

If you happen to like giant kitties, 21-lb. Zeke is your man. He is a bit on the shy side but has slowly been opening up in his foster home. All signs of trembling have passed, and this kitty can definitely blossom into confidence with the right home! Zeke loves to have his butt and belly scratched (and really, who doesn’t?). Not even one outside-the-box incident has been reported or any other behaviors unfitting for an indoor home. He has no health issues, has a chip and is up-to-date on all shots. Meet Zeke: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/32304407

Stray Animal Adoption Program: Purina and Amazon Treats for the Holidays
What was the money or product used for?

The product (pet treats) were distributed to rescued pets’ foster families for the dogs’ enjoyment. 🙂

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

It gives great joy to the pets to receive treats. It also relieves the financial burden on the foster families, who often pay out-of-pocket for their foster(s)’ treats.

How many pets did this grant help?

50+

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

Randy was in foster care for more than six months due to his extensive medical needs (two hip-related surgeries). His foster mom/medical caregiver worked very hard to get Randy rehabilitated as quickly as possible so that he could be placed in a forever home, and treats were a great motivational tool to encourage monitored exercise. (Randy and his new adoptive family are pictured.)

Raven's Husky Haven and Rescue: Orvis Animal Care Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The grant was entirely used for the veterinary support and treatment of the dogs in our care, specifically Fizzy, Smokey, and Lexa!

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

The money was used to assist with the care and rehabilitation of three of our huskies: Fizzy, Smokey, and Lexa. Smokey is a senior male who needed large amounts of dental care that we were hoping to raise money for in order improve his quality of life and offer his adopters a more sustainable start to his care. Since we received the grant, Smokey was able to have his dental day, and he is ready to find his perfect home now!

How many pets did this grant help?

3

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

Smokey (first photo) is a 7-year-old male husky who is still seeking his perfect furever home. Smokey was made to live outside his whole life until coming to us. He has come a long way: learning to live indoors and how to leash-walk, getting obedience lessons, and more. Recently, we became aware that Smokey needed some serious dental work, and our organization was getting ready to fundraise for him when the Petfinder Foundation Orvis Grant arrived. We immediately scheduled Smokey for his procedure! Not only has the procedure improved Smokey’s health, but it has enabled us to educate our volunteers and supporters about the importance of dental health.

Smokey has a new, bright smile that goes with his bright white coat, and he’s ready to find his perfect home! Meet Smokey: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/30680969

We pulled Lexa (second photo) shortly after receiving the grant and discovered that she was heartworm-positive. The remainder of the grant has allowed us to begin her heartworm treatments. This part of the grant was so crucial, and so needed. Lexa has a long road ahead of her, but is off to a strong start thanks to your support.

Fizzy (third photo) was diagnosed with mycoplasmosis and canine herpesvirus after we pulled him and he needed intensive therapy and treatment in order to overcome the mycoplasmosis. The grant enabled us to purchase the right medications to minimize his herpesvirus and beat the mycoplasmosis, and Fizzy was adopted shortly thereafter — in good health, thanks to your support!

Hopeful Hearts, Inc.: Emergency Medical Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The money was used for hospitalization and medical treatment of an emaciated dog who came into our care after being pulled by animal control officers from an extremely neglectful situation.

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

This grant allowed for Toby to receive medical care and treatment that literally saved his life. This poor boy probably did not have one more night in him to continue in the condition that he was in.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Toby was pulled by animal control officers from a neglectful situation. They had been keeping an eye on him and estimate that at their last visit he weighed 85 lbs. When they pulled him, he weighed in at 56 lbs. (first photo). The veterinary staff did not expect him to make it through the night, but much to their surprise, he was up and wagging his tail in the morning when they arrived to work. He is now 110 lbs. and has been adopted into a great home, where he spends much time lounging around with his new sister (last photo).

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

To maintain and improve the health of our dogs and puppies, as well as providing basic obedience training for individual dogs. We had three dogs who had teeth pulled, and made them happier puppies because of that. We also have four dogs who were treated for mange and have been adopted because of their excellent care.

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

This grant helped our organization continue to provide the high standard of care that we strive every day to maintain. It also helped us seek behavior modification for three particular dogs who had barrier aggression. They had been in our kennels for an extended period, and only because of this grant were they able to over come that aggression. I am happy to report all three have since been adopted and are doing well. We truly could not have done this without the Petfinder Foundation’s assistance, and could not tell you how thankful we all are.

How many pets did this grant help?

10

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

Mila is the most profound story. She came to us from Animal Control in the fall of 2015. She was pulled out from someone’s shed the night before a very cold evening. She was almost euthanized because of her aggression. They discovered puppies the next morning and brought them to her at Animal Control. She was protective, but much calmer with her babies. We were notified that she and babies were at the shelter and immediately left to pick them up. She did not exhibit aggression toward our staff, but was very observant of what we were doing as we unloaded her and puppies. We made the family of nine comfortable and warm. We estimated the puppies were about two weeks old. They developed upper respiratory infections that were treated and they all recovered.

Mila grew more trusting of our staff every day. When her puppies were old enough to be weaned and adopted, she watched each one leave. They are in wonderful homes and doing fantastic. They are wonderful additions to each family and have been great pets.

Mila became available for adoption but started exhibiting barrier aggression if anyone walked past her kennel. It makes it extremely difficult to adopt out a dog who looks like it would attack someone. Mila is a sweet, gentle, and playful dog. She does well with other dogs, even small ones. With the Orvis grant we were able to not only start Mila with basic obedience, but help her get over her barrier aggression. Two weeks ago, Mila was adopted. She has been doing great in her new home and is able to run around the family farm. She could not be in a better spot.

Grant County Animal Outreach: Purina and Amazon Treats for the Holidays
What was the money or product used for?

The cat treats were given to the shelter cats as enrichment and also given to adopters.

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

It provided them with enrichment.

How many pets did this grant help?

About 150 different cats

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

The cat treats were given to the shelter cats as enrichment and also given to adopters. Pictured is Pumpkin. From the shelter’s Facebook page: “Hi, my name is Pumpkin. I am about 3 years old. I came to the adoption center on March 4th because my family is moving. I am a sweet boy. I like kids. I am a kitty that prefers to have all four feet on the floor. I have been an indoor/outdoor boy. I am doing great in the community room with the other cats now that I have found my spot. I am a self-entertaining type of cat that would be wonderful in a home with people who work or go to school. Please come by and meet me and see if we are a lucky match. I am already neutered and ready to go home.”

Fluvanna SPCA: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

The donation was used to help provide routine care for a hound named Billy.

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

It helped provide food and routine vet care to Billy the hound.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Billy the hound is a sweet older boy that came to the FSPCA as a stray and stayed at the shelter for almost a year before finding his furever home! We’re so happy he found a home and a grateful to his sponsor for helping keeping him healthy until then.