Success Stories

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

Motley Zoo Animal Rescue: WAHL Grooming
What was the money or product used for?

We have been providing to fosters and new adopters so they have something quality to use to get their pet started on the right foot. We have also used some to bathe dogs just before adoption so the pups smell nice, and the people want to use more!

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

This grant has helped us provide a quick and easy solution for fosters and adopters that is portable and handy. This has been a great benefit to our animals with allergies and skin issues, so that the fosters have something that cleans the pets well, but also smells good and not like medicine!

How many pets did this grant help?

25 so far

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

Bugsy is a little guy who has been in care with us, sadly, for a year. He recently started smelling yeasty and experiencing some skin infections. We have been using the shampoo to bathe him regularly, especially before events, so that he looks and smells his best, while we tackle fighting the infection with food and meds 🙂

NWAL Herding Dog Rescue Inc.: WAHL Grooming
What was the money or product used for?

The product is used to bathe new rescue dogs.

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

Gave us some great-smelling and natural shampoo.

How many pets did this grant help?

10

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

I have a Sheltie, Dusty, who has a lot of skin problems. I was able to use the shampoo that Wahl provided for the first time on his skin. He smells so good and his skin feels good and not so oily anymore.

HELP the Animals, Inc.: WAHL Grooming
What was the money or product used for?

We received shampoo from Wahl. We used it to bathe dogs who came to us in poor condition.

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

We receive many pets who have lived outside and need a bath right away. This grant provide high quality shampoo for these pets.

How many pets did this grant help?

I don’t have an absolute number, we haven’t completely used all of the product sent. I would say approximately 10 at this time.

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

Diego is a small Chihuahua who was found as a stray. He was so dirty and had many fleas. He was bathed and eventually groomed. Veronica Miller was one of 28 puppy mill dogs who had been used as breeding dogs and then handed over to our shelter. She and the others came the first and second week of October. Your products came about that same time. All of the puppy-mill dogs needed baths as soon as they got there, but some were so frightened that it was a week or longer in some cases before they were trusting enough to get baths. Veronica has several baths with the Wahl products.

Suncoast Humane Society: Stretch and Scratch Cat Scratchers
What was the money or product used for?

It was part of our enrichment program. We put the cat scratchers in all the cages and in our open cattery. We also gave them out to feline adopters.

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

This grant helped the felines in our care. Many of the cats are in crates and are not on the floor in our open cattery. These Stretch & Scratch scratchers were wonderful for these cats. They used them daily and you could see how much they enjoyed them.

How many pets did this grant help?

We currently have 64 adoptable cats.

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

One of our longest feline residents is Baby Girl. She has been here a little over a year. She is a sweet, lovely cat who can be a bit independent. For this reason, she did not get along on the floor of our open cattery. Even though our cat cuddlers visited with her daily, she sometimes seemed a little down. When we installed the Stretch and Scratch in her cage she actually brightened up. She uses it all the time and it seems to boast her spirits. When she finds her forever home, she will be taking her Stretch and Scratch with her.

The ANNA Shelter: WAHL Grooming
What was the money or product used for?

The Wahl shampoo grant, valued at $385.95, was used to give a “clean start” to the dogs that were brought to our shelter by animal enforcement. Before the dogs were spayed/neutered, they were given a bath to give their coat and skin a healthy new start.

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

Many of the animals that are brought to our shelter are suffering from skin infections, cuts, scrapes, wounds, and poor grooming. With the grant from Wahl, we were able to use a high quality shampoo on each of the dogs that were suffering from one of these problems. We firmly believe that an overall healthy animal starts with a clean coat and skin. We are always amazed by dogs like Khleo (photos attached) who are shy and sad at first and blossom into energetic, happy dogs when their outside feels good again.

How many pets did this grant help?

90

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

Khleo was a stray brought in by animal enforcement. She was a fancy dog who did not get fancy care. Her coat was long, tangled, matted and full of dirt. The mats were so close to her skin that she had sores forming that oozed and bled even with gentle brushing. Further inspection revealed that her tiny feet were balls of matted fur that disguised terrible, long, toenails that were also causing her pain. It was decided that the best plan for Khleo was a shave! The volunteers carefully worked to shave off the matted, soiled hair with Wahl clippers. Once the hair was removed, her toenails were manicured. Finally, Khleo was treated to a warm, soothing bath with Wahl shampoo. We rely on the gentleness and balance of shampoo designed for a dog’s skin, like the products that we received from the grant. Once Khleo was towel dried, her true personality shone through and in just a short time she was able to find a new, loving family to call her own.

Wild Blue Animal Rescue and Sanctuary: A Shot at Life Vaccination Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Three trays of 24 each FVRCP vaccines. Used to vaccinate cats/kittens to prepare them for adoption and make them more adoptable. Cats get one vaccine plus one booster, kittens get one vaccine plus two boosters.

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

Huge help in providing required vaccines and boosters to our intake population. Helped us rescue 100% more kittens over last year.

How many pets did this grant help?

50 so far

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

Pandora was rescued from a busy street where cars were driving right over her little body … Thank goodness she wasn’t hit! A good Samaritan stopped traffic, called us and we took her in right away. Jojo and his six siblings were found abandoned behind a hardware store. An employee of the store contacted us and we took the babies in. One of the seven did not survive, but all the other “J” kittens have now been adopted into great homes.

This grant has helped Wild Blue double the intake and adoptions of kittens in our area over last year. We provide this vaccine and two boosters of it to each kitten we take in to ensure they are well-vaccinated prior to going to their new homes. This takes a lot of vaccines to stay on top of this protocol, and this grant made it possible for us to do so much more than in previous years! Attached are several photos of kittens this grant has helped. All of these babies are now in their “furrever” homes!

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

The product was used to vaccinate cats on intake into the shelter.

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

We see over 40,000 pets entering our doors each year. In accordance with strict shelter best practices, we vaccinate every animal upon arrival. This can pose a huge expense for our organization, but we are committed to protecting the health and well being of every animal in our care. The grant helped us help more cats by providing a very necessary vaccine.

How many pets did this grant help?

300

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

Bonito, a 1-year-old small, fluffy male cat came to The Animal Foundation under sad circumstances. His family had just had a new baby and unfortunately baby and Bonito were just not getting along. On Nov. 8, Bonito was brought to the shelter. Through the Petfinder Foundation’s generous donation, he was able to get his shots and head over to adoptions, anxiously awaiting the perfect new family for him. Just 11 days later, Brian came to the adoption center and fell in love with Bonito. It was a match made in heaven and he is happy and healthy (thanks to the vaccines) in his new home!

Humane Society of Stillwater: WAHL Grooming
What was the money or product used for?

The Wahl Shampoo grant that gave our shelter dog shampoo.

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

The wonderful smelling Wahl Shampoo was used to make sure our dogs were smelling and looking their best for potential adopters.

How many pets did this grant help?

45

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

The Humane Society transfers animals in from our local city shelter. They are not bathed during their short stay at the city shelter so they come to us smelling pretty bad. Once the animals are in our care, we do our very best to make sure they are looking and smelling their best. The Wahl shampoo has helped us tremendously to keep our dogs fur-ever family-ready. Many of our volunteers have commented on how great the product smells and have loved the free samples that were sent with the shampoo! Thank you very much!

CHAAMP Chesapeake Area Alaskan Malamute Protection: WAHL Grooming
What was the money or product used for?

Grooming

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

We are a rescue for Alaskan Malamutes. Large, furry dogs 🙂 The majority of the Mals we pull from shelters, have been running at large, or if owner-released, have not been in a good situation. Several times their fur has been so matted, the only course of action is to shave them. All of the Mals appreciate a fresh bath and smelling clean, and they really enjoy the soothing massage when the shampoo is applied. Obviously it also helps when showing the dogs to potential adopters if they are clean and fluffy. The shampoo provided with this grant, Wahl Oatmeal Formula and Coconut Lime Verbena, we will definitely purchase. It lathers up nicely and the moisturizing additive left the Mals’ coats soft and shiny.

How many pets did this grant help?

At least a dozen. We still have some shampoo left.

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

Cain, a senior Malamute we pulled from a rural shelter, was so matted he could not walk properly, as the mats at the top of his legs were restricting him. Sadly he could not go to the bathroom either as the mats were so thick. While shaving him, we found an assortment of items embedded in his fur. Everyone loves Cain’s sweet personality! He’s been adopted and lives the happy and comfortable life he deserves.

Beast, a 2-3-year-old Malamute, was transported to Virginia from South Korea!

Wolfie developed an eye infection when he was about six months old. Rather than take him to a veterinarian, his owner turned him into [an open-admission] shelter. Because the infection was not treated, Wolfie became blind while still a puppy. Our rescue had him for a little over three years before he was adopted. Wolfie loves his new family and we’re very grateful to them.

Tail Wagger's 1990: A Shot at Life Vaccination Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The FVRCP vaccinations were used to vaccinate 50 cats that visited the Tail Wagger’s wellness clinic during one of our clinic days this year. We were able to reach out to new clients and provide necessary medical treatment for their animals.

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

Tail Wagger’s 1990’s mission is to help people help animals. The vaccined that we received from the Petfinder Foundation along with Boehringer Ingelheim enabled us to provide 50 cats, most of whom had not been vaccinated in 2+ years, with updated vaccinations.

How many pets did this grant help?

This grant funded vaccinations for 50 cats.

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

On one of our busy clinic days, a new client brought in her cat, who had unexpectedly birthed a litter of nine kittens. The frazzled pet owner was concerned about the health of these 8-week-old kittens and the cost of vaccinating the litter. With the help Tail Wagger’s 1990 received from the Petfinder Foundation, we were able to successfully vaccinate the kittens and the new mother with their first distemper shot. Receiving this grant had made an impact on cat/kitten owners in our immediate surrounding community and allowed Tail Wagger’s to carry out our mission.