Petfinder Foundation News

R.O.A.R. to Save Senior Horses with Special Needs

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

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

You’ll help twice as many senior, special-needs horses such as Windsong (above) 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 a loving retirement for senior horses such as Windsong, who was taken in by Doxy’s Horse Recovery, Inc. in Afton, N.Y.  Volunteer Carolyn J. Miller tells us how our grant helped the group care for 17 horses, including Windsong:

“Doxy’s used $578 for dental and eye exams and treatment as indicated. The remaining $422 was used to purchase hay.

Windsong, 25, before his rescue

Windsong, 25, before her rescue

“We have two horses who exhibited eye conditions that were examined with recommendations provided by the veterinarian to enhance the quality of life and promote the safety of these equines. Six horses were examined by an equine dentist to ensure proper and comfortable grinding to promote optimal nutrition.

“The funds provided through the grant enabled us to provide our adoptable horses with services that are surely important to their lives but not always able to be provided for financially. Having the ‘gift’ of hay for our 17 adoptable horses was a plus, and benefits each horse.

“Windsong was a senior, 25-year-old mare who came to us in poor condition. Through improved nutrition, dental and good daily care, she blossomed into a handsome senior and was adopted on Sept. 7 to a wonderful, loving home.”

Windsong and many other equines across the United States have been helped by our operations grant program supported by our friends at Tractor Supply Company. (Read more about our grant to Doxy’s Horse Recovery.)

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R.O.A.R. to Protect Shelter Dogs from Distemper and Parvo

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

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

Our grant helped San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter in San Marcos, Tex., vaccinate Miller (above) against common shelter diseases while he patiently waited to be adopted. And if you donate to us through Global Giving from Oct. 14-Nov. 12, you’ll help twice as many homeless pets like him.

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 protected against disease. Shelter Supervisor Kara Montiel says our grant allowed the organization to vaccinate all incoming dogs against distemper and parvo, not just those who’d been picked to be adopted.

Montiel says the grant helped more than 225 dogs, including Miller, a staff and volunteer favorite:

“Miller, a male Lab Retriever/Golden Retriever mix, was brought in as a stray in February. His stay was long due to several factors. First, he had to be treated for an upper-respiratory infection right after his stray hold ended, then he went up for adoption.

“Miller was on hold for a week for a rescue and awaiting transport out of state, then that fell through. He went back up for adoption and for a long time did not receive any interest from the public. Finally, we had a prospective adopter coming in to potentially adopt him when a visitor was accidentally scratched by him and he had to be quarantined for 10 days.

“Miller came back up for adoption and was getting depressed. Finally, just a couple of weeks ago, he got adopted and went home to a large ranch and other dogs to play with — which he absolutely loves! Miller had a happy ending and the shelter staff were so happy for him — he was everyone’s favorite and was loved dearly. Miller’s vaccination, provided by this grant, probably helped him to recover from his upper-respiratory infection quickly and remain very healthy the rest of his stay.”

Miller and many other dogs 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.

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R.O.A.R. to Protect Adult Cats from FeLV

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

You’ll help vaccinate twice as many homeless pets like Big Ben (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). That means twice as many groups like South Pacific County Humane Society in Long Beach, Wash., can vaccinate adult cats against diseases like FeLV. Executive Director Jeannette Sterling tells us how our vaccination grant helped 80 of the group’s temporary residents, including Big Ben:

“This grant saved us dollars on the purchase of needed vaccines. By saving those funds, we were able to stretch our medical dollars for the year and do some badly needed dentals on several of the animals that came into our care. This grant also allowed us to vaccinate all of the adult cats in our facility against feline leukemia [FeLV], something we usually only do for our kittens.

“Big Ben is a shorthaired 4-year-old neutered male white-and-grey cat who lives in our cat community room, the Playroom. Ben is the kitty greeter and caretaker. As new cats are introduced into the playroom, Ben makes sure he is the first cat to greet them. His sweet demeanor and confidence make the new cats feel welcome. He never shows them anything but kindness. He cares for the younger cats, following them around and encouraging them to play with him. In the afternoons he can be found sleeping on a large dog bed surrounded by several cat friends, all of whom are snuggled up with Ben.

Ben has found a family.

Ben has found a family.

“Ben may not be our prettiest cat, but he is for sure our most caring cat! Big Ben received his feline leukemia vaccination thanks to a Petfinder Foundation Shot At Life vaccination grant.”

(Update: Big Ben has been adopted!)

Ben and many other cats at South Pacific County Humane Society were 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 Rescue Dogs in the Greatest Need

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

Give to us through Global Giving from 10/14-11/12 and have double the impact for dogs like Alana (with her new family).

Our grant to Friendship Animal Protective League in Elyria, Ohio, helped the group save homeless dogs from communities where they stood a very low chance of finding families. And if you donate to us through Global Giving from Oct. 14-Nov. 12, you’ll help twice as many at-risk dogs like Alana (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). Our grant money, Executive Director Gregory Willey tells us, has provided the most-needed care for facility’s companion animals, from spay and neuter surgeries to vaccinations.

“The money allows us to reach further out in to the community to rescue dogs and puppies from shelters where they might otherwise not have a chance to find a forever home,” Willey tells us.

“Alana was a 2-3-year-old stray Bulldog mix at [an open-admission shelter]. It is a shelter that has a lot of difficulty finding homes for the dogs they find,” Willey says. “We made arrangements for Alana to come up to Elyria and, within a week, Alana was off to her new home. Grants like the one received make this type of work possible. Alana is now happy in her new home and has the second chance that she deserved.”

Alana and many other at-risk dogs were helped by our Shelter+ Challenge by The Animal Rescue Site grant program, supported by GreaterGood.org

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R.O.A.R. to Save Forgotten Horses from Neglect

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

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

Our grant helped Amazing Grace Equine Sanctuary in Elkhart Lake, Wis., save 16 unwanted horses and provide them with shelter, medical treatment and food. And if you donate to us through Global Giving from Oct. 14-Nov. 12, you’ll help twice as many homeless horses like Rudy (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 Amazing Grace Equine Sanctuary save twice as many horses. Executive Director Erin Kelley-Groth tells us how your support helped the horses in the group’s care:

“The grant helped to pay for the essentials that keep our horses healthy, sheltered, and well-nourished.

“On Aug. 16, we took in a horse seized by law enforcement because he was severely malnourished. He was standing in two feet of manure, the only horse left in the barn after an earlier seizure of 60 horses. His owner was planning to shoot him — a horse who had no name.

Rudy's transformation

Rudy’s transformation

“We named him Rudy. He was so weak that he collapsed several times as he struggled to walk into our barn and spent the next few days under a vet’s care, with constant attention from our volunteers. While he still has a long way to go, he is making steady progress and we are optimistic about his recovery and future life.”

“Thank you,” Kelley-Groth adds, “for providing the funds that allowed us to take in Rudy and other horses in need.”

Rudy and many other horses, mules, pigs and goats across the country were helped by our operations 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 Mother Cats from Disease

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

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

Donate to us through Global Giving from Oct. 14-Nov. 12 and you’ll help twice as many homeless mother cats like Tiger Bella (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 cats like Tiger Bella, who was rescued by Tri-County Humane Society in St. Cloud, Minn., can stay healthy while they wait for their forever homes.

Manager of Fund Development Marit Ortega tells us how our vaccination grant helped to keep Tiger Bella and Abby, another adult cat, healthy at the shelter:

Abby

Abby

“Tiger Bella arrived at our shelter with a litter of five  kittens on Aug. 11. The litter had been unplanned, and her previous owner decided they had too many animals and opted to surrender the entire litter along with Tiger Bella. She had no history of veterinary care, so we vaccinated her upon arrival, and then, on Sept. 19 — the day of her adoption! — she was re-boostered courtesy of one of the vaccines received from your grant.

“Abby arrived at our shelter with two other adult cats on Sept. 7 because her previous owner was experiencing health problems and could no longer care for them. She was vaccinated courtesy of one of the vaccines received from your grant on Sept. 12. Two weeks later, on Sept. 25, she found her forever home!

“We sincerely appreciate the help in keeping our shelter animals healthy! Thank you, once again!”

Tiger Bella, Abby and many other cats at Tri-County  Humane Society were helped by our Shot at Life vaccination grant program, supported by Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc., The Animal Rescue Site and GreaterGood.org.

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When a California Shelter Was Evicted, We Helped

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Our grant helped Kern County Animal Services move these puppies — and nearly 300 other pets — to a more spacious, modern facility.

Our $2,000 disaster grant helped Kern County Animal Services move 280 homeless cats, dogs, puppies and kittens to a new shelter after the organization was evicted from its rented facility in Bakersfield, Calif. (The group had previously been known as Kern County Animal Shelter, but changed its name once it moved to its new home.)

“Every animal that was at the old shelter was moved to the new one,” Judi Daunell, president of the Friends of the Kern County Animal Shelters Foundation, tells us. “Thanks so much to the Petfinder Foundation for their generous grant.”

Daunell says Kern County Animal Services’ eviction came after a prolonged contractual impasse between the county-funded organization and its landlord, the City of Bakersfield. The eviction left Kern County Animal Services with just weeks to locate a suitable new facility and transfer hundreds of homeless pets into it.

The move to the organization’s new Fruitvale, Calif., building took place over the last weekend in September, and our grant helped the large undertaking go smoothly, Daunell says.

“More than 60 people were involved on two days, logging out, crating, transporting and then settling the animals into their new kennels and cages,” she adds.

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Our grant will help Kern County kittens such as these two enjoy their new cat room.

About one-third of the granted funds covered moving-weekend expenses, so the remainder are being used to outfit the shelter’s new community cat room with enrichment toys and activities, Daunell says.

This is exciting, she says, because the organization’s homeless cats have always been kept in small, individual cages.

“We’ve never had [a community cat room] before and there’s space for one now,” Daunell tells us. “I am looking into wall shelves for climbing on, washable hammocks, maybe a couple of double-decker Kuranda beds, cardboard scratchers and toys.”

Donate to help us save more pets during times of crisis, and Orvis will match your gift!

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R.O.A.R. to Comfort Retired Racing Greyhounds

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Give to us on Global Giving through 11/12 and have double the impact for homeless dogs like Pepper.

Our grant to Northeast Ohio Greyhound Rescue in Harpersfield, Ohio, helped the group comfort retired racing Greyhounds during times of stress. And if you donate to us on Global Giving through 11/12, you’ll help twice as many homeless pets like Pepper (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). Rescue President Duane Jackson tells us how our ThunderShirt grant is helping the group comfort Pepper, a recently retired Greyhound who was struggling to cope with her new life:

“She was a little nervous when she transitioned from track to a home, and to help her, we use a ThunderShirt. She LOVES it and would wear it 24/7 if she could. We always put it on her when we take her into new situations and to potentially stressful places like pet stores and vets. She has been picked to be adopted and will be going home shortly, with her ThunderShirt, of course! THANKS!!!!”

Donate to us through Global Giving through 11/12 to double your impact!

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R.O.A.R. to Care for Cats with Special Needs

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

Donate to us through Global Giving from Oct. 14-Nov. 12 and you’ll help twice as many homeless cats with special medical needs like Tim Gunn (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 happy ending for cats like Tim Gunn, who was gravely injured before he was rescued by Purrfect Pals in Arlington, Wash. Purrfect Pals Executive Director Connie Gabelein tells us how our grant helped Tim and many other cats in the group’s care:

“In addition to adopting out nearly 2,000 cats per year in our adoption centers, Purrfect Pals provides a sanctuary for special-needs cats in need of a long-term home. This includes FIV+ cats, FeLV+ cats, geriatric cats, cats with acute and chronic illnesses, injured cats, cats in need of end-of-life hospice care and cats with behavioral challenges.

“One of our sanctuary rooms, FIV Land, is home to 20 wonderful cats who have FIV. Some are long-term residents, but many will be placed in ‘permanent foster homes’ and will continue to receive medical care from our organization.

“Your generous grant allowed us to provide food and medical care for these cats, including Rock Star, Super Trooper, Jonathan Gato, Tim Gunn, Jillian, GiGi, Cedric (right), Night Shade, Mr. Darcy, Tristan and Cowboy.

Tim Gunn was surrendered to Purrfect Pals by a Good Samaritan who found him fending for himself outside with serious injuries from an animal attack. When he arrived, the entire right side of his face was infected. Tim was very frightened when he arrived, but went into foster care to heal from his wounds and to learn to trust people again.

“It took several months, but now Tim LOVES attention, especially having his ears and shoulders scratched. He is still afraid of loud noises and dogs but adores the other cats in FIV Land. Now he is the first to greet visitors and doesn’t hesitate to hop up into laps!”

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 Hard-to-place Dogs Find Homes

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

Our grant helped Bless the Beasts Canine Placement Program in Nickerson, Kan., find the perfect family for Marshmallow (above), who was relinquished several times because of his separation anxiety. And if you donate to us through Global Giving from Oct. 14-Nov. 12, you’ll help twice as many homeless pets like him.

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). Bless the Beasts’ Karla Limon tells us how our grant helped the group care for Marshmallow, get his teeth fixed and stick with him until he found the right home:

“Marshmallow is a Bichon whom we rescued from a pound several years ago. He had separation anxiety, so he would act out inappropriately at times. He was in two homes that decided he was too much before finding what we thought was the perfect home for him with a stay-at-home ‘mom.’

“After 3½ years, they contacted us and said he was ‘too needy’ and just wanted to follow her around all the time. We told her that is why they call them companion animals, but we didn’t want him in a home where he was not loved and cared for, so we asked her to bring him back immediately.

“He was badly in need of dental care because they left him in a crate too much and he had worn his teeth down to nubs.

“He is now in a home we wish had come along years ago, where he is the center of attention. She is a young disabled woman who needed him as much as he needed her.”

Marshmallow and many other dogs at Bless the Beasts Canine Placement Program were helped by our operation grant program supported by Pedigree.

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