Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
I attended a DPFL Mentorship in Longmont, CO.
Because I won this grant, I was able to propose that the executive director approve two staff members to attend with me. This was hugely beneficial in terms of building strong staff-volunteer relationships, having the three of us experience the mentorship together and come back with a strategic plan. We have been able to implement a policy change and expand to another day of the week because of the mentorship. We also came back with more confidence and our playgroup sizes grew in size naturally.
It has helped all the dogs we have gotten into playgroup.
Violet (the brown dog with a black mouth pictured) was initially muzzled in playgroup — not for any worry of aggression, but because of her extreme leash-biting. We were worried she would grab other dogs’ leashes or collars and play too rough, or that she would just be too mouthy in general. She represents a common issue with some of our young dogs: She’d had zero basic training as a puppy, and was mouthy, energetic, and under-socialized. Yet she was SO eager to please and learn. Her muzzle came off pretty quickly after a few groups and she did so well, we started using her to assess new dogs! Playgroup gave her an outlet for her energy, but she’s also so smart, it provided great mental stimulation for her too. We were all so proud that an unpredictable, overgrown puppy in a muzzle had a few weeks of playgroups and then became a greeter for us. She was soon adopted!
Supplies — potty pads
This grant purchased a large box of potty pads, which is an expense that never gets reimbursed.
This donation purchased a large box of potty pads for a rabbit named Concord. Concord was hit by a car and was brought to South Bay Rabbit Rescue at 10:30 p.m. The good Samaritans who’d found him drove this rabbit 1 1/2 hours to us, as the three rescues closer to them refused to help. Concord has lived in a small enclosure for four weeks now and we use three to nine potty pads a day in his care. He has not been adopted yet, as he is still recovering. We are hopeful that, within three weeks, he will be healed and ready for adoption. He will always be a special rabbit to us.
We used the $500 in funds to purchase crates for our fosters.
When our agency closed, we sent all our dogs into foster and so went most of our crates. When the closure lasted for months and dogs kept coming into the agency, we needed additional crates to keep the foster project rolling. It was such a successful test for us to really take our foster program to the next level and send more pets home rather than have them in the shelter.
Judy Charlie is a pittie mix who came back to the shelter as a stray after being adopted out prior to COVID. This time she tested positive for heartworm, and needed a bit more supportive care behaviorally. We knew the heartworm treatment would be hard for her in the shelter, so we found a foster home for her. Unfortunately, Judy Charlie also had separation anxiety on top of it all and jumped through the front glass window. For her safety, she needed a crate to work on her separation issues. Judy Charlie is now heartworm-free and adopted, and doing great in her new home! Without these funds, we may not have had a crate to give this pup, and she could have returned to the shelter.
The delightful Kong toys were used to help our fosters feel more at home in their foster homes, and they were able to take the toys with them after adoption to help them acclimate to their new home. The toys kept the rescue dogs entertained in healthy ways during this adjustment period.
Our organization works through a network of volunteers and foster homes. We do not have extra funds to purchase many new toys for our rescues, so these Kong toys helped the pets in our care by providing them healthy entertainment.
While this grant helped more than 20 dogs in our care, we chose to highlight Jeannie, who was recently adopted! Jeannie is a 2-year-old terrier mix who was rescued from an outdoor hoarder. In that situation, she was kept outdoors in all types of weather and in a kennel with no roof or covering. She was able to more quickly adapt in her foster home due to her Kong toy. Now, she is loving her new life in her forever home. She is still in love with her Kong!
To support the lifesaving operations of MEOW Canine Division.
It primarily helped with vet expenses, including vaccines, parasite treatments, and spay/neuter costs.
Nikki was a street dog in Nepal, where one of our fosters was visiting. She contacted MEOW’s Canine Division and asked to bring him back to the states to our care. Nikki was fully vetted, vaccinated, treated for mange and other parasites, and spayed. She went to her loving forever home just yesterday! Go Nikki!!
Funding which we received through the Sponsor a Pet program went directly towards the pet(s) for whom the donation was made. As donation amounts vary, each pet received a special toy of their choice and a new treat. Funding for some was used toward their vet care, special nutritional needs, etc.
Receiving donations through the Sponsor a Pet program helps us to fund various needs for individual pets who require more care than others. Each donation is appreciated and very much needed for us to continue caring for and providing for so many special-needs pets. Through these donations, we can ensure the money donated goes directly to that specific pet and, if requested, can be used to buy a specific item that the donor would like for the adoptable pet. Overall, the donations we receive help us to provide a level of care for each pet that we would struggle to do without being given this opportunity.
Because of a donor who donated through the Sponsor a Pet program, we were able to purchase and provide a shelter for another sweet girl in need of help. Possibly a Christmas gift that was no longer wanted days after the New Year, Cinnabon was thrown from a car and found alone at a gas station when she was only 5 months old. Confused, scared and very afraid, she was glad to see our volunteer’s friendly face minutes after the incident happened. Because of her profile on Petfinder.com and the donation we received, our rescue was able to purchase the kennel along with supplies she needed for us to keep her safe until she finds a home. Meet Cinnabon here.
The Petfinder Foundation funds were used for an emergency cystotomy. A local shelter called PPR with an urgent medical case: a small female dog, Kay Kay, who was brought in and was in excruciating pain, with blood in her mouth and blood and urine stains on her coat; she was unable to urinate. She was suffering from five large bladder stones. We knew serious complications were possible if the five large stones weren’t removed right away, so a cystotomy was performed.
This grant allowed us to say “yes” to a special-needs dog at the local shelter who was in desperate need of urgent medical care and would have otherwise been euthanized. We were able to save one more life and get this dog the treatment she needed, then rehab her to the point of being adoptable and living a happy life with a new family.
After Kay Kay’s emergency surgery, she was placed on antibiotics, pain medication and a dietary supplement containing iron, copper and five vitamins. She also needed to be switched to a prescription diet for life to prevent the formation of more stones. Kay Kay stayed at the vet hospital for a couple of days for observation before heading to her new foster home.
In foster care, Kay Kay made great progress in healing and, when she was ready, she was put up for adoption. It didn’t take long for her new family to find her. They were looking for a “small dog to bond with and spoil.” Kay-Kay checked all the boxes: sweet, petite, and very fond of her human. When they met this little fluffball, Kay Kay was her usual delightful self, charming everyone around her.
Kay-Kay now has just what she wanted and needed: loving humans who are around most of the time and a fenced-in yard to zip around in. It is the perfect arrangement for a wonderful life and we were happy to be a small part of her journey! Thank you, Petfinder Foundation, for giving this girl a second chance in life!
Provided daily care at $35 per day, per dog.
Violet (first photo): This little dog in a Midwest mill was, in addition to all the usual perils of her situation, almost totally blind. She could not see who or what was coming at her at any given time. Fear was all that tiny Violet had known until we rescued her in August.
As it happened, one of our stalwart volunteers had come along on that trip — one who frequently welcomes special-needs fosters into her home. When she saw Violet, she scooped her into her arms and into her heart. It wasn’t long afterwards that the adoption took place.
Today, here’s what Jamye says about their newest family member: “Even though Violet is vision-impaired, it doesn’t slow her down. She has picked up on potty training, the stairs and layout of the house faster than any of our other 25 fosters had. Ms. Smarty Pants is her nickname, and she is a very happy, friendly girl.”
Each day for Violet — and for all the dogs we rescue — is a gift, a gift made possible by caring people like you.
We were granted Kong toys, which we used for the dogs at the shelter.
The Kongs provided enrichment for the dogs in our care and the “favorites” were sent along with them when they were adopted.
This is Rocky, a 5-year-old pit bull with chronic skin problems who was surrendered to our shelter. Rocky had been in his home since he was a puppy and had even made the move to West Virginia from down south with his family. His owners had to take in a young family member with behavior problems who ended up being mean to Rocky, so Rocky was surrendered to us for his own safety. He had been very loved and was very confused to be left with us.
Rocky spent about three months with us waiting on the best forever home, and during this time we received the Kong toy grant. I don’t think he had ever seen one before, but once he figured out that it had yummy peanut butter in it, it became one of his favorite things. His Kong was sent with him when he finally got a new family.
To give our foster dogs and puppies something to do to pass the time while they are in foster care
Many of our dogs come to us as strays, used to running free and doing as they please. Adjusting to life in a home, and spending time in a kennel, can be rough, and having these Kongs gives them something to do. It makes that transition into home life so much easier for them.
Over the last few months we have had a very large influx of litters of puppies we had taken into rescue. With puppies comes the challenge of trying to keep them all busy and occupied. We could not have done that without the Kong grant.