Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
Medical treatment for rescue dogs
Our expenses are very high and this grant helped us get four dogs with heartworm the full treatment.
These Poms came to us with heartworm disease and the grant enabled us to get them the treatment they needed. They have since recovered and been adopted. Starlit (first photo) is 6 years old and 7 lbs. She was left in an abandoned home to starve and when she arrived here she was just 5 lbs, just a skeleton. She holds no grudges and is a very loving affectionate girl. She tested a very low positive for heartworms but because of her small size, it was decided it was best to do the slow kill with Heartgard. We expect she will test negative in less than a year.
Tesla (second photo) is 5-6 years old and weighs 8 lbs. She was a stray at the Garland shelter. A super sweet little girl with lots of personality, she would make a great lap dog or walking partner. Her favorite activities include sleeping, eating, getting some love and going for walks.
Vetting of dogs from death row.
We were able to save more dogs because of the extra funds for veterinary care.
Luca was saved from [an open-admission] shelter in Los Angeles. He was fearful and emaciated. We were able to get him excellent veterinary care because of this grant (as well as four other dogs in our care) and he is now in his forever home, receiving daily love and care from people who think he is the best dog in the world. The difference this amount of money makes to a responsible rescue cannot be overestimated. Lives are literally saved. Thank you!!!!
“The greatest legacy you can ever leave is a heart beating that wouldn’t have been if not for you.” Thank you, Petfinder Foundation. There are many hearts beating because of you.
Since the donation was granted via a submission from a former foster provider who fostered a sweet boxer/pit bull mix with serious medical issues for almost two years, we decided the most appropriate use of the funds would be to apply them to our special medical needs fund to help other animals in need.
The donation has gone toward helping animals in our care with special medical needs, specifically toward a pit bull with Demodex.
Sven came to us as a stray, emaciated and with a terrible case of Demodex. He was clearly not well cared for, and we just had to save this gentle and sensitive boy to ensure he gets the life he deserves. He’s now fully recovered and ready for adoption! Sven would love a family who will appreciate his calm, mellow personality, and continue to help him blossom into the sweet, laid-back boy that he is becoming. Sven is a very gentle and sensitive boy. Sven loves children big and small, and is quite tolerant. He is very gentle, even with little ones. It’s unrealistic to think any dog will never accidentally knock over a toddler, but Sven is pretty careful. His foster mom says his personality is similar to several Golden Retrievers she has known. He is a big-time “mama’s boy,” although we think he could easily be a “daddy’s boy.” He is very attached to his main “person,” even though he loves the rest of the family very much.
He has come a long way since he came to the Shelter as a stray. He was VERY anxious and had bad separation anxiety at first (wouldn’t you, if you were lost from the only home you had ever known?), but he has settled down to be a really pleasant dog at his foster home. He needs an experienced confident owner who will respect his fears and gently encourage him to continue to overcome them. In order for him to keep improving and becoming more confident, he needs a family who will avoid exacerbating his fears by reinforcing them either negatively or positively. Meet Sven: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/32729982/
The money was used to purchase a container for food storage.
Donations have been down, food donations have been nonexistent. We had 35 inches of rain in two months. Our food was getting wet and this gave us a place to put the expensive food and keep it dry.
Hundreds, current and future
This grant did not help one or two or 10 dogs, it helped hundreds. By getting the container, our food will stay dry and vermin-free from here on out for years, I hope. So it helped every dog who will ever come though this rescue. It also helped us save more because we are not having to replace wet dog food. That money can now be spent on saving dogs. (The building that stored dog food at OK Save a Dog was damaged by the severe flooding that affected Texas and Oklahoma in May 2015.)
The money was used for surgery for a small beagle with untreated glaucoma. One eye shrank down to the size of a raisin. The other swelled up and pressed on the optic nerve, causing severe pain for the dog. Both eyes, sightless anyway, were removed.
We were able to ease the suffering of this dog and found her a forever home. She had a friend, another beagle, who was very shy. They were extremely bonded. He provided her with sight and she provided him with confidence. They are together in their forever home, with a few other blind beagles.
Two, the beagle with the glaucoma, and the bonded beagle who needed her companionship.
Dixie Rutherford came to us with untreated glaucoma. In severe, constant pain, she would cry out when even petted on the head. We were able to get the medical surgical treatment Dixie needed so quickly with the help of the Petfinder Foundation in the form of a $1,000 grant. It was a true blessing.
Dixie had been dumped with and was very bonded to Ben. Well, we couldn’t leave him, so Ben and Dixie Pixie are still together. Here (second photo) Dixie and Ben catch a quiet nap together, which they love to do.
Here are some notes from Dixie and Ben’s foster mom. The evening before surgery: “We love Ben and Dixie. The night before Dixie’s surgery, my husband and I put the kids to bed and then sat on the couch. Ben curled up on Jimmy’s lap and started to snore, and Dixie curled up next to me. We looked at each other and knew we were both thinking the same thing. It was love.”
A few days after surgery: “Here’s a pic of Dixie this morning. She has a little dried discharge on the right that’s like cement and I don’t want to pick at her face, but the swelling has gone down considerably and a big thing was that she slept on her side last night! I’ve never seen that before; it was always too painful for her to sleep on her side because of her eye. She woke me up this morning with her tiny nose on mine and then rolled over on her back for me to pet her belly! My heart is full.”
A couple of weeks after surgery: “She is a happy-go-lucky little sprite of a beagle! She is so happy now, all healed from surgery. She has our house and yard mapped out and is confident in her steps now. She greets me when I get home from work every day, wiggling her tiny rear! She loves her new brothers and sisters (2 others are blind) and they accepted her right from the start. We love her (and Gentle Ben) soooo much! Thank you, Petfinder.com and Beagle Rescue Of Southern Maryland!
–Dixie and Ben’s Foster Mom”
Dixie is happy and no longer in pain because of the generosity of the Petfinder Foundation and its grant program, along with the never-ending support of donations from kind caring people who have hearts of gold!
A senior dog named Henry. He came to us with very badly infected teeth. He required a surgery to repair an oral-nasal fistula.
The $$ went directly to the surgical fees.
Henry, a senior dog, came to us with very badly infected teeth. He was seen by our vets and attempts were made to fix his oral problems. But he developed an oral-nasal fistula and required the attention of a veterinary dental specialist. Sponsor a Pet donations went directly to his surgical fees. He has since been adopted!
The APA’s Pet Transfer Program.
This grant is helping us to grow our Pet Transfer Program. In 2014 we transferred in a total of 414 animals. As of July 2015, we have already transferred 544 animals from other shelters and animal controls. The shelters and animal controls that have partnered with us have seen a reduction in their euthanasia rates since being a part of the Pet Transfer Program.
For the month of July, this grant helped 55 pets, and 544 pets total year-to-date in 2015.
Annie and Amelia were transfers to the Animal Protective Association of Missouri adoption center on July 8, 2015 from the Sikeston Humane Society. These 1½-year-old black Lab mixes were siblings and a very bonded pair. We quickly learned that these two dogs did not like to be separated. We housed them together in one of our larger dog kennels. Our dog walkers would try to walk them one at a time and the girls would not have it! The one left behind in the kennel would howl until the other one returned. We knew it would be an easier transition for Annie and Amelia if they were adopted together, but that is not always easy with two adult, medium-sized dogs.
Fortunately for these two, they did not have to wait long for the right family to come along! On July 11, an amazing family came to the APA looking for just one dog and they were thinking about adopting a puppy. They walked through our puppy room and then took a walk through our larger dog kennel. After looking at all the dogs, they asked one of our adoption counselors about Annie and Amelia, who in just two days had become staff favorites.
The family spent about five minutes in a visiting room with the girls and knew they couldn’t leave without them. Upon a follow-up, we have learned Annie and Amelia, now Izzy and Bella, are doing fantastic in their new home!
The money was used to provide medical care, boarding and renting a van to transport dogs from the city of Conroe, TX, to Foothills Animal Shelter in Golden, CO. This transport has been very successful in getting dogs who are languishing in the Conroe shelter adopted very quickly.
The grant allowed us to send dogs to a higher-adoption-rate shelter, find permanent homes for the dogs and avoid euthanasia of otherwise healthy and adoptable animals.
ASVT received this email from a happy adopter: “Hi, wanted to let you know that I adopted Joy, now named Rosie. She’s doing well. I’m recently divorced, living in a big house, and I’m so happy to have her. I can’t wait to get her out hiking and on walks. Thanks for taking care of her — I appreciate it!
“I extended my fence in the back yard this weekend. Rosie seems to like it out there. For the first time since I got Rosie, she finally let me out of her sight. She was in the back yard chewing on a bone and didn’t seem to mind being alone. I love Rosie at my side, but hope she learns to be a little more independent with time. This weekend I’m going to take her camping. We’ll see how she does in a tent! …
“Got back from camping with Rosie. She did great! Was able to let her off-leash. She would wonder away after a little while, but always came back once I called her. She also did good sleeping in a tent – I just wish she ate her breakfast a little later than 6 a.m. :)”
You made a generous $8,500 grant to our nonprofit partner, the Friends of Pima Animal Care Center, a project fund of the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona, so that our shelter could have a dental X-ray machine. Your gift funded half of this piece of equipment, as well as the extensive professional training that our medical team needed to be able to use it (photos of training attached).
As our community’s only shelter that never turns away a pet in need, we take in more than 14,000 dogs each year. Many of these dogs are injured strays. Oftentimes their finders witnessed them being hit by cars, or they found them – bleeding, stunned and hurt — on the side of the road. We take in, on average, about 10 dogs like this every single week, and many of them are suffering from mouth injuries that require dental X-rays so that we can fix and treat them. Your generous investment is helping us save the lives of these dogs, as well as the lives of older dogs with dental disease and dogs with chronic sinus problems.
“The Petfinder Foundation’s grant has been completely game-changing for our dogs’ oral/nasal health,” our director of medical services, Dr. Jennifer Wilcox, says.
Because of your generous gift to fund half of this machine’s cost to help our dogs, we able to use your gift as a “match” – and our community came forward to donate the rest of the funds we needed for the equipment’s full cost. Everyone was inspired by the Petfinder Foundation’s generosity, and now we have a state-of-the-art dental X-ray system to help our dogs AND our cat friends. Thank YOU!
30+ already — and it will help hundreds, if not thousands, more dogs in the years to come.
Troy, a 1-year-old Pit Bull mix (first photo), lived a difficult life before he came to us. One of our Animal Care Officers rescued him after his owner was arrested and Troy was left behind. Troy’s owner never came to redeem him, and when Dr. Wilcox went to neuter Troy so he could go up for adoption, she found a badly broken tooth that was causing him pain. Troy had likely been hit by a car in the past, and he had never received treatment from his former family.
Dr. Wilcox extracted Troy’s broken tooth, and then she used the dental X-ray machine to make sure all of the painful root fragments had been removed, too. Our X-rays showed we had done a complete job, but without this tool, we never would have known that we had done everything Troy needed to feel better. Without this machine, we would still be sending dogs like Troy out half-treated!
Thank you so much for helping us save the lives of Troy and dogs like him. We appreciate your generosity, Petfinder Foundation!
The Kong toys were used for our foster dogs’ chewing and entertainment needs.
Since Kong toys are so durable, after a foster dog goes to his or her forever home, we are often able to continue using for other dogs. This grant enables us to use funds from adoption fees, fundraising and donations to pay our veterinary medical bills. Home at Last often pulls dogs from shelters who require lots of TLC and vet attention.
20+ dogs. They greatly appreciate it!
Minerva, a.k.a. Minnie (first photo; 2-4-year-old small Pit Bull mix), was pulled with her nursing puppies from a shelter in North Carolina where she had been picked up as a stray. She was heartworm-positive and was treated after she was done nursing. All her puppies were adopted soon after arrival last summer, but she is still waiting for her forever home. She loves all people, is even gentle with small children, and especially loves playing with toys. She has a heart-shaped spot on her back and can’t wait to share all the love she has to offer. Minerva is available for adoption. Meet Minerva: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/30142059/
Brandeline (second photo; 10 weeks, shepherd mix) was found on the side of the road when she was only a month or so old. Home at Last rescued her and, because she was so happy to have a home, she had a party where she went a little hog wild and accidentally fractured her leg. After some time during which her party-girl side had to be suppressed, she finally healed and was able to play again. The attached picture was taken on the day she was cleared to party and she celebrated with a Kong! In the third photo, she was so excited to run around, she wouldn’t drop her toy, even to pee!