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

vaccines for dogs and cats

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

we were able to vaccinate many animals with this grant (we are still using the cat vaccines), and this has greatly helped in terms of our budget. We have had a couple of emergencies that would have left us a bit strapped, but instead we had the funding for them- AND had the vaccines too. Good not to have to choose between a shot and a life!

How many pets did this grant help?

35 so far

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

Tim and Adina are two cats this grant helped- they were named after the punk band Rancid…well as all the band members are guys, Adina is named after a song 🙂 The band came into town and I took the kittens down to meet their namesakes, to see if we could get a meet and greet with the band, get some cool pics…as you can see the guys were very accommodating and it was a big hit! They even put me on the guest list for the night…Tim and Adina are still looking for their home (we hope together), but with this cool publicity we have had renewed interest in them, people asking for apps…hopefully soon they can go home!

Animal Coalition of Delaware County: Pedigree Operational Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Vet care

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

This grant helped to provide vet care for several dogs that were brought into our group and then later adopted out.

How many pets did this grant help?


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

Cinder is a Beagle/Jack Russell mix that came to us in January 2013. During a health exam, our veterinarian discovered that his jaw was fractured. Because he was found as a stray, there was no way to know how his jaw was actually broken. Sadly, the vet feels that the trauma he endured was from being either hit or kicked. With the grant funds, Cinder received the vet care that was necessary to adopt him out, including taking care of the injuries to his jaw.

Ellie is a Chihuahua that was brought into our group in October 2012. Not long after she was put into a foster home, it was discovered that she was pregnant. In November, while still in foster care, she gave birth to 3 puppies – Nellie, Rocco and Coco. With the grant funds, we were able to care for Ellie throughout her pregnancy. In addition, we were able to provide vet care for the 3 puppies up until the time they were adopted. Ellie has also since been adopted.

Madison County Pet Shelter, Inc.: Pedigree Operational Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The Pedigree Foundation 2012 operational grant helped us buy dog food, vaccinate 10 dogs for rabies, and sterilize 14 dogs for low-income customers.

10 adoptions by senior citizens, $55 each
10 rabies shots, $9 each
4 dogs sterilized for low-income households, $65 each
dry dog food (Pedigree) and wet dog food (Iams), $100

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

The Pedigree Foundation 2012 operational grant helped us continue to give abandoned dogs food, safety, and health. The Madison County Pet Shelter is a 501(c)(3) in a poor, rural Arkansas county where the long-engrained cultural attitude toward pets as possessions first and companions second means that our base of support is limited. The county government, which had been giving the shelter $1,000 monthly, cut its funding to $500 monthly in January 2013 because of its decreased tax revenue.

Though we had planned to use the Pedigree Foundation money for dog food, we received two unexpected gifts that changed those plans: In December 2012, three grade-school classes conducted a fundraiser from which they gave our shelter $1,000, and a local bank was so impressed with the children’s work that they gave us a $500 Walmart gift card. In March 2013, another local bank’s employees selected our shelter as that quarter’s recipient of their ongoing Jeans-on-Friday fundraiser. They gave us $1,920.

We had purchased $100 of dog food (Pedigree and Iams) during late 2012 then decided to use the Pedigree Foundation balance to support more adoptions and vaccinations through our adoption-support account, which subsidizes the cost of adoptions for qualified adopters.

How many pets did this grant help?

40 dogs, for a short while, with food; then 24 dogs with sterilization and vaccinations: The first $100 of this grant paid for dog food and so supported all the dogs in our care, or approximately 40 animals, for a while. The balance of our 2012 Pedigree Foundation operational grant was diverted to our adoption-support program after receipt of the two unexpected grants described above.

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

Rickie was found near death and brought to the MCPS in March 2013. His left eye was badly damaged, he could barely walk, and his weight was so low that his hip joints were starkly evident. Caren, the shelter’s manager, took him home with her each evening for nine weeks and nursed him back to health and a good weight.

Recently, Holden, a 5-year-old boy with autism spectrum disorder, came to the shelter with his grandma and 5-year-old cousin. The boys always want to visit our shelter to see the animals when they visit their grandma. When Holden sat on the shelter floor, Rickie came right to him and stayed with Holden until he left. Holden had always been a bit leery of dogs, his grandma said, but never showed anxiety with this one. “Some dogs really seem to understand children’s needs,” she said.

Over the next several days, Holden kept talking to his Grandma Sue about Rickie. Except Holden knew Rickie’s real name: Fergus. Sue said she had read a story to Holden when he was two about a dog named Fergus, and once Holden saw Rickie, he talked non-stop about Fergus.

Of course, Holden adopted Fergus, and Grandma Sue reports that Fergus and Holden are fast friends. She said that Fergus took to his new home immediately and noted that her grandson’s ability to interact with others is improving.

We are too small and under-funded to be a no-kill facility but do not euthanize arbitrarily at X number of days. We work hard to place animals, and the Pedigree Foundation’s operational grant for 2012 helped in that effort. Holden and Fergus are deeply grateful.
We made another seemingly fated match recently—this one between a four-foot tall female brindle wolf hybrid named Baby and James, an 18-year-old man who suffers from Lionitis (craniodiaphyseal dysplasia). These two took to each other like magnets. Baby, is hard to control on a leash for everyone but James. Now Baby sticks to James’s side, and the two have become inseparable.

By the way, Caren, shelter manager, kept tabs on Baby after adoption and learned they were feeding her Old Roy, and Baby wasn’t doing so well. Caren told the family to feed her Pedigree, and during a follow up conversation learned that Baby is thriving and will now eat only Pedigree!

Caren has learned the hard way that penny wise is pound foolish when it comes to dog food and she spreads that message. We are grateful to the Pedigree Foundation for the operational funds that helped us keep our charges healthy in 2012.
Blondie, a Great Pyrenees mixed maybe with some setter, came to the home of Denise in rural Madison County, Ark., in April 2013 with no traceable clues. But Blondie (a he, not a she) had been so well-trained and was so well-behaved that we think he might have been a service or therapy dog. When a person touched him lightly, he would stop and stay by that person’s side. Denise was heart
broken to take him to the shelter but she could not keep him. Our shelter manager found a loving home for this beautiful courteous dog, an outcome supported by the Pedigree Foundation’s generosity.
Elijah was about 10 years old and blind when someone dumped him in the rural community of Wesley. He wandered into a lady’s house and literally bumped into her porch. She brought him to us.

Our shelter manager was able to place Elijah with a big-hearted couple who took Elijah to Tulsa, Okla., for cataract surgery. They have really embraced Elijah. Here’s a recent email:

— On Fri, 6/21/13, Frank … wrote:

From: Frank …
Subject: Elijah Update
To: “caren sharp”
Date: Friday, June 21, 2013, 8:58 AM

Just wanted to send you a quick update on Elijah. He’s doing very well. His eyesight seems to be pretty good. He has a little trouble seeing things up close, but he follows us around the backyard and likes to look out the windows in the car.

I’m attaching a couple of photos for you. We took him to the groomer yesterday for a summer cut. We didn’t think he could get any cuter, but we were wrong!


Thank you, Pedigree Foundation!

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


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

With the vaccinations we received we were able to vaccinate all the animals that were brought into our facility.

How many pets did this grant help?

Over 100

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

On July 25, 2012 we received a call from the Wilson County Sheriff’s Department. A lady’s property was foreclosed on and she left everything including her two dogs. When we arrived there we saw two very energetic dogs come bounding towards the truck happy as could be they appeared to be Pointer mixes. When we opened the boxes on the Animal Control truck they each jumped into their own box. Being that they were so far out in the country we named them “Luke and “Bo” both health and both had been neutered, and a joy to be around and to play with.

A local rescue took “Luke” on November 13, 2012 he was adopted about 2 weeks after he got there but “Bo” didn’t get to go with him to the rescue; they didn’t want 2 dogs that looked alike. We were so happy hear that “Luke” had gotten a good forever home, and we waited an prayed that they would come and pull “Bo” too but they didn’t.

We posted Bo on Facebook, took him to adoption events had someone come in and work with him, but no one wanted “Bo”. We new “Bo” was special because of the Heart shape spot on his right side. One our officers, who would take “Bo” to the adoption events, would also take his children with him and noticed that “Bo” was very good with kids and loved all the kids that would stop to see him. We told another rescue in our area about how Bo is with children and they knew a lady who would take in foster children and wanted a dog that is good with kids. So Bo went for a trial run, we received work that as soon as he arrived he was the perfect gentleman, he greeted the lady with love and affection and all the children with the same affection and was gentle and kind and loving. Miss Betty put Bo’s bed next to hers and she said he knew immediately that it was for him and he slept there all night without a peep. She says its like he has always lived there, he even got a ride in a wagon behind a four wheeler the night before…life has taken a turn for the better for this abandoned dog.

“Bo” was with us from July 25, 2012 to April 6, 2012, 9 months, we were lucky that he never got sick. We here at Wilson County Animal Control work very hard to keep our facility clean and to keep all diseases and germs at bay. We are the 4th largest County in the State of Tennessee and cover 500 square miles, 95% of the dogs we bring into our facility are malnourished, may have the mange, most all have tape worms, fleas, and tick. There is no telling how long they have been without food, or water, or what they have been exposed too.

With the vaccinations not only can we vaccinate the adoptable dogs but can also vaccinate all dogs coming into our facility and help to prevent any diseases that may come through the facility with each dog we bring through.

“Rocky” Blue Heeler Mix 8 month old pup now lives in Indiana his new mom says he likes to go out to the barn and take a nap with the colt that is about the same age as he is.

“Romeo” a Bichon new parents called this morning and said that he love camping, fishing and riding on the boat.

“Slimm” found in a field with a bag of dog food Chihuahua mix, “Scooter” has a flea allergy no hair when we brought him in a Yorkie Mix, and “Dyna” tied to a mail box on a busy highway a Pomeranian no one ever called to claim all live here in Lebanon with a wonderful couple who love to ride their motor cycles so they all have biker names. Wanted to add Slimm, Scooter, and Dyna but maybe next time.

Thank you again for the vaccinations we have helped so many with them, and without them who knows what would have happened.

Wire Fox Terrier Rescue Midwest: A Shot at Life Vaccination Grant
What was the money or product used for?

In April 2013 we received 25 Duramune Adult 3 vaccinations shipped from Boehringer Ingelheim. These were short-dated vaccines and were to expire in a month. I immediately delivered them to the rescue’s animal hospital, Midwest Animal Hospital in Orland Park, Illinois. They are a large animal hospital that not only helps rescues with our organization but many other breed rescues and shelters in the area.

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

Wire Fox Terrier Rescue Midwest is a breed-specific rescue group and does not have a facility, but fosters our rescues in our homes. Many rescues arrive already having received a distemper vaccination. We were only able to utilize three of the vaccinations for our wire fox terriers, as the short date was so close; however, the animal hospital used the remainder vaccinations for the influx of dogs that were arriving from other rescues and shelters. The Midwest was experiencing severe storms, tornadoes and flooding and a lot of dogs were incoming and being rescued. Wire Fox Terrier Rescue Midwest was happy to be able to help other stray and homeless rescue dogs by gifting the vaccinations we had received as a generous grant.

How many pets did this grant help?

Three within Wire Fox Terrier Rescue Midwest and 22 rescue dogs with area shelters and rescues who partner with us and Midwest Animal Hospital

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

Chumley was relinquished by the son of his owner, who had to enter a nursing home. He was extremely overweight due to diet of unhealthy people food, sugary treats and lack of exercise. The family also did not take him to the vet for care since 2011. The weight needed to come off for his health, breathing, heart and joints. Chumley was put on a grain-free low-calorie dog food, received daily walks and exercise and progressed on the road to fit and trim. He was able to benefit from the Adult 3 but was also a frequent visitor to Midwest Animal Hospital for his bi-weekly water treadmill therapy. Chumley loved to go and see all the people and the other dogs at the vet and greet many of the dogs who were able to benefit from the vaccinations. He is a happy boy with a kind heart who loves to receive affection. Chumley enjoyed giving back the love to the homeless dogs who were able to benefit from the short-date vaccinations with him.

Sheryl's Den Animal Rescue: Shelter+ Challenge
What was the money or product used for?

Vaccinations provided and used for the dogs rescued.

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

The grant of vaccinations helped us to vaccinate dogs upon arrival. DA2PPV and Bordatella

How many pets did this grant help?


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

We had rescued a pregnant dog, named Hunny. Hunny gave birth to 7 puppies. The entire litter and mom were vaccinated. Also vaccinated were dogs rescued from shelters with no medical history. Two weeks later, we were able to provide a second vaccination to others that remained in our care.

Friendship Animal Protective League: Shelter+ Challenge
What was the money or product used for?

We used the money to rescue and spay and neuter dogs and puppies from at risk shelters in Ohio.

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

This money provides the most basic care for companion animals from spay and neuter to vaccinations.

How many pets did this grant help?

This would help save over 20 dogs and puppies.

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

The money raised from this program allows us to reach further out in to the community to rescue dogs and puppies from shelters where they might otherwise not have a chance to find a forever home. Alana was a 2-3 year-old Stray Bulldog mix at the Holmes County Dog Kennels. It is a shelter that has a lot of difficulty finding homes for the dogs they find. We made arrangements for Alana to come up to Elyria and within a week – Alana was off to her new home. Grants like the one received make this type of work possible. Alana is now happy in her new home and has the second chance that she deserved.

The Pennsylvania SPCA: One Picture Saves a Life
What was the money or product used for?

The grant allowed one staff member and one volunteer to attend the One Pictures Saves a Life photo workshop. The grant also included a new DSLR camera to be used for taking photos of shelter pets.

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

The camera and training obtained through this grant have helped our organization by giving us the tools and knowledge needed to take higher quality photos of shelter pets available for adoption. These photos are used to market adoptable pets online via our website and social media platforms. The pets in our care benefit greatly from higher quality photos because potential adopters see a lively, beautiful pet and are quick to imagine the pet in their home. Clean, bright photos make people feel positive, which means they feel good about adopting and are more likely to come into the shelter and adopt. In theory, even pets that don’t have their photos taken are indirectly benefiting due to the increased shelter foot traffic.

This grant has helped us in fundraising and advocacy messaging as well. Images can be very powerful and thanks to the new camera we got through this grant, we’ve been able to send out some emotional, compelling photos and the results have been very positive, whether we’ve asked people to donate or contact local lawmakers. Even if it’s just a photo attached to a facebook post that gets a lot of shares, that means thousands of people were exposed to our agency because of one photo.

How many pets did this grant help?

Hundreds already and hundreds more to come.

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

In the One Picture Saves a Life workshop, we learned that utilizing volunteers is an efficient and fun way to take a large number of photos in a relatively short time period. We often have groups of corporate volunteers come in, so we recently had them help us handle dogs for a photo shoot. The photos turned out great, but one dog, Prince, didn’t even need his photo posted online because a corporate volunteer fell in love and ended up adopting him herself! I thought I would include this story because it shows how photography is really just another way to connect people with the shelter and the animals, and in this case the connection came in the actual process of taking the photo instead of afterwards.

We’ve had many animals adopted due to adopters seeing photos online and being moved to come into the shelter, specifically the dogs Aretha Franklin and Madison.

Finally, a recent photo-centric fundraising campaign for new dog beds was very successful thanks to two adorable dog photos taken with the new camera. That means that literally all of the dogs in the shelter were helped by the photos of Gideon and Louie, two shelter dogs.

Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter: One Picture Saves a Life
What was the money or product used for?

New camera, photoshop software, pet care products

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

This grant allowed our staff to take better photographs of our adoptable pets to use on Petfinder. This has increased traffic to our Petfinder and potentially helped get our pets adopted quicker.

How many pets did this grant help?


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

I have attached photos of Franklin before and after taking the workshop that the grant allowed me to attend. You will see that Franklin had an awful photo originally, showing him uncomfortable and undesirable. His new photo, thanks to the camera and training provided by One Picture Saves a Life, shows how stunning Franklin really is. Although he is still not adopted, his views on Petfinder have certainly increased! Thank you for this opportunity!

Forget Me Not Animal Shelter: A Shot at Life Vaccination Grant
What was the money or product used for?

25 Fel-O-Guard Plus 4 + LVK cat vaccines

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

Provided immunity against multiple cat diseases for up to 25 cats during their time at the shelter

How many pets did this grant help?


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

Two juvenile sister kitties arrived at the shelter after their owner moved away, leaving them behind. These girls, called Thelma and Louise, had lived outside all their young lives without any medical care, and were immediately vaccinated with the grant vaccine at intake. They remained healthy during their time at the shelter, and were adopted together into a wonderful home, where they are enjoying their new indoor/outdoor lifestyle.

Their new Mom says “Cute little Eloise (fka Louise, on the chair) – she is so adorable! Though Madeline (fka Thelma, on the fence) is quite the huntress and has her own feline agenda, she’s also a world class snuggler, and purrs as loudly as her sister, Eloise. She loves to sit with me when I’m on the computer (like, right now), sitting behind me on the chair, purring away. Love these kitties!”

The photos are of them in their new home.