Success Stories

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

Breckinridge County Animal Friends: Cat Chow Building Better Lives
What was the money or product used for?

Medical treatments: spay/neuter, vaccinations and flea treatments.

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

The first cat, Snow, it payed for his neutering and vaccinations to make his adoption free. The second cat, Captain Hook: medical treatment for injured leg and neutering and vaccinations.

How many pets did this grant help?

Twelve for flea-drop treatments; two for spay/neuter and one for medical treatment

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

Captain Hook, the yellow tabby pictured, was rescued with a partially missing leg and missing foot. I found him under a trailer at the local Walmart at about 8-9 weeks old. I took him to our vet; he was given his first shots and examined. The leg injury was healing so he was sent home with me to watch until it was time for neutering. I found him to be a wonderful, gentle kitten and noticed when he played he would try to put the rest of the leg down and was injuring it. So when I took him to the vet in January, we decided to remove the leg as well as neuter him. He is recovering wonderfully from the surgery and adjusting well to the missing leg. He now plays without injuring himself further and is no longer in pain.

I took him to the Adopt-A-Pet event last Saturday at Feeder’s Supply. I am receiving inquires on him and waiting to find the right home for him. Because of the grant, he will live a wonderful full cat life with a wonderful adoptive family. In the first picture, he is the cat on the left lying on Casey. The second picture is of Captain Hook before the surgery; you can see the partial missing leg. The third picture is of Snow, who was adopted to a wonderful family after vaccinations and neutering. He was also a Walmart rescue.

Meet Captain Hook: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/29691392/

Animal Nation, Inc.: Cat Chow Building Better Lives
What was the money or product used for?

To waive the adoption fees for some of our long-term cats who have been waiting for homes.

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

We hoped this incentive would encourage folks to adopt them — and it did! It’s hard to get people to look at older adult cats when there are many young cats or kittens. This incentive was so helpful for our adult guys.

How many pets did this grant help?

15

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

My favorite adoption that was a result of this grant is Ryder, a 4-5 year old calico cat dumped at a vet’s office, whom we had in our care for 10 months. She was continually overlooked for younger cats and kittens, and she needed a specific home: one with no other cats or small kids, as she likes attention on her own terms. The purrfect family saw my flyer with the waived adoption fee thanks to this grant and the rest is history — they adopted her and were the perfect fit! I’ve attached the graphic I made that shows her waived adoption fee — and a few others of her happy tale 🙂

Infinite Hope: Cat Chow Building Better Lives
What was the money or product used for?

We used the grant to subsidize adoption donations. Our usual adoption fee is $150 and we reduced the fee to $75-125, depending on the cat’s future medical expenses (e.g. the cost of an additional future vaccine) and the cat’s adoptability.

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

The grant was very helpful in incentivizing the adoption of cats who were less outgoing and may have been otherwise overlooked by potential adopters. Four of the cats adopted through this grant were taken in by Infinite Hope from a person of limited means who rescued cats off the street and kept in them in a basement. The cats were provided with care, but their rescuer had no process in place to adopt them out, and the cats had very little interaction with people. Once they were adopted by families with help from the Cat Chow Building Better Lives assistance, these cats have come out of their shells and have blossomed.

Seven cats who were adopted through this grant were taken into our care through TNR (Trap, Neuter, Return) projects. Infinite Hope is active throughout Brooklyn in TNR efforts to reduce the feral-cat population and to bring cats into foster care who can be homed. Reducing the adoption fees for these cats helped to place them in homes sooner, making more room in foster homes for other adoptable cats and kittens. In addition, we used the grant to subsidize the fee for the adoption of three pairs of kittens. Infinite Hope has a policy to adopt young kittens out in pairs or to homes where there already is a cat in the household. The grant helped offset the initial expense that might have been a deterrent from adopting two kittens.

How many pets did this grant help?

18

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

Marcie (first and second photos) was a very sickly kitten when we found her on the back deck of a home in Brooklyn. She had an upper respiratory infection and her eyes were nearly sealed shut. She literally did not see us coming when we scooped her up as part of a targeted TNR effort that Infinite Hope conducted. We brought her into foster care along with six other kittens, named for the Peanuts gang. The Peanuts gang were underweight, anemic, and required treatment for multiple parasitic infections. One kitten did not survive and several others required eye removals, but Marcie was fortunate to recover from her eye infection with only limited corneal scarring. Even before she gained her health through our care, Marcie showed herself to be a loving, charming kitten. When receiving treatment at one vet visit, she stood up on her back legs to knead the shirt of a vet tech, purring happily at the chance to make another friend!

Marcie’s best feline friend is Snoopy, a kitten who was trapped with her and who spent months with her in a foster home while getting the medical care they needed to be ready for adoption. Marcie is outgoing and athletic, and inspired Snoopy into active games of chase and wrestling (even when Snoopy might have preferred to spend the time snoozing on the couch). They were a happy, bonded pair and we were very hopeful to find them a home together. The Cat Chow Building Better Lives grant helped us to incentivize their adoption together to a young couple who saw them on our Petfinder page, came to meet them, and fell in love with their personalities and antics. The attached photos include a picture of Marcie on the day that we found her, as well as a photo of her happily napping on the lap of her adopter. The contrast between Marcie’s condition in the “before” photo – when she very likely would have died from her infections and malnutrition – and the “after” photo, which shows a content cat and an equally happy adopter – is the reason why Infinite Hope volunteers are dedicated to animal rescue. We truly appreciate the support of the Petfinder Foundation and the Cat Chow Building Better Lives grant in helping us to find loving homes for deserving animals.

Save One Animal Rescue: Cat Chow Building Better Lives
What was the money or product used for?

The grant allowed for waived or reduced adoption fees on shy or harder-to-place cats. This allowed the organization to not take a loss by doing so or by housing these already long-term cats much longer.

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

This grant helped our organization by allowing harder-to-highlight cats to have a reduced or waived adoption fee and promoting these cats with more ease. We prefer to have cats stay with us as short a time as possible so that they can get into their new permanent homes easily and never have to go through multiple transitions.

How many pets did this grant help?

14 adult cats

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

We assisted an ill woman by taking in her entire household of semi-feral/very shy cats. They all had fleas, ear mites, and were thin, not altered and terrified of the changes they were encountering. Heff (pictured, with friends), a Siamese mix, was one of the cats fortunate enough to benefit from this grant. He was adopted in a foster-to-adopt scenario and, although still adjusting to his new home, is doing well and is slowly coming out of his shell.

Azalea City Cat Coaltion: Cat Chow Building Better Lives
What was the money or product used for?

Medical services, spay and neuters, litter and food until adopted.

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

We were able to give several rescues the medical care they needed with the help of this grant., thus helping our kittens to get healthy and find forever homes. Thanks to the grant award, we were able to help the three sick and injured kitties without waiting until funds were available.

How many pets did this grant help?

Four

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

The two sickest kittens we rescued were Anabella (“Bella”) and Meezer (pictured). They both came in as 4-week-olds with massive eye infections, Coccidia and worms. They came from a hoarder with their nursing mom! These two babies came in with eyes sealed shut due to infection. With good medical care and fostering, we were able to get Meezer healed. Bella (pictured), on the other hand, had so much damage to her eye, it wound up disintegrating and eventually had to be removed surgically. Shortly before her surgery, a very kind lady named Toby Hodge asked us if we had a little black kitten for adoption. We were thrilled to have her meet our Bella — a special-needs kitty. With one look at her sweet soul, Toby fell head-over-heels in love with Annabella!! She told us that she could not afford all the surgery needed and we were thrilled to inform her that, with a grant we had been awarded, Ms. Bella would receive the medical attention she so badly needed!

The surgery was performed and unfortunately she had an allergic reaction to the sutures used and wound up with a high fever. A week later, she had to have a second operation to remove the foreign matter that her body was reacting to. Toby gave Bella ice cream to help her heal. Meezer was adopted soon after she healed! She’s pictured here as a perfect swan.

Animal Ark Rescue: Cat Chow Building Better Lives
What was the money or product used for?

To offset the free-with-monetary-donation adoption fee for cats and kittens.

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

Your grant has made such a difference in so many lives saved. We were able to commit to all the kittens coming into the local animal control facility for the later part of last year. The promotion we did was “Free with monetary donation” and it allowed us to place altered cats and kittens into homes at a never-seen-before adoption rate. During the months of October through December we adopted out 150 cats and kittens, compared to 107 from January through September. This is in direct correlation to the promotion: Lower adoption fees result in higher adoption rates.

How many pets did this grant help?

25

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

Ranger is an orange kitty who was born with deformed front legs. We were able to pull him from [an open-admission] facility and have him checked and vetted. We are located outside of Fort Benning and he is bobbing on his front legs — hence the name Ranger. Ranger found a wonderful, loving home with a military family that loves him very much (first photo, with girl).

Carson Tahoe SPCA: Cat Chow Building Better Lives
What was the money or product used for?

Our $1,000 grant was used to offset adoption fees.

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

Because of the grant we received, we were able to lower our adoption fees and find loving homes for more animals in our care.

How many pets did this grant help?

This grant allowed uf to help six puppies and 14 cats. We currently have an additional six kittens who will benefit from these funds.

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

Chance (first photo) accidently found himself in a feral trap in one of our outlying counties. The rescue group that had been trapping in the area contacted us for help. They were looking for a rescue group to take Chance in and find him an awesome new home. After neutering, vaccinating and chipping him, we took Chance to the adoption center at PetSmart. He was at PetSmart for quite some time, maybe because he was black and also a little out of his comfort zone. Before long he was noticed by a customer who actually had adopted a kitty a few years earlier and needed a friend. She fell in love with beautiful Chance and he headed for a great new life!

City of Emporia Animal Shelter: Cat Chow Building Better Lives
What was the money or product used for?

The money was used for adoption fees and spays and neuters that are required to be done at the time of adoption if the cat is not already altered.

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

We were able to find good, forever homes for several cats who would not have otherwise been adopted due to the adoption fee and the requirement of spaying and neutering.

How many pets did this grant help?

Seven so far, and we have $600 remaining. Our adoption fee is only $20 and several cats were already altered.

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

Faith, a little 6-month-old female kitten, was adopted on Feb. 14, 2015 by a woman who had recently lost one of her very loved cats. Faith was adopted to give Chloe, an older cat, a new friend since she had lost her old friend. Petfinder Foundation grant money was used to spay Faith and was greatly appreciated as she would not have been adopted at this time otherwise. As it turned out, Faith was a little rambunctious for the older cat and Faith now has a new friend named Kinsie, another adorable kitten. Grant money will be paying for Kinsie’s spay later this week.

On March 9, a young girl came into the shelter and was looking for a kitten. They had lost their cat a while back and thought it was time to give a kitten a new home. This was a family of 10 who loved animals. Well, the daughter fell in love with two. Her mother said they could only have one. They were offered the grant money for the adoption fees and neuters but she still said only one. Evan (first photo), now Blue, was decided upon and Arbie (second photo) remained behind, although the mother said the grant money would allow them to come back for him later. Several days later, Arbie had been selected to go to an out of town no-kill rescue; I called her to let her know and she told me they were coming to get him the next day. I offered her the grant money to neuter him and she politely declined and said someone else might need it.

These four cats could not have found better homes to grow up in. I believe they will have great lives and will be very much loved. Thank you for helping cats and kittens everywhere.

Southern Colorado Animal Rescue & Black Forest Animal Sanctuary: Cat Chow Building Better Lives
What was the money or product used for?

Thank you so much for the generous $1,000 grant to help us help cats awaiting their furever homes. We were able to take in a donated trailer which was in serious disrepair. We worked with a local Boy Scout troop and their Eagle Scout candidate, Michael. We were able to take a trailer (similar to a construction-site trailer) that was falling apart and refurbish it completely to turn it into our new cat habitat and adoption center. In addition, we offered free and discounted cat adoption fees and were able to place another 12 cats with special needs. We now have an insulated, refurbished, and very nice area where prospective adopters can visit our cats in a home-like, cage-free environment. We hope to add an outdoor fenced play area in the future.

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

We have a permanent area that we can now house additional cats and keep them more stress-free by being cage-free. We also worked with local companies for materials donations and our rescue group has become better known in our community since partnering with the Boy Scouts. By offering no-cost and low-cost adoption fees, we found homes for cats that we thought would never get adopted.

How many pets did this grant help?

Perpetual and ongoing now for years. In addition to helping cats, we adopted some other animals by people coming to visit the cats.

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

Big Red (first photo) and Snickers (third photo) were senior cats who were rescued from a 100+ cat hoarding situation almost two years ago. Most of these cats had irritable bowel/sensitive stomachs and severe feline dental resorptive disease. We were having so much difficulty placing adult cats and senior cats, let alone those with issues. We were also forced to rent a portable building to house the cats. With your grant, we got rid of the rental building, refurbished what is now our new cat building and found homes for numerous cats due to not having to rely on any adoption fees. We are so thankful for the Petfinder Foundation’s Cat Chow Building Better Lives Grant!

It Takes A Village Canine Rescue, Inc.: KONG Toy Grant
What was the money or product used for?

We are very grateful for the Kong donations. We were able to distribute them to the dogs in our care at our no-kill rescue center.

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

We continue to use the Kongs as part of our shelter enrichment program. Each day, the dogs staying at our shelter receive Kongs to enrich their stay at our rescue center. We find the Kongs help keep them entertained and calm, which makes them more adoptable.

How many pets did this grant help?

50

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

Lulu is a pitbull terrier who is living at our rescue center. She is the “office dog” and has a big comfortable bed in our office. She loves, loves to chew on her Kong. She is so happy when she has it and loves to lick the peanut butter stuffed inside.