Success Stories

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

Humane Society of Southern Arizona: One Picture Saves a Life
What was the money or product used for?

The provided camera, lens and photo editing software is used to take portraits of our adoptable animals for petfinder, our website, social media sites, publications, media spots, etc. Grooming products were used to spruce up our dirtiest residents.

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

One Picture Saves A Life has helped us show off our pets in the best light. Captivating, quality portraits are able to convey a positive message about shelter pets and motivate more people to consider welcoming an adopted animal into their lives. The tools and knowledge offered at One Picture Saves a Life enables us to take the best pictures possible under the inherent constraints of working a fast-paced animal shelter. The provided Rebel T3 with 50mm is lens ideal for taking a beautiful photo with ease. Seth Casteel did a thorough job of making sure we understood how to use the camera and how to bring out the unique personality of each animal. I am so grateful for the inspiring opportunity to hone my skills to help more pets.

How many pets did this grant help?

Since attending the workshop, I have taken more than 100 pets’ photos to be featured throughout the community.

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

1.) Keet the parakeet was immediately adopted by someone who saw her photo on facebook. She now enjoys the perfect life with another parakeet and plenty of room to stretch her wings.

2 & 3.) We receive plenty of senior pets at the Humane Society of Southern Arizona (like Shelby and Spencer). Better photos help us highlight these wonderful companions in all of their grace and splendor.

4.) We recently ran out of peanut butter for our enrichment program. Within hours of putting out a plea on facebook with a cute photo, we received more than 50 jars of donated PB!

Humane Society of Pensacola: SNAP-X
What was the money or product used for?

Spay/Neuter surgeries

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

We operate a no-kill shelter in an area where the County Animal Shelter euthanizes approximately 3,000 dogs every year. A large portion of those dogs are bully-breeds and pit mixes, due to the difficulty of finding suitable adoptable homes for those breeds. With the help of this grant, we were able to transfer two pit mix mothers, with their litters of puppies (14 total!), from the County shelter to our no-kill facility, where they were able to receive the time they needed to wean their puppies and be adopted to loving homes.

How many pets did this grant help?

12 pitbulls and pitbull-mixes

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

Dixie was a very timid pitbull-lab mix that was transferred from a kill-shelter to our no-kill facility. When she first arrived at the Humane Society, she wouldn’t walk on a leash at all, only lay down, and she had to be carried everywhere in order to go the bathroom, play in the yard, or go to the vet. At the time of transfer, she was very pregnant and within a week, she gave birth to nine healthy puppies!

Dixie stayed with a wonderful foster family while she nursed and weaned the puppies. They brought her out of her shell, housetrained her, and taught her how to play fetch. Now, you will never find her without a favorite toy in her mouth. She is still learning how to walk on a leash, but with her new, trusted owner, she has made remarkable progress. Thanks to funding through this grant, Dixie, only a year and a half old, was able to be spayed and adopted to a wonderful home!

Castaic Animal Care Center Los Angeles County: One Picture Saves a Life
What was the money or product used for?

Taking photos and grooming animals

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

It was very beneficial to take photos that would bring potential adopters to the Animal Care facility.

How many pets did this grant help?

undetermined. everyone that gets a great photo.

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

It helped our older cats get adopted by being more photogenic.
Lulu the Senior Scottish Terrier was seen online by a friend of the adopter. The friend came in and just because of the great photo, adopted her.

San Clemente Dana Point Animal Shelter/Pet Project Foundation: One Picture Saves a Life
What was the money or product used for?

Camera and lens that is used to take intake photos of shelter animals (dogs and cats)

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

Provides better, more captivating photos to entice potential adopters to shelter

How many pets did this grant help?

At time of this report, approximately 100

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

A little too early to have a specific story as of yet.

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!