Success Stories

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

Responsible Pet Care of Oxford Hills: Purina and Amazon Treats for the Holidays
What was the money or product used for?

Treats for all in-house cats/kittens and training feral cats

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

We didn’t have to purchase these items, which saved monies for our shelter.

How many pets did this grant help?

Over 400

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

We have been putting a lot of effort into domesticating our in-house ferals, and with these donations have been very successful in doing so. We are so very grateful for this grant and seeing these unadoptable kitties come around and find forever homes. Pictured is Pandora. From her Petfinder profile: “I am making wonderful progress getting to know what it means to be safe and loved. You learn something new every day, even being in a shelter. I am learning that people want me to be happy. When I feel relaxed, I wander out of my little comfort spot to say hello. My box is my favorite spot, but very soon I am hoping my favorite spot will be in my new home.” Meet Pandora: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/32154156

Mazie's Mission: Emergency Medical Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The money from this grant was used for the medical care of our dog Dallas.

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

The money from this grant helped cover part of the cost of Dallas’ medical care, including treatment for heartworms, severe mange, secondary skin infections and intestinal parasites, and tail amputation.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

We received notification from Dallas Animal Services and a picture of an unrecognizable breed of dog. He was covered in mange, emaciated, and in bad shape. We knew he needed our help! Mazie’s Mission rallied together, located a foster, and provided the care that Dallas needed. He is still in recovery with his amazing foster, but is doing quite well. As you can see, his coat has become a beautiful brindle-and-white color. He has almost finished his heartworm treatment, had surgery on his tail, has been treated for mange and skin infections, and is intestinal-parasite-free. He’s not quite ready for adoption, but this boy will make a family very happy and lucky. We at Mazie’s Mission are extremely lucky to be able to help the most severely injured and ill animals in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area thanks to grants like the Emergency Medical Grant from Petfinder Foundation!

Flock Together Bird Rescue, Inc.: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

The check will be deposited in our bank account to purchase food and treats for the birds.

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

This helps defray the large costs of feeding the 60+ birds in our care.

How many pets did this grant help?

This helps pay for about a week of the seed mix for our birds.

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

Blue Bell was an exploited blue crown conure who had traveled around the U.S. in a filthy carrier to be shown to audiences to earn the owner money; more than 30 birds were rescued from this person, several of whom died because of injuries or malnutrition. Blue Bell’s favorite pellet is Zupreem Natural; she now has her own package!

Foreclosed Upon Pets, Inc.: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

Money was used to cover vet bills for spay/neuter, shots and any other medical needs of the animals we rescue.

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

All donations are used to cover vet bills.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

The amount received covered shots for one animal. The pet sponsored was Cher. From her Petfinder profile: “Meet Cher, Sonny coming soon! She is a beauty and at just two years old is ready to go home today with you. She is cat-friendly, also dog- and kid-friendly too! Favorite things: water fountain and rub-downs! She loves to cuddle and will follow you around. Just a great new companion for your home.” Sonny and Cher have both been adopted.

SevaDog: KONG Toy Grant
What was the money or product used for?

We received a box of 8-10 small KONGS.

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

KONGS are an excellent way to stimulate the mind of a dog. While waiting in their little rooms they can get bored and lonely. KONGS take away the boredom and make their experience inside much more pleasant.

How many pets did this grant help?

The refurbished KONGS last for about three months before coming apart. Potentially the KONGS will go through at least 30 dogs but 8-10 at a time.

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

We took in two min pin puppies surviving parvo. They were tiny, and so playful. But they had to be separated from the other dogs until they were completely healthy. KONGs saved their minds and gave them some exercise. We were very grateful for the timing of the donation. Both girls have been adopted!

York Adopt-A-Pet: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

Update feline vaccinations

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

These sponsor funds were used to update Trey’s vaccinations.

How many pets did this grant help?

One (Trey)

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

Trey was relinquished to York Adopt-A-Pet on July 22, 2013, when his family said he did not get along with the other cats in their home. Poor Trey didn’t understand what he had done. Trey was a loner but caused no problems in the shelter. The cats at York Adopt-A-Pet are not kept in kennels unless they are being treated for an illness. Our main cat adoption room is like living in a home with furniture to lie on, toys galore, fresh food and water twice a day and lots of love from our dedicated volunteers. Trey waited and waited and then on Feb. 20, 2016, his day finally arrived. Trey had his own home!

Pets In Need: Orvis Animal Care Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The grant money was used to provide medical care to special-needs dogs. Our Save Our Seniors (SOS) program provides adopters who adopt a dog aged 7 or older with free veterinary care and food for life. This money was used to provide several senior dogs and their adopters with their first round of food and medication.

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

The grant helped us continue to provide medical care for special-needs dogs and food and veterinary care for dogs in our SOS program. Adopting a senior dog or adopting a dog with medical needs can be hard and a tough decision. Our SOS program makes adopting a special-needs dog more affordable and ensures these dogs get a forever loving home.

How many pets did this grant help?

This grant helped five special-needs/senior dogs

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

Ted is a 7-year-old dog whom we rescued from a public facility. Ted has skin allergies which cause his skin to flare up in itchy red patches. He is on special food for life to manage his allergies. A few weeks ago, a family came in to look at dogs. They thought they wanted a puppy, but when they saw Ted’s face they changed their minds. The family was a little worried about bringing a senior dog into the house, especially one with a medical issue. When our staff told them that they would receive Ted’s food and basic veterinary care for free, it eased their decision. They took Ted right away and he has since settled into their family perfectly. We believe the adoption of Ted is the direct result from funding from the Petfinder Foundation.

Friends of Homeless Animals, Inc.: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

FOHA found homes for over 1,000 dogs in 2015! Each pup was completely vetted: spay/neuter, vaccinated, any individual medical needs met (surgeries, dental cleanings, amputations, etc.), groomed, and transported in New England. FOHA spent more than $250,000 on care for these deserving pups. Once ready for adoption, each dog is posted to Petfinder and the magic begins! We get more exposure through Petfinder than any other site and thus more adoptions that way!

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

The grant was used for some “special pups” that FOHA committed to. These dogs are/were seniors in hospice care, long-term fosters or traditional adoptions. FOHA makes a special effort to give all seniors a home, no matter for how long or short a time. The grant was used to help several dogs with extensive medical issues or in need of palliative care.

How many pets did this grant help?

We pull the funds into our general account, so the grant helped all the dogs in FOHA’s care.

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

Buddy is one of the most successful adoptions thus far. This poor dog was slated to be euthanized because he was overlooked for months at the shelter. He had severe hair loss; approximately 80% of his hair was missing and yeast colonies had invaded his skin; he had weight loss as well as a myriad of other issues. Buddy’s diet was changed and he was put on a regime of daily vinegar baths, dry-brush massage, topical ointments, and Atopica for his condition. It took months, but Buddy’s hair grew back and he is now in a forever home. These pics are amazing!

Pets Alive: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

The 4Q2015 donation was for several animals and was used to feed and care for them.

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

It helped us care for the animals during the cold winter months.

How many pets did this grant help?

4

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

One of the animals did get adopted: Beau, a senior of 11 years old, was adopted on Feb. 21, 2016, after being at our sanctuary for over two years. Prior to that, Beau came from another animal shelter and had spent a great deal of time in a kennel. However, on Feb. 21, he found his forever home!

Humane Society of Southwestern Michigan: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

To purchase puppy food.

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

We were in desperate need of puppy food for this litter of eight. We were able to take the funds from the grant to immediately purchase the much-needed puppy food instead of waiting on donations to be brought in.

How many pets did this grant help?

16 puppies

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

Here at the Humane Society of Southwestern Michigan, we know how very important it is that little tykes get proper nutrition. Adult dog food does not have the nutrients that growing puppies need. That’s why we are grateful to the Petfinder Foundation for sponsoring these pups. We were able to purchase much-needed puppy food with the help of this grant. Our healthy puppies thank you! All have since been adopted 🙂