Success Stories

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

Chapman's Dachshund Rescue: KONG Toy Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The dogs are so entertained with their new Kong toys!

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

See below.

How many pets did this grant help?

20

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

We had a fire in September 2018 and our kennel was a total loss. We lost everything. The toys helped keep the dogs busy and entertained while they waited for their forever homes. I like to take a small amount of canned food and stuff them in the toys. The dogs play with them for a long time and then they ask for more. The toys are very durable for the dogs who like to destroy things 🙂 All the dogs pictured have since been adopted. The toys were very entertaining for them. Thank you!!!!!!

Blue Mountain Humane Society: Purina New Year, New Home
What was the money or product used for?

Funds were used to provide discounted dog adoptions during construction on our campus. 2018 was our 51st anniversary of serving pets and people in the Walla Walla Valley, so we offered $51 off of adult dog adoptions during April, May and June, completing a total of 39 discounted adoptions.

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

In the spring of 2018, from February through June, our shelter was under construction, completing a long-planned expansion and remodel. The grant funds received allowed us to offer discounted adoption pricing for large, adult dogs, who were most impacted by the noise and stress of construction, and who historically have longer lengths of stay in our shelter. The discount was compelling and inspired visits to our campus — in spite of the upheaval during construction — to see available pets, resulting in adoptions that outpaced our projections for the months of April, May and June.

How many pets did this grant help?

39

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

Kandy was found tied to a tree in a yard where, based on the evidence, she had spent most of her life. Animal Control seized her and pursued charges for animal neglect. She arrived in our care, timid and shut down, on March 27, 2018. Within weeks, Kandy had blossomed into a warm, affectionate, playful dog who especially loved Dogs Playing for Life playgroup time. On April 24, Kandy went on a home trial with a family who were inspired to adopt in part due to the discounted adoption made possible through the grant from Purina and the Petfinder Foundation. Three days later, on April 27, Kandy’s new family finalized her adoption.

Save The Cats AZ: P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds
What was the money or product used for?

We were awarded the P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds Grant.

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

Our sanctuary is home to 50+ cats. It is a non-cage enclosure in which they can be either indoors or outdoors at all times. We placed the beds in both areas and got immediate customers to test out the beds. Cats being the great nappers they are, they settled down on the beds and began to nap.

How many pets did this grant help?

50+

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

Occasionally we have adoptions at the sanctuary, but most of the cats are with us for life. We take in cats who are feral, ones who come from hoarding situations and cats that other rescues don’t take in general. While this gift didn’t result in an adoption, it was greatly appreciated by cats who will probably never get adopted, but who are just as special as domestic cats. UPDATE: we did have an adoption. Mitzi (first photo) was adopted by one of the volunteers at the beginning of January.

New Hope Animal Rescue Center LLC: Senior Pet Adoption Grants
What was the money or product used for?

The money was used to supply Frankie’s new family with insulin and special food for him. It also paid his adoption fee.

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

It covered the cost of insulin and food for Frankie for a year; therefore, we were able to use that money to help several other animals in our rescue center.

How many pets did this grant help?

One, plus several other rescue animals in our care.

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

Frankie is a 10+-year-old terrier who was found on an old county road, barely alive. He was brought in to us by a couple who happened to be driving home from their lake house. When I first saw Frankie, I was so upset and feared he wouldn’t make it through the night. I called the vet and asked if she could meet me that night. After an exam, we were told Frankie was diabetic and blind, and he needed insulin right away. He also had an ear infection and his paw pads were burned from the concrete. The first 24 hours were going to be tough on him. After several visits to the vet and lots of after-care, we were able to get Frankie stable.

Everyone at the rescue center fell in love with Frankie and he got better and better each day. We prayed someone would find it in their heart to make him a part of their family, but the cost of his treatment was such a big thing to take on.

When we received the grant for him, we decided to post a story on our Facebook. A few days later, a family came to meet him. They fell in love with him and decided to take him home. The grant really helped and provided a cost-relief on his caretaking. It also paid his adoption fee.

Live Love Animal Rescue: Emergency Medical Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The funds from this Emergency Medical Grant went toward the second of two jaw-repair surgeries required for Babycakes, a sweet 6-month-old stray dog whom we rescued from our local shelter. Sadly, her broken jaw was likely the result of an intentional kick under the chin. At the time of her rescue, Babycakes had been suffering from her injury for 2-3 months, and her jaw was rapidly deteriorating. Your support allowed us to seek emergency jaw-repair surgery. Her first surgery repaired the break, and about six weeks later she had a second surgery to remove the wires in her mouth. Her jaw is now repaired, stable, and no longer painful. With your help, Babycakes made a full recovery. She has healed emotionally and physically, and she has now been adopted!

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

We strive to be a reliable partner for our local shelter, rescuing dogs who have urgent medical needs that the shelter can’t address. However, funds for emergency medical care limit the number of dogs we can assist. The Petfinder Foundation Emergency Medical Grant allowed us give Babycakes the urgent help she needed. Through her entire recovery, Babycakes maintained a happy, playful, and trusting spirit. Her story really touched our local community, which rallied around our organization to cheer her on. Babycakes has been a great ambassador for animal rescue, and a number of people who met her became supporters of animal rescue for the first time. Your support made it possible for us to focus on caring for her, telling her story, and educating people about how fostering, adopting, and volunteering can save more at-risk animals. We are so grateful for your support, which makes it possible for dogs like Babycakes to heal and find their happily ever afters!

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Babycakes was brought to our local shelter as a stray on Sept. 23, 2018. She had rubber bands around her neck that had once banded her muzzle, and her jaw was broken. At the shelter’s request, we took Babycakes into our rescue on Sept. 28 to fulfill her medical needs. X-rays revealed that her jaw was broken in several places on both sides of her mouth. Due to the nature of her injuries, our veterinarian believed that her injuries were intentional, likely from a kick below the chin. Sadly, it appeared that her injuries had occurred 2-3 months before she was found, so she had been in pain for some time.

We immediately placed Babycakes with a fantastic foster family experienced with medical cases. Less than 48 hours later, Babycakes lost a molar and her foster mom noticed that her jaw injury was rapidly worsening. Most dental specialists were booked for the next four weeks. Fortunately, Southern California Veterinary Dental Specialties & Oral Surgery was able to schedule her in for an emergency jaw-repair surgery the next afternoon. Her initial surgery repaired the jaw, and six weeks later she went for follow-up surgery to remove the wires in her mouth. The surgeries were successful, and Babycakes made a full physical recovery. Last week, Babycakes was spayed, which was the last step in her medical care. She is now cleared for adoption — and she’s got a loving family ready to make it official!

During Babycakes’ recovery from the first surgery, we were contacted by a couple interested in adopting her. They had another rescue dog and were experienced medical fosters. Linda and Jose fell in love with Babycakes, who is trusting, happy, and playful despite the abuse she experienced at such a young age. She began living with their family on a foster-to-adopt basis while her medical care was still in progress. Babycakes settled in nicely and loves playing with her parents and fur sister. Jose and Linda take Babycakes on family outings and love including her in everything. It’s a great fit, and Babycakes is so deserving of this happy forever home.

I had a chance to catch up with Linda, Babycakes’ mom, and she asked me to pass long her thanks. She wanted to share the following about their girl: “Babycakes never let you know that she was in pain during her recovery. She only looked forward. Over the last couple of months, she has really attached herself to us, and when we are out, she is always alert and scanning the scene. She is so smart, learning very well. We have enrolled her in obedience training and there is no doubt in our minds that she will be a star. We can’t wait to see how far we can take her. She is so playful and great off-leash. She jumps, runs, and loves to fetch the ball and the Frisbee. There is nothing stopping this girl.

“Even though she is missing a few teeth, you wouldn’t know. Her cute personality and demeanor with her tongue sticking out is adorable and she attracts everyone on the streets. She loves to chew her toys. We’ve recently had to upgrade her to the Super Chewer BarkBox, coming later this month. Her big sister Dolce (12 years) and Babycakes are good friends. We love that Babycakes makes Dolce act young again. We just adore her and look forward to getting past this last hurdle of her spay surgery recovery!”

We are so happy that Babycakes found such a great home, and we appreciate all that you have done to support Babycakes and dogs like her!

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

The $1,000 grant was used to pay tuition for volunteer Betsy Shortle to attend the Dogs Playing for Life Mentorship in Austin, TX. Betsy attended the training in November 2018.

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

Kind Keeper has play yards, but has always kept the animals in separate play areas. We are now allowing several dogs to play together in a single play area. This has helped not only with exercise but socialization of the dogs so that they are able to get along with other dogs and therefore be more adoptable.

How many pets did this grant help?

The number continues to grow as time goes on. Initially, the grant helped six dogs. However, with dogs being adopted, we can confidently say that this grant will help at least 100 dogs per year based on our turnover.

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

Angel is a pit bull who came to us with her seven puppies in August. By November, most of her puppies had been adopted and we were working to socialize and train Angel so that she would be more attractive to potential adopters. Angel benefited from playing with a couple other dogs in our fenced play yard, which also reassured, not only shelter staff, but also visitors when they came to see Angel. Angel was taken for a temporary foster visit with a family with other dogs. Angel made herself right at home within hours and played with their other dogs. Angel was adopted from the foster situation before Christmas and continues in that successful placement.

Animal Aid Vermilion Area: Emergency Medical Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The emergency medical grant was used to cover Dexter’s orthopedic surgery to repair a fractured leg and pelvis.

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

Initial assessment of Dexter’s injury suggested leg amputation. We sought a second opinion with an orthopedic surgeon who felt he could save his leg. We felt saving his leg would increase his chances for adoption, so we agreed. The grant allowed us to select a more invasive treatment option over the cheaper option. Because of the grant, we did not have to divert funds from other needy animals.

How many pets did this grant help?

Directly, one; indirectly, many, as funding wasn’t diverted to cover his care.

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

Dexter was rescued from the local shelter around Thanksgiving 2018. He was brought immediately to the orthopedic surgeon, who placed pins in his leg in an attempt to save the leg. It worked! Dexter’s pins were removed Friday, January 18, and he was adopted the very next day!

Forgotten Cats: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

The donation was for Duchess. Duchess’s foster mom, Chrissy, writes: “When I received the email about the donation, I had asked for it to go back as a donation to Forgotten Cats as a gift from Duchess.”

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

We normally have more than 200 cats at the clinics, combined; some are TNVR feral cats, some are sick cats, some are FIV+, some are waiting for openings in adoption centers. Plus, we always need medical supplies. Forgotten Cats, Inc., goes through a lot of food and litter daily.

How many pets did this grant help?

Originally for Duchess, this $25 may have helped buy food or litter.

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

Duchess is still dreaming of the time when she will have a forever home of her own. Duchess is a very sweet and beautiful girl! She meows at me and follows me around the house. She is not a lap kitty, but she will happily lie next to me on the couch or somewhere nearby, and she gladly accepts pats on the head and chin scratches! She lives with other cats, but she would be happy as an only cat too. She will say hello to my cats occasionally, but mostly she growls at them. She is a chill cat who likes to lie on whatever blanket or bag she can find, and she loves to look out the window and bask in the sun! We found out when Duchess was at PetSmart that she hates dogs! Whenever she saw one coming, she would growl and charge at the front of the cage to try and attack them! She definitely needs to be in a doggy-free home.

Duchess is a young mom with one kitten, Ziggy, who has been adopted. She is ready for a home. Please consider making Duchess a new member of your family! Duchess is playing at her foster’s home. Meet Duchess here.

Solano County S.P.C.A.: KONG Toy Grant
What was the money or product used for?

We received Kong toys that we used to keep our dogs busy in their kennels while waiting for adoptive families.

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

The pets in our care are helped by Kong toys in a couple different ways. The first way is that they are given a durable toy that is safe for them to chew on and play with. It keeps them busy and quiet in their kennels. The second way that it helps them is that the new families already have a toy that is familiar to their new pet. This will help keep the dog occupied during the transition of getting to know their new forever family.

How many pets did this grant help?

15 – 20

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

McDonald is a 1-year-old border collie who had developed kennel stress. He would chase bowls in circles repeatedly and exhibit other signs. We gave him a Kong toy we received with the Kong grant. He picked it up and now he won’t put it down. It gave him something more positive to focus his energy on.

HOPE Safehouse, Inc.: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

The Sponsor a Pet money was used to pay for medical care.

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

HOPE Safehouse is a nonprofit organization that relies 100% on donations and grants to provide medical care, food, and toys for all of our animals in foster care and the cats that are in our shelter.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

This grant helped Charcoal, a very small kitten who was found as a stray with a severely mangled leg and an upper-respiratory infection. Charcoal as well as two of his sisters were found in an abandoned house by a very nice man. We were unsure if they were going to make it, being so sick and little. After a lot of medical care, leg amputation and love, Charcoal is now in his forever home.