Success Stories

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

A Pathway to Hope: COVID-19 Operation Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Medical care, supplies, boarding costs and transport for 100+ dogs during 2020, when Pathway expanded our rescue efforts during COVID to save more lives through our boarding facility and a new foster base.

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

This grant helped to provide funding for medical care, supplies, boarding costs and transport for the dogs we rescued in 2020 and our expanded rescue efforts.

How many pets did this grant help?

100

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

Mama Frosty was found abandoned with five puppies. Pathway was able to rescue all of them, provide them with the medical care they needed and treat Frosty for heartworm disease, with thanks to our grant from the Petfinder Foundation. All six dogs are now in wonderful homes!

Seattle Area Feline Rescue: Petfinder Adoption Options in Action Grant (Invitation Only)
What was the money or product used for?

SAFe Rescue used this grant to fund routine pre-adoption care (including food, litter, vaccinations, and medical exams) for cats and kittens, and to find them loving homes.

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

At a time when more community members than ever are eager to experience the companionship and comfort that pets can offer, the Adoption Options grant from the Petfinder Foundation made it possible to take in more felines, give them the care they needed, and unite them with loving families.

How many pets did this grant help?

25

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

Eeyore (first and second photos) and Smol (third photo) were found as tiny kittens trying to survive in an alley. In need of a second chance, they came to SAFe Rescue, where an Adoption Options grant from the Petfinder Foundation made it possible for them to get the care they needed to recover from skin infections. These adorable kitty brothers found a home in December, just in time to spend the holidays with their new family!

Leonard (fourth and fifth photos) came from a region in Eastern Washington where there are many homeless cats. This gentle giant received the care he needed thanks to a grant from the Petfinder Foundation, and his FIV+ status didn’t stop him from finding a family where he could live happily with his brother Sheldon (sixth photo)!

Sanilac Scoopers (DBA) Making Miracles Animal Rescue: KONG Toy Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The Kong toys granted were used as enrichment tools for the dogs in our care, both in a home setting as well as during adoption showings.

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

The grant assisted us in helping to keep dogs active while in their foster homes as well as on days they were available for public interactions or adoption showings. It was mentally stimulating for them during a time when they would otherwise be seeking something to do. While in the home settings, it provided exercise and deterred them from from destructive behavior that is sometimes present in dogs in a rescue situation.

How many pets did this grant help?

15

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

Baxter was one of the dogs who was helped by the Kong toy grant. He came into our care both diabetic and obese. The Kongs were a great asset in giving him low-impact exercise by trying to get the diet-appropriate treat from inside. They also gave him something mentally challenging to work on while surrounded by the busy adoption-site environment. In his time with us, he showed drastic improvement in his weight and overall got on track to a healthier lifestyle. Baxter was adopted and is doing wonderfully.

Mutts in a Rut Rescue: Emergency Medical Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The money was used toward femoral head osteotomy (FHO) surgery for Clara.

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

Clara was able to get the surgery she so desperately needed.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Clara, who came into Mutts in a Rut Rescue after lingering in a rural shelter for four years, needed surgery on her leg to give her a chance at adoption. She had the surgery and is doing well in her foster home. Clara has weekly water rehab to help heal her leg. She’s a wonderful, sweet dog and has been given a second chance thanks to the Petfinder Foundation. She is now up for adoption. Meet Clara here.

Angelico Cat Rescue, Inc.: KONG Toy Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The Kong toys were used and thoroughly enjoyed by the cats and kittens at our rescue.

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

All of our cats and kittens loved the toys so much. With limited funding, especially since the pandemic, we are always in need of toys. These toys are very high quality and will last a long time. All of the cats liked them, which is unusual, as cats are finicky with their toys. It brought them so much stimulation and enjoyment.

How many pets did this grant help?

100

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

Two of our kittens were not that playful and we were having trouble finding toys they liked. They loved playing with the Kong toys and it led to further stimulation with other toys. They did get adopted into a great home.

Chicagoland Animal Rescue NFP: KONG Toy Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The products were given to foster families and to cats who stay in our adoption center for enrichment and to help them experience less stress during their temporary stay in our rescue.

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

We were able to enrich the temporary stay of seven foster cats and 12 cats in our adoption space. They were a variety of ages (from juvenile kittens to senior cats) and each found enjoyment and entertainment in the toys!

How many pets did this grant help?

20

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

We were able to feature shy adult cat Jovi (first and second photos), who was a timid tortoiseshell female who was given up when her former owner became ill and passed away. The toys helped us engage Jovi and see her personality, and she experienced more adoption interest after this feature and was adopted shortly after!

Franklin County Humane Society/Paws for Life NC: Emergency Medical Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Mayzie’s knee surgery

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

We will be forever grateful for the support from the Petfinder Foundation. With your support, we were able to help pay Mayzie’s medical bill and continue our mission of saving more animals in need.

How many pets did this grant help?

One pet: Mayzie

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

It was obvious that Mayzie had had a rough start in life. She was physically abused, with broken bones and a displaced kneecap. She was found on the side of the road and picked up by local Animal Control. With few resources, the local animal shelter reached out to us here at Paws For Life for help. We knew we could not let Mayzie suffer, so we took her into one of our loving foster homes. She had her RidgeStop™ patella luxation repair surgery with extensive recovery. Within the next week or so, she will have a debridement and possibly surgery on the other side.

Here are notes from Dr. Hummel from Mayzie’s last visit:

“Saw Mayzie on Tuesday and wanted to touch base. She is moving and can use the leg. I think the swelling is less and the inflammation is less, but there is a gait abnormality. Whether that is due to the long-term problems she had before you got her and it is just how she is, I am not totally sure. There is a mild amount of inflammation and crepitus and some scar tissue.

“I think our options are to continue to give a her little more time or to consider opening up the joint and debriding to see if we can get her more functional on the leg. Like I said, I am unsure if this is just her based on her having this issue since she was young and she feels good, or if opening it up would make a difference.”

We are continuing to care for Mayzie with another surgery in the future! She is obviously not yet adopted but is looking forward to finding her future home in 2021.

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

Monies received went towards the purchase items from our Behavioral & Enrichment Amazon wish list used to enhance the daily routines of the cats in our care as well as to assist with behavioral concerns regarding several shy and easily overstimulated cats.

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

To date, 126 cats and kittens have benefitted from the items purchased and used in the shelter. Items purchased included, but were not limited to: slow- and puzzle-feeders, laser pointers, harnesses for leash-walking training, mini cardboard scratchers for medical holding housing, automatic/robotic toys, and other miscellaneous toys. These items were used to help enhance the daily lives of the cats in our care as well as assist with rectifying several behavioral challenges certain cats were experiencing, such as shyness, eating too quickly, and using hands as toys.

How many pets did this grant help?

126

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

One kitty who benefitted directly from the receipt of this grant was Louie, a rambunctious 2-year-old boy who could become overstimulated very quickly and use fingers and hands as toys. In addition, he had a habit of eating his dry food way too fast, causing himself to become sick shortly afterwards.

Through the use of constructive play and structured enrichment sessions using a laser pointer, small plush toys for him to grab instead of a hand, and slow-/puzzle-feeders, all three of his behavioral issues were rectified and he has now found his forever home!

Springfield Humane Society: P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds
What was the money or product used for?

We received several of the P.L.A.Y. beds, which will be used in our kennels to keep our dogs nice and comfy!

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

The dogs were much more comfortable than lying directly on the floor, or on one of the typical hard-type beds. I believe that this, along with other tricks we use, helps their mental health quite a bit.

How many pets did this grant help?

When the beds came in, we had a total of 17 dogs in our kennels.

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

This is Herbie. He was one of two litters totaling 15 puppies. All of the puppies ended up getting parvovirus, so the beds were a real boost in keeping them comfortable and warm through their recovery. Herbie DID get adopted and, as you can see, he’s doing just fine now!

The Greater New Haven Cat Project, Inc. (GNHCP): P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds
What was the money or product used for?

The Greater New Haven Cat Project, Inc. (GNHCP), is very grateful for the P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds grant awarded to us in January 2021 by the Petfinder Foundation. The 10 Chill beds GNHCP received were used for our foster cats who reside in our small, no-kill adoption facility located at our GNHCP Center or in the homes of volunteers until there is room at the Center. These beds were used exclusively for our foster cats and kittens.

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

GNHCP currently has 17 foster cats and kittens, and we are deeply committed to the health and well-being of these cats. The care of these cats and kittens is very important to GNHCP, and we provide these cats and kittens with full veterinary services (spay/neuter, rabies vaccination, FeLV/FIV test, distemper series 1 and 2, deworming, and essential medical treatments), as well as making sure they have a comfortable and safe place to live. The generous supply of Chill beds that were received through the Petfinder Foundation greatly contributed to helping GNHCP ensure that our foster cats and kittens have a cozy and warm place to relax and sleep while they await adoption.

How many pets did this grant help?

10

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

Dale (first photo) is one of GNHCP’s foster cats. When Dale was rescued by GNHCP volunteers, his right eye was swollen and discolored. He did not have vision in that eye, and after being examined by our veterinarian, it was recommended that his eye be removed. Dale is still a little nervous because of this limitation, but he is coming out of his shell and beginning to bond with some of our other foster cats at the Center. Dale will be adopted on Saturday, March 13, with Gregory, another GNHCP foster cat. We will send the Chill bed home with Dale for familiarity as he adjusts to his new home. (Dale is posted on Petfinder. You can meet him here.)