Success Stories

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

Hands Helping Paws, Inc.: Shelter Challenge
What was the money or product used for?

The funds were used for the medical care of cats/kittens in our program.

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

This grant provided us the funds to spay/neuter and rabies vaccinations.

How many pets did this grant help?

28

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

Weaver and his sister, Meisha, who were found as homeless kittens at a homeless shelter were neutered/spayed with these funds.

Ponca City Humane Society: Orvis Animal Care Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The funds went to treat 5 parvo puppies that we obtained as strays. Our local vet graciously reduced our cost to allow us to be able to treat the puppies at $250.00 each. We sadly have very limited income to treat parvo cases and financially we are always in a bind. We are very thankful for the donation since it allowed us to save 3 of the puppies.

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

This grant allowed us to provide the much needed medical care for the litter of puppies. Some did not succumb to parvovirus while others became seriously ill. We sadly did lose 2 of our puppies. All of the remaining puppies have been adopted and have wonderful homes now because of the support offered by Petfinder Foundation and Orvis!

How many pets did this grant help?

The grant allowed us to treat 5 parvo puppies. Even though the cost was $250.00 each, our veterinarian helped us reduce the cost lower to cover all 5 puppies for $1000.00. We were very grateful for Dr. Free’s assistance and support.

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

Roxy and Her Babies: A Story of Survival and Determination to Win the Odds

PCHuS was contacted back in beginning of March 2013 by an individual who had found a stray that had had puppies behind our local skate park. We at that time did not have room to take the stray and the puppies in but we were able to secure the person who found them to keep them as a temporary basis as a foster. She was able to house them momentarily but began to inform us that her neighbor was trying to take the mother dog, now named Roxy. Roxy sadly was stolen from foster’s yard on March 17th. The puppies, who were still nursing, were found scattered in the driveway of the home. Luckily, the foster was able to locate all 8 of the puppies. We scrambled for fosters and were able to find two fosters that were willing to take the puppies in. They were fostered for roughly two weeks and returned to our facility. Roxy was eventually found at our local Animal Control and we were able to reclaim her from there.
The puppies continued to thrive but sadly they were exposed to parvovirus by another litter of puppies that we obtained from our local Animal Control that same week. Of the 8 puppies, only 5 came down with parvovirus. All were admitted into our local vet and aggressive treatment was started. Sadly, we lost 3 of the female puppies. We were very saddened that with even aggressive treatment we were unable to save them all. The remaining puppies recovered well and our first puppy from that litter, Disco, was adopted on March 8th. The second puppy from that litter, Buster, was adopted on March 10th. Disco went home with a lovely young lady. While Buster now named Ace, was adopted by a father and son/daughter team. On June 12th, Linus was adopted by the Wyckoff family and they adore him. Hank, our last male puppy, was adopted on July 5th by the Browns. Our last puppy to be adopted was Pepper. She was growing fast and making friends here but had no luck being adopted. That was until Nate from Wichita, KS looked through PetFinder and found her picture. He contacted us and request more information. He loved what he heard but it was until we sent him a video that he was “sold.” He arrived on July 11th, did a meet & greet, and fell in love. He adopted her on the spot! We wish all the puppies the best in their new homes.

The only animal left in this story is Roxy herself. She is a 1-2 year old Catahoula mix, adorable, outgoing, friendly, and smart dog. She is still looking for that forever home which we know will come one day for her. We do welcome anyone interested in Roxy to contact us. We promise that once you meet her in have some social time in our play yard, you would fall in love.

The Ponca City Humane Society does want to give Petfinder a huge Thank You! for the generous Orvis grant. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit no-kill small Humane Society that does not receive any government funding and relies on the good will and generosity of individuals, corporations, and adopters, and donors to keep us going. The survival of this family came down to the ability to obtained needed funding for the veterinary cost and ultimate vaccinations and spaying surgery. We are grateful for the support as well as Petfinder’s ability to help us network our animals to find forever home!

Blind Cat Rescue & Sanctuary, Inc: Shelter+ Challenge
What was the money or product used for?

Vet bills

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

Provided us funding for 1 week’s vet bills.

How many pets did this grant help?

4

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

Snicker was found as a stray and taken to an [open admission] shelter. This grant helped him go for his yearly check up, get full blood, fecal, UA and a dental. He says thank you for his pearly whites!

Maple Hill Farm Toy Breed Rescue LLC: SNAP-X
What was the money or product used for?

The money was used to spay/neuter/vet dogs for adoption.

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

This grant enabled us to take in many more dogs than we would have been able to do with our current funds.,

How many pets did this grant help?

10

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

Lucinda came from a puppy mill so she has never known love or companionship. She has spent her life in a small cage having litters of pups. She is about 4 years old and weighs about 12 pounds. Her spay was sponsored by a Petfinder grant.

Sherman was a dog sent to us by a lady from Shelby. She found him and tried to find a home for him but could find no one, so she sent him to us. He is a poodle mix — we felt even possibly part Chinese crested. [A couple] came to adopt Laura; they liked her but then saw Sherman and the husband could not stop loving on him. So they ended up deciding to adopt him instead!

Thor is so tiny we gave him a big name. He weighs about 3 pounds but still thinks he is big stuff. He is three years old. Thor came from a breeding kennel so spent his life on the bars of a cage. We thought he was not even going to be able to walk very well but freedom has meant building muscle for this boy and he loves his freedom. Thor can be very timid upon first meeting new people but he loves attention so much that he rolls over for belly rubs.

Boston Terrier Rescue Canada: Shelter+ Challenge
What was the money or product used for?

This money was used to help pay for luxating patella surgery for a sweet Boston in our care named Roxie.

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

Without luxating patella surgery, Roxie would have been deemed unadoptable. She would have faced a life of pain, which is no way for a young dog to go through life.

How many pets did this grant help?

one – Roxie

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

Roxie came into our program as a listless girl in constant pain. She was able to get around on three legs, however it was apparent that her quality of life could be greatly improved with orthopedic surgery to correct her luxating patella.

Roxie is certainly not the same dog that came into our rescue program. Roxie is now ready for adoption and this is the bio that was written by her foster mom:

“Picture boundless energy in four-legged motion, and that’s Roxie. Imagine endless enthusiasm disguised as a small black and white Boston Terrier, and that’s Roxie. Conjure up a happy whirlwind of kisses and affection, and that’s Roxie.

“This exuberant 2-year-old, with the inky splotch, like a large beauty spot, on her forehead, is as sweet as she is friendly. And there’s nothing she likes more than putting all of her good feelings out there, on display, for everyone to see and share.

“Currently being fostered with two male Boston Terriers, this feisty little female is the undisputed leader of their tight pack of three, as they romp and wrestle and tumble together. Despite her impish playfulness, however, she listens very well to her foster mom’s instructions and is most eager to please. She’s also fully housetrained and settles easily into her crate when it’s time for rest and relaxation.

“She walks well on leash, but when she meets new dogs, her excited and energetic form of greeting can, all too often, be misconstrued by dogs and owners alike. She recently underwent successful surgery for luxating patella, and given her natural ebullience and go-go-go pace, you’d never even know it.

“Now that she’s looking for her forever home, what Roxie needs most is someone who’s ready, willing and able to teach her the proper rules, boundaries and limitations required for every well-behaved and obedient dog. With an experienced owner, who’s both patient and consistent, this bright young student will learn her lessons quickly and go on to thrive.

“A warm-hearted and loving dog, Roxie’s greatest wish is to be welcomed into a family as warm-hearted and loving as she is.”

[UPDATE: Roxie has been adopted!]

Greyhound Pets, Inc.: Shelter+ Challenge
What was the money or product used for?

The money was used to help with the transportation costs to move a load of 20 greyhounds from Florida to our group in Washington State.

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

In February we moved a load of 20 greyhounds from Florida to Washington State at the cost of $3,000 for the transportation. The $1,000 grant helped us greytly with being able to make that load happen.

How many pets did this grant help?

There were 20 greyhounds on the haul.

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

One of the dogs on the haul was a boy by the name of Scupper. He had broken his front right leg racing. There was no money in Florida to do the surgery necessary on this boy. Because of this grant, we were able to get Scupper on the haul and get him the surgery necessary. Scupper is healing well and should be up for adoption in the next month.

Humane Society of McCormick County: Shelter+ Challenge
What was the money or product used for?

The $1,000 shelter+ challenge grant was a wonderful gift. We are an all volunteer private rescue group and we take care of 35 dogs and 15 cats on average. We are a no-kill organization so we keep them until they find a forever home. This money was used for exams and vaccinations for our dogs and cats for the month of May.

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

The $1,000 shelter+ challenge money was used for exams and vaccinations for 29 dogs and cats in our care for the month of May. We are an all volunteer group that does not receive any public money so we constantly have to fundraise in order to keep picking up and adopting out dogs and cats in our county. This money was very appreciated.

How many pets did this grant help?

29

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

In March, we trapped a litter of 5 dogs. They were all shy of people and other dogs and were about 4 months old. Two were taken into foster homes to help socialize td hem with people and dogs. The remaining three eventually overcame some of their shyness with the help of another friendly dog at the pens and some very patient volunteers. Two of the three puppies at the pens went through 6 weeks of training class at PetSmart that dramatically helped their social skills and confidence. They are still waiting to be adopted but they are now spay/neutered, up to date on their shots, and healthy. The shelter+ challenge grant money helped pay for exams and vaccinations for all 5 of these dogs (Bonnie, Tucker, Hooch, Bootsie, and Bart).

Humane Society of Grand Bahama: Shelter+ Challenge
What was the money or product used for?

Medicine and Medical supplies

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

It allowed us to pay for badly needed medical supplies for animals that needed extra help.

How many pets did this grant help?

At least several dozen

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

Bounce was surrendered by his owner as a young puppy due to a severe case of mange. Despite his discomfort, he is the sweetest puppy and we were so happy to be able to help him. He is now ready for his forever home. Thank you Petfinder Foundation!

Rolling Dog Farm: Shelter+ Challenge
What was the money or product used for?

General operating expenses for food, veterinary care, utilities, etc.

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

It helped us pay for all the important things that make running a place like this possible.

How many pets did this grant help?

30 disabled dogs

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

Please see our blog post on a blind dog named Darla, who just had cataract surgery last week and can now see again for the first time in years:
http://blog.rollingdogranch.org/rolling_dog_ranch_animal_/2013/07/i-can-see-you-now-so-hand-it-over.html

The Last Resort: Shelter+ Challenge
What was the money or product used for?

Our never ending veterinary bills!

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

Our mission is to rescue neglected, abandoned or abused animals and a large part of the rehabilitation of these animals is the extensive medical care required to make these animals ready for re-homing. Before the animals can be rehomed we have to ensure that they have received all the necessary vaccinations necessary to keep them healthy, have been cleared of all parasites; internal and external, and most important of all they need to be neutered so that they will never be a contributary factor to the problem of unwanted companion animals we have in our world.

Basic medical care such as the above can easily cost hundreds of dollars but because we are often working to help animals that have been abused their medical cost can be much higher. One animal that was helped by this recent grant was Wyndall.

How many pets did this grant help?

A large part of the money went to saving Wyndall and the rest of the grant was used to pay down our medical bills so that we could continue to help animal in need like him.

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

Wyndall was just 8 weeks old when he was left at animal control with a deep puncture wound and a broken jaw. These were not life threatening injuries but when abandoned at a high kill facility with no budget for medical care they were enough to place Wyndall at the top of the kill list. A kindly employee contacted us to see if anything could be done to help this poor baby. Arrangements were made to transport Wyndall to New Jersey but rescue almost came too late for this small dog. His inability to eat hard food and exposure to the kennel environment caused him to arrive severely dehydrated and suffering from a respiratory infection. Wyndall was rushed to the animal hospital and thanks to medical intervention was able to make a full recovery. His foster Mom refers to him as “the sweetest, sweetest puppy” and “an absolute joy.” Thanks to the medical care that the Shelter Challenge was able to provide this gentle, little animal the only lasting effect of his mistreatment is a slight grinding noise when he eats.