Success Stories

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

Lake Norman Humane: KONG Toy Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The Kong toys are filled and frozen twice weekly and given to our dogs in-house as treats and to help with stimulation and shelter stress.

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

The Kongs are a great tool to use during high-traffic adoption fairs to keep the dogs stimulated and less stressed.

How many pets did this grant help?

This grant helps numerous animals, as the Kongs can be used over and over again.

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

We have had several pets succumb to stress or resource-guarding, and this grant has helped to alleviate stress and fixation. During high-traffic times and as rewards, our amazing pups are receiving stimulation with these Kongs. Pictured from top are Noble, a sweet 1-year-old male pit mix who came in with leg injuries (meet him: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/42807474); Louise, who has been adopted; Lucy; and Steven, a 5-year-old male pit mix (meet him: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/42807485).

Pennsylvania SPCA: Emergency Medical Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The grant money generously provided by the Petfinder Foundation was used to help cover a portion of the cost of Brownie’s extensive medical care.

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

The Petfinder Foundation grant helped us care for Brownie and her special medical needs resulting from cruelty and abandonment. Brownie has received lifesaving care and rehabilitation. She is now safe and sound as she awaits her forever home.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Brownie, a young pit-bull mix, arrived at our shelter in June of 2018 without much longer to live – a victim of unimaginable cruelty. Brownie was found abandoned in a small park in North Philadelphia. Someone had wrapped her in a fitted sheet and left her to die. She had severe bite wounds to her head that had never been treated and were necrotic. She was covered in maggots that were eating her rotting skin. She was so weak that she could not stand.

Upon Brownie’s arrival, our Shelter Hospital staff went into full-blown emergency mode. Brownie was septic, and her blood counts were so low she needed an immediate blood transfusion. Brownie’s condition was touch-and-go for several days, but it was obvious to everyone who met her that she wanted to live. Her spirit and affection towards everyone never wavered, and now she has recovered wonderfully.

Due to her injuries, Brownie did need to have much of the skin on her head removed, including one of her ears. She received skin-flap surgery to replace the missing skin and to cover her ear area. Happily, Brownie’s health is now stable, but she may need another surgery in the future. She is ready for adoption and patiently awaiting her forever home! She is a very energetic girl who is seeking a family that can provide basic training, love, and fun adventures! You can find out more about our sweet Brownie here.

Humane Society for Inland Mendocino County: Disaster Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The Petfinder Foundation grant funds dispersed to our facility enabled us to provide shelter and medical care to 24 animals evacuated from their homes due to the Ranch Fire.

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

We were able to give pet owners spay/neuter services, vaccinations, testing, microchips and emergency medical care for animals we took in that were in need.

How many pets did this grant help?

Dogs: 11; cats: 13

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

Runt, a cat (first photo), was found in the Blue Lake area, not far from what was her home. We provided medical care for the burned tops of her ears, her burned feet and serious respiratory problems due to smoke inhalation. Her owner walked into the burn area to rescue her and bring her to us. He also brought us seven other cats he was caring for at the time of the fire.

Bonnie (second photo), a pit bull terrier, came to us from the Upper Lake area, where she and her family lost their home to the Ranch Fire. Her family had rescued her from a life on the streets just six months prior. They are still working through the obstacles and aftermath of the fires and we hope to see all of them reunited soon. We continue to provide food, shelter and medical care for Bonnie.

Shenandoah Shepherd Rescue: Emergency Medical Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The money was put towards medical bills for a 9-month-old dog named Mango. He was hit by a car and had several broken limbs. His medical bills mounted to over $10,000, including emergency care, surgery, and physical and water therapy.

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

This grant helped us save Mango, who was moments from being euthanized due to his severe injuries.

How many pets did this grant help?

One: Mango

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

At 9 months old, in search of a scrap of food on the streets of Texas, Mango was hit by a car. Someone saw the accident and witnessed the driver flee. As he scooped up Mango’s bloody body, he called numerous vets, only to be turned away. Finally, he reached Mission Vet, which agreed to assess Mango for free, and so he raced over there. One of the first things done was to scan the puppy for a microchip. Lo and behold, they found one! Mango’s family was immediately called. The staff hoped his family would be terribly worried, but they were wrong. His family calmly explained he was no longer their problem, they had tossed him out three months ago, hung up the phone and went back to their dinner.

Mango was almost put to sleep on the spot, but the vets saw something special in this boy. He had a great will to live, and if given the proper care, could get a second chance for the love he so desperately wanted. Shenandoah Shepherd Rescue was called and given the option: Take this dog into our care, or he would be euthanized. Funds were tight, but we couldn’t let his story end this way, so we committed to doing what we could to save Mango.

Mango had bruised lungs, major blood loss, a terrible elbow fracture, and liver damage and was in shock, but with proper care, he was expected to make a full recovery. His owners may have decided he was worthless, but we were determined to prove them wrong.

Mango was stabilized and had surgery to repair a fractured right elbow and a fracture in his left shoulder. Then he received physical and water therapy and socialization. Once he was strong enough to travel and ready for adoption, he was transported to Virginia. Mango has since been adopted into his forever home. He will always have a little “skip” in his step due to his injury, but otherwise is a happy and healthy 1-1/2-year-old puppy! He has a wonderful dog mom and four-legged sister (fourth photo). They are all loving life together!

Animal Rescue Foundation: Dogs Playing for Life Mentorship Grant (Invitation Only)
What was the money or product used for?

Attendance by one of our behavioral-team volunteers at the Dogs Playing for Life training.

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

Our behavior team (which has been almost non-existent) has grown with the addition of wonderful volunteers, two of whom now have attended the Dogs Playing for Life training. Our behavior team has since enacted playgroups to help socialize our dogs and give them more time to play and be dogs, which in turn has increased their adoptability.

How many pets did this grant help?

We typically house 30-50 dogs at any given time at our shelter. The knowledge and training gained from Dogs Playing for Life will help countless dogs that we rescue, as we can help socialize them and make their stay here positive and hopefully get them forever homes faster as a result.

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

Spiderman is a really sweet pup, but a huge ball of energy, which was making it difficult to group him with other dogs. Our behavior team continues to work with him, taking him for long walks and giving him time with other dogs in playgroups. Since that time, Spiderman’s behavior has improved and more of the sweet, goofy side that makes him so lovable has come out. He’s still quite a lot to handle, so he will need a strong owner. But he’s been able to play and hang out with other dogs and we’re hoping his forever home is just around the corner. Thank you to Dogs Playing for Life and the Petfinder Foundation for helping our behavior team and the pups in our care. It’s truly been a great help, and we hope to be able to send others and continue to grow the behavior team. Meet Spiderman: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/39269335

Peaceful Passings Senior Animal Rescue: Senior Pet Adoption Grants
What was the money or product used for?

Rehabilitating Monty, a miniature pinscher. We will waive Monte’s adoption fee, which is $100. Monte is on insulin, five units, twice per day. The insulin costs about $35 per month, but we have had insulin donated. He is also on pancreatic enzymes.

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

Monty is now healthy and well, though not adopted because his medications cost about $200 per month. He is diabetic and needs to be on pancreatic enzymes.

How many pets did this grant help?

One – Monty

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

Monty was left in a building with little or no food and not much care for about eight months. The house was dirty and awful. The person who contacted me was a sister-in-law of the person who owned him and knew his situation was deplorable. She worried every night, knowing that he was living in these conditions, but because her brother and the owner had divorced, it made communication very difficult.

Our rescue was contacted and asked to accept Monty, which we did. He came to us emaciated, with major medical issues. Other than needing vaccines and blood work, he was diabetic and needed pancreatic enzymes. Slowly, Monty put on weight. We had his glucose levels checked on multiple occasions, and we finally got his insulin dosage correct. The pancreatic enzymes helped immensely.

Today, Monty is a healthy dog who will unfortunately probably never be adopted because his insulin and his pancreatic enzymes are costly. Not a problem! He can live with us if he has a good quality of life, and we believe that will be for a very long time. Active, playful, gets along with other dogs and a true family member, Monty is a great dog. We wish others would see the greatness in him. Meet Monty: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/39792299

Peaceful Passings Senior Animal Rescue: Emergency Medical Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Rehabilitation of our little dachshund named Sapphire. Sapphire’s condition was sad, really sad. Our vets evaluated her and thought they could make a remarkable improvement in her life and lifespan with surgery. Sapphire was a sweet, loving, house-trained, and obviously was someone’s pet, though no one came to claim her at our SPCA — probably because they could not afford her medical care. She had hook and whip worms, which have been addressed with medications. She was anemic and had a high white blood-cell count, but was not in need of a blood transfusion, per our vets (Old Dominion Animal Hospital in Charlottesville, VA). Without surgery, her white blood-cell count would not decrease, so surgery was an absolute necessity. She was scheduled for surgery on Aug. 12, 2018.

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

Sapphire had her medical needs met and now has been adopted.

How many pets did this grant help?

One – Sapphire

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

Sapphire was found as a stray by someone in our local community and taken to our local SPCA. The SPCA contacted us because Sapphire was a senior who needed surgery to remove a mammary mass (third photo) and repair a hernia. By way of a Petfinder Foundation grant, Sapphire was rehabilitated medically and adopted, with her adopter more than willing to accept the costs of her follow-up medical care. Today, Sapphire is a happy dog!

I Heart Dogs Rescue and Animal Haven: Emergency Medical Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The Emergency Medical Grant that was awarded to I Heart Dogs Rescue and Animal Haven was used towards Peaches’ medical bills for a leg amputation.

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

This grant was extremely helpful, in more ways than I can describe. Being a nonprofit and no-kill depletes our resources quickly when we help dogs in our care with medical procedures and emergencies. Receiving the Emergency Medical Grant allowed us to pay off one of many veterinary bills and lets us keep helping animals be healthy and happy, which betters their chances of landing in forever homes.

How many pets did this grant help?

One dog — and it made all the difference!

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

Peaches came to our rescue as a stray with an infected foot (fourth photo). She looked uncomfortable, but tolerated the pain unlike any human probably would. She was originally placed on antibiotics. When the infection was revisited, the veterinarian saw that gangrene had set in and Peaches’ leg needed to be amputated or she would likely die. Since losing her leg, Peaches has had very little difficulty adjusting to life on three legs. She is running, jumping, swimming, and playing like nothing ever happened to her. She spent some time in the home of one of our staff members, being fostered temporarily after surgery. She was not on Petfinder for more than a few days before her profile was removed because she had an adoption application! We are happy to report that she is in her forever home now. Peaches’ adopters say she has settled in great. They describe her as “comical.” Her forever family walks her on average 3-4 times a day, and when mom is out of town, Peaches gets to go with dad to work.

High Forest Humane Society: Petfinder Adoption Options in Action Grant (Invitation Only)
What was the money or product used for?

High Forest Humane Society was awarded $959.40 to purchase Kuranda beds for our dogs while they remain in foster care.

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

We LOVE having these beds in place! As a solely foster-based rescue, it has been difficult for us to provide consistent comfort for our foster dogs as well as maintain a high level of hygeine. We found many dogs shred, or urinate or defecate on, traditional stuffing-filled beds, and many of our foster homes did not have the capability to launder or repair heavily soiled bedding. The Kuranda beds have enabled us to provide comfortable, secure beds for our dogs while they remain in foster care, in a long-term, durable, easily sanitized product. Thank you!

How many pets did this grant help?

We purchased 11 large Kuranda beds. So far, they have been used by 27 dogs!

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

Included are several photographs of some of our foster dogs who have used the Kuranda beds: Brumby, Tripp, and Koda (from top). All three of these boys have found their forever homes! The fourth photo shows Brumby with his new family. We will continue to post photos of our dogs using their new beds on our website, highforesthumanesociety.org, and on our Facebook page. THANK YOU!

Fido and Fluffy's Rescue: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

We used our money to purchase vaccines for our new puppies that were born this month.

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

The grant helped us keep all of our dogs at the same vaccination stage. If we didn’t have the grant, it would be much more challenging to make sure that everyone was safe from disease.

How many pets did this grant help?

26 dogs

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

Meet Heidi (the black-and-white chihuahua on the right)! She was adopted from our rescue three years ago. Her mom is now a volunteer and fundraiser for our rescue. Heidi was rescued off the streets and now has the best life with her new foster sibling, Annie! She loves treats and wrestling around with her new sister. Together, the rescue, volunteers, and all our adopters help spread the messages of “adopt, don’t shop” and “peace, love, and rescue!” We love when our animals go out into the world with their new families and continue to spread this message. Thank you to the Petfinder Foundation grant for helping us make our dream a reality!