Success Stories

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

C Alley Cats of Lake Wallenpaupack: COVID-19 Operation Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Purchases made in May, post award, and June through 6/21, included:
Items Vendor Date Expense
Litter, cat/kitten food,cleaning Lake Reg. IGA 5/21/2020 $38.13
Nursing Kit Petvalu 5/22/2020 $7.41
Nursing bottles, kitten food Tractor Supply 5/22/2020 $122.17
Litter, cat / kitten food Petvalu 5/22/2020 $237.96
Paper towels, cat food Lake Reg. IGA 5/25/2020 $93.44
Litter, cat / kitten food Lake Reg. IGA 5/27/2020 $48.27
Litter, cat / kitten food Lake Reg. IGA 5/28/2020 $58.64
Litter, cat / kitten food Petvalu 5/29/2020 $252.76
Litter, cat / kitten food Lake Reg. IGA 5/31/2020 $67.69
Medical supplies CVS 6/1/2020 $24.42
Litter, cat/kitten food Lake Reg. IGA 6/2/2020 $7.41
Litter, cat/kitten food Lake Reg. IGA 6/4/2020 $95.83
Litter, cat/kitten food Petvalu 6/5/2020 $478.01
Cat/kitten food Tractor Supply 6/5/2020 $205.12
Litter, cat/kitten food Walmart 6/6/2020 $31.68
Litter, cat/kitten food Lake Reg. IGA 6/7/2020 $10.59
Litter, cat/kitten food Lake Reg. IGA 6/8/2020 $8.98
Medical Care – kitten (Gator) W Vet Clinic 6/8/2020 $177.16
Litter, cat/kitten food Lake Reg. IGA 6/9/2020 $16.93
Litter, cat/kitten food Petvalu 6/11/2020 $401.33
Medical Care – (Marx Brothers) W Vet Clinic 6/11/2020 $86.60
Medical Supplies (Gator) W Vet Clinic 6/11/2020 $17.60
Medical Care (Blinkie) W Vet Clinic 6/11/2020 $87.09
Medical Care (Black Kitten) W Vet Clinic 6/12/2020 $186.90
Litter, cat / kitten food Lake Reg IGA 6/17/2020 $45.14
Litter Lake Reg IGA 6/18/2020 $13.16
Litter, cat/kitten food Lake Reg IGA 6/19/2020 $3.77
Litter, cat / kitten food Petvalu 6/21/2020 $339.73

TOTAL: $3,163.92

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

As a result of the restrictions in place due to the coronavirus, our adoption events at Petvalu and Tractor Supply have been canceled and the veterinary clinics used for TNR canceled all elective surgeries. As of this writing, we have still not returned to normal operation. In order to relieve the pressure on our foster system and make room for new kittens, we implemented adoptions without vetting and will have the kittens returned, or vetted by their owners, when vets reopen and the kittens are at least 3 lbs. This adds to the clerical load due to the follow-up to ensure cats are spayed/neutered and vetted, but has allowed us to accept a greater number of the increase in kittens this year. We also implemented meet and greets for our cats and kittens, by invitation, at a foster’s home. This enabled us to maintain safe social distancing and actually has increased adoption rates. We are averaging 11.5 adoptions per month, versus nine last year.

The loss of TNR capacity has resulted in an increase in kittens and, with many of the facility-based shelters hurting for staff, our foster-based program has surged in capacity from 76 to 143, averaging 20 extra cats/kittens in foster care per month. Intakes increased from an average of 17 per month to 25 per month. Only in March were there no new fosters. We saw a surge in May, and in June we took in 59 new fosters. This put a strain on the food and medical budget. With fundraising and TNR revenues drastically reduced or gone, the $750 grant received helped to pay for food, litter and medical supplies during May and June.

We also reached out to our supporters with a request for assistance, participated in Giving Tuesday, and held an online auction to raise funds. We posted some of our medically needy cases on Facebook to raise money for their medical care.

How many pets did this grant help?

93 average cats/kittens in foster care during May/June

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

With the Petfinder Foundation 2020 COVID-19 Operation Grant, we were able to cover 24% of our operating expenses, which enabled us to feed the average 93 cats/kittens in foster care per month, including the 111 new kittens rescued in May and June. Twenty-seven of them were adopted and 32 have been reserved for adoption once they are big enough or social enough. We also had six adult adoptions in May and June.

One of the most moving adoptions was Oskie, a 4-year-old domestic shorthair cat with PTSD. She came into care in August of 2018 after being dumped at our local vet. We were called and took this abused and terrified cat into our care. Time and love helped her to trust a small circle of people, and in May a wonderful couple came to meet her and fell in love.

Thank you for helping us help the cats and kittens in our care.

Marley's World: COVID-19 Operation Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The $250 was placed in the general fund and used to buy dog food.

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

Adoptions and donations are at a standstill, so the money really helped with operating expenses.

How many pets did this grant help?

34

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

This has been the strangest year in over 50 years of animal rescue here at Marley’s World. In early March we realized that the trickle of news about the corona virus might very well impact our ability to carry on. We stopped accepting new dogs and began stockpiling dog food and other supplies.

By mid April we stopped posting new pet adoption candidates. One of our last adoptions was by a man who flew in from Seattle to adopt Lilly who was treated here for heartworms. Following the news reports from that part of the company scared the crap out of us. We had three groups of puppies that were adopted with the last three and their mother picked up directly at the veterinarians office on the day they were spayed/neutered.

The vet was doing curbside service by then. Many of our adoptions are repeat adopters or by referral and we continued to get inquiries even from states that were in full lock down. It is painful and scary to turn away potential adopters but by this time I was the only person taking care of almost 40 dogs with no one to step in if I became incapacitated and to make matters even more concerning I am in several high-risk categories for this virus.

Of course the cost of caring for the dogs continues so when the Petfinder Foundation announced an operating grant to help, I applied and was awarded $250 which went directly into the general fund for food/supplies and utilities. Grant reporting is nothing new to us but the requirements of this one made it a little challenging. Petfinder was asking for how the money benefited one dog specifically and furthermore the dog need a URL for adoption posting. We have only one dog currently listed and she is one that may well become a permanent sanctuary resident due to her breed and temperament. Her name is Haley and you can meet her here.

The much-appreciated grant helps make it possible to continue to care for Haley without feeling compelled to place her in a high-risk adoption or consider even less-acceptable solutions like euthanasia. Petfinder has long been a valuable ally and is greatly appreciated. On a bright note, we received a new dispatch this morning indicating that we may be able to more safely open up to adoptions soon following the latest report from the Arkansas Department of Health on the effectiveness of universal use of face masks.

Pictured is Haley. From her Petfinder profile: “Hi there! My name is Haley on account of I have a mark on me that looks just like a comet. My life has been one big adventure and I loved every minute of it, but I’m ready to settle down. I got pregnant and was accepted by a rescue up north, but on the day I went to the vet to get my health certificate, I had my pups on the way home.

“One was too big and one was not well, but I managed to raise one fat little butterball named Tank. When the time came for me to go north with him, the rescue did not have room for me, only my pup, so I stayed here at Marley’s World. I love it here where I have lots of friends and people to love me but I really want a family of my own.

“I am a bull terrier, which makes me small and sweet like the dog from The Little Rascals. I’m full-grown at two years old and weigh 41 lbs. I’m spayed and tested negative for heartworms and have been placed on preventative. I’m also housetrained and have great leash and basic-obedience skills. I love to fetch and will learn new tricks for cookies and pats. If you want a compact, clean, funny and totally devoted companion, then I’m your girl.” You can meet Haley here.

All the dogs at the sanctuary helped eat the dog food. As I am alone in caring for them at this time and am high-risk, I have not risked having the general public in so no adoptions have take place since March.

Mitchell County Animal Rescue, Inc.: COVID-19 Operation Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The grant money was used for adoption preparations.

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

This grant helped us cover the cost of care for pets before their adoption. MCAR strives to provide excellent care for the pets in our care. We always provide spay or neuter, vaccines, microchipping, de-wormer, and flea meds before finalizing adoptions. This grant helped to cover the cost of this care for one dog and one cat. Because of the contribution from the Petfinder Foundation, we were able to offer two pets for adoption in loving homes at adoption fees that were a fraction of the usual cost.

How many pets did this grant help?

2

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

Tic-Tac is a beautiful black-and-white domestic short-haired male kitten who was surrendered along with four other cats after his person lost his job during the Covid-19 pandemic. Tic-Tac’s person felt he had no choice but to give up his animals. Upon arrival, each cat was very well-socialized, healthy, and obviously loved. Tic-Tac quickly became a staff favorite due to his deep purr and playful nature.

After only four days in the shelter, Tic-Tac was adopted! His new person applied for a kitten after realizing how much both he and his yellow Lab, Abbie, missed their recently deceased cat. Our excellent adoption counselors found that Tic-Tac was the perfect companion for Abbie and her dad.

Tic-Tac and Abbie are now an awesome pair. They spend their days in gentle play and their afternoons catnapping in the sun. Tic-Tac’s new person says that he was the perfect addition to their family and has helped tremendously in the mourning and healing process. Because of the Petfinder Foundation grant, Tic-Tac was quickly neutered, vaccinated, dewormed, microchipped, and given flea medicine. We were able to offer Tic-Tac at a discounted adoption fee of $30, helping him quickly find a loving home.

In May we received a complaint about a possible neglectful backyard breeder in our area. Along with law enforcement, staff members investigated the dismal out-of-operation puppy mill. Among the puppies not yet sold was Bailey, a 4-month-old Boston terrier. Bailey rushed towards staff members, dirty and starving for affection. The breeder said to our staff, “You can take her if you want. I don’t want her.”

When Bailey arrived at our facility, she stole everyone’s hearts. She was quickly adopted into a loving home with a newlywed couple. They tell us that Bailey has completed their family and has taken over their bed. She is learning basic training behaviors and has never met a stranger. Bailey loves with her whole heart and will never have to worry about where her next meal is coming from. Thank you, Petfinder Foundation, for making her adoption possible.

Stop the Suffering: KONG Toy Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The Kong products were used for foster dogs in our care.

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

The grant helped provide Kongs for our dogs so that they could learn to relax and have an outlet for potential anxiety during downtime.

How many pets did this grant help?

20

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

Hettie had complete focus while attempting to get to the bottom of the Kong to get every last bit of goodness out. He went to his forever home last week and we definitely let them know how much he loves his Kong!

Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society: COVID-19 Operation Grant
What was the money or product used for?

MRFRS used the grant funds to help defray the added costs of housing cats in foster care rather than in our shelter. Since March, MRFRS has taken in 169 cats and kittens. While we would normally house the majority of those cats in our shelter, from March to May we housed 100% of our cats in foster care (and in June, 50% of the cats were housed in foster). Housing cats in foster is more expensive, as we lose the savings that economy of scale affords us. The funding from the Petfinder Foundation helped cover the additional costs associated with sending food, litter, and flea preventative home with each foster family.

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

The funding from the Petfinder Foundation allowed us to utilize foster homes for our cats during the pandemic — 100% of our cats were kept in foster care from March through May. Foster housing minimized the potential exposure of our volunteers and staff to the virus, allowing us to continue our cat intake while keeping our human family safe.

How many pets did this grant help?

148

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

We were able to take in Charlie, Ace, and Bella when their owner passed away during the pandemic — three 10-year-old cats who needed medical care and a foster home. All three were covered in live fleas. Ace had an ear infection and was extremely thin; blood work showed he had undiagnosed hyperthyroidism. Bella was suffering from a neurologic condition affecting her hind end.

With our shelter closed, we could only take these three sweethearts in if we could find a foster home.

Their foster mom says: “An email from the MRFRS was sitting in my inbox. The email asked for my help in fostering three adult cats. Three! Adults! We’ve fostered three or more kittens at a time but never three adults. The email attempted to assure me that the owner of the cats, who had passed away, supposedly did not die of the virus. Talk had just begun on the news of a tiger that had tested positive for COVID-19.

“I had a lot to ponder. Did I want to provide care and comfort to three adult cats during a pandemic? My answer, of course, was a resounding YES! I did question whether this was a smart thing to do. Could I possibly be putting my family in danger by opening up our home, and hearts, to these three homeless kitties? Now, just a few months later, we have learned so much more about this virus, and I feel guilty for doing all of this questioning.

“We were very lucky to get the opportunity to provide love and the other essentials to Ace, Bella, and Charlie. When they first showed up here, their condition was not good. Fleas were present, and all three cats had to be moved from a spacious palace-themed room to a small guest bathroom. They all had baths and eventually the fleas were eradicated.

“As the flea count decreased, their trust in me increased. They loved to spend time with me. Ace received daily ear medications and later an additional pill for hyperthyroidism. He took his pill without a problem and was such a pleasure to care for. Little Bella loved licking my legs when I’d go in to feed them breakfast in the mornings in my nightgown. Charlie, who started out as the shyest one, had blossomed so much and who would melt each time you’d rub his ears. Being able to foster these three adult cats was rewarding and was a little ray of sunshine during this scary time.”

Charlie and Ace have been adopted! Bella is still looking for her forever home. You can meet Bella here.

Greater Houston German Shepherd Dog Rescue: COVID-19 Operation Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The money was used to help cover the cost of food and supplies for the dogs in our care.

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

The pandemic has been difficult for our organization, but with the help of the Petfinder Foundation, we have been able to continue to care for the dogs in our rescue and provide them with quality nutrition as we work to find them homes.

How many pets did this grant help?

10

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

One of our dogs helped by the Covid-19 grant is Remi, a young, energetic female who came to our rescue underweight and undernourished due to a digestive condition called EPI (exocrine pancreatic insufficiency). EPI is an incurable, lifelong condition in which the pancreas is unable to produce digestive enzymes so a supplement is needed with every meal to aid in digestion. Due to the added financial stresses from the Covid-19 pandemic and the additional cost of care needed for Remi, getting her adopted has been a slow process.

Thanks to the help we received from the Petfinder Foundation, we’re able to provide Remi with the food and supplements she needs to get proper nutrition, gain weight and stay healthy as we work to find her a forever home. Remi is still available for adoption and would make a wonderful addition to a family or individual with an active lifestyle. If you’re interested, please view her page on Petfinder here.

All About Rabbits Rescue, Inc.: COVID-19 Operation Grant
What was the money or product used for?

We used the grant funds for veterinary care. 95% of our costs are from vet care. We are grateful for your support which allows us to continue our work rescuing rabbits.

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

The Petfinder Foundation’s $1,000 grant allowed us to rescue and provide healthcare for four rabbits: Finn, Chippie, Milo and Ellie. All of these rabbits required treatment outside of the standard physical that all AARR intakes receive. With the exception of Finn, who is still being treated, all of these rabbits were successfully treated and have been placed in rabbit-educated forever homes.

How many pets did this grant help?

4

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

Finn (first three photos) is a Flemish giant-mix rabbit who was abandoned outside when his owners moved. When he first arrived to AARR, he was 40% below his ideal weight and 80% of his lungs were infected and inflamed (the dark spots of the CT scan in the fourth photo indicate areas of infection; the white areas indicate healthy lungs). We also suspected that Finn had dental issues which, given the sensitive nature of a rabbit’s digestive system, combined with the fact that their teeth are constantly growing, would be a life-threatening problem alone.

Long Island Bird & Exotics Veterinary Clinic confirmed that Finn had spurs on four teeth (fifth photo), an abscess in his jaw, and infection in his lungs. Fortunately, we were able to use the funds that the Petfinder Foundation grant awarded us towards his care. Finn is now living with his foster and is well on his way to recovery. He is receiving the love and care he deserves. His favorite pastime is jumping onto tables and windowsills.

Finn is currently still in foster care and is not available for adoption, as he has not fully recovered yet.

Chippie (sixth and seventh photos) is another rabbit we directed Petfinder Foundation grant funds towards. His owner called asking if we would take his rabbit, who had been sniffling for more than nine months. We took him immediately to see an exotics-educated vet who diagnosed Chippie with severe, chronic upper-respiratory infection. He was put on two antibiotics and has not only made a full recovery, but has been placed in a caring forever home where he will never be denied vet care again.

We will never deny a rabbit the vet care they require and deserve, but when the funds are in place, we are able to operate more efficiently. We are so grateful that the Petfinder Foundation gave us the opportunity to rescue these two rabbits and several others from terrible situations and provide them the chance at second lives in the homes of caring adopters.

RES-QUE, LTD: COVID-19 Operation Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Vet bills.

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

We have large vet bills for the dogs we bring in. Grants like this are always appreciated and help us to keep doing what we do.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Trigger is a Lab mix whom a local veterinarian contacted us about. He had a leg that was broken in two different places. The owners could not afford vet care during these trying times and signed him over to be euthanized. They called us and we agreed to take him into our rescue. His leg was amputated and he is still recovering. While Trigger was in our care, a blood vessel opened, which is not uncommon for this type of surgery, and he ended up at the emergency vet. I’m happy to say he is doing well and will be adopted in the next month when totally healed. His foster mom is contemplating adopting him, as she does therapy volunteer work and he would be perfect for that.

SPCA Florida: Dog Field Trips/Short-Term Fostering Grant
What was the money or product used for?

We purchased supplies for the doggie dates and doggie pajama parties: Harnesses and leashes, water bottles with bowls for dogs, bandannas, and backpacks to hold supplies.

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

The grant allowed us to purchase necessary supplies so we can prepare kits in advance. We have enough to let several dogs go on dates at the same time, and we can clean everything as soon as a dog returns and re-pack to be ready for the next trip.

2020 has been a strange year for everyone, including SPCA Florida, and we had to close the facility for some time because of the COVID-19 situation. We have recently restarted the doggie dates and sleepovers, and this has, naturally, impacted our statistics. But 35 dogs still went on dates before the pandemic threw its wrench in the works.

The question “how many pets did this grant help” is difficult to answer — 35 dogs have used the supplies thus far, but many of the supplies will last for a long time and are likely help hundreds before they’re worn out.

How many pets did this grant help?

35

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

Letty is a special-needs girl with allergies, so she needs a hypoallergenic diet. She came to SPCA Florida in August 2019 and stayed here through the holidays, through a pneumonia outbreak in the kennels, and through the COVID-19 closings. When the doggie dates and pajama pawties started again in June, Letty was eager to go on a sleepover. The family saw how well she fit into their home environment and decided to make her a permanent family member. Happily Furever After!

Brown Animal Rescue/Miracle House Animal Rescue: Cat Enrichment
What was the money or product used for?

Cat food, cat litter, and cleaning supplies

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

We always struggle to make ends meet. Because of the coronavirus, we are not able to get the cat food and cat litter at a discount. We buy in bulk. It’s hard to even find cat food and litter. We also have a horrible time getting cleaning supplies and the cost of everything has just gone up so much. With your help we were able to get cat food, cat litter and cleaning supplies.

How many pets did this grant help?

200

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

The food and litter we got with the grant help all the cats, but they especially helped a malnourished mama cat and her two kittens. We are very happy that we were able to get them all adopted together.