Success Stories

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

The Grateful Dog Animal Rescue: Bar Dog Operation Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The $500 grant will be used to provide 2.5 months worth of Khan’s (very expensive) medication, Atopica, when he is adopted. The $500 is set aside in our account to purchase this medication for his adoptive family when the time comes. We have not purchased the medication yet, as it doesn’t have a long shelf life and we don’t want it to expire. We don’t know how long it will be until he finds his forever home.

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

This grant will help Khan significantly. Khan’s medication costs us $200 per month, and this is not including a very expensive diet, which is averaging $500 per month. Being able to purchase two months worth of Khan’s medication will, we hope, increase his chances of finding a forever home, as his medical condition is not the easiest to deal with, and we want to make sure he is set up for success!

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Khan has not been adopted yet, as he still has a very long way to go until he is cleared, medically. Khan suffers from severe environmental allergies, as well as allergies to all meat-based proteins.

He was surrendered to us skin and bones and without any fur on his body. While his fur has started to grow back, we are struggling with trying to get him to a healthy weight, despite the amount of food he is eating. We have upped his caloric intake and are trying to get him to a healthy weight and let the rest of his fur fill in.

He has only been in rescue with us since June. We anticipate him being in rescue with us at least for the next six months. He has some ways to go for his recovery, and is not posted on Petfinder yet as a result.

Lee County Humane Society: Orvis Animal Care Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Our grant money was used to purchase collapsible pools and splash pads for use in our playgroups and play yards to enrich the lives of our shelter dogs while they await adoption.

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

This grant helped the pets in our care by providing them with an additional outlet for their energy, making them more content in their kennels and increasing their adoption appeal.

How many pets did this grant help?

60

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

Cooper (pictured) originally came to LCHS as a stray in March 2020. He was adopted but unfortunately was returned because he was not a good fit for the family. However, we know his perfect home is out there and he is enjoying his splash pad and play time while he waits! You can meet Cooper here.

St. Clair TNR & Rescue: Emergency Medical Grant
What was the money or product used for?

This Emergency Medical Grant was used to help cover the cost of Zeus’s femoral head ostectomy (FHO) surgery.

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

This grant helped Zeus get the FHO surgery he needed to save his leg!

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Zeus was hit by a car in the middle of the night. Thankfully, police officers found him and called us immediately. We rushed out to pick him up and took him to the nearest emergency vet clinic (naming him Zeus on the way). The vets made sure he was not bleeding internally and gave him some medication for pain management.

A few hours later, we took Zeus to our regular vet. That is when we found out that his back leg was fractured. We thought amputation was the only option until our vet told us of a surgery that was new to us. He said that if Zeus had the FHO surgery, he should heal and be able to live a normal life, run and play, and not have any long-term effects.

Although it was much more expensive, we opted for the FHO surgery for Zeus. He did not choose this fate. He deserved to be given the best chance at a great life! We did fundraisers and begged, pleaded, and even borrowed from our own pockets since this was an unplanned expense.

We had a consultation with the vet and surgery day was upon us! Zeus had the surgery, spent one night at the vet clinic, and then was right back up to his old tricks at the shelter!

Of course we were extremely careful when we took him for short walks, and then longer walks, and then even longer walks. We were terrified that we were going to “break” him. But as time went on, Zeus healed and started to become more and more active. He now runs around the play yard, chases toys, jumps up to visit people, and is living the life he deserves!

He had a potential adopter, but unfortunately, that fell through. So now we are searching for Zeus’s very special furever home. He has remained a loyal, loving companion to all shelter volunteers throughout this process. He deserves a special person to call his own, and that is exactly what we will find for this sweet boy! You can meet Zeus here.

Fetch Foster and Rescue: KONG Toy Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Fetch was awarded a variety of KONG enrichment toys, which were delivered to the dogs who were actively listed on Petfinder at the time of the award. The KONG toys provide much-needed mental and physical stimulation to these fostered dogs while they await adoption. As the dogs are adopted, they will bring their KONG toys with them to their new forever homes for continued enrichment. Fetch believes that interactive toys are a central part of a canine enrichment plan and we are grateful for the Kong grant award.

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

Each of the dogs who received a KONG toy from the grant received so much more than just a toy. Providing regular enrichment for fostered dogs is vital to their continued training and positive behaviors, leading to successful adoptions. The KONG toys allow the fostered dogs to engage in their innate behaviors, such as playing, chasing, smelling, chewing, and scavenging. Encouraging the dogs to engage in these behaviors leads to physical, emotional, and mental satisfaction, and a reduction in unwanted behaviors. The KONG Toy Grant has enhanced the possibilities of successful adoptions for our fostered dogs.

How many pets did this grant help?

The KONG Toy Grant helped 17 dogs.

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

Airbud (first photo) is one of our “last chance” dogs who has been patiently waiting for his forever home. Airbud spent the first three years of his life in a Texas shelter before Fetch brought him to Wisconsin and placed him in a safe foster home. For the past year, Airbud’s foster family has worked tirelessly to rehabilitate him and prepare him for adoption. Through the KONG Toy Grant, Airbud received a gift that will continue to provide him enrichment and mental stimulation while he awaits adoption. To learn more about Airbud, please visit his Petfinder profile.

Walter (second photo) is a 2-year-old bully mix who loves to explore outside and follow his nose. Walter can be a little stubborn and is working with a trainer to learn better listening skills. When Fetch received the KONG Toy Grant, Walter was one of the first dogs to receive a toy. He even got to choose his favorite from the box (third and fourth photos)!

While he is awaiting adoption, Walter finds great fun in playing with his KONG toy. His favorite thing is to roll the KONG toy around to get treats to fall out. Learn more about Walter from his Petfinder profile.

Great River Rescue: Capital Improvement Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The funds from the Petfinder Foundation were used to pay off a bank loan which was taken out to remodel our shelter. The remodel involved dividing up our large dog room into three spaces: a visitation room, an exam room, and a smaller dog-kennel room.

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

This grant helped tremendously. First, it alleviated the fundraising pressure to cover the full cost of the remodel, allowing us to focus on the quality care of the pets. The remodel, although not a huge project, made a lot of positive differences for us.

Our new visitation room not only makes the building more inviting to our guests, but safer. We now have extra space to facilitate visits, and we don’t have to bring dogs through our lobby for every visit.

The exam room has also been a great addition. This dedicated space is quiet and contains all the medical supplies and equipment we need for intake exams.

Finally, we continue to be blessed to have a second dog-kennel room to split up dogs when they aren’t comfortable in the larger room with some of the other dogs. The new dog-kennel room also enhances safety because we can easily lock that section so visitors can’t view those dogs if we have any concerns.

How many pets did this grant help?

Difficult to say! It helps every animal that comes through our doors. We care for about 400 animals per year.

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

Rockie (first photo) and Wyatt (second photo) came to our shelter together from someone who was without a home. Both had been through a lot in the previous months, living out of a van. At first, Rockie and Wyatt were put together with the general population in our larger dog-kennel room. However, we noticed a lot of vocalization from them and other signs of anxiety and stress. We moved them to the newly renovated small dog-kennel room, where they immediately showed improvement with their behaviors. Both Rockie and Wyatt are vocalizing less and appear more comfortable in their surroundings. Neither dog has been adopted yet, but we know it is just a matter of time for them to find the right homes.

You can meet Rockie here.

You can meet Wyatt here.

Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter: Cat Enrichment
What was the money or product used for?

Nine Kitty Kasas Duro Bedroom Cubes for our shelter cats.

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

Having Kitty Kasa Duro Bedroom Cubes enhances our cats’ lives, making for happier, more relaxed, healthier cats while they wait for their new, loving homes. A happier, healthier, more relaxed cat is a cat who will be adopted much faster. Cats like hidey spots, and Kitty Kasas are perfect for them to hide in and relax or decompress.

How many pets did this grant help?

Hundreds

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

Gayle is a gorgeous kitty cat who arrived as a lost orphan. We estimate her age at 5 years and she is declawed in the front. She is shy at first so she hides in her Kitty Kasa. She is a petite, quiet, and pleasing girl who likes to be pet and talked to once she is comfortable. She enjoys the company of all people and would love it if you came in to meet her. Gayle would love to keep you company this winter and in the years ahead.

UPDATE: Gayle has been adopted.

Wildthunder Wildlife and Animal Rehabilitation Sanctuary: Emergency Medical Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The grant was used towards the expenses we incurred with Dale’s surgery (which was $2,600).

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

We are a small shelter, so a surgery like Dale’s has a large financial impact and affects the number of animals that we can help. With this grant to offset Dale’s expenses, we’ll be able to help the next animal in need of surgery in order to become adoptable (we currently have two more such pets in our care).

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Dale was found in a field by a young girl. He was unable to walk and was dragging his back end. X-rays showed that this poor guy had two fractured femurs. We don’t know what caused his injuries, but it does not appear that he was hit by a car. Even with the injuries, Dale is a sweet and loving cat and will be highly adoptable after his recovery.

Dale’s options were surgery or euthanasia, and this beautiful soul deserved a second chance at life.

Dale was recently neutered and was listed on Petfinder for adoption. You can meet Dale here.

UPDATE: We have some happy news to share about Dale. Yesterday, he was adopted by the young lady who found him in the field. We could not be happier that this boy got his second chance at life!

Noah's Ark SPCA/Humane Society: Orvis Animal Care Grant
What was the money or product used for?

With the awarded funds, we were able to purchase multiple puzzle toys and durable chew toys for long-term residents in our facility. We were also able to purchase TWO tetherball systems — one for each of our yards for the dogs to play in.

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

This grant helped to enhance the quality of life and enrichment opportunities while animals are in our care, especially for long-term residents, who can suffer from boredom. This grant gave us the opportunity to allow our dogs to “be dogs again,” play with each other, get out of the shelter environment, and have entertainment while in our facility overnight. The puzzle games prevent boredom and reward the dogs with treats once they figure them out. Our dogs are so happy, and so are we!!

How many pets did this grant help?

At least 30

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

Jumbo is a long-term resident who has been in our facility for over three months now. He can stay however long he needs to before finding his furever home, but I could tell he started to suffer from boredom due to the amount of time he has been here.

Jumbo LOVES the puzzle toys and they prevent him from suffering from boredom or “kennel craziness.” Jumbo also really enjoys getting out of his kennel and playing with the tetherball set with the other dogs in our care. It truly improved his quality of life — and he is not the only one! Many dogs in our facility are LOVING the puzzle toys and tetherball sets.

We would not have had the funding if not for the Petfinder Foundation awarding us with this grant. Our fur babies and our team thank you!!! Meet Jumbo here.

FIV Felines, Transports and More: Bar Dog Operation Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Cat food

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

The grant helped us to buy quality food for the cats in our shelter.

How many pets did this grant help?

20

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

Oscar was trapped in a local community and was neutered. He was found to have FIV, an abscess, and severe infections in both ears. The vet determined that he had food allergies and had to be put on a prescription diet. The prescription food was very expensive and would have put a huge dent in our food budget. Thankfully, the grant has enabled us to buy his food so far. Oscar is still with us. You can meet Oscar here.

Castle of Dreams Animal Rescue: P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds
What was the money or product used for?

The product was used to make our foster dogs comfy in their foster homes and during transports.

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

It made our dogs nice and comfy while they waited for their new families to adopt them.

How many pets did this grant help?

5

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

Brady loved lying on his P.L.A.Y. bed while he was waiting for a family to adopt him. He was adopted by a wonderful family and has a doggie brother and a big pool to swim in!