Petfinder Foundation News

R.O.A.R. to Save Malnourished Kittens

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Give to us through Global Giving from 10/14 – 11/12 and have double the impact for kittens like Foster.

Our grant helped Lucky Day Animal Shelter in Grand Blanc, Mich., save nine kittens and one adult cat from lives of danger outdoors. And if you donate to us through Global Giving from Oct. 14-Nov. 12, you’ll help twice as many homeless pets like Foster (above).

For those 30 days, Animal Planet’s R.O.A.R. is matching donations to the Petfinder Foundation dollar-for-dollar (learn more about the campaign here). That means we can help groups like Lucky Day Animal Shelter save twice as many at-risk kittens and cats. Lucky Day President Gretchen Sommer tells us how our vaccination grant has made a difference:

“We have been able to help so many more by receiving these vaccinations. Right after we were awarded the grant we were able to save a mother cat and her five extremely malnourished babies, a single little kitty found on the side of the road and three newborn babies found all alone. This would not have been possible had we not received the grant.

“The money we saved by getting these vaccinations allowed us to take in these 10 urgent cats and get them fully vetted. Six have been spayed/neutered and the remaining four will be when they are of age. Four of these have already found their forever homes and are now going to go on to have happy, love-filled lives!

“We are so thrilled we were chosen to receive this grant and just want to thank you for the wonderful work you do!”

Foster and many other cats at shelters and rescue groups across the country have been helped by our Shot at Life vaccination grant program, supported by Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc., The Animal Rescue Site and GreaterGood.org.

Donate to us through Global Giving from Oct. 14-Nov. 12 to double your impact!

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R.O.A.R. to Keep Shelter Pets Comfortable

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Give to us through Global Giving from 10/14-11/12 and have double the impact for homeless dogs like Gus.

You’ll help twice as many homeless pets like Gus (above) if you donate to us through Global Giving from Oct. 14-Nov. 12.

For those 30 days, Animal Planet’s R.O.A.R. is matching donations to the Petfinder Foundation dollar-for-dollar (learn more about the campaign here). And that means a more comfortable shelter experience for dogs like Gus, who is being cared for by the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS).

A Chihuahua who was found as a stray, Gus is able to relax on a soft bed while he waits to be adopted, thanks to our P.L.A.Y. pet bed grant to PAWS.

“Our dogs are loving their new beds,” Development and Administrative Manager Sara Schoenleber tells us.

Donate to us through Global Giving from Oct. 14-Nov. 12 to double your impact!

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R.O.A.R. to Rescue Horses and Mules from Neglect

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Give to us through Global Giving from 10/14-11/12 and have double the impact for homeless mules like Ginger.

Donate to us through Global Giving from Oct. 14-Nov. 12 and you’ll help twice as many neglected animals like Ginger (above).

For those 30 days, Animal Planet’s R.O.A.R. is matching donations to the Petfinder Foundation dollar-for-dollar (learn more about the campaign here). That’s great news for mules like Ginger, who was rescued by Panhandle Equine Rescue (PER) in Cantonment, Fla. PER volunteer Joyce Gill tells us how our grant helped the group save Ginger and other equines from abuse and neglect:

“In February 2007, PER received a report that horses and mules were roaming the neighborhood on a regular basis. PER investigators responded and found that the fencing was inadequate and the environment was a junkyard with no feed or hay on the premises.

“Investigators educated the owner about adequate health care and proper nutrition and gave the owner the opportunity to repair fences and provide feed and hay. PER continued to receive reports of these animals running loose and made several visits to the property during the course of a year in an attempt to get cooperation from the owner.

“Finally in February 2008, conditions had deteriorated badly after severe weather and heavy downpours. The two horses, two mules and one donkey were found standing in excess mud and water 24/7. The owner would not move them out, so PER removed them from the property.

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Before their rescue, the animals had been living in this junkyard.

“Shortly thereafter, custody was awarded to PER in a court of law. Ginger — rescued as part of the Junkyard Five — was a wonderful addition to PER’s facility since she loved the attention from the volunteers who enjoyed grooming and loving on her. After several moves to and from foster homes, this sweet and beautiful mule was adopted and is living at her forever home.”

Ginger and many other equines at PER were helped by a grant program supported by our friends at Tractor Supply Company.

Donate to us through Global Giving from Oct. 14-Nov. 12 to double your impact!

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R.O.A.R. to Protect Orphaned Kittens from Disease

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Give to us through Global Giving from 10/14-11/12 and have double the impact for homeless pets like Pacer.

Our grant helped Perry County Animal Shelter in Cannelton, Ind., save and vaccinate two litters of tiny, orphaned kittens who were abandoned by their mothers before they were weaned. And if you donate to us through Global Giving from Oct. 14-Nov. 12, you’ll help twice as many homeless pets like Pacer (above).

For those 30 days, Animal Planet’s R.O.A.R. is matching donations to the Petfinder Foundation dollar-for-dollar (learn more about the campaign here). That means we can help groups like Perry County Animal Shelter save twice as many at-risk kittens.  Shelter Manager Tiffany Reed tells us how our vaccination grant has made a difference:

“The Perry County Animal Shelter has given vaccines to 39 felines, 22 of which have received their second booster vaccine, since the awarding of the FVRCP vaccinations. Out of the 39 homeless felines 17 have been adopted into their forever homes; which has left 22 hopeful souls in the care of the Perry County Animal Shelter.

“This vaccine grant has allowed the Perry County Animal Shelter to help two litters of kittens that were abandoned by their mother and not weaned. Both litters of kittens are thriving, eating solid food, and one set will be receiving their final boosters in the next few days. The younger set will be receiving their second booster in a couple of weeks.”

Pacer and many other cats at PAWS have been helped by our A Shot at Life vaccination grant program, supported by Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc., The Animal Rescue Site and GreaterGood.org.

Donate to us through Global Giving from Oct. 14-Nov. 12 to double your impact!

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R.O.A.R. to Help Adoptable Pets Look Their Best

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Give to us through Global Giving from 10/14-11/12 and have double the impact for homeless dogs like Emily.

Our grant helped Doggie Protective Services in Palo Alto, Calif., take attention-grabbing profile photos of the homeless pets in its care. And if you donate to us through Global Giving from Oct. 14-Nov. 12, you’ll help twice as many homeless pets like Emily (above).

For those 30 days, Animal Planet’s R.O.A.R. is matching donations to the Petfinder Foundation dollar-for-dollar (learn more about the campaign here).

Emily was helped by our recent One Picture Saves a Life grant to Doggie Protective Services. After volunteers from the group attended our photography workshop and left with a granted camera and photo-editing software, they were able to take her adorable adoption-profile photo, which helped her find a home.

The One Picture Saves a Life program is a partnership of Underwater Dogs photographer Seth Casteel, The Animal Rescue Site, GreaterGood.org and John Paul Pet.

Donate to us through Global Giving from Oct. 14-Nov. 12 to double your impact!

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R.O.A.R. to Keep Homeless Kittens Healthy!

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Give to us through Global Giving from 10/14-11/12 and have double the impact for homeless kittens like Punkin!

Donate to us through Global Giving from Oct. 14-Nov. 12 and you’ll help twice as many homeless pets like Punkin (above).

For those 30 days, Animal Planet’s R.O.A.R. is matching donations to the Petfinder Foundation dollar-for-dollar (learn more about the campaign here). That’s good news for cats like Punkin, who was rescued by PAWS South Florida Rescue in Ft. Lauderdale. PAWS president Deborah Gagnon tells us how Punkin and other kittens found forever homes:

“Recently, it is been our pleasure to work with a homeless man who has set up his tent in a public park right down the street from one of the trailer parks that we are currently working. Back in the beginning of the year, one of the residents in a park told us about this gentleman who’d had incredible success working with feral cats in the park. They were helping him feed the cats, but obviously nobody was taking the time to get the cats sterilized.

“We met with this man, whom we have come to call Roo because he claims to be from Australia. (However, we really think he’s from New Jersey.) We have now been working with him and for the most part, the adult cats have come to like him and become friendly with him to the point where he can actually pick them up. This makes it very easy for us to take them in to get them sterilized. He also works with their litters and has become a very valuable socializer for the kittens. When the kittens are ready to be adopted, we take them into our care and they have proven to be some of the most gorgeous, adoptable kittens we have ever had.

“Sometimes, Roo can be a little too insistent when he wants us to come take the kittens, as he doesn’t quite appreciate our space limitations within our homes. But other than this one small obstacle which is very easy to step around, Roo has become one of the most unusual and productive volunteers our organization has ever had. We wish there was more we could do for him personally, but the man is really very happy living as he does. And now he has his own little family of cats who at least will not be giving him more babies.”

Punkin and many other cats at PAWS were helped by our Shot at Life vaccination grant program, supported by Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc., The Animal Rescue Site and GreaterGood.org.

Donate to us through Global Giving from Oct. 14-Nov. 12 to double your impact!

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R.O.A.R. to Comfort Frightened Shelter Dogs

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Give to us through Global Giving from 10/14-11/12 and have double the impact for homeless dogs like Petunia.

Our grant helped Saving Animals from Euthanasia (SAFE) in Tucson, Ariz.., comfort the frightened dogs in its care. And if you donate to us through Global Giving from Oct. 14-Nov. 12, you’ll help twice as many homeless pets like Petunia (above).

For those 30 days, Animal Planet’s R.O.A.R. is matching donations to the Petfinder Foundation dollar-for-dollar (learn more about the campaign here).

That means the world Petunia, who was helped by our ThunderShirt grant to SAFE. The 5-year-old spayed Xoloitzcuintli mix is able to stay calm at the group’s adoption events thanks to her Thundershirt, which applies gentle, calming pressure to her abdomen.

Donate to us through Global Giving from Oct. 14-Nov. 12 to double your impact!

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Enter Wahl’s Dirty Dogs Contest to Win $5K for Shelter Pets!

Snacks, a Dirty Dogs Contest finalist from last year

Snacks, a Dirty Dogs Contest finalist from last year

Submit a photo of your dog at his dirtiest for a chance to win $5,000 for your favorite shelter or rescue group! It’s all part of Wahl and the Petfinder Foundation’s second Dirty Dogs Contest.

Through Nov. 1, you can submit your dog’s photo via the Dirty Dogs Contest tab on Wahl’s Facebook page. Wahl and the Petfinder Foundation will choose the top 25 photos, and from Nov. 3-19, fans can vote for their favorites. The winner and two runners-up will be announced Nov. 25.

Entry is free and fun! Winners will receive:

• First Place: The grand prize winner will earn a $5,000 grant, plus Wahl grooming supplies, for the animal shelter or rescue group of their choice — as well as a year’s supply of Wahl pet-grooming products and a $100 Wahl gift card for themselves!

• Second and Third Place: Two runners up will each earn $1,000 grants, plus Wahl grooming supplies, for the animal shelter or rescue group of their choice — as well as a Wahl grooming kit and $50 Wahl gift card for themselves!

Enter the Wahl Dirty Dogs Contest now!

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‘R.O.A.R.’ to Double Your Donation for Homeless Pets!

Get ready to double your impact for homeless pets! If you donate to the Petfinder Foundation through our Global Giving page from Oct. 14-Nov. 12, Animal Planet’s R.O.A.R. will match your donation dollar-for-dollar.

We’re competing against six other nonprofit organizations during the month-long campaign, during which Animal Planet is matching donations to those charities up to a total of $100,000. The matching funds may run out, so give early and give big!

There are also some FREE ways to help us earn cash for homeless pets: by visiting our Global Giving page and telling your friends to visit it and donate. If we get the most traffic to our page and/or the greatest number of donors during the campaign, we’ll win $5,000 bonus prizes in each category.

To double your donation, visit our Global Giving page any time from Oct. 14-Nov. 12.

‘Like’ us on Facebook to follow us throughout the campaign!

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Our Grants Will Help Nearly 300 Displaced Pets in Colorado

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Melody, a senior Pit Bull, is at Longmont Humane Society, which just received a disaster grant from the Petfinder Foundation.

We’ve sent $6,000 in disaster aid to Longmont Humane Society (LHS) in Longmont, Colo., where staff members have been working tirelessly to care for 190 pets displaced by the region’s deadly floods. This grant follows yesterday’s $3,000 disaster grant to nearby Humane Society of Boulder Valley, which is housing 70 displaced pets. (Read about HSBV’s grant.)

“We are incredibly grateful,” LHS Executive Director Liz Smokowski tells us in a phone call from the busy shelter, which has stayed open to help pets despite being located in an evacuation zone.

Development Associate Carrie Brackenridge tells us that some 1,500 homes have been destroyed and another 17,500 have been damaged by the flooding, which began on Sept. 12.

As with HSBV, the displaced pets arrived when the shelter was already full. “Single-occupancy capacity at LHS is 368 animals,” Brackenridge tells us. “As of Sept. 17, we are housing 441 animals. As a result of caring for evacuated animals, LHS is experiencing an increase in our daily operational costs. Supplies such as food, healthcare items and cleaning products have been in increased usage, and resources such as staff time and utility usage have increased dramatically.”

Shelter staff are fitting in the extra animals wherever they can, housing many in office spaces.

To make matters worse, some of the displaced pets are showing signs of Giardia infection that they may have contracted from the floodwaters. An outbreak of Giardia, a highly contagious intestinal parasite, would threaten all the shelter’s animals, so staffers are disinfecting aggressively and feeding the affected pets special food. “We are really starting to worry that the next chapter in this crisis is going to be medical issues,” Smokowski says.

Our disaster grant will be a huge help. “This funding from Petfinder Foundation will be instrumental in relieving the costs associated with current rescue efforts,” Smokowski says. “We are very grateful!”

Donate to help us save pets when disaster strikes, and Orvis will match your gift!

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