Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
We are very appreciative of the grant provided by the Petfinder Foundation, which allowed us to purchase a month’s worth of food for the 150+ animals in our care.
When the COVID pandemic started early this year, we were forced to cancel most of our fundraising events. We rely on weekly bingo games and several other fundraisers, such as cash bashes, to fund our ongoing operations. Thankfully, by receiving this Petfinder Foundation grant, we were able to purchase a month’s worth of food for our shelter dogs and cats, including some food needed for some animals with special nutritional needs.
Shortly after we received the Petfinder Foundation grant, we had three humane cases that resulted in more than 60 cats being surrendered to us. Many of these cats were in dire need of adequate nutrition and veterinary care. The funds we received from the Petfinder Foundation allowed us to give these animals the food they needed to recover from the horrible conditions in which they had been living.
The kitties in the first photo were suffering from upper-respiratory and eye infections, and were severely anemic from flea bites. They needed lots of care and TLC to bounce back into healthy kitties. We are happy to report that they have recovered from their ordeal and are now in loving homes.
Monty, the beautiful “house panther” (second photo), was rescued in one of our humane cases and is now healthy and looking for a new person to call his own. Meet Monty here.
The $250 grant was used to cover some of the intake vetting costs for a couple of the puppies we rescued at the beginning of the COVID crisis.
The $250 grant helped our rescue provide some of the medical costs to provide two puppy siblings, Bonnie and Clyde, with the help they needed to get healthy enough to be adopted.
Bonnie and her brother Clyde were two young puppies who were left at a shelter in poor health. Bonnie was the skinnier and more sickly one and Clyde was a healthier weight, but not as active as a puppy normally would be. After initial medical exams and treatments, Clyde perked right up and quickly became a high-energy, bouncy puppy who was adopted within a couple of weeks.
Poor little Bonnie did not fair as well, and her medical needs proved to be more than just being underfed and skinny. It turned out she had pancreatic issues that required special enzymes, shots and time in order to stabilize her.
This was a condition Bonnie would have for life, so we had to find just the right foster who would continue to provide all of the medical attention and love that Bonnie would need to thrive and become her wonderful doggy self. Luckily the perfect adopter chose Bonnie to be her new fur baby and has kept up with the medical regimen. Bonnie’s new forever family reports she is doing great and growing into a healthy, happy and spoiled dog, as she deserved.
Our grant was used to help pay for the care of bottle babies who had been orphaned, abandoned or rejected by their mothers. We have had a large number of bottle kittens come in this summer. We needed supplies, vaccinations, spay/neuters, medications and medical treatments to save these little lives. We used these funds on feeding supplies and vaccinations.
Grants like this one allow us to take kittens we may otherwise have to turn away. Knowing we have the funds to support their care for a few months is a great relief to not only our volunteers but our animal control officers and local pound staff.
This little black kitten (first photo) came to us with a cleft palate and lip, along with one smaller eye. He has been in foster care since he was born. He has not been adopted yet, but we know he will be soon.
The other kittens are all bottle babies who will be adopted out when they are of the appropriate age.
The generous grant funding from the Petfinder Foundation was used to provide essential, basic veterinary care to our shelter pets.
It costs our organization an average of $70 to provide standard, necessary veterinary care to our shelter animals. This care includes: spay/neuter, testing for heartworms, testing for feline leukemia, rabies and other core vaccinations, deworming, flea/tick prevention, and heartworm prevention.
The $250 awarded enabled us to spay/neuter and provide primary wellness care to two deserving cats and two grateful dogs.
The $250 grant helped four shelter pets receive spay/neuter surgeries and primary wellness care.
Funding from the Petfinder Foundation provided veterinary care to four deserving shelter pets. Two kittens, Ankha and Zucker (first photo), are the sweetest siblings who came to our organization from a local humane society. After being spayed/neutered and receiving primary preventative care, Ankha and her brother were on the hunt for their furever home. This cuddly duo was tightly knit, and they hoped they would find a family that would adopt both of them.
We are so pleased to report that this lucky pair are happy in their furever home, and they can now spend their days playing and snuggling together with their new family (second photo).
We have also included photos of two of the pups, Flareon (third photo) and Iceberg (fourth photo), who received care thanks to the grant funding. Each pup is happy at home and settling in with their new families.
We used the grant for spays and neuters.
Because of COVID-19, the vet was only doing spays and neuters on an emergency basis. We had only four such operations between late February and early June. Around the time we received the grant money, the restrictions on “elective surgeries” were relaxed and we were able to catch up. We don’t adopt out pet rabbits unless they are spayed/neutered.
Three male rabbits
Duke, a grey Netherland Dwarf, was neutered on June 8 using the COVID-19 Operation Grant and adopted Aug. 18. His family was so happy to have Duke join their family that they built a special large indoor habitat for him with places to climb and places to hide. They also created an Instagram account for Duke because he’s so cute!
Purchase of educational toys to keep both the cats and dogs stimulated. Catnip mice. Dog and cat beds
These items keep the cats and dogs happy while they’re waiting for their forever home. The animals are stimulated and using their senses.
Lollie really enjoys catnip. We provided her several different catnip toys to keep her stimulated and happy while waiting for adoption. These toys gave her exercise, too! Lollie was adopted within a few weeks. Seeing her playing with her catnip toys may have made the difference!
We were able to keep Bennie safe and comfortable while he waited for his new family by providing him a comfortable bed, flea/tick and heartworm preventative, high-quality food, new jackets, and a waived adoption fee. Thank you!
Thanks to funding received, we were able to ensure Bennie received everything he needed while in foster care and to help minimize initial costs for his adopter.
Bennie was the most overlooked pet we had. We thought he was absolutely the cutest, but hounds are a dime a dozen around here and, like many larger dogs, Bennie was passed over for the smaller, cuter pups.
But Bennie hit the jackpot when his adopter found him. Bennie loves being outdoors (when not stealing your spot on the couch) and his adopter couldn’t have been more perfect. As lovers of the outdoors, Bennie and his new mom are constantly walking/hiking, so Bennie gets his exercise and can smell to his heart’s content while spending time making awesome memories with his best friend!
The money was used to subsidize 10 adoption fees. These adoption fees are used to support the costs associated with preparing an animal for adoption, including spay/neuter and vaccinations.
This grant helped our organization by providing an incentive to get certain high-need animals into homes. This helped the pets in our care because they were particularly in need of getting out of the shelter environment due to health issues, behavioral issues, or age. Also, with high-need and hard-to-adopt animals finding homes, we are able to make more space for additional animals.
Wild Bill is a 2-year-old pit bull/heeler mix. He was brought to the WCSPCA as a stray and tested positive for heartworms. He was a resident at the shelter for longer than average and started to display signs of high stress due to the hectic environment. His health issues made it difficult to find an adopter.
Thanks to Purina’s support, we were able to market Wild Bill on social media with a waived adoption fee. Wild Bill was soon adopted by a loving family. He is now living the farm life, with plenty of land to run free on and two little boys to keep him active — a perfect situation for Bill. The family appreciated the waived adoption fees, as his heartworm treatment will be costly.
The money from this grant was used to supplement our medical-care fund, which was impacted by reduced income in the wake of COVID-19. Specifically, these funds were used to help cover the cost of a fracture repair surgery for a 9-month-old puppy named Sara. Without these funds, Sara’s only financial option for treatment would have been amputation of her front leg. She is now in recovery and walking well on all four legs while wagging her tail non-stop!
This grant provided funding that allowed us to save a dog’s leg rather than remove it based not on veterinary recommendation, but on the increased cost of care at a time when COVID-19 impacted our shelter budget.
Sara, a 9-month-old mixed breed puppy, was brought to a local emergency vet by her owners. Sara’s family noted that she had been limping for a few days. Incredibly, radiographs revealed that Sara’s left front radius had been completely fractured. Her family didn’t wish to cover the cost of treatment and surrendered her to Portsmouth Humane Society. Our team was torn: Our medical budget is tight, and an amputation is the least-expensive surgical option with the fastest recovery. Having the fracture repaired would be costly, might fail, and could keep the pet from being adopted for weeks to months during recovery. Luckily, we received word that the Petfinder Foundation had provided us with a $500 grant! We put this toward Sara’s surgery, and the vet clinic performing the procedure agreed to perform the repair at the cost of the amputation after the $500 had been paid. Sara is recovering in a foster home which will adopt her after she has been cleared by our veterinarian.
We utilized our grant specifically to help offset the adoption fees of bonded pairs so that they could stay together.
With air transportation off the island mandatory, this expense plus veterinarian care and sterilization go far above and beyond a typical adoption fee. We must remain competitive and realistic when looking for loving homes. The goal of keeping bonded pairs together has been a challenge to anyone who is willing to accept them both, but unable to meet the up-front financial investment. Your grant allowed us the flexibility to offset these fees and have that happy ending we all so desperately wanted. We are deeply grateful.
After surviving next to a small lake in the mountains of Puerto Rico, bonded pair Connie and Leanne were rescued in May 2019. At a year of age, they had already survived Hurricane Maria and in our care would survive more tropical storms and earthquakes. We had hoped to evacuate them long ago, but the perfect home had yet to be found and this pair found themselves bumped from time-sensitive and coveted transports. When the ideal home was found, we were able to ensure that we did everything we could to facilitate their adoption thanks to your wonderful support.