Success Stories

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

Wine Country Animal Lovers: Disaster Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The Petfinder Foundation’s grant was used to get urgent medical care to hundreds of animals injured in California’s Valley Fire in September 2015.

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

WCAL was a first responder to help animals impacted by the Valley Fire. One immediate need was to fundraise to get money to veterinarians for injured animals. Veterinarians and hospitals donated time and/or gave discounts, making the funding go further. WCAL is all volunteer-run, so every dollar went to care. We raised over $140,000 and were able to pay, just to name a few, the following:

U. C Davis Veterinary Hospital ($25,000)
Sage Veterinary Clinic Dublin ($13,000)
Middletown Animal Hospital ($25,000)
Calistoga Pet Clinic ($17,000)
PetCare Santa Rosa ($20,000)
Clearlake Pet Clinic ($7,000)

How many pets did this grant help?

Hundreds of animals were provided lifesaving medical care.

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

WCAL received numerous grants; however, the Petfinder Foundation’s came in very soon after the fire, allowing us to make financial commitments early during the critical time in which decisions were being made to help some of the more severely injured animals. Thank you is too small a word for your quick response to get money where it was needed immediately.

Long Beach Felines: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

Supplies for the care of some of our long-term rescue cats.

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

Ongoing costs to carry our pets is our biggest expense. We keep each kitty until there is the right forever home, regardless of the duration — a few weeks, even a few years. We have hope and know that there’s a home for every rescue. The Sponsor a Pet grant is critical to our support.

How many pets did this grant help?

One very special cat: Dei-Z

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

The cat sponsored with this donation is Dei-Z. We rescued Dei-Z as a kitten from the wheel well of a car. She was happy and gorgeous, except for the car grease and dirt. She also had an obvious defect in her left eye. It took a year to get the issue resolved, so Dei-Z grew from a scruffy kitten into gorgeous Turkish Angora. Without enough exposure to people, she became shy. That led to a couple of her roommate kitties bullying her. Without a private foster home, Dei-Z learned to cope and she’s been with us for three years. We’ve recently been able to relocate all but one of the bullies and Dei-Z is opening up. All she needs now is a forever home with a patient, loving person!

Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

This money went directly to the vet care and medical expenses of labradors pulled into our rescue.

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

Without this grant and charitable contributions like it, we could not survive as an organization. LRROF is 100% volunteer. We have no paid staff/employees. Every dollar donated/raised goes directly to the care and medical expenses of our dogs.

How many pets did this grant help?

Too many to count.

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

Wilbur is a 6-year-old black Lab who was confiscated as part of a hoarding case by Animal Care and Protective Services in Jacksonville, FL. When ACPS contacted LRROF about helping this boy, he weighed in at a shocking (and devastating) 198 lbs. (first photo). His ideal weight is 75 lbs. We pulled Wilbur from the shelter in April 2015, but honestly didn’t know how his system would handle all the stress. With the dedicated care of our vet partners and commitment by one of our fosters, Wilbur began his amazing weight-loss journey.

In November 2015, Wilbur was adopted by a lovely family that is equally dedicated to his continued weight-loss journey. Today, Wilbur is 111 lbs. and looks amazing (second photo)! He is able to go for long walks with his mom, play ball in the backyard, and generally enjoy life.

Mario is a 3-year-old black male. Animal Control in Tampa was called to pick up a dead dog in an abandoned house. Mario whimpered when officers approached and he was barely alive (third photo). We rescued him and he received round-the-clock care to restore his health. He was adopted and celebrated Christmas in his new home (fourth photo).

An [open-admission] shelter in the Orlando area contacted LRROF about a 7-year-old chocolate girl named Jasmin. She was turned in by her owners. They said she was obese and looked like a pot-bellied pig. LRROF picked her up and within 30 minutes she was being evaluated by one of our vet partners. Her condition was one of total neglect. All of her toenails were so long they were curling backwards. Her skin was in terrible shape and she was fat. The vet took one look at her and said we needed an X-ray. Poor Jasmin was not obese but rather had an enlarged spleen. She underwent surgery and the vet removed a 5-lb. spleen (a normal spleen is 2-3 ounces). Luckily there was no malignancy. She looked like a different dog and can you imagine how much more comfortable she was after healing from surgery. We truly saved this girl’s life. She was adopted after healing completely by a wonderful retired couple.

Golden Retrivers In Need Rescue Service Inc.: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

Medical care

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

It went towards vet invoices for Bowman.

How many pets did this grant help?

one

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

Bowman came to us from a shelter where he landed as a stray. He was heartworm-positive, stage 3, but this sweet handsome boy has completed his recovery from heartworm thanks to his loving foster home. Bowman is vision-impaired and did visit an eye specialist, and at their recommendation had his left eye removed at the time of his neuter. He’s also had a few lumps removed. He’s been through so much in the past few months, but he remains the sweet, affectionate golden boy he is. Bowman went to his foster home after his surgeries and did well. Though he doesn’t know many commands, his foster family is working with him. He learned his way around the house and did pretty well. Unfortunately, the eye specialist did mention that Bowman’s other eye has cataracts and may eventually have to be removed as well. He is being treated with medications and supplements to support his eye. BUT the good news is that his foster family loved him in spite of all his medical issues and adopted him.

Total charges for just Bowman: $3,456.40. Again we thank you for your support.

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

These donations help to offset the cost of medications, vaccinations, basic veterinary care, behavior modification, boarding, nutrition, and kennel enrichment.

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

The majority of donations to the Humane Society of Warren County are undesignated and deposited into the general fund where we have the greatest need. These donations help to offset the cost of medications, vaccinations, basic veterinary care, behavior modification, boarding, nutrition, and kennel enrichment. HSWC cares for almost 2,000 animals each year; without these donations, those animals would not be able to be saved.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

There was a Christmas miracle at the Humane Society of Warren County on Christmas Eve 2015. After waiting 639 days, Roscoe finally found his forever home. Roscoe was raised as a puppy and had a stable home until he was 2 years old. Roscoe’s owner had a change in circumstances and had to re-home Roscoe. When the original owner went to check on Roscoe, he was devastated to learn that Roscoe had been brought to the shelter. Roscoe needed a home where he could be an only dog and a new owner with lots of love and patience to give. Roscoe watched as other dogs were adopted and he was overlooked. Roscoe became a community and shelter favorite. One person in particular developed a special bond with Roscoe and visited him often to bring him toys and individual attention. He also had a HSWC volunteer who served as his “Good Buddy” and gave him extra one-on-one time and obedience training so his time in the shelter would be productive and positive. Roscoe’s resilience paid off when a very special family met him and decided to give him a second chance. The Humane Society of Warren County is grateful for everyone who played a role in keeping Roscoe happy and healthy while he waited so patiently. An animal shelter is only as good as its support system, and Roscoe is alive today because the system of support worked together to save him.

Tyson's Place Animal Rescue: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

The Sponsor a Pet request was made for Spike and Stella, two 13-year-old Lab siblings in our rescue. The money went directly toward their care. Due to arthritis, they need daily joint supplements and also eat a special venison food. Also, Stella pinched a nerve in her back and needed to see the veterinarian immediately. She needed two different medications to manage her pain.

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

The money allowed us to provide specialized care to two senior Labs in our rescue.

How many pets did this grant help?

2

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

Our rescue assists terminally ill people in finding homes for their pets. Spike and Stella are bonded sibling Labs who came into our rescue at the age of 12 after their owner passed away in hospice care. They have arthritis, so we started them on joint supplements and continued on the venison food that gave them their youthful appearance. Stella pinched a nerve in her back and needed immediate vet care and two medications, and the Sponsor a Pet donation helped us with the vet bills.

Update from Tyson’s Place’s Facebook page on Dec. 14, 2015: BIG NEWS! Spike and Stella, our 13-year-old black Labs who have been with us since June, are being adopted by their foster parents, Mike and Jane! They said it best: Spike and Stella comforted their owner in the final years of his life, staying with him until he took his very last breath, and we are honored to do the same for them.

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

Red was found in the Corridor unable to use one of his legs; it was damaged beyond repair, likely due to his being hit by a car.

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

Funds were used for the amputation of Red’s leg.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Red was found in the Corridor of Cruelty section of Houston being attacked by other dogs and unable to defend himself. He was taken to an emergency vet where one of his legs was amputated. He is a precious dog who gets along with all humans and animals and was eventually adopted by one of the vet techs at the animal emergency hospital.

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

Brooke was adopted before this Sponsor A Pet donation was received. The donation was used for general funding for all supplies, services and employees necessary to care for 13,000 animals each year.

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

This donation is extremely helpful in making it possible for us to have saved 11,318 pets in 2015.

How many pets did this grant help?

8

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

This funding could be considered as providing intake vaccinations for EIGHT dogs. The dog who was sponsored was Brooke (pictured). Brooke was adopted before this Sponsor A Pet donation was received. The donation was used for general funding for all supplies, services and employees necessary to care for 13,000 animals each year.

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

It was used to sponsor the adoption of our cat Effie.

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

Effie came into our shelter on 8/20/14 and through the sponsorship she was able to find her forever home on 8/1/15.

How many pets did this grant help?

1 because it was for a specific cat.

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

Effie was left outside our shelter during the night of Sept. 19, 2014. We found her the next morning. She was with us until Aug. 1, 2015, when she was adopted due to her sponsorship from the Petfinder Foundation. From her Petfinder profile: “Okay everyone, we need to work on getting Effie adopted. She is such a sweet little cat and no one even notices her. Please share this and tell all your friends and family about her! Effie is a petite little girl about 1 year old. She was a stray and never claimed. She is adjusting to life in the shelter pretty well. She greets customers and staff with a very faint meow and then circles your legs waiting to be petted. Sadly, Effie is overlooked for some unknown reason — she’s so cute with her little black snout! Come in and spend some with her; she would make a great family pet. Now sponsored, she is free with a very approved application :)”

Wag N Train Terrier Rescue: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

Proxicam, which is a medication that Rory takes daily to keep his bladder tumor from growing larger.

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

This donation allowed us to purchase one month of Rory’s medication.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Rory Warrior came to us in early spring 2014 from a commercial breeding facility. His coat was thin and patchy, his nose was rubbed raw and calloused. He was neutered and treated for chronic ear infections and placed in a loving foster home where he began to learn that other dogs and people were good. Several months later he began to urinate blood and, when a urinary tract infection was ruled out, our vets discovered a tumor in his bladder. The size of the tumor has been reduced and kept stable by the daily medication he has taken for 18 months now. Rory is a Sanctuary Sweetheart and is not considered a candidate for adoption.