Success Stories

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

SPCA of Polk County, Texas: Petfinder Adoption Options in Action Grant (Invitation Only)
What was the money or product used for?

Paid the vet bill for surgery on a stray dog who required leg amputation.

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

Relieved the pain the dog was in and gave him a better chance at adoption.

How many pets did this grant help?

One

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

Roady is an American Staffordshire terrier mix who is about 2 years old. On May 22, 2018, he was found limping down the street near our shelter, begging for help. He appeared to have been injured several days before and was unable to walk normally on his right front paw. The paw was turned under and the skin on top of the paw was rubbed raw from walking on it. The dog was obviously in pain and was taken to the vet.

The medical examination revealed that he had nerve damage to his right front leg, requiring it to be amputated, and a testicle that had not descended, required neutering. Roady also had a broken tail and numerous scrapes and sores.

After recovering in foster care, where he learned to get around on three legs, Roady was presented at an adoption event hosted by the local Tractor Supply in Livingston, Texas, on Aug. 25. Roady is a sweet, gentle dog who would rather be petted than eat. A young couple saw Roady and fell in love with him. They had recently lost their pit bull to illness. They loved their pittie and wanted another one to fill the hole that had been left in their hearts. The potential adopters had three other dogs, so Roady visited their home the following Monday for a very successful meet-and-greet. He stayed with the couple on Tuesday and Wednesday and was adopted the following day.

Humane Society of Lincoln County: New Year, New Home
What was the money or product used for?

The money was used to subsidize both reduced and waived adoption fees.

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

We were able to waive adoption fees for veterans and reduce adoption fees on some of our harder-to-place animals.

How many pets did this grant help?

24

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

One specific pet who comes to mind is Quielo. Quielo was found tied to a four-foot chain in the yard of a burned-out house. His owner had been in jail and, when released, only fed and watered the poor dog once or twice a week. The poor guy was underweight and had a terrible skin condition. His ears had been cropped so close that he hardly had any ears left. Still, after all that, he was still a sweet, loving boy. Of course, being a pit bull didn't help his situation due to the negative reputation that follows this breed. To make matters worse, he was diagnosed with heartworm.

We thought his luck had changed when a retired veteran came by the shelter, fell in love with him and took him home. With the help from another rescue group, RADAR (Raising Aid for Dogs At Risk), we were able to raise the funds to pay for his heartworm treatment. Being a recipient of the Petfinder Foundation New Year, New Home Grant, we were able to waive the adoption fee. Seems like all is great -- but not so fast! When Quielo's new owner's son came to visit with his family and saw that his father had a pit bull living there, he told his dad that either the dog goes or neither he nor the grandkids would ever be back to visit. Consequently, Quielo came back to the shelter. Poor guy was so depressed.

A couple of weeks later, a truck driver comes in and wants to adopt Quielo so he can travel around in the truck with him. Sounded like a great fit, as Quielo just loves going for rides. Once again, off he goes, only to be returned again because the boss of the trucking company wouldn't allow him to travel in the truck and the owner's elderly mother could not take care of him. Once again, Quielo is back at the shelter.

Several weeks pass, then one day this sweet young lady comes in and just falls in love with him. So in love that she actually is crying. She promises to take him for his heartworm treatment and give him the best home ever. Again we were able to waive the adoption fee and, with our fingers crossed once again, we said goodbye to Quielo (first photo). I guess the powers that be were finally smiling down on him, because he is now in a loving home and is receiving all the love and attention he deserves. It really was a New Year, New Home for him.

Nashville PITTIE: Emergency Medical Grant
What was the money or product used for?

See below.

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

See below.

How many pets did this grant help?

One- Freddy

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

This emergency grant was used for orthopedic surgery to fix a broken femur in an 8-week old puppy who had been found abandoned in a park by local animal control. Freddy also had a mass between his shoulder blades that was removed and tested and found to be benign.

This was an expensive surgery to have performed. At the time, the break was already a few days old, and his little body had tried to encapsulate the break with scar tissue. This tissue had to be cut away to expose the femur, which was fractured in two pieces. Multiple screws and pins were used to repair the femur. Due to the age of the break, it was uncertain whether Freddy would regain the use of his leg. If he did not, then his leg would have been amputated. Thankfully, he regained full use of his leg after a few months. Meet Freddy: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/41427234

Casa de Love Animal Rescue: Senior Pet Adoption Grants
What was the money or product used for?

The money was used to help with the vetting of the seniors. We rescue so many and the vetting is a lot for these guys.

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

It enabled us to rescue the seniors whom we would not have been able to otherwise. We just don’t have the money for the vetting.

How many pets did this grant help?

2

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

Little Zinnia was in the shelter dying of pneumonia. Literally. This money allowed us to rescue her and take her straight to the vet. It was touch-and-go for a couple of weeks, but finally, after about six weeks, she turned around. After that, she needed a dental. Her teeth were completely rotten. We were so thankful for this grant.

Castaways Pet Rescue, Inc.: Petfinder Adoption Options in Action Grant (Invitation Only)
What was the money or product used for?

We purchased the materials to build a new cattery for the rescue (third photo). Previously, the adolescent cats were kept in crates with litter boxes and food and water. This method does not give them ample room to run and play and it is difficult to keep their habitats clean. We purchased the materials to build a cattery so that the young, sterilized cats awaiting adoption can have a place to get some energy expended.

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

In 2017, Castaways Pet Rescue adopted 205 cats and kittens, and we are on track to adopt many more this year. We are currently at over 170 adoptions for 2018 as this grant report is being written. It has been a horrific kitten season and the rescue is currently housing approximately 50 cats and kittens.

How many pets did this grant help?

170

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

Mama kittie Sheba (first photo) gave birth to the kittens in the second photo. The kids have now "flown the coop" and Sheba is getting a little exercise time to get her girlish figure back before she goes to PetSmart for adoption.

PALS Animal Shelter of Lincoln County: Emergency Medical Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The Petfinder Foundation Emergency Medical Grant award of $1,000 was put towards Jase’s medical bills. His surgery alone cost almost $5,000. PALS is very grateful for the Petfinder Foundation award to assist with these veterinary expenses.

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

The Petfinder Foundation grant helped with the shelter’s veterinary expenses for Jase, and allowed the shelter to continue to provide veterinary care to other homeless animals who have entered the shelter. PALS receives no government funds and relies solely on private donations. PALS is very appreciative of the financial assistance provided by the Petfinder Foundation to ensure that Jase gets to now lead a happy, healthy life in his forever home. He is one very lucky pup!!

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Jase’s journey began about three months ago when he was rescued and brought to PALS Animal Shelter after being hit by a car and left alone in a ditch, frightened and in tremendous pain. This young sweet 7-lb. Pomeranian was taken by PALS to a specialist, where it was determined that he had a right femoral fracture, right ischial fracture, pelvic fracture, and a femoral fracture. With no identification or microchip and no owner who came forward to claim the poor pup, PALS volunteers and supporters rallied to help Jase (the name he was given by PALS). He required a metal plate, four wires and six screws to repair his right leg and toggle-pin fixation for his hip.

All of PALS volunteers' and supporters' love and care, along with Jase's foster family, helped him become the pup that all dogs deserve to be. Jase loves to play and cuddle, and the best news is that Jase hit the jackpot by finding his forever home. He will be one spoiled pup! Jase thanks PALS supporters, volunteers, Mizzou vets, and the Petfinder Foundation for making this possible. Jase sends doggy hugs and kisses to you all!

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

Your generous $1,000 grant was used for medical expenses related to Mango's surgery: approximately $5,600 for three days of acute care, $4,100 for surgery, plus about $2,000 for boarding in Texas, transport to Virginia, and physical/water therapy in Virginia for several months. All the while he was in a loving and caring foster home.

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

This grant enabled SSR to rescue one more dog and give him a chance to have a long, wonderful life, rather than be euthanized because his injuries were too costly to fix.

How many pets did this grant help?

one: Mango

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

Mango, a 9-month-old shepherd mix, was hit by a car in Texas and brought in to an emergency vet by a good Samaritan. He was minutes away from being euthanized when a vet there contacted SSR in Virginia and SSR agreed to stabilize him. If they could not find a local rescue, SSR would move forward with his care. At that time, we were quoted $1,000-1,200. The final bill escalated to over $5,000 (not including and additional $4,000+ for surgery done by our regular vet in Texas). It was much more than we had bargained for. He was 9 months old and his prognosis was very good; he would be ready for adoption once he was strong and healthy enough to travel to Virginia.

Once in Virginia, he received physical and water therapy for several months. Mango will always walk with a slight limp, but otherwise is a very happy, healthy, and active puppy (now about 15 months old) who loves the water and his toys! Mango was adopted in late July by a loving young teacher and renamed Hexham (there is a back story to his new name). He joins a four-legged sister as well. He has integrated quickly and happily into his new family and forever home. Happy tails, Mango/Hexham!

Jersey Shore Animal Center: Senior Pet Adoption Grants
What was the money or product used for?

The money was used to waive Pom Pom's adoption fee (she was adopted on Aug. 28, 2018), which was $50 (senior price) and we will give the remainder of the funds to the owner for her special diet for up to two years. A 22-lb bag of Purina One Sensitive Systems dry cat food averages about $33 per bag, and we can assume that she will consume about one bag every two months. Pom Pom also suffers from seasonal allergies and stress that causes her to sometimes scratch at her neck until she is raw. This funding will help ease her discomfort from the allergies/stress and help to treat any wounds/abrasions she may sustain because of overscratching.

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

To be able to receive a grant from the Petfinder Foundation (and any other organization) is a very special gift and, even though we did not have the grant funds for very long (we received the notice on Aug. 7 and Pom Pom was adopted on the 28th!), we were able to buy one bag of the food that she requires. Just knowing that the Petfinder Foundation was able to help Pom Pom is enough to draw awareness to the other pets looking for new homes. We thank the foundation for considering us and awarding Pom Pom this grant.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

The best thing happened here, and we are SUPER excited to share the news! After 2 1/2 years here at the shelter, Pom Pom was adopted! Our staff and our volunteers loved this sweet girl and could not be happier that she went home with Anne. Anne did not care that Pom Pom was 10 years old, she did not care that Pom Pom had no teeth, and she did not care that Pom Pom has an autoimmune disease! Anne just wanted to rescue a cat who really needed a home. She cried tears of joy when she walked out our doors with Pom Pom, as did we.

Many may not know that Pom Pom was pulled from another local shelter, where the volunteers loved her as well. When we held a fundraiser for Pom Pom's surgery, they were the first to donate. One of them also painted a beautiful picture of Pom Pom (shown in the first picture) that was to be given to her adopter. Anne was thrilled to receive this gift. Happy life, Pom Pom -- you truly deserve it!

Dahloenga-Lumpkin County Humane Society/TLC: Orvis Animal Care Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The money was used to improve our big and small dog parks. We wanted to add stimulating activities and enrichment for the dogs and puppies, where we could also teach obedience. We bought obstacle courses, things to jump through and over, doggy pools and sand pits, and tug-of-war stands; we also remembered the people who help out and bought two giant umbrellas and picnic tables.

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

This grant helped us with the animals because our yearly funding for maintenance went into our attic, as we had to install new insulation. With this grant, we were able to give the dogs a new play area.

How many pets did this grant help?

30-50. It will also help any dog who comes in the future.

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

This grant helped two of our dogs specifically. The first dog is Andreas (first photo). Andreas was hit by a car two years ago and needed emergency surgery to his back legs. With the new dog parks, we are able to get him the exercise he needs and wants. He loves to play tug-of-war and run around, and little by little we have been able to strengthen his back legs. Andreas's story: Andreas is that one dog who everyone feels bad for. Andreas was hit by a car and left in a ditch to die. Animal Control came out to get him and they were lucky enough to find his owner. His owner was unable to take care of Andreas, so he was surrendered to Animal Control. We then transferred Andreas into our shelter so that he could get the help he so desperately needed. He went through multiple surgeries for his dislocated hip and broken leg. He spent a few months recovering at our vet and he is finally healthy enough to come to the shelter! He still has a little trouble walking and will need to be on joint supplements for the rest of his life, but he just the BEST dog. Meet him: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/39534094

The other dog is Garth (second photo). Garth loved to dig, and in his run, he would make a very muddy mess and tear up toys. With the grant money, we bought a sand pit and we were able to hide toys and treats in it, which he loved. With this, he has stopped digging in his run. Meet him: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/41378338

Sullivan County Humane Society: Emergency Medical Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The money was used to amputate the left front leg of a kitten who had been surrendered to the shelter.

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

This grant helped our organization by allowing us to provide the medical care this kitten so desperately needed. Scamper was in pain every day because of the crush injury to her leg. Being an all-volunteer run non-profit, it is sometimes very difficult to raise funds for emergency surgeries like Scamper's.

How many pets did this grant help?

One (1)

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

Scamper was surrendered with her mom when she was just a baby, with a crushed front leg. She saw an orthopedic veterinarian, who said that her right leg had two issues: The leg was broken in the upper portion, causing it to twist in, and her paw had a crush injury. It appeared that, although possibly just an accident (we are not claiming abuse), she was most likely stepped on. We were shocked as he was examining it -- her right paw had some fur on it but also looked to be heavily scabbed over. During the exam, the vet was able to slip the scab off -- it was like a glove over her little paw, with a lot of puss under it. Her paw had no paw pad and she only had two of her toes left. It was determined that the best option was to amputate her leg due to the day-to-day pain she was experiencing.

Scamper received the surgery thanks to the Petfinder Foundation. Though it was a few months of recovery and many new challenges, Scamper has recovered wonderfully. Scamper, now known as Peg, has been adopted to her forever home and her new mom says that she is now the fastest cat in the house. She is a joy to have around and she loves all of her new brothers and sisters, one of whom has cerebellar hyperplasia and is as special as Peg. Peg's new mom cannot thank the Petfinder Foundation enough, as she is a very special girl.