Success Stories

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

Orange Street Cats, Inc.: Emergency Medical Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Sweet Matilda faced many challenges when she came to us. She had a huge, gaping wound from an attack and pyometra [an infection of the uterus], requiring emergency surgery. The generous Petfinder Foundation grant of $1,000 assisted in paying for her emergency spay and wound-repair surgeries, her two-week hospitalization, laser treatments, and wound care, totaling $2,714.

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

This grant literally allowed OSC to save Matilda’s life. Without this generous grant, some of her treatment may have had to have been delayed — a luxury our girl didn’t have.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Because Matilda was attacked by an unknown animal on or about Feb. 18, 2019 (she was apparently bitten by something on the shoulder blades, but managed to get away), New York State law requires that she complete a six-month rabies hold before being placed for adoption. Her surgeries were completely successful and, as you can see from her photos, she is beautiful! But her beauty pales in comparison to her sweet, playful, silly personality! We are counting down the days to Aug. 18, when we will be able to post her on Petfinder so she can find her forever family! She will make someone a wonderful, lifelong companion. We hope that we will be allowed to provide another grant report once she is adopted, because we know that her story will end well!

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

The beds are used for our shelter dogs and puppies. We are usually full and have up to 10 adult dogs and up to 25 puppies at any given time.

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

Our adult dogs LOVE the raised beds, especially the older ones who like a bit of comfort. The Chill Pads are very helpful to have in our hot South Carolina summer!

How many pets did this grant help?

Since we received the beds, 40 animals have benefited.

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

Windy is an adult dog who came to us after being attacked by other dogs as she cared for her nine newborn puppies under a trailer (her puppies were rescued along with her). She had severe puncture wounds that had gotten infected and burst open. Windy required intensive veterinary care with IV antibiotics, surgery and multiple skin grafts to heal her wounds. Windy is a gentle soul. She is very shy and timid. Our volunteers work with Windy daily. It took a couple of months for Windy to even leave the shelter for a walk in the neighborhood. Windy spends most of her day comfortable in her kennel, lounging on her Kuranda bed. We had someone interested in adopting Windy; however, they were not willing to come spend time with her so that Windy could develop trust and willingly walk out of the shelter. Our volunteers work with Windy daily and hope that one day that special person will meet her, fall in love and be willing to allow Windy the time she needs to trust them enough to leave the shelter with them. Until that day arrives, Windy is safe in our no-kill shelter enjoying the comfort of her raised bed. Meet Windy here.

From a March 11 Facebook post: “Kind Keeper rescued Windy and her nine puppies on Thursday. She came to us from the Marlboro County Animal Shelter because they had no room left when she arrived at their shelter. Windy has had a rough life. She was badly attacked by two other stray dogs, but still limped back to nurse her babies under the trailer where she had given birth. She is emaciated, a skeleton at 40 lbs, and is barely able to stand on her own. Windy has been to the vet on Friday and again this morning. She has some very serious wounds that are open and infected. She is being hand-fed and is eating well. She is nursing her puppies and we are monitoring them all closely. Windy is in for a very long road to recovery with her wounds. Despite all that she has been through, Windy is a gentle soul, loving and so very cooperative. We need to continue to raise funds for her care. We will chronicle her journey and keep you posted.”

Rescued Rescuers: Senior Pet Adoption Grants
What was the money or product used for?

The $1,000 grant was used to cover the cost of Shyla’s Cushing’s disease medicine to enable her to be more adoptable.

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

Shyla was successfully adopted, making room for another dog in need to be fostered.

How many pets did this grant help?

Shyla, plus the dog who took her vacant spot in rescue

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

Shyla was a wonderful, sweet mixed-breed senior dog who found her way to the Rescued Rescuers via the shelter. As a dachshund rescue, we have the hardest time placing the mixed breeds, and because of Shyla’s breed mix, along with her age and her medical condition, she was constantly overlooked and had been with us for much longer than usual. We looked to the generous Petfinder Foundation grant to help cover her known future medical costs. Once we did that, magically the right family found her and she is now living the life of luxury. Thank you, Petfinder Foundation!

City of Elderly Love: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

Veterinary care

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

The Petfinder Sponsor a Pet grant was used to help cover the cost of veterinary care for the animals in our care.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

This sponsorship was for Hoover who has since been adopted! From Facebook: “You may not meet a more unique dog than Hoover! Hoover is an 11-year-old, 9-lb. purebred Chinese crested who found his way to City of Elderly Love along with a number of his housemates after their owner became ill and could no longer care for them. Hoover is one-of-a-kind and will happily be your weird-looking little shadow! From his bat-like ears, his tongue that’s usually peeking out from his mouth, and his shaggy little coif, there’s nothing not cute about Hoover. He absolutely loves to play with his human buds and also enjoys being picked up and cuddled. This little goofball will keep you laughing every day! He is also guaranteed to have people stop you on the streets so they can fawn all over him — and he’ll gladly accept!

“Hoover lived with a number of small dogs (all Chinese cresteds) most of his life, and while he loved playing with his sister, since coming to City of Elderly Love, he’s shown us that he enjoys his space and doesn’t love other dogs up in his face, especially larger males. He’s totally happy to be your one an only but may also do well with a smaller female dog. He lived with a cat in his previous home but we have not seen him interact with any since he came to the rescue.”

The Haley Graves Foundation: Dogs Playing for Life Mentorship Grant (Invitation Only)
What was the money or product used for?

Dogs Playing for Life mentorship program

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

James has successfully worked with four dogs so far. This has resulted in a positive placement of these pups.

How many pets did this grant help?

Four so far

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

Luke was the last dog of his litter and lived with his foster for seven months. When adopted, he showed some fear aggression and leash aggression. James successfully worked with the adopters to overcome these obstacles and helped him remain in his forever home.

Home at Last Dog Rescue: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

Surgery for one of our fosters with significant medical needs.

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

These grants help us to save dogs needing significant medical attention. Without the help of sponsors and donors, we would not be able to afford the necessary medical care those dogs need.

How many pets did this grant help?

One

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

Meet Mitchell, a 10-week-old silver Lab, who was surrendered to HAL by a breeder. Mitch’s deformed hind leg was a result of a fractured tibia that wasn’t taken care of properly. Surgery is required to fix the misshapen leg so he can live a normal, pain-free life. Post-surgery, Mitch will do his recovery and rehab in a Home at Last foster home before he’s available for adoption. We are hopeful that he’ll be ready to move in with his forever family early September. If not for donors, Home At Last wouldn’t be able to save dogs like Mitchell.

Humane Society of Truckee Tahoe: Dogs Playing for Life Mentorship Grant (Invitation Only)
What was the money or product used for?

The money was used entirely for the cost of the Dogs Playing for Life mentorship program at Austin Pets Alive!

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

This grant has helped us get more dogs out to play together, which has been amazing for potential adopters to see. We live in a very dog-friendly community, where a lot of dogs are off-leash, so knowing how a dog does in a playgroup is pretty crucial for adopters.

How many pets did this grant help?

At the very least, 100 dogs. Any dog who has gotten to attend playgroup has benefited from this grant!

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

We had a dog named Raymond who seemed to be dog-aggressive. When we did the on-leash introduction, he was lunging and acting threatening. He would fence-fight with the dogs next to him and even try and go after his own reflection, which resulted in a redirection bite on his handler. After going through the Dogs Playing for Life mentorship, we thought we should try Raymond with a muzzle in a small playgroup. At first he was uncomfortable, but with everything I had learned, we continued this until Raymond was comfortable and eventually started to play! He was adopted into a home shortly thereafter that has another dog and they are living happily ever after. Without the confidence and the skills we learned from Dogs Playing for Life, Raymond could still be sitting in a shelter.

Rockstar Rescue: Emergency Medical Grant
What was the money or product used for?

After applying for this grant, we learned that Fender has a transmissible venereal tumor. Funds from this grant were used to continue veterinary care for him.

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

This grant helped our organization by covering several of Fender’s veterinary appointments, not taking further funds away from our general operating expenses.

How many pets did this grant help?

One

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

Fender was found running against traffic on a very busy highway just north of Puerto Penasco, Mexico. Thought to have a broken ankle, he was captured and taken to a local Mexican vet, where x-rays revealed he had actually been shot and the bones in his right front leg were shattered. The local vet performed surgery to salvage the leg, but after eight weeks, infection set in and the leg ultimately had to be amputated.

After Fender’s amputation, he developed MRSA and was found to have a transmissible venereal tumor (TVT). The MRSA was immediately treated and he is still currently undergoing chemo treatments for the TVT.

Despite the horrendous experience he had gone through, Fender is always wagging his tail. He is the gentlest and happiest boy and we are excited to finish his treatments and get him listed on our Petfinder page as soon as possible.

Thank you for this opportunity.

The Broome County Humane Society: KONG Toy Grant
What was the money or product used for?

See below.

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

We were able to use the Kong products as a part of enrichment in the kennel, which included stuffing them with treats, playing fetch and allowing our dogs to chew on appropriate products.

How many pets did this grant help?

40

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

Bear was a dog who was brought to the Humane Society with siblings who had lived a somewhat neglected life. His hair was severely matted and he suffered severe ear and skin infections. When waiting for his forever home to pick him up, Bear was able to enjoy a nice treat of peanut butter in his Kong. This also provided him with enrichment to keep him mind occupied. Bear recently found a wonderful home where he continues to be spoiled!

Valley Humane Society: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

The funds were used to provide food and routine medical treatments and cover the cost of care for Dede during her stay.

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

This grant enabled us to provide Dede with top-notch, individualized care until a loving adoptive family could be found.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Five-year-old Dede was picked up as a stray, wandering the streets. But other than some scabbing on her back near her tail, she was friendly and healthy. After being transferred to Valley Humane Society, Dede quickly found her forever family, who immediately set about renaming the tiny schnauzer mix. They tell us, “Family members put out many names for Dede, but the final decision was Sophie! Sophie had no difficulty fitting in. She is a very friendly dog and greets all visitors as new friends!” Sophie usually hangs out with her new guardian, but often sits on top of the couch looking out the window. When she needs a nap, she sleeps on a pillow on the couch. Sophie has many stuffed toys that she enjoys tossing around, and goes on a fast-paced walk with her guardian every morning. She sleeps cuddled up next to her on the bed, and likes to lie out on the deck in the sun. They add, “Thank you so much for making Sophie available for adoption!”