Success Stories

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

Wags & Walks: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

Vet bills

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

This grant was for two specific dogs via the Sponsor a Pet program. The funds from this grant helped with vet bills for these specific dogs.

How many pets did this grant help?

2

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

The donations made in quarter 2 were specifically for a pair of dogs, Shayna and Clay. These dogs were surrendered to our rescue after their owner died. They are senior dogs and needed medical attention, including dental with tooth extractions. Clay is a petite and sweet Jack Russell/Chihuahua mix. This 8-year-old guy is the perfect pint-sized pal! He weighs 9 lbs. and has an adorably long body and pointy ears. Clay can be a bit timid at first, but as soon as he warms up he is friendly and playful. He loves going for walks and has a hilarious little trot when he gets excited. Clay is good with other dogs and enjoys his crate. He will make a wonderful addition to any loving home.

Iroquois County Animal Rescue: P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds
What was the money or product used for?

The donated beds are used to give comfort to our kennel dogs while they are awaiting adoption.

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

The beds helped our shelter by allowing us to spend the money we would have used to buy dog beds on something else, such as vet bills, food, and toys for the dogs.

How many pets did this grant help?

It helped 20+ shelter dogs stay warm and comfy in their kennels.

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

Blake, Harley, and Vanessa are three of the dogs helped by our Pet Bed Grant. You can see how happy and comfy there were during their stay with us prior to being adopted into loving homes!

Arabian Rescue Mission, Inc.: Disaster Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Lumber and contractor to rebuild a barn damaged by a tornado.

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

On June 26, 2018, a tornado hit our Kentucky farm, causing major damage to our back barn, the roof of the front barn, our trailers, and our fencing and minor damage to the house. We had 10 stalls that needed an entire new roof, electric, and supports, and our front barn roof sustained damage and needed to be replaced.

Without this grant, we would not have been able to house all of our horses in the inclement weather, especially with winter coming.

How many pets did this grant help?

10

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

One of our permanent residents, in the sanctuary program, is Charlie (first photo). He is 40 years old and blind and when it is bad weather — icy or very snowy — he is brought inside where it’s warmer and he has nice shavings with fresh water, hay and feed. His picture is attached.

Missy’s Haven: Senior Pet Adoption Grants
What was the money or product used for?

The funds allowed us to waive the adoption fee for Suki, who is now in her forever home. We also arranged for her medical expenses to be paid for three years in coordination with our vet.

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

Suki was one of our seniors who had long-term medical expenses and an extended stay with us as a result.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Suki was surrender to ACS just for being old. She was in urgent need of saving. After her stray hold was up and nobody showed interest in adopting her, MHCR picked her up. She was in rough shape, in desperate need of a dental and care for her eyes. Thanks to the Petfinder Foundation, after Suki was in rescue for almost a year, she got adopted and is living a brand-new life.

Valley Humane Society: Cat Enrichment
What was the money or product used for?

The money was used to purchase Kuranda cat towers for our free-roaming-cat rooms.

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

This grant provided our cats with a safe, secure and easily sanitized area to lay their heads upon. With ringworm being so hardy this year, we had to discard all of our carpeted and rope-covered cat towers. These items cannot be sanitized against ringworm. With 10 free-roaming cats living in one room and 18 housed in the second, our animals were in desperate need of raised areas to use.

How many pets did this grant help?

The initial number of cats helped is 28. However, Kuranda towers are so well-made that hundreds of cats will be helped by this generous grant.

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

Gracie is a 3- to 5-year-old spayed female tabby domestic shorthair. She has been with us since January 2016. When she arrived, she acted very feral. She hid, and did not want to be touched, held or even looked at. She was sent to a foster home in hopes that being outside of the shelter environment would allow her to open up. It didn’t work; she hid the entire time she was with the foster. After six months, the foster, feeling dejected and concerned, returned her. Gracie continued to hide at the shelter. We placed her in our large free-roaming-cat room with other cats of varying behavioral and social abilities.

When ringworm broke our last year, we had to discard all of our carpeted cat trees. Gracie no longer had a place to hide. In lieu of darkness, she sought out high places. We eventually build our carpeted towers back up, only to have ringworm raise its very ugly head again this year. That was where the Petfinder Foundation grant came in.

With the Petfinder Foundation’s help, we were able to bring in many cat towers, providing Gracie with the height she desired. As a result, Gracie has come through in leaps and bounds. She has actually been caught soliciting affection! We had a group of high-school students come in for a tour and she actually laid on the tower and allowed multiple students to touch her. I had to do a double take when I saw who was allowing so much affection all at once! It will definitely take a very patient adopter for Gracie, but then what else would you expect for this very special girl? Meet her: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/41389195

Herd U Needed a Home: Emergency Medical Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The money was used to pay for a portion of Mannie’s medical bills to repair his broken leg and prevent him from having to have that leg amputated.

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

This grant helped make it possible for our organization to help Mannie and other dogs like him in need of additional medical care and to pull more dogs from overcrowded shelters in California, Idaho and Oregon.

How many pets did this grant help?

This grant directly helped one pet, but also helped the organization to be able to afford to pull more dogs from overcrowded shelters.

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

Mannie was the dog who was helped most by this funding. Mannie came to us from an overcrowded shelter in Alturas, Calif., in early July. He is a 3-year-old border collie with an active, outgoing personality. He is very friendly and loves to run and swim. He’s one of those velcro guys who just loves being by your side. We noticed almost right away that he was limping on his back left leg and inquired with the shelter as to whether or not he had an existing injury. The shelter informed us that he had indeed previously had a severely broken leg and that it had been repaired by a local veterinarian.

We took Mannie to our specialist, Dr. Colton, at Central Oregon Animal Hospital to examine Mannie’s leg. Dr. Colton recommended x-rays be taken to get a better look at how the leg had healed after the initial procedure. Dr. Colton was not pleased with what he saw on the x-rays. The repair had not fixed the problem, and Mannie’s leg had not healed properly. Dr. Colton felt that not only was Mannie in pain, but that if he did not undergo corrective surgery to repair the leg, he would likely need to have it amputated.

Mannie is doing well now as he has undergone the corrective surgery as you can see in the second photo showing his pre- and post-surgery x-rays. Dr. Colton (with Mannie in the first photo) says he has a very good prognosis and that he will likely walk and run almost normally once he is completely healed. Most importantly, he will not need to have his leg amputated! Mannie would have been adoptable with three legs, but having four legs makes life much easier for him now and in the future, and ensures that his new family will not bear the burden of having to pay for additional care for Mannie’s leg in the future.

Mannie is now recovering at the Herd U Needed a Home ranch in Paisley, Ore., where he gets to hike and swim every day, helping to build the strength he needs in that recovering leg. He will be available on our Petfinder site soon!

M&M’s Fur-Ever Furbabies: Build-A-Bear Youth Humane Education Grant
What was the money or product used for?

MMFFR was awarded the Build A Bear Youth Humane Education Grant by the Petfinder Foundation in 2017 to assist with our youth program N.G.A.A. (Next Generation Animal Advocates). The funding was used to purchase new supplies for the youth participants, advertising of the program and for transportation which allowed the youth participants to attend the program and events.

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

The grant helped the youth participants of the program by providing proper animal behavior-training techniques and teaching responsible pet ownership practices. The pets of our organization benefited through having the youth participants assist with handling, bathing, walking, feeding, and socializing with them. They also each had a specific youth volunteer who worked with an individual animal, which they then advocated for at events to help find them forever homes.

How many pets did this grant help?

20

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

Because so many were helped as the result of this grant, it was hard to choose just one to speak about. One who stands out would have to be Mystasha (first photo), a female pit-bull terrier who was abused prior to being rescued. She was particularly afraid of men and boys, but through working with the youth participants of N.G.A.A., Mystasha was able to overcome her fear and open up to a young boy named Alex who advocated for her while he attended the program. They became very close and bonded, which lead to Alex and his family adopting Mystasha. She now lives with them as the princess she’s always been.

Save-A-Pet, Inc.: Senior Pet Adoption Grants
What was the money or product used for?

The grant was used to help us find a senior dog, MJ, a new forever home.

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

The grant allowed us to waive MJ’s adoption fee, fund two years of senior vet exams and fund MJ’s monthly incontinence medication, making her more appealing to potential adopters.

How many pets did this grant help?

This grant helped MJ find a new home and helped us free up space in the shelter for another dog.

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

The $1,000 grant from the Petfinder Foundation allowed us find 14-year-old MJ a new, forever home. We were able to advertise her waived fee and covered medical expenses to all potential adopting families and were pleased to have found a match this past month. MJ is doing wonderfully with her new family and is loving life outside of Save-A-Pet. We are so grateful to the Petfinder Foundation for helping us make this possible. Without the grant, MJ may have never been adopted. Thank you for your generous support. You’ve helped make a huge impact on MJ’s life and her golden years.

American Eskimo Rescue of St. Louis: Senior Pet Adoption Grants
What was the money or product used for?

The funds are being used for Lillian’s medications — she has liver/gallbladder disease. When we rescued Lillian, she would try to bite, and would yelp when picked up. We had her blood tested and her liver values were high, so we did an ultrasound. This showed the “sludge” in her gallbladder. So she is taking Gabapentin (for pain), Denamarin (for liver support), and Ursodial (for the gallbladder). And Lillian is on KD dog food to support her kidneys. Lillian is doing very well in her new home and she has a much better disposition, which helped her become adopted!

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

Lillian is 12 years old and she was turned in by her family. She was in bad shape and she tried to bite people. We figured something was wrong with her medically, so that’s when we began to check her medical condition. This grant is helping Lillian with her medications and necessary tests (bloodwork, ultrasound) to make sure all her medications are working properly. Lillian feels better and she is much happier. And our group will cover Lillian’s medications for the rest of her life thanks to the Petfinder Foundation grant. This made her more adoptable to the family, as they are on a fixed income. They really love her so much and we receive updates on a regular basis.

How many pets did this grant help?

One — but it will cover Lillian’s medications for the rest of her life.

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

Lillian, a 12- to 13-year-old senior “Reskie” from American Eskimo Rescue of St. Louis, was selected for this grant. Lillian was transferred from another shelter in St. Louis and was so scared and untrusting. Lillian did not like to be picked up, so we wondered if she was in pain. After conducting blood tests and an ultrasound, the doctor diagnosed Lillian with gallbladder/liver disease. So Lillian was prescribed medications to help her condition. Lillian’s medications cost about $150 per month. Since Lillian started the medications, she is doing better and has been adopted! Thank you to Jordan and Gary (pictured) for adopting Lillian! And thank you, Petfinder Foundation, for helping her. There are so many senior dogs needing homes, and this grant made it possible to get one more senior into a forever home.

Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter: Purina New Year, New Home
What was the money or product used for?

To cover adoption fees related to a reduced-adoption-fee promotion to help adopt out dogs before kennel painting.

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

It ensured that funds needed for caring for the animals were not lost when adoption fees were reduced, and allowed us to draw attention to animals in need of placement.

How many pets did this grant help?

10

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

Jack was a beagle who just couldn’t seem to find the right fit. Despite the fact that he was an outgoing and friendly fella, people just seemed to pass him by. Thanks to our discounted adoption-fee promotion, we were able to highlight dogs like Jack who needed some extra attention to find their new families! A family saw Jack’s promotion card on Facebook and came in and took him home. He is loving the family life!