Success Stories

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

Friends For Life Cat Rescue, Inc.: COVID-19 Operation Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The grant money went to the purchase of vaccines and spaying/neutering of kittens we rescued from a high-[intake] shelter right as COVID 19 hit. They have all been adopted now.

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

This helped offset medical expenses while all of our fundraising and adoptions were put on hold because our vets were not allowed to do any spaying or neutering.

How many pets did this grant help?

Four surgeries, vaccines, testing for FELV/FIV, rabies vaccinations and microchips

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

These kittens were rescued from a high-[intake] shelter where they were slated for euthanasia in North Carolina. We were able to rescue a total of 12 kittens and one pregnant cat who had three babies. We used the funds specifically on this mom and kittens.

Main Line Animal Rescue: COVID-19 Operation Grant
What was the money or product used for?

This grant was used to support the daily operations of our animal shelter during the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to protect the health and safety of our staff and the community, we needed to alter our operations and cancel some fundraising events, which placed a great strain on our budget. We appreciate supporters like the Petfinder Foundation who stepped up to fund us during this critical time of need.

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

The grant funds went directly to providing food, shelter, and medical care for the nearly 100 animals currently in our care. Main Line Animal Rescue specializes in the rescue, rehabilitation and placement of abused, unwanted and abandoned animals. The Petfinder Foundation grant helped us provide love and rehabilitation to so many homeless animals.

How many pets did this grant help?

93

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

Putt Putt was adopted from our affiliate, the Pennsylvania SPCA, in 2010. But, for reasons we will likely never know, he recently ended up at the city shelter. Perhaps his family fell on hard time dues to the pandemic, or perhaps they could no longer take care of him.

In a way, the reasons why he ended up at the city shelter didn’t matter. They didn’t matter because when an animal leaves our care, it does so with the promise that we are committed to it for the entirety of its life — not just for 10 years, but forever.

When Putt Putt came back to the Pennsylvania SPCA as a super senior in need of extra loving care, the only logical next step was for him to join us at Main Line Animal Rescue. We worked on mending his heart and got him in tip-top shape, including the removal of a growth on one of his paws.

Once the growth was removed, Putt Putt was ready to begin the search for a loving, comfy home in which to spend the twilight of his life, no matter how long that might be. But that day didn’t take long, because within weeks, Putt Putt was adopted! We are so happy for this sweet, senior soul.

Humane Society of Elkhart County: COVID-19 Operation Grant
What was the money or product used for?

This grant was used for our spay/neuter program.

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

This grant supported us with assistance to our spay-and-neuter fund. Five cats were altered with the funds from this grant.

How many pets did this grant help?

5

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

Kramer came to us from a difficult situation. He and 13 of his brothers and sisters were seized from a home in which two of his humans had coronavirus. They were unable to care for him or the other animals.

During his quarantine, our vet determined that Kramer also had ringworm. Following his treatment, he was neutered and placed up for adoption. He was adopted and now currently resides with his new family.

Tennessee Dachshund Rescue: COVID-19 Operation Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The grant was used for direct medical care for homeless dachshunds in our care.

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

It helped us continue our mission during an extremely difficult time when donations and adoptions were down, but homeless pets remained steady. We were able to continue to accept homeless dogs into our care.

How many pets did this grant help?

10

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

Chance came to TDR as a scared, anxious pup. He had never been socialized and had been abandoned at an empty house. TDR was contacted by the local shelter about this terrified boy, who had completely shut down and was labelled as a biter. We immediately stepped in and rescued Chance.

Chance is now living his best life. He was recently adopted and has really come out of his shell. He still suffers from anxiety, but he has gained so much confidence.

Peaches Bully Rescue: COVID-19 Operation Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Due to Covid, all fundraising had to be cancelled, yielding big bills for the rescue, with minimal income for months. This grant allowed us to maintain a high quality of vet care, including spay/neuter, heartworm-prevention, eye surgeries, and rehab for our special-needs bulldogs.

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

Our dogs in the rescue are of bully breeds and many have some special-care item, whether it is surgery to fix breathing, rehab for hip issues, or allergy relief. We could not have helped and provided the services without help from this grant. The alternative would have been to go seek individual donations during this hardship time.

How many pets did this grant help?

6

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

Maize and Rebel came to us from a breeding house that discarded them when they were found to have medical issues. Maize, the blue-and-white little girl, was 3 months old, had a significant heart murmur, and was not in the best condition. Her limited ability to make it through a day without multiple long naps, and a respiratory infection, made her unadoptable to most people.

Utilizing the grant money, we were able to get her the scan she needed to ensure her prognosis was baselined, meds could be administered, and we were aware of what rehab we could perform to build her stamina. After some hard work by our foster, Maize began the progress towards being a happy, typical puppy.

Adopters came from far and wide, even with the knowledge that Maize would have a limited lifespan due to her heart. Today, Frankie (her new name) has more than doubled in height and weight, plays like a normal puppy, does zoomies, and gets regular check-ups with the vet team. Her adopters love her and this would not be possible without the grant to help us help her.

Marion Animal Resource Connection: COVID-19 Operation Grant
What was the money or product used for?

We bought five new crates and five pens for foster homes to help take in the extra animals who needed help. We also bought four new litter boxes and some cat food and cat litter.

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

We were able to take more animals in by making sure we made fostering more manageable for people.

How many pets did this grant help?

We took in 404 animals in the months of May-July.

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

Bear and Cali are two shih tzus who were living by the river in a tent when their owner couldn’t pay the bills. We had to find a place for them quickly. It was nice to have the crates and food on-hand to help people foster animals in need.

Columbia Humane Society: COVID-19 Operation Grant
What was the money or product used for?

We used this money for general operation expenses of the shelter.

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

It helped us keep all the utilities on for a month and helped to pay staff.

How many pets did this grant help?

30

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

Albus came to us from a Texas shelter a little over a year ago. The money that was provided to help keep our shelter running helped dogs like Albus, who was deaf. Albus is a very sweet guy who needed just that one particular home that was willing to deal with his hearing loss and who was willing to understand the guy that he is. Albus has since found that home in the last month. We are so excited that he is in his new home and that a great life has been created for him. Thank you for your help.

Chatham Kent Animal Rescue: COVID-19 Operation Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The grant was used to help pay for medications for some of our senior dogs who have heart issues, are diabetic, or have allergies.

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

The grant came at a very important time because of the pandemic situation, where we’ve had to cancel all fundraisers since March 2020. We feel blessed to have been awarded this grant money and thank the Petfinder Foundation very much. Having medications for our dogs is so very important to keep them healthy.

How many pets did this grant help?

4

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

The dogs this grant assisted were seniors who are long-term fosters in our rescue. One is a senior named Chaka who is 15 years old and acts like a puppy. His tail is always going, but his heart doesn’t always let his little body do what he wants. Chaka was diagnosed with heart disease. His foster found him passed out on two occasions and took him to the vet right away. The vet discovered he had a severe heart murmur and, with the help of medication, Chaka has stopped fainting and is back to his happy little personality.

Great Dane Rescue of SE Texas: COVID-19 Operation Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The $250 was used to help pay for boarding fees for Great Danes whom we have in boarding. Bella was the Great Dane who benefited from your generous grant.

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

By helping to pay for boarding costs, it allowed us to continue to help other Great Danes.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Bella was dumped in a neighborhood in Houston, Texas, and was picked up by the local shelter. Bella had been used for only breeding and we assume that when her breeding days were over, her owners just dumped her. Bella had numerous enlarged teets, some of which needed to be removed due to overbreeding.

GDRST worked hard to get Bella’s medical problems solved. Once Bella was released from veterinary care, we then searched for the perfect home. Bella did go to a foster home, where it was discovered that she had extreme anxiety during thunderstorms.

She was returned to boarding, where our behavorist evaluated her and determined that Bella had never been in a home situation and probably had lived in a concrete run all of her life.

Bella does great in boarding and has very little anxiety. We are looking for that very special home for Bella, who is super sweet, loving, and does best as the only dog in the house. Bella loves her new life, and we can’t wait for her to find her furever home.

Labrador Friends of the South: COVID-19 Operation Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The money went toward three heartworm-treated dogs.

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

Yes, it was very helpful, since donations are down and adoptions are down, so cash flow is very low.

How many pets did this grant help?

3

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

Meet Mr. Tippy! This cutie is one of the newest members of LFS. He is approximately 5 years old. Tippy was just rescued from a shelter in rural Georia and is happy as can be. He is a sweet, friendly boy who has yet to meet a stranger. He is an energetic dog who would do great with an active family. Tippy could use some work with basic commands and walking on the leash.

Unfortunately, Tippy tested positive for heartworms. He is doing well with treatment so far, though he’s definitely not a fan of having to stay exercise-restricted. Soon Tippy will be free of those pesky worms and able to run around and have normal exercise again. Heartworm staging and treatment are, unfortunately, very costly, and as a smaller rescue, we needed some help to be able to get Tippy the treatment he needed. We are forever thankful for all the support.