Success Stories

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

Cleburne Animal Services: A Shot at Life Vaccination Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The vaccinations are boosting adoptions and fosters. All cats and kittens going through adoption or foster are vaccinated thanks to the grant.

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

By vaccinating cats and kittens at the facility it has greatly reduced URIs, which were a common problem in a shelter environment and slowed the adoption process to a halt while the animals were treated or rescue was contacted to take on the treatment. Prevention is the best method, and by preventing a few common shelter cat illnesses, we can concentrate on finding homes and fosters for these wonderful animals rather than combating illness. Thank you, Petfinder Foundation!

How many pets did this grant help?

50+

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

Meet Thor! What a handsome fellow, who found his forever home because his pet mom found out he had received his first set of vaccinations — saving her from a potentially expensive visit to the vet for kitten shots. Thor is loving life now: chasing bugs, sun bathing, and being the apple of his pet parents’ eye! Thank you, Petfinder Foundation!

Mid-Atlantic Basset Hound Rescue: WAHL Grooming
What was the money or product used for?

The six bottles of Wahl Oatmeal shampoo have been given to foster homes, and the box of $1 coupons with shampoo samples will be distributed to foster and adoptive homes at our upcoming Howliday Party.

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

Lessens the cost of grooming and enables us to help our foster homes care for the dogs they have temporarily, or – in some cases – as long-term fosters.

How many pets did this grant help?

Approximately 50.

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

The first bottle of the Wahl shampoo used resulted in very pleased results from the foster home – Lacey, a white basset mix, is a frequent participant at a local doggie daycare center. As you can imagine, the white fur can easily pick up the dirt and sand from the day of play. She looked beautifully clean and smelled great!

Boudreaux's Animal Rescue Krewe (BARK): Shelter+ Challenge
What was the money or product used for?

This grant money was used to buy Immiticide to heartworm treat 18 dogs at our facility. We see Heartworm Disease in approximately 70% of the adult animals we intake at BARK. Heartworm Disease is caused from mosquitoes and living in Louisiana, we have lots of mosquitoes. All the animals that come to BARK are given a heartworm preventative pill each month regardless of their heartworm status. After heartworm positive dogs are given three months of heartworm preventative and one month of Doxycycline, our veterinarian gives the Immiticide injections. For one month, these animals have to stay calm and can only be leashed walked. People are scared of Heartworm Disease, and animals are less likely to be adopted with heartworms. BARK does not euthanize animals that suffer from any treatable Disease or illness. It is not the animal’s fault they have Heartworm Disease; it was lack of heartworm preventative given to animal in the past. Once an animal enters BARK, we give any and all medical attention to him/her until we find their forever home!

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

This grant could not have come at a better time. BARK had just ordered the Immiticide to treat the 18 dogs when we found out we came in First Place Winner for the state of Louisiana!!! Wow!! We were all so shocked and excited. I honestly could not believe it at first. That morning I continued to get text messages from volunteers and supporters saying “Congrats” and “We are so excited!!!” I didn’t even realize we won yet!!! BARK decided to do a Raffle to help us pay for the $1,022.18 veterinarian bill for the heartworm supplies. Then we received this grant which allowed us to use our Raffle money on spays and neuters. This grant was so beneficial to our organization!! These 18 dogs that were heartworm treated are now up for adoption. We are hoping they will find their forever homes just in time for the holiday season. Thank you so very much!!!

How many pets did this grant help?

This grant help heartworm treat 18 dogs. In addition, we were able to use money we were raising from a raffle for spays and neuters so it actually helped more than 18 dogs!!!!!

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

Barney has already gone home!! He was one of the dogs that just finished the heartworm treatment. His family met and fall in love with him right before he started his treatment. They brought him home for a couple of days and then back to BARK for his Immiticide injections. For the month he was with us, they would come and walk him and bring him special treats. Really heartwarming and it definitely kept his spirits up during the treatment. I am happy to say he is home and loving the life on his new couch with two little girls that adore him!!! Thank you so much for this grant money! It was an early Christmas present for all of us at BARK especially the 18 dogs that were heartworm treated! Below are pictures of Barney and Gypsy. These are two of the 18 dogs that were heartworm treated.

Neighborhood Cats: A Shot at Life Vaccination Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Neighborhood Cats’ Shot at Life grant of 100 doses of Feloguard 3 FVRCP was used to vaccinate feral cats at the monthly spay/neuter clinic for ferals underwritten by NC at Park Slope Veterinary Center in Brooklyn. Friendly kittens and cats removed from colonies during the course of Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) projects and destined for placement in permanent homes were also eligible to receive free FVRCP vaccines through this grant.

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

This grant from the Petfinder Foundation and Boehringer Ingelheim helped to safeguard the health of both the feral and friendly cats receiving their FVRCP vaccines. Vaccination of the younger cats, who are most vulnerable to panleukopenia, promotes better overall health of feral colonies when free-roaming cats are returned to their outdoor homes. Friendly adult cats and tamable kittens are more “adoption ready” when they have received appropriate vaccines, especially when entering multi-cat homes.

How many pets did this grant help?

100 kittens and cats were helped by this generous grant!

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

Kensi and Templeton, the first two cats pictured below, are friendly kitties who were likely abandoned, and were able to survive by joining feral colonies. They have been vet-checked, spayed and neutered, rabies vaccinated and they have had their FVRCP vaccines. Both are now safe in new adoptive homes. The next cats pictured, Joseph and Rowdy, are feral. Now also vetted and vaccinated, they are back with their Brooklyn colonies under the watchful eyes of their devoted caretakers. Thanks to support from the Petfinder Foundation and Boehringer Ingelheim, all four cats – and 96 more! – have received needed care that is helping them to live much healthier lives!

Old Dog Haven: Shelter Challenge
What was the money or product used for?

Veterinary expenses, which are 73 percent of all our costs.

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

Because we spend nearly $40K/month on veterinary expenses and medications, it allowed us to provide one more needed medical procedure to a senior dog in our care.

How many pets did this grant help?

We will consider it to have helped Satchel, an adoptable dog who had surgery and a dental the day after we realized we had won this grant.

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

Our example is Satchel, a 10-year-old black Labrador mix. He was taken to a shelter as a stray after the 4th of July; his owners declined to reclaim him and he stayed for nearly two months before ODH was asked to take him into one of our foster homes. He fit in immediately, received a thorough veterinary exam with lab work, and a perianal tumor was found along with a few teeth needing extraction. The procedure to remove the mass (which was benign), clean his teeth and do extractions with dental radiographs plus pain medication and antibiotics cost $1229.60 including the 20% discount from our vet. Our grant covered most of this procedure. He has recovered well and will be posted for adoption very soon. UPDATE as of 1/26/14: Satchel has been adopted!

Second Chance Animal Shelter: A Shot at Life Vaccination Grant
What was the money or product used for?

We received FVRCP vaccinations. These were used to vaccinate our shelter cats.

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

This helped our organization by providing us with vaccines that helped to save us money on vaccines. This grant helped us to be able to provide vaccinations to our shelter cats. This year was an especially tough year as many of the cats that came into our shelter had not had vaccines prior to intake. This meant that we had to vaccinate these cats, as well as provide a second FVRCP vaccine if necessary.

How many pets did this grant help?

This grant help to vaccinate 200 cats.

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

Cheri and her two kittens, Peter and Brandy, came into our shelter. The owner had too many pets to care for. Cheri had no prior vaccines so she required not just the initial FVRCP vaccine, but a second vaccine 30 days later. Her kittens also required vaccines. One of the kittens, Brandy, was born with only one eye. This grant helped us by providing these vaccines. The cost of care for shelter pets continues to rise each year so the savings of these vaccines is a wonderful help in our mission.

Iredell County Animal Services: A Shot at Life Vaccination Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The product was used to vaccinate adoptable cats at our shelter. We do not routinely vaccinated incoming felines, but this grant allowed us to vaccinate cats that on intake at the shelter could be potential adoption candidates

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

This grant aided in vaccination of cats that were placed for adoption, and allowing earlier vaccination of cats that had the potential of adoption to aid in the decrease of disease.

How many pets did this grant help?

Currently, we are still using the vaccinations to vaccinate cats that have the potential for adoption. From start of the grant in September we have vaccinated over 50 cats and are continuing to use the vaccines

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

This is Cornbread, who was adopted on Oct. 4. She went to live with a family where their 2-year-old will cherish this little girl forever!

Cornbread originally came to us as an owner surrender (along with some litter mates).

Chucky (second photo) was adopted Oct. 29.

China (third photo) came to us after her adopted owners surrendered her less than a year after adopting her. Her owners were moving and had to give up their animals. China is barely over a year and seemed to liked the dogs that would come sniff around in the cat room! She was adopted to a wonderful home on Oct. 11!

Paws Of Bremerton: A Shot at Life Vaccination Grant
What was the money or product used for?

This product was used to vaccinate cats and kittens to protect them from disease. All cats and kittens in our shelter and in foster care are given these vaccines as appropriate.

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

This grant has helped ensure the health of our center residents and helped reduce the cost to the shelter and adoption center of providing necessary vaccines to our resident population.

How many pets did this grant help?

33 cats and kittens have been vaccinated using this grant

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

We used this grant to vaccinate Gypsy, a domestic short hair, gray and white kitten who was rescued from a young couple who had her tied to a grocery cart by a string. The individual who rescued Gypsy saw the couple abusing her, took her and brought her to PAWS of Bremerton. Gypsy’s front leg is dislocated at the shoulder and is under veterinarian supervision to see how she can best be helped.

Lucky's Place: A Shot at Life Vaccination Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Fel-O-Guard Plus 3 was used to vaccinate our cats.

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

It reduced the vet expense for distemper vaccinations which allows us to afford to help more cats! This grant has saved us over $400 in vet expenses so far!!

How many pets did this grant help?

17 so far

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

We received the product just a couple days before 13 farm feral cats arrived. Timing was perfect allowing us to vaccinate the cats at the time they were moved into their condos rather than having to handled them multiple times to get them into carriers to take to the vet. We had a vet present at the same time so we could vaccinate for rabies, distemper and felv test all at once. This grant has saved Lucky’s Place over $400.

Best Chance Animal Rescue: A Shot at Life Vaccination Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Vaccinating cats

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

helped us afford to vaccinate cats. and helped by opening up our rescue cats to go to other rescues where they can be placed quickly

How many pets did this grant help?

about 20 cats

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

Many of our cats did not have names because they only stayed with us for a few days before leaving for other rescues. I am providing pics of those cats who got their second chance thanks to this grant.