Petfinder Foundation News

New Funds for Harvey Pets

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Timmy is a Harvey pet rescued by Take A Chance in New Orleans. You can meet him here.

As attention turns to the destruction of Hurricane Irma, shelters and rescue groups in Texas are continuing to care for pets displaced by Hurricane Harvey and rescue more animals from floodwaters, and the Petfinder Foundation is still there to lend a helping hand. Here are five new grants sent out to help the animal victims of Harvey.

Take A Chance Animal Rescue: $1,500

The New Orleans-based organization took in 10 dogs from shelters in Texas to make room for pets displaced due to Hurricane Harvey. “We ended up receiving more dogs than originally anticipated and we need to build some new kennels for these dogs. Right now they are being housed in temporary kennels,” says Director Hannah Lyell.

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A mama cat and five kittens rescued from floodwaters by Wags to Whiskers of Texas.

Wags to Whiskers of Texas, Inc.: $2,500

“Floodwaters covered our shelter compound and most of the Porter/Houston area,” says Ron McCuen, director of the Porter, Texas-based shelter. “This has resulted in the massive intake and relocation of animals and a high cost of food, safe housing, veterinary care, and foster placements. We will attempt to resume our adoption process as soon as possible, but our primary adoption location, PetSmart in Humble, Texas, was completely under water and is a total loss. Its expected reopening may not be until December or January and so far, no other facilities are available. Our normal weekly cost of care is over $1,000.” Grant funds will be used to repair and rebuild the shelter and provide food, housing and medical care to rescued pets.

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Harvey and Melvin were strays rescued from the hurricane by Texas Animal Society.

Texas Animal Society: $3,000

The Spring, Texas, rescue group has taken in 15 animals since the storm and expects to take in 10-15 more, as locals who will be displaced for months find temporary housing that will not accept their pets. “We had six fosters lose everything during the storm,” says Treasurer Sue Probst. “All of their animals had to be moved to other fosters. In addition, our local low-cost spay/neuter clinic was destroyed, making vetting costs increase dramatically. Our offsite adoption crates were being stored in a home that was totally underwater.” Grant funds “will help us provide vetting to the additional animals we have taken into the rescue, provide food and bedding for our fosters who have lost their homes and replace items which were damaged in the floods,” Probst says.

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A sick puppy rescued from Harvey floodwaters and being cared for by a SOCA foster


Saving Our Companion Animals – Fort Bend County: $1,000

“We’re working in conjunction with Fort Bend County Animal Services and Austin Pets Alive! to foster and adopt displaced animals and abandoned pets,” says volunteer Deborah Silvi. “We’ll use the funds to cover additional medical care when needed and to buy additional traps, crates, food, leashes, and toys for animals until they are adopted.” The Sugar Land, Texas-based rescue group has already taken in an additional 10 dogs and 20 cats.

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A puppy rescued from floodwaters by Fort Bend County Animal Services


Fort Bend County Animal Services: $3,000

“FBCAS participated in water recovery efforts, large-scale animal rescues and, while we were closed for a week, impounded displaced pets from the impacted areas,” says Adoption Coordinator Barbara Vass of the Rosenberg, Texas-based shelter. “Needs at our kennel include cleaning supplies, crates and medical needs for the pets coming in.”

Please donate now to help us continue to assist adoption groups working around the clock to keep displaced pets safe!

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Meet the Harvey Pets Your Donations Have Helped

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If you’ve donated to our Disaster Fund to help pets displaced by Hurricane Harvey, thank you SO MUCH! Please know that your gift is already saving the lives of pets who were injured, lost or displaced in Texas and Louisiana. You'll meet a few of them here, and we’ll continue to update our Hurricane Harvey blog as we send out new grants.

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The kitten and puppies pictured above are among the pets rescued from floodwaters by the SPCA of Brazoria County in Lake Jackson, Texas, which is also caring for the pets of displaced residents and homeless animals pulled from flooded shelters — more than 1,000 in total. We've sent a $5,000 grant to help pay for veterinary care.

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Zazu, above, is one of nearly 100 animals taken in by Zeus’ Rescues in New Orleans, which received a $2,500 grant from the Petfinder Foundation. The funds will be used to provide medical care for the animals, nearly also of whom require heartworm treatment, vaccinations, microchips and spay/neuter.  

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Schmidt, above, was rescued by Bark and Roll Rescue Companions in Baton Rouge from a flooded rural shelter that was planning a large-scale euthanasia. He and other rescued dogs were malnourished, covered in fleas and ticks and anemic. All will receive veterinary care with help from our $3,000 grant.

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Maid Marian, above, and her littermates were rescued from Harvey by The Cattery Cat Shelter in Corpus Christi, which received a $3,000 Petfinder Foundation grant to help it care for rescued homeless cats as well as the pets of local residents who have lost their homes.

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The pup pictured above was found, starving and terrified, alone in a field by S.A.V.E. Rescue Coalition in Santa Fe, Texas, which received a $3,000 grant from us to help rescue Houston’s lost and abandoned cats and dogs. Now named Dash, he and the dozens of other animals rescued by S.A.V.E. will receive desperately needed veterinary care and be placed in loving forever homes.

The Petfinder Foundation has also sent grant funds to many other shelters and rescue groups working to keep the animal victims of Hurricane Harvey safe. Please continue to visit our Hurricane Harvey blog to learn more.

Recovery from Harvey will be a long process, continuing after the TV cameras leave town, but these heroic organizations will continue their lifesaving work, and the Petfinder Foundation will continue to support them. Thank you again for your donation; we could not do it without you.

Please donate now to help us continue to assist adoption groups working around the clock to keep displaced pets safe!

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Grant Funds for Brazoria County

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A dog rescued from floodwaters by the SPCA of Brazoria County. Photo by jackiesue photography.

We’ve issued another grant to a shelter on the front lines of Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

SPCA of Brazoria County: $5,000

Staff and volunteers at the Lake Jackson, Texas, shelter have been working around the clock to rescue pets endangered and displaced by Hurricane Harvey. “We are serving as the intake shelter for pets rescued from the floodwaters of Southern Brazoria County, Texas,” says Executive Director Stacey Suazo. “We are also managing the companion-animal shelter for pets of displaced pet owners. Our shelter did not sustain wind damage from the hurricane, and we are not taking on water, so we are also pulling from other local impound facilities that are flooded.”

Already caring for more than 1,000 animals, including 300 owned pets taking refuge with their families at the county fairgrounds and more than 700 lost or adoptable pets at the shelter and in foster homes, staff are now faced with the daunting task of thoroughly cleaning dogs and cats rescued from contaminated waters in the towns of Sweeny and Holiday Lakes. Many of the incoming pets are sick or injured. Our grant funds will be used to provide vaccinations, antibiotics, spay/neuter, and other veterinary treatments.

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National guardsmen lent a hand at the SPCA of Brazoria County on Sept. 3 after pulling dogs out of the water in nearby Wharton, Texas.

Please donate now to help us continue to assist adoption groups working around the clock to keep displaced pets safe!

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Saving Houston’s Stray Dogs and FIV+ Cats

Shadow is one of S.A.V.E.’s healthy, adoptable dogs.

We’ve awarded two new grants to adoption groups working to save Houston’s most vulnerable animals: Stray and abandoned cats and dogs, and special-needs cats in shelters that are desperate to free up cages.

S.A.V.E. Rescue Coalition: $3,000

The Santa Fe, TX-based rescue group is working frantically to catch the many stray animals who will not be able to survive in the flooded streets. “Just yesterday I personally picked up two dogs and a litter of kittens, and we are taking a litter of five puppies from an abandoned building today,” says Director Angela McGhee. The group is also bringing found, but possibly owned, animals to local shelters to give them the best chance of being reunited with their owners, and pulling equal numbers of those shelters’ adoptable pets to ensure they are not euthanized to open up cages. Many of S.A.V.E.’s own healthy, adoptable pets are being transported to rescue groups in Northern states to open up spots in S.A.V.E. foster homes for Harvey strays.

Grant funds will be used to vet all incoming pets according to S.A.V.E.’s strict intake protocols, which include full vaccinations, spay/neuter and, as is nearly almost necessary, heartworm treatment.

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Charlie Brown, an FIV+ cat, was adopted from Felines & Canines.

Felines & Canines: $3,000

“We are rescuing at least 100 cats from animal-control shelters in Texas that have been devastated by Hurricane Harvey,” says Kelly Thompson, director of development at the Chicago shelter. “Our focus is on those cats who are being left behind due to age/injury/illness/FIV+ status.

“As one of the most recognized shelters in the nation for our FIV+ cat program, as well as for our proven record of success with special-needs cats, we were asked if we would commit to taking these animals from the facilities in Texas that are not receiving adequate assistance. We were informed that the vast majority of groups are willing to welcome dogs and kittens into their programs, but the special-needs and senior cats have been significantly more challenging to place into rescue. We have made that commitment.” Funds will be used to provide veterinary care for all 100 cats.

Please donate now to help us continue to assist adoption groups working around the clock to keep displaced pets safe!

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Helping a Flooded Shelter Recover from Harvey

Peyton is one of more than 100+ adoptable dogs living at the flooded Etosha Rescue and Adoption Center.

We’ve rushed another grant to a shelter flooded by rain from Hurricane Harvey.

Etosha Rescue and Adoption Center: $2,500

“Etosha Rescue is located in Seguin in South Central Texas,” says Assistant Director Julie Mitchell. “This made us a target for the high winds and floods of Hurricane Harvey. We have suffered flooding, a carport ripped from the ground and upended, downed fences and posts, fallen tree limbs, a food shed that was damaged, and several tarps and tin roofs that were damaged. The water will drain off eventually, but we do need assistance with cleanup and repairs. This project will impact 106 dogs by giving them a safe and secure place to live.

“While we have a history of taking in pets from past natural disasters, we can not do that immediately because of the shelter damage. Once repairs are made and water recedes, we can then begin accepting displaced animals.” Grant funds will be used to repair damaged property and to purchase 14 large wire crates for pets displaced by the storm.

Please donate now to help us continue to assist adoption groups working around the clock to keep displaced pets safe!

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New Grants to Help Pets Affected by Harvey

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Mr. Right and Lefty’s home was destroyed by Harvey, so the cats are staying at The Cattery at no charge while their humans find housing.

We’ve sent out two more grants to shelters impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

The Cattery Cat Shelter: $3,000

“We recently evacuated all our cats to another shelter in anticipation of Hurricane Harvey,” says Samantha Person, executive director of the Corpus Christi shelter. “Luckily, our shelter was not damaged, and we are starting from scratch with vetting new cats. In addition, we are boarding cats for free for community members who lost their homes.” Grant funds will be used for vetting new cats brought in as a result of the storm and to help cover the costs of housing cats whose owners have been displaced.

Paws Ranch Rescue & Animal Sanctuary: $1,000

“We suffered minor damage due to wind and a tree falling,” says Executive Director Ashlea Baehr. “We have also seen an increase in the number of stray pets coming in.” Grant funds will be used to repair damage to the kennels, as well as to cover veterinary and ground-travel expenses for 10 flood-displaced dogs who will be taken in by a rescue group in Massachusetts (that group will pay for travel certificates and crates; the flight will be donated by Pilots for Paws).

Please donate now to help us continue to assist adoption groups working around the clock to keep displaced pets safe!

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How We’re Helping Hurricane Harvey Pets

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Dogs displaced by Hurricane Harvey and taken in by Austin Pets Alive! in Texas

Hurricane Harvey drenched Houston and other parts of Texas with up to 50 inches of rain this weekend, leaving 13 people dead and thousands displaced, with no end in sight. Animals have been suffering along with people, and the Petfinder Foundation is rushing grants to organizations that are housing evacuees’ pets; to ones that have taken in pets from flooded shelters; and to those whose own facilities have been flooded, forcing them to move their adoptable pets into boarding or foster care.

If you are with a shelter or rescue group impacted by Harvey, apply for a Disaster Grant here.

Our Disaster Grant application is still open and we anticipate receiving many more requests for funds as adoption groups move out of triage mode and are able to assess their needs. We also expect requests from horse- and farm-animal-rescue organizations, as large animals are generally not able to be evacuated, and local hay supplies are often destroyed during flooding, making feed much more expensive.

Below is a list of grants we have sent out to date:

Austin Pets Alive!: $2,500

“Ahead of the landfall of Hurricane Harvey in Texas, shelters in the path of the storm began clearing their cages,” says Development Director Maggie Lynch. “Austin Pets Alive! has been fielding dozens of calls for help. In response we have sent our own vans with staff and volunteers and coordinated other transport down into the coastal areas of Texas to pick up animals that would otherwise be euthanized or left behind, alone and in danger.” As of Saturday morning, APA! had transported 330 animals to its shelter and was expecting at least another 50-100 over the next 24 hours.

“While we can call on our community for supplies and fosters, we are facing a huge medical expense,” Lynch says. “Nearly every shelter from which we have taken pets does not vaccinate, microchip or even treat the medical issues of their vets. All of [the pets transported in] will need full intake vetting (all vaccines, heartworm tests, FIV/FeLV tests, dewormer, flea medications, microchips, and later spay/neuter surgery). Many are sick and need medical care, and some are pregnant.” Grant funds from the Petfinder Foundation will be spent on vaccines, medications and medical supplies, as well as to cover the extra staff time needed to intake pets and coordinate foster care and shelter care.

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Schmidt, rescued from a rural shelter in the path of Hurricane Harvey by Bark and Roll Rescue Companions in Baton Rouge

Bark and Roll Rescue Companions: $3,000

“We have been asked to take in 25-30 additional dogs, doubling our average monthly intake, from [open-admission] rural shelters in Southwest Louisiana that have flooded, as well as from [open-admission] shelters in the Houston area,” says President Dana Kahn. “We will need funds to transport these dogs to safety with us, and to care for them as many have extensive medical needs: mange, cherry eyes, heartworm, malnutrition, dental disease. In addition, they will need normal vetting (microchip, spay/neuter, vaccinations, vet exams, dewormer, heartworm prevention) to ready them for adoption.”

Tejas Rescued Pet Adoptions: $3,000

“Hurricane Harvey has displaced all of our animals from their regular PetSmart kennel locations,” says Director Tonette Webb. “The cats’ foster locations have flooded and have no electricity. The cats are being boarded at paid kennels. The dogs have been placed in foster homes and at paid veterinarians’ offices. This is a huge monetary burden Tejas never has to deal with. We have limited funds, and with our regular adoptions suspended indefinitely, no way to make up the money.” Grant funds will be used to cover food and boarding costs for the group’s displaced adoptable pets.

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Thor is one of 70+ pets taken in by Zeus’ Rescues in New Orleans.

Zeus’ Rescues: $2,500

On Friday, Development Director Kellie Grengs told us: “As we are on the eve of Hurricane Harvey, we are hearing the calls for action from shelters in the path of the storm. If they cannot evacuate the animals, they will euthanize them. All of the Louisiana shelters are at maximum capacity and have been all summer. We have committed to taking 25 dogs from St. Landry Parish Animal Control & Rescue. After the Baton Rouge floods in 2017, our rescue took in more than 300 animals. We are seeking funding to support the care of 25+ dogs.”

The shelter ended up taking more than 70 dogs from St. Landry Parish. Funds will be used for their medical treatment and care prior to adoption; many are heartworm-positive and in need of spay/neuter, microchips, and full vaccinations.

4 Paws Farm, Inc.: $3,000

The Hempstead, Texas, rescue group is taking in pets dislocated by flooding caused by the outer bands of the storm. “Many people take in dogs after a flood but can’t keep them so they dump them in the country,” 4 Paws CFO Harry Stoorza says. “These dogs require extra time in finding their owners. Almost none are returned. Plus, the dogs require full medical attention with longer-than-usual recovery time. And their behavioral issues also require longer therapy times.” Funds will be used for trauma care, spay/neuter, vaccinations and food.

Please donate now to help us continue to assist adoption groups working around the clock to keep displaced pets safe!

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Furry Friday!

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Welcome to Furry Friday! We’ve teamed up with the wonderful sponsors of the Piece for Shelter Pets initiative to feature two adoptable pets every week for six weeks (this is the final week!). For Furry Friday’s grand finale, meet Lola and Surf!

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Gorgeous shepherd mix Lola was shy and timid when first surrendered to Halfway to Home Animal Rescue in Mojave, Calif., but she’s since blossomed into a friendly, affectionate 45-lb. lap dog! She’s crate-trained, good with other dogs and would love to be your forever companion. Meet her here!

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Handsome Surf came to Pets Alive in Middletown, N.Y., from a hoarding situation, but you’d never know it. He loves people, cats, sunbeams, cozy blankets, toys and everything good that life has to offer. While he may be a senior, he is so playful and happy that you will wonder if you can keep up with him! Meet him here!

Piece for Shelter Pets grew out of our partnership with The Quilt Pattern Magazine and its readers, who mobilized after Superstorm Sandy to sew Kennel Quilts — soft beds designed to fit right inside a cage at an animal shelter — to give peace and comfort to displaced pets.

The effort was so successful that the TQPM Kennel Quilt Team was born, and in the past five years, we’ve worked with quilters to get more than 10,200 Kennel Quilts to shelters across North America that have been impacted by natural and man-made disaster.

Aurifil Threads has since joined in with several thread collections benefiting the Petfinder Foundation. Two of those collections, Fifi and Fido and Happy Hounds, were curated to match Island Batik’s Fifi and Fido and Happy Hounds fabric collections. A portion of proceeds from the sale of these fabrics are also donated to the Petfinder Foundation!

Other Piece for Shelter Pets sponsors now include Quilty Box, Benartex Fabrics, and Hancock’s of Paducah! Quilty Box has released a limited edition Kennel Quilty Box, with 100% of proceeds going to the Petfinder Foundation. Benartex has designed and released a print line, The Joey Collection, in honor of a beloved rescue dog. And Hancock’s of Paducah is helping to raise awareness of the program and adoptable pets. THANK YOU to all of the sponsors and everyone who has made and donated Kennel Quilts.

How can YOU get involved? ADOPT! Or, get stitching and whip up your own Kennel Quilt. If you’re making Kennel Quilts and sharing them online, make sure to tag your posts #kennelquilts and #tqpmkennelquilts. And of course, you can always donate to the Petfinder Foundation or purchase any of the products mentioned above.

VIDEO: The Most Incredible Transformations of 2016

We asked the shelters and rescue groups that received grants from the Petfinder Foundation this year to send us their favorite rescued-pet transformations of 2016.

The response was overwhelming. These are just a few of the hundreds we received.

Many of these images are graphic. But these are the realities that animal rescuers face on a daily basis. Thank you to the pet rescuers who work around the clock to save these vulnerable pets.

Your donation today can help change more pets’ lives.

The Most Amazing Transformations of 2015:

The Most Amazing Transformations of 2014:

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Piece for Shelter Pets

piece-for-shelter-pets-main-graphicOctober is national Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month and some quilt-industry professionals are partnering with the Petfinder Foundation to create awareness of shelter dogs (and cats) who need “furrever” homes. It is an unusual combination, but one that is working beautifully to help our furry friends.

These quilt-industry professionals are animal lovers and have partnered together to help shelter animals in ways that are new and unique. So join us in the Piece for Shelter Pets Blog Hop and see how we are helping and how you can help.

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A Missouri shelter dog on his Kennel Quilt

The Quilt Pattern Magazine (TQPM) — an international online-only publication — partnered with the Petfinder Foundation to form the TQPM Small Kennel Quilt Team after Hurricane Sandy. The two organizations help animal shelters affected by disasters by sending Kennel Quilts for the displaced animals.

Sewing essentials are needed for Kennel Quilts, and Aurifil Threads, Bernina USA, Island Batik Fabrics, Quilty Box and Benartex Fabrics have joined the TQPM Kennel Quilt effort to help the Petfinder Foundation.

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Aurifil’s Kennel Quilt thread kit

Aurifil Threads created a Small Kennel Quilt Thread Kit last year and will be introducing two more thread collections at the International Quilt Market in Houston this month. A portion of sales goes to the Petfinder Foundation.

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Bernina’s Special Edition Best Friend sewing machine


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created a special-edition Best Friends sewing machine this year featuring paw prints. They donated $30,000 to the Petfinder Foundation from the sales of the machine.

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One of Island Batik’s Fifi and Fido fabrics

Island Batik is introducing two new animal fabric lines at International Quilt Market. A portion of sales will go to the Petfinder Foundation.

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A special-edition Quilty Box with everything to make a Kennel Quilt

Quilty Box will offer special TQPM Kennel Quilt boxes and the Petfinder Foundation will be the recipient of a portion of their sales.

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Benartex’s Joey the Shop Dog fabric

Benartex will introduce new fabrics at International Quilt Market which will benefit the Petfinder Foundation.

These quilt-industry professionals are animal lovers and have partnered together to help shelter animals in ways that are new and unique. It is a way to join a larger effort to help our animal friends in times of need by doing what we love. We are reaching out to our quilting friends to ask for support and help for our furry friends.

There are so many shelter animals who need homes. This is a great time to check with your local shelter for your “furrever” friend — or you can check out Petfinder.com. However, if you can’t adopt at this time, there are numerous other ways to help and that will be shared on all our blogs. Please join us in this effort and remember to adopt — don’t shop!

We hope you will read all the stories from the different companies.

Blog Hop Schedule:
10/5 – The Quilt Pattern Magazine/Nan Baker of Purrfect Spots
10/7 – Aurifil
10/12 – Island Batik
10/14 – Quilty Box (instagram)
10/19 – Benartex
10/21 – Petfinder Foundation

Petfinder 20th Anniversary Celebration

For the past 20 years, Petfinder has helped 25 million pets find their families through adoption. They wanted to use this moment to celebrate their incredible legacy with their shelter and rescue-group members while inspiring a new generation of pet lovers, just like you. They created a video and pledged to donate $250,000 to the Petfinder Foundation if the video reached 1.25 million views by Oct. 24, 2016. Thanks to the dedication and inspired help of the masses, they have already reached their goal! The donated funds will reward 25 shelter and rescue-group members with $10,000 grants, allowing them to keep doing the amazing work that they do!

Enter to Win a Prize Package from All Five Sponsors!

Visit each sponsor and then enter to win here! Giveaway runs through Tuesday, Oct. 25. Winner will be announced on Wednesday, Oct. 26.

Prize #1:
1 Fat Quarter Bundle of Island Batik’s Fifi & Fido
1 LG Fifi & Fido Aurifil Thread Collection
1 Subscription to Quilt Pattern Magazine
One 3-month Subscription to Quilty Box
One Petfinder Foundation Bundle (Petfinder Foundation t-shirt, car cling and wristband)
One Joey the Shop Dog Bundle (fabric, a wristband, a button, and a window decal)

Prize #2:
1 Fat Quarter Bundle of Island Batik’s Happy Hounds
1 LG Happy Hounds Aurifil Thread Collection
1 Subscription to Quilt Pattern Magazine
One Petfinder Foundation Bundle (Petfinder Foundation t-shirt, car cling and wristband)
One Joey the Shop Dog Bundle (fabric, a wristband, a button, and a window decal)