Petfinder Foundation News

R.O.A.R. to Vaccinate Mother Cats and Their Kittens

Give to us through Global Giving from 10/14-11/12 and have double the impact for homeless mother cats like Tina and her kittens

Give to us through Global Giving through Nov. 12 and have double the impact for homeless mother cats like Tina and her kittens.

When you donate to us through Global Giving through Nov. 12, you’ll help vaccinate twice as many mother cats and kittens like Tina, Theodore and Talia (pictured) so they can stay healthy while they wait to be adopted.

Through Nov. 12, 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 your gift will have double the impact for homeless pets like Tina, who was pregnant when the Animal Care Society of Louisville, Ky., took her in.

Fundraising and Events Coordinator Virginia Hottinger tells how our vaccination grant helped:

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“Since receiving this generous grant, we have adopted out 24 cats and kittens. We also brought in a very pregnant cat whom we named Tina. The same day that Tina came in to the shelter, she went home with one of our wonderful fosters. Two days later, Tina gave birth to a large litter of eight kittens. There are four boys and four girls, named: Tulip, Telulah, Talia, Tilly, Theodore, Thaddeus, Thatcher and Thayer.

“Because we had your grant of FVRCP vaccinations, Tina has received both of her FVRCP shots, has been spayed, and is now living comfortably at the shelter until she goes to her furever home. She actually has an approved application on her, but because we don’t adopt out black cats in October (because of Halloween), she will go home on Nov. 1.

“Tina’s kittens have received all three FVRCP shots and are at the shelter ready for adoption. They are happy, playful, healthy kittens ready to find their furever homes. Thatcher has an application on him and he will hopefully be going home soon.

“We genuinely appreciate the gift of this grant and for everything the Petfinder Foundation does for the animal community. Thank you.”

Tina and her kittens have been helped by our A Shot at Life vaccination grant program, supported by Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc., The Animal Rescue Site, GreaterGood.org and your generous donations.

Donate to us through Global Giving through Nov. 12 to double your impact!

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R.O.A.R. to Take In Stray Senior Dogs and Find Them Homes

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

Give to us through Global Giving through Nov. 12 and have double the impact for homeless dogs like Leda.

Our grant helped Texas Best Choices Animal Rescue in Quinlan, Tex., take in Leda (pictured), a shy senior stray dog, and find her the perfect loving home. And if you donate to us through Global Giving through Nov. 12, you’ll help twice as many homeless pets like her.

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Leda with her new family

Through Nov. 12, 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 your gift will help make happy endings for twice as many dogs like Leda. Co-founder Karen Cadis tells us how our vaccination grant helped 46 puppies and dogs being cared for by the organization, including Leda:

“Leda was rescued from a park after over a year of feeding her and befriending her. She had likely not been vaccinated ever or in a long time. We were able to save her life and find her a forever home! See her forever family in the picture…she is smiling from ear to ear.

“Thank you Petfinder Foundation for helping us save more lives! WE LOVE PETFINDER!”

Leda and many other pets across the United States have been helped by our A Shot at Life vaccination grant program, supported by Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc., The Animal Rescue Site, GreaterGood.org and your generous donations.

Donate to us through Global Giving through Nov. 12 to double your impact!

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R.O.A.R. to Protect Adoptable Cats with Microchips

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

Give to us through Global Giving through Nov. 12 and have double the impact for homeless cats like Bubba.

You’ll help microchip twice as many adoptable cats like Bubba (pictured) when you donate to us through Global Giving through Nov. 12.

Through Nov. 12, 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 your gift will help shelters and rescues microchip more cats like Bubba, who is being cared for by Crash’s Landing Cat Rescue and Placement Center in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Dr. Jennifer Petrovich tells us how our $1,000 cash grant is helping ensure the safety of all of the cats in the group’s care:

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“I am microchipping every single cat we take in and also chipping all of the 260 current cats in our program. The pet will permanently be registered to us in the event that the owner were to lose, abandon, relinquish custody of (hopefully not any of these!) so that we would be notified and be able to retrieve our cat!”

The grant, Petrovich adds, is helping foster the long-term security and safety of the pets the group serves.

Bubba, Benji (at right) and many other cats at Crash’s Landing have been helped by our Shelter+ Challenge by The Animal Rescue Site grant program, supported by GreaterGood.org and your generous donations.

Donate to us through Global Giving through Nov. 12 to double your impact!

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R.O.A.R. to Protect Homeless Pets When Disasters Strike

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Give to us through Global Giving through Nov. 12 and have double the impact for homeless dogs like Jace.

When you donate to us through Global Giving through Nov. 12, you’ll help shelters save twice as many homeless dogs like Jace (pictured) when devastating disasters strike.

Through Nov. 12, 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 your gift will help shelters save more pets after they are struck by disasters like Hurricane Isaac, which decimated the vaccine and medication supply at St. John the Baptist Parish Animal Shelter in LaPlace, La.

Shelter Manager Racheal Sance tells us how our disaster grant helped the organization after the August 2012 hurricane hit:

“It was upsetting to say the least that we lost supplies necessary to treat animals with minor illnesses and injuries. To be able to treat certain animals gives us the ability to place them for adoption rather than having to euthanize due to a lack of funds.”

Because of the grant, Sance says, “We were able to order medications through MWI Vet Supply to replace a portion of what was lost. We were also able to alter 27 dogs and 10 cats to send to local rescue groups and to send on a transport offered by LASPCA. This allowed us to free cages for incoming animals and send adoptable animals out of our shelter alive at a time when we were at capacity with animals coming in daily.

“Recovery lasted several months so it wasn’t until the beginning of 2013 that we were able to start playing catch up and use the funds that were awarded to us. We purchased Nobivac canine vaccines, for parvo/distemper prevention, antibiotics to treat infections from wounds or URI, pain medication for animals recovering from spay/neuter as well as those injured, tapeworm tablets to treat tapeworm in canines and felines, lyme sulfur dip to treat skin infections/ringworm, and syringes to administer the vaccines.”

Among the more than 50 animals our grant helped the group save after Hurricane Isaac were Jace (above) and Brutus (below).

Our disaster grant helped St. John Parish Animal Shelter transform Brutus.

Our disaster grant helped St. John Parish Animal Shelter save and transform Brutus.

“We took in two Akitas from a local backyard breeder. They were both severely underweight and riddled with heart and intestinal worms,” Sance says. “We posted their pictures and sent out emails requesting assistance from anyone with an Akita rescue. Their story spread far and wide and because we were able to vet the dogs for the two rescue groups they were able to afford the transport and heartworm treatment which allowed them to pull the dogs and get them to safety. The smaller male was 11 months old and weighed only 30 pounds. Akitas are normally in the 70- to 110-pound range and sometimes even larger. The are now thriving and waiting for their forever homes.”

Donate to us through Global Giving through Nov. 12 to double your impact!

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R.O.A.R. to Help Adoptable Kittens Find Loving Homes

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Give to us through Global Giving through Nov. 12 and have double the impact for homeless kittens like Pebbles.

Our grant helped Lollypop Farm in Rochester, N.Y., find a loving family for Pebbles (pictured) after she was born to a stray mother cat. And if you donate to us through Global Giving through Nov. 12, you’ll help twice as many homeless pets like her.

Through Nov. 12, 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 your donation will help twice as many adoptable cats and kittens find forever homes. Director of Development Jennifer Gibson tells us how our vaccination grant made a difference for 150 cats at the organization, including Pebbles:

“Pebbles found a wonderful new home with Michelle, and has a new human brother Sammy! Little Pebbles was actually born here at the shelter to a kitty who had been found as a stray. Thanks in part to this generous grant, mom was vaccinated against feline distemper and her kittens were born healthy. Pebbles spent some time in foster care growing up, but she recently returned to the shelter, ready to find a home.

Our grant helped Moose find a home with Kelly.

Our grant helped Moose find a home with Kelly.

“When Sammy and Michelle came to the shelter today, it was love at first sight when they saw Pebbles. They could not wait to get their newest family member home, and thanks to the care Pebbles received while at Lollypop Farm, including FVRCP vaccines from the Shot At Life grant, they were confident that they were taking home a healthy kitten.”

Shelter Manager Erin Sandle adds: “We are so grateful for the Shot at Life vaccination grant given to us by the Petfinder Foundation. With the FVRCP vaccinations that we received, we were able to confidently adopt healthy cats into wonderful new homes, knowing that they were protected against viruses such as feline distemper.”

Pebbles, Moose (above) and many other cats across the United States have been helped by our A Shot at Life vaccination grant program, supported by Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc., The Animal Rescue Site, GreaterGood.org and your generous donations.

Donate to us through Global Giving through Nov. 12 to double your impact!

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R.O.A.R. to Protect Homeless Donkeys from Sun and Snow

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

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

You’ll help protect twice as many homeless donkeys like Nala (above) from extreme weather conditions when 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). That means we can help ensure more donkeys like Nala, who is being cared for by Lusco Farms Rescue in Malvern, Iowa, have a safe refuge from the elements.

Treasurer Scott Shehan tells us how our Summer Cooling Grant helped the group build a multipurpose pasture shelter for the donkeys, mules and miniature horses in its care:

“The grant not only allowed us to make a cooling station but we designed it to be used as a shelter in the winter as well. So the donkeys will now be nice and dry even when it rains or snows,” Shehan says.

Donkeys enjoying their new multipurpose shelter

Donkeys enjoying their new multipurpose shelter at Lusco Farms Rescue

“Please pass along our gratitude to everyone who makes these grants possible,” he adds. “We truly couldn’t provide this type of care without the support.”

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 Mother Cats Healthy While They Wait

Give to us through Global Giving from 10/14-11/12 and have double the impact for homeless mother cats like Candy Cane.

Give to us through Global Giving from 10/14-11/12 and have double the impact for homeless mother cats like Candy Cane.

Donate to us through Global Giving from Oct. 14-Nov. 12 and you’ll help protect twice as many mother cats like Candy Cane (above) from disease while they wait to be adopted long after their kittens are gone.

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 twice the number of cats like Candy Cane, who was taken in by Richardson Rescue in York, S.C., stay healthy and find homes.

President Janet Richardson tells us how our vaccination grant has helped the group care for 48 cats:

Our grant helped Chino.

Our grant helped Chino.

“We have cats that stay here (very slow to adopt) that have their very own area, in our barn, to play in. They are all sweet and are mostly left over mommies that we spayed and just have a good life while they wait.

“The grant also helped with cats that went out a little easier. Every time we save money on anything, it means we are able to save more and provide more. The Petfinder Foundation is always there to make life just that much easier for us.”

Candy Cane, Chino (above) and many other cats across the United States 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 Relieve Abandoned Dogs’ Anxiety

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

Our grant helped Southside Animal Shelter in Indianapolis, Ind., comfort nervous Daisy (above) when she came to the organization pregnant and suffering from heartworm. And if you donate to us through Global Giving from Oct. 14-Nov. 12, you’ll help twice as many homeless pets like her.

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 twice as many shelter dogs can be calm and comfortable while they wait for their forever homes. Shelter representative Larai Dicus tells us how our ThunderShirt grant program has helped prepare Daisy for adoption:

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Daisy

“Daisy came to us pregnant and heartworm positive. After delivering her puppies and recuperating we started her heartworm treatment. Daisy has successfully completed her heartworm treatment and has been living in a foster home. Her foster mom has been using a ThunderShirt to help Daisy cope with her anxiety, as she barked constantly at every noise.

“I recently fostered Daisy so her foster mom could take a much needed vacation. Daisy had acclimated to living with her foster mom but with her leaving she brought me the ThunderShirt to use on her. I was amazed at how she would relax.

“Thank you so much for the grant.”

Daisy and thousands more homeless dogs across the United States have benefited by our grant program, supported by our friends at ThunderShirt.

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

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R.O.A.R. to Bring Stray Puppies Back to Health

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

When you donate to us through Global Giving from Oct. 14-Nov. 12, you’ll help twice as many stray puppies in need of medical treatment like Blaze (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 a second chance for stray puppies like Blaze and her sister Rose, who were covered in fleas and ticks when they were saved by Fluvanna SPCA (FSPCA) in Troy, Va. Director Jennie Shuklis tells us:

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“FSPCA is a no-kill shelter, and we work with EVERY dog or cat in our care to help them find a home. This often requires medical treatments, treating conditions that owners believed were beyond the scope of their care and thus resulting in relinquishment or abandonment. Most of the dogs we receive are highly adoptable after medical and behavioral rehabilitation, and this grant helped us realize that goal for some of our friends.

“Roze and Blaze came to us as stray hound-mix puppies, only 6 weeks old, covered with fleas and ticks. They’re a pair of gentle, fun-loving sisters who only wanted to cuddle and play. The grant was able to help us work on grooming them, getting rid of all the ticks and scabs, as well as providing them with spays as they got older to make them more adoptable. Once they were healthier, they were put up for adoption and adopted to wonderful families within a matter of days.”

Punkin and many other dogs across the country have been helped by our Orvis operation grant program.

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

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We’re Helping the Shelter Destroyed by a Schoolbus

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No children were on board the bus at the time of the crash on Oct. 2, and miraculously, no people or animals were injured.

When a schoolbus crashed into Wright-Way Rescue in Niles, Ill. on Oct. 2, dozens of adoptable pets — and the shelter itself — were left homeless. We’re giving Wright-Way a $10,000 grant to purchase a mobile adoption trailer so it can continue to save lives as it recovers from this disaster.

No people or animals were harmed by the crash, but Wright-Way was forced to vacate its adoption center, where it finds homes for 5,000 pets each year. Wright-Way pulls about 75 dogs and cats a week from rural, open-admission shelters, and without a means to find them homes while the organization searches for a new, permanent facility, many animals throughout the Midwest would be euthanized.

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The crash destroyed Wright-Way’s adoption center.

We reached out to Wright-Way and offered to help. Founder Christy Anderson told us a grant would be used to purchase a trailer to serve as a mobile adoption center for now, and after Wright-Way finds a permanent location for its adoption center, the trailer will be used for off-site adoptions and pick up for spay/neuter surgeries.

Anderson was delighted to hear that the Petfinder Foundation would fund the $10,000 trailer. “Wright-Way Rescue and myself are incredibly thankful for the amazing support of the Petfinder Foundation,” she tells us. “Your generosity is so greatly appreciated during this time of need. We are so looking forward to having a mobile adoption center and are confident it will help us continue our mission of saving homeless pets. Thank you!!!”

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Our grant will help pets like McHenry.

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