Success Stories

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

Humane Society of Marion County: Cat Enrichment
What was the money or product used for?

With the cat enrichment grant money, we purchased a large cat cage for our cats and kittens to stay in when they initially come to the shelter. We have a quarantine period for new intakes prior to them being with all the current resident cats. After they are fully vetted and have a clean bill of health, they go to the main cat shelter, which is a “free-range” facility where the cats can run, play, be cats, and interact with volunteers and potential adopters.

The Cat Enrichment Grant provided us with approximately half of the cost of the cage, which was a substantial help in purchasing this much-needed cage. This cage will be used for essentially all of the cats that come through our facility, and it is durable and easy to clean. Being able to clean and have easy access is very important since we are an all-volunteer group. The cage is roomy and comfortable for the cats as well.

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

This cage will be used for essentially all of the new intake of cats and kittens that come to our shelter. They have a comfortable, easy-to-clean cage that is roomy as well as well-ventilated. The cage has a door that is large enough that volunteers can easily walk into to clean the cage! This is a great improvement. This case is a comfortable transition for them to stay in prior to them coming into the main cat shelter once they have a clean bill of health. This cage is durable and will help countless cats and kittens through the years. So far it has helped 12 and it was just recently delivered!

How many pets did this grant help?

12

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

The cage was ordered immediately after the receipt of the grant funds and took a while to arrive as it is specially made for each order, according to the company. Once our volunteers unloaded it from the semi truck and assembled it, it was quickly utilized. This has helped kittens and cats already and the amount of cats and kittens this will help is really countless as there is no reason that this cage will not be used for an extremely long time, as it is very durable.

The two kittens pictured are part of a very large family of cats that we recently rescued. Many of the cats and kittens had severe eye conditions, which have resulted in significant vet care and surgeries. All of their medical needs were immediately attended to. The two kittens pictured are not quite big enough to be spayed, but once they are, they will be up for adoption and we see no reason they won’t be adopted quickly, as they are loving kittens with great personalities. They have overcome so much in their short lives and are very sweet.

Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter: Petfinder Adoption Options in Action Grant (Invitation Only)
What was the money or product used for?

This grant is helping to fund our kitten coordinator position. This seasonal position aids shelter staff and increases lifesaving by working to match the right kitten or litters of kittens with the right foster. Then, when they are ready for adoption, the kitten coordinator works with shelter staff and volunteers to arrange for them to go to our shelter’s adoption center or one of our offsite adoption locations.

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

Our shelter easily receives upwards of 1,500 cats and kittens during our “kitten season.” This puts a great strain on staff. With staff being spread so thin, reaching a 90% save rate for cats and kittens during this period was impossible. However, with the introduction of a temporary position during kitten season last year, we were able to hit that 90% mark. This year, we hope to increase the lifesaving by again adding the kitten coordinator.

How many pets did this grant help?

1,500

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

Four little kittens entered the shelter soaking wet and ice-cold. Shelter staff worked hard to get them warmed up and stable. The litter were covered in scabs and dried blood and were very emaciated. One boy had rear paralysis and passed suddenly. A sister went into respiratory distress and passed. The remaining kittens were in such bad shape, staff were worried they wouldn’t make it through the night. Even so, staff didn’t give up. With the help of the kitten coordinator, the remaining kittens, Lenny and Carl, went into the home of a seasoned foster for round-the-clock care. One week later, the two brothers are doing great! They are not ready for adoption quite yet, but will be soon!

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

The Pasadena Humane Society was awarded a 2020 Adoption Options in Action grant from the Petfinder Foundation. The money was used to provide 20 spay/neuter surgeries to shelter animals awaiting adoption.

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

This grant allowed us to provide a spay or neuter surgery to 20 available, adoptable animals before they were adopted. By having animals receive this surgery before their adoption, they are able to go home the same day they are adopted.

How many pets did this grant help?

20

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

In January 2021, Pasadena Humane received news of 12 cats in need of immediate veterinary care living in a single resident home. A property management company made the shocking discovery after one of their tenants passed away. The poor cats were alone and hungry and were in desperate need of immediate help. The property management company contacted Pasadena Humane and we quickly took the cats into our care.

When the cats arrived at Pasadena Humane in tiny carriers, they were confused and scared, and many of them appeared to have severe upper-respiratory infections. Our veterinary staff began the long process of carefully examining each of the 12 cats to determine their condition and provide any needed medical care.

Two of the cats were admitted to our ICU, where they received the medical care that they needed. The other cats were placed in foster homes, where they were treated for their illnesses. While in foster care, all the cats thrived! Prior to their adoptions, all 12 cats received a spay or neuter surgery.

PA Caring Hearts: Petfinder Adoption Options in Action Grant (Invitation Only)
What was the money or product used for?

The grant monies received from the Petfinder Foundation were used toward dentals for four senior dogs and physical therapy/protheses for two juvenile cats with wonky rear legs.

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

The dentals received by the senior dogs helped them by relieving their painful chewing and preventing illness due to oral infections. Peanut and Uri, the kittens, received physical therapy for their rear legs to increase their mobility and reduce their pain.

How many pets did this grant help?

Four senior dogs and two juvenile cats.

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

Peanut (first four photos) has no idea she was born with wonky back legs. She only knows that she loves life, she loves her new mom and dad, and she enjoys tormenting her two feline siblings who look just like her! She tolerates her physical therapy, handled her surgery well, and, we are sure, will give it her best shot to master the protheses ordered just for her! “Happy, happy, happy” best describes this young lady. And did we say “active”? Yup, definitely active. From the get-go, Peanut embraced her life with gusto. Her foster home included lots of kids, including human foster kids, rescued dogs and cats, and a huge-hearted foster mom and dad. A truly blended family. Now she zips around showing how great life is with her furrever family. She, of course, considers herself the boss. Watch out world, here comes Peanut!

Cabot Animal Support Services: Dog Field Trips/Short-Term Fostering Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The grant was used to create go-bags for our Hounds on the Town Doggie Field Trip program. Specifically, we purchased canvas bags with our logo, “business” cards to hand out to anyone interested in a dog while on an outing, Adopt Me bandanas, water bowls, poo bags, pens and folders for outing-goers to write up a report card, and custom logo stickers for the water bowls and for windows of businesses that allow pets.

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

We have seen an increase in the number of Hounds on the Town outings, which directly resulted in more rescue tags, fosters, and adoptions. In addition, we’re noticing happier, sleepier pets when they return from an outing.

How many pets did this grant help?

Thanks to supported self-rehoming and public return-to-home methods, the number of pets in the shelter has decreased. Currently, nine individual dogs have been able to go on outings; of those, four have been able to go out more than once.

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

Mr. Rogers (first and second photos) was our resident old man. He was having a hard time finding a foster or adopter because of his age. A community member took him out on a Hounds on the Town outing and showed off his “young dog” side. As a result, he was quickly tagged by a rescue organization!

Raj (third and fourth photos) had kennel anxiety during his stay at the shelter. As a result, he didn’t show well in the kennel to potential adopters, and rescues were hesitant to tag him based on his exhibited behavior. Through his Hounds on the Town outings, Raj’s anxiety decreased and he was adopted by a loving family!

SPCA of Northern Nevada: COVID-19 Operation Grant
What was the money or product used for?

This grant of $1,000 went into our general operating fund to cover the additional costs associated with operating in a pandemic.

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

One year ago today, the world changed forever, and SPCA-NN did as well.

We had to close our thrift store and adoption center to the public. We moved all pets in our care, except for five cats, into foster homes over three days; temporarily halted all community spay/neuter and vaccine clinics; and developed at-home learning programs to keep our team employed and progressing. Managers had to create new schedules and training and re-prioritize goals. We created strict COVID-19 protocols, which helped prevent a staff infection or outbreak. We created virtual processes for everything from adoptions to fosters, HR tasks, meetings, training, team communications, and more. And all of these tasks cost us money and valuable resources. Your $1,000 grant came at a time when it was really needed, when we had no idea how we were going to move forward.

How many pets did this grant help?

In spite of all the challenges last year threw at us, we were still able to rescue and adopt out more than 1,400 pets in 2020!

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

Howdy! My name is Stan and I am an 8-year-old terrier/collie mix with the boundless energy of a puppy! I love treats — I mean, REALLY love treats. And while they say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, I will probably do or learn anything for a chunk of a hot dog. Second to treats, I love humans. I love when they scratch behind my ears, give me pets, and tell me I’m a good boy. I am a big kisser, so if you don’t want my licks, then you’ll probably need to train that out of me. I’m great on a leash and love going on walks! Give me exercise and a puzzle treat and afterward, I’ll relax and hang out by your feet. If you have a back yard, even better! I would love to be able to explore and see what treasures lie within the confines of your property!

(Stan was successfully adopted by a new family in 2020!)

NaNook & NaKoda's Big Paw Rescue: P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds
What was the money or product used for?

The beds were used as we were trying to unpack them! The dogs immediately began lying on them and they have now been put in the dogs’ crates (set up like little bedrooms) and laid around their fosters’ living room floors and outside on the deck for those senior dogs who appreciate something soft to lie on while they enjoy the outdoors.

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

This grant helped us provide warm, soft bedding for all the dogs in our care. This is sometimes difficult to do, as some of the dogs tend to chew on their beds, but we’ve now had these out for four days and none of the dogs have tried to chew on them, but are instead enjoying the soft places to lie.

How many pets did this grant help?

23

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

We pulled Violet from [an open-intake] shelter when she was about 12 weeks old. She was in danger of being euthanized because she was a huge, black puppy. She has had three adoption attempts that didn’t take, so she continues to be with us. However, she earns her keep: She helps discipline and teach new dogs the rules, she intervenes when young puppies are annoying our senior dogs, and she is a great ambassador for our community programs where we go around to schools and talk to kids about how to be with a dog and the fact that they are a lifetime commitment. Violet loves having a soft place to lie and was one of the first babies to check out the new beds when we began opening the box! Watch a video of opening (box) night. Meet Violet here.

Houston Humane Society: Disaster Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Due to damage sustained to the shelter from the winter storm, many repairs were required, including replacing the well pump and water filter, copper pipes in the kennels, and two new batteries for the generators. The Petfinder Foundation grant funds were used to reimburse HHS for these repairs.

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

This grant enabled us to replenish the accounts that we used to pay for the upfront costs of damage repairs. This meant that we could use that money on the care of the animals instead.

How many pets did this grant help?

300

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

The Houston Humane Society rescued eight dogs and one adult pig from the deadly temperatures during last month’s winter freeze. The dogs were discovered after a report was made to the Harris County Animal Cruelty Taskforce by a concerned citizen. The officers on-scene from the Harris County Sheriff’s Office and Harris County Pets, partners of the Harris County Animal Cruelty Taskforce, shared that the animals appeared to have been left outside with no shelter, food, or water access during the storm, during which temperatures reached a horrifying 18 degrees.

The youngest victim, a puppy, was found barely alive, covered in ice, and suffering from a broken jaw, clearly the result of abuse. The puppy, now named Arctic (first three photos), received specialized surgery to repair her injuries. She remains in stable condition. We are happy to share that our strong girl Arctic will now begin her long road to recovery with her head held up high. She has refused the feeding tube that veterinarians thought she would need, and instead prefers her food wet and in a bowl!

Like many Texans, Arctic is resilient and a true example of how Texans progress toward recovery: proud and tough. Arctic is a sweet girl who, despite the stitches, loves to give wet kisses and will attempt to hug you when held. She is sure to have that tail wagging, begging for attention when you come near. The rest of the pups and pig remain under medical review and are adjusting well to volunteers and staff. All enjoy treats and playtime. The pig especially enjoys fresh strawberries.

Haile's Angels Pet Rescue: Petfinder Adoption Options in Action Grant (Invitation Only)
What was the money or product used for?

The grant money was used to provide additional surgery and diagnostics to rescue animals in need of more in-depth medical care.

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

This grant helped pay for a mastectomy and pathology for a small, adult terrier-mix dog and also an enucleation, dental, and growth removals for a geriatric small-breed terrier-mix dog.

How many pets did this grant help?

2

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

Bernadette is a middle-aged female terrier mix who came to the rescue with a large, ulcerated mammary tumor. With the help of the Petfinder Foundation Adoption Options in Action grant, we were to provide Bernadette with a mastectomy and the histopathology to determine whether the tumor was cancerous or not. Unfortunately, the tumor was cancer and had already spread to a local lymph node. Bernadette was placed in hospice foster due to her guarded prognosis. Luckily, her foster is a human medical doctor and is still interested in adopting Bernadette and providing her with a specialty oncology workup. This would not have been possible without the grant to pay for the surgery, pathology, and veterinary consultation with the foster to provide the definitive diagnosis to provide Bernadette with the best care.

Tiny Tuna is a geriatric small-breed terrier mix who came to the rescue blind from cataracts and with glaucoma causing pain in her left eye. She also had mammary growths and severe dental disease. Thanks to the Petfinder Foundation Adoption Options in Action grant, we were to provide her with growth-removal, an eye enucleation, and a dental cleaning. We were also able to send the growths for histopathology to determine whether they were cancerous or not. Tiny Tuna is recovering well from her surgeries and the histopathology results are pending. Hopefully we will have good results to have her adopted to her forever home to live out her senior life!

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

This grant money went to providing foster families with all the supplies they needed to give their fosters excellent care. It went toward specialty food purchases, heating pads, whelping pools, and toys.

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

This grant helped us offer better care to all our foster families by providing specialty items that we don’t usually have access to. It also helped us offer more items to more foster families.

How many pets did this grant help?

40

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

Bandit, a boxer-pointer mix (first photo), had been in shelter with us for several months. Through this grant, we were able to provide her foster mom with training classes and keep her stocked on food supplies for the three and a half months Bandit was in foster. After searching for a new home for almost seven months, Bandit was finally able to get her fur-ever home (second photo). This would not have been possible without the additional training courses.

Our other happy tail is that of a small kitten named Gordy (bottom three photos). Gordy was placed into a foster-to-adopt home with his now fur-ever human, Rebekah, so that she could work on his human and dog skills. Gordy was also placed in a foster-to-adopt home because, at the time, we had limited access to spay and neuter surgeries. With the help of this grant, we were able to provide a well-rounded kitten diet and medication when Gordy got a small upper-respiratory infection.