Success Stories

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

Atlanta Animal Rescue Friends: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

We used the funds toward supplies for our foster pets.

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

This bought food for two foster dogs for a week.

How many pets did this grant help?

Two dogs

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

We were able to buy food for two foster dogs for a week. One pet sponsored was Bat Girl, who has been adopted. From her Petfinder profile: “Bat Girl is absolutely the best dog ever, and you better hurry and fill out an adoption application for her! She loves other dogs, cats and every single human friend she meets. She loves to play ball, rides nicely in the car, and loves to snuggle up at with her foster mom’s. At only about 30 lbs., she is the perfect size for every couch. Bat Girl is 1-2 years old, up to date on all of her vaccinations and spayed, so she is ready for her new home!”

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

GRIN has been seeing an increase in goldens that have extensive medical needs, so this grant will be used towards vetting costs.

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

It is always gratifying to have support from organizations such as yours, and we appreciate it and used it towards medications.

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 is now in a new foster home since his surgeries and is doing well. Though he doesn’t know many commands, his foster family is working with him. He is learning his way around the house and does 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. Total charges for Bowman, to date, are $3,233.87. And we have many more rescues that are in similar shape medically, but we take care of all of them! Again we thank you for your support.

Animal Care Center of St. John: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

Vet bills

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

Helped three dogs we are currently treating for heartworm.

How many pets did this grant help?

3

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

Jazz, a.k.a. Jasmine, came in starving after living life on a chain. She has had a hard time putting weight on due to heartworm, but she should make a full recovery after her final treatment on Nov. 11, 2015. From her Petfinder profile: “Jasmine is new to the ACC. She is around 2 years old, is well-behaved, good with other dogs and children, and is waiting to undergo her heartworm treatment, which she will recover from.” Meet Jasmine: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/33253456

Freedom Farm Animal Sanctuary: Emergency Medical Grant
What was the money or product used for?

We used the money for Felicia, a rescued cat with a large open sore on her stomach.

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

The money helps us keep rescuing. Felicia’s medical bill was just under $1,000 and, for a small rescue, that was a lot.

How many pets did this grant help?

The money replaced the money we paid for Felicia, which in turned helped us rescue 10 more animals in need.

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

Our dog coordinator received a call from a family that had previously adopted from FFAS. The neighbor’s kids had found a cat and brought her home. Their mom wouldn’t let them have her, so she was put back outside. The family that called us was concerned because the cat was obviously in poor health. FFAS immediately agreed to take her and our coordinators met with the mom to pick Felicia up. When we got there, she had Felicia in an open plastic tote. Even though we’re sure Felicia was probably scared, she never tried to escape.

We could tell from looking at her that she had an upper respiratory infection, and she was terribly thin. When we picked her up, we also discovered she had an open wound on her stomach. It was the size of a golf ball and, though we couldn’t tell what it was, we knew it had to be painful. We took her to the vet the next day. It was determined that she is 8 years old and she was diagnosed with an upper respiratory infection, ear mites and what our vet thought was an old abscess that had ruptured. On the bright side, Felicia tested negative on her FELV/FIV/heartworm tests and she was already spayed.

The vet started her on several medications and some ointments that were put on her wound three times a day. Before long, Felicia started feeling better and was putting on weight. The wound started healing, but then stopped after a few weeks. We discussed different options with our vet, but the safest was to go ahead and remove it for testing. The vet wanted to make sure it wasn’t cancer. Luckily the test came back cancer-free, but there were still bacteria in the wound. Felicia was put on a stronger antibiotic. She is now completely healed and ready for her forever home.

We would like to give a heartfelt thank you to the Petfinder Foundation. Felicia’s medical care cost FFAS just under $900, and the Petfinder Foundation awarded us a grant to cover her medical care so we can continue rescuing! We are so fortunate to receive this grant, along with everything Petfinder does to help FFAS find loving homes for our animals.

Humane Society of Southeast Missouri: Rescue U Renovation Grant
What was the money or product used for?

We purchased new cat cages to replace old, broken ones.

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

We now can hold more cats and have a cat condo that works.

How many pets did this grant help?

So many that we will be able to take care of for years to come. We are so thrilled with your help.

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

We have been able to help with big litters now. We previously only had one place for large litters. Minnie and Miley (pictured) as part of a litter of five. Meet them: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/33457575

Dogingham Palace Rescue: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

To purchase dog food.

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

We have had an increasingly hard time obtaining donated food for our dogs. We are a small rescue and donations are limited, plus we have had over 12 dogs that needed heartworm treatment this year. These large medical bills have kept us scrambling for money to buy food.

How many pets did this grant help?

We keep at least 12 dogs at all times in our program.

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

Victoria was a beautiful chocolate Lab girl who was dropped off at a shelter in sad shape. By the time we found out about her, she was in even worse shape with starvation. This rural shelter does not monitor food and gives out very little to the dogs. As soon as we heard about Victoria, we immediately pulled her and took her to the vet. A tumor was on her foot and believed to be a fatty tumor that would be easily removed. Within two weeks, Victoria was a different dog and enjoyed all the clean water and dog food she wanted and was looking beautiful. She did so well, we moved up her surgery date and then found that out, sadly, the tumor was a very aggressive cancer and had already spread to her bones. She was humanely euthanized at that point on the advice of the vet to prevent her from suffering. Victoria enjoyed her food and was looking beautiful thanks to donations like the Petfinder Foundation’s. This particular ending just didn’t turn out so well.

FieldHaven Feline Center: Petfinder Adoption Options in Action Grant (Invitation Only)
What was the money or product used for?

See below.

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

The catfe will house up to 10 adoptable adult cats with super high exposure right in the center of downtown. The community is very excited about the catfe opening.

How many pets did this grant help?

We will be able to report back by the first of the year on how successful the new adoption location is.

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

We are building “Champy’s Catfe,” a coffee shop/adoption center. The grand opening is planned for next Friday, Nov. 13, 2015. Originally we had planned to build the catfe in a location on the rural property where our shelter is located. However, just before we began the construction, we had the opportunity to rent a large building in the center of town, just across the street from our thrift store, Snap it Up. The new FieldHaven Marketplace will contain Champy’s Catfe, an upscale version of our current thrift store, an artisans’ coop and a community education center.

Cat Nurturing, Information and Placement (CatNIP): Petfinder Adoption Options in Action Grant (Invitation Only)
What was the money or product used for?

CatNIP was able to purchase 75 doses of Modified Live FVRCP vaccine.

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

We learned at the Adoption Options event that kittens should be vaccinated as often as every two weeks. We had previously been vaccinating every 3-4 weeks. Now we have updated our protocol! We were able to vaccinate the “Cookie Kittens” at 7, 9, and 11 weeks of age and they were healthy and growing quickly the entire time! They were able to be spayed and neutered at 12 weeks of age and all four are ready for adoption! (We also gave them all baths immediately upon intake, which we learned to do at the Adoption Options event!)

How many pets did this grant help?

Six kittens were helped so far with this grant: William, Rachel, Oreo, Otis, Spunk, and Meyer. Unfortunately, we have ringworm in a number of foster homes and were not able to take in as many kittens as we usually would. But we have plenty of doses left for whatever kittens we rescue over the winter and the surge of kittens we will rescue in the spring!

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

Oreo, Otis, Spunk, and Meyer were taken in by CatNIP at about 7 weeks of age. We immediately gave them each a vaccine the night they arrived. This was followed by two more vaccines, two weeks apart. All four seem to have healthy immune systems and have not needed any antibiotics. The cookies were able to spayed and neutered on time and put up for adoption. These cookies will be gobbled up in no time!

Happy Haven Farm & Sanctuary: Petfinder Adoption Options in Action Grant (Invitation Only)
What was the money or product used for?

To purchase intranasal vaccines to address chronic snotty noses, and FortiFlora to promote digestive health in sensitive stomachs (diarrhea issues).

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

This grant allowed us to vaccinate all our felines at once to more effectively address chronic sinus/nasal issues and to improve the digestive health of the cats in our care.

How many pets did this grant help?

54

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

Widget (first photo) had chronic rhinitis that would clear up some with antibiotics, but as soon as you stopped the antibiotics, his snotty nose would return. He was miserable not being able to breathe well through his nose. It affected his personality and his personal grooming habits, not to mention his weight (he couldn’t smell food) and his activity level. Now he’s a play machine! He’s putting on weight and his coat looks great!

Moxy (second photo) came to us with weight and hair-pulling issues that had caused her to be transferred from shelters twice prior to coming to HHFS. Every vet who examined her deemed her to be at death’s door because of her low weight and her constant hair pulling on her lower back, which made her mostly bald on her back end. After the nasal vaccines and the addition of FortiFlora, she is now able to eat dry food as well as wet, has put on three pounds. and is still gaining, and has stopped pulling her hair out!

Rhu (third photo) has had chronic diarrhea off and on for the last three years, despite various treatments, including medications, supplements, minimal-ingredient diets, etc. He would sit down, and when he got up to leave, there would be a little puddle of poo. He had to have baths daily, sometimes multiple times a day, and his tail always had to be shaved. He was also always a little underweight. He is now in great shape, and has had NO EPISODES of diarrhea in the almost three months since we began with the FortiFlora.

Cairo (fourth photo) was born shortly after his mother arrived here. His sister has always been a strong, bustling girl, but Cairo seemed to struggle with a weaker immune system. He suffered from various skin conditions and a very sensitive tummy. Exposed to even the slightest sniffle, he would catch it. Since using the vaccinations and the FortiFlora on a regular basis, he is a normal, happy kitten (though he is still short on hair on his nose)! While still smaller than his sister, he now has no trouble keeping up with the “big kids”!

Green Mountain Pug Rescue: Petfinder Adoption Options in Action Grant (Invitation Only)
What was the money or product used for?

Vet bills

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

$1,000 is a huge help to us. Our vet bills average from $60,000-80,000 each year. GMPR is a fairly small rescue group compared to other national groups, but we are 100% committed to each and every dog we rescue. We rescue approximately 100-120 dogs yearly. All are fully vetted and surgical or medical issues are taken care of before they are adopted. We typically have 6-10 pugs in our hospice program at all times. These pugs stay in a permanent foster home and all their needs are met until it is time for them to cross the bridge. They are much loved and cared for. As you can imagine, these hospice dogs are expensive to care for.

How many pets did this grant help?

At least one in a major way, but in the overall scheme of things, it helps all the pugs we take in.

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

We rescued Fergus from the Montgomery County Animal Shelter on Aug. 8, 2015. Fergus had been found wandering as a stray along with another female pug. It appeared to Animal Control that both dogs had been dumped on the back road. Fergus is blind and about 85% deaf. His eyes looked like they were caked in mud. He had suffered from severe dry eye for a long long time. It is estimated that Fergus is about 5 years old. At his initial vet visit, the veterinarian suggested that both eyes be removed. We wanted to give him a chance to retain his eyes in the hope that there was some vision underneath all the crusts. He was taken to visit Dr. Sarah Hoy, DVM, MS, DACVO, at Vermont Veterinary Eye Care. After a thorough examination, Dr. Hoy determined that Fergus has very slight vision in both eyes. Because of his hearing deficit, she felt that saving his eyes was extremely important.

She placed Fergus on a high dose of Tacrolimus twice a day and Optixcare four times a day. If he responded to these medications, then she would perform three surgeries. His lower eyelids roll up into his eyes about 1/2 an inch. So he would need entropion surgery. He will also require a buccal mucosal transplant for each eye and a scraping of each cornea. The estimate for the surgeries was $2,441.92.

We are committed to helping Fergus and having the surgeries done. At his six-week checkup, much of the crust on his eyes had dissipated and he was producing some tears! He will be scheduled for his surgeries in the next couple of weeks, and this grant from the Petfinder Foundation will go a long way towards helping GMPR pay for it. Once Fergus has had his surgeries and is cleared for adoption, he will be going to a home in Nova Scotia. He has a family waiting for him and they are committed to his long-term eye care.