Success Stories

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

The Rescue Train: All-Star Dog Rescue Celebration Grant
What was the money or product used for?

This grant of $1,000 helped with the rescue and rehabilitation of three dogs who had been dumped in a rock quarry in an isolated area of Los Angeles.

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

This grant covered the vet care of these three abandoned dogs, including spay, neuter, vaccinations, microchips and minor medical needs to get them ready for adoption.

How many pets did this grant help?

Three dogs.

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

We were notified that three dogs, Raquel and Raulie (third photo) along with Eva (fourth photo), were locked up in a small cage and dumped in an industrial area dangerously close to the highway with no food or water. They had been trying to survive for over a week. The first two dogs were easily rescued, but the third little pup gave Rescue Train volunteers a run for our money. She was bolting under a fence and had easy access to traffic, so we had to go slow. She was out on her own for several nights until finally she was so weak and exhausted, she let us bring her to safety.

Eva has been adopted, but Raulie and Raquel are still waiting for forever homes. Raulie likes to play with toys. He’s shy but warms up quickly and is very affectionate. He follows his BFF Raquel everywhere, and will do everything that she does. He is very bonded to her. Raulie really loves Raquel and it would be great if they could be placed together if possible. Everything about Raquel is big except her size. She has a big heart, big personality, big loyalty, and lots of courage. Both enjoy playing, cuddling together in a big, fluffy dog bed or even better on your lap. They would love a small yard, and short walks around the neighborhood sound like great fun.

Meet Raulie: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/34924321
Meet Raquel: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/34924329

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

With the second-quarter money, we were able to sponsor the adoption of two of our shelter dogs.

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

We were able to sponsor two dogs who have been here for a length of time.

How many pets did this grant help?

2

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

Dixie is a 2-year-old pit/rottweiler mix who has been here since January 2016. Your grant allowed us to fully sponsor her adoption. We never advertise a shelter pet as free and the adopter doesn’t know the amount any animal is sponsored for, but finds out at the time of adoption. Meet Dixie: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/34249541

Seminole County Animal Services: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

See below.

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

Cats were spayed in order to help them get adopted faster and Fho-ina’s (second photo) adoption fee was waived.

How many pets did this grant help?

3

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

Amalie (first photo) was a cat who came into the shelter with her kittens. She did her job, raising her kittens and all her kittens were adopted. Now it was her turn we used some of the grant money to have her spayed to increase her chances of a quicker adoption and get her adopted faster. She is now in her new, loving home with her new family.

Hart County Animal Rescue, Inc.: P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds
What was the money or product used for?

We used the 10 Chill Pad Pet Beds to help make our rescues comfortable in their kennels. Some, or most, of these dogs have not ever slept inside, let alone on a comfortable bed

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

The impact on our budget was a big help: We did not have to purchase padding for the kennels.

How many pets did this grant help?

Multiple dogs used these mats; they are so easy to wash and sanitize after a use that we just keep using them.

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

We have so many touching stories, finding the one that touched us the most is difficult. We have about 10 volunteers and I asked each of them which was their most heartwarming story. They all said the same thing: Stella and Josie. Stella was found with six puppies; she was starving and the pups were hungry and crying. We took her in and bathed her, fed her and started the puppies on puppy food. We took Stella to the vet and had her fully vetted; thankfully she was surprisingly healthy except for the malnutrition. As the days went on, several of the volunteers starting saying that Stella was the best dog we have ever had. She was happy, gentle, and took to every dog we brought into the kennel. Right away we knew Stella was one of the special dogs. She is so loving, has the cutest bounce when she walks, and her demeanor just radiates happiness. We are having a hard time putting Stella up for adoption — she has become the matriarch of the kennel. She has free run of the kennel and watches over the other dogs. She is always there to great new dogs; she loves to greet any company that comes to the kennel. She is always happy and ready to show you how much she loves you.

Angel's Wish, Inc.: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

Dry and wet cat food

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

We go through a large amount of cat food to feed all of our foster cats with quality nutrition.

How many pets did this grant help?

10

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

The grant was given to us for Blackie Boo. She was a very sweet cat, a 12-year-old with thyroid problems, who had to be surrendered by her owner due to a move. She was able to stay in her owner’s home and brought to us for adoption events until we found a forever home for her. Because she was in her owner’s home, the medical and care costs were low. This grant we received was able to be used to purchase food for 10 other cats in our foster care network and Blackie Boo was provided with a wonderful forever home.

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

Vet care

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

Our organization does not refuse any dog because of medical needs. This past year we had Gretchen with heartworm disease (she is still undergoing treatment), Maya with incontinence issues, Wanda with severe skin and neurological issues, and, recently, a mom and her seven puppies.

How many pets did this grant help?

4

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

Gretchen came to us from a local Massachusetts shelter where she had been for three years. We never expected her to be such a wonderful dog after being in seclusion in less-than-desirable conditions for such a long period of time. Much to our surprise, she is a happy-go-lucky girl. However, once vetting was complete, heartworm disease was discovered. We have no idea how long she was suffering from this, as no prevention or vaccines were given to her during her three-year shelter stay. She will be up for adoption soon; one more negative heartworm test is needed. We thank you very much for your support over the years! Meet Gretchen: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/35688040

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

The generous donation made through the Petfinder Foundation’s Sponsor A Pet program was used to cover the costs of daily nutrition, shelter, enrichment activities, veterinary care, and microchipping for two of our rescued cats, Mr. Meow and Pineapple.

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

Each year, the Humane Society of Summit County rescues close to 2,000 animals in Summit County, Ohio (pop. 541,824), suffering from animal cruelty, illness, or injury. We serve as the haven for animals in desperate situations. Funding provided through the Sponsor A Pet program helped to alleviate a portion of the costs necessary to provide veterinary care, nutrition, shelter, and enrichment to hundreds of cats, dogs, and small animals every day.

How many pets did this grant help?

Two cats

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

The Sponsor A Pet donation helped PHSGA care for two rescued cats, Mr. Meow (first photo) and Pineapple (second photo) Mr. Meow and Pineapple knew nothing about surviving on their own outside, so when they found themselves abandoned in a cemetery, life became difficult. Unaware of threats such as vehicles, wild animals, and inclement weather, the pair were in perilous danger. Luckily, a kind and observant cemetery visitor noticed that Mr. Meow and Pineapple were out of place and in need of help. The concerned citizen was determined to help the pair find a safe and loving home before anything tragic happened. She reached out to PAWSibilities, Humane Society of Greater Akron for assistance.

Mr. Meow and Pineapple arrived at PHSGA on March 8, 2016. The two cats were relieved to be given the shelter and regular nutrition they were previously accustomed to. Along with basic care, Mr. Meow and Pineapple were tested for chronic diseases, vaccinated, microchipped, and spayed and neutered. Pineapple also underwent dental surgery to treat early signs of dental disease.

In an expression of gratitude and support for PHSGA’s role in our community, the kind citizen who rescued Mr. Meow and Pineapple from the cemetery contributed a generous donation through the Petfinder Foundation’s Sponsor A Pet program to assist with the pair’s care. Her support provided PHSGA with the means necessary to prepare Mr. Meow and Pineapple for adoption into loving homes.

Mr. Meow and Pineapple did not have to wait long for their happy endings to arrive! Pineapple’s beauty and friendly demeanor won the hearts of an adoptive family, and she was officially adopted on March 29! Mr. Meow, with his affectionate and vocal personality, found his own adoptive family on May 14! We are pleased to report that both cats are settling into their new families and thoroughly enjoying their new lives.

Mr. Meow’s new family sent us the following heartwarming update about their new addition, who has received a new name — Tyrion (the third photo is him in his new home): “We were told when we brought Tyrion home to take things slow and allow him to meet the rest of the house when he was ready. By the end of the day, he was walking around like he owned the place and met everyone. Even though he’s only been with us for two months, he has been QUITE the addition!

“We didn’t realize it at first, but now we can see he definitely has a personality. Some mornings when he is ready for us to wake up, he pats our faces repeatedly with his tiny paws (claws not included) – sometimes while reaching up from the floor! When that doesn’t appear to work, he climbs over my head and sits on my pillow meowing me the song of his people. He nips us when hungry, but not hard by any means. We’ve caught him starring at us while we’re sleeping. He loves catnip and sprints around the house in a tizzy. When I’m cooking, if I leave the refrigerator door open, he will climb in and sit. He has gotten caught in the blinds at 3 a.m. attempting to climb up a window AND he meows several times a day, living up to his previous name.

“Although we originally intended to adopt a dog, we couldn’t be more in love with him and his dog-like tendencies. Thanks for all you do and thanks for helping us pick out Ty!”

Programs such as Sponsor A Pet allow our generous, compassionate community to support our important mission to rescue animals in desperate need. When they are unable to adopt or provide veterinary assistance themselves, Sponsor A Pet gives our supporters the option to help us save lives and grant second chances!

We are grateful to the Petfinder Foundation for offering the Sponsor A Pet program to the animal-rescue community, helping sheltering organizations save more lives, one donation at a time.

Forever Friends Humane Society: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

Vet care

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

We had a fundraiser for a cat named Bullet and this went towards his vet bill.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Bullet was left on the side of road. He had been shot in the leg and left for dead. Luckily he was found by a good Samaritan who contacted us and we immediately got him to the vet. After evaluating him it was decided that it was best to amputate his leg. He is such a sweet purr baby who, after all he has been through, can still give us love. Bullet had his leg amputated on July 12, along with his boy parts. He’s very friendly, sweet and playful, says the vet staff! Now a cool tripod boy, he will be going to a foster home on July 15 for two weeks of kennel rest. Then stitches will come out! He has been vaccinated, dewormed and had topical flea preventive. He is going to be looking for his forever home soon!

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

We used it to cover vet bills for our adoptable pets.

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

We are able to foster more and provide vet care for the dogs in our care.

How many pets did this grant help?

2

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

Hope (first photo) required surgery to remove her femur ball joint and re-position it in the hip socket. She was given a death sentence by one vet and when we took her to our vet, he said that if she had surgery, she would live a pain-free life once she was healed. The surgery with rehabilitation afterward was going to cost $2,200. We were able to raise the majority of funds through a GoFundMe campaign, but we still needed to cover the rehabilitation afterward. The Sponsor a Pet funds helped with this. Hope is now living happily with her forever family!

Heidi (second photo) was a very overweight German shepherd when she came to us. She had had a skin problem and was missing patches of fur. Through a special diet and a dedicated volunteer to walk her on a daily basis, she left our care a much happier and healthier girl.

Heart of Phoenix Equine Rescue: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

The $22.50 Sponsor a Pet check was used to purchase two bags of equine grain.

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

Any sponsorship amount, even when small, is valued, and this type of funding helps to purchase hay and grain. This check was used to purchase two bags of equine grain for one of the 25 horses in HOP’s care.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Attached is a photo of Drogo. Drogo’s two weeks of grain during July was provided by this check. From his Petfinder profile: “Drogo is a gorgeous 16hh TWH gelding. He is about 9 years old. He does have an old injury in the left knee, but he has been cleared as sound and likely to remain so at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital, as it has healed very well through fusion. He trots undersaddle, but our guess is that collected, he will gait. We will accept applications of lighter riders who plan to do casual riding.” Meet Drogo: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/35201994